Friday Feature: Get to Know Ola Zasinska from Family Wellness

FridayFeatures3In our weekly Friday Feature, we share a 5-question interview with one of the fantastic members of Take the time to get to know your co-members, pick up tips and tricks, blogging know-how, and recommendations from your fellow bloggers. If you’re an HLB member and haven’t gotten your interview email yet, don’t worry, you will in time! We’re working our way through a list of 2,000+ members’ blogs at random.

What’s your name, blog name, and how did you create your blog title?

Hi Everyone! My name is Ola Zasinska and my blog is Family Wellness. I wanted to combine a few words that were important to me and in result I created Family Wellness. Family Wellness was born out of my passion for health, the science of nutrition, cooking, mindfulness and overall wellness. Family because it’s a family focused blog designed to encourage healthy eating habits within the entire family, including the youngest of eaters. Wellness because optimal health encompasses so much more than just eating the right ‘superfoods’. It is the process of giving your body the nourishment from a whole-food nutrient dense diet, getting good quality sleep, managing stress, taking appropriate exercise and adopting a positive mind-set.

What is one lesson you’ve learned about blogging since you first started your website?

Consistency. I have learned that producing content consistently is the hardest part of blogging and the most important part. It’s like creating a new habit.

What can a new visitor expect to find from your blog?

I am super committed to supporting busy moms in creating thriving families. I empower moms to support their families so that they can nourish themselves and establish healthy foundations for their children through nutrition, healthy relationship with food, and family culture. I want to show busy moms that cooking healthy meals isn’t expensive nor time consuming and by planning your meals in advance you save your time, save your money, decrease your stress as you avoid the typical ‘’what’s for dinner question?’’, in result you aim to have nutritionally well-balanced meals throughout the week. If you plan a risotto for dinner you have risotto for dinner. On my blog you can find extensive articles on health topics, practical advice, tips on healthy living, healthy food and healthy eating, nutrition, creating healthy habits in children, meal planning and organising yourself.

Do you ever experience days when you don’t want to make healthy choices? How do you motivate yourself when you really need it?

I think most people experience such days, including myself. However, I also think that it’s ok not to eat 100% healthy every meal. It matters what choices you make for most of the time. If I have an occasional dessert or ice-cream, that’s fine, because I understand the choices I make.

What is your favorite way to get moving, burn calories and energy, and get your exercise-on?

My favorite exercise at the moment is a brisk walk with my daughter in a buggy by the sea. It’s a great way to get out, admire the beautiful view and enjoy nature whilst getting in some quality family time and exercise at the same time.

What is your favorite site to visit to find motivation in your healthy living journey?

My favorite site to find motivation is by Amelia Freer. I love her recipes, food photos and her book. She’s amazing and I like following her blog posts.

Let’s talk traveling: what is your favorite place to visit in your favorite city or town for vacationing?

It’s definitely Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine in Kyoto in Japan. it is famed for its variety of shrines and gates, with thousands of them winding their way up the sacred Mount Inari. Kyoto is a fantastic place to travel with children of any age, from infants to teenagers. The city is incredibly safe, the food and drinks are hygienic, and it’s easy to move around the city, even with a stroller or a young children walking on their own. I have travelled a lot and in my opinion Japan is the most child-friendly country I have visited so far.

If you could live any place for the rest of your life, where would it be and why?

It would be Costa Rica! Why? Because it’s a land of emerald rainforests, misty mountain peaks and pristine beaches. Costa Rica is certainly a nature lover’s paradise and I see myself and my family living there, enjoying slow and peaceful life with so many attractions and beauty around when needed to explore.

Tell us about your favorite SOMETHING.

I strongly recommend reading ‘’Turning Pro’’ by Steven Pressfield. It’s a must-read for every entrepreneur. Turning Pro is an important book for anyone who wants to be a professional. The author urges to stop living as amateurs and turn professional by overcoming resistance and practicing self-discipline. To turn pro, you have to abandon your shadow career and pursue your real career. Great book.

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