No Label Zone

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I love blogging. I love sharing my food, my recipes, (some of) my life…all that stuff…but there are parts of it that aren’t my favorite. The judgment and unsolicited opinions aren’t so awesome. Some of the time it can be helpful (and I do try and self-reflect on such comments), but there are other times when comments are intended to be mean and nothing else.

When I started HHH, I was in a different place. The blog was only about me so I really didn’t care what others thought (I’m me – take it or leave it!). Now I have a family and a responsibility to protect them. As a parent, you get advice from family, friends, and strangers on the street. It’s not an easy job! So opening myself up to critiquing by the whole web-enabled population is a decision I’m constantly reevaluating. Discussing my diet is one thing, but discussing my choices in how I raise my son is another.

So what does that mean for HHH? I’m still trying to decide. I feel like you guys are my friends and I want to be able to share stuff, but at the same time, it’s a drag constantly feeling like I need to justify one thing or another. For now, all I ask is for your respect and understanding as I sort it out.

Whoa. I didn’t plan on this post taking that direction at all…

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Let’s get back to the meal at hand. Fish. I’m eating it again. Sparingly. I mentioned it previously (I even posted a salmon recipe here), so it’s not exactly newsworthy.

I don’t feel like I need to write some elaborate manifesto on why. I gave it quite a bit of thought and that’s the decision I came to. Remember I’m more than a diet. This is a no label zone. :)

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This salad was one of the first actual meals Kyle and I prepared in our new place. It’s a favorite for sure. No real recipe.

Spring greens
Strawberries
Maple glazed candied walnuts
Avocado
Balsamic vinaigrette (or this sesame dressing)

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Instead of balsamic, I opted for this Garlic Gold red wine vinaigrette. It’s existence was revealed during the clean-out-the-pantry-stat-because-we-are-moving-in-a-week phase. It’s more olive oil than vinaigrette, so I think it’s better as a marinade or dip (for bread) than dressing, but it was still good. I love olive oil so so much. It’s also a great option for FODMAPs peeps because it has garlic flavor but it’s infused in the oil, rather than present as an actual ingredient (thereby making it FODMAPs friendly).

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This is the recipe I use for making candied nuts, btw.

In addition to the salad, we had soy glazed salmon.

I had the leftovers of both for lunch (in a less attractive & more salad like form) with TJ’s balsamic glaze. That stuff is amazing.

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98 thoughts on “No Label Zone

  1. Lori

    Golly gosh. So torn – I look forward to your posts FAaaaar more than I should, Jason even asks me if I am reading ‘my hippie’. But I do know that people type before brain engages sometimes, and horrid opinions can ensue. My second fav blog actually turned her comments off because of some incredibly unreasonable ‘opinions’ :/

    Do what you need to do hon, know that some people here ARE
    your friends, like meeeeee! x And we will support your decision no matter what it is.

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  2. Allison

    Yum, that salad looks incredible! Candied walnuts are the best. I am sorry you are feeling that way, but if it is any consolation at all I love reading your blog every morning and think you are a fantastic mother :)

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  3. Robin

    Hey there! I’ve never posted before. I just wanted to let you know that I think what you are doing is wonderful. :) I always look forward to your posts. You and your family are precious. Don’t let the harsh tones of others stop you from reaching the other people that read your blog. :) You are making a difference in people’s lives. Just kindly delete the harsh comments and ignore them. Ahh if it were just that easy. We are here for you Elise. :) That salad looks amazing by the way. Looking forward to your next post.

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    1. Elise Post author

      i know, if only it were that easy! i have pretty thick skin, too. im happy that i got this out there, though, because reading all the supportive comments ive gotten on this post makes me think its all worth it. so thank you :)

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      1. Kim

        I don’t post comments a lot but I do read and enjoy your stories and food! I’m sorry people are not always the way we’d like them to be. But know there are many of us who appreciate what you do!

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  4. Nicole

    I think your blog is great! I have gotten so many recipes and tried so many new things because of your posts! Hippie bowls have taken over my life in a good way! I am sorry there are people out there who feel the need to tell you how to live your life or raise your family. I think you do a wonderful job. Your little boy looks happy, well taken care of and most important LOVED! I hope you keep HHH but will understand and respect your decision. Have a great day!

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    1. Elise Post author

      thank nicole. its nice to hear comments like this to remind me that 99.99% of the people i reach enjoy reading without judgement. :)

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      1. Nicole

        Judgemental people are the worst! I have found that the people who tell us how we should be doing something are the ones who are always doing it wrong and have no idea what they are talking about anyways!
        Since I went vegetarian and partial vegan I get raised eyebrows and comments all the time. Really hard at first. Now my comeback line is, this isn’t a “diet”. I just eat natural foods my body digests easier.
        Have a great day Elise and don’t let these people get you down.

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  5. Annie @ my fuel and fitness diaries

    Ugh, I hate judgmental people. Ok, maybe hate is a strong word, but I guess I can say that the easiest way to make me angry is when people start judging one another. We all have the right to eat what we want, when we want. And different periods in life mean different things for diet and exercise.

    You seem to be an amazing mom, It saddens me that there are those out there who may disagree or try to tell you what to do. Keep up the good work and let the haters be. Karma comes around eventually….

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  6. Jae

    Elise! NO! UGH the haters
    You see, your blog is one of the few that i can trust to come to without seeing any kind of ED behavior on here. Your blog is one of the few that i can trust and know that my mind is safe here. I’ve struggled with ED for 6 years. i used to be anorexic/bulimic and then now im currently on the higher end of the bmi spectrum than i would like. even during my hardest times, its good to see your blog. it is the first one i look for updates. your approach to eating, very freely and nutrition oriented– not very calorically centered– and understanding of yourself and your hunger cues is why i keep telling my school nutritionist that yours, ahealthysliceoflife, fitnessista, and carrots and cake is my main go-to’s. Elise, tell the haters off. but dont stop blogging.
    i dont comment very often, but you need to know this. you are a FREAKING INSPIRATION.
    i love your blog. but if you decide it’s better for the sake of your privacy,i’ll mourn it and say, those were some good years of reading.
    -Jae

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    1. Elise Post author

      thank you jae :)
      im so glad hhh has been helpful during your journey to better health. be proud for what youve accomplished on your own too!

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  7. Sally

    Firstly that salad looks divine.

    Secondly, I’m a bit surprised you’ve had judgy comments because I think you are doing an awesome, awesome job as a new mum! But then I’m not totally surprised because everyone has opinions on child raising and for some reason think others care ;) . If you decide to cut back on the parenting angle I’ll understand… but I do like to read it all and I love the cute photos of Patrick.

    As Lori said, do what you need to do.

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    1. Elise Post author

      awww..thank you sally. thats such a nice thing to hear. every one has an opinion, so really i shouldnt be surprised that people want to voice theirs. if anything, todays supportive comments have made me realize i should just keep on keepin on w my thing. :)

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  8. Abby

    I don’t have kids, so I have no idea why people who do think that they have the right to tell other people how to raise their own kids, so I won’t even touch that topic. But when it comes to food, there is SOOO much judgment out there. It’s ridiculous. While I used to get a bit bummed when my favorite vegan bloggers would step away and add in non-vegan meals and ingredients, I realized that was just my own selfish projection.

    Everyone has the right to eat whatever they want, however they want. While I might selfishly wish they remained vegan, it’s not my life or my diet, so who am I to judge? I love your blog for you–not for what you eat or what P or Kyle eats. We all have to do what’s best for us. Screw the weirdos out there ;)

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      1. Abby

        Plus, you know what they say. If you don’t have something nice to say, say it in the comments section of a blog instead of in a respectful private message to the blogger. Wait…that’s not what they say? You wouldn’t know it sometimes.

        Hang in there. You rock :)

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  9. Aimee

    Efff the judgmental haters!
    When people judge you, it doesn’t say anything about who you are, it says everything about who THEY are.
    Your blog is wonderful, and clearly an inspiration to so many people (including me).
    I love that you take a non-label approach to your diet. I eat a mostly plant-based diet (I still enjoy things like fish, greek yogurt, and eggs from time-to-time) so I love how you balance your recipes and diet around the same things. I get so many great ideas from you!
    Moral of the story… you’re amazing, your blog is great, and your family is obviously well-cared for and loved (and just too adorable!)

    “People are always gonna talk, may as well give ‘em something good to talk about!”

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  10. Ellen

    When I commented the other day I was reading other comments which I don’t normally do and I couldn’t believe some of the stuff people were saying! Unsolicited advice is annoying on its own but about a million times worse when it has to do with the choices you make for your baby! I am offended for you!

    Your salad looks yummy! Enjoy some Davis sun and baby snuggles!

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    1. Elise Post author

      aw.. thanks ellen. its funny huh. the opinions started rolling in during pregnancy and i thought it was odd how forthright people were without (really) knowing me.
      thanks for the snuggles :)

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  11. Dana @ Vanishing Veggie

    I love your blog! I think it’s a true expression of what’s going on in your life, not just a recipe/food blog. I think that it’s a more honest look at how you live, and I think readers really respond to that. I know the internet can be harsh, but keep your head up. There are a lot of people out here that really love what you’re doing.

    :)

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      1. Dana @ Vanishing Veggie

        :) even though I don’t have kids and didn’t start reading your blog for any of that content, I have really enjoyed watching how you handled pregnancy and being a new mom. The information you give is still relevant to anyone wanting food-ish blog stuff, plus you get bonus pics of your cute baby!

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  12. Sarah

    I love your blog! I have a two year old and 5.5 month old, and am also quasi vegan with IBS-C. So basically, I think we’d be best friends if you lived in Cincinnati (but why would anyone live in the midwest when they could live in California? haha).

    I’m super sensitive myself, and would be devastated if someone criticized my parenting. I’d also seriously hurt someone if they bad mouthed my kids. So I totally get it, but would be sad to see you go!

    You’re a great mom and your approach to food is inspiring, Elise:)

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  13. Meg D

    Ugh. Internet commenters are why we can’t have nice things.

    I love your blog – especially with all the low-fodmap posts. When I’m bummed out about something I can’t eat and I come to your blog to find a new recipe to cheer me up!

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    1. Elise Post author

      i know. the internet is the veil of unknown in between people and it makes others forget that the person on the receiving end of a comment is still a human with feelings. anyway, thanks for the kind comment meg.

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  14. nelly

    You’re amazing! That’s all.

    I love all of your recipes! And you need to eat whatever you want to eat…I don’t think you should ever justify why you do what you do…you’re a very healthy lady, fish or no fish!

    Keep being you.

    <3

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  15. Love

    Elise!

    I think your blog is FABULOUS! I say block the haters and bask in our love! Did you get the long thank you comment I wrote when I read your 3 month schedule (and re-read your 1 month schedule, which is where the comment is)? I LOVE HHH! I look forward to it every day and share it with my husband, who also loves it!

    MWAH :-*

    Love
    (a.k.a. Hayley)

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    1. Elise Post author

      i did! i have it starred to respond to actually.
      congrats on your pregnancy mama.
      and thanks for the support too. im glad my posts are helpful even if your schedules end up nothing like mine its still fun to read about what your future could be…ahhh, its such a wild ride! a wonderful one though. :)

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  16. Roberta

    I absolutely love your blog, and I know it is hard to ignore comments that people make. I love your posts about your family and your healthy lifestyle. Whatever decision you make, I’ll support you but know this. I found that the people who make negative comments about either you, your eating habits, or parenting choices are just jealous because you have it so together, extremely healthy, fit, and an awesome person and mother! Don’t let them make you doubt yourself. It wouldn’t surprise me if the people making the negative comments about your parenting don’t even have children themselves.

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    1. Elise Post author

      i do think youre right in the root of the negative comments coming from insecurities. at elast thats often the case as ive found it.
      so thanks for the nice comment to remind me roberta. i appreciate it so much. :)

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  17. Alexis @ Hummusapien

    It’s always awkward when your blog becomes a place for judgement :/ But your blog is fabulous so be confident in your own decisions and ignore the haters! That salad looks amazing. I love the combo of strawberries, avocado, nuts and balsamic. I remember when I went from being a veggie to eating fish again I thought people would be weird about it, but luckily no one was too crazy. Whew! We shouldn’t at all have to justify what we eat, but unfortunately as bloggers we’re often put in that spotlight.

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    1. Elise Post author

      isnt it funny how such personal things become subject to scrutiny once we start writing about them on the internet. nobody in real life would ever say such things face to face. well parenting, probably. but not food related things.

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  18. Jenny

    Sorry that you have to deal w/ negativity! I know it’s much easier to avoid when you don’t write about your life on the internet, but THANK YOU for sharing what you do with us!! You shouldn’t have to justify the choices that you make for you or your family. I don’t have kids yet, but I know when I do I will look to HHH because I believe in what you’re doing.

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  19. Sarah

    Elise! Do you want me to find them and beat them up or key their car or something!? ;-) Truthfully, it’s sad that that’s all some people have to do to feel better about whatever is happening in their own lives is to bring down and innocent blogger sharing her life. So many applicable cliches… Monday morning quarterbacks, throwing stones from glass houses. The really silly part is that we don’t even know what their houses looks like, nor do we care, but it’s sure easy to be critical of others behind the keys of a computer (iPad, phone whatever). You don’t really need any of our approval when it comes down to it… You know your family and trusted friends (and God, the universe, higher power, whatever) are the only ones you really need to be concerned about at the end of the day. We just love your blog, so keep writin’ sista!

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    1. Elise Post author

      ha. thanks for the offer sarah – ill let you know ;)
      but in all seriousness, i appreciate your comment and when i look at the big picture i do feel like it would be lame to let a few mean spirited people ruin something i love.

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  20. noelle

    Elise, You shouldn’t feel obligated to explain anything. Dietary choices eb and flow. When I first started reading your blog years ago I ate very similarly to you did at the time, pretty much 90% vegan. Flash forward to now and I eat eggs, fish and even dairy when there is a lactaid pill around, lol. It’s interesting to see people’s journeys, hence why you have so many readers who love your blog. It’s only normal that evolutions take place. Anyway, long winded response, but haters gonna hate! Keep doing your thing!

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  21. Hailey

    Elise, I love that your blog is a no label zone! Even though I am currently a vegan, I know that that lifestyle definitely isn’t the best choice for everyone. It may not even be right for me forever! You have always encourage an environmentally friendly lifestyle, no matter what diet you are currently following. Plus, you have an incredible relationship with food that I’m envious of. When someone is critical of you, I can’t imagine it’s out of anything other than jealousy or insecurity. You keep being you, because you’re fantastic.

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    1. Elise Post author

      thanks hailey :)
      such a kind comment…im happy there are people who recognize the flux of life and honor the no label thing.

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  22. Laurel

    Please please PLEASE don’t get rid of HHH. Your blog is the highlight of my morning. I get to enjoy it with my morning cup of tea and actually breathe for a minute. Plus your recipes are always the best. If anything… just eliminate comments! Haters gonna hate.

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    1. Elise Post author

      not a bad idea…except i do love feeling a connection to you guys. i mean, i write for me, for sure, but its nice having that relationship with the people who comment. hmmm…good stuff to consider. thanks laurel. :)

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  23. Lara

    Uh, I hope my comments have never made you uncomfortable! I had to ask a friend to stop leaving condescending “I told you so,” and “Just wait until…” comments on my stuff recently because it was driving me insane. I never want to be that person. I do tend to relate to people though be telling them about my experiences (which is obviously going to be different than theirs) as a starting point. But pretty much the biggest lesson I’m learning is not to judge other mama’s for what they do, because everyone has their own journey and their own belief system. And I have no desire or ability to change that…I’m too busy focusing on my own ;)

    I love, love, love your baby-related posts but I totally get the privacy thing. Whatever you decide, I will still be a faithful hippie follower!

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    1. Elise Post author

      oh my gosh DEFINITELY not the case! i LOVE your comments and look forward to them. i love reading all about G and anything baby related. so no, i feel zero judgement from you. :)

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  24. Sami

    It’s a real shame that some people have to ruin fun. Your posts rock. You rock. Your son rocks. I don’t get why people are always so judgmental? Quite honestly, it’s sad on their part. I adore you and your posts. There’s no perfect way to live or raise children. Different stuff works for different families. I don’t understand why that’s so difficult for people to grasp. I guess deep down, some people are just mean-hearted. I hope that doesn’t discourage you, although I would completely understand if it did, from writing personal posts. I wonder if there’s a way to make your blog private so that only the people you want to share it with can participate?
    Love to you & your little hippie family <3
    xo.

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    1. Elise Post author

      word sami. i hate when some people ruin it for the rest.
      i kinda thought about the privacy thing, but its a pain in the butt, so ill just have to see what happens as i go. in any event, i appreciate your support :)

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  25. Emily

    AMEN.

    We all love your posts (seriously- I look forward to them) but you need to do what’s best for you and your family. That’s a million times more important than some blog will ever be.

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  26. Beth

    You have touched so many people’s life in such a very special way, Elise. Your blog is my favorite email to get each morning when I check my yahoo account.

    It saddens me that people have said things that have disturbed you to this degree. I hope that they will not cause such a wonderful blog to be lost, but family and your happiness always come first and you would be terribly missed.

    I could never live without my fish. I love fish and can’t imagine going the rest of my life without the enjoyment of consuming this delicious food (especially good salmon)!

    Take care and know that your blog…even if you decide to stop it….has really made a difference in the life of many lucky people.

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  27. Dana

    Oh No! I just found your blog and love it. I just dont understand how some people can judge…..everyone is different and everyone has their own sets of rules, views, ideas, etc. There is no right or perfect way to do anything actually..we all do what works for us and our own families. I love your blog and will respect whatever decision works best for you and your family but you have made such a difference in my life and the lives of many others I’m sure. Best of luck to you!

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  28. Courtney

    I am so sorry you have been getting negative comments! If it helps, I think P is one lucky little guy to have such an awesome mom who loves him so much (oh yeah, and Kyle too :-) ) Not that you really need to hear it *again*, but I love your blog and look forward to your posts! I can’t imagine what it must take to post so often and how hard it must be especially now with a little one, but each and every post is truly appreciated! I remember when I first started reading your blog–I was working a horrible job it kept me (somewhat) sane to read your posts every day while passing the time :-) I know you would do anything to protect P and that you will make the right decision for you.

    Courtney

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  29. Shannon

    Hi there! I found your blog recently and it has been a great resource as I recently started eating mostly vegan & am also trying to figure out about potential IBS issues. Just wanted to say how much I love your blog & love reading about your family, too! I can’t imagine what people would even have to be critical about?! You’re an amazing mom!
    Hugs!

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  30. Bethany

    I echo everyone else when I say I love your blog and your great posts, but I do support you making a decision about the blog that is best for you! I think some people don’t realize that while they may think they are being helpful with a comment, it doesn’t come off that way. Some people may indeed have genuine questions, but there are ways to phrase a question in a nice way and ways to do it in a judgmental way! And as someone else mentioned, one can email you directly if they have a specific question or concern. All that said, there are always going to be people who have a problem with anything and everything another person does, and their comment/question is not going to be constructive at all! You know yourself, your baby and your family’s needs the best. I commend you for putting so much of your life out there so that others can learn from you! P is adorable and looks like he is thriving!

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  31. Lisa

    Well I love your blog! It is one of my favorites to read. I think you’re so healthy, compared to others who seem to cover up orthorexic tendencies or have an unhealthy relationship with food/exercise so your blog is a breath of fresh air to me.
    Sorry about the negative comments, I get some too from time to time and it definitely isn’t the most fun thing to deal with.
    Only you know your body and know what’s best for it and that should be all that matters! We shouldn’t be here to judge other peoples eating habits. I always try and remember what other people think about us is none of our business. But, are there own issues or thoughts that *unfortunately* we can’t control.
    You’re an inspiring and incredible Mom!

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  32. Robin

    I read your blog because you are open and honest and nice enough to share your journeys with us. No labels. It’s your option to decide what you want to write about. Stick to your beliefs and keep living your life. Thank you for being you!

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  33. colleen

    I love your blog. You are AMAZING! You are doing what is best for you and your family. Ignore the haters. I love reading your blog and getting recipe ideas. Keep up the great work.

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  34. Lou

    Oh, big hugs, lovely lady – it’s a whole new ball game when it’s not just about you, huh? People are always going to want to put in their “two cents,” (whether it be positively or downright mean/rude) – it’s not just on the net….. Mother’s groups, pre-school, etc etc – it’s just EVERYWHERE when it comes down to kids and how you raise them. It shits me.

    Anyway, I can tell you are a strong lady – stick to your guns, do what’s right for YOU and your FAMILY and nothing bad can come of that.

    I love the ‘no label,’ thing – Viper is now eating plant-based but still has fish/eggs on occasion…. no biggie, you just gotta do what’s right for you, yes?

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  35. Christy

    I’m so sorry you’re having to go through this, its part of the reason I abandoned blogging myself (I didn’t have near the readers you do, or the amazing content though ;-). But, unfortunately those people are everywhere.

    Last week we were at the childrens hairdresser and some mom asked my daughter, who is 6 and has a totally age appropriate pixie cut- her choice, if she “liked looking like a boy”… yeeeaaaaahhh.

    And its unfortunate that among the hippie-class there seems to be an overabundance of judgement. If you ever want to laugh about it, I highly recommend the Facebook page Sanctimommy :)

    Its totally understandable that you feel tender-hearted right now, do what you need to <3 But just know, you don't owe anyone any explanations of why you and your family eat the way you do, how you parent, or any other choices you make for your kiddo. People are crazy, and what works for one kid may not work for another, and anyone that says different is trying to sell you something ;-)

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  36. BroccoliHut

    I agree that that is the ugly side of blogging–unsolicited advice, critique, and just plain nastiness. Definitely a drag.
    Anyway, I love reading your blog and hope you’ll continue to share your awesomeness with us :)
    I came to the decision to start eating fish a few years ago too (after many years of veganism/vegetarianism). I think it was the right decision for me and my health at the time. Hope it works out well for you too!

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  37. Kathryn

    I love your blog and hope you decide to keep blogging, whether just about food or relating food with the parts of your life you share. Your posts are always fun to read and I look forward to each new one. My hubbie found your quinoa granola recipe for me and I’ve been hooked ever since! :) I even went back and read most of your posts from before that. I’ve enjoyed your journey and hope that we all can continue to share your experiences. You will definitely be missed if you take a break from blogging or chose to stop altogether.

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  38. Kaitlin

    I’ve read your blog for a couple years now. Rarely commented as Im just not a big commenter, but couldn’t believe you’ve had such negative experience with a commenter(s)… I just don’t even see what there would be negative about you and your blog to comment on. Some people are truly disappointing characters. I’ve often thought of starting a blog, but it seems discouraging as my skin is not nearly as thick as yours.

    I enjoy reading your blog, you have an absolutely adorable baby boy and great little family (immediate and extended). Please keep sharing..the majority of readers appreciate it!

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  39. Val

    This is also my first time posting, but I have been reading the blog for about six months. Please remember that some people are asshats and will be critical because they know no other way to be.
    The blog is wonderful and love seeing pics of your adorable baby. You have to do whatever is best for you, and most of your loyal followers will respect your decision no matter what it may be.

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  40. Sarah

    I have absolutely no opinions on parenting, so I can’t even think of a single thing in your posts that is negative comment worthy. Nor do I care about what you choose to eat! Well, I care if it’s delicious and worth sharing :-) So yeah, the point is that I enjoy what you share here, and I’ve never even felt the urge to tell you how to raise your kid!

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  41. Yalanda

    Hi Elise!
    I’ve been reading for 2 years now, and I can’t think of anything but good things to say about what I’ve read, health tips I’ve learned or recipes I’ve tried! ! I’m so sorry anyone has felt the right to judge you or your blog in a negative way! I like that you’ve shared family moments with us, but I certainly wouldn’t stop reading if you decided to keep your private life separate and I’m sure other readers wouldn’t either! You have to decide what works for you and I hope everyone can respect what ever decision you come to :)

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  42. Marilyn

    I’ve only recently discovered your blog and I look forward to the daily updates! I changed to a plant-based diet two months ago and have really enjoyed your recipes and insights into this lifestyle choice. As far as parenting goes…I teach preschool and everyone has an opinion on how to raise children (and how to teach them). No one knows what’s right for your family except you. I just haven’t seen anything on your blog that I would begin to question?! For a first-time parent you seem remarkably well put together. I really hope this doesn’t cause you to quit. I’ve found so much great information on HHH & I’ve learned so much from you. You have to do what’s best for your family, but I hope it includes your awesome blog! Thank you!

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  43. Ttrockwood

    In my humble opinion you are without a doubt an AWESOME mother, wife, daughter, friend, foodie, and life loving positive inspiring person.
    Please know that rude judgemental and mean comments are actually about the person posting them and their own $hit, that they feel they must lash out at anyone. Its more about them than anything to do with you if you know what i am trying to say.
    Not worth wasting your life energy beyond hitting delete.

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  44. Sheila

    Hi Elise,
    I have never commented before, but I just recently discovered your blog within the last month, and I love love love it!!! I recently tested positive for SIBO, and I’m experimenting with healthy low-FODMAP eating choices. I have been eatlng a mostly vegetarian diet, but I’m thinking of adding chicken, turkey, and fish back in for variety and convenience. Sometimes I feel like I have to defend my food choices to others, I don’t know why…I don’t judge others’ eating habits!!! I have two daughters, 5 and 17 months, and I have heard my fair share of opinions for child rearing too. I find that blogging about food and children is one in the same. Others who want to learn about your experiences (food or babies/kids) will read it, learn from it, commiserate, celebrate, share, etc. Don’t let anyone bring you down!!! They are obviously not willing to be open to new experiences or sharing, which is what bonds new moms. I hope Hungry, Hungry Hippie continues to go strong!!! :)

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  45. kay

    i have been reading your blog for 3ish years (so yeah, i like it) and i have posted probably once. if people don’t like what you say, then they can just walk away. frankly, i wouldn’t be offended if you turned off your comments. i would see it as self-protection. i would know that you have bigger things to deal with than dealing with other people’s know-it-all-ness and insecurities and that you are creating the healthiest emotional environment for you and your family. if continuing to post (sans comments) is something you like, then i hope you stay posting (cause i like reading), but if it’s not worth it to you, then i will completely understand. whatever you do, will be the right thing, Elise. no matter what. thanks for all your efforts all these years! :)

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  46. Nicole

    Forget the judgment…don’t let them take your sunshine away. I hope all of the comments above reassure you that even though a few may judge, the rest of us support you and look forward to reading your blog every day! Thanks for putting yourself out there…we all love hearing about your life even though most of us don’t know you personally! :)

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  47. Ashley @ AlmostVegGirlie

    I’ve always loved reading your blog, and I think you’re a lot more relatable than some bloggers because you do share so much with us. I feel like people comment negatively on blogs because they think it’s an anonymous forum, but they don’t consider the feelings of the blogger on the receiving end of those comments. And I definitely don’t judge your eating habits–I actually think it’s really great that you’re trying out fish as it’s the one thing I’ve considered adding back in to my currently vegan diet. Plus I always love seeing your meal ideas, vegan or not!

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  48. Kayla_eL_eM

    Love the “No Label” thing. People don’t need to be pushed into a box with a label placed on it. Saddened that people’s comments have made you feel this way. If it’s worth anything, I love your blog, follow it everyday and my partner always asks me hows my “hippie” going and we often use your recipes. I hope you keep your blog going but do understand should you chose otherwise. You should enjoy writing your blog and shouldn’t have to justify your choices. That’s the beauty of a blog, people expressing their personal opinions and sharing particular life choices.
    All the best with your decision lovely. K :)

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  49. Melissa C

    Elise,

    It saddens me to hear you are receiving negative comments from haters :( I have only commented a few times, but I read your blog religiously. I LOVE your recipes, your ADORABLE baby boy, and how your blog is truely a no label zone! I would understand if you decided to close HHH, but I would really miss reading your blog! You need to do what is best for your family.
    Hugs,
    Melissa

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  50. Katie

    I’m really bummed that people can be so rude… especially because your blog simply rocks! :D I absolutely love hearing about P and your parenting tips and tricks with him, since I’m a new mom it’s nice to hear what works. I’m sure it’s hard to open up and have the chance of judgement, but I always look forward to your posts!

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  51. ingrid

    i don’t check out your blog as much as i should. instead, i subscribe to the email and read your posts as soon as they come in. i’m sad today. i can’t believe people would give you poop for how you choose to raise your beautiful son. you are clearly a dedicated and beyond amazing mom. i’m not blessed enough to have kids, so i am no expert on childrearing, but i am confident that you are raising a son with love, experience, humor, more love, and a love of life. i hope your choice includes updates on your family because i love reading about them. but, of course, i will remain a loyal follower regardless of your choice. it’s your choice and only you know what is best for you and your family. it’s crazy. i feel like i know you…and i know you’ll make the right choice:). stay strong, woman!

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  52. ulrike

    Sorry to hear people have gotten “judgey” on you. Just ignore them! Sadly, the internet has made some people forget the “if you don’t have something nice to say” adage. I really enjoy your posts and have gotten lots of food inspiration from you, so selfishly I hope you do keep your blog going! I’m a parent myself and I HATE getting unsolicited parenting advice and certainly hate receiving judgemental comments of any kind. Would never deign to think you want to hear any of that from us. IMHO, you’re doing a great job as a parent though :)

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  53. Michael

    Hi Elise,

    First time commenter here. I went full vegetarian — well, at least no red meat or chicken but I ate fish every now and then — a little over a year ago. It made me feel great, lighter, and fresher, and I started getting into running. It made me healthier. But then right at the year mark, I considered falling off the “veg” wagon after some cravings and apathy hit. I found myself craving crap food. But instead of reverting back to unhealthy eating habits, I revitalized and read more to get educated and have stuck with it and am currently making a lot more vegan choices. I hate labels, too ; ) I’ve lost more weight and have started running again. I was re-inspired. In the midst of this, I stumbled across your blog recently — about 2 months ago — and I attribute it, and you, partially to my decision to continue eating vegetarian/vegan. Your recipes are easy, fun, flexible to suit individual taste, and most importantly, delicious. It’s made eating healthy easier for me (just made one of those “Sabra-cotti” lasagnas with kale last night!). And, what you share about your personal life is what gives it character and heart. Of course, I understand the need for privacy and protection. But, regardless of what you decide to do with your blog, I wanted to drop you a line to say how much I’ve enjoyed it : )

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  54. Jamie@SoyMilkMustache

    You are an inspiration to me as a health foodie, and as a food blogger! I absolutely share your same non-label food philosophies. Dietary labels are unfair to your health, no?

    Illegitimi non carborundum! Any criticism must just be a sign of success. ;-)

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  55. Briana

    Hi! I’m a fan of your blog but haven’t ever commented. But, seems like this is a good post to start with. Your blog is probably the only one I check daily. I love that your recipes are very user friendly and often don’t require a ton of abstract ingredients that one often doesn’t or wouldn’t have on hand. Reading about your sweet little boy and your fam too makes me look forward to my husband and I starting a family one day… you guys seem awesome. Btw, love the no label philosophy. Labels are annoying! I eat plant-based 99% of the time, but shoot…sometimes some sushi sure hits the spot. :)

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  56. Sarah

    Please keep blogging! I love your posts. Anyone who parents is new to it and can never be an expert! We all learn as we go so I hope you can continue to post despite inconsiderate comments. You are doing an awesome job and to prove I love your blog Im reading it while in line at Disney World! Keep up the good work- you help lots of people!

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  57. Shawnna

    Oh man :( I’m bummed to hear that you have received negative comments. I love your attitude and “no labels” approach. I know that people can get over enthusiastic when they figure out some parenting tidbit that they love. Sharing it with others seems to be the natural thing to do. (I could talk cloth diapers and baby carriers all day) So, I’m hoping that people are truly coming from a place of wanting to share their love of an approach with you and not coming from a critical viewpoint.

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  58. Elizabeth

    Elise,

    Long-time lurker, not very prolific commenter. Just wanted to echo everyone else and say don’t let the judgmental people get ou down. P is obviously very loved – and he’s your (and kyle’s) kid, so we who “know” you know that you’ll do the best for him.

    “No labels” is such a perfect way to describe the diet we should all eat — mostly healthy, lots of veggies, sometimes not the best. The salmon salad looks awesome, and when I finally am back in the kitchen after this interminable work trip ends, it’s on my list. Ad I’ll probably eat too many of those nuts because they look awesome,

    Keep on keeping on.

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    1. Elise Post author

      hi elizabeth! thanks for commenting and saying hi :)
      i really appreciate the supportive feedback, so thank you for your kind words.

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  59. Emily

    I always love your posts, and think you have such a sensible, balanced approach to living. I eat very similarly to you – low FODMAP due to GI issues, no meat, love eggs & some fish. I also have dair though, I tolerate it fine. The simple fact is, every body is different and every person needs to figure out what works for them. If nasty people don’t understand than, then frankly, they can go bleep themselves.

    Keep it up honey, or don’t – but do what makes you happiest!

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    1. Elise Post author

      thank you emily :)
      its so nice to hear such kind feedback. i really do appreciate having kind reader friends who have much in common out there.

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