Me: I’m a college journalism major lucky enough to call Chicago home for 9 months each year while I’m at school. However…I grew up in the much cooler state of Wisconsin (easy math: Packers > Bears) and look forward to every trip back home. My career aspirations (yes, I already trust you enough to divulge this information!) include writing for a health and fitness magazine, like Shape, Self, or Women’s Health. I have a passion for food, exercise (it’s good those two go together), and soaking up all the latest nutrition information. I don’t feel like myself if my day doesn’t include a run, a phone call to my mama, and a bowl of cereal (shout out to Quaker Oat Squares). My best friends are my sister Layne and two cousins, and my favorite place in the world is New York City (I interned in Harlem this past summer…all I can say is, what an experience!) I love to laugh and am sarcastic by nature, but hey, you’ll get the hang of it 🙂
What is ciao to chow?: I initially created ciao to chow as a way for me to document my culinary findings while I study abroad for a semester in Rome. But because I hope this blog will continue after I return to the states, I want ciao to chow to be more: the day-to-day experiences, funny stories, moments of laughter, and the food…that continue to inspire me and make me grateful for each new day.
My workouts: I ran cross-country and track throughout middle and high school, and I’ve continued to run while away at school. I absolutely love to take advantage of the 18-mile lakefront path, and during everything but the coldest months, that’s where I do my runs. It’s pretty hard not to feel incredibly blessed when, while running, you have the view of the lake on one side and the John Hancock building on the other! I’m a treadmill runner once the frigid temps come…but I hope that, through blogging, I’m inspired to explore new types of workouts. I read so much that mixing up your workout routine is not only a boredom buster, but good for your body. I mean…c’mon!
My nutrition: A huge motivator for me starting ciaotochow is to be inspired each moment of each day to be just darn good to my body. I’d classify myself as a generally healthy eater, but like many women out there (and men!), there have definitely been times where I’ve struggled food/health-wise. I feel that a diet grounded upon health “powerhouses” – whole grains, fruits, veggies – can always have some wiggle room for treats.
My Culinary Skills(?): Okay, so let’s be honest. I’m not the greatest cook in the world, but I think a large part of that is because I haven’t really taken the time to try. I have my own (small, incredibly small) kitchen this year, and I regret that I’ve barely used it. (My roommate has nicknamed me “the defroster.”) Ciaotochow will feature my attempts in the kitchen – to become a better, healthier cook. Here’s to whipping up some nutritious, tasty meals!
If you’re still reading this, I would like to give you a hug.
I can’t wait to begin the adventure: a celebration of food, exercise, health, and being good to our bodies!