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We need to get to know each other a little better.
Since I started What I Gather, I’ve focused mostly on sharing recipes and a few health related articles, but I haven’t written much about what I do on a daily basis in my own life to stay healthy, active and fit. I think you’ve gotten little glimpses on my Instagram and Facebook, but for the most part I keep it pretty straightforward with the recipes and such.
What I’ve realized, though, is the blogs I enjoy reading are the ones where the writer actually shows you what their day-to-day life is like and how they consistently stick to their health goals. I think it’s helpful to see the ups and downs and everything in between. It’s not always sunshine and rainbows, but I think I’ve always been a little nervous to let people in to my real life out of fear of embarrassment or judgement. And I think a lot of bloggers (maybe for the same reasons I have) appear to have it all together, when in reality they are only showing you what they want you to see. Heck, even as I am writing this, I can’t guarantee I am going to let all my skeletons out of the closet for the whole internet to see (yeah…never gonna happen). But I am trying to push through my fears in the hopes that what I have to share may inspire your own health journey and show you that nobody is perfect all the time…and maybe give you a few laughs along the way.
I want to be more open and honest
I want to show you how I live my life. I still plan on sharing real food recipes and health tips, but I am going to share more of my journey, as well. I have learned a lot about health and nutrition over the past few years, but I still don’t have it all figured out. Nobody does. We all struggle. Our goals change. Our philosophies change (like when I said “bye-bye” to Paleo). That doesn’t mean we have failed or that we were wrong. It just means we are growing and evolving and changing and that is awesome.
When I was following a pretty strict Paleo diet, I was terrified to ever show a photo of a meal that wasn’t perfectly Paleo, which seems so ridiculous looking back. I used to feel like I had to explain why I was eating hummus or even potatoes and I still see people doing this all the time. People will post a picture with white rice or potatoes, but only because they included a disclaimer that they worked out that day. Guess what, you can eat rice or potatoes whenever you want. Anyway, I’m not trying to turn this into a rant, I’m just trying to be real.
So, as we roll into the new year, be on the lookout for some of my daily eats, workouts and general rambling. Before you go, though, I want to hear about some of your favorite healthy living and recipe blogs? I am always looking for something new to read!