I came to this website today to find one of my favorite recipes: Orange Zucchini Bread, This is probably one of the best Zucchini breads I’ve ever made and I’m so glad I saved the recipe here because I’m not sure exactly how I found it in the first place. As I was navigating the site (which I need to make easier to navigate) I became really sad as I realized the mindset I was in when I started compiling these menus and recipes.
I was desperately trying to lose weight because I was told my weight was causing me to lose my vision. There’s an actual diagnosis for what was going on, which I won’t put here. So I invested a lot of money in a weight loss company and experienced some great results and I created this website to track my recipes, document my favorite modifications and versions, etc. I want to clarify I’m not much of a real cook and I certainly don’t create my own recipes – I just wanted to place to store my ideas so I could come back to them again.
Several years later I’m at a way different place in my life. I’ve learned all about the pitfalls and manipulation in diet culture. I’m learning to love who I am and strive for health, not some unattainable number on the scale. I’ve learned that the reason popular weight loss companies thrive is because THEY DON’T WORK – and they have repeat customers. They have a lot of job security in a society driven by body insecurity.
I think there have been some great strides to improve body image and acceptance in recent years, but we have a long ways to go. For me – this means starting with me. I’m going to work to totally revamp and change my website to remove all suggestion of any diet plan. Let’s face it – some of these recipes suck! I’m going to delete the crummy ones. Finally – I’m going to start sharing things that I find, learn from, and enjoy about body positivity and delicious things to eat. Eventually I’ll connect this to my social media and put it all together in a diet-free, body positive package.
But first – I need to make some Orange Zuchhini Bread. I can’t wait to enjoy it!