I want to share, with you, my story. The story of how The Fellow Foodie is what it is today and what I hope it will become.
For those of you that don’t know me, I’m Brittany Biggers. I’m a full-time Certified Public Accountant working for a regional public accounting firm based out of Northwest Arkansas. I will gladly tell anyone that accounting is not my passion but it does pay the bills, for now. My passion is food. Since I was four years old I remember loving to play restaurant with my Nanny. I would draw out menus, set up place settings, seat her, take her order and then go back in the kitchen, make her food and then serve her. I could only make ham and scrambled eggs so regardless so of what crazy menu items I let her select from she was always getting the same thing. This love for cooking continued into high school where me and my friends would rotate houses and cook dinners. This is when I started experimenting with different recipes and sometimes making up my own.
Fast forward to 2015, The Fellow Foodie begins. I had previously had another blog through Blogger but never really liked it’s platform. After several people pushing me to post recipes and in the midst of studying for my CPA exams I had the name pop into my head. Fellow Foodie. So I checked the domain name, although Fellow Foodie was taken www.thefellowfoodie.com was open. Next stop, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter… all available. So I paid a small fee to buy the domain, set up the social media accounts and started building my site. I would post here and there but I never had a specific direction for the website.
Another year passed and in February 2016 I found myself 35 pounds heavier than today, irritable, exhausted, and unmotivated. It was another weeknight after work during the beginning of busy season at work, I fired up Netflix and decided to watch the documentary Forks Over Knvies (FOK). It was this documentary that just clicked with me. It all made sense. So, I decided I was going full on plant-based vegan. I won’t lie, it was a struggle. I had no support group and very little will power to stand up against any temptation. I travel for work and my most travel-heavy time of the year is busy season. Out-of-town audits were a real test of temptation. We were going to the same restaurants we always visited but I was faced with the challenge of order something other than my ordinary favorites. I “cheated” but I didn’t give up. Although my motivation for pursuing a plant-based lifestyle was to achieve better overall health, I wasn’t making healthy “vegan” choices. After a few months I was back to drinking Coca-Cola for breakfast, McDonalds for lunch and either eating Ramen Noodles (yes… I know, I know) for dinner or making a big batch of super-creamy, super-cheesy, potato soup topped with bacon crumbles. Needless to say I failed, but you know what…. I didn’t give up and I learned a lot in the period between April and August.
Ultimately 2016 ended up being the biggest life-changing year of my life and so far the best year. I made a conscious choice to start doing things for me. This moment of clarity happened walking down the streets of Florence, Italy. My best friend and I were on our ultimate bucket list best friend’s trip headed to a cooking class at a castle in Tuscany. Now, you would think I would’ve been in the best mood ever, I’m in Italy, with my best friend, about to do something I had only dreamed of since I was a young girl. But no. I was in a crap mood the entire trip. And somewhere during this walk to our meeting spot for the cooking class I ask Cate (best friend) “what am I doing with my life”… well there might have been some colorful words added but you get the picture. She just responded “I don’t know dude.” I knew a lot had to change that I was spinning my wheels and making no progress towards the things I had always wanted out of life.
Things had to change. Fast.
The God whispers got louder.
“God whispers” is a phrase a coworker introduced to me. From February 2016 on I kept noticing these funny little incidents that didn’t seem random, they seemed like they were trying to tell me something. So I started to listen. I knew for me to make any progress towards the goals I had in life I had to first get rid of some of the toxicity in my life. So after a lot of thought and counseling sessions with close friends I did just that, cut off the toxic relationships. Next step to becoming my best self was to make the conscious choice to live a healthier life, in every aspect. I started going to yoga regularly and in September went plant-based. It began as part of a 21-day cleanse where you could add back organic, grass-fed, free-range meats but I chose to stick with the plant-based diet as I had never been a real fan of any meat other than seafood. The cleanse really inspired me to find recipes that adhered to the program that still tasted amazing. Ultimately that is now my goal with The Fellow Foodie. I want to continue to test and develop recipes that satisfy my inner foodie while meeting my nutritional needs. I hope to utilize my brand to help my fellow citizens meet their health and nutrition goals. And who knows maybe inspire a few become fellow plant-based foodies.
I am a 100% believer that the energy you put out into the world is the energy you attract. Once I started doing things for me I met and built relationships with people who push me to be my best self. I am extremely blessed to have these people in my life now. I’m really excited to see where this journey takes me.
A big THANK YOU for supporting The Fellow Foodie. Please leave any and all feedback, I want to post material that my fellow foodies find relevant and recipes you want to try!