Wellspo: Maddie Ross
Maddie Ross is 19 years old. She is currently a first year student at the University of Michigan. In all of Maddie's free time she loves to engage with her Instagram community through her account @cest.madeleine and share her passions of writing, cooking, traveling, etc on her blog cestmadeleineross.com.
Maddie's blog and instagram are so inspiring to me. Her food always looks amazing too. The way she writes is so beautiful and touching. I hope to be able to do what she does some day. I am so grateful to have been able to interview her for my blog.
What sparked your interest in health?
My interest in health actually stems from a rather unhealthy place. Throughout middle school, I struggled with anorexia and orthorexia, obsessing over every morsel of food that went into my mouth and forcing myself to exercise even when my body was screaming for rest. With the help of my family, lots of therapy, and support from instagram, I have been able to embrace a more holistic and intuitive side of health and have never been happier.
A typical day on your plate?
Totally depends on the day. As a college student eating at the dining hall, my meals change depending on what the menu for the day is. Michigan dining halls are great, though, and offer plenty of healthy options like salmon, roasted Brussel sprouts, and even sushi.
Your top five foods for better health?
I am a huge believer in balance when it comes to eating (and really every other aspect of life too!). That being said, I believe that foods that make us feel good are the most nourishing for our bodies; on some days that may be a plate of roasted veg and on another that may be a bowl of mom’s brownie trifle. Both are perfectly “healthy” in moderation in my eyes.
One food you could not live without?
This is such a hard question. I don’t know if I can definitively give one answer….I love avocados, nut butter, salmon, sweet potatoes, and dark chocolate. Oh and I LOVEEE French macarons!
Have you a motto you live by?
It’s a cliché, but there is truly no time like the present! I believe that nothing is out of the question when we are present and honor even our craziest ambitions.
Who and/or what inspires you?
My fellow Michigan peer, coffee lover, and soul sister, Sarah Wood of Oats and Woes (oatsandwoes.com), my two wonderful yoga teachers, Kara Baruzzini (@karaziniyoga) and Bryan Bennett (@theacrocaveman), and of course my parents.
Your favourite type of exercise?
How often do you exercise?
It really depends on the week and what my body is feeling. Usually 2-3 times a week I will go to yoga or practice strength training exercises.
How do you take care of your mental health?
I am a huge advocate of journaling/writing. To write or type out my thoughts grounds me in the now and helps me to make sense of the jumble of stuff that goes on in my head.
Some advice to your 16-year-old self?
It’s okay to be different and like different things than your peers. Those who stay with you along your journey of self-discovery are the ones who truly matter.
What are the key things you have learned in your journey into health and wellbeing?
I have learned that perfection is impossible and also quite boring. For years I tried to obtain the “perfect diet” and the “perfect exercise regime” only to find that I was absolutely miserable in search of this.
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