Maybe you’ve noticed the Strength & Sunshine logo that has been on the Ali in Bloom sidebar for some time now (if you haven’t, take a look!), but today, Rebecca, the writer behind the fitness and food blog, is giving an inside look into her blog, her favorite foods, healthy eating, and happy lifestyle.
When did you start blogging and why?
I started my blog back on June 26, 2013! I had been a huge blog reader for years, starting with food blogs and then progressing into healthy living and fitness blogs as well. I just loved the community so much and had finally found “my people” so to speak. There wasn’t anyone in my real life with the same passions I had in these things, so reading blogs became a way to connect. To further that connection, I decided to finally start my own blog, so I would be able to really share my thoughts, ideas, and recipes with everyone and not just read along!
What’s your go-to meal?
If I have no idea what I feel like eating for dinner, my go-to is always a dinner bowl. I always keep canned foods on hand. So the bowl will consist of a protein (beans or fish like sardines, tuna or salmon), loads of fresh veggies, maybe salsa, avocado, nutritional yeast, and tons of spices from my ever growing collection!
Okay, best thing you ever ate?
That is one of the hardest questions! Seriously, I have eaten so many good things. Since I can’t pin-point one BEST thing, I’ll tell you some of my specific favorites! Stokes Purple Sweet Potatoes (microwaved) and stuffed with Raw Stoneground Dastony Coconut Butter and cinnamon, Homemade Chana Masala, Apples with nut butter, raw (refrigerated) unsalted cashews (seriously, they taste like candy!), and really any breakfast food. Breakfast is the best!
How do you come up with your recipes? What’s your inspiration?
I love just getting in the kitchen (my element) and experimenting with any crazy combination or idea that comes in my head! I also get loads of inspiration from every other wonderful food blogger out there as well as simply the beautiful fresh whole food out there in the world! I look at a simple beet and see so many potential things to make! Nature is wonderful that way and provides so much free, healthy creativity!
What would you tell someone trying to start a happy, healthy lifestyle?
I would tell them to be fearless. If you want to change your life for the better, you need to let go of bad habits, negativity, judgment, and fake ideals. You need to live naturally and beautifully for YOU. You can’t expect to live the same “happy” and “healthy” as someone else. Each of us are different and need and thrive on different things. Find what you love and what makes your body and mind glow and feel powerful. Be fearless and try something new, find that path, follow your dreams no matter what you’ve been told you can or can’t do!
What is your favorite thing about blogging?
I Love being able to share! From recipes, workouts, motivation, yoga talk, fitness, health, tips on living with Celiac Disease and food allergies, I just love the outlet I now have to do that. Blogging is a lot of work and too many people jump into it without realizing just how much it entails and how much you need to give if you want to receive. I’m very open on my blog and share so much, so I love all my readers and followers and the relationships we have made. Blogging is simply a crazy but beautiful world, and I’m glad I am a part of it!
A huge shout out and thanks to Rebecca for taking the time to share about her passion. Be sure to check out Rebecca’s blog, and follow along with her healthy, happy lifestyle on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Bloglovin’, or Pinterest.