Happy Wednesday! I’m back with another introduction to a local Pittsburgh girl who is crushing wellness. I first discovered Erin from The Almond Eater on Instagram and was fascinated by her beautiful recipes. After diving into her blog, I admired her balanced view on healthy living and wanted to learn more about how she upheld a positive relationship with food as a food blogger. Without further introduction, let’s meet this woman crushing wellness.
Woman Crushing Wellness: Erin Alvarez, The Almond Eater
I ASKED: How do you maintain a positive relationship with food as a food blogger?
SHE ANSWERED: My world is all about food–I create recipes, I style food, I photograph food, and my social media accounts are filled with–you guessed it–food. Not surprisingly, it can be difficult to look at what other people are eating and think, maybe I should eat that way too. It’s not a bad thing to grab inspiration from what you see on Instagram, but I don’t think you should necessarily let it influence how you behave and what you eat. I’ve already been in a place where food controlled me, if only for a few months in college, and I don’t ever want to go back to that place. It wasn’t fun, and as I’ve gotten older I’ve learned that food freedom is what life is all about.
Rather than comparing what I eat to what other people eat, I tend to use Instagram and other social media channels as a way to learn about new-to-me brands and products that I’d like to try. What I don’t do is allow others to make me feel bad about my food choices. Food is fuel and how everyone decides to fuel their body is their choice, but along with food being fuel, it should also provide joy. I think finding that balance between kale salads and ice cream sundaes is so important. Feeling guilty for eating one too many slices of pizza is silly because life is short. Eat the damn pizza, but eat some veggies too. I think that’s the key to maintaining a positive relationship with food.
Erin is the author of the food blog, The Almond Eater, where she shares wholesome and sometimes healthy recipes. Along with blogging, she’s also a freelance food photographer and food stylist; essentially, she’s head-over-heels obsessed with food. When she’s not working, you’ll probably find her at the local barre studio or walking her dog.
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