Do you follow any special diet? I actually HATE the word diet. To be on a diet implies that there is a beginning and an end. I don’t believe there should be a beginning and an end to healthy living. Rather I think we should be eating and living in a sustainable way for the rest of our lives. There is no beginning and no end; just living. With that said, there a few guidelines I follow. For example, Keith and I try to eat mostly gluten-free. (Not sure what gluten is? Check out my post on What is Gluten?) We are about 90% gluten-free and it works for us. Neither of us have a Celiac Disease but we did have symptoms of gluten intolerance and by removing it from our diets we have experienced a huge difference in our bodies, both physically and emotionally. We also don’t eat a lot of dairy. We instead use almond milk, almond cheese as substitutes. This works for us and it is sustainable for us. Before changing or implementing anything into your life (whether it be food related or exercise related) always ask yourself is it something you can sustain for the rest of your life? If it isn’t, then don’t bother because it won’t last and healthy living is about making choices that are lasting and doable for the long-term!

How often do you eat out? Keith and I don’t eat out often because we like to treat it as a special occasion! We probably go out to eat 2 or 3 times a month and really enjoy ourselves. I have dubbed us “snobs” when it comes to eating out! Haha! I figure if we are going to eat out then we are not going to waste it on something I can make at home. So we like good sushi, authentic Mexican food, fresh seafood houses…you get the idea. I think along those same lines when it comes to the classic “fast foods”. For example, if I am craving pizza I am not going to go to Pizza Hut. I am going to go get an authentic Brick Oven pizza. Or if it is a burger I want, I am going to opt for Fuddruckers over Burger King. I want quality…always!

How do you handle cravings? A friend once told me that if she can’t stop thinking about something she saw at a store (shoes, clothing, a purse, etc.) after 3 days she just goes back and buys it. I can apply that same theory to food cravings. If you really want something and can’t stop thinking about it, then indulge and get it. For example, if you want a chocolate chip cookie and you deny it to yourself then the next time you are at a party or around cookies you are likely to go crazy and scarf down way too many. But if you just let yourself have a 1 or 2 chocolate chips cookies when you wanted it you can indulge your craving and you are not going to go cookie crazy the next time you see them!

What is your favorite junk food? I am going to separate this into 2 categories: Sweet and Salty! My favorite junk food would ideally combine the two flavors combinations like chocolate/yogurt covered pretzels or Ritz crackers with honey! YUMMAY! But my favorite sweet junk foods are granolas (any kind), Midel gluten-free ginger snaps, SOFT cookies (any kind…haha) Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal, Twizzlers, Reeses Pieces, and Twix! My favorite salty junk foods are Cheez-Itz, Cheetos, Nacho Cheese Doritos (do we see a theme here?!?) Stacy’s Naked Pita Chips, and Glutino Pretzels. Typically I tend to prefer salty over sweet but like I said combining the two is the greatest! Remember: everything in moderation and there is NOTHING wrong with indulging in your favorite junk foods from time to time. You can always have anything you want…just not all at once!

How did you become a runner? I owe my love of running to my Dad. He had me in running camps from the time I was about 8 years old. I was always running and racing and loving it. In high school I ran cross-country in the fall and in the spring I was a sprinter. I ran the 200 and 400 meter dashes, high jumped and ran relays. I also ran club track for AAU and got to go to the Junior Olympics in North Carolina when I was 17. My 1600 meter relay team actually placed 3rd! As I got older I became more interested in distance and started running longer races. 5K’s and 10K’s was where I started and then eventually I moved onto 1/2 marathons (13.1 miles) and finally a marathon (26.2 miles). My best half marathon time is 1:39:34 and my best marathon time is 3:50:05. I am trying to qualify for the NYC Marathon (next November) and eventually I would like to set my sights on Boston. I need to run a 1:37 half marathon to qualify for NYC and a 3:40 marathon to qualify for Boston. Wish me luck!!

Are those really your shoes on your website banner? Haha! I love that this is a frequently asked question and YES those are my actual shoes. Those shoes actually hold a special place in my heart because they are the shoes I trained for and ran my FIRST marathon in!! I will never be able to give those away even though they are no longer wearable. My marathon was actually the last time I wore them…they were officially retired the next day.


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