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.
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).
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. 🙂
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.
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?
Diane was running right next to me. 🙂
Iris you just made me love you more with your Cutco knife mention! We love them. Having good knives makes cooking so much better.
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!
She is a delight. You have the coolest friends.
Thanks Wendy 🙂
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.
Thanks Maggie. Kundalini yoga has gotten me through many a stressful exam period…
LOVE Iris! She is one of my food rock stars, too!
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.