About this Blog
What is this blog’s food philosophy?
It is not about eating the healthiest way theoretically possible. Life is complicated and simply too short to not enjoy the food you are eating or to feel miserable because of it. Everyone should try to do their best in order to eat food that makes them happy, healthy and live longer. I believe in food that is delicious, satisfying and nourishing.
Changing anything, — especially eating behaviors — is never easy. This blog will hopefully provide motivation, inspiration and practical strategies so that you can achieve all of the above.
Why did you start blogging?
This blog is the result of a true love for delicious, healthy food. I simply love planning, preparing and EATING meals. When I am not eating, I read the latest research on nutrition to expand my knowledge. Another passion of mine is sharing this knowledge and food with others. While people are always happy to get some food, I can’t always say the same about the former. ☺ That is why I decided to create this blog. Here I can share my knowledge of food and nutrition, knowing that people can choose whether or not they want to read it. I love helping others and if I can just make a small difference in one person’s life with this blog, it was worth creating it.
What does food mean to you?
A lot! Ok, let me clarify on that. In short, I see food as an opportunity to increase happiness. Eating is something we have to do everyday. If you can truly enjoy the process of eating, you can experience a little bit (or a lot) of joy at least three times a day. But food can make you happy in more ways than just by tasting good. Good food nourishes your body, so that you can feel great anytime of the day and on any day of your life (most of them anyway). However, it is also important to develop a good attitude towards food and eating: not obsessing about it and not having guilt about it. The last point here is in a way the most important one. If you have an unhealthy attitude towards food — this can mean many things — food can ultimately make you unhappy, even if it tastes amazing and is incredibly healthy.
Who would want to read this blog?
Believe me, that is a question I have asked myself. ☺ This blog is intended for everyone who has some interest in healthy, delicious food. I hope that no matter whether you are a complete health nut, hoping to become one, interested in tweaking your diet a bit, in the process of losing weight or simply looking for some basic information on food and nutrition, I hope there will be some posts that are interesting and useful to you.
What kind of things will you blog about?
I intend to cover a wide variety of topics, all food and nutrition related. I will write about food preparation, flavor, food and nutrition basics, weight control, disease prevention, food sensitivities, advanced nutrition etc. Even though most posts will tend to be informative, there will be some posts that are food for thought and of a philosophical nature (still food related though). The focus of the posts will be to deliver sound and valuable information.
What do you hope to accomplish with this blog?
You have probably noticed that there is an incredible amount of information out there, especially health related information. A lot of which is conflicting and confusing. I believe this causes a lot of people to be frustrated with nutrition and therefore avoid the topic altogether. I not only hope to deliver information in an unbiased way and to explain concepts, but also to share strategies, tips and techniques to put that information to use. I also hope to show that a lot of things are not as black and white as people make them out to be, that everybody is different and that the path to a healthier diet is one of small steps. In sum, I hope to inform, to inspire and to improve people’s quality of life!
I want this blog to be an open, honest and welcoming platform for anything food related. So, if you are curious about something, don’t hesitate to ask!
Thanks for stopping by! Happy reading!
My Life so Far
Hi, my name is Christina. I was born and raised in Zurich, Switzerland. I came to the United States when I was 16 years old as an exchange student. I ended up falling in love with my host brother (now husband). In order to be with him, I dropped out of High School and decided to study in the US. We lived in Iowa City for almost six years. In 2010 we decided to move to Switzerland to start the next chapter of our lives. That’s my life in a nutshell.
Random Facts about Me
I love to spy on people’s food in grocery stores and to see whether or not there is a connection between the way they look and what they eat.
I absolutely love being rubbed. My husband and I have a deal that I do most the cooking, laundry and cleaning as long as he pays me back with massages.
As a child I was convinced that if I ate red bell peppers I would get sick.
My favorite video game is LittleBigPlanet. My avatar is a bunny.
I am a teetotaler. Strangely, I started “drinking” when I was three years old. My grandfather insisted that I dip my tongue into whatever he was drinking (wine, schnapps, gin etc.) so that I would not be tempted by something forbidden. I guess it worked…
When I was a little girl I would fantasize about making heart-shaped pasta for my boyfriend one day.
I love learning things and my favorite things to read are textbooks and cookbooks.
I used to be addicted to lip gloss, but I gave it up after my husband stopped kissing me.
I met Christina my Senior year of high school. I was a runner, but didn’t have a very good diet, and was rather picky. I would describe our first encounter as
lust love at first sight… at least on my part. It wasn’t until we actually sat down and talked that I realized she was also intelligent, interesting, and hilarious. We even hit it off nicely!
There was only one problem (other than the whole “my exchange year will be over in a year and we’ll be 2000 miles apart”) — She was a foodie, and I was not.
Not only was I not a foodie, I was really not a foodie! I hated food. I would have given anything to take a pill to satisfy all of my nutritional needs. Sure there were some foods I enjoyed, but it wasn’t even close to worth it.
Not only was she a foodie, she was really a foodie! She loved to cook, eat, talk about, and enjoy food. It was hard to argue with her about it, too, since she knew everything about food, cooking, and nutrition, while I knew next to nothing (I thought blueberry muffins were healthy since they had blueberries in them, and that cinnamon was unhealthy (cinnamon buns, anyone?)).
There was one thing that saved us… I really loved her cooking! The first meal she made for me was yellow curry, and it was delicious. Every food she made instantly became one of my favorites.
As it turns out, I’m only picky in that I think I won’t like any food. When she does cook these foods, and I eat them, I almost always love them! The story of our (eating) lives is that she offers me a food, I repeatedly say ‘no’, I try it, and then I ask for it every week. You’d think I would have eventually figured it out, but it’s happened with 3 different types of smoothies, all sorts of nuts, shrimp, scallops, tuna, raw spinach… the list goes on. I still do it, but it gets easier every time. I consider myself a rational person, but I think very irrationally when it comes to food, and I suspect I’m not the only one.
Christina could never brag, so I’ll do it for her: she is an amazing cook, knows a ridiculous amount of information about food and nutrition, really wants to help others, and is an awesome wife too ☺.
Now what’s for dinner?