Behind the Scenes of Abbey’s Kitchen

13 Nov 2015

Hello from the Four Seasons Costa Rica!

Boy it is so beautiful here, I am in awe of this place. I cannot wait to be back with you all though because I’ll be doing a post-Thanksgiving detox and giving away some special prizes to a few of you who want to join me 🙂 So make sure to download the app before I get back!

This week on the blog I wanted to share with you all an interview I did with Abbey Sharp (hey awesome last name!) from Abbey’s Kitchen.  I am absolutely in love with her YouTube channel and all her great cooking tips and tricks, so I had to chat with her to find out what’s going on behind the scenes of Abbey’s Kitchen.

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For those of you who don’t know, Abbey Sharp is a dietitian and Food Personality, a title that I didn’t even really know existed before her! She is incredibly successful TV and radio personality, recipe developer and food event hostess. Basically, she does it all! Check out the interview below:

  1. Why did you decide to become a dietitian?I was a hard core foodie before I even knew what a dietitian was. After transferring from a degree in theatre, to kinesiology, I learned that I could actually put my love of food into a profession and teach people to love food and get excited about cooking for a living.
  2. What does it mean to be a Food Personality and how did you end up pursuing this field?I took a unique route that I definitely wasn’t prepared for in school, but I had a strong performance background. Growing up, I spent a lot of time doing TV, theatre and vocal stage work, so incorporating media into my career was natural. So being a food personality has meant that I am not just a professional individual, I’m a brand and that brand comes with a recognizable voice, point of view, cooking style, and fashion style. Actually, my 1950s pin up style has been an incredibly important part of my brand. So today I use my platform and my knowledge on TV campaigns, large food events, publications and YouTube. 
  3. What has been your favorite career experience so far?Oh that’s so tough. Seeing the response on my YouTube channel has been really rewarding, but I also am very proud of my food competition series, Abbey’s Kitchen Stadium. I love hosting events on stage and have had an opportunity to host big names like Mario Batali and Chuck Hughes, but it’s particularly satisfying to stand on stage in front of a packed audience and a panel of celebrity judges and know that I put all of that together (albeit, with a ton of help!)
  4. What is one of your favorite healthy eating tips to share with people?Don’t count calories, just mindfully honour your body’s hunger and satiety cues. I like to think of my hunger like a gas tank- always aim to stay between 1/4 and 3/4 full so that you never get ravenous (and then likely binge when you do get to eat) or so full that you feel sick and guilty (which tends to starts the diet cycle all over again.) If you get off the diet roller coaster, stop labelling foods as good or bad, and simply pay attention to your body’s needs, you’ll be able to eat the foods you love and maintain the healthiest weight for you. It’s a win win!
  5. How about a favorite quick and healthy recipe? (feel free to share a link here and just say why you like it)I am currently obsessed with Brussels sprouts and I think they make a delicious week night side or an elegant option for a holiday feast. This recipe for Brussels Sprouts with grapes and figs is easy enough to pull off on a Tuesday but so delicious, you’ll want to serve it to company. 
  6. Do you have any projects coming up that you are particularly excited about?I definitely do, but mainly things that I can’t  talk about yet. I can share that I’m working on a new Spokesperson job to share how beer can fit into a healthy diet. You’ll definitely want to come out to our Beer and Salad party! I’m also looking forward to being a celebrity judge at Kitchenaid’s Cook for the Cure and also for Action Against Hunger’s Love Food Give Food. 
  7. What is one piece of advice you want to give readers who are looking to live a healthier lifestyle?
    Learn to love your body and self, and how to nourish it in a uniquely right way for you. Our society is constantly bombarding us with guilt- induced messages about what we should and shouldn’t eat, or what our bodies should look like – especially for woman. But health cannot be measured by weight or body size, not to mention, you could be crazy fit, but  incredibly unhappy. Health and happiness should be the ultimate goal, not an arbitrary dress size. Try to find a place of peace with your body no matter what its size, and aim to find activities and foods that make it feel good and offer a source of pleasure. That’s what health is really about -and if you nail that, your body weight will find its own happy place.

Her advice is awesome! I love her description of monitoring hunger levels so that she is always between 1/4 and 3/4 full. She has such a positive outlook on eating and body image, and it’s awesome that she’s spreading her knowledge with so many people and bringing so much love into her work.

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Thank you Abbey for interviewing with me, it was a pleasure to learn more about you!

Don’t forget to keep up with all my Costa Rica adventures via SnapChat (NikkiRSharp) and to download my 5 Day Detox App if you haven’t already!

xoxo Nikki

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