You guys are so thoughtful with your questions!! I have had so much fun answering each and every one of them. You guys are AMAZING!
Alrighty, here we go!
What is your favorite healthy food?
I would have to say Pizzerts! Especially Almond Joy and Reese’s ones!
What’s your philosophy on eating? (like are you okay with eating meat, what is your opinion on restrictions, etc)
I feel that you should feed your body the best foods you can. The more unprocessed, organic, and REAL, the better.
I am not against using animal products, but I try to use plant substitutes whenever possible. Since I am lactose intolerant, I do not use dairy products. Therefore, much (if not all) of what I bake/make is vegan/vegetarian.
I try to avoid processed sugar. I use fruits to sweeten my baked goods whenever possible, if not, I use agave/honey/stevia sparingly.
I focus on Vegetables and Fruits, healthy fats, good carbs, complete proteins, and WHOLE grains.
You are so cute! do you like to workout? if so, what’s your workout schedule like?
Yes, I love to workout! Usually, I workout 4-5 times at the gym (cardio and weights). I also do abs every other day, with stretches after all my workouts. I like the Precors, Ellipticals, and Treadmills for my cardio, and I either do the weight machines at the gym or dumb bells at home. I also really enjoy workout videos and PILATES!!! They truly work the core!
What inspired you to start blogging?
When I see my friends making not so great choices about their health/body, becoming obsessed, not loving themselves, it really depresses me. We all have so much potential. I wanted to share my love of nutrition, my journey towards balance, my passion for all things health, my love of baking, and join the many health bloggers out here!
Are you a 3 meal person or do you eat frequently throughout the day?
I’m more of a frequent meal person. My typical day includes a snack in the morning (before my workout), breakfast, lunch, afternoon snack, dinner, and a snack in the evening. So I guess I eat 5-6 times a day, but it varies since I strive to listen to my body. If it says I’m hungry, I feed it. If I’m not, then I don’t. I strive to be in-tune with my body’s hunger cues.
Have your parents ever objected to your way of eating/nourishing your body? Have they ever thought it was “not normal” or “weird”?
I wouldn’t say that they have ever objected. They may think that I am really weird to eat 100% Bakers Chocolate, avocado on toast, etc., but I wouldn’t say that they object. I am so grateful for my family. I am so grateful for all of their support. They are always there for me, and I know that I can go to them with anything, and they’ll be there for me.
I am so grateful for my mom. She is the first person I go to when I have a problem. For example, she was who I turned to when I realized I was becoming restricting. We talk about everything. She helped me get back to balance.
I am so grateful for my dad. If I need to talk and have someone hear me out, I go to my dad. He always listens.
I am so grateful to my sister. She always reminds me to have fun! Especially with my food! Hehe, she is always trying new things!
How did you get comfortable with your body image- its SO HARD for me.. i hate the way i look even though I know im at a healthy weight?
One thing that has helped me is to replace negative thoughts with positive ones. If I find myself criticizing my thighs, for example, I replace those thoughts with three positive ones like “Oh my gosh, Gorgeous! Your eyes are beautiful!”
When I look in the mirror, instead of looking for the things I don’t like as much, I try to compliment myself. I feel instead of hating mirrors and starting my day off disgruntled about myself, I feel why not have fun!
You know, I still sometimes look in the mirror and not like what I see. But, I have made a truce with the mirror. You might even catch me saying mirrors are sexy!
What’s your favorite past time outside of cooking/baking/nutrition? What do you like to do outside of food/nutrition?
Some of my favorite things to do include doing counted cross-stitch, playing the piano, and reading. I haven’t had much time lately to do a lot reading, but I really love it. I also love blogging, shopping, and hanging out with my friends!
What was your favorite city to live in and which one had the best local food?
I loved the Watermelon in Adana, Turkey (Adana is in the southern part of Turkey). Those melons were HUGE!
Do you have similar views as I do?