Blogger Spotlight – Leslie Auman
Leslie Auman is the owner and founder of The Whole Life Balance. You can follow her on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and LinkedIn. Check out her Paleo Chocolate Pistachio Truffles Recipe here.
We asked her some questions about what got her into Paleo and why she enjoys helping people on a Paleo lifestyle.
1. What got you interested in the Paleo lifestyle?
I discovered the Paleo diet on Pinterest almost two years ago. This was before “recommended for you” pins, so someone that I followed had repinned the pins I saw about it. I read a little bit about it and learned about how it cuts out all processed food and focuses on real foods like meats, veggies, fruits, and healthy fats. It was appealing to me, as I could guess at the benefits of cutting out processed junk food. I decided to give it a try and never looked back!
2. What excites you most about writing/blogging and helping people get healthier?
The most exciting aspect for me about blogging about the whole food and “crunchy” lifestyle is receiving comments from people that the information I shared helped them or made them want to learn more. I’m now self-employed and work from home, but I used to be a middle school teacher. Needless to say, having the feeling that I’m teaching people useful information is incredibly rewarding to me, and it always makes my day when someone comments that my post helped them.
3. What is the top question asked by your readers?
My blog is still pretty new–only about seven months old–so unfortunately, I don’t get a lot of comments on my posts yet. So, I’ll answer this question from the Instagram perspective. I’d say the top question I get on Instagram is, “Where can I find (insert product/item/recipe here)?” I’ve been following the strict elimination phase of the Autoimmune Protocol (AIP) for the last four-and-a-half months, so I get a lot of questions about the supplements I take, the food I post, and things like that. It’s helpful to be able to tell people where they can find things because it empowers them.
4. How do your family and friends feel about your Paleo life?
This December will mark my 2-year anniversary of being Paleo (or Paleo-versary). By now, I’d have to say that all of my family and friends are quite used to it. My boyfriend follows a modified Paleo lifestyle, because we’ve been living together for three years, so it’s easier to share the same types of foods. We’ve gotten in the habit of taking food with us when we travel to minimize eating out and not having appropriate options (and to save money!), so our families are very used to us showing up with our own food. Especially now that I’m on the AIP, I do have some friends who think I’m very “restricted” in my diet, but I don’t see it that way. I’m on the path to healing, and Paleo and modified versions of Paleo can help people on that path–you just have to be willing to open your mind to it!
5. What are three things you’ve told yourself that kept you going during your weakest moment?
- I will be able to see the “big picture” results at the end. Right now, it might not feel like I’m making progress toward my health goals, but there are lots of small positive changes happening that will be more noticeable later.
- It’s not worth the discomfort and negative reactions that it will cause me. There are Paleo- or AIP-friendly versions that I can have that are just as tasty!
- I’m enough, and I’m worth it.
6. If you had a list of ‘best-kept secrets’ [websites, books, coaches] you’d recommend, which would you include and why?
Oh my goodness! I’d want to list so many! I’ll make a list starting with a few cookbooks that I highly recommend, and then I’ll share some blogs.
- Down South Paleo by Jennifer Robins
- Make Ahead Paleo by Tammy Credicott
- The Frugal Paleo Cookbook by Ciarra Hannah
- Autoimmune Paleo
- Paleo Newbie
- Be Paleo and Thrive
- Vibrant Life Army Wife
- Don’t Eat the Spatula
- Phoenix Helix
- A Clean Plate
The only coaching program I will recommend right now is the SAD to AIP in SIX program. It’s a 6-week group program to guide you through a gentle transition to the AIP.
(*Note: The link used there is Leslie’s affiliate link. This means that Leslie will earn a small commission if you sign up for the program using this link.)
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