The following are a list of resources that I put together based on my personal experiences with blogging, cooking, growing in faith, and learning more about food, health, and fitness. I hope you find these helpful for you as they have been for me!
STARTING A FOOD BLOG
Some of you have asked me about how I set up my food blog, so I figured this was the best place to share my answers!
I recommend enrolling in a Bluehost hosting plan. They offer great deals as a web host and they have full technical support for anytime you run into difficulty. You can create a domain name and register it through Bluehost to then use in setting up a WordPress blog.
I use WordPress for Fed and Fulfilled and I paid for a Genesis theme with Foodie Pro as m “child theme.” Basically, it just means that I have a built-in template that makes it easy to write posts specifically for recipes. If you’re just starting out, there are many free themes to use in setting up your blog, but I recommend paying a bit more for Genesis if you plan to make your blog into a business. It’s worth it for the extra features it comes with to make your life as a blogger much easier!
If you’re still scratching your head as to what I’m even talking about with Bluehost and WordPress, then I encourage you to begin by watching some FREE videos produced by the talented food blogger team at Minimalist Baker. They walk you through how to set up your site quickly, easily, and efficiently!
For those who want to go a bit deeper into blogging or plan to monetize a blog, I strongly recommend subscribing to a Food Blogger Pro membership. This was a life-saver for me in setting up Fed and Fulfilled! They have awesome tech support, tons of informational videos on everything from photography to advertising. Enrollment opens at various times throughout the year, so sign up for their waiting list to be notified when the next opening occurs.
This beautiful and inspiring blog is run by Abby, a friend of mine. Not only will you learn more about home decor, DIY projects, and organization, but there is a whole section dedicated to starting and running a blog – which Abby does so well! She took her blog from a hobby to a full-fledged, successful business in only 3 years. AND she shares exactly how she did it! Super helpful and inspiring!
MY COOKING ESSENTIALS
Living a Paleo lifestyle is much simpler when you have the right kitchen equipment and special ingredients! Here are some online stores that I recommend to help make your cooking life easier!
All of my favorite cooking gadgets and ingredients are in one place on my Fed and Fulfilled Amazon Store! Check out what products I recommend and have them delivered to your door! Happy shopping!
Thrive Market has been a life-saver when searching for specialty ingredients – especially for anyone who lives far outside access to health food stores, Whole Foods, or large grocery store chains. Thrive Market has a huge variety of products for any diet, along with housewares, beauty supplies, and more! I highly recommend subscribing! They offer free shipping on orders of $50 or more, and often throw in free gifts!
For anyone who is eating Paleo or gluten-free, Otto’s Cassava Flour is just about the closest thing to wheat flour on the market! It’s totally grain-free and it makes AMAZING tortillas – recipe is on the flour bag! Several recipes on Fed and Fulfilled call for Otto’s brand cassava flour, so definitely pick up a bag or two! (FREE shipping!)
This section speaks to the “Fulfilled” aspect of my blog’s name. My faith is what fulfills me and the authors and resources below played a big part in guiding and growing me in my journey as a Christ-follower.
Shauna is one of my all-time favorite authors. She’s a passionate foodie and woman of faith who writes in a very honest, real way that I’ve always admired. Sitting down and reading one of her books feels like connecting with a friend. My personal favorite is “Bittersweet,” but all of them are great reads! Plus, most of her works include her favorite recipes and stories to go with them!
This is an online Bible study and community for women. Each day is a new set of scriptures and a devotional story to go along with them. It’s my favorite online devo and I always feel like I learn something from what I read, whether the scriptures chosen, the devo itself, or the comments left by other readers. Really good!
Lysa has written a number of books and devotionals. She’s extremely relatable and I appreciate her openness in sharing her struggles in life and faith – many of which I identify with! Check out her books, “The Best Yes” and “Uninvited,” among others!
For anyone else who has gone through pregnancy loss, I recommend checking out Angie Smith’s blog and her book, “I Will Carry You.” She writes from the heart about dealing with loss and overcoming grief. Another one of my favorite Christian authors.
FOOD BLOGS TO FREQUENT
To round out my list of resources, I’ve included a list of my favorite food blogs. Some have inspired me to create my own blog and others are my go-to sites for amazing recipes that my family and I love to cook and eat! Enjoy and be prepared for some drool-worthy food photos! 🙂
For any diet:
Pinch of Yum has been one of my all-time favorite food blogs well before I went Paleo. The good news is that this blog has hundreds of recipes to accommodate many diets! Every recipe I have made from here has turned out well. The site is run by a cute husband and wife team who are some of the most successful food bloggers in the business. (They also own and run Food Blogger Pro!)
This blog has some of the most beautiful photographs – simple and dramatic. Plus, I can’t stop making the “Easiest Fridge Pickles” recipe! You can easily spend hours looking at the food masterpieces from this site! Especially the desserts!
You’ll find perfectly simple designs, colorful photos, and easy recipes with big flavors on this blog! Not to mention all the many helpful resource videos for starting and managing your own food blog! Another husband and wife power-blogging couple!
For the Paleo diet:
My first experiences with the Paleo diet resulted from a friend buying me an Against All Grain cookbook. I fell in love with Danielle Walker’s recipes and even more with her story. Definitely take the time to read about her health journey, strong faith, and her family’s story.
PaleOMG wins for the most fun and creative Paleo recipes that are also easy to make! Many of my go-to Paleo meals come from this food blog. And if you are into fashion, Juli shares all about where she finds her stylish wardrobe!
This blog has my full respect because not only does it offer delicious Paleo recipes, it also boasts the cookbook, “My Paleo Patisserie,” which makes grain-free baking a total art form. It blew my mind to see grain-free eclairs, macarons, madeleines, and more. I can’t even imagine the work that went into creating these recipes! The photos are out of this world and the food is masterful. Love, love, love!
For the Autoimmune Protocol (AIP) diet:
Going AIP doesn’t have to mean you need to sacrifice flavor and creativity when you cook. This is my favorite AIP recipe resource, full of delicious and healthy recipes that make you forget you’re even on a special diet!
This is a hugely helpful blog that not only has great recipes, but also a ton of good information on the AIP diet. I own one of their cookbooks and it helped me make the transition much easier from mostly Paleo to fully AIP.
The Paleo Mom provides extremely helpful articles about diet, autoimmune issues, and healthy living – not to mention slew of healthy recipes. Dr. Sarah Ballantyne has her own podcast, has written numerous books, and shares everything from meal plans to personal success stories. Really great health resource!
FUN WITH FITNESS
Down your green smoothie, grab a water bottle, and get ready to sweat! Below are my favorite ways to work out! There are so many awesome online fitness videos that are 100% FREE thanks to YouTube! Here are the ones I use most often.
I love using Jessica Smith TV for my daily workouts. Not only does she have an arsenal of workouts in her fitness library, but she also provides a lot of low impact alternatives. This was really perfect for me when I had to tone down the intensity of my daily workouts. I highly recommend checking out her Barre workouts (my personal favorites), strength training/sculpting sessions, and walking workouts. She also has some great abs videos, too!
Fitness Blender will always be a go-to fitness resource for me. This husband and wife team puts out very professional workout videos and are constantly producing new content. For a real challenge, try the infamous 1,000 calorie workouts! I love their strength and core workouts, too! The best part is, their website allows you to search for workouts using a wide variety of criteria. Very user-friendly!
There are days when we just need to relax, breathe, and meditate to calm our bodies and ease stress. Yoga with Adriene is a perfect resource to give your body a break, while still getting a workout in. Don’t be fooled – yoga can still be a challenge! I also really enjoy her breathing exercises to help with stress and anxiety.
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