Friday, February 10th, 2017

I’m Not A Health Guru

by Kristen Suzanne in Kristen Suzanne

Just me.

Back when I started my blog (over 10 years ago?), I felt confident I knew the best way to eat.

I’d read a lot of books, after all (cue sarcasm). I’d tried lots of diets… never mind that I was only n=1. Clearly if it worked for me, it’d work for you.

I took what I learned, lived, experienced, and I wrote about it. I was sure I had the answers for everyone. Cardiovascular troubles? Eat vegan. Poor energy? Eat vegan. Too many headaches? Eat vegan. Bad eyesight? Try vegan. Fertility issues? Go vegan. If only everyone went vegan, everyone would feel better.

Whoops. I was wrong at least for my family. Being vegan wasn’t right for my tribe.

Today, I realize I didn’t have all the answers. I now know it’s different strokes for different folks. I feel what works for someone at a certain age may not work for that person at another age. 

I was humbled. 

And now? After 15 more years of passionate (borderline obsessive) reading, I still don’t know what to tell people. In spite of my knowledge, I’m not  a health guru. In spite of my experience, I don’t even know what to tell myself. As a result, I don’t make recommendations anymore, or at least I try not to.

To tell you the truth, I’m not very comfortable when asked my opinion. When I am asked, I mumble something in return about what I’m doing now for my own life, and I include a hundred disclaimers along the way. 

I mean, here’s the thing, just when I think I know something … six months later I have to unlearn it or consider it differently. There is conflicting information out there, and don’t get me started on the fact that health studies can be biased based on who’s funding or doing the studies. 

Frankly, I’m too busy (read: lazy) to study every study (in the right way) anyway. 

My history of dieting has been varied, to say the least. I’ve gone from an omnivore, who didn’t know much about nutrition but loved fancy restaurants, to being an herbivore in search of energy and migraine-less days to being a borderline-carnivore (no doubt from having abstained from animals for a decade) to an omnivore who abstains from gluten / dairy / grains to an omnivore who abstains from only dairy / gluten to an omnivore who abstains from only gluten to an omnivore who includes gluten if it’s in the form of sourdough. 

Evolving is a term I like.

It’s enough to drive my mother-in-law crazy as she wonders “Of what does Kristen approve today?”

When in Rome. ‘Tis the season. I’m a Gemini so I like change. 

It’s kind of silly. Kind of fun, too.

Weird. 

For the most part, I throw my hands up. 

I’m just a mom feeding her family the best she can. I like organic food (I’ve even seen research contradicting that – ugh). I cook almost every meal (regularly using my favorite kitchen robot: Instant Pot). We eat real food, simple food.  

I’m hungry now. Off to make a real food snack. 

Avocado n homemade pickled onions. Love.


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