Sunday, May 2, 2010

Sharing the Love

Last night I was at Rock 'Till it Stops, a really cool benefit for Autism, and I saw one of my all-time favorite people, Earl Pike, the Director of AIDS Task Force of Cleveland.  He asked me a very pointed question. He said, "Where do you want to go with your blog?'

I said, "What do you mean?"

He said, "Why are you doing this?"

It turns out that that is a very good question. I started blogging only 4 short months ago for three big reasons. First, my recent weight loss had prompted a lot of questions that I found myself answering repeatedly, so a blog seemed like an easier and better way to communicate just how I had lost all that weight. Second, I just love recipes! What can I say? I'm a recipe junkie. And there really is no better or easier way to organize your own recipes and share them with people who are interested than with a blog. And third, I thought I had better well find a good way to keep myself on this great path towards optimal health. Writing about food publicly and putting myself out there as a "healthy person" is a pretty powerful motivator to keep eating well.

But I guess Earl's question last night made me revisit just why I had started Healthy Girl's Kitchen. And because of some personal events of the past few days that I will not go into here, something is becoming very clear to me. I am a leader by nature and I am unusually passionate about the things that I am interested in. One might call me a "zealot" and they wouldn't be wrong. So I confess, I am here to influence you! There, I said it.

If you are reading this blog, chances are that you are a human being. And chances are even higher (is that even possible?) that you care deeply about your heath, or you wouldn't be reading Healthy Girls Kitchen. There's also, I'm guessing, a high percentage of you that have struggled with and likely still struggle with your weight. And from my experience, struggling with your weight sucks. It just does.

Or maybe you don't struggle with your weight, but you just kinda know you aren't feeding yourself very well. And you want to feel energetic and great every day and know that what you are eating supports that goal.  Healthy Girl's Kitchen is for you too.

So what's my point? Healthy Girl's Kitchen helps me help you. If you are interested in ending your struggle with food then I want to help you. Helping other people feels really, really good. I want to empower you with the knowledge to have an amazing relationship with food. One where you enjoy cooking and eating. One where food provides you energy and nourishment and joy. A true food revolution! It is happening and I want to be a leader in that revolution.

I just received an e-mail from someone close to me,  "It's 11:00 pm and I just came back from Barnes and Nobel. I bought the book 'Eat to Live'.  Very exited to look skinny like you.

I am enjoying reading your blog. I can spend a lot of time on your site . . . I bought the book and I am going to make time to sit and read it.  I am not sure that I will do the chocolate cookies you have on your blog but I will follow the program, yes, you got me motivated.

I will let you know."

And my response: "I am so excited for you. In my opinion, there is nothing better that you can do for your health and the health of your family than read and follow Eat to Live. You will not regret it and chances are that you will find the peace that you have been searching for. You know that I struggled with my weight for my entire life and my relationship with food was a disaster. I was never happy when I was eating because food was a mystery to me. If I ate, I gained weight. If I starved myself, I lost weight. Well that horrible cycle is finally over. I understand what my body needs now to be vibrant and yes, thin. Hooray!

I can't wait to hear about what you think when you read the book!"

Thank you all for being here and letting me share with you. I appreciate it more than you can ever know. Let's all be a part of this food revolution!  XOXO


Want to attract the right partner into your life? said...

Wendy (or shall I call you Healthy Girl?) --

Thank you for sharing your motivation and your truth with us. I just stumbled upon your blog a few days ago and I love it. I knew that this was why you had started it (and perhaps, too, you will make some money selling products, coaching maybe (?) or via some other creative venue?) I actually don't know much about you so I'm not sure if this is a money-making venture as well. But I just wanted to say that either way, it's GREAT! Your blog has a good feel to it, I enjoy your writing and appreciate your recipes. Mostly I appreciate your sharing in this venue.

Thank you!

I also have recently started focusing on Eat To Live and feel great. I'm looking forward to greater health.

Thanks for your support,

babsbeau said...

Hi Wendy ~
I started reading your blog a couple of months ago just before starting to work with a nutritionist who helped me get off sugar, wheat and almost all processed foods. I'm feeling great and your blog has been a great part of my new deal with food. I look forward to taking a break at my desk each morning with a cup of tea to read your blog. Thanks so much for sharing!

Jill said...

Well, your influence is working for me! (or should I say "on me"?) I enjoy your recipes and thoughtful comments, and love checking in every day. Thank you!
Jill in Chicago

Wendy said...

Wow! I am so happy that the three of you all wrote in! It can get very lonely here in the blogosphere and I admit, sometimes I wonder if people are reading my blog. So thank you, thank you, thank you for letting me know that you are here and that we are in this together. It makes a world of difference!

QZB said...

There is a food revolution happening, and it's people like you --- accessible, funny, entertaining, REAL --- who are compiling the info and pushing that wave forward. You already know how grateful I am for your help in getting my and Scott on the right path, and I couldn't be happier to know that you're helping others as well. Well done!!!

Anonymous said...

here here. i agree with it all and have been inspired to go vegan and eat raw for the first time in my life. my way of thinking about food has really changed, and so has the way i feed my kids. i love your recipes and would say i try to make every one i can. and i love almost all of them (the frozen macaroons didn't work for me, but then i didn't have the right ingredients!) keep up the great work wendy! you otf, karen

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