Healthy Happenings {10.01.14}: The Big Man’s World

I’m off to spend some quality time with our family visitors on the Sunshine Coast this afternoon before they take off to the land of ice and snow later this weekend. Luckily, I have another Healthy Happenings Q&A sesh with Arman, a Melbourne based healthy living blogger. I “met” Arman after coming across some hilarious, albeit thought provking comments he left on some other blogs I read consistently. Australian healthy living bloggers are somewhat of a dime a dozen, so it’s been nice to see his perspectives on things from this end of the planet. So without further adieu, here’s what the Vegemite and Lamington king had to say for himself:


Hey Femme Fitale readers! My name is Arman and I blog over at  I blog about anything from fitness, food, recipes or random recaps- with some more serious topics thrown in. 

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I was stoked when Kelly emailed me a while back to simply say ‘hi’- It highlighted to me what an amazing community the HLB world is. I’m a huge fan of Femme Fitale (even with the masculine name ;)) and love Kelly’s writing style, varied topics and also having a blogger on my time frame- the only caveat is she is yet to give Thomas some vegemite. Until that happens, she will be a Faux-aussie. 😉 

What was your initial inspiration for starting The Big Man’s World?

My sister was actually the one who encouraged me to start blogging in the Health and Fitness realm- I had previously blogged of my travels and really enjoyed it- although they became defunct once I returned home! 

Not to get too caught up in gender stereotypes, but you’re the only male healthy living blogger on my blog roll. Besides providing a male perspective and voice, what other unique qualities do you bring to the table (err…keyboard)?

 I’d like to think I provide abit of random Aussie humour- not to be taken to heart. I hope when people read my blog, they see a sincere, genuine and honest blogger- and not afraid to go against the stereotypes (e.g. a fan of being creative in the kitchen, different forms of exercise etc).

You write about some major health and lifestyle transformations in the past few years. How have fitness and healthy eating changed your life?

Fitness and healthy eating have been two areas of huge change in my personal life. Growing up, I was the opposite of where I am and who I am today. From being picked last in sports teams to relishing time in the gym- for eating bags of chips as an afterschool snack to now preferring anything but- it has been a big change. 

Although I have at times taken it way too far, it’s been a learning curve which the only way is up. 


What five foods are always in your grocery cart (or should I say, ‘trolley’)?

My staples are- Eggs (18 pack, minimum!), potatoes, cheese, cauliflower and either greek yogurt or cottage cheese. 

You’ve travelled to many parts of the world already. Where did you have your most memorable meal?

This is going to sound so strange but the most memorable meal was a pizza eaten in Mumbai airport in India- The tomato sauce was spicy and it was cooked perfectly- never had a pizza that good in my life! 

Like me, I know you still appreciate letting loose from time to time. What are your favourite food indulgences?

Hmm, I would have to a say a seafood platter- moreso because they are so expensive and it’s something I order on special occasions. It’s ironic many consider seafood to be cheap in Australia…it’s anything BUT. 


You live in Melbourne, one of the world’s most renown foodie cities. I’ve heard the coffee culture is spectacular, but what else does it ‘do best’?

I think no other State comes close to the ‘Brunch’ culture we have here- While some people love a Sunday sleep in, here it’s now a fight to get a table at one of the new trendy areas or spots- which usually fill up before 10am! 

Best ‘Aussie Food’ that we need to know about?

Although most know about it already- Vegemite. The best thing ever. 


How has blogging positively contributed to your life?

Without a doubt, the amazing people I’ve met. No joke- I can hand on heart say many have become great blends. {‘blogger friends’}

What advice would you give someone who wants to get in shape and clean up their diet, but isn’t sure where to start?

Based on personal experience, I’d really recommend making SMALL changes and nothing too drastic. Be flexible, be kind to yourself and make it a gradual change which can lead to a lifestyle change- not a quick fix.


I wholeheartedly agree with Arman’s point about making small changes in health and wellness. Big results require longterm efforts, and usually when we try to make crazy changes all at once, we can’t maintain them. Thanks so much for sharing, Arman! I’m not sure if I’ll be eating Vegemite anytime soon, but apparently foods that a baby is exposed to before 1-year of age lead to acquired tastes. Soooo…I still have a one month window to test out this Australian delicacy on Thomas; better get on it! I’ll let you know how it goes. 😉

Be sure to check out The Big Man’s World for inspirational fitness & health posts, not to mention some lightheartedness, laughs, and an occasional selfie twerk.

Arman @ The Big Man’s World




Interested in reading some other Healthy Happenings Posts? Check these out: Sarah @ Making Thyme for Health, Martha & Team Canada Ultimate, Emily & Yoga.



7 Thoughts on “Healthy Happenings {10.01.14}: The Big Man’s World

  1. Hi Kelly!! Happy New Year!!
    So I just started following Arman’s blog and then BOOP I find him over here! Thanks for the Q&A with the Big Man, Kelly!! And I loved a lot of your answers, Arman! I always like getting to know bloggers better through these type of posts! :)

  2. Thanks so much for the feature, Kelly! Hope you guys are having a blast- you’re poor visitors about to get a shock to their system when they return home! (Don’t forget to give them Vegemite 😉

    • Kelly @ Femme Fitale on January 12, 2014 at 3:45 pm said:

      Oh man. It’s been like -1000000 in Calgary. They are not overly happy to be headed back, that’s for sure.

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