Liebster Award – Appreciation for fellow bloggers

Liebster Award

Eat Real Food been nominated for the Liebster Award! Thank you very much to Nicky from www.practicalresearchparenting.com for nominating me! As well as putting up with me (my long suffering and wonderful wife!) Nicky is an organisational psychologist who provides research-based suggestions to help parents deal with growing kids. Please check out her site.

The Liebster award is an opportunity for bloggers to let their audience know a bit more about the person behind the blog, and to acknowledge respected colleagues.

To take part, each nominee has to follow 6 simple rules:

  1. Acknowledge the blog that nominated you and display the Liebster Award on your blog
  2. Answer 11 questions that the blogger gives you
  3. Give 11 random facts about yourself
  4. Nominate 11 blogs that you think are deserving of the award, that have less than 200 followers (I had to nominate a couple with more followers…couldn’t help it!)
  5. Let those bloggers know you’ve nominated them
  6. Give them 11 questions to answer.

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Here are the questions Nicky from Practical Research Parenting asked of me:

1. If you didn’t have to earn money, what would you do with your time?
An easy one to start out! Pretty much what I’m currently doing (corny but true). The family / work balance is working really well. If I was to change anything, I’d work just a little less, spend a bit more time with family and do some more study.

2. What is your funniest kid moment?
There are so many. Zander stands more than a head taller than Beth. They were shoulder to shoulder in front of their blackboard. As far as Zander was concerned, Beth must have been a bit close because he gave her a nudge with his elbow. Her response? Throw her head into his upper arm with as much force as she could muster! Feisty. Feisty.

3. Who do you write your blog for?
I’m naturally curious. I like to tease out why things are the way they are. My blog is for people who share that love of getting to the bottom of a particular topic. Not just what, but why.

4. What country would you most like to visit? Why?
Definitely a Nordic country. The natural beauty of the area, the history and culture of the region and the progressive political and social system are all things I’d like to get a feeling for. Nicky and I have plans to meet up with some good friends in Iceland in a few years. Bonus!

5. When you travel, do you seek natural wonders? Or man-made wonders?
Natural, for sure. People have built many wondrous things, but nature is the ultimate. Something I’m really looking forward to is taking the kids hiking and camping.

6. What do you love most about being a parent?
The challenge. The hugs. Watching progress. Learning together. Hugs. When I walk through the door, having the kids turn and see who it is, see it’s me, and smile (well, sometimes anyway!). Did I mention the hugs? The laughter. The games. The challenge. All of it.

7. What do you find hardest about being a parent?
There’s no manual! Those moments I realise I’m supposed to know what to do. It’s like that quote you may have seen. “Something happens and I look around for an adult. Then I realise I’m an adult. So I look around for an older adult. An adultier adult.”

8. What is one of your happiest childhood memories?
Lying out the grass in the back yard with mum. Watching the clouds roll by and talking for ages.

9. What did someone say to you as a child that you have never forgotten?
I’d love to say the thing that jumps out is positive. We’ll just have to settle for taking a positive out of it. My year 3 teacher. I asked him if I could be excused to go to the bathroom. His reply? “If you need a bath.” Needless to say, 9 year old me was embarrassed and confused. My takeaway? If you’re in a position of authority and influence be very careful about what you say to impressionable young people. Be a positive force in their lives.

10. Please share a defining moment for you (something that changed you or made you who you are today).
Nicky saying “yes”. Zander’s birth. Beth’s birth.
I’ll go with the catalyst for my health and fitness transformation. In a former life I took drugs. After a crazy night I woke in the morning and thought “I’m lucky to be alive. I have to make changes.” And I did. The rest, as they say, is history.

11. What is your go-to snack?
I’m partial to a small handful of almonds or cashews. Occasionally a small piece of very dark chocolate.

Here are 11 random facts about me:

1. I love sushi.
2. I have been sky diving.
3. I used to dislike avocado, now I love it..
4. I’m left handed.
5. Despite being a fitness coach I’m not really into sports (doing is ok, watching I find tedious).
6. My wife and I lived in Kyoto, Japan, for 18 months.
7. I started training in martial arts in 1997.
8. In a former life I worked at McDonalds.
9. I value experiences over possessions.
10. My personal motto is “Better than yesterday”.
11. I once did a pushup with 80kg of weights on my back.

My 11 nominees for the Liebster Award:

My criteria were bloggers whose work I respect, and who write content that I think my audience (those interested in fitness, nutrition and health) could benefit from. Some of the Eat Real Food author’s other projects can be found here!

ThinkingNutrition.com.au – Tim Crowe is an Associate Professor in Nutrition in the School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences at Deakin University in Melbourne, Australia. He comes out regularly with epic, well-researched posts. He started his website as a way to be proactive in providing credible, practical, evidence-based nutrition messages in straightforward language. I particularly liked his article about the dangers of broccoli.

ChristieFischer.com – Christie brings a love of life and and a passion for helping people improve their lifestyle and channels that into great, insightful posts. She’s a nutritionist and transpersonal life coach.

MovePlayFlow.com – Navin Arden-Wood is a constant student of movement, health and vitality with some great play ideas for adults! He sees a need to help people disengage from our limited cultural beliefs regarding movement especially in relation to ageing.

Laurenegatt.com – Lauren is a Psychology student with a passion for food, fitness, photography, wellbeing and seeing all that Sydney has to offer.

VickiTuckLee.com – Vicki is a very active author on Eat-Real-Food.com.au. She also has her own site! Focussing on “crochet, cooking and mummy stuff”, Vicki shares her journey raising her very own young person.

iSayNoMato.com – “Tales from a nightshade free kitchen.” Cristina’s blog is all about a nightshade-free diet. Not heard of an allergy to nightshades? Make sure you check it out to learn more.

MyLifeCookbook.com – Denise shares her journey of finding a healthy yet satisfying way of eating for life. Her blog is on food, family and travel. Who doesn’t like those things?

Food With Benefits – Alex’s blog has some great info and delicious ideas. It’s not currently being updated due to an addition to her family (yay!), but there’s plenty of good stuff on there, and hopefully she’ll be able to get back into it soon.

WhatKatieAte.com – In her spare time, as a sideline to her commercial work, Katie writes and shoots for her website: ‘What Katie Ate‘ for which she develops, cooks, styles and shoots each recipe, features travel stories and general foodie related pieces.

AuthorityNutrition.com – A science-based nutrition site. They search the scientific literature, preferably from randomized controlled trials. Then they decipher the science to make it understandable by professionals and laypeople alike. Along with Thinking Nutrition, a great resource.

TheNutritionPress.com – is a student-run not-for-profit organisation founded and run by nutrition and dietetics students who are passionate about nutrition. The Nutrition Press aims to provide students with an opportunity to immerse themselves in the nutrition field, through voluntary contributions to the site and social media.

Here are my questions for these bloggers:

1. Who do you write your blog for?
2. What’s the weirdest thing you’ve eaten?
3. Please share a challenged you’ve faced and what you did about it.
4. What sort of exercise do you enjoy the most?
5. What’s something you know now that you wish you’d known 5 years ago?
6. Do you prefer night-life or open spaces?
7. Coffee or tea?
8. If there was one thing you’ve learned that you’d share with the world – what would it be?
9. Favourite quote?
10. Name 3 books/authors that have influenced how you view the world.
11. Best clean joke?

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Tim Brown
Tim is passionate about fitness and health. Combining his love of Martial Arts and Fitness, Tim founded FunFit: Functional Fitness & Self Defence Centre in 2008 and from 2012 has been a student of Nutrition. Eat Real Food is Tim's vision (with help!) to better inform people about healthy food choices. With so many messages out there (often conflicting), Tim thought "wouldn't it be great if there was a site that people could go to that cut through jargon and marketing-speak and just made it easier to make healthy choices?" Enter Eat Real Food. Be warned: Tim is (in)famous for good information and bad jokes. He may also overuse parentheses.

Tim Brown

Tim is passionate about fitness and health. Combining his love of Martial Arts and Fitness, Tim founded FunFit: Functional Fitness & Self Defence Centre in 2008 and from 2012 has been a student of Nutrition. Eat Real Food is Tim's vision (with help!) to better inform people about healthy food choices. With so many messages out there (often conflicting), Tim thought "wouldn't it be great if there was a site that people could go to that cut through jargon and marketing-speak and just made it easier to make healthy choices?" Enter Eat Real Food. Be warned: Tim is (in)famous for good information and bad jokes. He may also overuse parentheses.

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