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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?

Theirs, Mine, and Ours

Before I even jump into today’s post, I want to express my sincerest thanks for all of your comments on the vlog that I posted Friday. I cannot even tell you how hesitant I was to share it, and then how much I dreaded my decision in the few hours after. Where you all called me “cute” I saw myself as “flighty.” Where you said that I seemed so “relaxed” and “real” I thought rather that I was “rambling” (as I appropriately indicated in my post title for the day). I still think that most of you were just being nice, but all the same I appreciate you taking the time to watch it. I have no idea when I will make another or IF I can even gather up the courage to make another, but I’m glad I bit the bullet and did a second one (my first was all the way back in October 2012, more than a year ago!).

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Also, another note before sharing some delicious food pictures with you all, I’m going to be blunt and admit that I have no idea how much time I will be able to spend blogging this semester. Right now in fact I should be reading for one of my classes but that will come in due time and staying up just a little bit later is definitely worth it.

At the start of 2014 I had all of these big plans for Eating 4 Balance including finally getting a self-hosted site, upgrading to a new theme, working on more professional pictures/recipes. Yada yada yada. Oh, and being more faithful with comments too. I know that January is not even half way over yet, but can I just say MAJOR FAIL? Sorry everyone. I’m going to do my best. It’s not really an option for me to quit entirely or take a break because blogging IS MY BREAK. Really, reading blogs and blogging is my relief from college life and classes. Take that away and you have a Madison ten times more strung out and scattered than you saw in my video (I think beginning to refer to myself in third person may be a sign that the craziness has already begun? Is there no hope of turning back?!!! 😉 ).

With those hundreds of words put out there, this WIAW will be probably less wordy and more picture-heavy than normal.

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I called this post “Yours, Mine and Ours” to represent the variety of food that I made over the holidays and am about to unload on you. There are some pictures of food that I made for my parents and/or brother (theirs), some food that I made for myself (mine*), and the food that I made for both (ours).

*Although as noted on Friday, I have basically backed off of trying to add anything new. Simple is the name of the game once more as I try to go back to how I felt before the holidays. Meat and veggies here I come… Already feeling much better though thankfully!

THEIRS

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Gluten-free buckwheat pancakes inspired by Gluten-Free Goddess

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Homemade macaroni and cheese

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Whole wheat pasta, organic cheese and milk

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Pumpkin oatmeal with granola and almond butter

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Oatmeal with pears, almond butter and maple cinnamon pecans

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Quiche inspired by Meghan

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Made with an almond flour crust, eggs, milk, cheese, seasonings, onions, squash and broccoli

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Puppy chow for my brother’s New Year’s Eve party

MINE

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Gluten-free and vegan biscuits

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Oh so moist, flavorful and crumbly!

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Homemade ice cream with goat’s milk and stevia

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Gluten-free, vegan, and sugar-free pancakes

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Sweet gluten-free and vegan pancakes made with potatoes

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Potato pancakes topped with New York maple syrup

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Whole Foods salad bar: red quinoa, grilled chicken and cucumber slices

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Chocolate pudding: cocoa powder, pumpkin puree, tapioca starch, water, stevia and frozen blueberries… yum!

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Goat’s milk yogurt with stevia and frozen blueberries

OURS

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Alright, so we didn’t actually share THAT much food-wise over vacation

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Paleo pumpkin chocolate chip cake with a chocolate frosting (I just ate some of the frosting. It was amazing and tasted like a rich chocolate pudding.)

I do have plans to share some of these recipes eventually, hopefully sooner rather than later! 🙂

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Questions for you:

  • Can you guess what inspired the title of this post?
  • Do you make food that is just for someone else, yourself, or even both?
  • What is your favorite food to make? Obviously mine is pancakes!