Welcome! My name is Anastasia and this is my blog…Lettuce Attend.
Why “Lettuce Attend”? Well, first of all, I am an Eastern Orthodox Christian. In my Church at the beginning of the Epistle and Gospel reading we say “Let us attend” in order to capture everyone’s attention. Say it quick and you get “lettuce” and anyone who knows me, knows I love lettuce. And lettuce SCREAMS healthy, so Lettuce Attend was born. It’s the perfect combination of my love for lettuce, my love for Christ, and my love for the Church.
So, a little bit about me…I am currently a Public Health major and plan on graduating in May 2019! For a long time I found myself wanting to pursue a career in Dietetics after battling a tough eating disorder in high school. (Which you can read about HERE and HERE!) It wasn’t until I was sitting in my Advanced Nutrition class that I realized I didn’t WANT to be a Dietitian the way the other students in my class did. They all loved being in school and they all loved science classes. I however HATE school. I am so terrible at it. But then I also realized, I have never taken any courses that I actually enjoy going to class for. Public Health has changed that for me. It makes me excited to learn about ways to improve our health as a community!
So, what sparked my passion for food?
I grew up always loving food. I didn’t really grow up eating out much since my mom and dad placed an emphasis on the importance of eating a home-cooked meal as a family. Now, that’s not to say it was picture-perfect all the time. I mean, I had my 8th birthday party at McDonald’s. One thing that I think encouraged my love for food is WHAT my mom fed us. I grew up eating a wide variety of food. I remember friends coming over and thinking what my mom cooked for us was “weird” and it was just stuffed cabbage rolls. “Weird” to them was normal to me and stuffed cabbage rolls still remain my favorite dish! P.S. You can find my mom’s stuffed cabbage rolls HERE.
I used to feel like such a freak because I loved food in a way my friends didn’t. I get excited about food. I get giddy planning out what I am going to eat next or how can I cook certain vegetables, or even watching my mom make dinner so I can learn to cook meat. For a long time, I felt out-of-place for my love of food. But not anymore. Reading blogs, writing my own, collecting cookbooks from all over is such a passion of mine and I don’t apologize for it anymore.
Now, I eat “clean” about 90% of the time. Roasted vegetables are my jammmmm. I could eat them all day, every day! I am also a BIG smoothie lover and oatmeal lover…I think my Instagram feed is 85% oatmeal or smoothies. LOL.
I don’t restrict my food at all so you can occasionally find me eating meat, thick slices of PB&J toast, or pesto pasta. I’m not a huge sugar fan so I try to recreate healthier options…like these no-bake chocolate protein bites!
If there is anything that I have learned from maintaining a healthy lifestyle its this: Everything in moderation!
What EXACTLY is my blog about?
Well, it’s about me and my life…and I don’t mean that in a “hey, look at me i’m so important” kind of way. I mean that: I hope you find nothing but positivity, healthy recipes, and a new perspective on life when you come to my blog! I hope you leave here feeling better about yourself, because you’re pretty darn awesome. I hope my blog inspires you to eat nutritious food, love who you are, and discover that living a healthy, balanced life doesn’t have to be hard.
This is OWEN…you’ll see him A LOT here.
One morning in January 2018 I woke and decided I wanted to welcome a dog into my life that very day. I don’t know what I would do without this little guy. He brings me so much happiness, keeps me active, and is definitely my best friend. The minute I saw him I was in love. He is named after my favorite book – A Prayer For Owen Meany. He is featured in just about every blog post! I love him to pieces.
I hope you stick around!
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P.S. All pictures/images are my own unless I say otherwise. In which case, I will give credit to the correct source.
P.P.S. I am not a professional writer, so there will be grammatical and punctuation errors. I’m only human, after all.
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