First off, I love you guys and I apologize for the absence over the past couple of years. Moving to NYC has been both amazing and life-changing for me, especially for the blog. With the constant hustle and bustle in this crazy city, I’ve learned to prioritize and say “no” to a lot of things (for the better). I have also learned to fuel what feeds me and what I want to put my energy towards (because this place can suck the life out of you). Of course I wanted to be more present on this blog for you all but I needed to re-focus and put out quality vs. quantity.
This post was inspired by Alexis’ recent posts on doing what “feeds your soul”. Because I too have recently noticed that my philosophy as an RD has changed along with my vision for this blog/website. For starters, I wish I could banish all fad diets and calorie counting forever! I want to encourage you all to love food as is and help you understand it’s a fuel source, not something to be feared. I want you to embrace the fun and joy that food brings, not anxiety or sadness (like I once had).
Our society can make us feel so unbelievably guilty for the food choices we make. Don’t get me started on calorie counts for menus in food chains and restaurants. I get it, I really do, but if comparing calories sways your decision from ordering that delicious pasta dish you’ve been craving to a cobb salad (when you don’t feel like a salad) just because it has fewer calories, then you are restricting my friend. Restriction can lead to binges which will not make you feel much better. In fact, it will probably make you feel worse – I know from personal experience.
While I still encourage you to eat plenty of veggies and support the MyPlate method, I am 100% fully consumed and passionate about intuitive eating. You don’t feel like eating any veggies for lunch? Then don’t. Try to sneak some in throughout the day when you can but don’t force yourself to eat something you will choke down. You want that cookie (or two) after lunch or dinner? Then eat it. It’s about tuning into your hunger and fullness cues, being mindful about eating under emotions, too. It’s not easy and doesn’t come to you over night. It took me years to love ALL foods and to acknowledge that all foods fit.
This blog/website has also evolved. I don’t necessarily call myself a food blogger anymore. I don’t find joy rolling out new recipes every other day or even every other week. I’m lucky if I can share a new recipe once a month for you! But I can say it has been a huge relief. Some of you love whipping up new recipes on a daily basis (and are so great at it) but for me, it’s not what feeds my fire anymore. Not to say I don’t enjoy sharing new recipes with you guys, I just don’t feel pressured to do it so often. I’ll whip up more “recipes” when I don’t have to deal with this excuse of a kitchen here in NYC aka non-existent kitchen
So to sum all of this up, I am human. We are always evolving and changing directions and that’s OK. I hope all of you find your passion and go after it. This being said, I will be more active on here but the majority of it may not be recipes – I’ll try to switch things up a bit.
If you are interested in nutrition counseling and/or wanting help along your journey of intuitive eating, I can help
Have a wonderful week!