Are You on a Diet?
This post might be a little scattered, so please bear with me.
As I enter this completely life-changing stage of my existence, I’ve been questioning the focus of this blog.
It started out as an outlet for me to talk about nutrition and fitness through the lens of an entertainment reporter, i.e. someone who —by way of celebrities and the Hollywood culture—has been introduced to the most cutting edge and also the most bizarre/dangerous diet trends out there. It was a place to debunk diet/fitness/nutrition myths and provide helpful tips for the average person.
However, as I became more and more passionate about this field, I found that healthy cooking (and recipes that have nothing to do with celebrities) became a big focus of the blog.
Now, as I leave the entertainment reporting world —not completely (I’m still freelancing) and maybe not for good — I’ve been questioning what the main focus of the blog should be.
Should I continue to incorporate news and commentary about celebrities’ health, and feature interviews with them when I have time/access?
I mean, I do still live in L.A. and occasionally attend tinseltown events, like last night’s pre-Golden Globes party hosted by Audi where I saw Naomi Watts and Liev Schreiber (shameless name drop to prove I’m still hip).
If you’re curious, Naomi was drinking Brancott Estate wine while Liev snacked on pizza (celebs, they’re just like us!).
OR, should I drop the celebrity aspect and focus solely on healthy living?
My celebrity-related posts do seem to generate the most traffic.
A quick glance at my top posts reveals that people seem to care most about:
But I’m guessing most of these are from one-time visitors.
I want to know what my loyal readers care about and be able to provide the information that they find interesting and useful. If it turns out that celebrities is not part of that, so be it.
Which brings me to a a question about this blog and myself that I frequently hear, and a misconception I’d like to clear up.
This year my friend Gigi and I will be hosting a bi-weekly LIVE cooking show titled Fit & Funny Foodies, for Fit Approach (starting Wednesday, Jan 22nd at 5 pm — link to come). Each episode will be sponsored by a healthy food or lifestyle brand (the first is Lorna Jane, yay!).
Anyway, it was brought to my attention that a potential sponsor was “concerned” about working with us because they didn’t like the fact that “Diet” is in the title of my blog.
If it’s not already obvious to you, I am NOT on a diet. I do not condone “diets.” I don’t think “dieting” works.
So why is my blog called “To Live & Diet in L.A.?”
Are you an old school rap fan? Maybe you’ve heard of a sorta famous guy named Tupac, who thugged it out on the rough streets of L.A.?
The second layer of this is commentary on the fact that it seems like many people who live in L.A. are on diets. It’s a humorous way of pointing out the absurdity of the eating trends out here.
And finally, “diet” does not mean the same thing as being “on a diet.”
Everyone has a diet. It’s what you eat. Whether you recently changed to a healthy “diet” — or as I like to call it, “a healthy life plan” — or it’s the same way you’ve always eaten, it’s still your “diet.” It’s simply the term for what you eat everyday. It’s not the same thing as trying an unsustainable, short-lived eating plan to try to lose weight, and then going back to a different way of eating when you’re done.
Whew. Does that all make sense?
For anyone who already understood it, I’m sorry to have bored you with that.
I just want to make it clear to everyone what this blog is and isn’t about, as I go forward, and make this platform the best it can be.
With that, I’ll leave you with another little diddy from my man T:
“Life’s a wheel of fortune, and it’s my chance to spin it.”