Sunday, July 19, 2015
DIET & STYLE PROFILE
An interview with Nichola Whitehead
The lovely Nichola Whitehead is the editor behind the highly successful and award-winning food and health blog, Nic’s Nutrition. Nichola’s no-nonsense nutritious recipes and healthy lifestyle tips have amassed her thousands of followers, and unlike many other bloggers she interacts with her large audience in an attempt to help and motivate them to practise healthful behaviours – Nichola even features her reader’s ‘Nic’s Nutrition’ recipe creations on her blog.
Having followed Nichola for some time on Twitter, we eventually met briefly at a nutrition conference in London where she shared her love of disseminating evidence-based nutrition messages via her blog and social media platforms. I’m always inspired by credible health bloggers and therefore wanted to find out more about Nic; I decided to interview her as part of my Diet & Style Profile series.
How can people network with you? Blog: www.nicsnutrition.co.uk
Facebook: Nics Nutrition
Instagram: Nics Nutrition
YouTube: Nics Nutrition
Age or age category: 29
Where do you call home? Leeds, UK
What is your Occupation? Registered Dietitian
What are your hobbies/interests? Healthy food, holidays and being with friends & family - and I’m also in the middle of renovating a house which is taking up a considerable amount of my time (making my house a home is a new hobby for me!)
Favourite quote? It’s not about diets, it’s about a way of life.
Guilty Pleasure? Britney Spears!
HEALTH & NUTRITION
What inspired you to write a food/health blog, and what do you think fuelled your success? Having read health and beauty blogs for years I wanted to ‘give something back’ and I was also tired of reading extreme/unhealthy nutrition advice online (written by unqualified people!) and wanted to help people with honest advice - there’s no fad diets on my blog! I think my blog’s success has been down to social media and word of mouth - creating good content that people want to read and share!
What is a typical day’s diet for you? I’ll start my day with either a protein smoothie (frozen banana, milk, whey protein and spinach - you can’t taste the spinach!!) or porridge made with milk and topped with banana, berries and cinnamon and then I’ll have fruit/nuts/naked bars as a snack and then I’ll have a salad with crackers at lunch and something like sweet potato with salmon and roasted vegetables on an evening. I like to snack on peanut butter and dark chocolate after work and on an evening as well as berries with yoghurt, honey & cacao nibs!
What is/are your healthy food staple/s? I couldn’t live without oats, frozen berries, bananas & chicken (not eaten altogether!!)
What is your food vice? Peanut butter.. by the spoon!
Can you describe your physical activity regime? I work out Monday to Friday for between 15 and 30 minutes (depending on how long I snooze for!!) and follow videos from the TIU girls and girl from Fitness Blender! I also try to walk 10,000 steps a day and track them using my Misfit.
What is your favourite recipe? I love making baked sweet potato with oven baked chicken marinated in yoghurt & herbs served with a salad drizzled with oil, lemon juice, salt & black pepper! For dessert nothing beats my protein fudge!!
|My version of Nic's Nutrition Protein Fudge|
Where is your favourite place to eat and why? I love Nourish (in Sheffield and now Leeds) because EVERYTHING on the menu is ‘good for you’!! I also like Pret a Manger because of the salad options.
Can you offer any healthy lifestyle advice/tips in a nutshell? Don’t deny yourself anything - I live by the 80/20 rule where nothing is banned - if you eat healthily 80% of the time then you can eat whatever you want for the other 20%!
Is there anyone you follow for health inspiration? I love Helen West (dietitian), Zanna Van Dijk and Simon from The Diet Kitchen!
FASHION & STYLE
How would you describe your personal style? My style is ‘comfy’ but ‘put together’ - I love jersey body con dresses as well as the Topshop Joni jeans - they are easy to wear but look good!
Do you have a wardrobe staple? Black leggings because they require no ironing and are comfy!
Where do you like to shop? I love ASOS and also my friend Em’s shop LVNDR.co.uk!
What has been one of your biggest fashion splurges? Probably my Raybans!
What piece of clothing or accessory are you saving up for? In all honesty, nothing at the moment!! I’m focussing on pieces for the house!!
Can you offer any fashion or style tips? Follow bloggers ☺ I have bought so many pieces of clothing after seeing bloggers wearing them - it’s great. Hassle free shopping!
Who or what inspires you in terms of fashion and style? I love Em Sheldon on Instagram!
Thank you Nichola x
Share this post