Happy November, you beautiful people!
Well, I bet you can tell from the title of this post that I mean business this morning. I have a point to make so I’m gonna make it as short and simple as possible. Here goes nothing:
First I want to say how thankful I am for all of your continual support, encouragement, and love over the past 2 years! I am blown away all the time and it makes me want to be a better, more helpful fitness professional and recipe developer for you guys. You make my days sunshiney and my work worth it. For that, I am super grateful.
As I’ve been learning, researching, and growing in the past months, I have had something weigh heavy on my heart. I have done an injustice to you as my readers, I feel, and I want to address it & apologize.
I am sorry for presenting black-and-white, one-size-fits-all nutritional advice and opinions, and suggesting through my posts on this blog and my social media that eating paleo or primal is the best way to eat for everyone. I want to be the first to admit that in my extremism and naïvety, I went overboard with promoting a certain, specific way of eating & living, without being educated or holistic about it. I found a trend and found a certain pride in being a part of some cool, new way of eating & thinking.
I truly believe that each of us are created uniquely and have a special metabolism that processes different foods differently. I believe that a one-size-fits-all approach to health and fitness is not only unfair and unhealthy, but even detrimental to our health and fitness goals. I also know and believe (from experience) that having an extreme, black-and-white mentality with diet and exercise places mental and emotional stress on us, which is way worse than any physical stresses or benefits from following an extreme lifestyle.
So I’m sorry for being extreme, not being fully educated, and for placing pressures on you in any way (even if not outright about it) through my writing. I do like eating “paleo” most of the time, because I’ve fallen in love with vegetables and all the different ways we can prepare meats and natural foods. But I also believe that may not work for you, and that’s okay. We shouldn’t put a big NO on certain foods or food groups at all, and I think there are ways we can make healthy choices and push ourselves out of our comfort zone, but not in an extreme way, or out of fear or shame.
As a fitness professional, I will say from all of us that we are not perfect. We need time to learn and change and grow and fail and try again. From this point forward, I want to approach fitness and nutrition in a way that empowers you to find what works best for you and your body. I want us to think in terms of trial-and-error-and-trial-again. And learning and growing and trying new things. Not looking down on each other or feeling superior to each other or less than each other, but accepting ourselves where we are in this lifelong journey of health & nutrition.
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So…do you forgive me?? 🙂 Love ya, mean it.