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Hello! I’m Anjali. I’m a board certified health coach, author, wife, mom and food lover from the SF Bay area (now living in Seattle, WA!); with a passion for delicious food and a desire to make healthy eating easy, tasty and fun! Learn more about me here and stay for a while!

Anjali Shah


What does it mean to be a PickyEater? 

When people think of being a “picky eater,” they think of the little kid who doesn’t want to eat anything except ice cream for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

But being a PickyEater can be something very different: It can be something positive that helps you transform your way to a healthier, happier life.

This is what it means to be a PickyEater: 

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Some more about me: Learn more about me here, and take a trip down a day in the life of The Picky Eater (a sample of what I eat on a daily basis) here!

52 responses to “Philosophy”

  1. Hi!
    I am wondering if you can answer some questions about loosing weight and suggestions for healthy eating? i have gained 5 pounds in one week! (LOL) that I want to loose and keep off.

    • Hi Lucie! Absolutely! I’ll contact you over email to follow up in more detail — but I just wanted to say that I can absolutely help you with weight loss and healthy eating (those are the areas I specialized in during my health coaching degree!) Hang in there and we will talk soon! 🙂

  2. I can’t wait till I try some of your recipes, I’m a 17 year old is really concerned about his diet I’m 5’6 and a half (cant forget that half especially when my relatives are like 6’2) but i am obese at 200 lbs, I am supposed to weigh 160. Hopefully your foods allow me to regain what my healthy physique was when I was 13 years old. I am a self proclaimed picky eater and its not the taste trust me it’s all texture but I believe that with your recipes I can do this and a lot of walking 😀 So here’s to eating healthier *raises a glass of non-alcoholic wine as I abhor alcohol* and let’s hope this works. On the side note, what is your advice on cooking healthy on a budget for us soon to be College Kids or the families that have so little money?

    • Hi Anthony! Thank you so much for reaching out to me and for sharing your story! It’s so wonderful to “meet” you 🙂 I can’t wait to hear how you like my recipes once you try them – and yes, heres to eating healthier indeed! So to your question about cooking healthy on a budget, I actually have a post with 10 tips on how to make budget-friendly (but still healthy) choices at the grocery store – which you can use to buy the ingredients for most recipes on my blog. The post is here. Let me know if you have any other questions in the meantime, and keep me posted on how things go!

  3. i’m recently getting into being “picky” about my food. And it’s a hard beginning. I’ve never really bothered about all this before and don’t know where to start. But I am slowly learning what to eat and what not to. And your blog helps in a huge way. And the fact that the recipes are simple for an amateur like me to make, means it’s even better.

    • Aw thank you so much for your kind words Crystal! I’m so glad my blog is helping to make healthy eating easier for you 🙂 Kudos to you for making the effort and taking the time to incorporate healthier foods into your diet – let me know if I can help in any way or if you have any questions! Thanks again!

  4. Anjali,
    I love your website! I’ve been searching for awhile a healthy site that’s friendly, easy to read and welcoming.. now my search is over. My husband and I are starting on this healthy lifestyle and stumbling upon your website is a great source of recipe ideas and encouragement. I can’t wait to try these. Thank you. Keep on cookin’ 🙂

    • Awww thank you so much Johnalynne! I’m so excited for you and your husband to try my recipes — congrats on starting on a healthier lifestyle path as well! Let me know how things go and if you have any questions – and stay well! 🙂

  5. When I wrote the comment above, I thought I was writing under the comment section under recipe I selected— not the main page! Since I’m on this main page now, I just want to say that I am having a blast going through all your recipes! The one I tried to comment on was the strawberry oatmeal! Today, I tried the Indian spiced oatmeal — amazing! Tomorrow, I’m trying lunch with sweet potato tacos. I am so psyched that I discovered your blog (as is my partner!). Thank you for what you do. I love being at the crossroads of food that is yummy and healthy. THANK YOU!

    • That is so wonderful Andy!! Your comment totally made my day 🙂 I’m so glad you and your partner are having fun going through all of my recipes!! The sweet potato tacos are one of my favs – you have to let me know how you like them! Happy cooking!

  6. That’s my philosophy as well. I have the healthy eating part down, it’s the emotional late night eating that gets me. Sure I eat healthy, but too many calories are too many calories.

    Anyways I was searching healthy food blogs and came across your and it really stuck out. Great job your doing on your blog!

    • Aw thank you so much for your kind words Dee! I’m so glad you’re enjoying my blog. I totally hear you on the emotional late night eating. That’s something a lot of people struggle with, and is certainly something you can overcome! One thing to try to think about or write down is what types of foods you crave late at night, what types of emotions cause you to eat, and start to identify your “triggers.” Then you can try to work through them and create strategies to redirect your emotional eating energy elsewhere (towards exercise or journaling for example). Happy to chat with you more about this if you’d like! Just send me a note and we can go from there. Either way – let me know how you like my recipes and kudos on already having the healthy eating part down! 🙂

  7. I was and still am that kid who only would eat ice cream for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Well more like mac-n-cheese but you get the point.

    I want to eat healthy, I really do. Your philosophy is everything I am trying to strive for. So far, not doing so well. I hope to be back commenting on a dish of yours I tried. Wish me luck!

    • Hi Danielle! Thank you so much for sharing your story with me! I’m so glad my philosophy resonated with you. I know you can eat healthy – wanting to do so is more than half the battle! 🙂 Just make sure not to be too hard on yourself if you do end up eating that ice cream or mac & cheese once in a while – everything in moderation is the key. Can’t wait to hear how you like my recipes! Good luck and keep me posted on how things go!

  8. Love your philosophy. This is exactly how I am trying to live! Can’t wait to try some of your recipes!

    • Aw thank you so much Katey!! I can’t wait to hear how my recipes turn out for you!!

  9. Anjali, I absolutely LOVE your philosophy. Keeps me motivated!
    Please do keep writing. I really enjoy your blog 🙂

    • Aw thank you so much Reshana!! So glad I can help you stay motivated! 🙂

  10. The Picky Eater is a website that promotes healthy living through healthy eating at a time where health is a great concern to children and adults alike. With a feel and look that is new, hip, and vibrant I feel reading the site to some extent addictive. Photos and simple recipes make for an easy guide to healthy eating which has enticed me to even give cooking a try as it seems so easy to do in The Picky Eater. Thank you and here’s to my new found journey to healthy eating.

    • Thank you so much Vinodh! So glad you are enjoying my blog, and congrats on your new path to healthier eating! 🙂

  11. Such a great blog, Im really interested in the receipes you have provided. I love the whole feel of the blog and the vibrant colours, philopshys and all the info on here, really makes for an interesring read. Great to see so much healthy choice, definetley will use them to cook at home now. Thanks

    • Thank you so much for your kind words Kieran! Keep me posted if you try any of my recipes at home – I’m sure you will love them!

  12. I just discovered this blog through Skinny Taste. I am a vegetarian who struggles to cook healthy meals for myself and especially my family, who eats meat. I feel like I have finally landed on something. Will comment as I try new recipes..

    • Hi Cara! It’s so nice to meet you! 🙂 I can’t wait to hear how you like my recipes – keep me posted on how they turn out for you!

    • Thank you so much Kala!! I’m so happy my philosophy resonates with you – thank you for your kind words 🙂 I’m so glad you like my blog!

  13. This is such a great philosophy for the college student who does not want to pack on the pounds from the dining halls and fast food places on campus and instead is self-teaching a healthy way to consume! Thank you for the inspiration!

    • Thanks so much Becky!! I’m so glad it’s helpful! I’m sure you will do great staying healthy in college – but feel free to email me if there’s anything I can help with in terms of healthy college eating! 🙂

    • Hehe no problem! Honestly there are so many great places to eat in SF, I could have given you even more recs! Can’t wait to hear how it goes, enjoy!

  14. I love this! Great message. I love your recipes. You’re even teaching me new words like cilantro (which we call coriander in Australia) :P. I’ll be travelling to San Francisco so I was wondering if you had any recommendations of good places to eat. Thanks for your blog and keep writing 🙂

    • Aw thank you so much Megha! It’s so nice to meet you 🙂 That’s funny that you call cilantro coriander – I think it’s called that in Indian cooking as well! So yes, I definitely have a ton of recommendations on where to eat in SF (it’s a great food town). First off, you have to visit The Ferry Building and their Farmer’s Market on Saturday mornings – I think it’s open until 2pm. You can see my post and pictures from it here. Also – here is my list for some of my favorite restaurants in SF, and if you’re vegan you have to visit Millennium too! Hope that helps, enjoy your trip out here!

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