Good morning, all!

How was your long weekend? I hope those of you celebrating Easter had a lovely one. I spent it at my aunt’s place with a bunch of relatives (and extended relatives!) where we enjoyed a delicious meal. Fresh spring rolls, salmon, scallops, shrimp, sole, salads (are we noticing the alliteration here?) and pavlova with berries for dessert. It’s the stuff dreams are made of, folks.

With delicious food at the front of my mind, today I want to introduce you to another one of my inspiring blogger friends in my Foodies to Follow series. You’ve already met Kate of Cookie + Kateand Heidi of FoodieCrush, and this week I’ve got to tell you about Taylor of Food Faith and Fitness

Foodies to Follow: Taylor Kiser of Food Faith Fitness

I’ve only ever ‘met’ Taylor online, but we have big plans to get together the next time she’s here in her hometown of Vancouver. I’m always wowed by Taylor’s ability to transform traditional comfort foods and decadent desserts into better-for-you versions, without sacrificing taste. I was first drawn to the gorgeous, mouth-watering photos on her blog, but after getting to know Taylor a bit more, it became clear that she’s a pretty awesome girl. That’s enough from me though – let’s hear from today’s Foodie to Follow!

What inspired you to start Food Faith Fitness?

I actually was inspired to start food blogging due to my husband and my mom sort of pushing me into it.  I have always absolutely LOVED to cook and bake since I was a wee little tyke, and they thought I would be really good at it.  I didn’t have a lot of hobbies outside of my full-time job (which I didn’t enjoy at all) so I thought it might be something fun to start. I had no idea that it would grow into something that I absolutely ADORE and feel so privileged and blessed to be able to get up and do every day of the week! Additionally, as a Christian, I loved the idea of having a venue to share my beliefs to a large number of people. Finally, I am extremely into health and fitness so I loved the idea that I could incorporate that as well!

What does a typical day in the life of Taylor look like?

  • 4am: Get up, do all the morning social media/new post promotion/read and comment on other blogs/respond to emails..
  • 7 am: Put on my makeup, do my daily devotionals
  • 8 am: GROCERY SHOP
  • 8:30 am: Time to WORKOUT!
  • 10 am: Cook a recipe that was tested the week before and is ready to be photographed,
  • 12pm: Photo shoot
  • 1pm: Edit the pictures/try to eat lunch at the same time/spill things on computer/potentially break computer. It’s happened.
  • 2pm: Start testing another recipe or two
  • 4pm: Catch up on any emails/comments etc from the afternoon.
  • 5pm: Dinner time
  • 6pm: Write the blog post for the following day
  • 7pm: WATCH TV AND RELAX!
  • 8:30pm: Bed time! (you can judge.)

What would you say your food philosophy is today, and how has that changed over the course of your life?

Today my food philosophy is “everything in moderation.” When I was in my early teens, I had anorexia, was hospitalized and nearly died. This is the reason I am very health conscious today. HOWEVER, it has also taught me that you can be TOO healthy, which makes you totally UNHAPPY. I’ve learned that eating healthy most of the time is great but…so are cookies J It’s all about finding the perfect balance that works for you! Eating shouldn’t be stressful.

What are some of the struggles or challenges you’ve faced as a blogger?

As mentioned earlier, I have suffered from an eating disorder. Obviously, I am recovered, but there are still always those lingering thoughts of HOW MUCH OF THIS DESSERT SHOULD I BE TASTE TESTING? In my head I know that I create heathy food, but it doesn’t always equal low calorie. So, all the taste testing has challenged me at times. As silly as that sounds.

Aside from that, I struggle with not comparing myself with other bloggers. I have only been around 1.5 years, which is short in the blogging world, but I get down a lot about not being where “big bloggers” are. I have to remember that I LOVE what I do, and that is what is important!

You’ve talked openly on your blog about your experience with an eating disorder and a negative relationship with food. Can you share what it was that caused you to make the shift back to nourishing your mind, body, and soul and getting back to good health?

Really, it was just being hospitalized. When you are 12 years old, and you are told that you’re going to die, you kind of get a wake-up call! I know that sounds totally simple, but that is really what it came down too. I didn’t want to die to have a 6 pack, you know? Wouldn’t do me much good then.

Knowing that you’re a Vancouver girl originally, what would be the top 3 places you think I NEED to eat here in my new home?

OH MY GOSH! EVERYWHERE! Vancouver has the BEST food! But here are the top 3:

  1. The Eatery. If you like sushi, you NEED TO GO HERE! They have an insanely huge menu and the most creative rolls! I LOVE their roll with avocado, cream cheese and tempura banana!
  2. The Banana Leaf – Just some SERIOUSLY good Malaysian cuisine!
  3. The Foundation – it’s actually a vegan restaurant, which is generally not my thang at ALL, but it’s SO GOOD. And it’s in this trendy, hip part of town that has great shopping for after you eat .

When it comes to fitness, I know you’re not the running type (and that’s a-OK!) What sort of exercise makes you feel best and gets your endorphins flowing?

Definitely weight lifting! That is all I do to be honest. I mostly don’t do cardio because I happen to lose weight very easily. And, with my past, I can’t allow myself to get too low of a weight. Weight training makes me feel healthy and fit, but not skinny.

Here on Eat Spin Run Repeat, we talk a lot about goal setting. What are a couple of goals you’d like to achieve this year?

I would actually like to GAIN a few lb, as backwards as that sounds to most! As far as blog-related, I would like to learn to just relax and work less. I missed my first year of marriage due to being OBSESSED with my blog and ALWAYS WORKING. It is my full time job, so I need to work, but I also want to work on my relationship with God and my husband!

Where can people find you on social media?

All the usual spots – Pinterest, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Google +

Alright guys, that’s it for today! Be sure to head over to Taylor’s blog and say hello. You’ll find so many more awesome recipes over there, not to mention stunning food photos that will make you want to spend an entire day in the kitchen.

I’ll be back on Wednesday with a brand new recipe of the week, but in the meantime, be sure to sign up for my quarterly newsletter, which I’ll be sending out very soon. The spring edition is coming out a little late due to my recent move, but it’s just as packed with tips, recipes and subscriber-only exclusives as always.

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Have an awesome day!