I’m so thrilled to be blogging again.
It feels really good to be back and I think that’s because I feel really inspired and confident about what’s next for me and Honestly Nourished.
Thank you for the slew of kind comments, messages, emails, and virtual high fives you sent my way after reading my previous post. It means the world to me to hear from you guys and know that you’re just as excited about the new content as I am to share it.
Let’s get to it!
HONESTLY NOURISHED 2.0 – MY INTENTION
As promised, I want to offer a sneak peek into what kind of topics and posts you can expect to see here moving forward.
There will obviously be a lot of content aimed at increasing awareness and providing resources on eating disorders and disordered eating, as well as excessive exercise/movement.
HOWEVER, the blog won’t solely focus on those topics. 😉
While a lot of my recovery has revolved around addressing unhealthy food and movement behaviors and beliefs, it’s also illuminated the deeper issues that led me to use food (or lack thereof) and exercise as a coping mechanism.
Because what they say about disordered eating not really being about the food or your body size?
Restricting my food and overexercing are two ways that I dealt with uncertainty, created a sense of control and safety, and avoided uncomfortable feelings, emotions, and thoughts.
Those things are universal to the human experience; we all need healthy ways to cope with life’s inevitable ups and downs and different phases. Even if you’ve never micromanaged your body or diet, maybe you’ve coped in other unhealthy ways, like over scheduling, drinking/substance abuse, overworking, etc.
I sincerely hope that the content I create will resonate with you regardless and encourage you to at least examine your own relationship to your body, food, movement, and diet culture with grace and curiosity.
For me, the things I’ve learned and experiences I’ve had during my recovery process have changed me for good and have led me to live and love more joyfully, authentically, and wholeheartedly. It’s still a process and there will undoubtedly be plenty of bumps along the way and I’m excited to share those, too.
My intention with the new content is not to convince you to trade chia seeds for sprinkles (albeit a sub agenda 🙂 ). My intention is to inspire, support, and guide you toward a more sustainable and truly healthy relationship with food and movement, as well as empower you to embrace and explore who you are and what you need to thrive.
After all, you’re worth it.
PLUS. There’s no one else like you or me on this planet so let’s be the glitziest sparkliest unicorns we can be.
Yes, those are some wide-reaching lofty goals. I’m ready for the challenge and excited to channel my inner overachiever in a positive direction. 😉
THE CONTENT: AN OVERVIEW
Think oracle cards (I might be MOST excited for this post!), yoga, self-care, intuitive eating and movement, body image, feeling your feelings, diet culture, self-discovery, meditation, inspiring books or podcast episodes, cultivating joy and pleasure (a.k.a. FUN), redefining healthy, tolerating discomfort and boredom, wholehearted living, relationships, mantras, vulnerability, breaking up with the scale, ED resources and more…
SO. MUCH. MORE.
This isn’t a definitive list, but it’s what I’ve brainstormed so far. My inner perfectionist would prefer I not share my ideas until they’re finalized, but dayuuuum it’s freeing to let that shiz go and do it anyway.
Plus, I’m sure the content will continue to evolve as I do.
If you have ideas for what you want to see, requests, questions, or can add to the conversation at all holla at me. Hello[@]honestlynourished[dot]com or leave a comment down below.
I wish everyone could/would see a therapist. I know that individual and group therapy has shifted my and I’m excited to share some of the wisdom I’ve acquired along the way…
Think mediation techniques, reframing negative thoughts, identify triggers, trauma, books, podcasts, fully experiencing feelings and emotions, inspiring music and playlists, defining feelings and emotions, stress relieving tactics, overcoming perfectionism, hypnosis (shout out to my Sonoma therapist woot woot!!!!), gratitude practices, breaking OCD habits, etc.
Basically stuff to make you think and relate to your thoughts better…Because where the mind goes, energy flows.
Also. I’m considering doing weekly oracle card readings for myself and sharing my interpretation with you guys and getting your input. What do you think???
I’m low-key obsessed with oracle cards (sneak peek below!) and have a SUPER FUN, informative post coming atcha next week about how to use them for grounding, tuning into your intuition, connecting with others, and reduce anxiety.
I CANNOT WAIT!!!!! <3
Think posts on body image, intuitive and joyful movement, weight restoration, set point theory, body dysmorphia, self care, ways to connect to your body, ya know…physical thaaaaaangs.
OH! And! I’m going to be doing yoga teacher training early 2018 and I’m DEF documenting that journey. I have this bigger dream to one day open a yoga studio and retreat center for women. I’m excited to see what transpires from the yoga teacher training experience.
SOULFUL + SELF-CARE + SUNDAY FUNDAYS
Yes, I know that title needs work. Ha. These posts will be my way of sharing the fun, spontaneous, relaxing things I do during my weekend that nourish my soul. State fairs. Apple orchards. Strolls or picnics in a park. Yoga. Watercolors. Coloring books. Stationary. Plants. Nature. Hiking. Puppies. Sprinkles (oops!). The ways that I spend time cultivating my sense of self and my relationships to others. Hugs.
Other ideas? Hit me up.
EATING ASHEVILLE / FOOD + FEELINGS
Asheville has a HUGE local food scene with endless innovative restaurants, food trucks, and creative chefs. However, I haven’t fully stepped up to the plate (no pun intended, honestly), as we’ve only been out to eat a handful of times since moving here.
Thus, this category is one I’m REALLY excited about doing. My ED is really NOT excited about me doing it, which is exactly why I’m doing it. 🙂
It’s going to be fun to explore new restaurants and push my edge on the new food front.
Basically, each week I’m going to try a different Asheville restaurant or meal and then share my thoughts and feelings about the food and experience (hence Food + Feelings). Eating out has gotten much less stressful for me in the last 10 months, but I still get anxious and have some resistance around it (homegirl here loves herself a routine). This will be my own version of exposure therapy with added accountability since I’m committing to blogging about it.
My intention with this series/category is to offer insight and tips for handling anxiety or fear around different foods or settings (traveling, social gatherings, events) and challenge limiting food beliefs (eating cake for breakfast).
Along with the new content and categories, I’ll be slowly updating some of the static pages (i.e. “About,” “Meet Katie,” “Work With Me,” etc.) to more accurately tell my story. It’s been long overdue considering I wrote that copy when I started the blog more than two years ago.
NUTRITION COACHING + MENTORING
I’m not accepting nutrition coaching clients or mentoring clients right now and apologize for any confusion. Thank you to those of who have reached out and hoped to work together. I really appreciate your interest and maybe down the road, I will offer coaching services, but definitely not now and definitely not in the way I currently outline on my website (cringe).
I need to coordinate with my developer to update those pages and the links, etc. and because she is a globetrotting gal and I don’t know HTML/code, it might take a month or two (love you Amanda!).
I’m not planning to add any recipes to the blog for the foreseeable future. I think this is because now that I’m not underweight and malnourished, food is not the center of my life, it’s just part of my life…I like to eat well and a variety of foods, but following recipes and cooking isn’t interesting to me right now.
In the midst of my eating disorder and disordered eating days, I was living/eating vicariously through reading about food, making it, photographing it, and staring it at 24/7 on my social media feed (more on that subject to come, too), but now that I’m weight restored and in a better place mentally, I’d rather spend my time on other things. 🙂 The only times in my life I’ve been into cooking, recipes, cookbooks, and The Food Network have been when I’ve been engaged in disordered eating (i.e. when I was 19 and then the last three years).
Does that make sense?
That said, I may dabble with sharing my fave baked goods and recipes for those things at some point because I’ve ALWAYS loved baking. Mostly to eat the batter, but I digress.
So new recipes are a TBD.
As for existing recipes, I’m going to leave that content up for now. I might add a disclaimer or something to certain recipes because I admit that I was writing from a really orthorexic viewpoint and that the content might perpetuate or encourage restrictive eating, which concerns me. Thoughts? Have you guys felt triggered or misguided by any in particular? PLEASE let me know.
This is another TBD area for me.
I’m still a health food enthusiast and nutrition nerd. I’m still devoted to supporting brands and companies that make eating well easy and accessible and are committed to taking care of our environment. I still love organic vegetables and superfoods and all that jazz. I still love helping prevent and overcome disease with nutrition. I still want to preach the power of real food, I just haven’t figured out what that will look like yet…Shrug. 🙂
Last week, I was like I’m going to post Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday! READY, GO!
I decided I’m not going to have a schedule. At least not now. I need and want this to feel fun and effortless, which means no rigid schedule. Ha. I do want to post at least 1-2x/week and as I get back into a groove, I may commit to a more structured schedule. For now, you can subscribe to the RSS feed for email alerts with new posts (below at the bottom) or follow along on Instagram and Facebook for updates.
THAT’S A WRAP
That’s all I got for now, friends!
If I think of something else, I’ll pop back in and update my plan. But right now, I’m going to make myself a little bedtime snack (I’m thinking graham crackers, dark chocolate, and peanut butter #dreamteam) and shut this shiz down for the day.
See you back here Friday for the first installment of Food + Feelings.
PS: What else do you guys want to see? What are you itching to learn more about or what do you need from this space? I’m ALLLLL ears. Leave me a comment below!