Last week was NEDA and we were unsure if we wanted to discuss our thoughts or not. We have talked many times about our ED and how we overcame it.
After reading this beautiful, well written post from Gena we were inspired to share some of our thoughts.
Everything Gena said is exactly how we feel in regards to food blogging and responsibility that comes with it.
Looking back when we blogged over at pure2raw we cannot believe some of things we said. One reason we started purelytwins –>was to break free from extremes, stereotypes and just enjoy life.
Like Gena, we have evolved…changed over the years. For us, even though we are not vegan anymore, we still have core beliefs. Through everything we have learned and experienced ourselves is that what is considered healthy or not VARIES.
We know we have made “impressions’ to many that we cannot change.
Our struggle with an ED has been a long thing of the past. Although, we still get people who think we have one. HONESTLY we don’t! There is no way for us to truly show someone that just because we want to feel good does not mean we have a bad relationship with food.
Food helps us. Food heals us. Eating real food actually makes us feel more connected, more stable, more at peace.
Now that we are coming off from the other side of healing (which we do think taking the time to avoid certain foods and eat more animal fats was beneficial) we knew our eats were not permanent. And we have mentioned many times about this –> what we were eating was to heal our bodies! Remember YOU have to find your own path to heal. Check out our post 8 steps to start learning your body.
Our food journey is about balance… finding our moderation. We are NOT perfect. As food bloggers we know we take a BIG risk because others will try to do what we do (or whatever food blogger they are following).
As Gena said – we regret things when we hear that our post caused an opposite reaction than we hoped. We CANNOT control how people react or respond to our blog posts, but we can PRAY that others can see we are HAPPY and only want others to be happy TOO! Not just with food but with LIFE! There is so much more to being happy and healthy than what food is on your plate.
You have to look at the bigger picture. You have to consider the person’s whole lifestyle. Remember there is more to the blogger than what is written on the screen.
We think many food bloggers have gone through many phases of diets, and all to come to their own place of peace.
We are honest with our struggles all while hoping our honesty does not get classified as an ED but a journey.
We try to be careful with our words but some things are just hard to say..to express..or clarify. So many things can be misread or misunderstood. And who really is to blame for that?
As much as we love food blogging, we do feel guilty when our “eats” are viewed negatively, and even viewed as “right.” As there really is no perfect diet.
Both of us try to show we are not strict eaters. We are open to all types of food. When we want pancakes we eat them. When we want chocolate we eat it. We feel we have a good balance…or should we say a good balance for US! We have learned there are some foods WE cannot have every day.
Gillian also wrote a wonderful post where she shares her journey! Gillian, you inspire us daily to respect food and our bodies.
How can meat be healing? How can one heal on a vegan diet? How come sugar from fruit can be bad? How can coconut oil be that good for you? How can fat be good for healing?
These were just a few questions we got asked over and over while on our healing the gut journey. As we mentioned in our video, there is SO MUCH conflicting information out there. We even get confused.
We have experimented with raw vegan lifestyle. We have experimented with a gluten-free vegan diet. We have avoided coffee for a year. We have stopped eating sugar to battle candida. Plus done numerous cleanses. We have tried many things in terms of diet, supplements, superfoods etc. And we are still CONFUSED!
Basically what we are trying to say:
– we all have different battles that will lead us to different journeys to heal
– our bodies are always changing therefore diet may change
– be open to everything
– try, try and try…keep experimenting until you find what works for YOU
– don’t worry about fitting into a “catergory” just be you.
We always have in the back of our minds the public responsibility we hold as food bloggers, but also feel the reader holds responsibility as well.
Twins Questions: What responsibility do you feel with being a food blogger or reading food blogs? Do you like reading about bloggers’ thoughts on food and diets? Like seeing what they eat?
How can food bloggers show more responsibility in sharing food and not creating stereotypes or negativity?
We would love to hear your thoughts~
til next time,