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My Food Story

I’ve always loved animals, so when I became old enough to understand that the Wilbur I adored from the movie was the very same Wilbur engulfed in my ham sandwich, I was horrified.  Thus, at the ripe old age of seven and a half, I proclaimed myself a vegetarian. This lasted about a week. But my love of animals remained, and once I learned about factory farming, I couldn’t fathom contributing another dollar to support such horrific practices. At fourteen, I became a vegetarian for real. Veganism followed soon after.

But I wasn’t always a healthy-eating vegan

Thanks to genetics, metabolism, and an active lifestyle, I’ve been thin my whole life. Finally, after getting tired of strangers’ negative comments and assumptions about my weight, I embarked on a quest to gain some curves. Exorbitant levels of vegan cake-eating ensued, not to mention brownies, cookies, and soy ice cream by the pint. Unfortunately, this strategy not only failed to give me curves, it also depleted me of energy.

I wrote more here: My Quest to Gain Weight.

The experience really forced me to look at my eating habits and discover that just because a food is vegan doesn’t automatically make it healthy. So I cut back on the sweets and began to explore a style of eating that would make my body feel good not just while I ate, but after eating as well. I still eat a high-calorie diet, but it’s mostly made up of healthy foods, with very little sugar. I feel much better this way!

Diet aside, I’m pretty much like any other girl in her twenties. I’m an avid runner who also enjoys writing, hanging out with friends, helping others, and surprising people with yummy recipes they can’t believe are good for them.

More About Me:

  1. CC Diet Recipes
  2. Weight and Diet Questions
  3. My FAQ Page

Thanks for visiting Chocolate-Covered Katie. Please feel free to leave a comment on any of my posts. I love comments!

You can also find me on facebook and twitter.

Katie is the baker, photographer, and author of the popular blog Chocolate-Covered Katie. Her favorite food is chocolate, and she believes in eating a balanced diet that includes dessert every single day. More about Katie—> 

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  1. Monica says:

    I was just wondering how much you ate in a day or at least how many times you eat? I’m recently begining to discover the negative effects of the SAD (standard american diet), and have looked to other countries like Japan and France for dieting/healthful tips. I’m not looking for weight loss, but rather a healthy lifestyle that will increase my metabolism and keep me healthy. I’ve seen that everyone recomends protein for a faster metabolism, but these countries primarily eat carbohydrates. This may be out of your league but any suggestions? Thanks! :]

    1. Hi Monica!
      I usually eat six meals a day (pre-run breakfast, breakfast, lunch, snack, dinner, snack), and often do a few taste-tests in between as well for my recipes ;).
      But I can’t really tell you if this is the BEST way to eat. It’s just what works for me. My sister eats only three times a day, and she seems happy and healthy too! So I guess you just have to find whatever eating style personally works best for you :).

      1. Liz says:

        This is for Monica-
        Hey Monica, I live in France now and they eat a SERIOUS amount of meat here. While bread is a main staple for sure- don’t underestimate the large percentage dedicated to meat. One thing that I should mention is that lamb and veal are as common as chicken and beef, so they have a bit more variety to their meat-eating than in America (they also eat duck pretty frequently and rabbit on occasion, too). The main difference between the American diet and the French one is the portion sizes. They eat a lot less in France, especially the women, especially in Paris. They are very weight conscience and not afraid to cut back if they feel the weight packing on. Hope this helps!

      2. Liz says:

        This is for Monica-
        Hey Monica, I live in France now and they eat a SERIOUS amount of meat here. While bread is a main staple for sure- don’t underestimate the large percentage dedicated to meat. One thing that I should mention is that lamb and veal are as common as chicken and beef, so they have a bit more variety to their meat-eating than in America (they also eat duck pretty frequently and rabbit on occasion, too). The main difference between the American diet and the French one is the portion sizes. They eat a lot less in France, especially the women, especially in Paris. They are very weight conscience and not afraid to cut back if they feel the weight packing on. Hope this helps!

    2. Hi Monica!
      I usually eat six meals a day (pre-run breakfast, breakfast, lunch, snack, dinner, snack), and often do a few taste-tests in between as well for my recipes ;).
      But I can’t really tell you if this is the BEST way to eat. It’s just what works for me. My sister eats only three times a day, and she seems happy and healthy too! So I guess you just have to find whatever eating style personally works best for you :).

  2. Monica says:

    I was just wondering how much you ate in a day or at least how many times you eat? I’m recently begining to discover the negative effects of the SAD (standard american diet), and have looked to other countries like Japan and France for dieting/healthful tips. I’m not looking for weight loss, but rather a healthy lifestyle that will increase my metabolism and keep me healthy. I’ve seen that everyone recomends protein for a faster metabolism, but these countries primarily eat carbohydrates. This may be out of your league but any suggestions? Thanks! :]

  3. Riannon says:

    Hey Katie! I just stumbled upon your blog from foodgawker, and I was suprised and so excited to see the numerous recipes that do not involve milk!! I’m milk-protein allergic, so no ‘real’ ice cream, chocolate, butter, any of that stuff and it’s great to see so many recipes that have easy substitutions, and look fabulous on here! I cannot wait to start trying some of these that I’ve already book-marked! Thanks so much!!!!

    1. Aww Riannon, I am so glad you found me! And absolutely none of my recipes use any dairy whatsoever (milk, cheese, butter, etc.) :)

    2. Aww Riannon, I am so glad you found me! And absolutely none of my recipes use any dairy whatsoever (milk, cheese, butter, etc.) :)

  4. Riannon says:

    Hey Katie! I just stumbled upon your blog from foodgawker, and I was suprised and so excited to see the numerous recipes that do not involve milk!! I’m milk-protein allergic, so no ‘real’ ice cream, chocolate, butter, any of that stuff and it’s great to see so many recipes that have easy substitutions, and look fabulous on here! I cannot wait to start trying some of these that I’ve already book-marked! Thanks so much!!!!

  5. Mary says:

    Hey Katie! Your blog is amazing! I didn’t realize there was so many different ways to expiriment healthily with sweets. Anyways, I was wondering if you knew by any chance if it was the calories that counted or the macronutrients? Kind of a dieting question, but I’m trying to find the answer.
    Thanks,
    Mary

    1. Hi Mary,
      Thanks for the sweet comment!
      In terms of your question, I’m not sure what you mean. “Counts” for what?

    2. Hi Mary,
      Thanks for the sweet comment!
      In terms of your question, I’m not sure what you mean. “Counts” for what?

  6. Mary says:

    Hey Katie! Your blog is amazing! I didn’t realize there was so many different ways to expiriment healthily with sweets. Anyways, I was wondering if you knew by any chance if it was the calories that counted or the macronutrients? Kind of a dieting question, but I’m trying to find the answer.
    Thanks,
    Mary

  7. Corinne says:

    Hey Katie!
    I have been stumbling upon your posts on foodgawker a ton recently and I really like your healthy recipes since I am quite a chocoholic myself! and a HUGE foodie. I am not a vegan, a slight vegetarian maybe…but mainly I just eat really healthy! I really enjoy your pancake recipes and the tofu fudge brownies!! I have become obsessed with them! The more I try your recipes the more I have been experimenting in healthifing my own recipes :) Haha sorry I have no real questions for you, just wanted to say hello!
    Corinne

    1. Wow, thank you SO much! I wish you could see the big smile you just put on my face!

    2. Wow, thank you SO much! I wish you could see the big smile you just put on my face!

  8. Corinne says:

    Hey Katie!
    I have been stumbling upon your posts on foodgawker a ton recently and I really like your healthy recipes since I am quite a chocoholic myself! and a HUGE foodie. I am not a vegan, a slight vegetarian maybe…but mainly I just eat really healthy! I really enjoy your pancake recipes and the tofu fudge brownies!! I have become obsessed with them! The more I try your recipes the more I have been experimenting in healthifing my own recipes :) Haha sorry I have no real questions for you, just wanted to say hello!
    Corinne

  9. Chloe says:

    Wow! You are so inspirational! I have been trying to gain weight too, and I am on a gluten-free and dairy-free diet now because I am intolerant to them. Thank you so much for your vegan recipes! Many of which are gluten-free too!

    1. I’m so glad you found me, Chloe! :)

    2. I’m so glad you found me, Chloe! :)

  10. Chloe says:

    Wow! You are so inspirational! I have been trying to gain weight too, and I am on a gluten-free and dairy-free diet now because I am intolerant to them. Thank you so much for your vegan recipes! Many of which are gluten-free too!

  11. Alex says:

    Hello CCK!
    I just wanted to say (type..?) THANK YOU for inspiring me to start my own blog. Your blog and a few others have allowed me to see how fun it is to create recipes and share with others! So, thank you SO MUCH AGAIN, and may you continue baking/ raring up new recipes for the future. 😛 -Alex

    1. Aww welcome to this crazy blogworld, Alex! :)

    2. Aww welcome to this crazy blogworld, Alex! :)

  12. Alex says:

    Hello CCK!
    I just wanted to say (type..?) THANK YOU for inspiring me to start my own blog. Your blog and a few others have allowed me to see how fun it is to create recipes and share with others! So, thank you SO MUCH AGAIN, and may you continue baking/ raring up new recipes for the future. 😛 -Alex

  13. Rachel says:

    Your recipes are the bomb, katie :) I was reading your “about me” and I feel almost as if we’re the same person. I’m not vegan, but I was vegetarian for a year then brought lean meats back into my diet in hopes of adding protein to help me gain muscle. I’m a runner as well, and about your size (except 5’11”). However, I plan on going back to being vegetarian soon because I don’t necessarily need meat in my diet. I’m majoring in journalism, and LOVE LOVE LOVE to cook. The happiest moments are seeing the enjoyment people get out of my cooking. I adore it. So thank you for showing me these healthy recipes, because I always feel like I should be eating healthier, especially with sweets. Have a good 4th!

    1. Aw, happy fourth to you, Rachel! :)

    2. Aw, happy fourth to you, Rachel! :)

  14. Rachel says:

    Your recipes are the bomb, katie :) I was reading your “about me” and I feel almost as if we’re the same person. I’m not vegan, but I was vegetarian for a year then brought lean meats back into my diet in hopes of adding protein to help me gain muscle. I’m a runner as well, and about your size (except 5’11”). However, I plan on going back to being vegetarian soon because I don’t necessarily need meat in my diet. I’m majoring in journalism, and LOVE LOVE LOVE to cook. The happiest moments are seeing the enjoyment people get out of my cooking. I adore it. So thank you for showing me these healthy recipes, because I always feel like I should be eating healthier, especially with sweets. Have a good 4th!

  15. Martina says:

    Katie,
    Thank you so much for posting these awesome recipes. I am the wife of a chiropractor and have four kids. They (and myself) LOVE desserts and I feel so much more comfortable letting them eat them when I know it isn’t poisoning them. I am able to take things to parties and people can’t believe that these awesome recipes fall right in line with my wellness focused lifestyle. I also like the freedom of being able to eat chocolate and really enjoy it. Thanks for posting!!!

    1. Thank YOU for trying my recipes! I can’t tell you how happy that makes me. I hate when people feel like they need to choose between eating good food and having their health. Thanks for helping to show people that healthy food can taste fun! :)

    2. Thank YOU for trying my recipes! I can’t tell you how happy that makes me. I hate when people feel like they need to choose between eating good food and having their health. Thanks for helping to show people that healthy food can taste fun! :)

  16. Martina says:

    Katie,
    Thank you so much for posting these awesome recipes. I am the wife of a chiropractor and have four kids. They (and myself) LOVE desserts and I feel so much more comfortable letting them eat them when I know it isn’t poisoning them. I am able to take things to parties and people can’t believe that these awesome recipes fall right in line with my wellness focused lifestyle. I also like the freedom of being able to eat chocolate and really enjoy it. Thanks for posting!!!

  17. Amanda says:

    how do you stay motivated to run every day? I’m just coming back from a long running hiatus, and I want to start running half-marathons! I read in one of your posts that you run 6-8 miles a day; I want to run that far too, several times a week. I would love any tips you have!

    1. Hey Amanda!
      I definitely don’t run every day… in fact, I think that’s one of the BIGGEST things you can do to stay motivated: give yourself some rest days! Otherwise you risk burning out.
      Also, I like to imagine things while I run. I wrote more about that in a post from a few years ago: http://chocolatecoveredkatie.com/2009/01/08/chocolate-covered-song-of-the-day-and-an-interminably-long-email/

    2. Hey Amanda!
      I definitely don’t run every day… in fact, I think that’s one of the BIGGEST things you can do to stay motivated: give yourself some rest days! Otherwise you risk burning out.
      Also, I like to imagine things while I run. I wrote more about that in a post from a few years ago: http://chocolatecoveredkatie.com/2009/01/08/chocolate-covered-song-of-the-day-and-an-interminably-long-email/

  18. Amanda says:

    how do you stay motivated to run every day? I’m just coming back from a long running hiatus, and I want to start running half-marathons! I read in one of your posts that you run 6-8 miles a day; I want to run that far too, several times a week. I would love any tips you have!

  19. Celeste says:

    I LOVE your blog!

    My question is, how do you manage to find the time to eat 6 meals a day! I work full time I can just can’t manage to fit cooking 3 meals a day in! Any tips?

    1. Hi Celeste!
      I cook a LOT in bulk. For example, when I cook pancakes, I’ll make like 5 servings and freeze leftovers. Same thing with non-sweet dishes as well. My freezer is filled with meals! Also, I always cook my oatmeal the night before, because I don’t have time in the morning! Take shortcuts whenever you can :). And sometimes packaged products/sauces/frozen veggies or canned veggies are your friends!

      1. Gerri says:

        I have cut down on my cooking breakfast by not cooking my oatmeal. I use equal parts Regular Rolled Oats and Non-Dairy Milk (Almond,Coconut etc) Put it in the Fridge at night and take it to work in the morning I don’t even bother to heat it. I like it at room temp

      2. Gerri says:

        I have cut down on my cooking breakfast by not cooking my oatmeal. I use equal parts Regular Rolled Oats and Non-Dairy Milk (Almond,Coconut etc) Put it in the Fridge at night and take it to work in the morning I don’t even bother to heat it. I like it at room temp

    2. Hi Celeste!
      I cook a LOT in bulk. For example, when I cook pancakes, I’ll make like 5 servings and freeze leftovers. Same thing with non-sweet dishes as well. My freezer is filled with meals! Also, I always cook my oatmeal the night before, because I don’t have time in the morning! Take shortcuts whenever you can :). And sometimes packaged products/sauces/frozen veggies or canned veggies are your friends!

  20. Celeste says:

    I LOVE your blog!

    My question is, how do you manage to find the time to eat 6 meals a day! I work full time I can just can’t manage to fit cooking 3 meals a day in! Any tips?