Happy Friday! We got pounded with snow yesterday and since Charlottesville rarely ever gets lots of snow the city pretty much shuts down. And I pretty much was confined to my apartment, which means I ate lots of PB from the jar, stayed in my pjs, and watched lots of Grey’s.
I did have a couple Nutshell clients and got some stuff squared away for school but other than that it was amazingly relaxing! And today Momma Coale and my little brother come! I can barely contain my excitement!!!
And I’m also super excited about today’s post featuring the beautiful, inspiring and oh so talented Hillary from Nutrition Nut on the Run. This girl loves kale as much as I do and she’s super speedy when it comes to running. If we got together, we’d gab eachother’s faces off about all things nut butter, everything awesome we just ate, and maybe ex-boyfriends or something like that.
Hillary lives in sunny California and has a Bachelor’s degree in Nutrition, but she’s also super ambitious and has recently enrolled in the Institute of Integrative Nutrition to become a health coach. She’s going to be one of a kind. Her healthy outlook on food and adoration for seasonal, local food is so refreshing. And she’s often whipping up something delicious in her kitchen using all that gorgeous CA produce! Plus the kettle bell swinging queen always has a fun and short, yet effective workout to share. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg ya’ll!
Keep reading to see what she has to say to some of my favorite questions. And bop on over to her blog [that you’ll love!] to see what I had to say. Or just stay here if you don’t really care what I have to say….
Hope you guys enjoy this lovely lady!
1. When did your passion for nutrition begin? Have your thoughts about food and nutrition changed over the years?
My passion for nutrition most likely began, subconsciously, after my bout with E.coli when I was seven years old. After being hospitalized for three weeks from a foodborne illness, it most certainly changed my perspective on food and life, even at such a young age.
I remember my real passion for nutrition blossoming as a teenager; eating healthfully (and restrictively) empowered me at an uncomfortable age. My restrictive habits positively bloomed into a sincere interest in the culinary arts (I considered attending a culinary academy). I took every cooking class offered at my high school, and unashamedly watched the Food Network during my lunch breaks.
My thoughts about food and nutrition have evolved over the years, as I’ve gained more knowledge through my formal education (and from my involvement in the healthy living blog industry). Though, my philosophy of eating a local, seasonal, plant-heavy diet has not changed nor has my believe in consuming dark chocolate daily 🙂
2. What motivates and inspires you to nourish your body well?
Longevity. I’d prefer to invest in my health now by nourishing my body with nutritious and delicious food, rather than pay for disease later via pharmaceuticals. I think of food and physical activity as my fuel and medicine to live a long, energetic life. I nourish my body for myself, but I’d like to think that by doing so, I am also a role model for others inspiring to live on the healthy side of life 🙂
3. Over the past few years, what has been the biggest lesson you’ve learned in your 20s?
Do things that scare you; let your walls down; be open to change. There are SO many things that I have learned in the past four and half years, but the aforementioned are those that instantaneously come to mind. Change is the only constant in life.
4. If we could peak inside your brain, what are you hoping to accomplish in the next few years?
I am currently enrolled at the Institute of Integrative Nutrition (I just began the curriculum one month ago). After I earn my holistic health coach certificate, I hope to take off running with a health coaching business, even if it is not my main job right away. In conjunction with that, I aspire to become a certified personal trainer; I can see these two certifications working (pun intended) together in harmony.
5. What are three things you do everyday* to make sure you are taking care of yourself?
1. Eat a healthy and satisfying breakfast packed with macronutrients (especially healthy fats) to energize my day.
2. Exercise – I do it for my heart and for the peace of mind. Whether it’s a sweaty kettlebell workout, or a hike in the park, fitting in physical activity makes a happier Hillary.
3. Indulge! Whether that is a piece or two of 85% dark chocolate, or an overpriced latte, I think it’s important not to deny your cravings. My motto is “sweat daily, indulge often.” Also, life is about balance: there is enough room to have your kale and your cookies.
**I do take active rest days 1-2 days per week!