I debated whether or not I wanted to post this but in the end I feel like it is important! I definitely do not consider myself a strictly “food blogger” meaning I do not post every meal I eat or take pictures of everything that goes into my mouth. I typically post a good dinner recipe and then other than that I feel my blog is just my personal “diarrhea of the mouth”. I blog about my exercise, running, movies, etc…but it is does not revolve strictly around food nor do I want it to. There is a lot more to me that just what I eat. With that said, I know a lot of food bloggers DO post every meal and snack that they eat throughout everyday. That is totally fine and I see no problem with that either. I think everyone has a blogging style and when they find it they go with it.
So, I find it so heartbreaking when other bloggers give themselves a hard time when they eat what they consider to be “bad foods”. They compare themselves to other bloggers and feel like a failure if their eats aren’t gluten-free, raw, organic, or healthy. Who ever said that pizza and beer is not okay? Or having nachos at the bowling alley was bad?! Or, gasp, busting out a TV dinner when you are too tired to do anything else? Who said?! Certainly not me! I have had my fair share of TV dinner nights and pizza and ice cream moments. It is OKAY! Really, it is!
I think the food blogging community is such a good one because I find recipes, tips, friendship and love. But I DO NOT compare myself to other food bloggers. Everyone has different eats and sometimes I see something that someone posts and I think I HAVE TO TRY THAT and other times I think…well if they liked it…good for them! But the point is, I am Kelly and that doesn’t mean I have to be like “Sally” or “Jane” or “Susie Q” I just need to be me. I need to eat for me and enjoy the things I like. Yes, I chose to eat healthy and gluten-free 90% of the time. Yes, I avoid dairy and soy and yes I eat a lot of fruits and vegetables on a daily, weekly and monthly basis. But I do the “traditional crap food” too just not all the time.
So I just want to tell all of you followers out there (whether it is my blog or someone else’s) don’t compare what I eat or what someone else eats to what you eat! If you want to make a recipe of mine or someone else’s YAY! Do it. I love that! But don’t label yourself a failure simply because you don’t follow my same eating patterns. No one is perfect and everyone has those days where they just don’t care. Everyone. Everyone. Everyone.
The food blogging community is AWESOME! (let me repeat that, AWESOME!) But I think it can also drive you crazy if you are constantly in some kind of internal competition with yourself and your food. Enjoy the community but be YOU! Take the tips you read and apply them to your life if it makes sense for you! Try new ways of eating (Vegan, Gluten-free, Raw, etc.) and see if it works for you. If it doesn’t…that is OKAY. It really is!
Okay…that’s it from me today. I hope I didn’t offend anyone! I just hate to see people beat themselves up for not being like someone else!
Love you all….
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