This post is from contributing writer Mary Voogt of Just Take A Bite.
When it comes to seeking health advice we all go online. We may not trust everything we read. We may ask a doctor’s advice too. But we all do it.
We do a search and browse various sources, including blogs. I do it all the time when my kids have a particular problem I need help with. It’s easy. It’s informative. It doesn’t cost money.
A view from the other side
But I also give the advice. I am a blogger myself at Just Take a Bite. I write about real food and how to raise healthy kids. I share strategies for getting kids to eat well and for dealing with allergies.
But sometimes I wonder…why should anyone believe what I say? What makes me credible? Do I take stock in what other bloggers say?
I ask these questions for good reasons. There is a lot of incorrect information online. You can find twenty different opinions on just about anything.
But really I ask it because sometimes I feel like people don’t believe me. I advocate a real food lifestyle and promote healing strategies. But all three of my own children have health problems.
Do I really know what I’m talking about?
The thing is it’s not just me. So many real food bloggers have sick kids. By sick I mean any kind of health issue. Some well known bloggers have kids with autism, allergies, sensory conditions, leaky gut, ADD, skin conditions. The list goes on. So why should you trust them or listen to their advice? It’s a real concern.
Knowledge through experience
Take heart. The thing that makes you question them is exactly what makes them credible! That is how they know what does and doesn’t work. They’ve lived it. They’ve experimented. They’ve struggled through the good and the bad. Experience produces knowledge.
You wouldn’t call someone an expert on raising chickens just because they read a book about it. You’d call them an expert if they’ve been raising chickens for years and have figured out how to do it well.
Bloggers that have kids with health issues start writing because they have advice to share. They’ve lived through the trials. They’ve done the research. They’ve experienced the power of real food first hand. In fact, they often have had their own health problems to contend with before they even had kids. Even more experience!
They have taken the time and energy to make change and strive for improvement and healing.
A lot of people ask me for advice when it comes to feeding challenges. They wouldn’t do that if I had always had perfect eaters. They ask because I have STRUGGLED to get all of my kids to eat and figured out solutions.
I’ve laid out all of my strategies in my book Why Won’t My Child Eat?!
Health problems promote change
People ask me for advice on food allergies. I have a son with a long list of severe, potentially anaphylactic allergies. I have a daughter that has so many latent allergies she doesn’t have much to eat. That doesn’t make me a bad parent or ignorant about health, it gives me experience and credibility.
Ask any real food blogger and most of them will tell you they got started on this path because of their own or a family member’s health problems. And now they want to share what they’ve learned.
Just like a former athlete makes a great coach, knowing the ins and outs of the game, someone that has dealt with health problems and found methods for healing makes a great resource for advice.
Do you trust everything you read on the Internet?
I sure don’t!
Do I go to a doctor for advice on health issues?
Absolutely! Though I do question their advice sometimes and always make my own decisions.
But show me a mom sharing her heart, her journey, her trials, her successes and her story of hope for healing through nourishing real food and I will gladly listen. Her knowledge through experience is priceless.
The next time you think a real food blogger’s advice should be in question because they don’t have their health problems all figured out, think again. It’s the struggle and the desire for a better life that gives them the knowledge and the passion to share it with others. They aren’t sick because they eat real food. They eat real food because they are sick and are being proactive about health.
If you find a real food blogger that has never had health problems and has kids in perfect health from birth there isn’t much to back up their claims that real food works. It’s a nice theory without proof. Go find those real food bloggers with sick kids and see what they’re up to. Hopefully you’ll be inspired!