Hello everyone – long time, no blog post!
I hope you are all well. This week marks two years since I started my ‘Natural Nomad’ Instagram account, and what a journey it has been! I wanted to write this post to reflect on the changes that I’ve experienced over this time, and to thank you all so much for being part of it.
Over the past two years my relationship with food has changed dramatically. Believe it or not, my food account was actually born out of a very unhealthy place as a way to track how much (or little) I was eating, and my interest in “healthy” food was just an extension of my existing unhealthy obsession with calories and weight. It was a very dangerous situation and one that presided over my entire life. But remarkably, it was probably this entry into the Instagram world of food that ended up rescuing me from it – I began to stumble across more and more health bloggers all promoting the benefits of a nourishing, abundant lifestyle, so I soon started to see food as a tool to rebuild my health rather than just an enemy to be afraid of. Health, not calories, became my focus, and I’m so grateful to the online community for helping me to make this connection and gain my life back again.
Another huge change that came one year into my blogging journey was my transition to a vegan lifestyle. I had started to notice a lot of health professionals and bloggers discussing the health benefits of a plant-based diet, but it was my exposure to articles about the environmental impacts of livestock farming that really shocked me into action. As a biologist, the conservation of our planet is something that I am deeply passionate about, and the fact that dietary choices can have such an enormous impact (greater than the entire transport sector alone!) shocked me. If I had never become involved in the online food community it is likely that I would not be vegan today, yet this lifestyle change remains one of the best decisions I have ever made. Not only can you use food as a tool to determine your own health, but you can use food as a tool to shape the state of our whole planet.
Of course, I cannot reflect on the impact that blogging has had on my life without mentioning the many wonderful people that have been part of the journey so far. Starting a food or health Instagram account and blogging about your interests are fantastic ways to get involved in an active, passionate community, and connecting with others who share those interests can endlessly motivate and inspire you. I have made some incredible friendships through Instagram and they have had such an influence on my own mindset and lifestyle, so I really encourage you all to engage with others in the community. Don’t be afraid to reach out to people who you admire or share similar interests with – whilst it’s important to be careful, social media also offers a new opportunity to connect with similar people who we might not have met offline.
Of course, the community that I mention above includes all of you reading this. Whether or not we’ve connected directly, I am so grateful to every single one of you who reads this blog, tries my recipes or just allows my photos to take up space in your Instagram newsfeed. It never ceases to amaze me just how many people are part of this online health movement, and when we’re feeling hopeless about the state of the world’s health or environment it is a huge source of encouragement to know there are so many others out there who do care. You are all game-changers!
Here’s to the next two years and beyond, thank you.