The Liebster Award

Sunday, April 06, 2014 Alanna Figueira 5 Comments

So, Megan over at has nominated me for The Liebster Award!  I am so honored, especially coming from her.  Her instagram page is one of my favorites to follow.  She is so inspiring and absolutely radiant.  If you aren't following her already, you should and also check out her blog.  Her blog is also new and she has a great compilation of healthy, healing real food recipes.  

I have to admit, when she contacted me about this I had no clue what it was!  The Leibster Award is a way of giving recognition to new blogs.  The blog may not be "new", maybe just new to you.  "Leibster" is German for favorite so consider this a huge compliment! Megan has nominated me and I now have to answer a few questions from her and then choose my own nominees to do the same.  It's a great way to inspire one another, discover new bloggers and learn something new about each other.  We all have a story!

These are the questions that Megan has asked me, with my responses.  If I nominate you and you choose to accept, I will list your questions at the bottom to answer on your own blog.  All of the bloggers I have chosen are new to me because I am new to blogging.  I am looking forward to learning more about you all!  See, this is fun!  So here we go....
1) How did you eat before you decided to change your diet?
My story is so long, but I'll attempt a short version.  I was a vegetarian for 10 years prior to this life style!  I am a mother of 2 and I have had the rare experience of a vegetarian and a paleo pregnancy.  My pregnancy with my son changed my life in so many ways.  When I became pregnant with him (he's now 3 1/2), I re-introduced meat due to severe anemia.  My pregnancy was so toxic- I was sick all the time, bloated, couldn't stop gaining weight, exhausted, had horrible acne and reflux for all 9 months.  My anemia was going to prevent me from homebirth. I started eating meat at 7 months pregnant and within 7 days my iron levels were through the roof and I was in the clear! Not only that, I felt better, my energy was way up. This is when I started making serious dietary changes and I have never looked back since then.  I've been eating paleo for almost 3 years now.  I had the exact opposite pregnancy with my daughter, in every possible way.  I was eating paleo, I did 2 whole30's, exercised everyday, felt great.... I could write a whole book about it!  I gained only exactly baby weight, homebirthed a bigger baby (8lb4oz) and lost the weight almost immediatley. I also have to mention that my babies are opposites in that my son was extremely fussy and gassy and my daughter is the happiest baby you'll ever meet. 
2) What are your favorite foods to eat, cook and bake? Have you always enjoyed being in the kitchen?
I love to bake!  It's like yoga to me.  I get in the zone and my mind focuses only on baking, which is otherwise difficult for me!  I also love having healthy alternatives available for my son.  Despite all the baking, my diet consists of very few treats.  I have been breastfeeding for almost 4 years straight and I require a lot of food!  Avocados, full fat coconut milk, eggs, nuts, fresh juice,  grassfed meats, fruits and veggies are what I eat on a daily basis.  I also eat a lot of traditional foods like fermented vegetables and raw butter.  
3) What made you decide to start a blog? What do you wish to accomplish with it?
I've been writing recipes for 2 years.  I do a lot of baking for my son, who is still food sensitive, I believe I messed him up from pregnancy.  I wasn't healthy. Another story. But, I needed an outlet, I have so many ideas and so many times I wind up making an awesome recipe and not writing it down, thus never being able to make it again!  I was also getting tons of emails and private messages from people that saw things on my personal Instagram, or on Facebook.  I get a lot of questions about paleo and pregnancy and paleo and breastfeeding- I am still working on my full story on my blog.  I'm so new to all this, but I really would love to help others and for pregnant and nursing mothers to be able to read my story. This is where my passion is, because I am very passionate about breastfeeding and home birth   Almost as passionate as I am about food.  Almost. 
4) If you could do/be anything, what would it be? There are no limits.
I've been on a path toward alternative health my whole life.  I've studied dietetics, Traditional Oriental Medicine and yoga.  I'm obsessed with holistic health care.  My kids have never had any type of medicine besides essential oils and food.  We use a chiropractor for well care.  I'd love to "be" a holistic-nutritionist-yogi-lactivist-doula-farmer-herbalist of some sort, haha! 
5) Who are some of the people that inspire you to eat clean?
My chiropractor is Number 1.  He is amazing and has helped me on this journey in so many ways.  My Instagram family, since no one I know in real life eats the way I do!  

These are the blogs that I am nominating:

1.  Isabelle from I love following her instagram, she has a beautiful feed filed with inspiring healthy food ideas, and she has just released an e-book!  

2.  Lauren from Beautiful person with beautiful food and a fellow juicer!  I love her page, it's filled with energy and light and definitely a favorite of mine.  

3. Meg from  I also follow her on instagram, her photos are inspirational and her passion for food does not go unnoticed.  

4.  Stephanie from A fellow paleo foodie and yogi with a fabulous instagram and blog.  

5.  Julie from Gluten free expert and paleo foodie with tons of ideas and recipes on her blog.

Here are my questions for my 4 nominated bloggers:

1.  How did this lifestyle of healthy eating come about for you?

2.  What made you decide to start a blog?  What do you wish to accomplish with it?

3.  What are 3 of your greatest passions?

4.  What is your absolute favorite thing to cook?  

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  1. Thank you so much for the nomination! The compliment totally made my entire year! I can't wait to answer your questions and nominate my own bloggers! This I'd one of the things I love most about the food blogging community - learning more about the people behind the blog, and the connections that form! :)

  2. Alanna, I accept and thank you!! What an honor!! You made me smile! So thank you, I am so grateful. I will for sure write an article on this!! So how does this work-If you nominated me and I accept, do I then nominate others?

  3. Thanks so much for answering my questions- so fun to get to know you! I had no idea what I award was either haha but now that we know we earned bragging rights... :-)

  4. Hi, Alanna! It’s good to hear that your chiro has influenced you to eat healthier. It's not unusual for chiropractors to inspire their patients to live a healthier lifestyle. I hope your kids will also grow with the idea that they can carry into adulthood. Stay healthy!

    Mark Wallace @ Chiropractic in Memphis