It’s Meet and Greet Weekend @ Dream Big!!

Diet & Weight Loss

Meet n greet’s are a great way to meet some new bloggers around the globe! 🙂

Dream Big, Dream Often

imagesIt’s Meet and Greet Weekend at Dream Big!!

Ok so here are the rules:

  1. Leave a link to your page or post in the comments of this post.
  2. Reblog this post.  It helps you, it helps me, it helps everyone!  So don’t be selfish, hit the reblog button.
  3. Edit your reblog post and add tags (i.e. reblogging, reblog, meet n greet, link party, etc.), it helps, trust me on this one.
  4. Share this post on social media.  Many of my non-blogger friends love that I put the Meet n Greet on Facebook and Twitter because they find new bloggers to follow.  This helps also, trust me.

Now that all the rules have been clearly explained get out there and meet n greet your butts off!

See ya Monday!

Danny

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One Year Blogging: A Year in Review

Other

Happy ‘Blogiversary’ to us ! 

Unfortunately there is no celebratory cake, but that’s only because we are still working thorough Alex’s birthday cake from last week!  Yum! 😀

A delicious, homemade, raw, vegan cake… still defrosting at this stage!

 

It was one year ago today that we created our first post and now one-hundred and fifty posts later we decided to look back at that first one; an article discussing diet and exercise! It’s hard looking back at any of our first posts without being critical, but we should all embrace our previous experiences, learn from it and move on.

Initially publishing content seemed impossible; from battling with a one week, self-led crash course in WordPress (WP), inclusive of plenty of hair pulling and profanities(!), to the thought of having a published voice was, in all honesty (at least at the time), a little bit daunting!

We think that those that persevere and battle through all of WP’s ‘techy wizardry’, social media platforms and who generally take a leap of faith will agree that it is an amazing roller coaster ride, one that you cannot completely prepare yourself for!

Blogging doesn’t really come with a manual or person spec, although there are plenty of websites and eBooks to help with promotion and IT troubleshooting, it just comes with a learning curve. A right of passage which involves learning how to use HTML, SEO, analytics, correct tags and formatting, in addition to learning how to proof read like your life depends on it, the reality of how long it actually takes to create quality content and even knowing what direction you’re going with it. You will also (and most importantly) develop the ability not to sweat the small stuff, especially when it does not go to plan.

Anyone that starts blogging will start out with an idea or a ‘plan’, but what has materialised one, four or even twelve months on? Even the best intentions can change, but it doesn’t mean that we should give up on our goals. Our blog is our own. Our own creative outlet that we have decided to share with the world! We will all have different expectations and measurements for success, but the key is passion, hard work and commitment. Keep hold of why you started blogging in the first place. You cannot compare your progress to others, expect to have overnight success or even assume that your last three months of Google Analytics will be indicative of your next six. We’re pretty sure that we’ve read somewhere that about half of all new blogs give up after nine months; anyone belonging to this crazy ‘blogosphere’ could easily emphasise with this.

It you are new to blogging, please don’t give up! Inspiration and motivation comes and goes with the reality that blogging is hard work, but it’s also very rewarding! It can almost end up being a full-time job, but unless your blog is your business, you need to be realistic about it. Like all the other components in your life, it’s just one more to learn how to juggle and to find balance with. Our lives will inevitability encroach upon our blogging goals, but it might also help to inspire new ideas…which is fantastic because blogs continuously need new, genuine and interesting content.

We’ve really enjoyed blogging; from meeting new people, reading your guys fantastic posts, discovering new islands in the Pacific Ocean and having a lot of self-discovery, reflection and personal growth along the way. One bonus about providing food posts is that we can finally put all of our recipes in one place… instead of countless pieces of paper and notebooks! Yes, a virtual notebook that can also be used to highlight what we actually eat when we say to people that we consume ‘plant-based foods’ and of course the response is “so what do you eat?!” 😛

As you guys will know, Eat2Health encompasses ways on making sure you can make healthy and informed decisions regarding your health, as we all deserve to be healthy, happy and in control of our life. We’d like to thank everyone that has supported, inspired and joined us over the last year. We really love hearing about the things that you have enjoyed or how we might of helped you in some way; it’s priceless. There are no words to describe what you mean to us but we would like to reciprocate by saying that our door is always open. We always appreciate feedback and if there is a topic you would like to know more about (even about blogging) then please do not hesitate in dropping us a line!

We’d also like to mention that it’s been really interesting to see the search terms and the literature that has taken the most interest and maybe even resonated with you. Based on your views, here are Eat2Health’s all-time top five recipes and articles over the last year:

 

All-Time Top 5 Recipes

 

All-Time Top 5 Articles

 

So again,thanks so much for joining us for year one!  What would you like to see more of during year two? Please share your ideas below. We’ve got a few possible ideas in the pipeline and are definitely looking forward to another great year ahead! 😀

Happy blogging everyone and let’s always remember that when we put our minds to it, we are all capable of great things! ❤

 

1 Year Anniversary Achievement

 

Feature Image: Pink-birthday-cupcake By: ladybug-julie_Flickr

Real Neat Blog Award

Awards

The amazing Raphaela from the Hummingbird Redemption has nominated us for the Real Neat Blog Award. Please check out her artistic, heart-felt and inspirational content.

This award is another friendly and light-hearted award to get to know your fellow bloggers and to recognise their achievements. 🙂

 

The ‘rules’ of the Real Neat Blog Award are: (feel free not to act upon them if you don’t have time, or don’t accept awards etc.):

  1. Put the award logo on your blog.
  2. Answer 7 questions asked by the person who nominated you.
  3. Thank the people who nominated you, linking to their blogs.
  4. Nominate any number of bloggers you like, linking to their blogs.
  5. Let them know you nominated them (by commenting on their blog etc.)

 

The Hummingbird Redemption’s Questions:
  1. If you could go anywhere in the world, where would it be?

Photo: China By: Bilwander_Flickr

Both: East Asia! There’s so much culture and so many amazing wonders to see and experience. It would be incredible and possibly life changing!

 

2. Favourite colour?

Photo: The colour run london 2015 By: Riccardo Carlucci_Flickr

Both: We cannot choose! We both really love earthy tones: brown, dark green and blues, but it can really depend!

 

3. What are you reading at the moment?

Photo: Book By: Pedro Jesus_Flickr

Alex: An old Raymond E. Fiest novel.
Lynn: About health related issues and too many recipes (haha)! I have to stop and head back into the kitchen!

 

4. What is your favourite animal?

Photo: Dolphin By: richardlaszkowlcz_Flickr

Both: We don’t have a favourite… but agree that penguins, dolphins, meerkats and flying squirrels are pretty cool!

 

5. What do you dream about?

Photo: Dream Mean To… By: Allie Rohletter_Flickr

Alex: Nothing, is there something wrong with that?!
Lynn: Literally, unfinished tasks (lol)! On a more meaningful level, for everyone to be happy and really make the most out of life.

 

6. What makes you laugh?

Photo: laugh By: trintrinkurbstompa_flickr

Photo: Laugh By: trintrinkurbstompa_Flickr

Lynn: Hmmm, people that always think they’re right… and oh, well I do love a good comedy!
Both: British humour: a mixture of wit, sarcasm, satire, deadpan and self-deprecation!

 

7. Do you prefer silence or music?

Photo: music By: Robert Couse-Baker_flickr

Photo: Music By: Robert Couse-Baker_Flickr

Both: A mixture of both. Your mind and body needs both positive stimulation and ways to relax!

 

8If you had nothing stopping you, what would you do?

Photo: Travel By: Cuba Gallery_Flickr

Photo: Travel By:Cuba Gallery_Flickr

Both: Travel the world and make large donations to charities.
Alex: Take control of all the world’s oil reserves and then distribute them equally.

 

9. If you could talk to somebody who has passed away, who would it be?

Photo: Crown By: Jason Train_flickr

Photo: Crown By: Jason Train_Flickr

Alex: King Joffrey from Game of Thrones.
Lynn: Some horrible medieval tyrant…

 

10. What would you say?

Photo: Speach bubble x-1 By: Poesls Photos_flickr

Photo: Speach bubble x-1 By: Poesls Photos_Flickr

Alex: Just laugh…
Lynn: How do you want to die…

 

Now on with our nominations! Hmm, seven questions, nope, ten is more fun! 😛

 

Our Questions:
  1. What are the three top foods that you have you eaten throughout your entire life and why? (#wearepeanutbutteraddicts)
  2. If you could meet any author, who would you pick?
  3. What type of music annoys you to the brink of insanity?
  4. What do you love the most about cooking your own meals?
  5. What is your favourite childhood memory?
  6. What angers you the most about the world that we live in?
  7. How do you make a cup of caffeinated tea (this is an ongoing joke in the UK!)?
  8. What is your one guilty pleasure?
  9. What’s the most embarrassing (or second embarrassing!) moment that’s ever happened to you?
  10. What country does your blog get the most visitors from?

 

Our Nominees:

This is always hard because there are just too many great blogs to list!

  1. The County Fare
  2. Charm of love
  3. HeenieBlogsFood
  4. The Bruges Vegan
  5. Youth Food- Meals Under Pressure Cooker
  6. Feeding Your Beauty
  7. Good Mother Diet
  8. The Calgary Beet
  9. Steady as They Go
  10. Beetroot Bomb
  11. The Healthy Haus
  12. Sunshine in Motion
  13. I Cant Believe That’s Healthy 
  14. Spiritual Foodie
  15. Cloudy Skies & Blackberries
  16. Is It Healthful?

 

 

A Nomination For: The Liebster Award!!

Awards

We have been nominated for The Liebster Award by: BubblesandBooyah!

Thanks so much BubblesandBooyah for this lovely nomination! This is an award for bloggers from bloggers, to welcome new bloggers to the blogging community.

We think this is an awesome concept of getting to know your new fellow bloggers in such a friendly, supportive and light-hearted manner! We feel very privileged 🙂

 

Our job is to answer these questions from bubblesandbooyah and complete the rest of the rules below. Here we go…

 

1. If you could have one superpower, what would it be?

 Alex & Lynn say: Time manipulation! Give us 5 reasons dudes why this wouldn’t be a good idea?!

2. If you could do anything right now, what would you do?

Pack up and go travelling for 3 months! It’s been ages since we had a holiday… and the UK does not have nearly enough bank holidays compared to the rest of the world!

3. What is your favourite memory?

Alex says: Seeing a perfect reflection of a full moon on a calm sea.
Lynn says: A cold (but unusually sunny) day in Edinburgh when Alex proposed to me. 🙂

4. What are you reading right now?

We both love reading and expanding our minds; Alex had too many books for our small London flats, so the charity shops benefited from our annoying predicament!

Lynn says: Currently I am researching for articles and trying to re-read the book: Mindfulness
Alex says: I am reading The MARSIPAN eating disorder guidelines.

5. Where do you most want to travel, but haven’t been?

East Asia! There’s so much culture and so many amazing wonders to see and experience. It would be incredible and possibly life changing!

6. What is your “Booyah“?

A state of mind or what excites you eh….

Alex says: Knowing the new game of thrones is on that night!
Lynn says: Exercise. It’s the one thing that can truly tap into both your physical and mental sides at once and set you up for a good day!

7. How would your friends describe you?

Both: Kind, well-mannered, well-spoken, polite, generous, funny, healthy, smart, organised, smiley. Also..
Lynn: artistic
Alex: computer savvy

8. What is your biggest success up until now?

Surviving London and London’s underground system for 13years without having a meltdown!

London can eat you up and spit you out if you’re not careful! It’s also over populated, dirty as hell, has some of the worse drivers we’ve seen, it’s full of angry and impatient people that don’t know how to use a sidewalk and walk too fast for their own good, it’s the worse place to be when it’s over 25 degrees and its also a really expensive location to live in!

On the other hand, it’s full of culture (through the sites and the people that live there) and history, it still manages to have save some green masses (which is important!) as you need to escape everything and have a bit of zen; there is also something about it that always pulls you back when you leave.

9. Why did you start your blog?

Eat2Health is a new venture; it’s an extension of our new business (the quirks are still being ironed out)! We are both passionate about healthy eating and lifestyle advice and feel that it’s important to represent this field in an evidence-based manner… and highlight the bad science spread by gossip magazines and/or advertisers.

Lynn says: I also like trying and sharing new recipes!

10. What is your fave ice cream flavour?

None! We’re both vegans…but even in our pre-vegan days, various medical conditions prevented us from eating/enjoying it. To be honest, since we’ve gone vegan we don’t have strong sugar cravings anymore…So we’ll improvise…

Alex says: I love coffee and walnut cake!
Lynn says: I love baked goods that have a strong ginger, cinnamon or vanilla flavour!  🙂

11. What is the #1 most played song on your iPod?

Alex says: Gimme Shelter by the rolling stones!
Lynn says: Anything that gets me pumped to exercise, like The Kings of Leon or Ellie Goulding.

 

11 Random Facts About Ourselves!

Lynn

1. I am lactose intolerant and hate dairy!

2. I immigrated to the UK from Canada over 15 years ago.

3. My ancestry is half Scottish but I consider myself quite British now…but I am not a royalist (Sorry Will & Kate)!

4.I am a firm believer that actions speak louder than words.

5. I’m allergic to wasps and pretty much everything else to do with the outdoors… yes that includes cute farm animals & your pets!

6. I suffer from vertigo and also have a fear of spiders!

7. I can twist, roll and bend my tongue in half; I only discovered this in a ‘Ripley’s Believe It Or Not museum’!

8. I preformed the Heimlich on myself last year when a piece of mango tried to take me out. Not cool man- I love fruit!

9. Annoyingly one of my vices is peanut butter.

10. I’ve broken a wrist and a finger playing sports as a kid- but I still love ice skating!

11. I’ve run one half marathon- because that’s all my knees can genetically take!

 

Alex

1. I was a mobile go-kart instructor for kids!

2. I love adrenaline sports.

3. I’m allergic to milk!

4. I have one pair of jeans with big holes in them and no jeans with manufactured holes in them!

5. I nearly died in two car accidents when I was 18!

6. I’ve been in an air ambulance (see above!)

7. I have one baby tooth left. 🙂

8. I was a cool geek before tv made it cool to be a geek!

9. I like satire and occasionally slap stick.

10. I passionately hate any type of fly!

11. I prefer to be five minutes late than five minutes early! (Sorry Lynn!)

Questions from Eat2Health Blog:

1. What have you found to be the hardest thing about blogging and why?

2. Do you prefer sweet or savoury?

3. What’s the best movie you’ve seen this year?

4.  Do you eat2health?

5. What song brings you the most memories when played and why?

6. What’s the biggest challenge you’ve over come up until this point?

7. What’s your all-time favourite book?

8. Do you look at your glass as half empty or half full?

9. What’s your favourite dish to cook or bake in the kitchen?

10. Where’s the most exotic and/or interesting place you’ve travelled to?

11. What one piece of wisdom could you pass on to your fellow bloggers (not necessarily about blogging!)?

…Now list 11 random facts about yourself!

The Blogs We Nominate For The Award Are:

1.thecountryfare.net

2. All of life’s creatures

3.Italian Vegan Way Of Life

4. Feasting on sunshine

5.The Bruges Vegan

6.Greensarebetter

7.Life is Good

8.Veggies on the Counter

9. Health and Us

10.The Confidence Kitchen

11.Simplycleancooking

Your job is to answer these questions in a blog post and spread the Liebe!
Here are the rules of the Liebster Award:

1. Thank the person who nominated you, and post a link to their blog on your blog.

2. Display the award on your blog — by including it in your post and/or displaying it using a “widget” or a “gadget”. (Note that the best way to do this is to save the image to your own computer and then upload it to your blog post.)

3. Answer 11 questions about yourself, which will be provided to you by the person who nominated you.

4. Provide 11 random facts about yourself.

5. Nominate 5 –11 blogs that you feel deserve the award, who have less than 1000 followers. (Note that you can always ask the blog owner this since not all blogs display a widget that lets the readers know this information!)

6. Create a new list of questions for the bloggers to answer.

7. List these rules in your post (You can copy and paste from here.) Once you have written and published it, you then have to:

8. Inform the people/blogs that you nominated that they have been nominated for the Liebster award and provide a link for them to your post so that they can learn about it (they might not have ever heard of it!).

Woop woop! Keep up all this fantastic blogging, friends!

 

Kind regards,

Eat2Health