Thank you for visiting The Wholesome Hunter. I’m Lauren Hunter, a health blogger passionate about fitness and nutrition, and my blog is where I can get creative, write, photograph and share these interests with you.
I am a qualified Level 3 personal trainer and I recently embarked on a degree in Nutrition at the University of Surrey, intending to eventually become a Registered Nutritionist. However, it soon became clear that, although I am still very interested in Nutrition, my passion for fitness was dominant and as a result I will be taking an unplanned 3/4 gap year before re-starting university IN 2018 and on the Sport and Exercise Science BSc course, which I feel I am much more drawn towards.
Fitness is a huge part of my life as I love feeling my strongest and always like to challenge my body. I like to incorporate a mixture of different types of exercise into my regime, including HIIT, boxing, calisthenics, weights, running and yoga. I’m also hugely fascinated with understanding how our bodies work and move, how they respond to different types of training, and how we can use this knowledge to maximize our potential and performance.
When it comes to food, I’ve always eaten reasonably healthily thanks to my family’s interest in nutrition, but only a few years ago did I begin to take more of an interest in nutrition and health. As my understanding of nutrition increased, my diet also improved.
My idea of a healthy diet is based on the principle of balance. I opt for wholegrains and tend to limit (but not ‘cut out’) refined sugars and refined carbohydrates, and I eat dairy and meat in moderation. I believe that “health” is different for everyone, and this way of eating helps me to feel my best. I look for good-quality products, choosing to buy organic, free-range meat and eggs to ensure that the most ethical and sustainable regimes are being used. I don’t really ‘cut out’ anything from my diet, I do not follow a specific diet and nor do I ‘label’ my lifestyle as I believe in having a balanced and varied diet.
I see food in two ways: I see it as fuel – whatever I consume is going to fuel me and fulfill the daily demands of my body, so, naturally, nutrition is crucial. However, I also see food as a pleasure and as something to be celebrated. I never deprive myself and at home I’ll make delicious desserts using only natural and unrefined sweeteners such as pure maple syrup or raw honey to get maximum nutrition and avoid empty calories. However I’ll also enjoy less healthy alternatives from time to time as this is what balance means to me – moderation is key. I base all of my meals on vegetables and always look for the most nutritious option, for example opting for complex carbohydrates rather than refined.
Aside from food and fitness, I also like to occasionally share posts on topics or interests that inspire me and encourage creativity, including photography, interior design and more general lifestyle-related posts.
Note: All photos and recipes are my own unless stated otherwise.
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