Hello! Today, Mademoiselle Slimalicious is telling us a bit more about her own international journey to nutrition…
Cyndie and I share a lot of things in common. We have similar backgrounds, interests in healthy eating, international career and goals in life. Through her blog, Cyndie inspires people to live a healthier and greener life so she is definitely a perfect guest for enSalades!
Who are you and what do you do?
What is your background? Where have you lived?
I was born in Paris, but grew up in the south of France, in Carcassonne. In 2005 I temporarily moved to Morocco for 4 months to work as an intern, and then came back to France to complete my degree in Business. After graduating, I moved to London. There I met my future husband, an Australian man. After nearly 3 years in London, and visiting over 30 countries, we moved to Japan, and worked in Tokyo for 7 months. In late 2009 we relocated to Sydney, Australia where we have been since.
What do you think your international experiences taught you?
When I was younger, I would have never thought of living overseas! I am very grateful for having lived on 4 continents and experienced so many cultures. It is the best thing that has ever happen to me. It has opened-up my mind, I have become a more confident person and I am grateful for the professional opportunities I have had to date. In France I most likely wouldn’t have been able to pursue the career I have today.
How did you become interested in nutrition?
I have always been a very picky eater. Eating fresh produce and good quality food has always been very important to me. I like to cook my meals from scratch so I know what I’m putting into my body. Weight management is also something I have a strong interest in, given my short stature and my dislike for exercise!
What does ‘healthy eating’ mean for you?
Healthy eating is about making right balanced choices. I believe in ‘eating for pleasure but with moderation’. I like to indulge but not on junk!
What is your favourite ingredient for a salad and why?
I love salads and eat salads at least several times a week. It is hard to pick only one favourite topping. The base for most (or all) of my salads is lettuce, and tomato. I love to add walnuts. It gives it some texture and a nice crunch. Walnuts work well with most other salad toppings too (boiled eggs, cheese, beetroots, corn, ham).
Do you have any salad recipe or green advice you would like to share with the readers of enSalades?
Eating colourful natural food is important to fill up in vitamins and nutrients. Salads are in my view a complete meal. It has proteins (i.e.: egg, tuna, mushrooms, lentils or beans), carbs (i.e.: bread, potato, rice, pasta, legumes) and healthy fat (i.e.: smoked salmon, nuts or seeds, avocado etc.). Salads are quick to prepare, unexpansive and possibilities are endless – it’s what I like most about it.
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