Hi! I’m Zhenya, a multi-passionate dietitian-to-be. Lemonsqueezy.life is a blog about healthy food and lifestyle where I share my experience, knowledge, and ideas on how to make “healthy” easy. Thanks for stopping by!
How did it all start?
My journey to a healthy lifestyle began when I moved to the United States. I came to a new country to continue my education without knowing exactly what direction to go. Sounds brave, right? No, it was crazy. I knew I needed a break. Striving to be a great student at a university in Russia, I was constantly neglecting my health, proper nutrition, and most importantly my dreams. Over the years, I had lost a connection with myself — my body and mind. I was feeling off balance and ready for change. Having a nice path laid out in the academic world, I felt that wasn’t the life I wanted to live. I knew that beyond my comfort zone — books, libraries, lectures, there was an amazing and unexplored world …
In the new country, I took some time off, immersing myself into work, learning English and trying to understand what I really wanted. At that point, my lifestyle and relationship with food were far from great. So I knew that for a happier life first I needed to learn how to respect my body. My personal goal was to completely abandon diets and create a new healthy lifestyle where good health, an abundance of energy, and joy were the essential elements. I wanted to feel light and balanced.
Well, it would be a wonderful fairytale if someone just gave me a book on that topic or could show me the perfect “healthy lifestyle” formula. It didn’t happen. Instead, while looking for a simple, scientifically-proven guide, I was stumbling upon mostly confusing and often conflicting nutritional dogmas.
Slowly but surely, I started experimenting with nutrition. In my personal experience, I’ve learned that food as a foundation of a healthy lifestyle has a huge impact on our lives — from basic cellular nourishment to an improved quality of life. Eventually (it took a few years!), I learned how to listen to my body, established a healthy relationship with food, and fell in love with physical activity. Later, I realized that a truly healthy lifestyle cannot be possible without connection with others, expressing love, being centered, and mastering stress management. Since then, meditation became one of my morning non-negotiables. These are my “essentials” for good health and long-term happiness.
Now, while being deeply immersed in studying nutrition and maintaining a healthy living, I believe that a lifestyle choice should not lead to extremes and become a source of anxiety. A balanced life for me is not limited to yoga, and large doses of greens, it consists of a variety of other equally-important elements such as cozy coffee dates with friends, and happy family occasions.
How did Lemonsqueezy.life start and what’s next?
After I began to experience significant improvements in my wellbeing, appearance and even in my thoughts, I created LemonSqueezy.life — an inspirational platform, where my friends could find simple healthy recipes and personal tips on an easy approach to a healthy lifestyle. Soon enough, I realized that I wanted to understand the impact of proper nutrition on health at a deeper level. This was my ah-ha moment when I decided to go back to school and study dietetics.
What is my personal nutritional philosophy?
Today it is all about choosing simple, mostly plant-based whole foods, having flexibility, and savoring every bit of it. I love living and enjoying a lifestyle rather than focusing on confusing nutritional dogmas. My mission is to show that healthy eating and living is rewarding, easy and fun!
Thanks for being here! ♡
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