Happy Three Day Weekend, everyone!
As for me, I’ll be busy as a bee this weekend, and exhausted at the end of it. Thankfully, I’ll have Tuesday all to myself, and I plan on sleeping. Hard.
Like most healthy foodie bloggers, I get a lot of emails asking questions about baking, or choosing a gym, or getting started on a fitness journey. For the most part, I try to answer them as quickly and succinctly as possible. There are times though, where I feel that a post is necessary to cover all the questions I get.
Here are a few I’ve collected from the past few weeks, which may or may not be health related:
1. “Why do you swear so much?”
A: I think it’s pretty apparent that I have some education in language, and a certain level of aptitude for using it. I’m not bragging, I just know I’m a word nerd. That being said, sometimes there simply isn’t a word I prefer to use other than one of the seven words you can’t say on television. I do not work in a field that discourages swearing. I am an actor. A good percentage of the swear words I say regularly were written for me. If I was an elementary school teacher or hair stylist, I would probably use less colorful language. Thankfully, both actors and academics (though, not oft in the classroom) have a tendency toward more flavorful words on their tongue.
Shit. just because.
2. “Are you gluten free?”
A: Yes. I don’t believe any of my body is made from gluten. Though, my cankles resemble loaves of white bread, I am purely canibalpaleo. Do I eat only gluten free? I should. I feel much better when I do, and my body works better without gluten. However, I am a food blogger who loves to bake, I have two kids whom gluten holds no ills for, and wheat is delicious. So while I *typically* try to limit my wheat servings to one or fewer per day, I do eat wheat. Brekkie is almost always oatmeal or Attune gluten free something, lunch typically has a slice of Ezekiel bread (which seems to be the least bothersome to me) and dinner is usually rice or sweet potato for my carb…WITH the occasional pasta. If I know I’m eating pasta for dinner, I’ll have an omelet for lunch.
3. How did you choose your gym?
A: My friends went there and grunting and chalking isn’t allowed there. Also, they offer a range of classes, a juice bar, childcare, and the locker rooms are super clean. There are positively no scary things in the shower, or strange noises coming from closets. (it’s happened) It is also close to my house. Also? This is counter-productive to the gym-going thing, but it’s really near a great wine store and grocer with an excellent selection of dairy free foods for my bits.
4. How do you stay motivated to go 6x/week?
A: That is simple. It’s my job. As I mentioned earlier, I am an actor. Going to the gym is as much a part of my job as Shakespeare, white strips, and narcissism. Going to the gym also makes me feel great about myself. It improves my mood, and because it is so routine for me, if I miss it, I feel as though my day is incomplete.
5. You use coconut oil a lot in your recipes, why?
A: once you’ve used it regularly, you know why. It’s delicious, it blends amazingly well, it can be heated quickly and on high heat without damaging it, and the saturated fats in coconut oil are good for you. Just ask Dr Weill or Oz or google it. I care not. I use it because I love it.
6: (this question I’ve been asked more than any other) What was the BEST book you’ve read this year?
A: If we’re speaking chronologically, as in the past 12 months, than I would have to say “Lies, Knives, and Girls in Red Dresses” by Ron Koertge and Andrea Dezso. It is in verse, which turns a lot of people off, but it is a LIGHTNING fast read, and utterly engaging. I’ve read a lot of good books this year, but this was the “best”. Some of my other favorites have been: “Discovery of Witches” and “Shadow of Night” by Deborah Harkness, “11/22/63” By Stephen King, “The Rook” by Daniel O’Malley, and “The Story of a Beautiful Girl” by Rachel Simon.
7: “What are some of the essentials you keep in your fridge?”
A: I have a TON. Several non-dairy milks: almond, coconut, soy, I also have asian ingredients like oyster sauce, hoisin sauce, sambal, sriracha, etc. You will never not see butter, eggs, egg whites and skim milk. I also like to have a few cheeses, a ton of produce, several ketchups and mustards, and 938479384769384679 hot sauces. I keep my maple syrup in the fridge too. You’ll usually find wine or beer or vodka as well. (all three)
8: “One piece of kitchen equipment you couldn’t live without?”
A: tough call. It would have to be either my mixer or my food processor. I cant choose. DON’T MAKE ME CHOOSE!! It would be like choosing which is my favorite boob! (my left, it’s bigger)
9: Isn’t food in Brooklyn really expensive? How do you afford all the food you make for your blog?
A: Oddly enough, no. If you shop at Citarella (a shamancy store) for your cheerios, you’re screwed. I go to Fairway (local grocer) and farmer’s markets, asian grocers, and fruit stands. I venture to guess that I pay less than what a lot of middle-American families pay for food because of access. I have a lot of access to a lot of odd ingredients.
10: Why don’t you ever do an online food log like other bloggers?
A: for a long time, I participated in Jenn’s What I Ate Wednesday, but haven’t had time to do so as of late. As far as doing posts that do nothing but revolve around “look! I had granola and yogurt with coffee!” and the like, I don’t find those posts interesting, or fun to read, so I’m not going to do it.