The purpose of a healing blog is to support your healing process.
Here's 10 ways a blog can do that:
- As a way to document your progress. Sometimes it’s easy to forget where you started. And how far you’ve come.
- As a way to stay motivated. Because a healing protocol can, at times, be unexciting. It requires you to chop cabbage and make bone broth, even on those days when you want to indwell with denial, all curled up on the couch with your favorite inflammatory foodstuffs. You’ll be more inspired to try (or invent) new recipes if you know you’re going to blog about them.
- To access a community of support. Healing protocol bloggers are a super-supportive bunch.
- To keep you paying attention to the aesthetic side of mealtimes. Often we don’t go to the trouble of arranging our food attractively just for ourselves, but a well-presented plate lends ceremony, communicates self-respect and actually, strangely, helps with satiation. Which are all important considerations when you are embarking on a transformative healing journey with food.
- Likewise, getting in the habit of photographing and posting pictures of your food encourages attention to variety and well-distributed food groups.
- Writing blog posts forces you to articulate what you are thinking and feeling. Understanding thoughts and feelings is important for healing. For your healing and potentially for the healing of others.
- Your healing protocol blog will give you courage to try new things. Whether it works or not, you still get to blog about it!
- Your healing protocol blog will help destabilize the pharmaceutical and industrial seed oil empires.
- As a way to contribute to the growing body of knowledge that ordinary people are developing about healing ourselves through personalized (n=1) experimentation.
- Your healing protocol blog encourages you to be systematic about your n=1 research.
A Few Tips
Don't let your blog run your life or stress you out. Ignore all advice about the necessity of posting multiple times a week to build a loyal following.
If you need to take a blogging break, do.
It took me a long time to figure out the shortcode for printable recipes on wordpress. If you go for a wordpress.com blog and want to include printable recipes, here’s the link that gives you that shortcode.
Don’t worry about what you don’t know, just figure it out as you go.
The Paleo AIP Instant Pot Cookbook
The Paleo AIP Instant Pot Cookbook includes over 140 recipes by 37 Paleo AIP food bloggers, including me. 79 of them can be adapted to be low-FODMAP (and yes, I did the adaptations section).
I had never used a pressure cooker before, but the Instant Pot makes pressure cooking effortless and completely non-intimidating.
In the early days of my healing protocol, bone broth used to require 2-3 days in the slow cooker. And I had to plan my whole day around cooking. No more. The Instant Pot reduces cooking to minutes.