My last post was in October. My silence on the blog hasn’t been neglect, disinterest, or preoccupation.  If anything, I realized how much I enjoyed writing and food photography, despite my feeble skillz (yes, skillz).  To be honest, I stopped because I got FREAKED OUT.  Why? Well, am I glad you asked…

When you start blogging, you realize the internet is place just as Los Angeles and Belfast are.  The culture in this new virtual neighborhood I moved into hinges on interacting with other bloggers in your field.  I have found some absolutely lovely nutrition bloggers out there, but most of them (and I mean MOST) have some really messed up ideas of food and nutrition.  I don’t just mean scientifically misinformed (though, also wildly rampant), I mean disordered thoughts and eating patterns.  Right about the time I (finally!) started building momentum in readers is about the time that I started feeling uneasy in my new neighborhood – wondering if I weren’t part of the problem, rather than part of the solution.  I cater to a group who have food allergies as we have a few in our house, but were my gluten-free dairy-free soy-free recipes reinforcing a weird mentality of restriction?  Was I perpetuation an idea of all clean eating all the time?  Reinforcing an unhealthy obsession with healthy food?  Were my pretty little Instagram pictures actually triggers for people dissatisfied with their wonderfully  normal bodies?

So, I stopped posting and watched.

Conclusion- Yes, the nutrition blogging world is largely jacked up, but that’s even more reason to be there.

The current generation of “healthy” people might have a distorted focus, but I know we can start correcting our thinking and, even more importantly, teach the next generation a different approach to food- a more normal, functional one. My dream is to someday watch a documentary about how distorted food and eating was in the 2010s, and how fortunate we are in the 2030s to just eat and enjoy food that makes us feel good and get on with it.

In the next few weeks I will be doing a series on how to stop our messed up views of food and eating from bleeding to the next generation.  A huge part of it will be modeling, but another is how we verbally teach kids about food, fat, and eating.  I’ll also talk about something called orthorexia – you don’t have to exercise all the time or purge to have an eating disorder.  Finally, I will restart the Dishlist- so you’ll have a curated list of helpful, thoughtful, reliable food & wellness links.

So, friends- here’s to just eating and enjoying food that makes you feel good and getting ON with it already!


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get kids to drink more water

1- Don’t go cold turkey!

If your house’s main beverages are juice and fizzy drinks, then throwing them all out overnight will feel harsh and unjust to your kids, making water an even harder sell.  Gradually dilute the juice with increasing amounts of water over a couple of weeks and buy the fizzy drinks less often until it is normal to not have them around. Continue Reading →

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carrot fries isla stop eatingThis is not an exhaustive list, and may in fact be a Part One, but for now, here are five tips for talking to your kids about healthy eating.

1-  Don’t talk about weight.  Ever.  Whether it is about your child’s weight, your weight, the weight of the models in the magazine or your neighbor next door.  Talk about eating to nourish your body and model it, too. Bringing weight into the conversation will do much more harm than good.  It makes children self-conscious and ashamed- I’ve seen this many times turn into a body and dieting obsession in children as young as 6.
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