Hi there, world! My name is Leslie, but you can call me Niki. I started this blog about a year ago as a celebration of food, fitness, and fashion; however, my love affair with the material quickly diminished after I moved to Southern California. Week after week, I ignored my plans for posts and laughed at the outlines I created in my blog planner so instead of forcing what’s suppose to be an organic process, I quit blogging. After seven months away, I finally wrote a post to close the three-part series about my road trip to California. When I finished the piece, I got excited and almost made the same mistake I did months ago by sitting down with my planner and creating more unnecessary outlines. I want to speak from the heart about my struggles with food addiction and how a diagnosis put me on the path to TRULY be vulnerable and honest about my feelings. I pray others will see themselves in my stories and are inspired to make the changes needed to live a positive, healthy life!
Here I am at the beginning of my blogging days in the middle of a deep, belly laugh as my photographer clicks away during a photo shoot in my favorite park back home in Georgia. I wanted to use this picture because that’s how I felt when God showed me writing would be apart of my healing journey. I. Hated. Writing. As a teenager, I poured myself into the subjects I love and ignored the subjects I hated with my least favorite being English or anything that involved a lengthy paper. But leave it up to God to use the one thing you despise as an essential part of your healing journey. I soon discovered my ill feelings toward writing stemmed from how long it took to make an essay perfect, or at least good enough to get at a B so my parents wouldn’t fuss. Guess what, peeps? No one is grading this, I get to decide what to say and how to say it! As long as I have good intentions and can stand behind my work, that is all that matters.
Now I know you’re saying to yourself, ok Niki, we are delighted you want to continue blogging, but what is this all about? Well, at least I hope you’re curious since you’ve made it this far! I recently became a plant-based eater and food will be the common thread throughout the blog. During a routine pelvic exam, my doctor thought I might have uterine fibroids and ordered a series of tests to determine their size and location. An ultrasound confirmed several fibroids enlarged my uterus to almost three times the size of a normal one. I refused surgery and decided a plant-based diet would be the best way to save my uterus. I know my body didn’t develop these invaders overnight and after years of dancing around my poor relationship with food, the diagnosis forced me to exam my reasons for emotional eating. And so you have it ladies and gentleman, a new purpose for Frankie Sue’s Kitchen literally born from my womb. Can women get rid of fibroids with a plant-based diet? Is food addiction a real thing? Have I peaked your curiosity? If so, stay tuned to Frankie Sue’s Kitchen and see how my story unfolds!