Search Optimization

July 16, 2010 at 1:25 pm 2 comments

I was doing some looking around my blog stats last night and came across an interesting area: searches people made that led them to my blog.  Meaning: what phrases or words did they use that led them here. Well, now, that’s very interesting!

There were some “recipes” searches, a “zumba cake”‘ search, which I have no idea what that means, and some other nutrition searches. But do you know what the most searches were for? Guilt around eating. One search was: “I feel guilty for overeating.” Another was “I eat standing up the kitchen and I feel badly” and “Is overeating more than two days in a row bad?”

Whoever typed these words in the search box, this is for you: I hear you loud and clear. Trust me.

And now let me add: You should never, EVER feel guilty when it comes to food. In fact, the taste of guilt is so awful that it ruins every food or meal you eat, even if it’s a Jaques Torres chocolate chip cookie (and that is as near perfection as you can get).

What these searches tell me is that women (and men, too) are asking for help, for someone to tell them that it’s OK to feel how they are feeling, to not feel so alone behind their computer screen. People, it’s OK. I’ve feared food for over 15 years of my life…so much so that one time when I was alone in my apartment, I ate a cookie and then started hysterically crying because I felt so ashamed, and called my husband to tell him I was a bad person for eating a cookie. He thought I was nuts. Perhaps I was, but at the time it felt so real.

I’m not sure where this is going, honestly. But for all the wonderful people out there searching for an answer to their war with food, eating, and body image, my message to you is to keep working. The solution to your problems lies not within a potato chip but within yourself.

Once you learn to ask yourself, “Why am I turning to food,” and “Why is food such a big part of my life? What else in my life brings me joy?” and “What emotions am I feeling now that I hope this cookie will solve” only THEN will you begin the true road to peace with food.

My journey is just that…a journey. I’m still walking my path, working every day on healing my relationship with food…I came from a pretty desperate place for many years, too. And I still have my moments, my days, my weeks even, when everything I know flies out the window and I eat foods that don’t agree with me, or shove organic dark chocolate down my throat at such an alarming rate I even scare myself. It happens, and it might always happen for me.  However, have found so many places and people to turn to for support which has been priceless for me.

So, to the person who wanted to know, “Is it bad that I overate 2 days in a row,” the answer is unequivocally “NO.” It’s not bad at all…and throw out that word!

My purpose of this blog, after all, is to share my story, my nutrition tips, and yes, smiles and laughs, so that others can learn and therefore begin to heal themselves. You are not alone. I’m right here with you.

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  • 1. Lauren Slayton  |  July 20, 2010 at 11:05 am

    A very good and brave post. While people want their guilt assuaged I think they also want to know the’re not alone. “Shoving dark chocolate” in ones mouth is a place (you can replace the food with another) most people have been.
    It says something about your blog if people find you and can discuss or hear about how to work on food-guilt.
    OK so now tell me how I find out what search words people use to find my blog.

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    • 2. Amanda  |  July 20, 2010 at 5:34 pm

      Hi Lauren,
      Thanks so much for your comment! I have a wordpress blog, so if you go to “stats” and scroll down to the bottom left, you’ll see “Search Engine Terms” which shows what people looked at to get to your blog.

      Reply

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