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We are very excited to announce that Cooking Traditional Foods is now Intentionally Domestic!! Over the weekend, our website design, URL and name changed. However, all of the posts, recipes and products that you love are still here. We’re working on double-checking all of the little details and problems that come with this type of a move. If you see anything that isn’t working, please don’t hesitate to leave a comment to let us know.
Why the Change?
Simply put, there is so much more to a healthy lifestyle than just the food you put into your mouth. For a long time, I have wanted to move away from being a food only blog that was mainly focused on recipes, but because I was already established, I hesitated. Any time I wrote about something other than food, people complained. Plus, this type of move is a ton of work and energy, and I was concerned that I would find it draining. However, as we have gone through this process, I have actually found it energizing and exciting because the traditional foods community had become so draining to me.
Over the last few years, I personally began to move away from traditional foods and go to being about just a more generic, real food kind of a focus. I began to see that the direction some of the outspoken members of the traditional foods community were going in is driven by factors that I neither agreed with nor wanted to be associated with, and I felt that many interactions with them were negative as they were too focused on some points to the exclusion of all else. I began feeling drained by the push and focus of some within the community, along with only covering recipes and being associated with a label that I no longer felt that I fell in line with.
I felt like CookingTF never really reflected me or the lifestyle I wished to create in my home and with my family. Food is very important, yes, but there comes a point where the focus on food becomes detrimental if you allow it to overtake you. Food is only one of many aspects of health. That point has been one that has been very difficult for me to hash out, as we do deal with both food allergies and intolerances in our household. We have celiac, I have a son with a dairy intolerance, but and I also have anaphylaxis reactions to a few foods. Finding those lines and creating balance is a journey.
I had grown beyond it to see that food is only one factor of many in your health. Eating traditional foods won’t help you if many other non-food or lifestyle factors are getting in the way of health and healing. There was no joy for me to only turn out recipes with little interaction with those who came by to see them. I wanted to be able to write about the choices that came with a completely holistic lifestyle on all levels– mental, physical, spiritual. I wanted a community, not just a ‘just the facts, ma’am,’ one-stop for recipes website.
I began Nourished Living Network in 2011, the first blog network focused on both real food and natural living, to help push back against the only-food-as-health mindset I saw in some circles. I began working with other bloggers who covered multiple aspects of health and looked at life holistically. We began creating a positive, collaborative community. That helped me connect with other bloggers, but it still didn’t repair the gap I felt with CTF.
I want to feel energized by interacting with readers. Good interactions feed both people- there is never any need for someone to feel constantly drained as I have while writing CookingTF. I want a thriving community surrounding the blog where people can connect with and strengthen each other. I decided it was time for a big change to get ‘traditional foods’ out of my name and point my work in a new direction that would nourish and strengthen everyone involved.
We chose Intentionally Domestic, because we are focusing on intentional, purposeful choices for all things home and family. We wish to cover all aspects of a mindful and thinking mom’s realm of life. And, above all, we wish for the blog to reflect joy in a holistic family life, with all of its ups and downs. Holistic living is about mindful choices to bring abundance to all members of a family.
That change has taken months to orchestrate, but I believe it is worth all of the work and all of the aggravation. Intentionally Domestic will continue to cover real food, but we will also begin blogging on natural living, non-toxic choices, the natural home, raising natural children, strengthening your family life and so much more! The blog will be a reflection of my own journey through motherhood and family life, my own journey to joy and abundance. My own search for a happy, fulfilling family life where everyone benefits.
I hope you will join me on this journey to mindfully evaluate all areas of life so that we can all live more abundantly. If you’d like to be considered for a writing position at Intentionally Domestic, please click here to apply.