I’m happy to introduce you to a beautiful person, both on the outside and on the inside. Iris is a gal that is not afraid to pursue her dreams and I love that about her. She also has big dreams and I love that too. I hope someday to get to meet Iris in person. So read on and see if you can find what she and I have in common.
Name : Iris Higgins
Business and or blog name: The Daily Dietribe
Location: Kenmore, WA
Favorite quote: I believe in possibilities.
Focus of blog or business: healthy cooking, gluten-free recipes, and more often than not my thoughts on emotional eating
Social Media I play in: Facebook (The Daily Dietribe), Twitter (dailydietribe)
I started my blog in the month and year: April 2009
Professional organizations I belong to: American Dietetic Association
Training/education I received: BA in psychology at Tufts University, MA in psychology at NYU, weight-loss consultant at Jenny Craig for 3 years, currently working on my MS in nutrition at Bastyr University
My favorite healthy food: Sweet potatoes
My favorite snack food: Sweet potatoes with sunbutter
My top 3 healthiest foods I love to eat or recommend: Sweet potatoes (do you see a theme here?), green smoothies, chickpeas
Childhood ambition: to be a soap opera star
My favorite cookbook: Beyond The Moon Cookbook by Ginny Callan – My sister requests the butternut squash chili all the time!
Wildest dream: To live on a farm, own my own nutritional counseling business, have some sort of bakery/cafe on the side, and perhaps run gluten-free healthy mind and body retreats on the weekend. And you can add a husband and kids in there too. And a horse and perhaps a goat and some chickens too!
Favorite activity: Cooking with a good friend
Favorite thing to cook: Soup – You can always come up with a delicious soup no matter how bare your pantry is
Favorite kitchen tool: My Cutco knife
Biggest risk I’ve taken: Moving to Seattle and leaving my life in New York
Favorite exercise: Kundalini yoga
What I do to treat myself: Go to a health food store and buy all organic produce
What I do to feel at peace: Kundalini yoga
Biggest challenge: Getting over my shyness and fear of public speaking
Favorite vacation spot: Scotland
Craziest thing I’ve ever done: Doing the naked quad run in college (and yes, that was an actual thing, not just me running by myself!)
Health concerns I’ve cleared up: Depression (by eating gluten-free), IBS symptoms, headaches (still working on this one)
Books I’ve written: None..yet?
I started my blog to: Satisfy a need for creativity at a time when I felt there was no space for it in my life
What I hope the people that visit my blog find: Someone who understands the struggles they have/have had with food
What I love about what I do: I get to share my thoughts in the way that I express myself best…through writing.