Welcome to The Wholesome Hunter. I’m Lauren Hunter, an 18-year-old passionate about health, particularly nutrition and fitness. I spend most of my time juggling school work, staying active, and creating (and eating) nutritious recipes. I created this blog when I was 15 and have continued to build on it ever since. I love blogging because it allows me to combine my interests in writing, nutrition and fitness, and to share my thoughts, recipes and reviews with you all. I’m also lucky enough to be a writer for Balanced Being Online, where I share similar posts.
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, especially HIIT, with a focus on bodyweight-based workouts, as well as weights, running and yoga.
When it comes to food, I’ve always eaten reasonably healthily thanks to my family, but only a couple of years ago I began to take more of an interest in nutrition and health. I read a lot about it and, as a family, we have become much more aware of the harmful impact of sugar and other additives. As our understanding of nutrition increased, our diets also improved.
My idea of a healthy diet is based on the principle of balance. I avoid refined sugars and carbohydrates, and eat dairy and red meat in moderation. I believe that “health” is different for everyone, and this way of eating helps me to feel my best. We use full-fat organic products, and buy organic, free-range meat and eggs. I don’t 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, 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 I always go for complex carbohydrates rather than refined.
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