Sound Off Sunday is a new series here. It won’t be as frequent as Soften Saturday and may, in fact, be in direct contrast to my Saturday posts. Sometimes I have a tiny rant that needs to be shared. I’ll do that on Sundays. I’m not going to become one of the inflammatory, Negative Nancy/Ned bloggers. There are plenty of those out there. I just needed a place for an occasional rant as it relates to all things food, travel and adventuring.
This was originally posted on the In Johnna’s Kitchen Facebook page. Because Facebook shares my posts with a whopping 0.5% of you who have pressed the “like” button, I know many of you didn’t see it. I’m posting it here so you can all see it. Alright, here goes…
Today several folks asked me what I thought of this news story. (If you haven’t read it, essentially a lovely blogger who had been eating a vegan diet has decided to transition to a more inclusive diet after becoming ill eating her version of a vegan diet. It was not well received by many, she even received death threats.)
I wanted to address the questions I was asked today.
First up, how do I feel about this as a vegan? Well, newsflash: I’m not vegan. I write recipes that are vegan. I also write Paleo recipes. Sometimes one recipe is Paleo and vegan. The same food works for many. I label recipes so folks can find what fits best for them. The diet I follow is the Johnna-Diet. I eat what works for me. I love that the writer is following her own path to health. We aren’t all the same, no one diet will work for all of us.
Second, do I worry about becoming orthorexic? (Orthorexia is an eating disorder, an extreme or excessive preoccupation with avoiding foods perceived to be unhealthy.) If you’ve read my “about me” page, you know I come from a place of disordered thinking about food. I had a similar affliction to orthorexia that I refer to as CalorieCountitis and had a less healthy relationship with food after major weight loss than when weighing 300 pounds. I’ve spent much time working through food issues. If you need the number of a great therapist, I might know of one. (So no, I don’t worry about orthorexia. But if you do, PLEASE reach out for help.)
Third, what do I think about the judgment folks have shown toward this blogger? I think it’s ridiculous. Everyone is welcome in my kitchen. We don’t all eat the same way and we are all gonna be okay about it. Otherwise, move along. If you want to cast judgment on anyone’s diet, this isn’t the place for you. There are surely other pages where you can be with like people who want to hate. Only love here, y’all.
Did I miss anything? Care for my opinion on anything else related to being mean to a blogger who shares her recipes and journey for absolutely no charge to you? Nope? Didn’t think so. 🙂