I discovered so many things that I believed needed to be public information, not just for those who can go to school to study in this field. I have seen immense changes in myself since making little, positive changes every day.
I was so tired of being bombarded by self-interested media and half-truths about how to look after myself, and I knew I wasn’t alone. Since my education was almost like a user-guide for my body, mind, and spirit, I thought it was time to spread the word!
I attended the Institute of Holistic Nutrition in Toronto, Canada. I really loved this school because of its incredibly diversified curriculum, and the education I received gave me a great springboard to continue in my own way. The best way to define Holistic Nutrition is a health care system based on integrating the physical, nutritional, environmental, emotional and spiritual components of someone’s life. It emphasizes personal responsibility and a cooperative relationship between practitioner and client. Working with both the diet and lifestyle, I help people return to a state of healthy balance and well-being.
A lot of people want to know “what I am” – vegetarian, vegan, raw foodist, fruitarian, macrobiotic…guess what? I am a person who eats!
My food philosophy is this: I don’t like labels. They force a person to define themselves with very rigid terms, and beat themselves up if they suddenly eat something that doesn’t fit that definition. I know I never want to have to label what “kind” of diet I subscribe to. Being dogmatic about anything, for me, just doesn’t work. Being flexible does.
I eat almost entirely organic food. My diet consists mainly (like, 99%) of vegetables, fruits, whole grains, beans, lentils, nuts, and seeds. I probably eat an egg once every couple weeks if the mood strikes me, and sometimes I will enjoy some goat or sheep dairy in very small amounts.
The only label I’ll slap on myself is “whole-food-lover”. Nothing makes me feel better, think better, and look better than whole foods! And the big bonus? I never count calories or worry about my weight because I know that if I eat this way, my body will be in a perfect state of balance and health, naturally.
ADVICE FOR FOOD AND HEALTH BLOGGERS
- Don’t give up - You will undoubtedly come to a point where you think: No one is reading this. Nobody cares. This is so much work. What’s the use? But I urge you to keep going. It has been over five years of non-stop blogging for me. Most of the time I feel totally inspired, excited, called to keep on keepin’ on. Some weeks, I want to just throw up my hands and forget about it, but I don’t. My perseverance has paid off so, so much, and I know that I am finally making a difference, however small it may be.
- Get a decent camera and learn how to take beautiful pictures - Food blogging is no longer just about the recipe – you must have mouth-watering images to draw people in. Since I invested in a DSLR, things have really taken off and my photos are much better than they used to be.
- Reach out - Get your recipes on as many other sites as you can. Use Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter as well. Approach blogs you like and write a guest blog post for them, or offer to feature a recipe of theirs on your site. It’s all about making those connections, and getting your blog to reach as far as it can on as many different platforms as possible.