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"My grandmother who has always made hearty, home cooked meals. She inspires me to take my favorite childhood meals and make them healthy and vegan."

Hello Lindsay Ingalls, so tell us...

When did you begin your blog, and what inspired you to start it?

I actually started blogging back in 2006 when I first started dating my husband. My blog started out as a vegan recipe blog called Cooking For A Vegan Lover that documented my journey to create recipes for my vegan boyfriend. As time went on my blog transformed into more of a healthy living blog called Cook. Vegan. Lover. and overtime my blog became more and more healthy living centric so in December 2011 I changed the blog name to Running With Tongs.

Are you involved in the blogging community - how do you attract new readers?

I try to be as involved as I can by reading and commenting on my fellow bloggers blogs, socializing via Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. As for attracting new readers I try to be active in blogging, social media and communicating my with my readers.

What is your earliest food memory?

My grandfather making me eggs, which is kind of funny now that I don't eat eggs. We would go to my grandparents a few weekends out of the month and stay the night. Every morning I would ask my grandfather to make me fried eggs because he was the best. I wouldn't let anyone else make me eggs.

You are a Certified Holistic Health Coach, what does that entail?

As a Certified Holistic Health Coach I work to help people meet their health and wellness goals. As a Health Coach, I create a supportive environment that will enable you to achieve all of your health goals. I have studied a number of major dietary theories and use practical lifestyle coaching methods to guide you in discovering which approach works best for you.

Most approaches to nutrition dwell on calories, carbs, fats, proteins. Instead of creating lists of restrictions and good and bad foods, I coach my clients to create a happy, healthy life in a way that is flexible, fun and free of denial and discipline.

No one diet works for everyone. I will guide you to find the food and lifestyle choices that best support you. I will also help you to make gradual, lifelong changes that enable you to reach your current and future health goals.

What are some of your go to meals and snacks?

My go to meal is greens, beans and grains with a sauce (usually a tahini sauce). This is a super satisfying meal that is quick, easy and nutritious. I will often add a variety of cooked and raw veggies to my bowl as well. I also love roasted veggies, tempeh and kale salad.

For snacks I am all about veggies or gluten free crackers and hummus, banana ice cream (just frozen bananas processed in the food processor until smooth), green smoothies and fresh juices.

If you could be a contestant or guest on any cooking show what show would you choose?

I would love to be on Top Chef however how intimidating would that be? I also would probably have a challenging time since I'm vegan and have no desire to work with animal products, especially meat. I'd still love to be a contestant!

Who are your culinary influences?

My grandmother who has always made hearty, home cooked meals. She inspires me to take my favorite childhood meals and make them healthy and vegan. I am also inspired by my favorite restaurants such as Candle Cafe (NYC), Angelica's Kitchen (NYC), Prasad (Portland, OR) and Harlow (Portland, OR).

How has becoming a healthy vegan changed your life?

It really has changed my life. I not only focus on eating healthy foods but also living a healthy life that is filled with laughter, fitness and is as eco-friendly as possible.

What are your goals for this blog? Where would you like to see it in the next year? Five years?

My goal for this blog is to be a resource for healthy living through recipes, tips and my favorite products. I also hope to inspire people by showing them how easy it is to live a healthy life and that the reality is sometimes we have not so healthy days but that's okay! I would love to see this blog going strong and be a major healthy living resource. In the next five years I hope to have written a cookbook based on a number of the recipes I have featured on RWT.

Thank you Lindsay Ingalls for answering our questions and see you soon!
Published by Lydia - 11/21/2013

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