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Talk Thursday with a Healthy Kick

In fitness, Talk Thursday on January 16, 2014 at 10:30 PM

Talk Thursday with a Healthy Kick

This week the Talk Thursday series features Tara. I learned of Tara through a coworker a few months ago. I was intrigued with what I heard about her experience and knowledge. Her passion for health and fitness is exciting. I look forward to hearing more from her in the future. She provides very good advice on improving your health and living a better life. Enjoy her answers below.

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1. What is your favorite food dish, and why?

No favorites here. I’ll eat anything so long as it is something raised or grown, rather than sold in a bottle or a package. I’ve come to appreciate real food that is simply, but tastefully prepared. I’m also a big fan of whatever is in season.

2. If you had to eat one cuisine for the rest of your life, which cuisine would you choose?

I can’t imagine limiting myself to one cuisine. To be brutally honest, I’m also not so sure I’ve had enough experience of truly authentic cuisine to answer this question. If America is a “melting pot” so too is our food. I was lucky enough to have Indian cuisine in Britain on a trip there. It was amazing, but now I’m reluctant to have the local stuff. It just doesn’t compare. Don’t get me wrong. There is good food here, but constant change is kind of the American way and the word authentic implies history and tradition. The only way we get authentic is if we borrow it from a much older country. It is the nature of cuisine to change in response to its local environment. There is a reason Italian food in America is called American Italian rather than authentic Italian. Or, if it isn’t, perhaps it should be ☺.

3. What is the best health and fitness advice you can share with the Addicted to Fries readers?

First off, drink water. We die faster without water than we do without food, yet many of us rarely drink it anymore. Secondly, eat real food. To be specific, eat meat, beans, whole cooked grains, nuts, vegetables, and fruit. Thirdly, learn to cook. I mean, really learn to cook. Real food is only boring when we don’t know how to make it well or we haven’t experimented enough to find what we like. If you doubt me, just think of the difference between baked from scratch homemade apple pie and what you can pick up at a grocery store. There is no comparison! Fourthly, improve your posture. I say “improve” because it is something that will not self-correct or even self-maintain over time. Yet, it is oh so important because only when our skeletons are in their ideal alignment can we distribute force without weakness or strain. That might mean picking up something heavy or simply moving through life without hurting ourselves. It is possible to move our entire lives without feeling limited. This is how I define being strong and it is the determining factor in our ability to function or not, especially as we age.

4. Currently, what is your favorite snack food?

Snacking is a great way to keep blood sugar as steady as possible. If we’re hungry, we should eat, whether or not it’s supposedly time to. Some of my top favorites are: nuts, dates, almond butter on homemade, whole grain, sourdough bread, hummus with fresh vegetable crudités, homemade cereal (nuts, rolled oats, and dried or fresh fruit) with homemade hemp milk, steel cut oats with a little almond butter, salt, butter, cinnamon, and maple syrup, apple slices with homemade cultured coconut milk, an open-faced sandwich, a hard-boiled egg, a thin bean burrito, or beans and rice.

5. What type of beverage best describes your personality, and why?

This question cracks me up. Okay, so how about fresh vegetable juice: green apple, kale, lemon, ginger, cucumber, and celery. It’s smart and healthy ☺.

6. What was the last local (unique to your area) restaurant at which you dined, and what did you have to eat?

About 3 years ago, I unexpectedly popped up with hives all over my legs and arms. Hives are pretty miserable. They’re like a million itchy bee stings that hurt and itch forever. I know that’s a weird way to start with a question about restaurants, but there actually is a connection. It took me a while to realize I’d developed an allergy to soy, then an even longer time to realize how widespread processed soy is. Bottom line, my ability to eat out is severely limited and I haven’t been out to eat locally in quite a while. When I go to a restaurant, I have to call and quiz them ahead of time. So, what kind of cooking oils do you guys use? If I get to talk to a chef and the answer is olive oil and butter, it’s a great place. If they source ingredients from local farmers, it’s even better. I’m still getting used to living with a soy allergy (on top of already needing to avoid dairy) and, unfortunately, most restaurant owners cannot accommodate my needs. I hope that changes and that I can eat out more in the future!

Tara bfit FayettevilleTara is co-owner of bfit studio in Fayetteville where she teaches nutrition and restorative/rehabilitative fitness. She has both studied and taught about the human body for over 10 years.

Learn more about bfit studio.

Photo credit: Creative Commons user Kendiala

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