So this month we have chosen the super lovely and beautiful Petra over at Be Healthy Now. Here’s why!
Petra’s blog has so many interesting articles I had to bookmark it in order to be able to go back to it and read more! She has a really great range of topics on the blog too – from healthy recipes (yum!!) all the way to organic beauty products. And it’s super easy to navigate too – never underestimate the power of a simple layout and menu bar!! Have a read through her interview below – it’s super interesting!
Tell us a little about yourself!
I am originally from Slovenia and I’ve been living in England for 12 years now. I enjoy learning and writing about different aspects of healthy living which includes nutrition, healthy eating, fitness and natural cosmetics. I love sharing my findings and healthy lifestyle tips with my blog readers and hope that this helps someone on their journey to become healthier and enables them to make more informed lifestyle choices.
I am a big supporter of organic foods and organic products as I do believe that they make a difference, especially in this world full of toxins which we are not even aware of.
I have not always been that much into healthy living though and it took me years to get to this stage where I am now. I’ve been on a journey to a healthier me which is not finished yet. I really hope that my blog inspires others to start their own journey to health.
My diet changed so much over years! It’s hard to believe today, but many years ago my typical diet consisted of white pasta, white rice, meat, fried fish, cow’s milk, sugary yoghurts, sugary cereal bars and some other not that healthy foods. At that time I didn’t think much of what I ate, but over years I gained weight and at some point I realised that I had to do something about it. I slowly started dieting then and losing weight but it took years to change my diet completely.
I gradually introduced healthier meals over time and stopped eating certain foods. At some point I stopped drinking cow’s milk and refined sugar is not part of my diet anymore. I do have a cake, from time to time though, I will admit and that’s totally fine. You have to enjoy your life sometimes right? As long as you are good most of the time… It’s about balance and moderation.
These days I eat mostly vegetarian food with some fish or seafood on a plate once a week. I cook from scratch and over years I developed some quick and easy meals which I love. You will find some on my blog under Healthy meals section. I will add more over time of course. It’s hard to believe that 3 years ago I didn’t even eat lentils or chickpeas! Today these are my staple food.
‣ What inspired you to start your blog?
I wouldn’t be where I am now without my parents. My dad died of liver cancer when he was only 50 (you can read his story here) and my mum died of non-Hodgkin lymphoma 3 years ago when she was 60. After she was diagnosed, I started to research more about the disease and cancer in general to see what can be done to slow it down and ease the symptoms. Food played an important role in this and I would give my mum advice on what to eat and what to avoid. Sugar was the worst thing to eat as it fed cancer cells.
Medical practitioners did provide some diet recommendations for anaemia and low white cell count but that wasn’t enough. I found there were other ways of improving diet when suffering from this illness and undergoing chemotherapy at the same time. I did my best to help my mum but things were getting worse. Chemotherapy was killing her slowly until there was no hope left.
My mum passing away was a turning point in my life. My both parents died of cancer, so does this mean I am at risk? What can I do to prevent it, if anything?
My research showed that leading a healthier life plays an important role in cancer prevention. My blog was born as a way to share everything useful I learn about healthy living whether that is nutrition, fitness or living a life more naturally, avoiding toxins. And it’s not only about cancer prevention, it’s also about preventing other diseases of a modern world such as heart disease, Alzheimer’s and diabetes.
‣ What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?
This is a bit difficult question actually! I am normally the one who gives advice to people J, however I am sure I’ve been given lots of advice in the past, only that I forgot about it.
One advice which I received not long ago was actually at the West Midlands Vegan festival. I was listening to the talk by Pat Reeves (vegan cancer survivor) and she mentioned something really important. If you take probiotics (which I used to) make sure you drink it with water which does not contain chlorine as chlorine kills off the good bacteria. To remove chlorine you could use Brita’s water filter or boil water and keep it in the fridge for 24 hours before drinking it. I don’t know whether that’s the best advice I’ve ever been given but it’s certainly one that I remember!
‣ Favourite health rule?
Always add vitamin C rich foods to foods rich in iron so that your body could absorb more iron when digesting (especially important if you don’t eat meat!). So when I eat eggs, I normally eat them with vitamin C packed tomatoes and I add some lemon juice to lentil soups and salads.
‣ Your favourite post on your blog?
I have quite a few favourite posts actually and I wish I could mention them all but if I had to choose I would pick the article about exercise and how it can improve health, but I would also want to mention ‘How to prevent sports and exercise injuries’ article.