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Julie H. of Spinach and Sprinkles says
It’s great Vini!!! 🙂 You’re doing YOUR thing and that’s why we all love your blog!…. You’re recipes are super healthy AND delicious, that helps too!
sarah marie says
“I tried to be concise, but it’s just not my strong suit!” — haha, I am exactly the same way! Maybe that’s why I enjoy reading other peoples’ non-concise writings… I love your blog, don’t change a thing!
Amy S. of Naturally Sweet Surprises says
Thank you so much for sharing a little about you. I’ve been reading your blog for just about a week now and you answered so many questions that I had wondered. It was nice getting to know you. I just started my own blog about my health journey and will be adding a resources page today – and adding your link to it. Thank you so much for providing yummy options for those trying to give up sugar and processed chemicals otherwise known as “food”.
Chocolate-Covered Vini says
Aww thanks, Amy :).
I love this site! You are inspirational!! xx
Would you ever consider preparing and shipping your dishes? I literally want to try them all but I’m living in a college dorm and don’t have access to baking equipment.
I really like this new FAQ! 😀 xx
Victoria @ Pursuit of Hippieness says
Love this. You are one of the most honest, open bloggers I read and that’s one of the reasons why I love CCK so much… aside from the daily deliciousness, obviously 🙂
Wow, that really means a lot to me… because sometimes I feel like it’s hard to be honest an open up on the blog. I do try!
Girl… you are ANYTHING but vain! It amazes me how little credit you give yourself for the AMAZING community you’ve built here! You deserve to be proud of it 🙂 And there’s a reason people ask you for advice: you’re exceptionally good at what you do! You were the first “healthy living blog” I stumbled upon, so I credit you with my current obsession! Maybe someday I’ll have the guts to make one myself… but honestly, I don’t think the internet really needs another with great ones like yours already out and about!
Oh my goodness, you are way too sweet! Made me smile so much!
Laura Agar Wilson (@keephealthstyle) says
Great FAQ! I think you’ve answered some great questions there with a lot of grace 🙂 Yours was one of the first blogs I ever started reading and your recipes are a constant source of inspiration. I love that you appreciate that some of your readers may be trying to lose weight as well as maintain or even gain and that you take that into consideration 🙂
Carrie (Moves 'N Munchies) says
GIRLL this is AWESOME!!
I love FAQ pages. I think it’s perfectly okay to talk about yourself in them! They provide a real insight into your blog and person. I just finished reading your posts talking about moving into veganism, and I honestly feel like I am heading that way. My boyfriend is vegetarian, and has been ever since he could remember. When I was studying journalism in college, we watched several food documentaries, including Food, Inc. It breaks my heart.
I think the most difficult part is that my boyfriend adores cheese, eggs, and dairy– as do I (minus the dairy)! I cannot see changing over, but I feel that I should. I’m torn.
The other day I ate chicken- and it tasted foreign and kind of gross to be honest. I preferred my vegetables. Maybe I am on a positive track somewhere:)
Anyway, thanks for letting me ramble- – and I’m off to make your baked banana boatmeal for breakfast! Great FAQ page!
Oh girl, you sound just like me! Honestly, I probably would’ve made the switch a LOT later if I hadn’t moved to China, all because of how much I loved cheese! But after I hadn’t had it for a while (because they just don’t really eat it there), my tastes changed. And now I can’t even stand the smell. It’s so weird… I used to be a cheese addict lol. No, seriously. My first aim screenname had “cheese” as part of it!
Oh wow! That’s pretty amazing– and honestly, I wonder if I don’t get my headaches from it! Do you use anything in substitution for cheese, that actually has a good flavor? I’d love to try! 🙂 And another thing– my sweet tooth is actually starting to fade! I notice you mention quite a bit that you don’t have one, really– and I’ve been cutting back, and it’s been working! I made your baked pumpkin oatmeal today, and cut back the sugar (however, I added dark choco chips) haha. Well, enough rambling, have a great night!
I don’t sub it because I honestly do not crave it at all anymore… even the smell makes me feel gross, which is so weird because I was a cheese ADDICT before! But I’ve heard that Daiya cheese tastes scarily like cheese, and I believe it because I made this chili for my “normal eater” friends, and they scarfed it down and then said, “Vini, I thought cheese wasn’t vegan!”
Taste buds are funny things! Sugar… even salt. If I find I’ve been eating things that aren’t as high in sodium for a while, then I go and make a dish with my normal amount of salt I’ve always put in, it’s suddenly too much!
Oh my gosh, I know what you mean! I have a friend who puts tons of salt on everything– you would think he’d have a problem! I’ve definitely noticed that with sugar! Growing up, my mom got diagnosed with diabetes, so we suddenly had to watch out sugar intake! It was nice, because for awhile, we ate pretty much a sugarless diet, and I had so much energy!
I may try that cheese– but I think it smells horrible as well. Whole Foods Market is the worst on the weekends because for some reason, that’s when I can really smell all the cheese! haha:)
@Ashley-Veganism isn’t actually healthy, you know that right? Grains are very low in protein when compared to dairy, eggs and meats. Animal products are a good source of healthy saturated fat. Your body actually NEEDS saturated fat. Vegans worry about getting enough calcium. When you eat grains, legumes (Beans) or nuts (Or a combination) at every meal, you’re consuming millions of antinutrients (The natural protective coating plants put on their seeds to discourage animals from eating them) One of the main purposes of antinutrients is to block the body’s absorbtion of calcium and iron. Not only do animal products have no antinutrients whatsoever, they contain higher levels of calcium and iron than plant products and they contain saturated fat which is necessary for calcium absorption (Otherwise you just pee it all out). Your liver, lungs, brain and nervous system all need saturated fat to function properly! http://wellnessmama.com/1265/saturated-fat/
And don’t even get me started on cholesterol! People’s cholesterol levels often actually go up when they eat a cholesterol-free diet and their hormones get messed up…
GIRLL this is AWESOME!! agreed with above comment!
wai twoopss i meant pursuit of hippinesses comment— dang all these ppl commented before me so that last one got screwed up! :O
Enjoyed reading this and all the tips you included.
Angela @ Mylk 'n Cookies says
LOVE this new page, very informative! Thanks for sharing, I’ve never lived anywhere but FL (and a couple months in NYC), were your parents in the Military?
Hehe no, my dad was in international insurance. Still is. Actually, right now he is in India!
That must be nice to be able to travel so much! Were you lucky enough to pick up any of the languages?
I knew quite a bit of Japanese… sadly I’ve forgotten a lot of it. But my Chinese is pretty good. Nothing compared to my dad; he is incredible! He knows like 7 languages!
How fabulous! My father speaks spanish but unfortunately never spoke it in the house (Hence my mediocre high school spanish)
The Teenage Taste says
Great new FAQ page! I can tell you put a lot of time and thought into your answers. Great job, Vini! 🙂
i just have to say- i love your recipes and how creative you are with healthy ingredients! one of my favorite things to do it bake, so i definitely come here for inspiration.
blondies may be happening this weekend- any tips for lowering the sugar? have you tried with agave or honey?
I haven’t personally tried it with agave, but if you read the comments on that post, I know a lot of others have had success with agave. And some have used other sweeteners as well. I hope you like them!!
great Q&A ! you are fabulous 🙂
I love that you updated your FAQ page because it made me look over the questions…I’d been wondering about how your hair is so incredibly gorgeous! I’m already cutting way back on doing “stuff” to my hair (I try not to blowdry it, and I stopped getting highlights! Yay! And recently added more omega-3s to my diet…I can already see a difference! Maybe I’ll try out your awesome shampoo…I have a Sprouts nearby….Of course you’re gorgeous in general it’s not just your hair! Good job on your blog I love it so much! 🙂
Amanda, you are such a sweetheart! 🙂 And oh my gosh, how cool is Sprouts, right? Just be sure to go when they put all their vitamins on sale, 20% off (ask them when it’ll happen next… it’s usually like once a month or so). Haircare is part of vitamins, so the shampoos are always on sale then too :).
I love your page and I think you are an amazing person/blogger! Keep up the awesome posts, I look forward to hearing your ideas every day!
This looks great Vini!! I can tell you put a lot of time and effort into this! 😀 I am surel blogging as your career will take you far! You have big plans for some recipes? Please please please be a cookbook!!!
Interesting…I would take strength-training over cardio in a heartbeat (gotta love the pun!). While not with heavy weights or anything, I could easily do strength training waiting for water to boil, watching tv, etc. It is possible to use filled water bottles, soup cans, etc. instead of weights and to either do a whole “routine” or just a few random exercises here and there (calf raises while waiting in line, tensing muscle groups while waiting at traffic lights, squats while brushing your teeth—so many options!). Unfortunately, even though everyone seems to say that “women physically can’t bulk up,” I CAN! Ugh..so frustrating. My brother is always trying to gain weight/build muscle (even with a full-time job in his early 30s this is still an obsession of his). I, on the other hand, gain visible muscle within just a few workouts—and it is not a good look for me, personally. Cardio needs to be my friend but, honestly, I can’t stand it! (So, the opposite problem that you have!) I find it endlessly boring and monotonous. I have tried running outside, inside, doing machines, doing DVDs, taking classes, getting involved in sports and it is just not my thing. I am jealous when people actually *like* running (I ran 5 miles everyday for months to train for a race and kept waiting for that “runner’s high” everyone talks about…or at least for it to get easier…guess what? After EVERY run I always felt sick to my stomach, horrible and angry…literally!
It’s so weird how people can be so different! If only we both could merge our interests. I am always so jealous of people who like strength training! I do strength training (if you can even call my made-up home routine “strength training”) in front of the tv, and I still don’t like it!
I hate running too. I wanted to add some cardio and one day I stumbled upon this:
My new favorite workout! I always do it with music, three minute songs actually, to time myself.
Amber K says
I love FAQ’s because it’s like a peek into the “behind-the-scenes.” And I don’t think you’re vain at all!
Vini @ Nutrition in a peanut shell says
Hahaha Vini- “I had a hamster once, very strange creatures”.
People are just too nosy. As long as you’re healthy and have no major health concerns, who cares what you weigh? It’s nothing more than a number 🙂
Your FAQ page didn’t sound self centered at alll. Do you have more posts on your photography though? I love the way you do it, and I didn’t know you did some with a p&s! Teach me your ways?
I’m working on a “photo-styling” post, and you can definitely use the tips/ideas with a point-n-shoot camera! Hopefully I’ll have it done this week or next :).
I agree in wanting to see more photography posts. Your photos are some of the BEST in the blogworld, and I really would love to see your ideas!
I loved reading your new page. It’s very well written, and I loved getting to know my favorite blogger a bit more!
Love your faq page, and i totally agree with you. I hate lifting weights because its boring, but I love running long, slow miles because i feel amazing afterwards. Haha, i only lift weights or do push-ups when my coaches make me even though I know it will help me run faster.
Colleen @ Jimmy Choos on the Treadmill says
You did a great job answering all of the questions! I appreciate your honesty and I can tell that your answers are sincere. And I totally agree about splurging on healthy food–it’s an investment for the future and triple bypass surgery definitely costs MUCH more than a jar of coconut butter!
Aine @ Something to Chew Over says
This is a great FAQ page! It really gets across what CCK is all about.
Great job 🙂
Agree on hamsters being strange creatures 🙂 Your FAQ page is great, I love all your responses. I actually use the same camera. And I can totally relate to not getting to “excited” about buying organic stuff. The regulat things may not be healthier, but they work for me. And I´d rather buy a new jar of almond butter than one organic banana 🙂
Kathleen @ KatsHealthCorner says
Vini, this is the best page EVER!!!! (after your recipe page of course ;))
Hi Vini, I have been following your blog for a long time (and have sadly never commented), and I wanted to tell you how awesome your recipes are!! I am a 17 year old vegetarian, and I love experimenting with new vegan recipes in the kitchen. Your pancake recipes have made my breakfasts more exciting, and I absolutely LOVE the Fudge Babies!! I usually make some slight changes to your recipes based on what is available in my kitchen, but you have provided sooo much inspiration:) A random note–if you haven’t already tried this, I have found that the banana soft serve recipe from the Oh She Glows blog makes a FANTASTIC pancake topping. Thanks for your great recipes and ideas!
Hi Kendra!! 🙂
Thank YOU for trying the recipes… it always makes me SO happy! Plus, banana soft serve on ANYthing = good ;).
I LOVE your faq, Vini!!! It’s so honest and relatable, and it covers everything I’ve ever wondered!!
Take care darling 🙂
really great Vini, gosh I have to say though, people sure can be “nosey” with some of the questions asked! hey, I am just sayin…
I feel 100% confident that I could change your mind with lifting weights/strength training, if you trained with me, it would not seem so dreadful, I promise!
That would be so awesome! Come to Texas… I’d love to meet you, an I’ll pay you in chocolate!
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