What do you even put on an about page like this? Idk. I'll just write until you tell me to shut up. Deal?
So, hi! I'm Nora. Welcome to Savory Nothings, my blog where I write about food freedom and intuitive living. I started as a food blogger, tried to become an organization blogger, then neglected the Internet for an awfully long time... And eventually started using this space to resurrect my crashing health as a busy mama.
Phew. That was a lot to take in, I know.
So let's continue short and sweet:
My past has been dark and difficult at times. I suffered from various forms and degrees of depression and eating disorders for nearly a decade, from my teenage years all the way to the end of my second pregnancy.
I know there are a lot of recovery stories out there who are more triggering than truthful, but mine is definitely not like that.
Depression sucks. Eating disorders suckkkkkkkkk. Standing in the supermarket in tears because everything has calories sucks. Having to go to the ER every week while pregnant because of your eating disorder flaring up sucks sucks sucks so badly.
I eventually healed my relationship with food in a hard and dedicated way. Twice. Because recovery is a bitch.
Recovery is not fun. But food freedom is.
I'm against counting anything (points, calories, macros, carb grams - it's all the same shit, do yourself a favor and stop it right now). I'm against restrictions (unless there's a serious medical reason). And I'm very much against fad diets, guilt in any shape or form and pushing ideals on yourself nobody should ever have to fulfill.
What I do support is living and eating in a way that makes me feel like a freaking goddess. I have learned to be very much in tune with my body (yes, it's possible!) and I have become a very intuitive eater and liver. As in living, not the organ.
(Though I do hope my actual liver is intuitive, too...)
how I eat now...
I'm not a "clean eater" (damn, I hate that term), but that doesn't mean I don't eat any vegetables. Most of the food I eat is natural, whole and unprocessed because fresh and real food is generally the kind of food that makes me feel awesome.
It doesn't mean I never eat chocolate or donuts or bratwurst. What am I, perfect? NO. I'm human and I like it fine that way. But sometimes people think intuitive eating/recovery etc means you'll eat cake and tubs of ice cream for the rest of your life. No, intuitive eating is about feeling awesome - both your body and your mind.
I'm not to be put into any dietary drawer. Unless you want to say I'm on the Me Diet, I support that fully. You should try it sometime, it's awesome.
I do cook a lot with fresh ingredients. But I always make stuff that a) makes me feel good and b) tastes like fucking heaven. When I eat dairy you can bet it's full fat, because life is too short for chalky yogurt. Bottom line: I like to eat whatever nourishes my body and soul.
If you're in diet hell right now, let me give you the revelation: Your body is actually really good at getting what it needs. It's your mind and the restrictions your inflicting on yourself that's fucking with your "willpower".
You don't need willpower if you free yourself from diet hell. Believe it or not, I can have a single cookie. Have a tub of ice cream in the freezer without thinking about it at 2am. AND I can go out and eat an entire pizza (with gluten and cheese and all the awesome shit) without any guilt. Yes. This is what it's like when eating becomes easy.
this is real life though.
I know we tend to share only our best side on the Internet, but I want you to know that I try my hardest to also show you the reality.
Food used to be the sole focus in my life for way too long, and because nobody should live that way I also share other things here on the blog. Nourishing my body is important to me, because it means I'm caring for myself. But it's not something I want to waste every cell of my brain on.
You'll see me talk about other aspects of what balanced living means to me: Being active in a way that feels good, experiencing life as a family (no, your life didn't end just because you had kids!), making time for lots of self-care and spreading love in the universe.
You know, the stuff you suddenly have time for when you stop obsessing about food every single minute of your existence.
And just in case you told me to shut up ten minutes ago...
Here's the tl;dr:
At the end of the day, I'm here to share my journey towards an intentional, self-guided and fulfilling life - and I'm hoping to inspire you to start striving towards your very own most awesome life, too.
On a more personal note, I'm happily married to my best friend (psh corny) and busy mama to two little girls. I have read all Harry Potter books at least 3 times, cover to cover. And if you want me to decide between chocolate and vanilla ice cream, I'll go for caramel. Every single time.