This morning, I read a post from Alexis that completely summarized everything I’ve been feeling lately. Before reading this, I didn’t really know what I felt. Or how to articulate it.
I love food. I started this blog as a way to show the world how easy eating can be. How fun eating can be. I used to really love creating recipes. I used to love see that others were actually trying my recipes and enjoying them.
Lately though, I’ve struggled with what I want this space to be. If you’ve been following me for awhile, you know that I’ve gone through a name change, about 5 different layouts, and a complete shift from a “healthy” recipe blogger to someone that talks about food and life. I like that more. But I still think there’s more.
I’m at the point where I kind of hate only talking about food. I just eat food and that’s it. I notice myself feeling hungry. I walk to the kitchen. I eat food. I feel satisfied. I continue on with whatever I was doing. That’s it. I kind of hate taking pictures of food. I really hate when someone sees me and all they want to talk about is healthy food.
I’m a big believer in food only making up a part of your life. It shouldn’t be all of it. I understand the love of food, but feeling the need to blog about it, Instagram everything I eat, or tell the world what I eat on a daily basis is exhausting. EXHAUSTING. I bet if you thought about it, it is for you too. It doesn’t really serve me.
Constantly thinking about food only takes me away from having real thoughts about real things that actually matter.
Orthorexia is a real thing. We proudly state that we would never go on a diet, “it’s just a lifestyle change!”, but we’re also terrified of eating a piece of beef or eating a chocolate chip cookie. We instead opt for our smoothie bowls and platters full of veggies and proudly proclaim our new choices in the name of “health”.
I’m not saying that smoothie bowls and veggies are bad. But taking pictures of them? And blogging about everything you eat? When does this become as act of self-righteousness? Isn’t food just supposed to be eaten?
I don’t really know what this space is going to turn into. I know that I want to help people heal their relationship to food. But looking at food all day isn’t going to solve it. Not letting the thought of food dominate your thoughts is what solves it.
I want to start talking more about things that matter. I don’t want to just post pictures of food all day. My life is more than what I eat.
If you’re considering starting a “healthy” living blog (or even reading one) — some things to consider:
- 24% of healthy living bloggers have an eating disorder
- 33% of healthy living bloggers have menstruation or fertility problems
- 76% of bloggers are currently on a diet
- 52% of bloggers write guilt-inducing messages about food
This post goes into really good detail about more of this too.
Ask yourself –> How does posting about the food you eat serve you in any way?