An Interview With Kelly From KPing It Simple

As part of an assignment for my Applied Digital + Social Media class, I had the opportunity to record an interview with Kelly Potter, a PhD student at Iowa and successful food + healthy lifestyle blogger. You can check out her killer blog here.

We talked about a variety of things, including how she uses her professional research to help inform people that don’t come from science backgrounds about proper nutrition. She has some great advice for why it’s important to make sustainable lifestyle changes (especially at a young age) so be sure to check out the interview below.

7 Of My Favorite Healthy Food Instagrammers

It’s no secret that I love Instagram. Like, I could sit for hours and go through my feed, then the stories, then the discover page, until I end up stalking some random person all the way back to their pics from October 2015. It’s an addiction, I’ll tell ya. But since I’ve decided to get into food/health/wellness blogging, I’ve drawn inspiration from many creative people on Instagram.

Instagram is a great place for creating community, especially surrounding food. These are some of my favorite people that have created a positive community around healthy eating and living. It’s hard to narrow my list down to just seven, but I think that these ladies have created incredible communities and started some really important conversations about leading a healthy lifestyle. In no particular order, here are my favorite healthy food Instagrammers. Feel free to check out their profiles, but keep in mind that many of them have blogs that they maintain regularly as well. Continue reading “7 Of My Favorite Healthy Food Instagrammers”

Friday Faves: Hydroflask

This post is long overdue. If you know me well, you know that my Hydroflask water bottle and I have become one over the past year and a half we’ve been together. In its 40-ounces of glory, it can be found with me at all times. It has become an extension of me, if you will.

Why do I love my Hydroflask, you ask? And how does this relate to my blog (besides the fact that it’s just something I love)? Here are a few things you should know: Continue reading “Friday Faves: Hydroflask”

Gluten + Dairy Free: Week 3 (ish?)

I believe it’s week four of going completely gluten- and dairy-free. With the craziness of finals and also working a bit more than usual, I didn’t get around to detailing everything I ate last week. If you want to see what I’ve eaten in the past, check out Week 1 and Week 2. Most things stayed the same. Lots of veggies, fruit, and meat.

Way more people than I thought have been following me on this journey. I’m so grateful for all the support from friends and family through this all. Many people have been asking me how I’m feeling and how it’s going. So here are my honest, unfiltered thoughts. Continue reading “Gluten + Dairy Free: Week 3 (ish?)”

Everything I Ate In NYC

This post has been a long time coming. I went to New York City last month for the FIRST TIME EVER. A few years ago, when I was interested in magazine writing, I had this dream of moving out to New York and working for a super cool publication like Bon Appétit or Food Network Magazine. My professional goals have shifted since then, but my fascination with New York City has remained constant.

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My friend Emily and I went to NYC for “the best food festival-conference hybrid you’ll ever experience”. Brainfood was put on by Spoon University, an organization I’ve been involved with since my freshman year at Iowa. Spoon University is essentially an online magazine written by college students, for college students. Emily and I are, respectively, the editorial and marketing directors of the University of Iowa chapter. Brainfood was an all-day event consisting of speakers (think: Alton Brown + Hannah Hart), networking with professionals in the food industry, and tons of free samples. Continue reading “Everything I Ate In NYC”

Gluten + Dairy Free: Week 2

Alright fam, it’s week two of not eating gluten or dairy. Last week was difficult but definitely manageable. I started to feel a little bit better and noticed my acne clearing up. This week? Not as smooth-sailing. Between Thanksgiving with my family and a Friendsgiving with some pals, I’ve definitely seen a difference in how I’m feeling. Read on to see everything that I’ve eaten this week. Continue reading “Gluten + Dairy Free: Week 2”

Gluten + Dairy Free: Week 1

For those of you that follow along with me on Instagram, you know that I’m making a huge change to my diet for the next six weeks. (For those of you that don’t follow along with me on Instagram, you should. Find it here.)

I’ve been pretty vocal about my digestive issues on the blog, but just to recap, here’s what’s up. About a year ago, I went to the doctor about some persistent stomach pains after eating. After a simple blood test, they discovered that my body was low on amylase (the enzyme that breaks down carbohydrates), so they suggested that I cut back on carbohydrates. Fast forward a year later, and a few things have changed.

For one, over the last six months I’ve been trying to incorporate more whole grains like oats and quinoa. I’ve also added higher carb foods like bananas and potatoes. I mostly just shifted from intentionally eating low-carb everything to eating real foods with as few preservatives/junk/added sugar as possible. I also have loosened up on taking extra precautions while eating out because come on, this girl’s gotta live a little. My stomach pain hasn’t gone away, but I have found that avoiding certain foods makes it better.

Another thing I’ve struggled with since coming to college is cystic acne. In high school, I rarely ever broke out. I would get a few whiteheads here and there, but never a full blown colony of painful, under-the-skin zits. I’ve tried cleanser after cleanser and apply prescription cream religiously every morning and night, but nothing seems to cure my problem. It HAS to be coming from the inside.

After some research, I’ve learned that two of the biggest food intolerances are gluten and dairy, and they often go unrecognized. So I’ve decided to challenge myself and completely cut out gluten and dairy for the next six weeks to see if any of my symptoms subside. After six weeks, I plan to reevaluate and see what’s working and slowly add certain foods back in. I recognize that I am not a doctor and am unfit to make a diagnosis about my digestive issues. 

I will be using my blog to hold me accountable for this change and hope you’ll follow along. I’ll be posting weekly about what I eat, how I feel, and if I’m noticing any changes. If you have any expertise to offer, please do so in the comments at the end of this post. Continue reading “Gluten + Dairy Free: Week 1”