10 Questions with Talaia of Whole Yum

by Spicie Foodie on June 23, 2013

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Happy Sunday everyone! Today Talaia of the Whole Yum community will be joining us. It’s a pleasure to introduce you to her as well as a great website to submit your food photos too. Talaia will tell us all about Whole Yum as well as share some links to her healthy, whole, and delicious recipes.

Thanks Talai for the great interview and for being a Spicie Foodie sponsor!


BBQ Pizza from @WholeYum | #bbq #pizza BBQ Pizza

1. Can you tell us a bit about yourself?

Hi Spicie Foodie readers! I am Talaia, and I publish the website WholeYum.com :) I am currently living in Atlanta, engrossed in my collegiate studies, and newly engaged to my mate :)

2. Now tell us what we can expect to find at Whole Yum.

One can expect to find an array of healthy recipes from myself and a few of our writers–as well as mouthwatering food photos and healthy recipe submissions from our subscribers! There is also a “features” section on the site where we post a variety of health related articles and product reviews, as well as a “contests” page where subscribers can win health and food related prizes.


Kale Smoothie from @WholeYum | #kale #radish #smoothieKale Smoothie With Radishes

3. How can fellow food bloggers join Whole Yum?

Anyone can subscribe to the site by clicking the “submit photo or recipe” link at the top of the page, and filling out the contact form. Once you’ve done that you are a subscriber.


English Muffin French Toast from @WholeYum | #englishmuffins #frenchtoatsEnglish Muffin French Toast

4. Why did you start this community?

There are a few reasons! To build a community of like-minded heath enthusiasts, to get to know other food bloggers, to encourage others to adopt a healthier lifestyle, to share my thoughts, trials and tribulations on food, cooking, and maintaining a healthy lifestyle, to experiment more in the kitchen, to mimic the gorgeous food photos in Bon Appetit magazine, to show that healthy eating can be a struggle, but that it doesn’t mean giving up your favorite foods.. phew!

Also, my mother is a big inspiration for WholeYum! In 2010 she was diagnosed with Cancer, and at first I was devastated and felt completely helpless, but after tons of research on what Cancer is, and what foods can impact the disease in a positive way I realized we were eating all of the wrong things and that our diet (as a family) needed a complete overhaul. I am happy to report that she is alive, and doing well, and I know that this is directly linked to her diet and peaceful state of mind.


Orzo Salad from @WholeYum | #orzo #italianOrzo Salad

5. Have you always been interested in food?

I have always been interested in eating food! I swear I should be 300 lbs…

6. What is your favorite dish to cook?

Fish. Especially Salmon. Lately I have been making this mushroom, spinach Alfredo penne pasta bake on the weekends. It’s really delicious :)


Almond Brownies from @WholeYum | #almond #browniesAlmond Brownies

7. If you were going to cook a feast for guests what would it be?

Lemony Cornish hens stuffed with wild rice, yum!

8. What is your most memorable or most special kitchen moment, be it a happy or a disastrous one?

I can remember when I first started posting recipes to the site, and I felt like such a rookie. I mean in the kitchen cooking, trying to write and photograph all the the same time–stumbling over equipment, and burning things–it was hilarious :)


Jumbo Lemon Pepper Wings from @WholeYum | #chickenwings Jumbo Lemon Pepper Wings

9. Favorite ingredient?



Vegetable Curry With Naan from @WholeYum | #curry #vegan #indian #vegetables Vegetable Curry With Naan

10. Is there anything else you’d like to share about you or Whole Yum?

Just that I feel it is important–with any healthy or unhealthy diet to find a balance. It is easy to become obsessed with eating healthy–to the point where you’re beating yourself up about a little bite of cheesecake! Remember that a little gratification is good. For instance, I had a brownie for breakfast this morning. I have not eaten a brownie in months. Hallelujah to that :)


Chocolate Protein Shake Recipefrom @WholeYum | #curry #vegan #indian #vegetables Chocolate Protein Shake Recipe


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{ 20 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Rosa June 23, 2013 at 12:05 PM

A lovely interview. Those dishes look scrumptious.




2 Spicie Foodie June 23, 2013 at 5:17 PM

Thank you Rosa!


3 GourmetGetaways June 23, 2013 at 12:28 PM

What a gorgeous collection of recipes… I really do need to start being a little more healthy, I will stop over and say hi !:)


4 Spicie Foodie June 23, 2013 at 5:18 PM

Thanks Julie, I hope you start submitting your photos there too.


5 Victoria of Flavors of the Sun June 23, 2013 at 3:39 PM

Nancy, You always introduce your readers to interesting people and interesting sites. Thank you. I had to laugh as I scrolled down Whole Yum’s home page: the first recipe I clicked on was yours for French crepes. I should have known–I always love your photos and recipes. Still planning on your version of Salisbury steak for one day when I have other leftovers for my vegetarian husband!


6 Spicie Foodie June 23, 2013 at 5:18 PM

Hehe, thanks for clicking on my crepes.:) Thanks Victoria and enjoy Whole Yum!


7 john@kitchenriffs June 23, 2013 at 7:06 PM

Great interview! And wonderful looking dishes – thanks for this.


8 Spicie Foodie June 23, 2013 at 10:05 PM

Thank you John!


9 yummychunklet June 23, 2013 at 10:20 PM

I like that French muffin toast!


10 Spicie Foodie June 23, 2013 at 10:48 PM

It does look and sound great, doesn’t it?:)


11 Joanne T Ferguson June 24, 2013 at 4:05 AM

G’day! What a great collection of recipes and photos , true!
Thanks Nancy for introducing me to someone new…as I always enjoy learning more about other people and glad Talaia’s mum is better, too!
Cheers! Joanne


12 Spicie Foodie June 24, 2013 at 3:37 PM

My pleasure, Joanne! Yes it is wonderful that her mum is doing well.:)


13 mjskit June 24, 2013 at 6:52 AM

It was great meeting you Talaia and learning about Whole Yum! So glad to hear that your mother is doing better!!


14 Spicie Foodie June 24, 2013 at 3:38 PM

Thank you MJ!


15 Yelena June 24, 2013 at 8:15 PM

Thank you for information Nancy! You always have something going on on your blog-))


16 Spicie Foodie June 24, 2013 at 10:29 PM

Thank you Yelena!


17 Juliana June 25, 2013 at 6:19 AM

Wow, everything looks and sounds terrific…and the photos are just very tempting…thanks for the introduction Nancy.
Have a lovely week :D


18 Spicie Foodie June 25, 2013 at 4:04 PM

Thank you Juliana, and you too!


19 Ramona June 25, 2013 at 2:20 PM

Great meeting Talaia!! I love that her favorite ingredient is curry… Woohoo! :) Gotta check out her site. :)


20 Spicie Foodie June 25, 2013 at 4:05 PM

I thought you might appreciate that.:) Yes, go check Whole Yum out.


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