An Interview with Kimberly Hoban From KH Nutrition

Kimberly Hogan KH nutrition

Kimberly Hogan (AKA KH Nutrition) combines nutrition and fitness on her blog in a fantastic way.  As a Registered Dietitian she is a qualified expert when it comes to diet bang for your buck, and as a CrossFitter and runner has awesome insight on fitness along with great product reviews.  Kimberly was kind enough to answer a few questions about her start blogging, her adventures through CrossFit along with hand protection and care at the gym,

1)You’ve been blogging for more than 5 years now, how did you end up getting started?
I started blogging after college as a way to stay up-to-date on the latest nutrition news, expecting only friends and family to read my posts.  Over time, it has become a fun way for me to share not just nutrition and food related posts, but to document my adventures in running and fitness.  With the boom of social media, my blog has grown and I’m now able to communicate with the nutrition and fitness communities all over the world, something I never could have envisioned 5 years back!

2)When did you start doing CrossFit?  What has your experience been?  What are your favorite things about CrossFit?I’ve long considered myself a CrossFit “groupie”, admiring the sport as a spectator, but didn’t get my feet wet in foundations classes until 2012.  I stuck to running for awhile after that but was drawn back to CrossFit in April 2014 and I haven’t stopped sipping the kool-aid since!  For me, CrossFit has been insanely humbling and yet empowering.  The workouts can knock you down physically and mentally, but always keeps you coming back for more.  I love the support of the CrossFit community, which is something everyone talks about, but you can only truly understand by experiencing it.  The thing I love most about CrossFit is the efficiency of the workouts.  When it comes to food, I often talk about getting the most nutritional bang for your buck and CrossFit definitely provides the most fitness bang for your buck!

3)How important is hand health to you when working out?  I was reading that you use WODies at the gym, do you use anything else to protect your hands?  Hand health really isn’t something you think about until becoming involved in a sport like CrossFit or weightlifting.  I admit I felt some initial pride after getting my first rips and callouses, but quickly realized painful open wounds limited my ability to complete workouts and those suckers can take a long time to heal!  I totally love my WODies for both hand protection and wrist support, but I make sure to take care of my hands outside of the gym too.  I’m a big fan of products like WOD Welder that keep skin moisturized so it’s less likely to crack.

4)How are you able to communicate better about overall health and a healthy lifestyle as a registered dietitian?  One of the biggest tasks I take on as a Registered Dietitian is dispelling myths and correcting bad information that is put out there.  Plenty of people claim to be experts, giving tips on the latest diets and supplements, but Registered Dietitians are highly trained and uniquely qualified to provide sound nutrition advice.  Plus, I don’t just talk the talk.  I walk the walk when it comes to eating well and fitting in exercise!

5)Do you think that eating right, or a consistent workout habit is more important to overall health?  If one is more important, why?
Obviously both are important, and you’ve undoubtedly heard the saying “you can’t out exercise a bad diet”.  As a dietitian, I believe food is the most important tool we have to improve health, but I think my answer here is similar to that of the chicken or the egg.  Exercising motivates people to eat better, and eating healthier is essential to properly fuel your exercise routine.  So why not make both a priority?