The Health and Fitness Blog

Day Three of my Seven day Blogging Blitz talks about my ongoing journey with my physical and mental health.

Hello, my gentle readers!  In this blog post, I’d like to talk about being healthy, both mentally and physically.  Let’s get this out of the way.  I’m a big woman.  I got tummy rolls, thick thighs, and stretch marks.  I’m always going to be a big woman.  That doesn’t mean that I don’t work out because I do.  I enjoy going to the gym.  I enjoy lifting weights.  I’m not a fan of cardio, but I do it anyway.  I say all of this because I don’t want you, my readers to get the wrong idea with this blog.  I’m not going to be criticizing your lives and telling you what you should be doing with it.  I’m merely telling you what’s important to me, and my overall health is one of those things.

This blog is sort of a continuation of my cooking blog because my cooking is directly linked to my health.  After all, the food we eat is fuel for our bodies, and if we don’t have the right fuel, we don’t work at our best.  I’ve done a lot of diets in my day, and pretty much all of them have disappointed me mightily.  It wasn’t until I started working with a personal trainer that I was able to find a way of eating that actually gave me results.

He saw that I was working hard in the gym, killing myself day in and day out, but the food wasn’t matching up with what I was doing in the gym, so he put me on the Keto diet.  Now, what the Keto diet is that your diet consists of 70% fat, 25% protein, and 5% of carbs.  Carbs are your body’s most preferred energy source.  It’s just the easiest to break down for energy.  Now, when you start on Keto, you force your body to use other things for energy, which is fat in this case.  Your liver begins to produce ketones, which break down your fat stores to give you energy for the day.  You eat mostly fat because it keeps you full and curbs any cravings you might have.

Now, I know what you’re thinking.  You’ve heard of this diet, and you’ve heard that it’s not healthy and so on and so forth.  That’s fine.  I’m definitely not going to dismiss your concerns.  I will reiterate that everyone’s body and health is different and what worked for me may not work for you.  I’ll also say that in the time that I’ve been doing this diet, I’ve dropped 30 pounds.  My weight loss has slowed down, due to me not being as strict as I once was, but I’ll be starting up again and getting those lbs down to where I want them to be.

Oh, but I did call this a continuation blog, didn’t I?  The reason for that is because in my cooking blog, I talked about how much I love to cook and eat.  Well, everything I cook is Keto friendly.  That’s right, readers.  Everything that I make is high fat, minimal protein, and very low carbs.  Crazy, I know. I don’t skip meals, either.  I have breakfast, lunch, and dinner.  Well, to be honest, I try to have breakfast, but most times I’m not very hungry when I wake up.  The main point is that anything that you see on this blog that I’ve cooked will be Keto friendly.  That means it’ll have no sugar, no flour, high fat, and slim protein.  I did promise to always tell you the truth, so this is just another step in being transparent with you.

That is only one aspect of health, the physical side.  There’s also the mental side as well, which is arguably, the harder side to keep healthy.  This life is not easy, and we all have to make our way through it.  Some have a more difficult time than others.  It’s okay to acknowledge when life is beating you up at the moment.  That is not a weakness.  In fact, it’s a sign of strength, to admit that something’s not quite right, that you may need a little bit of health to get through your current situation.

Now, I am by no means a mental health professional, but I do advocate for mental health.  I’m a huge proponent of exercising self-care.  If you need it, get the help that you need.  Talk to someone; make that appointment to a therapist.  I know it’s scary, the thought of bearing your soul to a stranger.  No one’s saying that you even have to do that the first time you meet a therapist.  That sort of work can’t happen without trust, so develop your trust with someone first.

Also, the therapist is not out to get you.  They genuinely want to help you, but it is your life.  That means that whatever you put into therapy is exactly what you’ll get out.  Your therapist is never going to work harder than you will.  If you want results, you have to put in the work.

This advice works for wanting to make a physical change as well.  It’s hard, I know.  If it was easy, everyone would do it.  I can’t speak for others, but I want you, my readers, to be the healthiest person you can be, inside and out.  Being healthy generates positive energy, and that energy can be passed on from person to person.  Who knows, you might inspire someone to want to better their life.  That’s what I hope to do.  I want people to read this blog and think to themselves that if I could do it, then they could as well.

That’s my entry about fitness and health.  I won’t dwell on it for too long, but every so often I will talk about it, and I didn’t want it to come as a surprise.  Don’t hesitate to share with me what’s worked for you and what you do to take care of yourself.  Let’s keep the positive energy circulating.

The Food and Cooking Blog

This blog discusses my overall love affair with cooking and food.

Hi, everyone.  It’s me, Sian, with my latest blog post which will be about cooking!  As I said in my very first post, I love to cook, mostly because I love to eat.  I definitely identify as a foodie, and I enjoy trying and eating new types of cuisine.  I’m lucky enough to live in a place that has plenty of different kinds of restaurants, so I can continue testing my palate with unique dishes.

I don’t know if I have a favorite type of food or dish that I love over all the others.  I do have preferences.  My first love will always be Creole and Cajun style because that’s what I was reared on.  I love bold, spicy flavors and seafood.  For me, it’s comfort food at its finest.  I also enjoy Japanese cuisine as well.  I’m a sucker for seafood, so naturally sushi and I get along quite well.  I’m even developing a taste for sashimi as well.  What I like about Japanese food is the flavors are super clean and crisp but also delicate.  It’s like each dish really highlights each of the ingredients used.  I dig it.

There are tons of other cuisines that I enjoy.  I like Mexican as well because tacos and who doesn’t like tacos?  Not Taco Bell and any other Americanized version of Mexican food either.  I’m talking about the type of Mexican food where they set the stoneware plate in front of you and tell you not to touch it because it’s really hot.  This is the type of food that has everything on the plate, the meat, rice, beans, lettuce, tomato, and sour cream right there.  Before you ask, yes I have mixed it all together and ate it.  More than once too, and I’m proud of that fact.

Americana cuisine is okay, but the reason I enjoy it is because of its versatility.  French is tasty as well.  I really like all of the different sauces, and French desserts are the best.  I’ve even had Ethiopian food, and it’s rapidly becoming one of my favorites.  You don’t use forks, they have this bread called injera, and the food is on top of the injera.  You have to tear the injera off and use it to scoop up your food.  It’s quite the experience and also very tasty.

Of course, I don’t eat out all the time.  I cook quite a bit as well.  My cooking is nowhere near as adventurous as what I like to eat.  I’m a decent cook, readers.  I can follow any instructions to make a tasty meal.  One thing I can’t do is curate recipes.  I simply don’t have the time or will to constantly try to create a dish using my imagination until I get it perfect.  I’d much rather just cook what I know or follow a recipe instead of going into the kitchen and say “What can I try to make?”

With that being said, if you give me a recipe, I will follow it to a tee and cook the most delectable foods.  I really enjoy using those delivery services like Hello Fresh, Blue Apron, and so on.  They give you everything you need to make a delicious dish, except for a few things that they expect you to have, like salt and pepper.  I’ve made many a plate using those services, and I liked most of the meals that I’ve made.  The only thing that I wasn’t keen on is that these companies give you the exact amount that you need to make these meals.  That means no leftovers, which is sad because I love leftovers.  It’s super convenient to have lunch from a dinner you made the previous night.  The pros far outweigh the cons, and I’ll continue using these services.  I’ll even show you, readers, some of the things I cook from these meal boxes.

I don’t want y’all to think that I only make savory dishes.  I love making desserts from scratch too!  I love having a nice, light dessert to finish off a satisfying meal.  The irony of that statement is that most of the desserts that I make are really heavy.  I make fantastic cheesecakes.  I also made a chocolate silk pie for the first time as well.  Pretty soon I’m going to attempt a chocolate roll cake as well as some ginger snap cookies.  I’ll be more than happy to share these confectionary delights with y’all as well.

As you may have inferred from this post, I take cooking very seriously.  I have to because food is an important part of my life.  It is literally the fuel that our bodies need to work properly.  If you aren’t giving your body the right kinds of fuel, it can’t work optimally.  This is why I’ve taken control of what I eat.  In my next blog post, I’ll talk about how my love for cooking and eating has helped me in getting healthier as well.

Before I wrap up this post, I want to know, my dear readers, do you like cooking?  What are some of your favorite cuisines to cook and to eat?  Tell me about a food that you can’t get enough of.  I can’t wait to see your responses.  Until next post!

The Start of Simply Sian

Hi, everyone.  My name’s Sian, and I am the proud owner and proprietor of this blog!  I’m also terrible at introductions!  How about some things about me?  I’m originally from New Orleans, Louisiana though I live in Virginia now.  I have an amazing partner who supports me and my endeavors.  I have a pretty crazy sense of humor and don’t mind being self-deprecating or sarcastic.  I’m also pretty chill and like to roll with the punches.  I’ve always wanted to have a blog, my own slice of the Internet, and there’s no time like the present to get it done.

Here are some of the things that I enjoy.  I love cooking (and eating).  Since I’m from New Orleans, you know I can make a good plate of food.  I may even share some of my favorite recipes with you.  I love watching movies.  I wouldn’t say that I’m a cinephile, but I’m working on it.  I love pop culture, pop references, and bad puns.  I love music. I love to travel.  I love the written word. For me, there’s nothing better than curling up in a comfy blanket with a good book, feeling the pages slide between my fingers.  Most importantly, I love expressing myself by writing, and I’ve got a lot to say.

So, why create a blog?  I wanted a place where I could talk about all of the things that are important to me, and I wanted to share them with you, the internet!  I have a truth, and I think I can tell my truth in a way that’s funny, entertaining, and relatable to most people.  Plus, I consider myself a writer, and I’ve wanted to write professionally for a very, very long time.  I think by having a blog, it’ll help me to hone my craft and get into a writing rhythm.  I know that the actual act of writing is tough to do, but the more I write, the easier it gets.  I’m not sure if it’ll get any better, but there’s no other way to learn than to try.

Also, in an effort for my audience to get to know me a little bit better, I’m going to post a blog every day for the next seven days.  Yes, you can definitely hold me accountable for this too!  These subsequent blogs are going to discuss my interests in depth, as well as some happenings in pop culture.  The blog’s going to be busy, and I don’t want you to miss it!

So, first entry of the blog is now complete.  I’ve told you a bit about me and what I like.  This blog’s going to be about my life, my experiences, and my opinions.  This blog will be me, unapologetically me.  I hope you’re interested enough to come back and see exactly what I’m going to write next.