Q: What kind of camera do you shoot with?
A: I have two different cameras that I use for blogging. For food photography and macro shots, I use a NikonD3000 (with a simple kit lens that came with the camera). For daily oot-and-aboot adventure shots, I use a Canon SD1400. I have always been a Canon kind of girl, but when it came down to purchasing my first DSLR, I went with Nikon because it is extremely easy to navigate. I am still a Canon lover, but I definitely do not regret purchasing my Nikon. If you are a blogger, I highly recommend purchasing a DSLR; photos can do wonders for the appeal of a blog. Also, the quality of your photos will be incredible and you will become infatuated with photography…watch out
Q: What are Chia Seeds?
A: Chia seeds are harvested from the Salvia hispanica plant, a type of sage in the mint family. The seeds are high in Omega 3-fatty acids and have versatile uses in the kitchen. Chia seeds were a staple of the ancient Aztec diet and they are now grown commercially in Argentina, Bolivia, Ecuador, Guatemala, and Mexico.
In recent decades, chia has seen a resurgence in popularity and has been hailed as a “super food” with many dietary benefits. It helps the body retain fluids and electrolytes, it forms a gel in the stomach that slows the conversion of carbohydrates to sugar, and it helps build muscle and other tissues. Chia is a source of protein and boron, which aids in the absorption of calcium. Chia seeds can be used to make a gel that one can substitute for oil or other fats in a variety of recipes. Chia gel can be added to any sauces, jellies, or baked goods, for example. source
Q: I don’t have time to fit in a workout, how do you do it every single day?
A: I love it! Exercise is one of those things that is just part of my every day life. It’s like watching TV for some people; they do it every day because they enjoy it. When you enjoy something, it isn’t a burden to fit into your schedule. I exercise with my sister about 5 times per week and we like to plan different enjoyable workouts, such as destination runs or trail runs. A workout buddy and variation are both key to my exercise success!
Another important factor of having the ability to workout every day is time management. I know that once I enter the “real world,” my schedule probably will not be as flexible as it is while in college. Therefore, why not utilize my flexibility while I have it? I created a class/work/volunteer schedule that would allow me to have time to fit my exercise in beforehand. I have found that my body is sluggish and tired by the afternoon and that I have the most motivation to exercise in the early morning. This may not be the case for everyone, but you just have to figure out what works best for your schedule/body!
Q: What are you studying?
A: As an undergraduate at the University of Minnesota; we have the opportunity to individualize our learning experience and essentially create our own major. I created my degree through a program called The Bachelor of Individualized Study. It is composed of three concentrations, which include: Design Studies, Spanish Studies, and Public Health. A random mix of subjects, I know, but I love every single one of my classes (which I chose myself). I highly recommend checking out individualized programs at your school because they are tailored to YOU. As of right now, I have plans to go back for my masters in Public Health. Who knows though, I will go where ever life takes me and make the best of it!
Q: How often do you go grocery shopping?
A: I go grocery shopping at least once a week because my diet mainly consists of whole foods (fruits, veggies, and dairy). These types of foods do not have a very long shelf life, which is why it is necessary for me to go grocery shopping so frequently! If you read my first FAQ you can see my answer to the question: How can you afford to eat so healthy while in college? I really try and limit my eating out to MAYBE once a week. This way, I not only save money, but I also don’t waste any of the scrumdidliumptious food I buy from the grocery each week! *Want to see inside my pantry? or take a look at some of my favorite breakfast brands? Check it out!
Q: You’re in college, why don’t you drink alcohol?
A: I get this question A LOT. To me, college isn’t all about “drugs, sex, and rock n’ roll.” It is about personal growth, building relationships, and creating lifelong habits. To be quite honest, I don’t like the taste or the feeling of being drunk. Don’t get me wrong I am not completely against it either! (No worries, I won’t judge you if you like a good beer!) I think that nowadays, there is a common misconception that all college students do is party party party. Times are changing and I know there are many other college students just like me who enjoy being social, but not necessarily the “social pressure” that comes along with it. Being social doesn’t have to be a wild night at the bars or a drunken night you can’t remember. I like good conversation that comes from within and all that requires is good people and a little bit of humor! *My 21st birthday is coming up, and I am proud to say that it will be spent at a wine bar; a glass of wine or two is on the menu.
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