Meet That Girl Cooks Healthy
Q, Who am I?
A, My name is Charlene (most people call me Charla though)
Q, How can I contact you?
My email address firstname.lastname@example.org
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Q, Why did you start blogging?
A, I initially started blogging as I wanted to share my passion for healthy living on a public domain. I eat live and sleep good food but only recently took the bull by its horns and decided to setup a website to make my dream a reality.
Q, How long have you been blogging for?
A, Presently, less than a year. I am a novice and learning new things all the time, it is challenging especially gaining exposure and taking immaculate shots but worth it (This section will be updated in due time).
Q, How would you summarise your blog?
Gluten + dairy free infused with Caribbean flavours. It’s a blog that not only focuses on the aforementioned but is also tailored towards how to eat wholesome food accordingly to what the body needs. No fad diets or highly processed food is welcome.
Q, Do you have any favourite bloggers?
A, Yes, and too many to list of here. I hope to dedicate a page or section of my website to some of the blogs I enjoy reading. I like a variety of bloggers for different reasons .i.e food photography, cultural recipes, healthy living etc…
Q, I notice you don’t count calories or disclose serving per recipe? Why?
A, I’m glad you asked so I can clarify my stance. I don’t count calories because calories are not created equally. Calories is a deep fried donut are not parity to an apple. Often times than not people get so engrossed in calorie counting that they wind up depriving themselves of good nutritional food.
On the other hand, serving is subject to the individual. People from all walks of life read my blog, from the girl next door to a gym enthusiastic where both dietary requirements will vary. Therefore, when I post a kale salad recipe each person’s perception of serving will differ. I might perceive my recipe as a quantity for 4 and on the other hand my readers might think it’s suffice for one person.
Q, Do you really cook everything from scratch? Isn’t that time consuming?
A, I aim to offer my readers a authentic snippet of my daily lifestyle. This includes cooking from scratch, while I don’t cook absolutely everything from scratch, as there is a limit to what a human can physically manage, I make 80-90% of things from scratch. I come from a family of cooks, where culinary skills are celebrated not shunned. At times it can be time consuming if something unexpected occurs, but for the most part with good time management and discipline it all works out fine.
Do you subscribe to a specific diet?
I detest the word “diet” as it conjures an image of negative restrictions on the body. I lead a lifestyle that compliments my body. I suffer from both IBS and lactose intolerance, as a consequence I’m unable to eat dairy and wheat without an adverse reaction. As a result, I consume foods that omit dairy and eat gluten free food as a means of protecting my body from an autoimmune response.
Q, I see you’re of Caribbean background, what’s the scope on your recipes?
A, Yes and I’m very proud of my heritage and culture because it embodies my entire identity. I’ve travelled to so many Caribbean islands before I started food blogging. My passion for Caribbean food has intensified and I want to venue back to the tropics to learn more about island cooking, it’s not the same as living in the UK.
My website also features Caribbean recipes, most will be healthier adaptations, as the Caribbean community is largely afflicted by Circulatory disorders. I want to raise awareness about this and showcase Caribbean food to the maximum as it is gravely misunderstood.
What advice can you give to inspiring food bloggers?
Only blog if you’re passion about food or else there’s a great chance of your blog being short lived. Blogging takes a lot of work, it’s fun if your have a genuine interest, yet it can be time consuming, especially taking pictures. I’m not experiment but I do recommend upgrading to a DSLR for better quality pictures or holding off until you can purchase an affordable entry level camera. I learnt the hard way, beginning with a point and shoot and transitioning to a DSLR, though I’m still learning how to take flawless shots.