Why I Don't Want to be Labelled as just a Food Blog

Why I Don't Want to be Labelled as just a Food Blog

Since The No Grainer's launch a couple months ago, I feel as if I've almost been defined by others (mostly friends + family) as a "Food Blogger". 

I have no problem admitting that I do post a lot about food as yes, most of my posts incorporate food right now. I love food, I live through food, and I will never stop loving food! I mean, it is our life source, right? I will continue to be posting about food, food recipes, and such, obviously. 

might as well just call me a sweet potato blog, am i right?

might as well just call me a sweet potato blog, am i right?

The thing is, I want to be more than a food blog. I want to be more than a healthy recipe. I want to be more than just another Paleo recipe for pumpkin bread. I want to expand my blogging niche beyond healthy, food but within the wellness realm. I want to be the place people go for the answer to many of these questions many young women, in particular, have about leading a healthy lifestyle the best way that they can. 

I want to be an expert in my field of interest, that is wellness. I want to never stop learning about all the health related things, beyond food. I want to pursue my own interests, as they grow, and share my expertise with you, my readers! That was why I started this blog in the first place, to learn more about the wellness world and relay that information to those who are seeking it. 

My ultimate philosophy is that there is more to being healthy than eating fruits + vegetables and going to the gym. You have to not only nourish your body, as you should be, but nourish your mind, happiness, and soul as well. Being healthy isn't a restrictive diet. Being healthy isn't a rigorous workout routine. Being healthy is a lifestyle, a mindset, and a way of being. 

oh wait, we have some inspirational quotes now

oh wait, we have some inspirational quotes now

So, with all that being said, what do I want to post about? Well, you've probably noticed my increase in posts on mindset, perspective, and just overall life. I've posted about authenticity and vulnerability. I look to post many more healthy recipes (simple, easy to make and nourishing ones) but I also look to post about how to make your mind healthy. That means letting go of self hate, mindfulness practices, self acceptance, yoga, Ayurveda, meditation, crystals, skin care, daily routines, etc... There's so much! 

I want to widen by expertise in order to answer as many questions that the people I want to serve are asking. Young women who understand how to eat and move healthily. Who have that healthy foundation down pat. I want to take that healthy mindset to the next level. To where individuals are specializing their daily routines to their own body. Not a cookie-cutter plan that someone developed, promising dramatic results. Those generic plans do not serve you as the individual. Through trial and error & careful observation, you can find that perfect way of eating, moving and breathing that suits your body! But trust me, it's more than just the standard 6-week healthy or workout plan one dietician or fitness trainer promised would solve your problem. Truthfully, the answer to that problem is really just inside you. 

To not only increase vegetable intake and to get in 30 minutes of exercise a day, but to truly feel happy, confident and comfortable in one's own lifestyle. That means exercising your mind, getting it in the shape it needs to be in, training it to think as positively, sharply and nicely as it can! And it also means nourishing your soul -- showing yourself love, acceptance, listening to your body and slowing down when you think you should constantly be on the go go go. 

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So that's the goal of The No Grainer. Yes, my blog name portrays a certain food philosophy. But that's only where TNG begins. I seek to share my lifestyle philosophy, as it grows and expands, with those who seek more than a standard plan. Because it's easy to give up fried food and it's easy to make it to the gym. It's a lot harder to tune in to your mind, your body and your heart to actually accept yourself for who you are, own that, and live it. It's hard to let go of your ego and try something new. But it's so worth it. 

While it's hard to commit to cultivating that ultimate lifestyle, I want to be here to inspire & influence those who want more out of their life to try. The healthy lifestyle we all secretly want never stops expanding and evolving, it's just waiting to be uncovered! 

What do you seek to learn from TNG? Do you want more food, less chat? More fool-proof one-size fits all plan, or personal experiences? Hint: one size fits all doesn't exist! 

I hope we can all keep expanding and learning from each other here at TNG, that is my ultimate goal! 

xx, Amylou 

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