Name: Michelle McIsaac
Blog name: Glorious Eats
Where were you born? Halifax, Nova Scotia
Where are you living now? Pembroke, Ontario. I just moved here a month ago!
Why did you start your blog? I initially started my blog to raise awareness on the obesity epidemic which is worsening in our country, all while sharing recipes, tips and ideas to make it easier to live a healthy lifestyle.
How did you decide on your blog name? I chose the name “Glorious Eats” because I want to show the world that healthy eating can be simple to make, delicious, and easy on the wallet!
What do you blog about? I like to take the common recipes and “flip” them to make them healthier, without sacrificing taste. I also blog a little bit about my fitness adventures with running, and more recently, P90X. My main goal overall is to educate my readers on how they can make small lifestyle changes which will add up to a big benefit in the long run.
What post are you most proud of and why? This one: http://gloriouseats.com/the-switcheroo/
I came up with this recipe overnight, and I love the substitutions made (Using a can of coconut milk to make a healthier version of “whipped cream,” using greek yogurt instead of full-fat sour cream and whole wheat flour instead of white to make homemade scones, and ZERO sugar added to the berries. This classic dessert was made much better for you, and it tasted fantastic! Healthy eating can taste just as good as unhealthy eating! (As a matter of fact, it can taste much, much better!)
Which post do you wish received more love and why? http://gloriouseats.com/confessions/ This is actually a side piece to my blog. I am hoping to compile a healthy living book with stories, recipes, tips and more to help people live their best lives. I have received a few entries, but I would love to see many more!
Which post’s success surprised you and why? My punkin’ puddin’ post http://gloriouseats.com/punkin-puddin/, because it is such a simple recipe. I have received a ton of emails about how much people are loving it!
What is one (non-kitchen) gadget you can’t live without? My iPhone. It is my communication tool for friends and family, I blog from it in a pinch, I use the camera, Urbanspoon, and Google maps! I also use the Couch to 5k app, which I often blog about!
What is one kitchen gadget you can’t live without? My juicer! You can read why here: http://gloriouseats.com/from-balcony-to-belly/
Favourite food, care to share a recipe? Kale Chips!!! Oh my, they are so easy to make and they are a replacement for the usual potato chip that must be tasted to be appreciated! You can see the recipe here:
What else should we know about you that may or may not be in your “About Me” page? I am a nutritionist, and currently studying to be a registered dietitian. I am incredibly passionate about health and nutrition, and helping others in any way I can. In Halifax, I helped my clients with meal planning and exercise programs, and even helped one client lose 102 pounds! My long-term goals are to help reverse the obesity epidemic, and to help get food education added to Canadian high school student’s curriculum as a requirement. If we all put an effort in to educating others on healthier eating, it will help us live longer, save money, save the environment, and overall live our best lives!
What makes your blog unique? I think I add a personal flair to my blog that makes people feel like they know me. (For example, I went to Prince Edward Island recently to meet some of my boyfriend’s family, and someone had made a dessert with peanut butter in it because they read in my blog that peanut butter is my weakness! I get a lot of personal messages from my readers about how I don’t just share recipes, but I show that I am incorporating these healthy choices in to my daily life. This helps show other people that it CAN be done. I am also a very interactive blogger, keeping the communication lines open via twitter, pinterest, email, my facebook group and of course my comments section on the blog itself. I want to get people talking about health, I want to hear their ideas, opinions and questions and do whatever I can to help!
Another thing that I feel makes gloriouseats.com unique is that I genuinely want to help other bloggers be successful as well. For example, I accept submissions for guest bloggers (of course the recipe they submit has to be healthy and approved by myself as I only will post material that is relevant). This helps me share my 12,000-16,000 monthly readers with other bloggers! Kind of like a free business-to-business type thing. People helping people!