Frequently Asked Questions
How long have you been blogging?
I started my blog back in October of 2009 – wow! My blog started as a very casual lifestyle blog that was chronicling my journey back to school to become a Registered Dietitian.
The blog has stayed true to that casual style while getting more polished over the years with more formal recipes instead of just quick meal ideas, and lots of fitness and nutrition-related content as well.
My photos have improved a LOT since 2009, too. 😉
What are your favorite products for running/fitness and cooking/kitchens?
- The best place to look for an overview of my favorite products is a recent holiday gift guide! Here is my 2018 holiday gift guide for runners, fitness lovers, and foodies.
I want to become a Registered Dietitian, but I have an unrelated bachelors degree like you and will need to start from scratch. Help! Where do I start?
- Check out my page all about How to Become a Registered Dietitian. It explains the process, step-by-step, and is especially helpful if you’re applying coming from an unrelated field.
I am a Registered Dietitian looking to start a nutrition counseling business. Help! Where do I start?
- Check out my page all about How to Start a Nutrition Counseling Private Practice. It explains the process step-by-step, and includes resources for more information as well.
Can you make a living from a blog?
Yes, you can! Check out this post for more details: How to Make Money as a Blogger.
And if you’re interested in learning how to start a blog, here are all my best tips: How to Start a Blog on WordPress.
What’s a typical day in the life for you?
It has changed a lot since November 2017 when our daughter Riese was born! Before she was born, I worked a pretty typical 40 (at least) hours a week on a combination of the blog and my nutrition coaching private practice.
Nowadays, I work part-time and spend the rest of my time with my daughter! I feel lucky I’ve been able to scale my work down to spend so much time with her. I’m sure my schedule will continue to change, but this is working for now!
Here are all my Day in the Life blog posts from over the years if you’re interested in seeing how things have evolved and changed: Day in the Life posts.
What are your top favorite fANNEtastic food recipes?
Check out this blog post: Blog Recipes We Make Again and Again.
For reader’s favorite recipes, you can see this post: My Top 9 Most Popular Recipes + Posts.
What kind of camera and lenses do you have?
- I have a DSLR — the Canon Rebel T3i. I have the standard lens that came with the camera, which is great for travel and everyday pictures, and I also have a macro lens — the 60 mm f/2.8 macro lens. It’s amazing for super close up food photography, and is what I usually use anytime I post a recipe or a meal we made at home.
- I also have a waterproof camera: the Olympus Tough Waterproof Digital Camera! It’s great for anything active involving water, like kayaking or swimming! I usually bring this with me as my main camera when I travel, too, since it takes really good regular photos.
Speaking of cameras — do you have any tips for taking better pictures?
Ask and you shall receive! For more help (including details for cell phone cameras, point and shoots, and DSLRs), check out the series of guest posts below!
What are your favorite restaurants in the Washington D.C. area?
- In D.C.:
- Lincoln DC (Logan Circle – trendy/fun seasonal small plates, great cocktails)
- Ris (Foggy Bottom – seasonal, healthy fare in a trendy fun atmosphere)
- Farmers Fishers Bakers (Georgetown – epic brunch)
- Kramerbooks & Afterwords Cafe (Dupont — American food & a hipster bar/bookstore)
- Birch & Barley (14th Street – upscale American & great beer/bar)
- 2 Amy’s (Cleveland Park – pizza)
- Pizzeria Paradiso (Multiple locations – pizza)
- Zaytinya (Metro Center – upscale/trendy Mediterranean)
- Rasika (Multiple locations – trendy Indian)
- DC Coast (Midtown – upscale seafood)
- Sweetgreen (Multiple locations – casual healthy lunch spot, salads, best frozen yogurt ever, vegan/veg friendly)
- Teaism (Multiple locations – casual healthy tea shop & cafe, vegan/veg friendly)
- Protein Bar (Multiple locations – casual healthy lunch spot, vegan/veg friendly)
- In VA:
- True Food Kitchen (Fairfax/Mosaic District – trendy and fun with awesome healthy food and great cocktails)
- Sawatdee (Courthouse, Thai food — the summer rolls are the BEST)
- Cava Mezze (Clarendon, upscale Greek tapas)
- Koi Koi (Falls Church, sushi)
- Northside Social (Clarendon, wine bar & cafe)
- Liberty Tavern (Clarendon, bar/restaurant, American food)
- Lyon Hall (Clarendon, bar/restaurant, American food)
What are your favorite running/biking/hiking trails in the Washington D.C. area?
- My favorites for running and biking are the C&O Canal (stretches from Georgetown up to MD — check out my “Ode to the C&O Canal” post here) and the Mt. Vernon Trail (along the Potomac River on the VA side from Mt. Vernon up to Roosevelt Island).
- For hiking near DC, I love the Billy Goat Trail (the MD side of Great Falls Park — we hiked it for Matt’s birthday one year).
- If you’re willing to go a bit farther for hiking, Shenandoah National Park is my absolute favorite and only a couple hours drive from DC. Favorite trails to hike in Shenandoah are Old Rag Mountain (very strenuous 5 to 6 hour hike with lots of rock scrambling but super fun and gorgeous views – and we got engaged there!) and White Oak Canyon Trail (about 4 hours hiking — lots of fun waterfalls — check out this post for more).
- Another great hike about 2 hours from D.C. in Luray, VA is a loop that includes Duncan Knob and Strickler Knob (strenuous and about 10 miles/7 hours — see my post about it here!)
Any recommendations for what to do while visiting DC?
My recommendation would be to walk around the whole city and sightsee! DC is very walkable. Here are some of my favorite DC-related sightseeing/photography posts to give you some ideas:
- Washington Photo Safari
- Photo Journey of a Beautiful Weekend in D.C.
- D.C. Victory Lap
- I = Best D.C. Tour Guide Ever
- A Beautiful Weekend to be in D.C.
- Biking the Potomac
- A Beautiful Day to be Free
Why are you so awesome?
- Juuuuuust kidding. 🙂