- 26 Jun 2020 11:30 AM
“Personalised nutrition has got to be approached holistically. Our health is more than just what we eat or how much we move. We shouldn’t forget about the mental element.”
On her instagram she advocates Intuitive Eating and works through the lens of Health At Every Size®. She is not afraid to call out bias in science and she is set out to bring a paradigm shift in people’s mind about what real health looks like.
”Most wellness channels confuse aesthetics with health and want to make everyone lose weight. However, the truth is that your weight does not determine your health in most cases.”
1. Where did you grow up?
I grew up in Nyiregyháza, close to nature but still in the city.
2. If you could be an expat anywhere in the world, where would you choose?
I was an expat in London for almost 5 years. Even though I liked it, I knew it’s not the place where I would retire from. Only moved back a few months ago, not thinking of going again.
3. What would you miss most if you moved away from Hungary?
People calling me by my nickname. Growing up everyone who knew me called me “Sali”, because I didn’t like the sound of the pronunciation. I just introduced myself as Salome and so most people called me that. At that time it felt like a big thing, like an end of an era. Only now living in Hungary again, I realized how much I missed my family and friends. There were lots of adventures and challenges, I wasn’t particularly homesick.
4. Friends are in Budapest for a weekend - what must they absolutely see and do?
I love when my friends from London come and visit, I’m so proud of our little country.
I would definitely walk with them along the Pest river bank up to the Castle and the Fisherman’s Bastion. Hungarian dishes in Szegedi Halászcsárda and drinks in ruin bars. There is a lot you can squeeze in a day.
Next day, probably more Hungarian food and baths to relax.
5. What is your favourite food?
Difficult to answer. Probably all desserts containing “túró” cottage cheese.
6. What is your favourite sport / form of exercise?
I must say running. It’s not just a form of exercise for the body but a great stress relief as well. I do like other sports too like hiking or volleyball.
7. What is your favourite place in Hungary?
My mom’s garden. It’s special to my heart and that’s my secret getaway place too, so I won’t tell where it is. Oh as for the city, I cannot pick.
8. What career other than yours would you love to pursue?
If I wasn’t so into what I do now, probably I’d pursue a career as a make-up artist. As a child I really enjoyed playing with my grandma’s make ups, and liked to express my creativity by painting extravagant looks on my face.
9. What's a job you would definitely never want?
A job where I’m not my own boss.
10. Where did you spend your last vacation?
Bulgaria. It was my first time visiting the Black Sea and some of the beaches were amazing on the southern coast.
11. Where do you hope to spend your next one?
South France hopefully. It’s been a long awaited holiday destination.
12. Have you got a hidden talent?
Hm. I think I have pretty good reflexes. I catch things as they fall. Does this count?
13. What is never missing from your refrigerator?
Fresh milk. I make my own kefir at home, so I need fresh milk everyday to feed the little kefir grains.
14. Red wine or white?
Red in the winter, white in the summer. Current favourite for the season is Egri Csillagok by Bolyki, bonus points for the label design, it’s amazing.
15. Book or movie?
Book for sure. I wouldn’t mind watching movies as there are so many great recommendations, but for some reason books always win.
16. Morning person or night person?
Been both and even now it’s changing. Since living in Budapest I feel like I’m shifting towards being a night person.
17. Which social issue do you feel most strongly about?
Eating disorders and weight stigma. We got to learn and unlearn a lot in this area.
18. Buda or Pest side?
Only discovering Buda now, still a Pest fan.
19. Which achievement in your life are you most pleased about?
Obtaining my MSc Nutrition degree from King’s College University London.
20. What would you say is your current personal motto?
“If it’s not a hell yes, then it's a no.” Life is too short, gotta learn to prioritize. I'm still learning this though.