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Two Months

I started this blog exactly two months ago with a post called “My food philosophy in a nutshell.”

This idea behind this blog was to provide me with a creative outlet and perhaps a forum to discuss the merits of butter (the runner-up blog name was Sweet Butter Love.)

Every sane person in my life vetoed Sweet Butter Love.

I am still a little sore about that.

So Duty Free Foodie was born, as a way to practice and talk about finding the joy in eating food and in living healthfully. And also a way to show others, and myself, that it is very possible to have fun with food and health even after years of restrictive eating or throwing up on purpose.

Because that’s what I am doing now. Having fun, I mean.

What I’ve learned so far

First of all, I noticed that when I write in the morning, I don’t need as much coffee before work. Writing makes me feel like more of a morning person than anything else I’ve tried (which is not saying a lot, but still).

Second, somewhere, in my mom’s husband’s condo’s storage unit, there lies a box that contains several attempts at short stories I would really rather not talk about. I thought, based on that, that it would take me months, if not years, to learn to write the way I talk. But it hasn’t.  I write the way I talk, or at least the way I write emails. That really surprised me.

Maybe it’s because this blog is the product of two years of procrastination. I’ve written in my head for so long, that maybe I just got all the fake writing out of my system already?

Thirdly, I really want to buy the Thesis theme, which I have long admired, for my blog for Christmas. Is it wrong to give your blog Christmas presents? And in the context of what I spend on my other hobbies, is it really that egregious?

And finally, I started this blog mostly to give my right brain a place to play, since I have to check it at the door at work. But my favourite part of writing, by far, is the conversation and discussions that happen here.

My blog is still a baby, but it’s already enriched my life. So to those of you who read or comment, thank you.

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1 Michele @ Healthy Cultivations { 12.20.10 at 9:22 am }

Your statement that “it is very possible to have fun with food and health even after years of restrictive eating or throwing up on purpose” is one of the most powerful statements I’ve heard recently. I can relate in many ways. I’m so glad you started your blog.


Alina Reply:

Thank you so much, Michele.


2 Joslyn @ missfitbliss { 12.20.10 at 11:05 am }

I’m with Michele. I’m so glad you started your blog Alina. You are a very good writer - it’s obvious that your words flow so naturally - I feel like I’m chatting with a friend when I read your posts:) I’m so glad you didn’t put it off any longer!


Alina Reply:

Thank you for your sweet comment, Joslyn!


3 MelissaNibbles { 12.20.10 at 11:53 am }

I relate to your blog a lot. Knowing I’m not the only one going through these food related issues is a comfort. Keep on writing.

Also, thank you for your kind words on my blog today. Your words helped. You’re right, there is someone better suited for me…somewhere.


4 thehealthyapron { 12.20.10 at 12:26 pm }

I’ve been bloggin almost 1 year and I agree that it enriches my mind. It encourages me to think outside the box and research topics and recipes that I might not otherwise. I feel I’ve actually gotten healthier the more I continue to blog and learn from others! Happy 2 months!


5 Krist { 12.20.10 at 3:08 pm }

I started blogging in October, and I love it! I love being able to talk about whatever is going on in my life and have so many people showing support.
I’m glad you decided to start blogging. I love reading your posts!


Alina Reply:

Thank you, Kristi!


6 Kath { 12.20.10 at 4:43 pm }

First: Congratulations!

Second: This really surprised me! I didn’t know your blog wasn’t older than a month! When I read your blod, it feels like it has always been there. (This, actually, is a compliment. Sometimes my compliments sounds strange so I better say it’s one. What I want to say with this is that reading you feels like reading an accomplished, talented writer.)

Third: Please buy your blog a theme for Christmas! It will be happy! And please go on writing it! Then it will be even more happy!

It’s funny, but I somehow had the notion that you hadn’t gone through struggles with food that were that severe …

“And also a way to show others, and myself, that it is very possible to have fun with food and health even after years of restrictive eating or throwing up on purpose.”

I hope you don’t mind me asking, but is this what you suffered from? (You don’t have to answer.) It’s awesome what a positive attitude you have know, and how much of it comes over to me when I read your blog. You really have a lot to share.


Alina Reply:

Thank you so much for your kind comment, Kath. I struggled with bulimia on and off for several years. Currently, I eat food because it tastes good and/or because it’s healthy, and I don’t count calories. I think severe food issues are not really about food. If I find myself feeling guilty about what I ate, I ask myself what I am really upset/anxious about. It takes a bit more time than throwing up, but it works better!


7 Shanna, like Banana { 12.20.10 at 10:26 pm }

I agree with the commenter above..your blog has the feel of a long time friend ;)

Even when I’m up to my eyeballs in chaos, I still blog because it brings me joy and peace. I’m glad it does the same for you!


8 suki { 12.21.10 at 10:18 pm }

Congrats on two months! I enjoyed reading your post on your food philosophy. I’m much the same way in terms of food. Aim for healthy, but don’t make yourself feel terrible for indulging once in awhile.


9 S @ extremebalance.net/blog { 12.22.10 at 7:01 pm }

I’ve been thinking deep, existential thoughts about blogging lately, too… “great minds” and all that, eh? I think that when people read along, it’s the greatest validation for putting time, effort, and yourself out there—so thank YOU for coming along for the ride with me, too!


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