What started your interest in health and nutrition?
It started when I was young. I grew up in a home where health, balanced whole foods, and being active were a big part of everyday life. In 10th grade I attended a school that had a large focus on health and exercise—I was immediately hooked. This new passion resulted in me dreaming about a career immersed in health and wellness. I came across a human nutrition graduate program at The University of Copenhagen that included everything I found interesting; from hardcore biochemical sciences to the sociology behind health.
When do you feel most yourself?
Definitely when I’m checking in at my parents’. As soon as I get home, I jump out of my tight jeans and into jogging clothes. The whole family gets together over good food and wine and just unwinds from the busy life. I always have much more energy after I’ve spent a weekend at my parents.
What makes you laugh?
One of the funniest things is when my mom tries to tell a funny story, but never really gets the point before she starts to laugh. It’s absolutely hilarious for the people around her.
We all make choices in life, is there a choice you’d like to go back and change?
If I could, I would go back seven years ago and choose a different bachelor’s program. I would have rather taken a bachelor’s degree in food science. I think this would have granted me a greater scientific knowledge in health, which would have benefited me during my master’s program. On the other hand, I am happy with the choice I made and as I’m really happy with where I’m at today.
Who and what inspired you?
My time working with Christian Bitz, the television nutritionist and author, was certainly a huge inspiring time for me. I was incredibly fortunate to get an internship with Christian during my education and later accepted a position on his team. He is a really sharp guy, but most of all, he inspired me in his ability to communicate so effectively. He brings what can be a complex science language down to the people ‘s level and make it understandable for everyone. He manages to make nutrition and health fun, rather than complicated.
Why did you choose this career?
It’s so exciting! And health and fitness have always been a big part of my life. Even though I’ve grown up surrounded by it, there’s always so much more to learn. It’s also professionally gratifying to spread knowledge as obesity and lifestyle diseases gradually increase.
To be a ‘Health Junkie’ does that mean you have to opt out of certain foods?
No, I don’t think so and I certainly hope that others don’t think that. The whole philosophy behind my blog is that there is room for everything. There’s nothing so healthy that you can live exclusively on that one food and there’s nothing that is so unhealthy that it can’t make an appearance in a healthy and balanced diet. I’m definitely fond of the mantra, ¨everything in moderation.¨
My blog and approach to health isn’t one that should make you feel bad about some of your guilty pleasures – it’s just all about making some good and healthy choices for your everyday life. Simple things like introducing more walking into your day or changing out fruit for some of your snacks are huge! It’s the small choices that can make big differences. I would rather focus on good alternatives—focusing on something positive inspires much more energy and a natural desire to live healthy. Even if that means finding joy when indulging in a piece of cake with a friend.
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