About me.

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,Β what an experience!) I love to laugh and am sarcastic by nature, but hey, you’ll get the hang of it πŸ™‚

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!

Dig in!

13 Responses to About me.

  1. I’m still reading. πŸ™‚ Do I get a hug? I love reading health/fitness blogs, they always make me feel inspired. I can alraedy tell that yours is going to do the same! Maybe I can even do a guest blog or two πŸ˜‰ I can write about the joys of pasta and carbs, glorious carbs! And gelatto and vino and more pasta… Can’t wait for our adventures to start. Less than one month!

  2. I’m a journalism student, too! I think that blogging is a great way to practice/have fun with my writing!

    I really like your perspective on nutrition… Plus, I totally relate to you on a love for cereal. (:

    • ciaotochow says:

      I’m so glad you stopped by πŸ™‚ It’s so funny that, out of every food on the planet – elaborate restaurant meals, momma’s home cookin’, fancy desserts – cereal will always have my heart…hehe

  3. squigglefloey says:

    Yay for journalism majors! I’m from Urbana, Illinois! πŸ˜› hehehe. I’ll def. be visiting ur bloggie again πŸ™‚

  4. Cute blog! I love your Ciao to Chow idea and that you hope to continue it after you get back to the States! πŸ™‚

  5. thanks for stopping by! i love your blog already!!! cant wait to read on πŸ™‚

  6. I already like your blog! Especially the fact that you’re from Wisconsin. I’ve never even been there, but for some reason, I really like it!

    • ciaotochow says:

      Thanks, and that’s hilarious! If you’re ever in the neighborhood, stop by πŸ™‚ It’s quite a gem (except for the almost 7 months of the year when it’s snowing hehe).

  7. Hey, I absolutely adore your blog!!! It’s so inspiring.
    I love to “soak up” the latest nutritional information too. When I have extra time on my hands, that’s what I’m doing. (smile)

    I can’t wait to read more!!!

  8. Yay for college foodies! πŸ™‚ I just recently stumbled upon your blog, but I’m looking forward to reading more!

    I am similarly enamored of cereal… though I probably like Oatmeal even more πŸ˜‰ (ohhh oatmeal, what would I do without you?)

    • ciaotochow says:

      Thanks so much for stopping by! Oh, girl — don’t even get me started on oatmeal. It’s a new-found love, but there are endless possibilities…so great! πŸ™‚

  9. Jenny says:

    Just came to check out your blog and I can’t wait to read more!! So exciting that you are studying abroad..and in Rome!!!

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