You know, I’m not sure exactly how we first made online buddies with Lori Rice of the gorgeous (and healthy!) blog Fake Food Free, but we’ve “known” each other for years! Like, since FBG’s inception — especially since our blogs were “born” in the same month of the same year! And when it comes to gorgeous food photography, yummy all-natural recipes and a love of all things foodie and travel, there is simply no better blog than Lori’s. Plus, girlfriend is a runner — and we love how she sanely balances her time in the kitchen with long runs! So clearly we had to do a Fit Blogger We Love Q&A with her! Duh.
Q&A With Lori Rice of Fake Food Free
When and why did you start your blog? I started my food blog in May of 2008 while we were living abroad in Brazil. It began as a spin-off of my expat blog I started in 2007. After several years of working in nutrition, exercise and public health, my food views were beginning to change. The source of my food was becoming much more important to me along with exploring culture through food. The blog started as somewhat of a nutrition platform, but now it’s evolved into a creative platform for developing real food recipes, food photography and exploring the world through food culture.
How did you come up with the name of your blog? The concept of fake food is something that I talked about often with a good friend who I worked with in public health. As I became more interested and determined in reducing processed (fake) foods, fake food free seemed to fit. The extended title, real food from every corner of the world, came to be when I closed out my expat blog and began including food and travel recaps on FFF.
What’s the most rewarding thing about blogging? Meeting people from around the world who have similar interests. I have met so many people (in person and virtually) that I now consider friends. I never would have encountered these individuals if it weren’t for blogging.
What’s the most misunderstood thing about your blog or healthy blogging in general? My definition of healthy. A lot of people see the title of my blog and automatically assume my eating style is vegetarian, vegan, raw, gluten-free, 100-percent organic or any number of labels that they associate with health. I tend to lose some readers when I start posting about bone marrow or defending different types of agriculture. I think my About This Blog page sums up my philosophy pretty well.
What’s your favorite post and why? Any of my posts that recap food combined with travel. Those times when I’ve experienced something out of my comfort zone. They aren’t always past examples of my best writing or best photos, but they are definitely my most memorable experiences.
- Feasting for Hours: Rijsttafel in Ubud-Bali
- Lunch on the Elephant Trail
- Finally Feijoada
- Foods of Minas Gerais
- Two of Our Favorite Things: Kaya and Sup Tulang
What workouts do you love? Anything that I don’t define as exercise. With my time working in gyms, training other people and teaching group exercise, people have always assumed that I love exercise. I love being active, but not necessarily structured exercise. Fortunately we just moved to the Bay Area so fun activity is easy to come by. I love evening bike rides along the water at the moment.
What workouts do you love to hate? Running. Seems a strange comment for someone who just ran her first marathon this year and who will take on her 8th half in a few weeks. Running does something for me that really has nothing to do with liking the activity. It’s empowering and that is why I do it. But the actual act of running I love to hate.
What single piece of workout apparel could you not live without? My compression leg sleeves. I deal with a lot of post-long run calves swelling and when I wear the sleeves during, or right after, my long runs, it makes a world of difference.
What’s the most embarrassing song on your workout playlist right now? When I read this question, I had to laugh because I can’t remember the last time I listened to music while I exercised. I’m not sure why I got away from it. I will admit that “Firework” by Katy Perry has mentally prepared me to push through my races a time or two.
What are a few of your fitness confessions? I rarely stretch anymore. Bad, I know. I used to always have a stretch day or two each week, but I’ve really lost focus with it.
I have an unnatural fear of porta-potties, and I will do just about anything to avoid them, including buying a coffee I don’t want before a race just so I can use a real bathroom.
I have yet to find a sports bra that, well … works. I’ve been known to wear four at one time to get the support I want.
We so want to run, cook, travel — and, okay, just hang! — with Lori. We’ll feature more of Lori’s thoughts on food over at FBE on Monday, but for now I think we should all make a pact to stretch more together … yeah? And eat less fake food, as Lori calls it! —Jenn