Well hello there! My name is Sveta and I have always loved food. I wrote this post so you can get to know me a little better.
I have a twin sister, I was born in Russia and moved to New Zealand when I was 8 years old. I was influenced by two different cultures growing up. I’m lucky to have a palate for traditional foods like sauerkraut, kombucha and liver from my parents but also a love for all things crunchy and salty like chips from being a kiwi. I have a love for all fruit and vegetables that I attribute to seeing my parents grow most of our fresh food for us in my younger years.
I became interested in food, health and fitness in my early 20’s. I read books, blogs and listened to podcasts. I ran marathons, ultra marathons and practised yoga early on and then transitioned to rock climbing, HIIT and lifting weights. My love of being active and the outdoors has led me to climb El Capitan in Yosemite and 5000m mountains in Bolivia’s Cordillera Real.
I believe that food is more than just energy for our bodies. It nourishes us with macro and micronutrients, provides a cultural experience, bonds us together. We celebrate over food and sometimes it helps us get over a tough day. We can have an emotional connection to certain foods and eating something particular can bring back a distant memory. I keep all of this in mind while always trying to sustain a healthy, balanced relationship with food.
I surprised my partner by admitting my favourite food is pizza. I told him if I could eat it all the time and still be fit and healthy I would. But you won’t find me eating pizza daily, I’m a nutrient seeker. I love finding and eating the most nutritious food and keep my diet varied. But that doesn't mean I never eat pizza, chips or ice cream. I have to live my best life, and those items are part of it.
For years I investigated options for studying nutrition and turning it into a career but something always held me back. Then when I moved to Canada. The experiences I had, showed me that I really could do anything and make it work. If other people were doing it, why couldn't I? It was time to start a new chapter by studying nutrition, writing more and seeing where it takes me.