So the blog’s been quieter than usual, eh?
Sorry about that.
I have many posts in various stages of completion, but I haven’t been able to get myself to finish any of them. It may or may not have been reflected in the blog, but for the last six to eight months or so, I have been experiencing the worst depression of my life. The long-time readers among you may have gathered by now that I am not, and never have been, a happy-go-lucky type. I’ve always been pessimistic and gloomy. Definitely an Eeyore, as opposed to a Tigger or Piglet. (At least, when it comes to myself, and my life. For other people, I could see roses and rainbows and magical unicorn happiness, no problem.) Anyway, so yeah, I’ve always been this way to some extent, but the past few months have really been awful. To the point that, for the first time in my life, I was actually worried about myself.
I’ll spare you the details and simply say that I seem to be coming out of it now. (And I’ll also point out that things aren’t always peachy even for people who seem to know a little bit about food, nutrients, and how they affect physical and mental health. No one – no one—is immune to getting whacked upside the head with “stuff” we’d rather avoid, and which we feel like we’re impervious to, because we “should know better.”)
I’m doing things somewhat differently in more than one area of my life, and I am starting to come back to life. I don’t feel great, and there are other things I need to chip away at in order to get past whatever it is that is still gunking up the works in my head and my heart, but even so, how I feel now compared to just a few weeks ago is like night and day. It’s like someone flipped a switch in me. And thank goodness, because I really couldn’t imagine it getting any worse.
I could go on and on about the whys and wherefores in typical Amy encyclopedic-length fashion, but frankly, none of it really matters.
What matters is how grateful I am for all of you out there who actually read this stuff. I have a humble little corner of the blogosphere here, and I am routinely amazed that anyone thinks there’s value in what I have to say. I have temporarily stopped frequenting many of my former go-to places for information and debate on LCHF, keto, and Paleo nutrition, partly because the vitriol, zealotry, and absolute whacko nut-jobbery was really starting to disgust me. Also, it was making me feel like I know nothing, which was not doing much for my self-confidence as a practitioner. Compared to many people out there, I do know nothing, which is why I am amazed that anyone cares about my opinions on anything. (Or the actual facts, when I post links to studies, rather than just spouting my opinion.)
That being said, I may not know everything (no one does), but I know that as I struggle to find a niche in all this—a role I can fill that a hundred other people aren’t already filling—signs are pointing toward people (some people, anyway) needing a voice of temperance and sanity. A non-zealot voice. A voice that is concerned when people don’t lose weight on a low-carb diet and the only answer they hear is to eat MOAR FAT. Or concerned that there are people who really DO NOT NEED to be on a strict ketogenic diet who are following one anyway, and have become terrified of consuming too much carbohydrate from broccoli.
(Please see this related mini-rant if you haven’t already. For once, I put something on Facebook, rather than the blog.)
Aaaaaaanyway, the point of this is not to wallow in self-pity or get angry about the ridiculousness of the poop-slinging, catfights, and ego-stroking that are, in my opinion, debasing the entire low-carb, keto, Paleo, ancestral health “thing.”
The point is actually a very nice one.
It’s to say thank you.
Thank you for reading my blog. Thank you for hanging in there. Thank you for sticking with what can only be described as a total mixed-bag of whatever happens to be on my mind and inspiring me to write at any given moment. There’s digestion, cancer, insulin, organ meats, Alzheimer’s, food labels, and a random assortment of stuff with no rhyme or reason to it whatsoever, other than it might be at least tangentially related to food, health, and/or low-carbing.
I’ve come a long way since my first post in August 2012. I regularly receive emails from you complimenting my writing. I cannot tell you what that does to me. (In a good way.) I’m happy to share what I’ve learned about all this food & health stuff, and I love that what you enjoy about my blog is the same thing I enjoy about it: translating the scientific and medical gobbledygook into plain English and making it accessible and understandable for everyone. (Well, maybe not everyone. You do still have to have at least some basic understanding of the human animal, but you know what I mean.) So I like getting emails where someone says they understand something better or something “clicked” because of something I wrote. But what really lifts me up is when someone says something nice about my writing, in general. Doesn’t matter the topic, or what my particular spin on it is; it’s the writing, itself, that some of you like, and it’s the writing, itself, that I love the hell out of.
So thanks for reading. I’ll be posting more again soon.
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