Hai! I’m Carmen… the “Girl” on this blog.
I am… an INFJ mom, certified professional life strategist, breakup recovery coach, 2x Amazon best selling author, religious education teacher, wannabe foodie, advocate for victims of narcissistic abuse…
and YOUR biggest fan!
I initially got on the internet in 1996 as an internet marketer which was my side-hustle as I completed my education and training in the field of mental and emotional health.
A baby, move across the country, divorce, and many moons later, I started posting food pix on social media… and it was my genius son (the “baby”… now a premed) who suggested I create a food blog…
20 minutes later, Girl Plus Food was born!
Girl Plus Food is a food blog, created & maintained by me, Carmen Sakurai. This is where I document the recipes I’ve tried and fell in love with… and to be honest with you, I still refer back to this blog for ideas and help when my brain needs a break!
I may not have thousands of posts yet, but just you wait, my kid and I have appetites that rival those of starving, wild animals! (you think I kid, don’t you?)
You’re invited to try the recipes I share, give the products, services, and companies I review a spin, and ask questions / leave constructive feedback in the comments!
My iPhone camera makes an appearance whenever there’s pretty food… and good food (that may not look all that pretty) on the table. So there are NO professional food pix on this blog and there’s really no point in calling me out on exposures and filters and angles and light…
because I don’t “get” photography like that.
I’m not a health blogger, clean eater, nor am I familiar with ingredients that “shouldn’t” be in certain products. I’ve never counted calories, purchased anything low-fat, low-sodium, or sugar-free… and I’m just learning what gluten-free is… so keep that in mind.
Where I get the recipes…
Most recipes come from cookbooks, magazines, adapted from my favorite food bloggers, and Pinterest… but some are totally made up. LOL. I make it a point to attribute the source whenever possible.
Professionalities (I totally made that word up!):
Carmen is the Founder of Carmen Sakurai, Int’l, with a BSc in Psychology and Certified Practitioner of several styles of psychotherapy including Cognitive Behavioral Life Coaching, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Gestalt Life Coaching, as well as Mental and Behavioral Health Studies with focus on Stress Management, Burnout Prevention, Depression, and Suicide/Violent Behavior.
As a Certified Digital Coach, she has demonstrated her ability to effectively communicate and successfully serve her clients via digital platform.
Her articles can be found on popular websites including Psych Central, Today.com, Thrive Global, Ricky Martin’s Piccolo Universe, SheKnows, Lifehack, and Thought Catalog.
Carmen is an advocate for victims of narcissistic abuse.
I hope you find something worth getting addicted to!