Maya is the founder of WholesomeYum.com, a recipe website focused on natural, gluten-free low carb recipes with 10 ingredients or less. Maya loves combining art and science in her recipe development and helping people live a healthier, low carb lifestyle.
Maya Krampf was born in Russia and moved to the United States when she was five years old. At her day job, she is a senior software engineer. But at home, Maya loves cooking because it satisfies both her inner scientist and her inner creative. She does all her own recipe development, photography, and content creation.
Maya believes that what we put into our bodies plays a huge role in our well-being. Once she started eating unprocessed, low carb food, she noticed a big improvement in her energy levels, mood, mental clarity, and body composition. Since 2010, she has been addicted to experimenting with healthy recipes. She’s discovered that they can be just as (if not more) delicious than their decadent counterparts, with the added bonus of improving well-being.
Maya also believes that healthy eating doesn’t have to be boring or time-consuming. Wholesome Yum’s 10-ingredient theme plays a large role in demonstrating that.
Wholesome Yum recipes are keto-friendly, paleo-inspired (but do include dairy), low in carbs (especially sugar), free of gluten and preservatives, and packed with simple, natural ingredients. This is how her whole family eats, including her young children.
She offers a FREE low carb recipes e-book on her website.
Maya lives in Minnesota with her husband and two little girls. When she’s not busy with work and family, she loves to travel.
Maya Krampf Show Notes
What did you do before you became a food blogger?
Do you design software, is that what you’re doing?
Did you go to school for it?
Has this been the job that you’ve had since you left college?
Do you enjoy your job?
When did you start your food blog?
How did you pick the name of your blog?
That’s great that you niched down, is that the way you eat normally?
Did the name take you a little bit to figure out or did you know right away?
Can you share a name that you weren’t so happy with?
When you first started, how many times a week did you publish a post?
How long did it take you to figure out that you were posting too much and you needed to change it?
Were you making money when you decided to focus?
Did you have a discussion with your husband or did you suddenly say to yourself I’m can do this even though I love it and still be a business?
How did you deal with people that were naysayers about it?
Did you try to explain to them or did you just say, I’m not even going to bother?
How long from the time you started taking it seriously did you start making money?
Can you tell me what the first ad network was?
Which ad network do you have now?
Do you have people that help you with your company or do you do it all yourself?
Do you pay all of them or do you pay basically her?
How long into your blogging journey did you say, I need help?
How many iterations of the website have you had?
Who built it for you?
What is the hardest thing you find about blogging?
Do you use a tool for blocking off time?
What is your favorite social media platform and why?
Does someone else do your social media postings and all that other stuff?
Do they use a tool for that?
Do you do your own SEO?
Do you have a resource you can point other bloggers to?
Do you think that because you are a software engineer that you have a leg-up on SEO?
Did you have a viral moment?
What is your biggest food failure?
Do you eat it yourself but haven’t done it for the blog because it’s not quite there?
What is your favorite cuisine?
What is one thing you can’t live without in your kitchen?
Once you figured your blog could make money, did you have a plan mapped out for that?
What is your biggest money making activity?
Do you have a cookbook?
If you said you had a super power regarding blogging, what would it be?
Can you give anyone tips and tricks about pinterest?
What is the percentage of your own pins and what is the percentage of other people’s pins?
What do you like most about blogging?