I’m taking a break from the Stop the Summer Slump writing prompts to talk about something that’s on my heart: Relationship with Food.
I mentioned last week that receiving the new edition of Simply in Season stirred in me the desire to get back to cooking. “Food blogging,” even. My local websites http://eatgr.com and http://eatlocalwestmichigan.com have continued to be effective without me cooking. But to add a food and recipe component back to Wholistic Woman will require me to stop relying on DH to cook. To help me decide and figure everything out I will be attending the Eat Write Retreat food blog conference in Chicago next weekend.
This comes at a good time, actually. I met with my holistic health counselor yesterday and shared that I’m feeling on shaky ground. My weight loss has slowed way down, my appetite has returned, and I need to decide what my “new normal” is. What will my approach be to food and cooking? Of course I still value local. But beyond that . . .
It is kind of funny to attend food blog conferences because there are so many perspectives. Vegan, real food, gluten-free . . . all of these subsets and evangelists. Food in and of itself is not bad. Even sugar. I remember when I first started my therapy.
“What if I told you that you could have a kale smoothie and a piece of pizza for dinner?” she asked. My mind was blown.
When I was The Local Cook, I know that many of my readers appreciated my balanced approach. My internal issue was that it didn’t feel balanced; I said one thing but felt guilt about not being pure enough, about not being thin. I commiserated with a local organic food store owner who was also overweight about how we weren’t taken seriously because we were promoting healthy eating but it didn’t look like we ate healthy.
I feel as though my body is saying to me, thank you for the break this past year. We have shed some unnecessary baggage. But it’s spring time now, time to shake off the slumber and get to living. Get to cooking.It's spring time now, time to shake off the slumber and get to living. Get to cooking. Click To Tweet
Thank you for sharing this journey with me.