I strongly believe that food is the best medicine.  It has been a long journey for me in terms of my own personal nutrition lifestyle and my ability to convey the strong opinions and recommendations I have about food to others through encouragement and example.  I went to school for and received two degrees in Foods and Nutrition at the University of Georgia, and I became a registered and licensed dietitian in 2006, but only in the last year or so have I made giant strides, had countless breakthroughs, and encountered enormous mindset changes about how smart food choices can literally make and keep you happy and healthy, expand your mind, increase your energy, improve your sleep, decrease your anxiety, upgrade your body composition and metabolism, and make the world a better place! 

Five major changes that I have made in the last year concerning foods and my diet are 1) focus on local foods as much as possible, 2) increase variety within ALL food groups, 3) experiment with unique ingredients, 4) research and practice sustainable consuming, and 5) decrease the need for supplementation. 

In 2010, I joined a summer CSA (community supported agriculture) and focused on locally grown produce.  Not only do local foods contain more nutrients, but they taste better too!  I cannot even begin to explain how much better local fresh carrots taste compared to store bought.  Now, I am not saying that I only buy local foods and I look down upon shopping at major grocery stores, however, I do feel it is extremely important to support local growers as much as you can AND be aware of how your eating practices impact the rest of the world!  If your town has a local farmers market, I highly encourage you to attend!

I am a highly active individual and have competed in numerous athletic events in the realms of bodybuilding (figure competitions), triathlon, and running.  I also deeply enjoy an intense, yet relaxing and invigorating hot power yoga class!  I like the balance I have developed between all the disciplines...strength, endurance, flexibility, and relaxation (although, I am still working on that a bit!).  I have been married for 5 years to my best friend and biggest inspiration Ryan Marsh.  He is part-owner of Athens Personal Fitness (APF), a small personal training gym here in Athens, and he has completed two Ironman triathlons over the past 2 years!  I am also a personal trainer and nutrition counselor at APF.  

I have been blogging since the beginning of 2009, but really started focusing solely on food and nutrition in 2010.  My 2009 blogs mainly focused on my training.  I do not believe in magic food lists, I do not believe in many dietary restrictions/exclusions, I do not believe in 'diets' for weight loss only, and I do not believe in speedy solutions to complicated body weight, metabolism, and health problems.

I believe in eating for health and happiness.  I believe that nutrient dense food can be thoroughly prepared and enjoyed by all if given the proper patience, experimentation, and practice.  I am definitely one fit foodie!  'Dense' food is my passion and I love sharing all my creations, ideas, and tips with you! 

BrighanLee aka FITBree

Me and Ryan at my first triathlon in 2009.

Finishing with a smile at Iron Girl.

Posing with my kale bouquet while picking up my local veggies at Roots Farm.  

Pic from my all-time favorite photo shoot with John Stutz after finishing my training for my one and only figure show that year (2009).
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