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Eleven Things

I love lists, so I thought you might enjoy a list of eleven kind-of-related things about me. Why eleven? I like the number eleven. It has an elegance to it that the number twelve completely lacks.

1. I was born in Russia and lived there till I was ten. I am fluent in English, Russian, and French and speak some Spanish too.

2. During my teenage years, I struggled with bulimia, and have also practiced food restriction at various times. Now I consider myself to have a very healthy and fun relationship with food. However, continuing to have a healthy relationship with food means that I am very serious about not taking food too seriously. That’s the reason for the “duty-free” in my blog title.

3. I love research, so staying away from rules is a challenge. The research on some ingredients is pretty damning, but avoiding all unhealthy ingredients would actually be unhealthy in my case (see #2). So I practice awareness to maintain the right balance.

4. That reference to “practicing awareness?” Yes, I am kind of woo-woo. Also, yoga is my favourite form of exercise.

5. I was a vegetarian for two years in high school, but it ultimately wasn’t for me.

6. Not only do I eat a lot of fat, but I am always looking for tasty ways to add MORE healthy, natural fat to my diet. Butter is definitely in this category. As is coconut oil.

7. I am super picky about sauces. I can’t stand the texture of most sauces in Chinese food, which is why the only Chinese food I ever order is chicken-fried rice. Ketchup and mayo really gross me out as well.

8. However, I love Japanese food, especially sushi! I load it up with wesabi and drown it in soy sauce. Soy sauce should really be a food group, no?

9. Soy sauce is the only type of soy I consume regularly. I generally try to avoid soy (see #3).

10. I love traveling. So far, I’ve been to the Netherlands, Germany, France, Belgium, Austria and Mexico.

11. I have only gone surfing only once (over two days in Tofino, B.C.). It was so much fun and I can’t wait to do it again. I got up once on the second day but we had to leave about 30 seconds later when my boyfriend popped his eardrum. Now surfing and I have some unfinished business to take care of!

And with that, I am off to go eat sushi for the third time in two weeks.

Have a great weekend, everyone! I am planning to try making macaroons, which I may or may not post about on Monday, depending on how it goes. Wish me luck!

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1 Lisa @ I'm an Okie { 11.05.10 at 10:47 pm }

This was the first time to actually make it to your blog and I came at a great post.

First, 11 is my favorite number. Looks like we’ll be friends .

I’m down with number 3…and I hate soy sauce!


Alina Reply:

Thanks Lisa!
And your love for the number eleven totally redeems your hatred for soy sauce in my eyes


2 Michele @ Healthy Cultivations { 11.06.10 at 8:59 am }

Thanks for sharing.


3 Ameena { 11.06.10 at 10:57 pm }

Mayo grosses me out too! And Chinese food and I don’t really mesh well…its too greasy.


4 charlotte { 11.06.10 at 11:20 pm }

Ah coconut oil!!! I love it. I will eat it off the spoon. Is that gross??


Alina Reply:

Totally normal. It means you are a true Health Nut


5 Tina @ Faith Fitness Fun { 11.07.10 at 9:05 am }

I love posts like these. And I’m such an addict of sushi too. Can’t wait to have it again. I also used to HATE ketchup. I like it now though. When pregnant with little M I started liking it out of the blue and it hasn’t changed. So strange.


Alina Reply:

Tina, you are the first person to share my ketchup hatred, AND it turns out you’ve gone to the other side? Heartbreaking. Slash, I am curious what will happen to me one day. I hope I don’t stop liking chocolate, that’s all I have to say about that.


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