Wellspo: Apples and Amandas
Amanda Sevilla is a fitness and lifestyle blogger who focuses on spreading self-love, veganism, and wellness.
She is a friend, daughter, sister, aunt, cousin, niece, granddaughter, and girlfriend. Most of all, she hopes to be a source of inspiration and light from all who meet her.
Amanda is currently a student in nutrition and dietetics and will be a registered dietitian by the end of 2018.
I am so happy to have been able to interview Amanda for my blog. She is a hge inspiration of mine.She is one of my fave youtubers and I love how she spreads positivity online and is so easy to watch.
What sparked your interest in health?
I’ve always been into fitness and nutrition starting as a teen but what sparked my interest the most and what lead me to wanting to pursue my degree in nutrition and dietetics is learning about plant based nutrition.
A switch to eating plant based has helped so many people suffering from cardiovascular disease, hypertension, diabetes, cancer, and so much more improve their health and wellbeing.
I wanted to be able to spread that to as many people as possible because so many of my family members near and dear to me suffer from those preventable diseases. I wanted to become a stepping stone for the next generation’s longevity.
A typical day on your plate?
I like to follow time-restricted feeding in which I eat for a shorter amount of time during the day. I don’t restrict the amount of food I eat, but I just have a different eating and meal schedule.
So the first meal of my day is usually later in the day around 12 pm and I try to stop eating by 8 pm. Therefore, I have a huuuuge breakfast, some snacks in the middle, and a big dinner at night. A breakfast for me will be a bowl of oats with protein mixed in and berries along with a banana-spinach-greens-berry smoothie. I like to add flax seeds, chia seeds, or any other seeds for healthy fats, fiber, and antioxidants.
Snacks are crackers, apples with peanut butter (a personal favorite), fruit, or trail mix. For dinner I’ve been loving huge throw together bowls that have some kind of starch like rice or potatoes, and a protein like tofu, beans, etc, and then a bunch of veggies, either steamed and/or lettuce/greens. Don’t forget the avocado!
Your top five foods for better health?
GREENS, GREENS, GREENS (okay we can count that as just one), berries, turmeric, flax seeds, and walnuts.
One food you could not live without?
Have you a motto you live by?
It, too, shall pass.
Who and/or what inspires you?
The person I want to be in the future inspires me. When I am lost or am feeling low on motivation, I think of who I aim to be and what great things I will do and it helps me push through the small struggle in front of me.
Your favourite type of exercise?
I love weight lifting, most specifically deadlifting.
How often do you exercise?
5-6 days a week. Sometimes more, sometimes less, but I always listen to my body.
How do you take care of your mental health?
Cuddling. Lots of it. Going on walks, yoga, spending some alone time to refill my cup.
Some advice to your 16-year-old self?
You will get through it. You are strong, and loved, and have so much to share with the world. It’s okay to struggle and stress and it’s okay to cry. You will make it through.
What are the key things you have learned in your journey into health and wellbeing?
Some things I have learned:
- It’s okay to not be okay
- Sometimes the healthy thing to do is to choose what you think is the “unhealthier” option
- You are already perfect the way you are. Stop wasting your time trying to be what you are, and start acting like the masterpiece nature has made you to be.