This is going to seem a bit abrupt.
But believe me, it’s not. I spent a silly amount of time thinking about my decision to stop updating this blog regularly.
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For a while before I started Nourish Paleo Foods, friends had been telling me that I always made paleo cooking look so easy and tempting. My brother-in-law says he is inspired to eat more vegetables after hanging out with me. “You just make them look so good.”
So in July 2012, I started this blog so I could “share and record what I am cooking up these days.”
For the past 16 months, I have posted two or three times a week—usually sharing paleo recipes but sometimes writing about topics far outside the kitchen that are interesting to me. I have been bowled over by the supportiveness of my friends and family, as well as by the other bloggers and readers with whom I have made virtual friendships. People have been so kind, gracious and supportive as I have shared my recipes and reflections. I hope that a few readers found a tasty new recipe.
When I told Matt a few months ago that I was thinking of stopping this blog, he was surprised. “Why?” he asked.
I paused, as so many ideas swirled around in my brain.
“I guess I’m running out of things to say,” I finally said. “And I’ve shared all my recipes.”
And that’s a big part of it. I’m afraid I don’t have much else to add on the topic of paleo recipes. I cook about 20 of 21 meals that I eat per week – plus a hefty number of snacks. But probably 19 of those 20 meals are the same basic format – meat and vegetable, topped with olive oil, salt and pepper. During these 16 months, I’ve shared most of the creative ideas I have accumulated over five years of paleo eating.
But a second and equally significant part of my decision to stop updating this blog has to with how I chose to spend my time. I believe very strongly that each of us has a responsibility to spend the hours and days that we have with intention. I never want to be in a position where I ask myself why I didn’t spend more time on things that were important to me. And by spending time on cooking for and writing for this blog, I spend less time on other things that I want to do, such as —
- Impulsively following recipes that I see on other blogs
- Making cute, little paper turkeys to put on my table for Thanksgiving
- Writing thank you notes to people who have been kind and generous to me
- Being silly with Matt
- Carelessly throwing ingredients in a pan, with no concern for replicating the recipe
- Regularly get into bed before 9 pm
- Discovering that I have a yet-unrealized talent as an oil painter or philanthropist
- Listening to more audio books
- Engaging fully with my family and friends who we are seeing this holiday season
I don’t foresee a time when I won’t be eating meat, vegetables with generous amounts of healthy fats, and some fruit and nuts (with the regular non-paleo off-road into other treats that look too good to pass up!) — but do look forward to not spending 10-15 hours a week blogging about it.
Fortunately, I know the world will not be lacking for paleo recipes. There are hundreds – probably thousands – of inspirational paleo cooks and writers who share their skills with us through their blogs in their cookbooks.
And I feel confident there will be more paleo bloggers every year, as an increasing number of folks discover they feel great eating from a paleo template. I think this is exciting and I’m really looking forward to trying out some of their recipes.
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And at the risk of being overly sappy, I just want to say one more time that really appreciate the awesomeness of every person who has been kind enough to read or comment on my blog. You are the best. Let’s have dinner sometime.