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?
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. :)
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! :D
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! :D
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. :D 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. :D 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?