Tina wrote a great post the other day about five blog posts that changed her life. I’ve been reading a variety of blogs for almost two years, and while I don’t think I could accurately narrow down my favorite posts, I definitely have a list of bloggers who have influenced me in some way, shape, or form. Some of them inspire new recipes, others a passion for fitness, and still others a new way of thinking. Here is a sampling of my favorites:
1. Kath Eats Real Food. Kath’s blog was one of the first “Healthy Living” blogs that I started reading, and it’s one of the blogs I most look forward to reading every day. Her photography is stunning, her recipes are simple, wholesome, and delicious, and she just seems like a genuinely down-to-earth, kind person. Her blog was also a huge influence on the evolution of my thoughts about food. For far too long, I had some really disordered ways of thinking about food, and I can attribute much of my 45 pound weight loss to some very bland, very processed meals. Kath’s blog showed me that good food, real food, is delicious, satisfying, and accessible.
2. The Healthy Everythingtarian. I randomly stumbled upon Holly’s blog last year, and hers rapidly became one of my favorite blogs out there. Her posts are at once insightful, gorgeous (due to her enviable photog skills), and downright hilarious. When I was developing the concept for my own blog, I turned to Holly’s for inspiration. She doesn’t post three times a day, she doesn’t list what she ate at every meal, she doesn’t track every workout—instead, every single one of her posts seems inspired and thoughtful (and, at the same time, thought-provoking).
3. Meals and Miles. Meghann’s blog was also one of the first I found, and I now read her updates daily. Meghann’s commitment to training for races is admirable and inspiring, and I turned to several of her race posts when I was training for the Baltimore Half. In particular, Meghann has posted several times about her appreciation of her body’s ability to kick ass, regardless of what it looks like. This, too, was a new way of thinking for me, and I’ve tried to put it into practice myself. It was especially inspiring for me when I was training for the Half, when I realized exactly what my body was capable of, even if I actually GAINED a few pounds during training!
4. Peas and Thank You. Sarah (or Mama Pea as she’s known on her blog) and I have hardly anything in common: she is a former lawyer and current stay-at-home mom, I am a full time teacher and mommy to no one. She is also a vegan and, while I have definitely started to eat less meat of late, I’m nowhere close to becoming a vegan (or fully vegetarian) anytime soon. I’ve realized that those differences mean absolutely nothing in terms of me appreciating MP’s blog—she is hysterically funny and a genius in the kitchen. I’ve tried several of her recipes (both vegan and with non-vegan substitutions) and everything she creates is downright delicious. She also presents vegan-ism in a non-aggressive and intelligent way that always gets me thinking.
5. How Sweet It Is. Jessica’s blog = totally fantastic, outrageous food porn. Her recipes are indulgent, surprisingly simple to prepare, and worth every single calorie.
What are your favorite blogs? Any that I need to check out ASAP?
(PS—there is some serious baking action happening around here this weekend! Keep your eyes peeled for some goodies later on).