About {FBF}

WHO {is blogging}?

The one who enjoys food, wine & treats as much as being fit & living healthy… Her professional job as much as her casual blog… Her family as much as her alone moments… balancing it all is a never-ending quest.

A child of God, a wife in love, a proud mom of 2, foodie, runner, yogi, tea drinker, wine aficionado, weakened by crispy cookies and ice cream, dream traveler, fashionista wannabe, a healthcare construction project manager full-time and a everything else part-time… just another working suburban mom with a big appetite and a little OCD problem.  Born in Boston, raised in South America, now an adopted resident of the 305 melting pot {aka Miami, FL}.

A perfectionist at heart, with a realistic mind. A foodie trying to fit it all in and be fit for it all.

WHAT {is a foodie}?

Easiest answer: Ask Wiki… who says “Foodie is an informal term for a particular class of aficionado of food and drink. The word was coined in 1981 by Paul Levy and Ann Barr, who used it in the title of their 1984 book The Official Foodie Handbook. Although the two terms are sometimes used interchangeably, foodies differ from gourmets in that gourmets are epicures of refined taste, whereas foodies are amateurs who simply love food for consumption, study, preparation, and news. Gourmets simply want to eat the best food, whereas foodies want to learn everything about food, both the best and the ordinary, and about the science, industry, and personalities surrounding food.”

WHY {am I a foodie}?

I have a not-so-secret affair with {real} food. I’ve loved {real} food ever since I can remember.  As a child I was influenced by the very different international cuisines of my grandmothers, one from Spain and one from a small Venezuelan town with a German descend; and also by my mom, a foodie herself and an American-inspired baker always trying to perfect her cheesecake and apple pie recipes. Growing up in South America kept my childhood diet from being corrupted by the wave of “fake” food of my generation; on the other hand, I grew up infatuated with artichokes, hearts of palm, watercress salad, cauliflower, oysters {with lots of lime}, french bread with tomatoes and olive oil, Cantinpalo chorizo, lentil & garbanzo stews, bread pudding… the list goes on… of course I also liked Frosted Flakes and deviled ham very much.  It is amazing to look back and realize how many good memories of my life {from very early on, to now} are linked to food.

Food not only sparks my taste buds, but also my mind, my curiosity and my creativity.

WHY {the blog}?

This, my cyber space, is my creative outlet. A celebration of authentic foods and the intricacies of the culinary world.  A chronicle of the little {and big} things that make my spirit soar.  An abstract of life’s balancing act & its raw beauty.  Proof of my restlessness for everyday learning and trying new things often.  The place to capture and share all of the above.

WHAT {I blog about}?

{Recipes} Here you will find my experiments in the kitchen, whether someone else’s or my own I have a really hard time following recipes to the T.  I take ideas and adapt & short cut them to my busy lifestyle, when I make it to the kitchen I go for flavorful, healthy and SIMPLE.

{Eats} Of all sorts. I try to keep my cooking quick and uncomplicated and leave the culinary intricacies to the professional chefs, then do my patronage duty to their restaurants. LOVE to eat out, shot and share.

{Food All Over} Did I say I love food? Yes, you will find anything food related in here.

{Photo Journaling} I love photography.  I am a self-taught, very amateur photographer, but the concept of capturing beauty thru a lense is extraordinary to me.  Capturing makes memories, from the everyday to the once-in-a-lifetime, and writes the story of our life.

{Running & Fitness} I am not very good at blogging about my fitness routines.  I write when I feel it.  So I will do my best to fill you in about my physical wellness adventures, but can’t promise I’ll be very good at it.  However, stay active! And feel free to contact me with any questions about it, I can also refer some good blogs that are all about it.

HOW {I attempt} Fit…

… Nutritionally

My lifestyle diet is that of “wholesome clean eating”, so I stick with whole/natural/real foods, lean proteins and stay away from the preservatives, additives and “fake” ingredients, I also try to stay low on dairy products intake. I watch my calories intake, but don’t keep count. I mind-fully enjoy all kinds of foods. Mindful eating to me is: eating with nutrition in mind. I not only enjoy the taste satisfaction and a full belly, but also the knowledge that what I am eating is good for my body and positively contributing to its nutrition.

Yep! you read right, I eat all kinds of foods. Nope! I do not follow any restricted diet; again, I like food waaay too much to be able to completely x-out any food from my life forever.  I am not a fan of restrictive extremes, all things in moderation = my healthy-happy balance.

  • I eat meat.  More white than red and more grass-fed than “commercial” beef.
  • I eat bread and wheat.  More brown than white and more towards the beginning of my day than towards the end.
  • I eat grains.  They are a great source of protein and to think that we shouldn’t eat them because the cave men didn’t is not a completely rational explanation to me.
  • I do meal replacement shakes.  Easy way to get nutrients in.  Specially love them for breakfast with fruits, they set the {right} tone for my day. 
  • I also do a nutritional detox couple times a year.  You know, for up-keep purposes.
  • I eat not-so-healthy foods: when such abominable act is to take place I make sure is well worthy, I don’t settle for anything less than the best tasting not-so-healthy food 😉 {and you shouldn’t either}

I thank God for not being allergic or intolerant to anything, and being able to eat to my heart’s content. I try to maintain a healthy balance and every kind of food plays a role in maintaining that balance.  Not a judge of others dietary choices, we all will find our balance at different places, as long as you are doing what keeps you healthy and makes you happy, then go for it!

Finding a balance between enjoying yummy foods and maintaining proper nutrition is not easy, but it is possible. A healthy lifestyle does not mean a life of sacrifice & deprivation, just balance & moderation.

… Physically

Nutrition, nutrition, nutrition… Wait! Didn’t I talk about that already? Isn’t this the physical part? Well yes, if you want to maintain a healthy weight and physique your nutrition HAS to be right.  Our society has been led to believe that less is the key when trying to lose weight.  But for me the key is more, more of the good stuff, more nutrition.  By giving my body what it needs in terms of complete nutrition, it naturally functions to do what it was design to do: burn fat, get rid of the bad and keep the good.

Growing up I wasn’t very involved in many outdoor activities or sports. I actually didn’t like working out or being too physically active. It was after having my second child that I found self having a hard time “balancing” life, my weight was out of control and so were my mood and stress levels.  My super low-calorie diet wasn’t cutting it.  So I started exercising.  My first years were rough as I still did not comprehend the importance of a clean diet and balanced nutrition. 

Right now {thanks to my awesome hubby}, running is the biggest part of my fitness life {yes, the actual sport, not just after the kids}. I am not the fastest, but I am truly enjoying my new fitness level, running races, training with a team, and working harder to get better and hopefully one day be able to complete a marathon.  I do not have a gym membership, but do have a pair of legs that allow me to hit the pavement whenever I can, or run on the treadmill at home.  Bikram Yoga classes are essential for my injury-free running journey.  I also fit in the occasional DIY workout at home, amazing what just 15 minutes a day can do. I am by no means a fitness freak, looking for big muscles, perfect abs or anything like that. But the occasional workout and staying active has made a big difference in my life and overall wellness.

Fitness should be about doing what you enjoy, feeling good and having fun!!

… Spiritually

In a world full of food, chocolate, run groups, races, husbands, daughters, sons, jobs, blogs, pins, tweets, it is so easy to forget about our very real essence, where it all came from and Who entrusted us with it ALL.  Easy to get lost.  I did.  But He never gives up on us.  He showed me that without Him there is no there is no {long-lasting} pleasure, no happiness, no eternal life. God is good.

By His Truth I am able to keep sanity, be a better wife, mom and person overall, from and for His glory.

So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness. Colossians 2:6–7

His infinity Love & Mercy keeps me rooted and nourished. Every. Single. Day.  Our tree of life continues to grow because of Him. He is our roots; and without Him there would be no trunk, no branches, no leaves, no flowers nor fruits.

CYA Part.

I am not professionally trained in nutrition nor fitness.  All opinions expressed are based on my own personal research and experiences.  I do not get paid to blog nor compensated for opinions, I might be provided with free products to try and review, but I only accept those that are fit for me and my lifestyle, all opinions expressed are honest and my own.

I am not a professional writer and I write it how I feel it… I hope you stick around and enjoy!

11 responses to “About {FBF}

  1. Hi Adri,

    I’m glad you found my blog so that it could bring me to your amazing blog! I completely agree with you about mindful eating. I still don’t really know what my philosophy about food really is, but I do know that it will always be focused on mindful eating.

    I also think it is soo important to listen to your body. Since trying the paleo thing for a while and eating other things in moderation I have been able to better understand what my stomach does not respond well to, and what causes my migraines. I am about 95% sure that refined sugar and wheat are directly related to my migraines. At this point any sweet filled with these two things is not worth the enjoyment of the taste for how it will make me feel after eating it.

    I know it is all a process and I will find what really works eventually. Can’t wait to explore all of your great posts!

    • Thank you so much for stopping by! Welcome! It’s definitely about listening to your body and learning what works for your. I’m just not a “labeling” person because evereyone is different and everyone will have a different way of balancing a healthy lifestyle.

  2. Hey Adri! I’m a fellow sweat pink ambassador who finally made it over to your blog because you are giving away cookies. lol! Reading this page made me smile, laugh, and nod (lots) in agreement– I love your point about cave men and bread/grains!! Haha! I mean, they didn’t poop in a toilet either, but it’s not gonna stop me from doing that! Anyways, love your philosophy and am glad to “meet” you!

  3. Hey Adri! What a lovely blog you have, and you guys are such a gorgeous family!~~~loved that picture. And I love your perspective on life and food–and I totally agree on being a “mindful” eater. I think it’s so important to enjoy the taste as well as appreciate the nutrients in the food.

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