It’s another edition of Ask a Blogger and this week Elise from Hungry Hungry Hippie is taking the spotlight. Elise is a self-professed Whole Foods connoisseur, exercise lover, health enthusiast and IBS adversary. She originally hails from Northern California and did brief stints in New York and Philadelphia before returning to the West Coast, where she now lives in Los Angeles and works as a nurse.
This lady consistently amazes me because not only is she a full time nurse, but she also makes health a top priority and produces an entertaining and informative blog-it tires me out just thinking about her schedule. She created Hungry Hungry Hippie to share her daily thoughts on food, fitness and life and also to share her passion for being “nutritious and delicious, all the time”. Oh yes, her recipe for quinoa is amazing-try not to love it!
Reading Elise’s answers was such a blast-she’s hilarious and she was awesome enough to answer every single one of my questions, so with that said, enough of my yapping-meet Elise!
What are your most and least favorite posts?
My favorite posts are the more personal ones. They are the easiest to write because they are honest and from the heart, but they are also the most nerve racking to share because once they are out in cyber-space there’s no turning back. The post I wrote about how unhappy I was in NYC reminded me of how amazing the blog world is because I got such supportive responses. The post I wrote about struggling with intuitive eating while writing a blog was another. I don’t really have any least favorite posts, but I definitely cringe at the photos from my earliest ones.
Why did you start blogging?
I started Hungry Hungry Hippie as a simple food & fitness journal, but then it blossomed into an opportunity for me to help others who similarly struggle with IBS and food sensitivities. I want to show that it’s possible to balance work, exercise, and play even if your digestive system sucks. Since I started blogging (nearly 4 years ago!) I have such a huge network of like- minded people and that’s what keep me going.
How do you keep coming up with new content that will keep your readers interested?
Coming up with new content isn’t hard because I write about my life and no day is ever the same. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not exactly a wild child (my days of dancing on bar tops are hopefully over), but between funny nursing stories and yummy dinner ideas, I think I have something semi- interesting to share on a regular(ish) basis. Rather than bore people to death with the mundane details of my dull days, I just show pretty food photos. And likewise, if I’ve had the same quinoa and seitan dish for all 3 meals of the day, I’ll probably not post about it, and instead offer a random hospital anecdote.
What are the best and worst parts about being a blogger? The most surprising or unexpected part of being a blogger?
The best part of blogging is “meeting” all the other people in the world who have similar goals and passions in terms of health. Sometimes I have so much in common with another person, I feel like we must have been twins separated at birth. The worst part of blogging is being judged by others who really don’t know you. As much as I share on HHH, it’s still not the same as knowing me in person. Sometimes I get hostile comments or rude emails that are meant to hurt me. I really don’t understand that. But in the end, the positives BY FAR outweigh the negatives. The most unexpected aspect of blogging is just how big of a part of my life it has become. Writing was just a hobby in the beginning that I didn’t even tell my family or friends about, and now it’s so much more than I ever imagined it would be.
Any advice to those who want to start their own blog?
Don’t imitate, be true to yourself. Reading other blogger’s content, you can tell if a person is being authentic or not. It’s so fun and refreshing to get a sense of someone’s real personality in their writing, so do your thing and people will embrace it.
Aside from blogging and breaking a sweat, what do you like to do in your free time?
Travel! I want to go everywhere. Otherwise, I’m a pretty simple girl. There’s no place I’m more content than in a coffee shop with a crossword.
Do you have a mantra?
Keep calm and carry on.
What’s one food that you couldn’t live without?
One food!?! That’s so cruel.
Hummus. No quinoa. No hummus. Yeah, hummus.
What’s your favorite way to break a sweat? Running. But cycling is definitely starting to edge itself in as a top activity.
Favorite song to work out to?
I go through phases where I listen to a song on repeat all day for a week straight and then I OD on it and never want to hear it again. I just did that with FUN’s “We Are Young.” I felt like I was jumping on clouds when I was running to it last month. Now I want to murder my iPod when it comes on.
Any weird pre-race superstitions?
Sushi the night before. And I always use the same “lucky” safety pins for my bibs.
What are some of your favorite blogs?
Too many! Lately I’m really into recipe blogs because I’m getting more adventurous in baking. But I also love reading posts from fellow veg-fueled athletes.
Anything else we should know about you or your blog?
Please come check it out. I promise I’m not a total weirdo.