For the second post in our Best Food Bloggers on Health series, we caught up with EatingAsia‘s Robyn Eckhardt. (To see how we rated the nutrition of the world’s top 50 food bloggers, check out our earlier post!)
Robyn is a freelance journalist based in Kuala Lumpur writing on food, travel, and historical preservation. She’s lived in Asia for more than 14 years, and publishes EatingAsia with her husband, photographer David Hagerman. They both travel to eat and prefer street food to fancy dining.
Check out Robyn’s answers to our questionnaire below:
Do you have a food philosophy or set of rules – healthy or not – that you live by?
I eat whatever I feel like eating and, when traveling (about half the time), whatever appeals. Luckily I happen to truly enjoy a lot of foods that are intrinsically ‘good for you’, like green leafy vegetables and fruits. My only rule is moderation. I think that denying myself certain foods is self-defeating in terms of maintaining a healthy weight. I’d rather limit myself to just a little bit of a favorite food not-so-good-for-me food than tell myself I can’t eat it at all.
You obviously love food, but how important is health to you when it comes to your daily diet?
I think less about health than about how I feel. I try to listen to my body — some days I crave fish and veggies for dinner, other days a rich Asian-style pork stew appeals. I often avoid fried foods, but more because of how weighted down I feel after eating them than about concerns about what they’ll do to my health.
Do you have any specific tips for foodies who want to stay healthy?
Exercise. Learn to love how your body feels after you work up a good sweat and push your muscled to the limit. I pretty much eat whatever I want and the only reason I can do that is because I exercise hard, regularly.
What is your favorite healthy treat, and your favorite indulgence?
A huge salad with a variety of lettuces, or a nice piece of fish steamed Chinese-style, accompanied by leafy greens stir-fried with chilies and Sichuan peppercorns. Indulgence — liver pate on a baguette or ice cream.
What’s one thing you can’t wait to eat this summer?
We don’t really have food seasons in Malaysia! But I always try to be in Thailand for at least a few days during mango season (end March through May) If I were still living in the United States summer would be all about nectarines, apricots, peaches, and raspberries.
(photo courtesy of Robyn Eckhardt)