Hi and welcome to Small Eats!
I’m Aimée Suen, certified Nutritional Therapy Practitioner, author, recipe developer, designer, photographer and podcaster.
Where Small Eats Began
Small Eats started in 2013 as a way to share my mostly plant-based recipes and show my friends and family that healthy eating could be tasty after I gained weight in college. It was a creative outlet that gave me purpose and joy. The “small” at the time came from the need to get smaller, the fact that I am small in height, I’m under 5 feet tall, smaller portions and the fact that I just cooked for me and my partner.
How Small Eats has Changed
As I experienced by own health issues, been healing in many different ways, and have become more aware of Diet Culture, Small Eats has grown and evolved. It’s now my home to share gluten and dairy free recipes, nutrition knowledge, and how you can find and support your specific and unique definition of health, one small step at a time. I also have the Small Steps podcast that dives deeper into specific topics around health, wellness and the amazing people making a difference and empowering others.
My Health Journey
Like I said above, this site started as a way to share my healthy recipes as I was on a weight loss journey after gaining weight in college. I was making progress on that goal until I hit a road bump in 2016.
My day job as a designer became increasingly stressful and my body was starting to let me know that enough was enough. The scale wasn’t moving as much, my emotions were all over the place, I was so exhausted, and I had large patches of eczema on my shins and upper arm. My body was telling me enough was enough. At the same time, I was also feeling a stronger pull to help others with their health and wanted to take my knowledge to another level.
I enrolled in the Nutritional Therapy Practitioner program to help others and also really helped myself. I moved to a lower stress job for my health, doubled down on my yoga practice and stopped eating gluten and dairy to help heal my gut. My eczema is gone, my energy is higher, my body composition changed and I feel so much happier.
If you want to listen to more of my health journey, you can listen to the first episode of the Small Steps podcast.
My Mission and Philosophy
I know my story of being overworked and overwhelmed isn’t too unusual. I’ve met and talked with so many womxn that are in the midst of overwhelm. Their bodies are telling them something is up, but they don’t know where to start and what to do, especially with the large amount of conflicting and diet culture-y language out there.
If you’re confused about where to start, how to make healthy living align with you and your values, and to create a sustainable lifestyle that isn’t focused on shrinking your body or staying quiet, I’ve been there. If you’re trying to figure out how to balance your work and taking care of yourself, or struggling to find time to cook or you just don’t know what to cook that’s healthy and tasty, I’ve been there. If you’re confused by all of conflicting health information out there, telling you how you “should” eat and live, I’ve been there too.
I’m here to help you figure out what works best for YOU. We’re all different—we come from different backgrounds, have different preferences, like different foods… Life isn’t one size fits all, and neither is your health. There are common starting points and general things that can help us all, but when it gets down to the fine-tuning and what’s going to work in the long term, it will be different for everyone.
They always say that the way to tackle big goals and dreams is with one foot in front of the other. Small actions that add up to larger ones. With small tweaks and steps, you can find your healthy and live the life you truly want.
If you want to work with me one on one with nutritional coaching, head here.
I don’t focus on fat or weight loss with my clients.