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being grazeful – what it’s all about

Welcome, active grazers!

It only makes sense for your first blog post to be an introduction to all things grazeful, doesn’t it?

so, who are you?

My name’s Domonique, and I’m a 22 year old living in Edinburgh, Scotland. Life here’s great – I have a great job, amazing friends, and I’m absolutely in love with Scotland.

I grew up in Hong Kong, where I spent an incredible 11 years. I encapsulated the “third culture kid” life, and went from a hyperactive adolescent, to a shy pre-teen, to a painfully misunderstood teenager – hanging around at skate parks, listening to System of a Down while playing GTA on the playstation… If only you could go back and tell the old you what they looked like…

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When I was 13, I was sent to boarding school in England, where I spent some amazing (and some amazingly tragic) times. Friends were made, friends were lost, grades fluctuated, and I went from feeling like an alien in my own land, to being right at home in pubs, parks, and countryside.

I waded through the madness, and popped out the other end to find myself at University, studying Biosciences. Que the most ridiculous three years of my life. A lot of hangovers, and a few essays later, I walked proudly under Old Joe, with a 2:1 in my hands, a smile on my face, and two very proud (*perplexed) parents at my side.

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At some point during the big bad blur of university, I discovered a passion for teaching. Having completed the CELTA in Strasbourg a few years ago, I decided to venture back over to France, and landed myself in Clermont-Ferrand teaching English to the cutest (and most monstrous) primary school kids in the region.

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At the end of my six months teaching, I headed over to Scotland, where I began to get settled down in the capital, Edinburgh. I opted for a change in the job department, and landed myself a position in sales working for a small tech company based in the most beautifully grotesque building in the city.

And that brings us to the here and now!

grazeful? grazer? you’re going to have to explain…

Through all that madness and change, there’s been one thing that’s remained a constant in my life. My interest in health, and fitness.

Over the past few years I’ve begun researching, and putting into practice, all of the information that I can get my hands on when it comes to nutrition, and optimum health.

Remember what I said earlier about loving to teach?

That’s kind of how this blog came about – the lovechild of my love for nutrition and fitness, and my love for educating. I’m starting this blog as a way of reaching out to you, the readers, to inform and to help, to offer advice and motivation, and hopefully to help you make some changes in your life that will ultimately help you on your journey to a happier and healthier life!

um, dom, that’s all lovely but i still don’t understand what grazeful means…

Oh yeah, right, back to the question.

These are the two main concepts I’ve taken away from all of this so far:

Moderation, moderation, moderation
It’s the words you hear thrown around all the time nowadays when it comes to dieting and being healthy: “everything in moderation“. And I couldn’t agree more.
I’m not going to stand here and act like I’m not partial to a bit of vodka, some cheeky chicken nuggets, or a Domino’s pizza every now and again. They’re things I love (love-hate, in vodka’s case), and I simply don’t want to never have them again.
I’ve found that if I simply cut things out, I bounce back, and I bounce back hard! Binge galore.
So by only having these “naughty foods” only every once in a while, and monitoring my intake of them, I can stay on track with the results I’m looking for.
This is what sparked the “grazer” idea. Graze, don’t gorge. Less is more. Keep it simple. Lean and mean. Eat less, chew mor— you get the picture.

Healthiness breeds happiness
This is something that has been shown time and time again.
Your body is the result of a unique and delicate balance of everything you ever take in to your body. There’s a synergy amongst everything inside you, creating a web of relationships into which everything is tied. If something is off, or out of kilter, this has effects that ricochet through all different aspects of your body.
…[insert reference to the Butterfly Effect here]
It’s well known that our emotional state is a result of all these biochemical pathways interacting with one another. In other words, if you push one interaction out of wack, you’re going to mess something else up somewhere down the line.
But, if you put in the work required to keep these interactions harmonious, everything else down the line will reflect this harmony, and what will you end up with?
A clearer, happier state of mind.
Yay!
So, healthiness breeds happiness. And who’s happiness’s best friend? Gratitude.
I’ve learnt a lot about gratitude over the past few years, and it’s something that I now have in abundance. This is what I want to share with you guys, to show you how easy it can be to be grateful.
And, seeing as I’m the active grazer, it’s only fitting to swap the t for the z isn’t it?

got it. so you’ll be blogging about complicated science-y things?

The opposite, actually.

I’m keeping a blog where I can give information and tips that your 8 year old Spanish-speaking second cousin could understand.

My aim is to give you the information you need to make an educated stab at improving your body and mind. And I know that to do that you don’t need to know the nitty gritty details about stuff like the structure of your gut epithelial cells and the flow of ions in and out of them.

I’ll be posting things I deem as interesting or useful in your progression to understanding health, fitness tips, and, most importantly,

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great, shall we get started?

Yes, please!

Keep updated with my recipes, tips, and information, by signing up to get updates on my blog by clicking the “Follow me” button on the side of my homepage, or follow my Instagram.

If you want to get in touch, send me an email at: theactivegrazer@gmail.com . I’m constantly looking for feedback, tips, or just a message to say hi!

So, here goes nothing…

the active grazer x

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