Q & A

If you have a question, feel free to email me at sweet_tooth_runner@hotmail.co.uk and I’ll do my best to answer it for you! I love hearing from you!

Food

Why are you ‘mainly vegan’, and what does that mean?

I have been a vegetarian since I was quite young- I’ve never liked the thought of eating animals. As I became older and learned more about animal rights, the dairy industry, etc., I began leaning more towards a vegan lifestyle. Now, I no longer consume dairy, eggs and eat 99% vegan foods. However, I have no problem with honey, or with products that contain very small amounts/traces of dairy. Diet is such an individual thing, and this is what works and is right for me.

Why do you choose to eat healthily?

Well, I think everyone’s definition of ‘healthy’ is slightly different! I enjoy eating ‘healthy’ foods most of the time, because it makes me feel good, and they taste pretty darn good too! But now and again fairly often, I love to indulge, and I think that’s what a healthy, balanced diet is.

Do you use tofu? If so, what’s your favorite way to prepare it?

I love tofu! I use it pretty regularly too, in stir fries, in salads, etc. It depends on how you like it, and I vary it a lot, but my favourite way is crispy! So I usually prepare it the way Emily does- check out her Tofu Tutorial for details! Caitlin also has a great tutoral for baked tofu.

Running/Exercise

How did you get into running?

I used to hate running. Seriously. In school when we were forced to run 800m or 1500m, I would die. I even considered bunking rather than having to embarrass myself! However in summer 2010, my aunt was diagnosed with breast cancer. It was also around this time that I discovered the healthy living blogworld, which gave me the idea of doing a run to raise money and awareness. I ran Cancer Research’s Run 10k in October, and haven’t looked back since! You can read more about that here.

What would you do if you couldn’t run?

When I started running, I also began exercising in other ways too, as I realised exercise is fun! Although running is my passion, I love other forms of exercise too, such as spinning, yoga and strength training (BODYPUMP!) to name a few, so I guess if I did have to stop for a while, then I would focus more on these other means of exercise! 

What is your exercise routine?

I don’t really have a routine per se. An example week though:

M: Run, BodyPump
Tu: Spin
W: Run
Th: Run, BodyPump
F: Yoga class
Sa: Run
Su: Rest 

Like I said, I don’t have a routine- this is just an example of a typical week! I like to shake things up a bit too, like going to a different exercise class, or going to the gym.

Miscellaneous

What is your height+weight?

I am 5’7 ish. I won’t write how much I weigh, for a number of fairly obvious reasons (comparisons, etc.), but I will say that I am at a healthy weight, and have successfully maintained roughly this weight for quite a while! I will also say though that I don’t weigh myself regularly at all. Once every few months perhaps to check I’m still around the same weight, but not regularly or often.

I’ve noticed you use a lot of ‘Americanisms’, like ‘oatmeal’ or ‘awesome’. Why is this?

I am actually half American! My dad and his side of the family are all American, and I also lived there for while, so picked up a few wordies and a slight accent from that.

Why did you start blogging?

Firstly, I love and always have loved writing, and this is a great way to express that! After reading and being inspired by so many blogs, I decided to start my own! I want to make a positive difference to people’s lives, just as other blogs have to mine! I totally love blogging now, and can’t imagine life without blogs! You are all such inspirations to me, and I think of all of you guys as my friends! Aren’t I sad! 😛

How did you find your ‘balance’ (e.g. with exercise, food, etc.)?

Like I said before, it’s a very individual thing! What is enough exercise for one person would be too much/too little for another, and the same goes with food. When it came down to it, the balance for me was purely what felt right. When I exercised too much, my body definitely felt it, and I felt sluggish when I exercised too little. I find it’s all about listening to myself as much as I can.

2 Responses

  1. That’s really interesting what you say about the vegan thing. It took me a while to cut out the dairy traces, and it certainly makes things harder. Walkers crisps, for example: not vegan! In the end, I decided to go the whole hog (though I remain ambivalent about honey, as you say), but I really like the flexible approach you take. Like you say, diet is an individual thing, and people should be able to carve out their own boundaries without feeling self-conscious about labels or meeting other people’s standards.

  2. You’re so wise! I also like the idea of “mainly” vegan, I think loads of people would benefit from reducing their intake of animal products. Oh and about the running, I used to HATE running too, lol! And just like you, it was mainly with school running that I struggled 😛 Anyway, I love reading your blog 🙂 Keep the awesome posts commin’ 😀

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