My name is Deanna and welcome to my blog, Health without Sacrifice! I’m a recent college graduate exploring the world of nutrition and healthy foods while still enjoying every last bite.

I was introduced to a healthy eating style about 10 years ago, when my dad started researching and bringing home organic foods. Being a teenager, however, I rebelled against every last vegetable and continued eating junk food whenever I was away from home. In 2011, I wanted to get into shape and try again with this healthier eating style. Turns out, I love it! A few months after changing my eating habits, I noticed I was looking better and feeling a lot more energized. I also found out that I love cooking. I like creating recipes that are affordable, easy, and most importantly, yummy! So why not start a blog for my tested and approved recipes? Eating healthy gets a false and bad rep. People often think nutritious foods and say who wants to eat celery all day long? But eating real and nutritious foods in no way limits your ability to enjoy a variety of yummy foods.


Typically, I post every Saturday morning. I’d love to post more, but it takes me awhile to get a recipe just right before I feel comfortable posting it.

So, what am I? 

Nowadays, almost everyone has a particular dietary lifestyle: gluten-free, diary-free, vegetarian, vegan, paleo, I-only-eat-sweets-on-the-weekend. The list goes on. So, what do I go by? To make it simple, I try to avoid highly processed foods and focus on real and organic foods in their more natural form. However, I do generally avoid having carbs (pasta, bread, potatoes) as the main source of any meal. Does that mean I never have them? No, I just limit them to special occasions.

Trying a healthier food lifestyle?

Note: I say “lifestyle” because I don’t believe in diets. Diets don’t work- they just give you the yo-yo effect. And going back and forth between 2 extremes is not good for anyone’s body- both externally and internally.

So, what is my #1 tip for someone trying a new dietary lifestyle? Do your own homework! As I’ve already mentioned, there are a ton of dietary lifestyle choices. Know what you are getting yourself into. Don’t just go by what someone tells you. And know why a food is/is not allowed in the lifestyle you choose. Research the nutrition and chemicals in your food and how it will effect your body.

This way, you’ll build your own strong foundation. The stronger this foundation, the more likely you’ll be stick to your decisions and stop looking resentfully at limitations.

“Fat-free” and other packaging claims

This goes along with doing your own research. When I cook, I do not use products that are “fat-free” or “improved” to be 0 calories. Why? Because these just scream processed food.

The kitchen and the gym

It’s hard to talk about eating healthy and not mention physical exercise. These two are so often closely linked. So what’s more important? From having both an organic-eating, heathy foods obsessed father and a gym instructor mother, I’ve long pondered this question.

Generally speaking, I believe body composition is based 70% on what you eat and 30% on physical activities. Therefore, if I’d have to pick one, I’d say eating healthy is more important. After all, there’s no need to “burn off” junk if it’s not there to begin with. Yet, if you’re trying to build up specific muscle, strength, or endurance then physical activity will certainly help.

That’s not to say that I don’t exercise. Quite the contrary. I play tennis, rock climb, bike and take Spinning, Tabata, and Pilates classes. I was born with CDH and had absolutely NO strength in my mid-section (tests in gym were embarrassing- I couldn’t even do one sit up). Physical activities and exercise definitely helped me catch up. Now, I exercise mostly to relieve stress and make myself feel good.


Feel free to comment and I’ll get back to you!


24 responses to this post.

  1. The new improvements to your blog are great! I thought I would be the first to let you know 🙂


  2. You have a lovely blog…and I’m about to choose a recipe and feature it on my facebook group…If that’s cool?


  3. I so enjoyed reading about you and your journey to a healthy lifestyle… what a great blog!


  4. Dear Deanna, I’m moving my blog from wordpress.com to a selfhosted site. If you wish to still receive an email when there is a new post on mademoisellegourmande.com, you need to subscribe again. I’m very sorry for that but would love if you’d keep on following! 🙂


  5. thanks for following me! 🙂
    i love your recipes!!
    i’m following you back 😀
    xo, jade



  6. Posted by benourishedwellness on May 28, 2015 at 1:29 pm

    Thanks for liking my post! This gave me a chance to discover your blog, and I absolutely LOVED it!!! I’m following it now 🙂


  7. […] you have come here for a lasagna recipe and how awesome that Deanna from Health Without Sacrifice has done the work for us! So head over to her blog for some grain-free, gluten-free, noodle-free […]


  8. Hi Deanna! Thank you for liking one of our posts on Our Green Nation. Please let me know if you would like to share some of your recipes on our site too. We of course would credit and link back to your site. We are all about cross-promoting to achieve a stronger message together! Cheers, Leya


  9. Posted by deliciouslynell on May 25, 2016 at 5:23 am

    Hi there! I’ve nominated you for the lovely blog award! Acceptance is purely optional, but if you’re keen, please drop by: https://ineedafeed.wordpress.com/2016/05/25/one-lovely-blog-award/ to get the rules!


  10. Posted by Jai Preston on June 27, 2016 at 2:31 pm

    Hi Deanna, firstly, i would like to say that your site is very good and the message you are conveying is fantastic. Your recipes are delicious and your’re doing it all for free!, which says a lot about your passion. I think health is largely misunderstood, and it could be revolutionized with a global better understanding of real food.

    I am the founder of theprestopost.org and am trying to build it to an international level, a site that will benefit everybody. I want to give voices to those who have knowledge that other could learn from. I want it to be a hub of amazing material on all walks of life. Health and fitness is one of my passions and it is also the future. It is something i really want to explore on the site, and get the right message out millions. If you would be kind enough to spare a few minutes to email me so we could discuss you contributing on my site, i would be very grateful. You can contact me at jaipreston@outlook.com . If you have a look at my site, scroll down to some of the older posts to get an idea of what it is all about.

    Thanks, and again, great work.


    • Hi Jai, wow! What a wonderful comment to receive. I support the message you are trying to put out and would love to be a part of it! Will be in touch soon!


  11. I’m a bit of a healthy food convert too, so I love the message you’re sending out, looking forward to reading your blog!

    Thanks for dropping by my blog too!


  12. Thank you for visiting my blog and liking my Tilapia and sun-dried tomatoes post! Eating healthy without compromising the flavor and the joy of eating is a great message that I very much embrace. Keep it up and lots of luck!


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