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Question: What is your favorite brand of almond butter?

Answer: Please click here for a list of my favorite nut butters.

Question: How did you get to the place where you were okay without running after doing it for so many years?

Answer: First, please read my Confessions of A Former Runner post.

If your body is trying to tell you something, then listen. I have nothing against running, but I truly believe our bodies were not made to run high mileage. Think about our ancestors – they would probably laugh at thought of us running for an hour on a machine at the gym. Just stay active. Take long walks, go on a hike, strength train. Again, hours of cardio? Totally unnecessary, and for more on this topic, I recommend Mark Sisson’s post, A Case Against Cardio.

When I stopped running, I did not gain weight. Believe it or not, it’s easier for me to maintain my weight without running. After my morning runs, I was starving all day long. Not anymore. It’s wonderful, and I no longer crave all those carbs. This post has a few pictures of me back in my running days. I looked more “puffy” than I do now, and I blame it on all the carbs I used to eat to fuel my runs. I was doing a lot of walking when I wrote that post since the weather was nice. However, when it’s gross outside, I might do 30 to 60 minutes of yoga or plyometric type exercises in my house, intervals on my stationary bike, etc. No weight gain. In fact, my body has stayed so toned since I gave up running. I love it.

People often ask me if I miss running, and I always tell them if I missed it, then I would simply start running again. Guess I don’t miss it because the thought of putting my running shoes back on right now makes me cringe. It had become a chore, and I’m so glad I listened to my body for once!

Question: How did you give up sugar?

Answer: It was tough at first. I basically went off sugar cold turkey back when I started losing weight. I didn’t touch the stuff for 3 years, but then I started running. That’s when sugar crept back into my diet, mainly in the form of ice-cream. Oops. When I stopped running, I pretty much cut sugar out of my life again. I eat sugar now but try and limit my intake. Our bodies react to all natural sweeteners the same way they do to refined white table sugar, and that “healthy” raw agave is nothing but fructose. My advice is to limit it all…even the diet soda. Ahhh, I know it’s not easy, but drinking empty calories will only make you crave sweets even more. I promise once you get it all out of your system, your cravings will diminish dramatically.   Following are some helpful posts on the topic.

Question: Do you ever create meal plans for people?

Answer: No, because A) I have no formal training in nutrition and B) Have you seen the weird stuff I eat?!?  For some ideas, please see The HEAB Diet post, and for some of my favorite recipes, click here.

Question: Would be interested in receiving free products from our company and doing a review and/or giveaway?

Answer: No, probably not.

Question: Will you add me to your blogroll, and do you mind if I add you to mine?

Answer: I am picky about who I put on my blogroll and will not add any blogger simply because he/she asked.  I need to feel like I know you first before I start recommending you to others. So, leave me a comment, and let’s chat a bit.  If you feel like you already know me and read my blog, I’d be honored to be on your blogroll. Thank you.

Question: Would you like to do a link exchange?

Answer: No

Question: Would you be interested in selling advertising space on Heather Eats Almond Butter?

Answer: No, under my current contract with Foodbuzz, I am allowed no other paid advertisement on my blog.

Question: Do you have any tips for new bloggers?

Answer: Yes, please see my Blogging Tutorial post.

Question: Are you on Twitter?

Answer: No, I deleted my account.

Question: I want a Vita-Mix, but they’re so expensive. Is it really worth it?

Answer: Yes! I actually own a reconditioned VitaMix 5000 that I bought on sale. Often times, the Vita-mix folks sell models on their website that have been used for demos. It’s a great deal, usually about $100 off, and it still comes with the 7-year warranty. Don’t even bother purchasing the dry blade. It’s a waste of money. I bought it but rarely use it. The wet blade can do it all.  That blender is truly amazing, and when I’m at home, I use it at least once a day if not more. I’m telling you, once you go Vita you’ll never go back. Best kitchen appliance ever. Just make sure you invest in some ear plugs. That thing is loud.

Question: What type of food processor do you use?

Answer: I’m really not sure which brand I have as it was a gift from a friend who imports prototype appliances. However, when people ask, I always recommend Cuisinart or Hamilton Beach brand processors. If you have a membership to Costco, I would check out their selection as they often have great deals on the Cuisinarts, both at their stores and online.

Question: What kind of camera do you use?

Answer: I have a Canon Rebel XS that I ordered used from Amazon, and for most of my food photos, I use this lens.  To edit my photos, I use Photoshop Elements. For a helpful post on how to set up your own home photography studio, please click here.

Question: What are your favorite baby products?

Answer: Please see My Favorite Baby Advice and Baby Items post.

Question: What are your favorite baby food recipes?

Answer: For all of my favorite homemade baby food recipes and meal & snack ideas, please click here.

Question: Do you have any recommendations for doing yoga at home?

Answer: For DVD’s, I like Sarah Ivanhoe and Shiva Rea. Both are great.

 

Here are some online options:

  • Polly has some great online videos perfect for beginners. They are all about 10 minutes in length, completely free, and a great place to start b/c she does the yoga along with you.
  • For something a little more advanced, check out Dave Farmar.  His podcasts are free.  However, I’ll be honest, his constant talking kind of drives me crazy.
  • I also really like Sadie Nardini half hour power series.  My friend, Maggie posted a link here.
  • Yoga to the People has 9 different 60 minute power yoga classes you can download as well.
  • You can try tons of free 20 minute classes over at YogaDownload, one of my favorite yoga websites.  The site also offers longer classes, and once you pay for them, the downloads are yours to keep forever.  Love all my YogaDownload classes.

Also, Averie from Love Veggies and Yoga did a great Q & A post all about yoga, including information about online options and DVD’s.

Question: I’m coming to Nashville. Any recommendations for what to see or do?

Answer: Yes, please see my Nashville Advice post.

If you have a question I did not answer, please leave it in the comment section on my most current post, and I will answer.

Thanks for reading!

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