Food Rock Star Iris Higgins

Food Rock Star Iris Higgins 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.



13 Responses to Food Rock Star Iris Higgins

  1. Shirley @ gfe April 27, 2011 at 9:30 am #

    You're right, Diane … Iris is a totally beautiful person! It's been such a delight to get to know her since I found her blog a while back. She always amazes and inspires! 🙂 I sooo look forward to meeting her one day. Might have to make another trip to the Seattle area. 😉 I loved reading her interview, but especially her wildest dream, craziness, and vacation fave (I bet she was looking for Jamie Frazer in Scotland LOL … our shared love).


    • Iris April 27, 2011 at 7:21 pm #

      I can't wait to meet you both! I'm going to have to make one of these conferences soon… And strangely, when I went to Scotland, I had never even heard of Jamie Fraser. One of my classmates was reading the books and recommended them…but I came home with a teddy bear named after him. 🙂

      • tastyeatsathome April 29, 2011 at 4:21 pm #

        Come to the Dallas Expo in October, so we can meet too! I loved learning more about you. You ARE a beautiful person. And we share a love for sweet potatoes – they are one of my favs and something my body really loves.

  2. Megan April 27, 2011 at 12:20 pm #

    Okay, Diane, you got me on this one. Don't tell me you did the naked quad run, too? No really, it must be the interest in nutrition, health, yoga or sweet potatoes?

    • Iris April 28, 2011 at 11:15 am #

      Diane was running right next to me. 🙂

  3. Kalinda April 27, 2011 at 7:12 pm #

    Iris you just made me love you more with your Cutco knife mention! We love them. Having good knives makes cooking so much better.

    • Iris April 28, 2011 at 11:15 am #

      My sister sold CutCo knives for about a month before she realized she hated being in sales. But it was long enough for her to convince me that they're worth the money!

  4. Wendy April 27, 2011 at 8:03 pm #

    She is a delight. You have the coolest friends.

    • Iris April 28, 2011 at 11:15 am #

      Thanks Wendy 🙂

  5. Maggie April 27, 2011 at 9:01 pm #

    Ahh Iris! I love her. As usual, it was fun to read this and learn a little more about Iris. I had no idea she was into kundalini yoga. So cool! Thanks for sharing Diane.

    • Iris April 28, 2011 at 11:16 am #

      Thanks Maggie. Kundalini yoga has gotten me through many a stressful exam period…

  6. Katrina (GF Gidget) May 8, 2011 at 10:11 am #

    LOVE Iris! She is one of my food rock stars, too!

  7. Gluten Intolerance May 9, 2011 at 7:03 pm #

    How gorgeous person Iris is, I hope I can meet up with you soon. You really rock! I love reading your site though and its all complete my cravings. We have the same favorite exercise and its yoga.