Greetings to all you beautiful, healthy food-munchin’ friends of mine. My name is Rita, and I am 21 years old. I am a food blogger, model, Yoga teacher, aspiring holistic nutritionist, and avid veggie lover. I live with my family in Arlington, Texas. My mommy and I both follow the same lifestyle, which makes it that much easier (thanks mom!). My hobbies include reading, writing, eating, walking, hiking beautiful places, traveling, creating recipes, meditating, boxing, strength training, modeling, yoga-ing, and learning. I dream of someday having a pet piggy named Felix (true story).
I first transitioned to a healthy, plant-fueled lifestyle in 2013 and have since never looked back. Long story short, I was not feeling my best and was suffering from a slew of health issues such as bad acne, digestive discomfort, bloating and tummy aches, indigestion, severe fatigue, and more. I was miserable all the time, and desperate to find something that would help.
In hindsight, I see that this was my body’s way of telling me that the food I was eating before was slowly poisoning me. The endless amounts of fast food, doughnuts, muffins, cakes, processed junk foods, low-fat everything, and various “100 calorie snack packs” were not doing my body any good. It was the wake up call that I needed.
After becoming aware of the impact that the foods we choose to put in our mouths have on our overall health and well-being, I became immersed in learning more. I sought out book after book and read many articles about all things health and nutrition, always hungry for more information. Then one day, I just woke up and made the decision to completely alter my lifestyle… just like that. It was not long before I took up meditation, made my yoga practice more regular, and began to exercise more often. It took a while, but slowly I began to feel more like myself again.
These days, my diet is predominantly that of a whole foods plant-based diet, plus a little bit of healthy oils here and there. A day in the life of me consists of heaps of plants, jars of almond butter (I wish), tons of beans and grains, ample amounts of nuts and seeds, and large green smoothies. I like to think that if mother nature took the time to create something for us on this Earth, then isn’t that what we are meant to be putting into our bodies, versus all this readily available, man-made processed junk?
I strive to ensure that a majority of the foods I eat are helping to rebuild my cells in a positive way. You are what you eat, so lettuce eat veggies and fruits, live to 100, be kind, loving, and compassionate to others, and live a joy-filled life!
So what are my favorite foods, you ask? First and foremost, kale (my most favorite of all leafy greens), creamy-and dreamy almond butter, wild blueberries, sweet bananas, ruby-red raspberries, yummy avocados, and all varieties of sweet potatoes. I do not discriminate. I am a self-professed chocoholic, so you know I am always showing my little baggy of raw cacao powder some extra love. I am also not opposed to heaping bowls of banana nice cream, just in case you were thinkin’ about making me something (hint, hint).
To me, there is something that is so rejuvenating about being in the kitchen. Maybe it is the delicious scents that I smell in the process of cooking, or the uncertainty of throwing things together and hoping for the best, but it really gets me excited and calms me down. In fact, my favorite form of therapy is cranking up some tunes, whipping out my dance moves, and making a gigantic bowl of veggie filled goodness. What can I say? When the going gets tough, I do like Taylor Swift and I shake it off. Then I step into my kitchen and I bake it off. (;
All of my recipes are free of dairy, refined sugar, meat, weird ingredients, and icky additives, but feel free to play with them and add whatever you want, minus the weird ingredients and icky additives. Most of my recipes are gluten-free as well. My ultimate goal in creating this blog is to spread health, love, vitality, and joy. My desire is to inspire you to eat more veggies and actually love them, too. Food should be fun and pleasurable, and if I can turn even just one of your lifelong-enemy veggies into a favorite, then I have succeeded.
The beautiful thing about humans is that we are all different, so what works for me may not work for you, and vice versa. I find it very important that we listen to our bodies and really tune into what they are trying to tell us. This may sound silly, but our bodies are actually constantly communicating to us about everything, including how they like the things we put into our mouths. Bloating, fatigue, indigestion, and headaches are some of the ways that our bodies tell us that what we are eating is not what our body specifically needs. Pay attention!
I do not count calories, so you will not find calorie counts on the bottoms of my recipes. This is largely due to the fact that I do not believe that all calories are created equally. 150 calories of avocados, for example, has a different effect on your health/body than 150 calories of a snickers bar. Numbers do not insinuate as to whether or not that particular food is harming your health or bettering it. As the saying goes, quality over quantity. Prioritize choosing quality foods that are working to build a healthier you, versus low quality foods with low calories. Food is medicine, and eating need not be made pleasure-depriving or stressful.
I also am strongly opposed to labels, as I feel that is just another way that others try and group you into a box of what you should and should not do. Labeling anything, from the way we eat to describing who we are, just over-complicates things. Simply eat what makes you feel good, and your body will thank you!
I hope to someday travel the entire world, continue on with my modeling career, become a holistic nutritionist, own my own yoga studio, and perhaps even open up my own restaurant one of these days. Who knows?
Anyways, thank you for stopping by, and I hope you can dig my bloggy. That said, I bid you a wonderful day, wherever you are. Don’t forget to smile at strangers, slurp green smoothies, laugh until it hurts, and dance around in your kitchen till your feet fall off!