Category Archives: Food Allergies

Now I Understand

Basically I told myself that I would come back to blogging when I felt the need to.

Before this long “break,” I never really understood why anyone would quit blogging in the first place (or at the very least, stop blogging for a prolonged period of time).

Now I understand.

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Over the summer I wasn’t able to blog for lack of internet access. Then school started back up again and I still didn’t log into my account. I think part of me was a little scared, and part of me knew that it just wasn’t the right time yet.

Since you can all read the title of my blog and know what it’s about, you understand that I am aiming to find a balance with food. It mostly stems from my allergies and all of the pain that food has caused me in the past (both mentally and physically).

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I began my first blog as an outlet. I was surrounded by people who didn’t quite comprehend my desire to be healthy. In a world of processed food, that’s quite understandable I suppose. Then I created Eating for Balance when I discovered my food allergies.

I had many different goals with this blog, among them helping others with food allergies, as well as helping myself cope with the struggles I faced from my own.

My much needed break is now over. I feel calmer about this whole “allergy thing” that bogs me down.

At the same time though, I’m wanting to change. I need the accountability that comes with blogging. I need the interaction that comes with blogging.

I NEED to blog again.

Maybe it’s for selfish reasons. I’m still wanting to inspire and helps others with my posts/recipes, but this time around I’m mainly blogging for my own personal reasons.

The first change I want to make is in what blogs I read.

“We are what we eat.”

Or maybe… We are what we read?

A lot of the blogs I read before were good on the surface. Healthy. Happy. Inspiring. Thought-provoking.

But underneath that surface, there were some things not quite as positive.

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For starters, negativity. I’m not just talking about rants or complaints about life, but negativity towards others in the blogging community and to other people in the world in general.

For those who say that no one way is the correct way, many of us don’t practice what we preach. I saw countless examples of people expressing their “opinions” with very hurtful statements and actions.

In real life I am a shy person. I avoid all potentially awkward/embarrassing/stress-inducing situations. I avoid conflict whenever possible. That’s who I am. I like everyone to get along.

I never want to make someone feel inferior. No one is wrong. Everyone is different and right in their own way.

I’ll still express my opinions on things, because that’s what blogging is about – sharing new perspectives. It’s one of the things I love about this community.

But I will do my best not to negate any other walks of life in the process.

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There are several other things that I am wanting to change too, however, I think it will just be better for you to see from my future posts yourself rather than trying to explain it here.

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It will be a slow process easing back into blogging.

Honestly I don’t even want to look at my Bloglovin account right now. I’m sure my inbox of unread posts has skyrocketed into the thousands.

The most practical thing would be to just start over clean. I won’t do that entirely of course, because there are some people that I really want to check up on. But I will be deleting the aforementioned bloggers who I don’t want to be influenced by anymore.

This is a happy space. An open space. I’m going to be open-minded and try to be more of an open book in what’s going on in my life. I will also encourage everyone else to be open-minded in the comments section and feel free to be who they really are.

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I don’t want to pressure myself into feeling the need to blog, so there is always the possibility for more breaks in the future.

My approach is going to be more relaxed this time around, which I think will be better for everyone involved. No one likes to read from a stressed-out blogger, am I right?

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Now, what better way to start off my first post of 2015 than with some questions?!

Answer: There is no better way.

Questions:

How have you changed in blogging over the years?

What is your mindset towards blogging?

Why did you begin blogging in the first place? Are you still blogging for the same reason?

WIAW- Food Allergy Awareness Week 2014

This week is food allergy awareness week, and in honor of the annual event, I am going to dedicate my What I Ate Wednesday post to allergy-friendly meals from some of my favorite bloggers. It can be really difficult to find food that fit all of one’s dietary restrictions, but it’s such a big relief when you come across a recipe that needs minimal adjustments.

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There are up to 15 million people in the United States alone with food allergies (source). We can do our part to help those with food allergies by becoming more knowledgeable in what constitutes allergies, how to ask questions about someone’s allergies, and how to handle food in situations involving those with allergies.

Breakfast

Sweet Potato, Apple and Pancetta Hash — from Gutsy by Nature

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Lunch

German Sweet Potato Salad — from AIP Lifestyle

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Snack

Crispy Curried Turnip Chips — from The Clean Dish

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Dinner

Our Favorite Vegetable Beef Chili — from Oatmeal with a Fork

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Dessert

Ice Cream Bars — from Cook It Up Paleo

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Doesn’t that sound like the perfect day of food to you? Start off with a great egg-free breakfast hash and follow it up with a sweet potato salad jam-packed with bacon. Then munch on some crunchy, homemade vegetables. For dinner enjoy a big bowl of both grain and tomato-free chili, and round out the day with some cold and creamy homemade ice cream bars.

All of the recipes above are free of the top 8 food allergens: peanuts, eggs, milk, fish, shellfish, wheat, soy, tree nuts. These 8 foods account for 90% of all allergic reactions (source).

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Thank you to Jenn for allowing me to link-up with WIAW again this week. Check out her blog for even more food inspiration!

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So tomorrow I am heading down for the final details of my next internship. Last summer I was 3 1/2 hours north of home and this year I am about 2 1/2 hours south. I have to pass a final drug test and physical examination before being officially offered the job, but I can confidently say that I think I’m safe in those regards 😉 My main concern right now actually is my living arrangements. I was notified kind of late about the job and only had a week to find an apartment. Nothing is 100% yet, but I’m trying to work it all out come Monday when I start. Yikes. I’ll update you more when things are concrete.

Goodbye for now and happy Wednesday!

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Questions for you:

Have you ever had to move for a job before?

What is your favorite allergy-friendly meal?

Do you, or does someone you know, have food allergies?