I can only inspire you with my food, not tell you what to eat.
Wow that title felt good to type. And for the record, this post is something I should have written a long time ago.
Let’s start with a little basics on where this is coming from. I created my instagram account and blog to share recipes made with real ingredients that actually taste good. I don’t want anyone to feel like they need to eat kale and only drink lemon spinach ginger concoctions to be “healthy” (whatever that means). I love sharing my recipes with you guys and my favorite products, wellness tips, etc. I love taking you along wherever my life takes me, and this is something I cherish and am so incredibly grateful for.
But there is a fine line between showing others what I eat and the food I choose to eat versus telling someone else what they should eat. Or worse what they shouldn’t eat.
I apologize if in anyway someone has perceived that from me through this outlet but it’s not my intention whatsoever. I am by no means an RD or Nutritionist. I’m not a fitness instructor or certified in something. No type of degree in food science, just a general BA from college. I am just a girl with a passion to eat food I love that makes me feel good and share it with whoever wants to see.
I have never told someone to be a vegan or said that eating gluten and dairy free is the only way to be. I personally love living a label-less life where I am not set on eating one way. I don’t count my macros or track my fat intake. I don’t count calories or get caught up in that anymore. I read labels and am aware, but not obsessive.
Sure there are times that I have stopped eating meat because I hated the taste or tried to limit gluten or dairy for hormonal issues. But this isn’t something I do with the objective to get everyone else eating the same way I do. That would be boring and I also can’t hold that kind of responsibility..
But it is 100% my social responsibility to be aware of the impact I have on others through my blog and social media and not to lose sight of that. I know how impactful social media can be and that is why I am extremely particular about the content I put out there.
What makes life so special is how unique all of us are. No two bodies are exactly the same and just because someone eats a certain way, that doesn’t mean we all need to follow.
I have learned the hard way that comparing myself to others will do no good. I have tried doing the whole only eat one meal a day thing and then the snacking every two hours a day routine. But guess what? None of those worked for me. Yet I tried to make them work after seeing other people do that and hearing it will be great for me from others.
I have also learned that my body needs substantial meals each day to function at my best and stabilize my blood sugar levels. And I need a balanced diet with fats, protein and carbs. Do I know how many? Nope no clue. But I don’t care. I am listening to my body and if its craving more fats one day than carbs, you better believe I am eating that way and I don’t second guess it. I eat what I love and what I crave.
I don’t believe in “cheat meals” or splurging on something on weekends. That mentality doesn’t work for me personally but that doesn’t mean no one else can do it. I know plenty of people that say they splurge on the weekends and go out for pizza and ice cream and consider that their “cheat meal”. And that is great for them.
But does that mean if Jordan wants to get pizza on a Wednesday I’d have to say no because it’s not my “cheat day”? Because that’s not happening for me. Having cheat meals and days I can eat junk whatever just doesn’t work for me, but if someone says they do this, I would never tell them not to. It’s great that we all follow our own path in wellness and life, that’s what keeps things exciting and each of us unique.
I share my recipes and food with you not so you say “I am going to eat this because Rachel does” or “If Rachel eats this I have to eat it too”.
I share my life with you so you can take what you want from it and modify to fit YOUR BODY and YOUR LIFE.
I find many brands that sell amazing products that I eat, drink and use daily. I love sharing them with you and introducing them to you. But I don’t expect everyone to love all the same chocolate I do or enjoy going to the same workout classes. But I do hope that when someone sees me post about my favorite Equinox class they say “oh I will have to try that and see if I like it too”. I don’t expect someone to go and be miz in the class but still go every week just because I mentioned how much I enjoyed it.
As my own brand and as a person, I want to inspire each of you, learn from each of you and work together so we can all be the best version of ourselves. Not so we can all be the same person because that would be boring af. I’m by no means perfect and continue evolve everyday.
Eat what makes YOU feel good.
Move in a way that works for YOUR body.
Live a life that fuels YOU!
Don’t mimic and do whatever else is doing. Follow your gut. Learn from your community but in the end, no one will know you better than yourself.
I hope to inspire and connect with this community and we can grow together and continue to learn from one another.