20 Questions, Health Style

It’s that time of year again for all us college kids–finals! I actually only have a few finals this semester but a lot of other crap to do before Christmas break like writing papers and such so saying that I’m stressed is definitely an understatement. So this is where fun little surveys come in! Plus I always love talking about food and health so here we go…

1. What did you eat for breakfast?

Today I had a super-unconventional breakfast, at least for me. I had a rice cake (new obsession) topped with raw vanilla chai protein frosting and raisins, with a side of candy cane coffee (courtesy of Target–so good!) and some sauteed cinnamon kale. I usually go for breakfasts on the sweet side and this was, but definitely not my norm, especially with the addition of the kale.

2. How much water do you drink a day?

Not enough! I get headaches a lot (like at least once a week) and I think it may have to do with being a little dehydrated. I live in a really dry state so that doesn’t help but I really need to start drinking more. Water is really the only thing I drink during the day but I don’t get in a lot.

3. What is your current favorite workout?

Any of the workouts in this workout app I have on my iPod Touch. I really love the ab-focused ones, I always feel the burn!

4. How many calories do you eat a day?

I honestly don’t want to get into this. Yes, I count calories religiously (unfortunately…) but I really really want to stop. I’d rather focus on the nutrients and ingredients in my food rather than calories so I’m working towards that. The calories thing still bugs me though because I know I’m probably slightly restricting but I have no idea how many calories I really need to function at my best. Which is why I want to stop counting calories.

5. What are your favorite healthy snacks?

Fruit, dried and fresh and frozen. Rice cakes topped with pumpkin butter. Peanut flour paste. Almond butter mixed with maple syrup. Kale chips. Raw cauliflower dipped in salsa. Roasted squash dipped in nut butter. Dark chocolate…what? Who said it isn’t healthy?!

Pom seeds = totally delicious.

6. What do you usually eat for lunch?

I try to get in a big bowl of kale in some form, or some veggie. Other than that, I don’t really have anything I eat a lot with lunch. I like to mix it up!

7. What is your favorite body part to strength train?

I don’t do typical strength-training–I don’t lift weights or anything but I like bodyweight exercises. But I like to train my abs and arms, that’s where I feel the most progress and burn.

8. What is your least favorite body part to strength train?

Legs. I don’t feel like it does as much as arms or abs.

9. What are your ‘bad’ food cravings?

I don’t really crave unhealthy foods, but since I have a sweet tooth, some days I go a little crazy with the dark chocolate, maple syrup and dried fruit. All healthy things, but not as nutritionally amazing as veggies  obviously!

10. Do you take vitamins or supplements?

I finally found a gummy vitamin without gelatin and I love it! It’s also supplemented with a variety of veggies and fruits which is great for those days that I can’t get in as much produce as I’d like.

11. How often do you eat out?

A few times per month, mostly when my mom picks me up for the weekend and we have to swing by Panera or Chipotle or whatever for a quick lunch or dinner. We don’t go out to real restaurants a lot, mostly because they don’t have tons of vegan options, but Tasty Harmony is my favorite sit-down place because it’s all plant-based and made from scratch. Plus the Whole Foods salad bars are always amazing!

Love the Whole Foods salad bars!

12. Do you eat fast food?

Unless you count places like Chipotle, then never. I haven’t in many years and I don’t really want to. I like fast casual places because they have lots of healthy, vegan options but fast food places do not appeal to me at all.

13. Who is your biggest supporter?

My family, for sure! My mom has been driving 200 miles a couple of times per month throughout my college career to bring me home on some weekends and always has great advice. I can talk to my dad about anything and he has supported my dreams and expensive tastes. My sister is my best friend and fashion consultant (I’m hers too!). I don’t know what I’d do without them.

Love this girl!

14. Do you have a gym membership?

No, but I’ve always wanted to. I actually think some of those gym machines look really fun!

15. How many hours of sleep do you get a night?

I always aim for at least 8 and I usually get that…and more! I’m lucky to be such a great sleeper and getting 9 or 10 hours of sleep feels great.

16. Do you have a ‘cheat’ day?

Nope. I have enough disordered thoughts in my life without thinking I need to ‘cheat’ and eat ‘badly’ on a certain day. For the most part, I eat what I like (which is mostly healthy anyways), try to get a good balance of macros and vitamins and that’s that. I try not to overthink indulgences and stuff like that.

Was this healthy? Not really (it was vegan and from Whole Foods though so not totally bad) but it was my birthday and I wanted cake!

17. Do you drink alcohol?

Not regularly, as I’m not quite legal, but I did enjoy a few cocktails on Thanksgiving and I think I’ll have to do the same over Christmas break!

18. Do you have a workout buddy?

Not really, but my dad and I play tennis together sometimes which is so fun.  We haven’t played in awhile so that needs to change!

19. What is the best thing that has changed about your life since committing to a healthy lifestyle?

I started eating healthier around 14 but then I fell into an eating disorder and now I’m coming out on the other side as a vegan and healthier than ever. I think I’ve started to discover balance–balancing healthy eating with exercise, sleep, work and fun. It’s not always easy, but getting that balance is key to being happy.

20. What was the last healthy thing you did?

Put on a sweatshirt because I was cold. That sounds totally silly, but it’s no fun to sit around freezing and it feels good to respect my body by not ignoring its cries for warmth 😉

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12 thoughts on “20 Questions, Health Style

  1. reader says:

    Don’t you think you should maybe see a dietician & therapist. The dietician can give you an idea of how many cals you need, since you say you’re unsure of how much to eat. Your food looks amazing & delicious all the time , but there isn’t enough of It to even sustain a small child. It honestly sounds & looks from your blog that you hardly eat much at all( a rice cake & kale for a meal?!). Certainly not nearly enough consider yourself in recovery. A therapist could help you start actually recovering. I mean ,don’t you worry about your metabolism ,and what this prolonged starvation is doing to you?

    • Thanks for your concern. I have actually seen both in the past and didn’t have the best experience with either but I would consider seeing different ones who would be more knowledgeable and helpful. I do worry a lot about my metabolism but it is extremely hard and scary when you don’t know what you need to maintain your weight so it’s easier to fall back into old patterns. I’m not trying to make excuses for myself, though, just trying to explain why I’m eating and thinking the way I do.

  2. caloricandcrazy says:

    Totally doing this survey when I have time!

    I’m such a lazy when it comes to working out my abs/core. It’s my weakest area, but it’s such a pain to workout for me :P. I love working out my legs and arms though, and seeing the definition slowly creeping in 😛

    “The calories thing still bugs me though because I know I’m probably slightly restricting but I have no idea how many calories I really need to function at my best.”

    ^ That is totally how I feel!! It’s like, I want to not rely on calories anymore, but it’s challenging to figure out your “number” and sometimes scary. It can be more comfortable to restrict because that’s what we’re used to, but our “number” is very likely much higher than our “comfort zone”.

  3. That’s such a fun survey! I like surveys in general because you get to know some fun tibits about the bloggers filling them out. Do you know whether I might copy this and answer it on my blog, too?

    Regarding the calories I know what you mean. It can be confusing to decide which source to trust in telling you how many you need. I’d suggest consulting a nutritionist because that’s what helped me and you get a truly personalized number. I found this link on Jenny’s (Peanut butter and Jenny) blog a while ago and seeing as you’re in recovery, too, you might find it helpful as well? The numbers are found at the very bottom of the post.
    http://www.youreatopia.com/blog/2012/8/2/show-me.html

    • You can definitely copy this and post it on your blog, I can’t wait to see your answers!

      Thanks for the link. Those numbers are definitely scary but it’s good to see them so I can get some kind of idea what I need!

  4. I’m super nosy so I love getting a glimpse into other people’s healthy habits. Sorry to hear that you’re still stuck with the calorie counting obsession though 😦 I know how hard of a habit that is to break, and unfortunately the only way to do it is to force yourself to stop and try to deal with the anxiety that comes from not knowing. Your body is smart and it KNOWS what it needs without you having to tell it… it won’t lead you astray even though your mind might try to convince you of that. Start small with not counting a snack or two a day and work your way up from there ❤

    • Ugh, it is so hard! But I really like your idea to stop counting once or twice a day. I think that will help me let go of the obsession for good. I have gone a day or two in the past without counting, but I always find my way back to it and get obsessed too quickly.

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