I follow a lot of bloggers because I like to cook and I like to eat. Mouth-watering photos of delicious food work on me like a charm. My personal favorite two bloggers are Lindsay Nixon from Happy Herbivore and Juli Bauer from PaleoMG.
I gravitate towards these two because they understand that if you follow a diet or a new lifestyle to a T, it's very difficult to make it sustainable in the long run. How many of you have started a diet, stayed strong in the beginning and then, life got in the way? Maybe a trip took you out of your kitchen where you could prepare your own meals, or a birthday celebration marred your gluten-free plans. Lindsay often talks about "Progress, not Perfection." Juli Bauer herself practices an 80/20 Paleo lifestyle where she eats 80% Paleo and 20% off. With my own family, we don't buy dairy products except for butter and ghee. But if my daughter Emily is at a birthday party and they serve the cake a la mode with a scoop of ice cream, I'm not going to lunge across the room. I think it's very hard to commit to a new lifestyle and not falter a few times. Setting ourselves up for a big change in how we eat without leaving some room for flexibility (like the 20% or a cheat day) is a recipe for failure.
I'm not interested in shaming myself if I falter (usually on a business trip) any more than I'm interested in Emily's occasional ice cream or my husband Geoff's half & half when he's out of nutpods. More than wanting to lose the perpetual 10lbs, I am much more interested in keeping our bodies strong and able, our arteries open and clear and our taste buds happy with a wide array of delicious tasting, fiber-rich, nutritious food. My arthritic knees thank me for keeping my weight at a healthy level and I have successfully kept away the Type II Diabetes and high blood pressure that run in my family. Geoff has a family history of high cholesterol and I want his heart beating freely through unclogged arteries for a long long time next to me.
These two bloggers really know how to have a healthy perspective, not only on how they eat but also on how life really works.
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