Welcome to The Flourished Table!
I'm Elise Harlow, a Registered Dietitian with a love for all things food.
As a child, my mom taught me how delicious real, home cooked food can be. Her commitment to providing our family with real whole foods piqued my interest in nutrition. Now, my goal is to help you integrate nutritious food into your busy lifestyle so you can feel the best from the inside out.
I am originally from Texas but Southern California is my new home. I enjoy anything outside but especially the beach, hiking, picnics, reading a book by the pool, as well as anything that involves cooking, food, and wine.
"One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well."— Virginia Woolf
I believe that eating should first and foremost be enjoyable.
We should not be choking down certain foods just for the sake of health. I also believe that balance is key. We don't just eat because we have to. We also eat for pleasure.
Many people have the mindset that eating healthy means they should be restricted from delicious food. I feel passionately about showing people that these two things are not mutually exclusive.
Eating foods that we truly enjoy is important to both our mental and physical health... and let’s be honest, salad is just not as nourishing for my soul as a donut!
Although I am a Registered Dietitian by trade, I am human first. Humans are not meant to be perfect. The same goes for food - there is no one perfect way to eat. I believe pizza and wine nights are just as “healthy” as salad and baked salmon - it is all about the balance.
"People who love to eat are always the best people"- Julia Childs