Ariffa

Hello, my name is Ariffa, thanks for stopping by! Here, you’ll find stories of a girl who loves food, and lives to have new experiences every day. I’m a messy cook and one of those crazy yogis. I live by my to-do lists but savour every ounce of spontaneity that comes my way. I’m always growing, always learning and extremely independent. I surround myself with a network of amazing people who only add to my life. Oh, and I like shoes. I like them a lot.

Culinary Point Of View

I’ve had a passion for cooking for years. The excitement that I get from making a new recipe, having a fully stocked fridge and pantry, or spending hours wandering the aisles of specialty food stores is one of my quirks that I adore about myself.

I belive in enjoying whole, healthy food that fuels the body and mind, but also completely immersing myself in the experience of eating truly delicious food.

I love to slave over a hot stove for hours, make it appear that a tornado swept through my kitchen, cut, chop, steam, saute, broil, mash and season to my heart’s content, even if it is only for a few moments of enjoyment.

Though I’m never one to discredit the perfection of fast, simple meals.

There is no label for the way that I eat. I enjoy a variety of healthy foods and ridiculous indulgences. Nothing is ‘off limits‘ and I do my best to eat exactly what I want, when I want it. Most of the time, my body does a pretty good job of making healthy decisions, but there is always room for nachos, ice-cream, french fries and cookies in a healthy diet.

Movement

Exercise is crucial. I stay active because of how amazing it makes me feel. It is an instant boost to my mood, confidence and energy. I like to get a little movement in every day, be it yoga, running, spinning, BodyPump or a long, leisurely walk. If I can’t find time for ‘structured’ exercise in my day, I happily consider long shopping sessions, spontaneous bouts of bursting into dance or laughing fits with my friends to be adequate exercise for the day.

Life

2009-2010 Coming out of highschool, I was without a clue what I wanted to be when I grew up. Reluctant to take a year off of school after graduation, I decided to earn my diploma in business administration while ‘I figured it out‘. I made it through only one miserable year, unfortunately. I discovered that my passion lied with food and nutrition and that was what I would pursue.

2010-2011 I enrolled myself in a 10 month nutrition certification program. I had (and still have) hopes of becoming a Registered Dietician, however throughout highschool, studying and homework were the least of my worries and my grades reflected as much. The nutrition certification was a part-time program and so I decided to upgrade highschool courses that I needed to improve my grades in, or ones that I didn’t do at all. I earned my certification as a nutritionist in June 2011 and learnt more about what I want my future to look like. I am passionate about health and wellness, however, I don’t belive that my future includes a clinical atmosphere, nor does it involve nutrition counselling or meal planning.

Currently: I am working as a receptionist at a Naturopathic Clinic and absolutely loving it! I am in University studying communication and intend to complete my degree and carry on to earn my RD.

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“Whatever you are be a good one.”
-Abraham Lincoln

6 thoughts on “Ariffa

  1. Hi,

    I wanted to inform you of the 2011 Fitness and Health Bloggers Conference, scheduled for June 24-26 in Boulder, Colorado.

    http://www.FitnessBloggersConference.org

    This conference will be a gathering of bloggers from throughout North America who specialize in the areas of fitness or health. I live in Boulder and can tell you it is a very active, healthy city and the perfect place for this conference.

    Please let me know if you have any questions or would like to be included in conference updates. Find us on Twitter @fitnessbloggers

    I hope you can join us!

  2. I just found your blog on meals and miles. Are you in Calgary? I have been reading food blogs for a couple of years now and wondered if there were any written from Calgary.

    I look forward to reading your blog now as well!

    Kristi

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