I’m so excited to tell you about my big name change news! I’ve been thinking for a while that I want to change my blog name and have finally come up with the perfect name: Healy Eats Real.
In this post I’d like to explain a few things about my name change like why I’m changing my name and what it means for the future of my blog.
WHY I’m changing my blog name from Healy Real Food Vegetarian to Healy Eats Real
There are a few reasons why I’m changing my blog name to Healy Eats Real and the reasons have been building up for a while.
First of all, when I created my blog, I never expected it to become what it is today. I have to say that I am so blessed and thankful that because of the success of Healy Real Food Vegetarian, blogging is now my full time job.
Having said that, if I had known that my blog would have become my business, I would have thought a little harder on the name. When I was creating the blog and saw the blank box where the name goes, I probably took about 5 minutes to come up with Healy Real Food Vegetarian. Now, that’s not to say that Healy Real Food Vegetarian isn’t a good name. It served me well for a long time and I am happy that it has taken me as far as it has, but it’s clear to me that it’s time for a change now.
Healy Real Food Vegetarian was too long!
Healy Real Food Vegetarian is a mouthful. Every time I talk to people in person about my blog and have to say “Healy Real Food Vegetarian” I get exhausted…try saying “Healy Real Food Vegetarian” 3 times fast…it’s hard right? Yep, I was not happy about saying that over and over at networking events 😉
Not to mention the looks I got when telling people about my blog. “What was that?” they would say. “Can you say that again?”. My friends would tell me that the name was too long and I have to agree.
Focus on Real Food
Although my blog is called Healy Real Food Vegetarian, my focus is really on the “real food” part more so than the “vegetarian” part and I think some people have been a little misled by the name.
You see, my position has always been that just because you are vegetarian does not mean that you’re healthy. At the same time, just because you eat meat doesn’t mean you are unhealthy. Our health depends on a lot of factors– it has to do with our body type, our heritage, our sensitivities and about the choices we make.
I know a lot of vegetarian people that eat just as much packaged processed food as any other Standard American Diet eater and are unhealthy because of it. In fact, I used to be like that– subsisting on packaged soy-burgers and vegan convenience foods and my health suffered because of it. That is one of the main things that inspired me to start this blog–the fact that I suffered because of unhealthy food choices and I wanted to share how real natural whole foods helped me.
I also know a lot of meat eaters that care about the quality of food that they eat and only consume real whole foods and quality grass fed, pastured and humanely raised meats.
We can’t lump all meat-eaters and vegetarians into stereotypes as much as some extreme groups would like to believe. I would say that a meat eater that hardly consumes packaged foods and makes everything from scratch is healthier than a vegetarian that depends on packaged foods and take-out pizza, burritos and chinese food. At the same time, I would say that a vegetarian who makes their own organic whole foods from scratch would be much healthier than a meat eater who eats TV dinners and McDonalds. It really depends on many different elements and to say that vegetarians are healthier than meat-eaters or that meat-eaters are healthier than vegetarians is an overgeneralization that doesn’t take into account various lifestyle factors.
My aim is to promote real quality homemade whole foods and move away from processed packaged foods, whether you are vegetarian, vegan, paleo, real foodie or any other diet you can think of.
My Goal Has Never Been to “Convert” People to Vegetarianism
Considering that my blog name has the word vegetarian in it, some people assume that because of this, my goal is to convert people into being vegetarian and that is not, and has never been my goal. I’ve never been the kind of person that wants to “convert” people into eating a certain way and frankly, it makes me very uncomfortable when people do that to me. Everyone has reasons for eating the way they do and I want to respect that and provide information about food and health for those who are interested in it.
I’ve even had issues on my facebook page because of my name. From time to time, I’ll ask questions on my facebook page like “What are you having for dinner tonight?”. Since I have a variety of people with different diet types on my facebook page, some people would answer the question with a meat-centered dish like meatloaf, sausage, roasted chicken, etc. Then, the few people who are staunchly against meat-eating of any kind would get upset and say things like “Isn’t this a vegetarian page? Why are you allowing people to post about meat?” I was always uncomfortable with this because I never want to kick anyone off my page just for talking about their meal!
I named my blog Healy Real Food Vegetarian initially because I wanted my blog to be a place for vegetarians who are also interested in real food and natural health. Now, I’ve come to realize that I can still be that blog without alienating other groups of people.
I want my blog to be a place where anyone, regardless of their diet choices, can get recipe ideas and learn about natural health without feeling judged for their food choices. Everyone is welcome here!
Because Everyone thought I Misspelled “Healthy”!! LOL!
I always thought this one was funny! Maybe I haven’t been clear enough that my name is Hannah Healy and that’s why my blog was called Healy Real Food Vegetarian. Like I said before, when I created my blog name, I didn’t put much thought into it. It didn’t even occur to me that at first glance, people might think that “Healy” is “Healthy”. It’s an honest mistake and it does look very similar.
I’ve even had multiple people comment on my blog saying “You misspelled Healthy”, which I thought was hilarious. If that we’re true that would be a pretty careless spelling error considering that my domain name, my header, photo watermarks and everything else said “Healy”. What a massive typo!
I intend to remedy this misunderstanding by including an introductory paragraph on my website homepage introducing myself as Hannah Healy of Healy Eats Real. Also, the new name Healy Eats Real sounds more like a persons name…especially since “Healthy Eats Real” wouldn’t really make sense.
Final Reason: Because I’m Not Vegetarian Anymore
After many years of being vegetarian I have recently decided to include pasture raised meats in my diet for health reasons.
Trust me, this was not a lightly made choice, it came after years of issues and months of deliberation.
However, I am happy with my decision. I hope that you can take the time to read my post that talks more about how I came to this tough decision.
What the New Name Healy Eats Real Means to Me
I’m still going to provide the same great healthy recipes that you’ve enjoyed in the past as well as informative articles about natural health. There may be a few recipes with meat, but there will also be some great vegetarian and vegan recipes as well…like there’s always been!
To me, the name Healy Eats Real will just be a more accurate representation of myself and my journey to health and will hopefully empower you to do what’s right for your body.
It’s my hope that it will allow even more people to feel welcome here and learn from the various articles and recipes!
Thank you so much to all of my readers for your support during this name change!
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