I decided to start this blog to not only document my travels, one of my biggest passions, but also to start a new phase in my life. Being healthy.
My family has always been pretty healthy, thanks to my mom’s wonderful cooking skills. My mom and sister, especially, are always conscious of what is healthy. And the benefits of a family that loves to travel is that I was introduced to foreign foods relatively early, cultivating my taste buds to like almost anything! But there is one tiny problem. When I was a kid, we never had sweets in the house, because 1) my mom wanted us to be healthy or 2) they were hidden somewhere because if kept out in the open, they would be gone as soon as my dad came home from work. So needless to say, the lack of sweets caused me to develop a love for chocolate, cookies, and other unhealthy snacks. I never ate them en mass, but it was always nice when I started going to the grocery store on my own and could buy a batch of cookies to bake.
In September 2009 my mom was diagnosed with breast cancer, and since then she has made it her resolution to eat even healthier. She uses Cooking with Foods That Fight Cancer and Foods to Fight Cancer: Essential foods to help prevent cancer, both by Richard Beliveau and Denis Gingras, and Anti Cancer: A new way of life, by David Servan-Schreiber to concoct most of her meals now. Not only are the recipes delicious (at least the ones I’ve tried in the short periods that I have been home) but I feel less stuffed and feel like I have good digestion (sorry for that, but let’s face it, it’s important!). My mom has chemo, surgery, and radiation behind her, and is doing well!
And since I have had my issues with weight, like so many other girls and women, I have made it my resolution to join her in her healthy lifestyle. So this blog is dedicated not only to my every day life and travels, but also to yummy recipes and healthy living!
What else about me?
I speak German fluently because my parents are from Germany, but I grew up in the US. I’m lucky that I get to visit my family, most of whom still live in Europe, every summer.
I go to UNC-Chapel Hill.
I love reading and dogs, but HATE buttons (the kind that are on blouses, not the ones that are on jeans). Weird thing to hate, right?
If at all possible, I have to eat fruit for breakfast, and in the winter it is always a grapefruit.
I went to boarding school in Switzerland for a year in 10th grade.
I love to act. So. Much.
I can’t think of anything else for now!