Well, obviously, I haven’t been on here in almost a month. I feel that I owe all you beautiful readers an explanation. This past month has really been a time of transition for me, both in my career and in my diet.
A couple of months ago, I started casually looking for a new job to replace the part-time hospital food service gig that I have had since I graduated from college. Although I absolutely loved the hospital, and everyone that I worked with, I was becoming frustrated with the lack of growth opportunities with them. Even the chance of becoming full-time in my same position was very unlikely.
Well, about a month ago, I was browsing Craigslist, and I came across an advertisement for a dietary supervisor position at a nursing home, even closer to home than my hospital job. For some reason, from the moment I read that post, I had a feeling that that was going to be my next job.
The post said to apply in person, so the next day I got up and went in to fill out an application. About an hour after I got home, I got a call from the dietary manager, inviting me to come in for an interview the next morning.
The next day I went in for the interview. It went incredibly well, and two days later I received the call offering me the job as full-time dietary supervisor! I was so happy that I literally started sobbing as soon as I got off the phone with my new boss. All I can say is, God is so so good. (And a huge thank you to all my friends and family who were praying for me that week!)
Between the chaos of ending one job, starting another, and completely changing my schedule, blogging has completely fallen off of my radar. I went from working evenings Friday through Monday, to working 7am-3pm Monday through Friday. Meanwhile, Keenan is still getting home from work at 2am most nights, so I’m adjusting to barely seeing him, and having to sleep most of the night without him there, which is a difficult change. It is all throwing off my groove.
I’m 100% grateful and overjoyed for the opportunity that has been set before me, but that doesn’t mean that it isn’t coming with speed bumps along the way.
Another big change that I have recently made in my life, is that I have begun buying meat and eggs when I go to the grocery store.
My main reason for it is that I find myself constantly eating junk food, including junk animal products. I have found that I am having a much easier time avoiding junk foods, if I allow myself to eat healthier versions of animal products. So far I have bought organic, cage-free eggs, wild-caught cod and smoked salmon, organic, grass-fed ground beef, and organic, free-range chicken. Call me whatever you would like, but to be honest, animal rights was never my primary reason for staying away from animal products. I can feel compassion for the animals, but not to the point of abstaining from meat-eating for that reason alone.
I’m tired of having labels on me, and feeling that I’m going to be judged if I eat certain foods. I want to be able to have a caramel (one of my favorite foods), and not feel guilty because it isn’t healthy or vegan. I want to be able to be the genuine food lover that I am, without restricting myself because a certain food is “bad”. I believe you can thrive, and still eat meat, eggs, dairy, and even junk, on rare occasions.
I have learned so much from my time of eating vegan/mostly vegan, and it has changed the way I will eat and think about food for the rest of my life. That time is over though; I’m tired of having stomach aches half the time from eating so many legumes, and I’m tired of cooking food that my boyfriend won’t eat. I made him a dinner of lemon and herb marinated chicken, brown rice, and asparagus last night, and he devoured it! It was such a great feeling to be able to provide for him in that way, that I haven’t been able to do for so long. Even the vegan meals that he “liked”, he wasn’t nearly as enthusiastic over as he was that chicken.
Obviously, my diet change has made blogging for a blog that I still think of as a “vegan blog”, quite difficult. At this point, I’m still really not sure of how to continue from here. Do I completely stop blogging? Do I drop in on occasion with an article, a recipe, or What I Ate Wednesday? I really don’t feel like I’m up to doing a full blog schedule at this time, but I would love to hear your input about the future of Lindsay Loves Veggies, since I really do write this blog for you. I truly am passionate about helping people learn to live healthier, happier lives.
As for coaching, I am still continuing to do health coaching work. I have absolutely no intention of dropping my current clients, and I would love to keep expanding my practice, and taking on new clients. One-on-one attention is where I’m feeling especially effective right now. Being able to help someone mold the healthy life that they want is such an incredibly fulfilling practice. I have some serious love for my health coaching clients.
I am going to continue to pray and consider what the future of Lindsay Loves Veggies will be, while I make my way through this period of transition. As I said before, I highly value all of your opinions, so please feel free to leave me a comment or shoot me an email.