The New ELR (Don’t Leave Me, Please)

by jenna on August 12, 2010

Like some of you have picked up on, ELR is changing. You change a bunch when you’re in your mid-twenties and I’m certainly not the same girl I was three years ago when I started this. Because of that, the blog isn’t the same either. I recognize the fact that I consume more bacon now than I did two years ago. And I’ve moved on. Don’t leave meeeeeeeeee

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In the days to come, I still will be blogging every day but instead of just journaling my daily food intake (and boring you with my daily turkey sandwiches), I’ll be sharing more of my recipes and random food musings with y’all. I’m going to be focusing more on the celebration of food and life and just go wherever that takes me.

What you WON’T find anymore on this site are:

company sponsored product reviews (everything I show on the blog will be bought with my OWN moolah)

company advertising (I work with Foodbuzz and that’s it!)

what exercises I did at the gym

“here’s what I ate today”

my sanity

What you WILL find more on this site are:

more step by step recipes (!!)

more food photography

more traveling tales

more random musings

more social awkwardness


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I’m also going to be doing a complete site redesign, and the new ELR 2.0 should be up and running within a few months. It’s way more of a project than I ever imagined and something I work on behind the scenes every.single.day. Let’s just say technology is NOT my friend.

Okay on that note I’m going to change out of my bathrobe and eat a piece of melon. We’re going out to a late dinner with a bunch of friends visiting from Texas tonight. I’ll be back!

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{ 295 comments… read them below or add one }

briana August 12, 2010 at 5:56 pm

Jenna, Ive followed your blog and love your self discovery its awesome and what happens to us in our twenties. Congrats and i love reading no matter what!

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Lindsey August 12, 2010 at 5:57 pm

Good for you! (Although I do like hearing about your workouts and food.)

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Camille August 12, 2010 at 5:57 pm

I like the new ELR idea!
Please consider me a loyal reader no matter what changes you make!

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Rebekah @Rebeltarian August 12, 2010 at 6:02 pm

Looking foward to the changes. I myself have experienced a move towards eating more in celebration instead of focusing so much on the nutritional aspects!

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Jennifer August 12, 2010 at 6:03 pm

Life would be boring if we never grew and expanded our horizons. I’m looking forward to seeing the new changes and seeing where this new outlook will take you!

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sarah August 12, 2010 at 6:19 pm

I’d love to see more reviews from restaurants, since i live in the Bay Area….

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Jessica @ How Sweet It Is August 12, 2010 at 6:20 pm

I am glad! I am not really a fan of product reviews or daily eats. I think this is much more of your own personality and I love it Jenna!

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Coco @ Opera Girl Cooks August 12, 2010 at 6:21 pm

Go for it, Jenna! I would love to see more of your recipes.

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Shannon August 12, 2010 at 6:21 pm

I look forward to what is to come on this blog. I love everything you write and you will have many loyal followers who support you in whatever you do!

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Jen, a priorfatgirl August 12, 2010 at 6:22 pm

Can’t wait to see what’s in store for you Jenna! It is so amazing watching you grow & change. Thanks for taking us along :)

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Estela @ Weekly Bite August 12, 2010 at 6:24 pm

The twenties are all about self-discovery. Once you hit our thirties you start to slowly fine tune the person you have come to love.

I’m so happy to hear about the new direction of your blog :)

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Maissa August 12, 2010 at 6:25 pm

My favorite thing about your blog is your obvious and unapologetic love of food. I love that it is punctuated with beautiful photographs and your often hilarious anecdotes. If I am to be honest, I have always loved your blog, but have found it even more interesting since you started posting more recipes. My ‘recipes to try’ bookmarks folder may be overflowing, but I’m incredibly excited to try them all and continue to share in your love of food.

I promise to keep reading so long as you keep doing what your doing!

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Kamaile August 12, 2010 at 6:25 pm

Awesome. You are one of the 4 blogs I check every morning and sometimes evening too! Texas represent! Hey Ya’ll! :-)

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Morgan @ Healthy Happy Place August 12, 2010 at 6:25 pm

Love the new take on the blog! I agree, we all change so much in our 20s. I’m excited to read the new ELR!

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Staceyhttp://stacey-healthylife.blogspot.com/ August 12, 2010 at 6:27 pm

I’ll stick with you. I will miss your healthy eating recaps but will enjoy all the cooking, tips, and pictures to come. We all must grow and I think the revamp will be more fitting for who you are now.

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Emily G August 12, 2010 at 6:27 pm

Love it – I’m a new-ish reader but I really enjoy seeing all the great stuff you eat & make as well as the travel photos. If I can’t live & eat in NoCal and the West (best) Coast then at least I can eat there vicariously through you. And keep the recipes coming – you taught me to poach eggs better than ever before and I’m so grateful!

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Jenny August 12, 2010 at 6:27 pm

I’m totally on board with this! (not that I haven’t always loved your blog) but you are so full of life and creativity, can’t wait for more! :)

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Chelsey August 12, 2010 at 6:28 pm

I’m SO excited! Life changes so we should be a part of it, right? Can’t wait to see the revamped site. I won’t leave you!

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Ramona August 12, 2010 at 6:30 pm

Change is good! I’m excited to see the new posts. I just hope you’re not changing in response to comments on your blog. You can’t please everyone, so focus on being true to yourself. I read through your older posts. It’s cool to see how your writing has evolved. Good job!

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sarah (this is it) August 12, 2010 at 6:30 pm

hooray! you are terrific and I look forward to the 2.0 version!

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theemptynutjar August 12, 2010 at 6:31 pm

No need to explain your direction. Just take it where it takes you. You are lucky to not be confined. I feel restricted in what I write I admit because some people just react to things completely wrong. Harmless thoughts and musings are looked at completely the wrong way. It is too bad because it ultimately means I have to either write little or nothing. It seems to be coming to that anyway. I wish everyone could try to be comfortable with their own minds/lives and stop the paranoia/need for drama that is just a creation of their own minds.

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Kim August 12, 2010 at 6:31 pm

Will you still post pictures of Dexter? if so I’m all in! :D

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jenna August 12, 2010 at 6:50 pm

obviouslyyy

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Meg August 12, 2010 at 7:43 pm

I second the Dexter comment ;) And your beautiful face too Jenna, of course!!!

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Marisa @ Loser for Life August 12, 2010 at 6:32 pm

Change is a great thing! Looking forward to all the delicious recipes you’ll be sharing!

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Shenan @ Iambs and Ales August 12, 2010 at 6:32 pm

A comment from a long-time reader, first-time commenter: I love it. For some people, celebrating the choices they make each minute, each day is right; for others, celebrating specific moments or meals or things is right. What it comes down to is that the world always needs more people who celebrate, no matter what it is they celebrate, and who celebrate what makes them feel alive. I applaud your choice to celebrate what makes you feel alive when you do so :)

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Erin August 12, 2010 at 6:33 pm

I’m really looking forward to these changes — you’ll be doing more of what I really enjoy reading, which is interest pieces that go beyond ‘and then I ate a handful of cereal.’

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Nola August 12, 2010 at 6:33 pm

I can totally relate to the evolution that happens as you move from 20-something toward 30-something. It can take a lot of courage to say out loud “I’ve grown up, and I plan to keep doing so” in a place like this! I love your maturity and your willingness to be authentic at all stages of your life. I look forward to following you!

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Suzanne de Cornelia August 12, 2010 at 6:33 pm

Creativity and growth is the nature of the universe as it should be with ourselves–otherwise we stagnate. ALWAYS fun to see what you do next–and look forward to ELR 2.0 when it’s ready to be unveiled!!

I love recipes! Did you know that picnics (and our word for picnic) originated in France? And in Provence esp fabulous picnics. I’m doing an end of summer picnic. Serving traditional Provencal dishes, including Pan Bagnat–you’d probably like! Here’s a recipe: http://tinyurl.com/npt7ze

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Suzanne de Cornelia August 12, 2010 at 6:38 pm

And I COULD change and use actual English and write ‘creativity and growth ARE’ like a grown-up……..:)

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darryn (brio.gusto) August 12, 2010 at 6:34 pm

Good for you Jenna! I won’t be leaving. In fact, I think I like the new ELR better! :)

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Amy August 12, 2010 at 6:34 pm

Yay! Sounds great. I won’t leave you. :)

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Heather (Heather's Dish) August 12, 2010 at 6:34 pm

bring on the social awkwardness jenna! i can’t wait to keep reading. it’s been amazing to just watch you grow and learn and fall even more in love with food and writing the whole way. reader for life (in a non-creepy way)! :)

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Alyson @ Nourished Fitness August 12, 2010 at 6:34 pm

Even better! :)

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Lacey August 12, 2010 at 6:35 pm

I’ve been reading your blog for quite a while now and this may be my first comment. :)

I am 26 and totally understand the transformation you are talking about. I read several food blogs and can find myself getting frustrated that I don’t see the same results as those I read and yet I live a very active, healthy lifestyle and eat an almost vegan, whole foods diet [with some wine and baking mixed in for good measure]. I’ve gotten quite tired of living like this and have found myself slowly embracing the fact that while I need to be better at eating maybe 2 cookies instead of 4, I don’t need to compare myself to others and simply learn to better enjoy life and all it has to offer…even if butter and less days at the gym may be involved.

Thanks for your honesty and openness to embrace these similar changes in your life. It’s nice to have the company.

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ashleigh August 12, 2010 at 6:35 pm

I’ll be staying! I have been following you from the beginning and I like your blog more and more every day. I love the step by step recipes and I love your tails. I have commented this before, but I am seriously so excited for your book!

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shayla August 12, 2010 at 6:35 pm

Good for you and congrats!! I’m looking forward to the new ELR and can’t wait to follow with you along the way! Although please still show the yumminess you eat at your dinners and travels…it inspires me to get creative in restaurants and who doesn’t like to look at 4 star quality food porn?! Lol! ;)

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dmorrow01 August 12, 2010 at 6:36 pm

Sounds great, Jenna!
I hope you don’t skimp in the restaurant food photos!

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Dynamics August 12, 2010 at 6:37 pm

I put you in my occasional folder. Now I can put you BACK into my daily MUST read folder. I look forward to some more amazing things. I like the way you are going. Did I mention your photos are awesome!

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kellyO August 12, 2010 at 6:37 pm

You are one of the first blogs I discovered and one I read daily. I am in my mid-40s and very overweight, however, you inspire me to make/find peace with food and my body. I will be a faithful reader no matter what changes you do or don’t make!

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Maureen August 12, 2010 at 6:37 pm

I’m looking forward to the changes!

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Brittany August 12, 2010 at 6:39 pm

jenna! as a fellow 25 year old, i feel ya! your blog is amazing, go with what feels right. your readers will always be here to support you. i love your writing style and your personal touches. ELR is one of my top 5 (gmail, twitter, etc.) upon browser opening! keep on doing what your doing! xo

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katie August 12, 2010 at 6:41 pm

I’m excited to see where this new direction takes you and your writing. I’m curious- why won’t you do product reviews anymore? Does that mean you can’t accept free spa vacations at fancy hotels anymore too? ;)

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jenna August 12, 2010 at 6:47 pm

Hahahaha When I say “no product reviews” I mean I won’t be letting random companies send me their loot in hopes I’ll stick it on the blog and they will gain exposure. I’m currently under contract with Tazo Tea (writing recipes for them for two more weeks), but after that I won’t have any more company endorsement at all. Everything you see will be 150% Eat Live Run.

I don’t know if everyone knows this, but food bloggers get a TON of free food sent to them in the mail. It’s pretty ridiculous actually. Companies basically just send us their products in hopes that we will stick it on the blog and be like “oohh I love it!!!” and then everyone will go out and buy it. So many blogs are doing this now (featuring a new kind of chip or all natural soda) that it has sort of taken away from the authenticity of the blog (in my opinion). I want to keep this blog’s integrity 100% by ONLY displaying products and foods that I personally buy with my own money. No more company sponsored giveaways, either. I’d rather give away my own baked goods or a product that I love and bought for you all than have a company give away something just to gain exposure.

I just want you all, my readers, to know how much I value you and I would never sell myself or this blog out for a free product.

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katie August 12, 2010 at 6:55 pm

Thanks for the info. I like it, more authentic this way. I’m sure I’m not the only reader who looks to blogs for new food suggestions (I’ve made quite a few of your recipes) so I appreciate how “real” the site will be.

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Marla August 12, 2010 at 7:17 pm

I am SOOOOO happy to see a well known blogger say
no to company sponsored reviews(good or bad) of their product.I find this commercialism so invasive and annoying to be honest.So kudos to you for taking that stand-I truly hope some of my other fave bloggers will also move in this direction.

I do really enjoy your daily eats…I wonder could you have a side part of your blog be that?(even if it was just photos of your meals from the day with titles of what it was?I love your little lunches,brekky etc and often steal your little simple ideas(without needing a full recipe).Hope you may reconsider this?

Best wishes on your “new” version.Change is always exciting !

And have to say another huge thank you for ditching
sponsored products etc!(For me I find the sponsored “conventions” also very invasive and sneaky that companies send bloggers to!)

PS your blog is one of my faves!

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eatmovelove August 12, 2010 at 7:18 pm

I really like this.

I was finding lately or questioning how “authentic” it was really…not that there’s anything wrong with that!!

…but this is truly your own – and your success

+ I just want your recipes :) I hate blogs that post everything they ate that day…or exercised…

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Taysa August 12, 2010 at 8:00 pm

I also wanted to say that I really dig this change. I have been reading less and less of food blogs lately because some just seem like advertisement after advertisement–if that’s what I wanted, I would go read a magazine or watch TV. Good on you!

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Marla August 12, 2010 at 8:35 pm

PS
Are you still continuing with Open Sky?
(I have to be honest and say these are one of the
advertising features on current blogs that drive me crazy….”look what I used today and you too can find it here on my open sky shop” …
So many bloggers have Open Sky-it’s just another commerical placement in my book.(kinda like how a movie star will hold a pepsi during a scene…)

What are your thoughts about it? Thanks!

(sorry to vent ! ;)

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Still Life in Southeast Asia August 13, 2010 at 11:37 am

I couldn’t agree more. The Open Sky “commercials” in blog posts drive me friggin bananas.

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jenna August 14, 2010 at 7:50 am

I will not be continuing with OpenSky…I ended my partnership with them yesterday. I wish them the best though!

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RhodeyGirl August 12, 2010 at 9:25 pm

If it’s ok, I would also like to add my own two cents.

Jenna, I really respect your decision to move ELR into ELR 2.0, and I can’t wait to see where all of these changes take you!

I would also like to say that I do not have a no product review policy, but I am very selective about which products I accept into my home and onto my site. I say no to about 90% of the inquiries I receive, and while I only have a medium sized blog, I feel like it is my duty to be honest and real at all times. Yes, I have received free products and foods before, but from companies I am curious about and would have tried otherwise. I only share a review if it is something I really love OR really hate, and don’t bother reviewing anything in between. I think that works for me and maintains the integrity of my blog. I also find that it is amazing to be able to give the opportunity to smaller companies (like Foodzie- remember them from Foodbuzz?) to showcase their products. I absolutely ADORE Foodzie and if they ever wanted me to try something that fits in with my lifestyle I would go for it in a second.

Anyway, just my thoughts to the discussion. I think it is a really interesting one and a difficult one to navigate sometimes.

Can’t wait to see the blog redesign and more of your recipes and tales. :)

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eatmovelove August 13, 2010 at 4:50 am

Agreed.
I don’t think it’s fair to call all out blogs on it…I mean it’s free food in many cases and free food in give-aways…;)…but I’ll only post honest opinion – and often most of my “reviews” aren’t even sent from the company or there is no give-away…

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JenniferfromLaJolla August 13, 2010 at 9:42 am

I wasn’t under the impression Jenna was calling anyone out–she is doing what works best for her. I applaud your decision Jenna (not that you need me, or anyone else to). I stopped following/reading a bunch of blogs because it became very clear the authors were pimping themselves out. And that is fine too, I just am not interested in reading about it.

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Megan August 12, 2010 at 6:42 pm

Jenna– Yours was the first blog I found, and it lead me to much reading about food, running, and general love of life. It is great to see you expand and transform and get to go on that journey with you! Your writing is always heartfelt– be that serious or fun, and I much appreciate that. After following you for sometime, I started my own blog, and love what joy that has brought to me. Keep up the great work!

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kelsey@snackingsquirrel.com August 12, 2010 at 6:46 pm

Fully support you and your growth. Thats the beauty with blogging, to see the change and appreciate them. you are beautiful Jenna and i’m so happy you are owning your own natural change <3 i will be following as always :)

all the best to you and your new ELR plan of action <3

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Allison August 12, 2010 at 6:46 pm

i’m so excited for all of the above! looking forward to the new ELR :)

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Teresa August 12, 2010 at 6:46 pm

Wow! I’m so excited to hear about your blog’s new focus. I’ve been following a few healthy living blogs for a couple months now, and I always ask myself, ‘Do people actually live and eat like this?’ I work full time, and I don’t have time to go on 10 mile runs on a weekday or make steel cut oatmeal on the stovetop every morning. But in my free time, I love to look at food photography and find new recipes on the web, so I’m glad you’ll be focusing more on that. So glad you are promoting a balanced lifestyle on your blog! I love bacon, too!

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Tess August 12, 2010 at 6:47 pm

I’ve been reading religiously since the beginning of this summer, and I just wanted to let you know that I’ll definitely keep reading just as avidly! Your attitude toward food is admirable, enviable, and, as far as I’m concerned, 100% healthy. Everyone should be so fortunate! I’ll be looking forward to all your future posts and celebrations of the joy that is food!

P.S. I was born in Santa Rosa! We left when I was really young, but reading your blog makes me wish we’d stayed longer!

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Lindsey August 12, 2010 at 6:48 pm

Absolutely not leaving. :)
Thank you for acknowledging the changes in your entries, embracing them, and moving in a new direction rather than feeling like you need to remain in the same vein you have been to please an audience. Change is a wonderful thing, and being true to who you really are is even more so!

I look forward to the redesigned ELR!

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Kali August 12, 2010 at 6:50 pm

So excited for you and I really like where you’re going with this! Can’t wait to see the new design too!

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Kristin August 12, 2010 at 6:51 pm

Do we still get to read books?

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jenna August 12, 2010 at 6:52 pm

hahahah yes we can still read books.

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Jessica @ How Sweet It Is August 13, 2010 at 5:04 am

Speaking of, when are we discussing American Wife?! Love, love, LOVE it and I need to discuss!

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Kimmy August 13, 2010 at 6:13 am

I second that!

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Melva August 12, 2010 at 6:53 pm

Glad you will still be around. I get so much inspiration from your recipes and enthusiasm towards life and food and health! Growth and change is so important as you are “growing up” and it’s good to do what feels right for you. I’m in my forties and still “growing up” all the time. Keep up the good work!!

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Pam August 12, 2010 at 6:56 pm

I’m a long time reader but I NEVER comment. I have noticed a change and to be honest with you, I love your blog more now than ever. It’s refreshing to read a blog where you actually enjoy your food and live you life how you want to rather than another review of what the latest product or fad is in the blog-o-sphere. Your blog is so much easier to relate to now. I love to eat healthy and exercise but let’s face it, somedays I want to come home from work and cook my mom’s mac and cheese and spend time with the boyfriend. It takes a lot of courage to break free of the mold but I’m happy that you are!

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Jennie August 12, 2010 at 8:01 pm

Pam I feel the same way. I’m a long time reader and have been loving the changes too. Jenna your blog is my favorite blog to read. I am always looking for new recipes. I made your zucchini and ricotta pizza last night and it was YUMMY!

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Laine August 12, 2010 at 6:56 pm

Fun! I love your blog because it it not endless bowls of oatmeal and smoothies that look like vomit!

Can’t wait to read about your adventures!

And I love the travel part.

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Marla August 12, 2010 at 7:19 pm

Ha! That comment made me laugh ;)

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Marie August 12, 2010 at 9:11 pm

Haha!

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Kaley August 13, 2010 at 9:08 am

Hahah not.

You choose to read those.

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Laine August 13, 2010 at 9:56 am

Actually, I choose to check them out and then not read them anymore after a week of 12 pictures of oatmeal every morning, from every conceivable angle with a blog of brown goop on top.

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Laine August 13, 2010 at 10:04 am

“blob” of goop.

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Penny (VEGGIEtarian) August 12, 2010 at 6:57 pm

I must say, I do the “here’s what I ate today” thing and I really don’t like doing that. (I do it simply because it helps me with my goals) BUT, I like reading it on other blogs. :-) I’m odd like that.
Even so, I will be a devout follower no matter what you do. I LOVE YOU!! And I mean that in a completely non-gay, non-creepy-stalker way.
Hmmm….it still sounds creepy though, doesn’t it?
I’m not creepy.
Really.
I’ll shut up now.

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Rhea (Greek Feaster) August 12, 2010 at 6:59 pm

more puppers? please please? :)

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Amy August 12, 2010 at 6:59 pm

I am so excited about the new ELR!!! I am a fan of eating healthy, but I am more of a food fan…REAL food, GOOD food!!! It is going to be so refreshing to read about the celebration of ALL food!!!! Way to go!!!

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McKella August 12, 2010 at 6:59 pm

Good for you! I think it’s important to let your blog grow and change with you. It keeps things fresh and honest.

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Danielle August 12, 2010 at 7:01 pm

Ohweee I’m excited :)

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Marisa August 12, 2010 at 7:03 pm

Very excited for the new blog! I can’t wait for more recipes.

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Tina August 12, 2010 at 7:06 pm

The changes all sound exciting!

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Aimee August 12, 2010 at 7:08 pm

I’ve been reading for years and actually prefer the direction you’re headed– reminds me of my own eating style/approach to food. Good for you for being brave enough to risk losing a few “health foodies”… pretty sure I’m going to come back for zucchini pizza and italian buttercream before I seek out the dime-a-dozen http://www.oatmealandkale24/7.com-esque blogs.

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Rose-Anne August 13, 2010 at 6:33 am

Ha! I love the faux blog name ;-) That’s great.

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Sonia @ Master of Her Romaine August 12, 2010 at 7:10 pm

HI Jenna! I’m coming out of the woodwork to comment on this post :)
I just love your blog and the parts I love best are the parts you are keeping! I honestly skim over exercise posts and products reviews 99% of the time…so I just love the direction you are taking your blog into!
Yours was one of the first blogs I found in my weight loss journey- and I have been reading for over 2 years now! I look forward to reading more and more from you!
You go girl!

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Sara C. August 12, 2010 at 7:33 pm

Well said! I second this comment!!

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Catherine August 12, 2010 at 7:13 pm

I don’t care how creepy this sounds, I don’t think I would ever leave you. ;)

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Kelsey August 12, 2010 at 7:14 pm

You inspire me. I’m 21 and in college, and hope to find/maintain the balance you do everyday. You’re awesome!

Also – the recipes & tutorials you write are fantastic! Especially for someone like me who is just starting to really understand techniques and whatnot. For reals :)

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katherine August 12, 2010 at 7:15 pm

i love it and think if anything you’ll find more readers interested in your honest experiences. life is for living (and loving all the yummy real food that comes with it) and it’s great that you’re embracing that and enjoying. can’t wait for more recipes. cheers!

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Cara August 12, 2010 at 7:19 pm

You are an amazing person. I love your blog.

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Kat August 12, 2010 at 7:20 pm

I love it! Actually in the past few months i have gotten away from reading the “bigger” blogs because it seemed like all they were were product placements and advertisements for people to buy things from them in their “shops”. I’m finding that the blogs i love and look forward to reading are those that rarely or never have company-sponsored product reviews and are more “real”. I have always loved reading your posts and look forward to reading more and more.

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Angharad August 12, 2010 at 7:20 pm

With you all the way!

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Kelly August 12, 2010 at 7:21 pm

I’m excited! :)

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Nichole August 12, 2010 at 7:22 pm

We’ll I’m in for another journey – good for you. It’s OK to refocus, I’m sure it will be even better than what you’re rocking now…which is hard to beat.

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Michelle @ Turning Over a New Leaf August 12, 2010 at 7:26 pm

Yay! That’s pretty much the direction I’d like to go with my blog, but I’m still working things out! Good for you!

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Cole August 12, 2010 at 7:27 pm

Honestly, I’m loving the changes to your blog. It’s wonderful to see your journey! (And I have to say that I’m a huge fan of seeing more recipes)

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M August 12, 2010 at 7:28 pm

I started reading a bunch of different healthy eating blogs two years ago, but a lot of them were too wordy and didn’t keep my interest. Your blog was always different. I think ELR is successful because…
- You’re an awesome writer
AND
- You’re honest and genuine
Keep writing and we’ll keep reading! :-)

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stacey August 12, 2010 at 7:29 pm

Hi Jenna,

I have really been enjoying the new direction of ELR and I can’t wait to see ELR 2.0!

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Katie August 12, 2010 at 7:29 pm

Yay Jenna!!

I’m so proud of you. One of my friends and I were just discussing how “spammy” most of these food blogs have gotten over the past year or two. It’s kind of gross. While sometimes I find your posts a little kooky, I give you all the credit in the world for taking the time to post each and every day. Power on!

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haya August 12, 2010 at 7:30 pm

i think i will love the new ELR!

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BethT August 12, 2010 at 7:31 pm

I’m excited for this change.

I would be even more excited if you do a dough tutorial live from my kitchen, featuring me, you, my giant belly and a tutorial for pizza and pie crusts.

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Steph August 12, 2010 at 7:33 pm

Love the “I’m going to be focusing more on the celebration of food and life”!

What a perfect way to describe it! That is exactly how I look at my own blog. I love all food and I am not ashamed to display my affection for Shake Shack!

Definitely looking forward to the ‘new’ ELR! :)

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Tara @ FoodforFuel August 12, 2010 at 7:33 pm

I love the new ELR concept and can’t wait to get some new recipes and cooking lessons!

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Lauren @ Health on the Run August 12, 2010 at 7:35 pm

Love it!! I love that you’re allowing your blog to change with you. That’s a part of life and self-discovery. And personally, I’d rather read about the things you’re passionate about than a bunch of cookie-cutter posts you feel like you have to post…simply because that’s what you’ve always done. Ultimately, it’s your voice and personality that keep people coming back to this blog! Looking forward to ELR 2.0 :)

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Nancy August 12, 2010 at 7:39 pm

I’m glad you’re moving away from sponsored reviews. There’s a lot of big food blogs that have turned into one big product placement, I.E. “This morning, I drank delicious flavoured iced coffee, available at my shop for the low price of x dollars! Remember, it’s on sale for the next week!!!”. When I start to feel that bloggers are just hawking products, I get really turned off.
I adore your unapologetic love of food, you have a great balance. It get tiring reading of how naughty people feel because they had a bit of sugar. Good food is meant to be enjoyed and you totally understand that. :)

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Nancy @ The Wife of a Dairyman August 12, 2010 at 7:40 pm

You Go Girl! Love your blog:)

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giordin August 12, 2010 at 7:46 pm

yay! i love it!

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Anne August 12, 2010 at 7:48 pm

Don’t you think it would be interesting to show us how you can celebrate food + pleasure and still stay fit (by showing us your daily eats?) It seems like there are healthy food bloggers OR serious passionate foodie over-the-top-with-butter bloggers. I think somewhere in the middle is just right, and I think it would be awesome if you didn’t just abandon one for the other in the blog — mostly because I think you strive for that balance in your life. Did that make any sense?

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Christie {Honoring Health} August 13, 2010 at 4:08 am

Jenna is not abandoning anything, she is growing, learning and becoming the person she is. There are a bazillion “here is what I ate today” blogs out there, I am proud of her for breaking that mold and doing what she loves.

That is what life is about!

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Brittany August 12, 2010 at 7:48 pm

I’ll always be a reader Jenna!! And, I like the new direction you are planning to take ELR – especially the photography and recipe piece of it. I’m already excited for the first ELR 2.0 post!

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Cyndi August 12, 2010 at 7:50 pm

I came back for a peek and I guess I’m staying for a while …

You’ve grown up!

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Cyndi August 12, 2010 at 7:51 pm

PS … name change? Wouldn’t hurt to reidentify

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Marla August 12, 2010 at 9:01 pm

So hard to change the name when it is so wellknown, but that is a cool idea .But I guess EatLiveRun could mean many diff things (“run” could in effect be running around, travelling,the adventures of life….)

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MS August 12, 2010 at 9:13 pm

Read Jenna’s new FAQ section. She addresses the title of her blog there

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Michelle August 12, 2010 at 7:54 pm

Excited for the new ELR! I love the direction and the changes!

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Nora@LifeLifeEatRight August 12, 2010 at 7:56 pm

I read your blog for all of those things! I would read no matter what but socially awkward moments, musings and recipes define my life and I love reading about yours! …and hopefully wine will still be included :)

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Jasmine @ Eat Move Write August 12, 2010 at 7:56 pm

I’m so excited for a new ELR! Don’t worry. No one will stop following you, you’re way too awesome!

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Jaime August 12, 2010 at 7:57 pm

Girl, I’m in my thirties and have a similar situation. I can identify with your changes and look forward to ELR 2.0.

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Laura (Starloz) August 12, 2010 at 8:01 pm

Jenna, we already noticed that ELR is just your regular food blog.
I come here & expect to see anything. I love your style. I can’t leave lovely!

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Annie@stronghealthyfit August 12, 2010 at 8:04 pm

I will keep reading! You are a talented writer and chef, I’ll look forward to what you have in store :-)

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Bess @ I Dream of Greenie August 12, 2010 at 8:05 pm

I have always been a huge fan of your blog and this update just solidified why I am so glad there are bloggers out there like you who truly enjoy their food, rather than have a punitive attitude towards it or immediately associate decadent food with guilt or over exercise.
I think you do an incredible job of being yourself via your blog, which is much easier said than done.
Oh and I love your step by step recipes, though as a vegan, would love tips to veganize some of the awesome baked goods :)
Any readers who choose not to stay on board with your authentic self are missing out!

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Laura August 12, 2010 at 8:10 pm

I love the new direction – definitely something I can relate to more. I like to eat healthy and exercise, but life would just not be the same without bread, pizza, pasta, wine, and dessert. Hooray for celebrating food and life!

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Alison August 12, 2010 at 8:16 pm

I love following your adventures and the fact that you eat REAL food. Sugar and Butter… I’ll never give them up! Thanks for letting us all in your life on a daily basis and I’m excited to see the future ELR. :-)

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Kait August 12, 2010 at 8:16 pm

Yes! I fully support this change! I find myself wanting to do this more and more with my own blog. I live a healthy lifestyle, but sometimes I feel like I don’t want to post a “not so healthy” meal…who cares, I agree we should celebrate food and I look forward to the food celebrations you have ready for us :)

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Callina August 12, 2010 at 8:18 pm

I’m excited to read more of your “new” blog…my favorite thing from ELR, when I started reading a couple years ago, was your creativity when it comes to eating healthy, wholesome food. I hope you will still let us know when you try an exciting new oatmeal combo or whatever!

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Pure2Raw Twins August 12, 2010 at 8:20 pm

Love the changes Jenna! I think the new ELR will be great :) Very excited for your next journey!!

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Kristin August 12, 2010 at 8:25 pm

I’ve LOVED the changes you’ve slowly made over the last year or so. I’m looking forward to more new things! :)

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Logan August 12, 2010 at 8:27 pm

It wouldn’t bother me to still get to see what you eat every day. That is fun for me! I’m not saying you have to capture every bite, but when you have something yummy, give us a peek! Gives us great ideas!

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Pavi August 12, 2010 at 8:29 pm

absolutely wonderful!

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Mo@MommyRD August 12, 2010 at 8:34 pm

Good for you!!!! There are way to many boring “food diary and exercise diary” blogs. Musings, celebration of food, and recipes are much more interesting. Good for you!

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Jackie (Peaces of Earth) August 12, 2010 at 8:35 pm

You go, Jenna!! Self discovery is a beautiful thing and how awesome is it to have a blog to document that. I think the changes you are making are awesome and welcomed. I’m sure they will make you happier than writing about your daily eats, too. I personally love musings and watching people grow and change, that’s what makes the blog your personal space.

ps. I really want to come up North and drink lots of wine with you. mmm, wine.

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Sahar August 12, 2010 at 8:45 pm

I love how you’re growing and the blog is a reflection of that. It’s actually pretty inspiring and makes me want to move towards more self-discovery in my own life as I approach my mid-twenties (whoa scary! haha). Your blog is my favorite and the new ELR sounds really fun. I support it 100%!

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janna @ janna's keeping it real August 12, 2010 at 8:49 pm

ummmm…this SPEAKS volumes to me! this is exactly my approach to my blog.

while i loved old ELR, i can NOT wait for this new revamp! wahooo!

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Deva (Voracious Vorilee) August 12, 2010 at 9:05 pm

I am loving the new direction you are going in. It’s fun to read your recipe posts and your posts about your life in general. It’s refreshing and authentic

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ari August 12, 2010 at 9:05 pm

I, like many others, have been absolutely delighted to watch your blog loosen up and blossom into what it’s become. I think this decision is an excellent one, and then healthiest thing you could possibly do.

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Nicole August 12, 2010 at 9:06 pm

Why won’t you share your daily exercise habits anymore? Is that not part of a healthy living blog? Especially one called eat live RUN.

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Kristina August 12, 2010 at 9:07 pm

Cool and all that. Just wondering what happened to your plan to spend the summer in France? It seems that you frequently have *BIG ANNOUNCEMENTS* to make to your public.

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Erin August 13, 2010 at 7:30 am

Hey Kristina – she did explain this in the spring in a post. I didn’t bother to look it up before I replied…but it’s back there somewhere!

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Jennie {in Wonderland} August 15, 2010 at 7:05 am

Jenna explained she doesn’t have the available cash to go to France. She wanted to, but it fell through.

Pretty crappy to bring that up, I think.

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Marie August 12, 2010 at 9:20 pm

I really, really love your blog and this new direction. It seems like you’ve been headed this way for a while. I actually stopped reading for a bit because I was getting tired of all the popular bloggers doing food reviews and started searching for others to read. I started regularly reading again a few weeks ago and I’m re-hooked! You seriously have a great personality and outlook on life, and I’m so glad you’re letting that shine through!

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Amanda August 12, 2010 at 9:22 pm

I kinda figured because of all the recipes you’ve been posting. But its all good. You DID go to culinary school… : )

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stephreyn85 August 12, 2010 at 9:22 pm

Do you. LOVE IT!

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Chelsea (Chelsea's Chew and Run Fun) August 12, 2010 at 9:36 pm

It was evident you were steering in a new direction this past year, and I’ve loved reading about your personal growth and seeing the blog evolve into its own unique form. I’ve always loved your blog, it was the blog that launched me into the food-blog world, and it’s better than ever now because you’re really blossoming as a writer and photographer. Can’t wait to see all the new changes implemented!

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Lindsay August 12, 2010 at 9:36 pm

You are an amazing writer, cook, baker, and friend. I think you can tell from all of the comments you have recieved on this blog, you can tell NO ONE is going to leave you. I am so excited that you are going to be focusing on products that you LOVE and you purchase, because that means you will give the true review on the product. I have been reading since the beginning and I check in everyday and will keep checking in and cant wait to buy the book!! :)

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Leah August 12, 2010 at 9:37 pm

Love it! I’ve been toying with the idea of deleting a few of the “healthy living” blogs in my reader – I just don’t find them as relevant to my newfound approach to life/food – balance and enjoyment. Happily, I can still keep ELR in the list!

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Amber K August 12, 2010 at 9:44 pm

I am a newer reader, and I love everything about your blog! The changes sound good to me!

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Lauren August 12, 2010 at 10:10 pm

I love your blog, Jenna! I have been reading it since last fall and so appreciate your honesty, openness and down-to-earth personality. That and all the tasty food you eat :) Thanks for keepin’ it real and showering us with yummy recipes and more places to add to my list of places I want to go. Can’t wait to see more from you :)

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Lauren August 12, 2010 at 10:11 pm

I love your blog, Jenna! I have been reading it since last fall and so appreciate your honesty, openness and down-to-earth personality. That and all the tasty food you eat :) Thanks for keepin’ it real and showering us with yummy recipes and more places to add to my list of places I want to go. Can’t wait to see more from you :)

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Karen August 12, 2010 at 10:18 pm

Sounds good! I love your pictures of food.

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Katherine August 12, 2010 at 10:25 pm

Love your blog, love your pictures, love the food philosophy and I LOVE the recipes! I support this! Keep up the awesome work.

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jenna s August 12, 2010 at 10:30 pm

Hi Jenna, I’m a first time commenter as well!

All your changes sound good, BUT I have to say that reading about your daily eats has been one of the best things about your blog. I love the fact that you’re such a balanced eater and don’t sweat about bacon and butter. It has been a great example and I’ve actually tried to follow your lead! So please, continue with at least some of your “what I ate today” -posts. I’m sure that I’m not alone with this. (oh gosh, how this sounds so serious!) Keep doing what you’re doing ‘n I’ll keep reading :)

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Hannah August 12, 2010 at 10:40 pm

I know this won’t mean much when you already have a bazillion readers out here in the world, but I just wanted to say how much I’m overjoyed by your blog transition and your new/current way of approaching life and blogging. I actually used to read your blog religiously a year or so ago, but made myself stop because I was realising that the myriad “healthy living blogs” that simple listed what people ate everyday and how much they exercised weren’t doing my well-being any favours. (And this is NOT a criticism of you, at all! Simply a choice I had to make for my own sanity.)

A few weeks ago I started checking in here again, and I was pleasantly surprised at the slightly different, happiers, broader tone of your blog. You seem so joyful and at peace with where you are and who you are right now, and that’s something I want to support and hear about :)

My own blog is a mix of recipes/travel/idiotic things I’ve done/adventures/restaurant meals/snack/thoughts, and I so love finding people with a similar “rounded” approach to life. I hop none of this sounds hoity-toity or self-serving… really what I want to say is I love how happy you are in your life and I can’t wait to join in again as someone rooting for you from the sidelines :)

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ida August 12, 2010 at 10:40 pm

ELR will be bookmarked for life!! I do hope you continue to share your happiness- it’s kinda contagious:)

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Abbie August 12, 2010 at 11:06 pm

Yay Jenna :-)

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Mama Pea August 13, 2010 at 12:10 am

Just be TRUE to yourself and your voice. No matter what. Your readers will see through anything else and you’ll be selling yourself short. I have faith you will be authentically YOU.

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Sarah August 13, 2010 at 12:21 am

So I’m a long-term reader…. and dude, your blog is so much more fun to read than some others out there that do the typical, photograph-every-chip-i-eat, thing. Your writing voice is hilarious and genuine, and although it has changed, as people have said, it’s for the better x 10000.
In conclusion- I’m not going anywhere :)

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amanda August 13, 2010 at 12:27 am

haha so true glad she doesnt say “i only ate half of this muffin”…its like who cares how much you ate of it eeeekkk not healthy for girls to read who think they need to restrict their food. Keep up being a good role model for young girls Jenna!

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Jennie {in Wonderland} August 13, 2010 at 6:48 pm

I couldn’t agree more. I have read a few bloggers who insist on prefacing everything with, “I only had a splash of this wine” or “I couldn’t get through this plate but it was delish” and I’m like, are you trying to tell us it’s bad to finish your food? I just feel like sometimes it’s very much, “I would NEVER eat this much food, and I feel you should know that.”

Jenna, your blog is so honest, funny, from-the-heart… it’s just gorgeous and I love the changes. I think you’ve started to become so much more ‘you’ [not that I know YOU, lol] over the past few months and it’s fantastic.

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amanda August 13, 2010 at 12:25 am

I LOVE your new blog entries lately! Please make your book come out sooner….please????!!!!! You have to get it out before oprahs show ends so you can go on it! haha anyways I look forward to more of your healthy/ not so healthy recipes…just please don’t make a sardine salad melt lol

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Michelle in Alaska August 13, 2010 at 2:33 am

Jenna,
LOVE where you are taking your blog. I am so glad that you are not getting into the whole sponsored-review-on-the-blog for-free biznass!!! nothing fun about having it shoved in your face when you don’t even ask for it!
I have been reading you since the beginning and I have loved your carefree spirit and the totally random trips and directions you go! You lead a fun and interesting life :P

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Shannon August 13, 2010 at 2:45 am

Your blog was the first I began to follow! This is actually my first time to comment. I couldn’t resist. I loved your old blog, and from recent posts I know I will absolutely love the new one! Congrats on your new adventures :)

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Julia @ Brit Bride August 13, 2010 at 2:55 am

Exciting stuff – the new blog will focus on the bits of your blog I love the most!

Julia

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Jo August 13, 2010 at 3:27 am

I love reading your blog and am looking forward to hearing more about the social awkwardness ;)

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polly August 13, 2010 at 3:59 am

LOVE LOVE LOVE.
That is whay I call your blog. :)

Love YOU.
Hugs from the prairie. :P XOXOXOXO

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polly August 13, 2010 at 4:00 am

That is WHAT I call your blog.

I cannot type and feed my puppy at the same time, obvi. :P

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Lucinda August 13, 2010 at 4:16 am

Yay for no more sponsored stuff. Seriously love your blog!

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Christie {Honoring Health} August 13, 2010 at 4:19 am

I am so excited about this change and honestly am disappointed in all of the comments asking you to keep posting your daily eats.

How selfish of them.

This is your blog, after all.

But, I guess you can’t please all the people all the time.

I have been a reader since almost the beginning and I have loved the progression of your blog. It is so apparent that your goal is to just be yourself and by breaking the mold, you are doing a fabulous job of that. I stopped doing the “everything I eat” thing almost a year and a half ago and it was the best decision I ever made for myself and my blog.

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Christena August 13, 2010 at 4:22 am

I love the new direction you are taking your blog! I love and benefit from “healthy living blogs,” but to be totally honest, I just do not get the “here’s what I ate & drank today” blogs that photograph every.single.meal and snack and list how much of it they ate! I think it is bizarre sometimes. When I look at those blogs, I skim over the food “reporting” to find something of substance, like recipes or the actual thoughts/experiences/advice of the blogger. I much prefer recipes + stories versus lists of “my salad/oatmeal/cereal contained…” Another thing you do not do is post thousands of pictures of yourself, including random self-portraits holding an apple or a protein bar, etc. I guess what I am trying to say is that your blog has substance and I like it. It has developed into a writing blog instead of a diary/food report. I think this sets it apart from most all of the other blogs out there. Keep up the great work!

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Mastering Public Health (@MasPublicHealth) August 14, 2010 at 7:12 am

I agree completely, especially about this blogger’s lack of self-aggrandizement via hundreds of superfluous, “look-at-me!” photos. It’s a bit nauseating to encounter! Here, substance > ego.

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Gena August 13, 2010 at 4:43 am

Good for you, Jenna, for evolving!

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Stacy August 13, 2010 at 4:44 am

Hi Jenna, As a late twenties girl who has enjoyed cooking more I will really enjoy your step by step recipes…last night instead of making the cookies you did I just browned my butter for my cookie recipe and it really gave them a ‘warm’ tastes. thanks for the culinary experiment! Good luck with technology …blah

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louise August 13, 2010 at 4:46 am

Jenna, of course, you’ve heard the old cliche, however, it happens to be true: “Life is Short.” I’m much older than you and, looking back, wish I had come to the conclusions you have in my mid-20s, which is to say: never give your power away, listen to your own intuition, which is often spiritual guidance from the higher soul level, and you’ll always be on the right path….and when we are on the right path, the doors just open to us!

Like everything about your blog, but mostly it is the transparency that draws me in. Nothing about it seems contrived to me.

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Nan August 13, 2010 at 4:51 am

Love your ideas, Jenna! I have loved your blog for the past year and I have no doubt that I will continue to love it with these new changes. Your genuineness is inspiring and uplifting!

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Koren August 13, 2010 at 4:53 am

Hi Jenna,
I love the blog and the direction you are going. You have a great voice and I will definitely keep reading! I completely support your food philosophy and it is refreshing to see a healthy approach to enjoying food!

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Misty August 13, 2010 at 4:58 am

Hey Jenna! First of all, is that YOUR puppy? If so, he’s the most adorable thing, ever! so so cute…..secondly, I love seeing your daily eats, etc. but you need to do what you want to do and what will make you happy…..plus seeing more recipes is always a great thing too :) I love your site! I’m hooked and won’t be going anywhere! Take care.

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Janie August 13, 2010 at 5:04 am

Jenna-I’m so excited to hear about the new direction you’re taking your blog. I’ve been reading you for years, but I really enjoy your new style and I love your writing. I will be buying your book in 2012, for sure!

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Sara @ myfancytuna.blogspot.com August 13, 2010 at 5:05 am

I can’t wait for the changes! You and your blog are so genuine and I think your blog truly emulates a healthy, well rounded lifestyle. Plus your stories are so funny!

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Kim August 13, 2010 at 5:06 am

Looking forward to seeing the new ELR.
Thanks for all the time you put in to making ELR such an enjoyable read.

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alison August 13, 2010 at 5:09 am

Hooray for the socially awkward!
Double hooray for no product reviews!!

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Courtney @ Ice Cream & Wine August 13, 2010 at 5:14 am

I am so excited for this change! I sounds like you’re going to be doing what YOU want to do – and after all, it’s your blog! Do what makes you happy! :)

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MelissaNibbles August 13, 2010 at 5:19 am

Yay! I’m going to start reading your blog more regularly. Your life is far more interesting than the bowls of oatmeal you eat. Can’t wait!

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Rachel @ Suburban Yogini August 13, 2010 at 5:22 am

The onset of autumn is really a great time for change isn’t it? I’m in the process of some major changes, both in real life and on the blog!

Love the changes that are happening here and it will make me want to read even more than ever. Love your blog Jenna!

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Mariah August 13, 2010 at 5:22 am

I have been reading for a couple months now and have been hooked i’m looking forward to the new blog! Can’t wait for the book!

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Kristin (Cook, Bake and Nibble) August 13, 2010 at 5:23 am

Still with you, and excited for ELR 2.0! Can’t wait! Loved your blog since day 1 :D

xo
Kris

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Samantha August 13, 2010 at 5:27 am

Jenna, you have some amazing experiences, live in a totally beautiful place, are incredibly interesting and adorable. I read your blog because of these things, not for your daily food intake.

I’m looking forward to the new changes, and hope that we’ll get more glimpses into your life and the awesome things you do. ?

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Alexa August 13, 2010 at 5:27 am

could never leave you.. first blog i ever read! hope you come to charleston soon :)

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Tara August 13, 2010 at 5:29 am

Rock on! I’ve loved being a part (even a tiny one) of your journey. Your blog reflects the changes in your life and I think that’s the beauty of your blog. It’s real. I’m still along for the ride :)

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Lauren August 13, 2010 at 5:34 am

Good for you! Life is about changing and growing and your blog should reflect that as well!

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nora August 13, 2010 at 5:38 am

Yes, it is your website, one that I have always enjoyed reading. As a person with an eating disorder, I have gained so much knowledge by seeing what a healthy person eats each day. We all treat ourselves and enjoy what I call our luxury meals and the memory of those great meals stays with us. Seeing what you eat each day and implimenting those changes in my own life (especially your breakfasts and lunches) has made such an enormous difference in my sloooow recovery.
I welcome your changes, however, I’d still love to see or you refer to your regular meals!

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Karen August 13, 2010 at 5:38 am

Love the idea of step-by-step recipes. I really like seeing how the cooking process works for others. Can’t wait to add more recipes to my cooking binder.

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MMiller August 13, 2010 at 5:43 am

Love you Jenna! I’m not going anywhere! I love your step-by-step recipes! I send a link out to friends!

I’m sure we will still love the new design! We feel like we are a part of your life! And we are enjoying it with you!

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Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman August 13, 2010 at 5:43 am

This may be a pointless comment since there area already about 150 other people cheering you on but…

I’m so excited for your change. I’ve noticed that over the past few months you’ve taken the blog in a new direction and I love it. To be honest, I usually scroll right past the What I Ate Today part of food and health blogs anyhow. When you’ve seen one bowl of oats you’ve seen them all. I swear. And though I think it’s great to hear about how someone went for a run, I generally zone out when it comes to the exact mileage and pace and whatnot. The reason I read a blog is for the personality, and that’s what I love most about yours.

What you’ve chosen to keep in the new ELR are the exact things that get me excited to read your blog every day. And I really appreciate the no advertisement policy. I’m not sure if other bloggers know it, but we readers can tell when something is promoted because it was free. Sometimes it feels like paid-for-placement product overload.

So, yeah, go you.

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Elisabeth August 13, 2010 at 5:44 am

Thank you for being true to yourself, and staying honest with your readers.

More people should use you as an example of what they should be doing as a popular blogger.

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Mom August 13, 2010 at 5:44 am

I applaud you! XXoX

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Carly (Swim, Run, Om) August 13, 2010 at 5:46 am

I have been reading for a year and comment rarely, but I have to say that I’m pleased you’re taking this route. I always love your recipes (in fact, I’m making your zucchini pizza this weekend!), and I love that you take simple ingredients to make something delicious. I plan on eating very well now that you’re posting more recipes! :-D

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Kate August 13, 2010 at 5:49 am

It’s wonderful to hear you acknowledge your own evolution and the corresponding changes in your blog, Jenna. Kudos for nixing the endorsements – no matter how it is done, in my personal opinion, it “cheapens” the bloggers credibilty in all areas. I’ve voiced some criticism in response to your tone recently, so in fairness, I want to praise you for your new game plan.

On similar note, I’d love it if you would continue/expand on the book nerd club concept – perhaps incorporating the discussions into the BNC tab would improve facilitation/ongoing dialogue and make it easier to access for latecomers or those who wish to read later posts. This feature as well as your recent intro. of terrific step by step recipes are so unique/fun and distinguishable from what others are doing.

So excited re. your new direction…

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Lindsay August 13, 2010 at 5:50 am

I’m so excited for the new direction! I love your style and attitude about food, and I’m so happy to be able to see more of your recipes!

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Paige (Two Runners And A Brown Dog) August 13, 2010 at 5:52 am

I am looking forward to the changes. I have abandoned several blogs, because I am so tired of seeing every single thing that the person eats. If I see one more carrot dipped in peanut butter, I may have to reconsider some of the blogs I follow with Google Reader. LOL!

I think that’s the good thing about blogs though. As we grow and change, so do our blogs. The same goes for those that we read. When we move on in our lives, there will be blogs that we continue to follow and blogs that we drop.

I love following your daily journeys…much more interesting than continuous bowls of oatmeal!

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Heather (Sugar & Spice Blog) August 13, 2010 at 5:54 am

Congratulations on the evolution Jenna! I have had my food blog for two years now, and it has definitely changed. That is part of the fun of it, I think. Can’t wait for the re-design, good luck with it. I love your recipes and your photography – both are always fantastic. Thanks for keeping things interesting out in the food blog world!

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Amy August 13, 2010 at 5:55 am

I love the new direction of ELR! I’ll certainly be right here reading every day. :)

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Barbara August 13, 2010 at 6:00 am

Jenna~

I think it would be impossible to remain true to your blog and readers WITHOUT changing. Change is part of life and this blog reflects your life…and it’s getting SO SO good! Like a delish book! Keep it up girl and if you do make it to Austin, I’d love to attend a blogger HH or dinner!

Cheers

Barbara

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Liza August 13, 2010 at 6:04 am

Yay! I’ve been lurking for a while and love your healthy, happy, fun approach to food. I de-lurked to tell you I really enjoy the step by step recipes you’ve been doing recently. It highlights good technique – not just a good recipe. I look forward to the changes at ELR!

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Amanda August 13, 2010 at 6:13 am

I loved your last post. It was once I grasped the concept that I could eat the real thing that I started losing weight and conquering my eating disorder. And now I’m healthier than I have ever been, I eat what I want (and I want to make healthy choices…75% of the time!) and I exercise. You can eat what you want and be a healthy weight if you stop when you are full and exercise. :)

I love your blog

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Jamie@sweatyhugs.com August 13, 2010 at 6:13 am

This is wonderful news Jenna! I love this *new* direction you are taking. We should all be celebrating growth, change…and enjoying life. You certainly won’t be losing me as a reader.

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Kacy August 13, 2010 at 6:20 am

It’s so important to evolve and not fight change. I look forward to reading.

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jessica August 13, 2010 at 6:20 am

Absolutely will not be leaving you. Good for you for having the integrity to end company sponsored product reviews and advertising. I have a whole new level of respect for you. The whole blog world is turning into a giant advertisement and I’ve just started to take a bunch off my google reader.. Let’s be real people, SoyJoy bars are NOT tasty (actually they’re pretty inedible) so stop pretending they are just so you get a free brunch or whatever. Anyway, Jenna, looking forward to the new ELR!

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leslie August 13, 2010 at 6:23 am

jenna, i applaud this decision, and it’s honestly why i still read your blog when i long ago stopped reading other traditional “healthy living” blogs. it’s funny, because i decided to restructure my blog yesterday as well – something that has also been a long time coming. great minds must think alike! here is to a lifetime of celebrating great food and great living.

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Sarah @ See Sarah Eat August 13, 2010 at 6:25 am

Hooray for changes! I am honestly leaning more that way myself. I am tired of all the “what I ate today” posts, it gets really tiring to write (and sometimes read too). Good for you! I will still be checking in ;-)

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AnnePearl August 13, 2010 at 6:27 am

Good for you, people change, life is always changing, its ok. :) And some people give you such a hard time, its really not nice. Just one request. Please keep recommending books! Even after the summer. I have read 4 of the books and I am so pleased with your recommendations. Keep em coming!

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Marie D August 13, 2010 at 6:29 am

Hi Jenna, I’ve been a follower for probably 2 years (yikes!) and I have to say I’m really really enjoying the step by step recipes. I made a few of your dinners lately and I really appreciate your attention to detail in your how-tos. Can’t wait for more!

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Brooke (Baking with Basil) August 13, 2010 at 6:33 am

I’ve always thought your blog is true to you and that’s what keeps me coming back. Love the new direction you are going in. I can’t wait for more amazing photos and delish recipes!!

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Danielle August 13, 2010 at 6:47 am

I love it. Go for it!

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Krista (kristastes) August 13, 2010 at 6:48 am

I prefer random musings, travel, and recipes that don’t involve oatmeal so good for you!! I tried to do an entire day of daily eats once but it’s nearly impossible to catch everything I eat/snack on…I don’t know how you did it for so long! Go 2.0! :)

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Lina@GreenLivingNY August 13, 2010 at 6:50 am

LOVE THE IDEA, I am with u! :)

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jenna August 13, 2010 at 6:51 am

i think its funny b/c back in the days when you were in culinary school and showed us the same old bars and turkey and hummus sandwiches, we all still read b/c you always had such funny/hilarious stories to go along with you uneventful eats! even though this was a food blog i came here mostly for your crazy antics! I think now your food is much more exciting and come here for the fun stories but mostly now it’s to see what the heck your eating in CA!! :) I wish you nothing but the best of luck with your new blog layout!

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Gina August 13, 2010 at 6:58 am

I personally love what your blog is becoming. You still have me as a reader. :)

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Rachel August 13, 2010 at 6:59 am

Thank pete the social awkwardness isn’t going anywhere! :D

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AllieNic (Frisky Lemon) August 13, 2010 at 7:03 am

I could never leave you! Yours is one of my absolute favorite blogs out there…mostly because of your social awkwardness…just sayin’. It’s the eloquent descriptions of your social awkwardness (which reminds me of my own) that keep me coming back for more. Oh, and your food pictures are pretty awesome too!

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R @ Learning As I Chop August 13, 2010 at 7:08 am

This change makes a lot of sense to me. You moved to a new place. A new place means a new person in some ways. Bravo!

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Meghan August 13, 2010 at 7:10 am

Awesome. I love the new ELR. Good for you, Jenna.

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Tracey August 13, 2010 at 7:10 am

Great move, Jenna!
I’ve been reading your blog since the very beginning and I’ll be a loyal follower until the end (hopefully, there won’t be one!) I know I’m not alone when I say that your blog, meals and heakthy approach to enjoying life have helped me overcome some disordered thinking of my own – and for that, I will always be grateful.
I’ve been loving the evolution of the blog over the past few months and look forward to even more! I love how your liberating move to CA and your great taste in boyfriends has added such a celebratory tone to your blog and your attitude.
Stay happy, Jenna, because your joy makes ELR a real pleasure!

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Amanda August 13, 2010 at 7:11 am

I’ve been reading the food/health blogs for a few months now and yours has always been my favorite! I realized that you just summed up why! Hearing what someone ate for every meal and the product pushing got old really fast! Congrats on your decision!

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T August 13, 2010 at 7:16 am

This just seems like a good next step in your journey, Jenna! To be honest, I lost interest for a while because I really didn’t care to read about another bowl of oatmeal. What originally drew me to your blog were your recipes, your obvious love of food (and eating it!) and your quirky musings. When you cook and talk about food I am inspired to cook and try new things myself. To me, that is what truly makes a blog interesting and makes me want to keep coming back. (And tempting us with those brown butter chocolate chip cookies doesn’t hurt either). Congrats on this new direction, I am excited to see where it takes you!

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kelly August 13, 2010 at 7:18 am

awww….I love seeing what you eat every day and hearing about your workouts! But I am sure the “new” blog will be just as good if not better :-)

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sarah k. @ the pajama chef August 13, 2010 at 7:24 am

i love the idea! i love your blog, recipes, and stories. can’t wait to see the new layout. good luck :)

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Monica August 13, 2010 at 7:32 am

I started reading this blog when it and KERF were mentioned so highly and frequently on Eat Like Me a few years ago. I’ve checked in on ELR now and again, but became a daily reader since your move to Cali. It’s become a much more fascinating and distinct blog compared to the oversaturated market of intake and exercise logs out there now. Keep it up!

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nickee August 13, 2010 at 7:36 am

Nooo – i used to love reading what you ate at every meal! I thought you were always such a balanced eater – you inspired me :) That said, there is no way I’ll ever quit reading this blog. I love it!! and your recipes will having people coming to this blog for a loong loooong time – just dont ever quit blogging pleaaasssee… you’ll have so many sad readers.

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crunchy granola gal August 13, 2010 at 7:36 am

fact: i don’t give a damn about oatmeal bowls with seventeen revolving ingredients. it’s just plain boring.
fiction: with the change in style you will lose readers.
fact: i dig the delicious recipes, keep ‘em coming.
fiction: i only write comments in fact/fiction form.
fact: sometimes i have more to say. but not today. happy friday! :)

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Rachel August 13, 2010 at 7:40 am

Love the new changes! Can’t wait for the redesign.

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Erica August 13, 2010 at 7:41 am

Well duh, you KNOW I’m not going anywhere :-)

BUT I do have a FAB idea for a future post in 2.0 —> the adventures and experiences of the Cali wine girl in the Ozarks of Missouri!!!!! Oh yeah, that would have some serious draw ;-)

I wish SO MUCH that I could come see you, I miss you :-(

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Samantha @ Food Edu August 13, 2010 at 7:41 am

Congrats on all the changes Jenna! You are correct, at this age there are so many changes happening and you have to do what you feel in your heart! I will not leave….in fact I very much look foward to the changes in your site. And I love your step, by step recipes!

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Angela August 13, 2010 at 7:43 am

Sounds fantastic – those things listed as part of the new ELR are my favorite things about the CURRENT ELR! Thank you for sharing so much of your love and joy in food!

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Molly Nelson August 13, 2010 at 7:49 am

Jenna– I have read your blog for over a year! I love how you are changing it up…to be honest I relate to you- I am in my twenties and life can’t stay the same. I get bored with the constant concern about food and exercise! I am no longer letting it control my life. Instead I am learning that there is so much more to life…Such as making friends, having relationships, and eating REALLY yummy food. Thanks for being there!!

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Jennifer @ Cook, eat, play, repeat. August 13, 2010 at 7:52 am

Looking forward to the new ELR :)

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Clare August 13, 2010 at 7:57 am

I would never leave you, Jenna.
My love for you is unconditional and I will follow you to the ends of the blog earth.

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Sarah August 13, 2010 at 7:59 am

I love it! The stuff you’re leaving is my favorite part anyway!

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Laura Georgina August 13, 2010 at 8:02 am

I’m so glad you’re doing what makes you happy on this blog! You clearly have some serious love for writing and some equally serious writing chops, and I can’t wait to see more of what’s been going on at this spot for the last few months. Rock it like you own it, chica!

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Kara August 13, 2010 at 8:02 am

Hi Jenna! I LOVE what you are doing with the blog. Life is all about moderation and I love that you gear more towards that direction. It is all about finding balance in our life. Can’t wait to see what is in store!

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Liz @ Tip Top Shape August 13, 2010 at 8:03 am

I’m definitely staying :-D And I’m looking forward to the new ELR!

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Savannah @ See Savannah Run August 13, 2010 at 8:05 am

Lookin forward to it! Love the spirit the blog has had lately!

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Chicago Cuisine Critique August 13, 2010 at 8:08 am

I’m a fairly new reader and have enjoyed following you along so far. It looks like you have many readers who feel the same. Good luck with the new transition! :)

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Michelle August 13, 2010 at 8:14 am

Our 20′s are certainly a time of change and growth! But, I will really miss your “here’s what I ate today”. It really did help me!

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Faith @ lovelyascharged August 13, 2010 at 8:16 am

This should be interesting – can’t wait to see how your blog evolves!

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Paige August 13, 2010 at 8:23 am

I support you 100%. I can tell you’ve been heading this direction for awhile and I’m glad you officially addressed it! I’ve been reading your blog since almost the beginning and honestly I’d have gotten bored by now if you WEREN’T changing things and growing as time passes.

I love your blog because it’s real! Congrats on making (and announcing) your decision

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Ann August 13, 2010 at 8:25 am

I’m glad that you’re adapting the blog to fit you! Blogs are all about YOUR interests and shouldn’t be molded to what people think you should be writing. Congrats!! And I totally agree about the technology part haha

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Erika @ Food, Fitness, & Fun August 13, 2010 at 8:26 am

Congrats on your decision! I will not be leaving your blog anytime soon! I love it! :-D

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marie August 13, 2010 at 8:29 am

word – I can tell a big difference between bloggers who do it because they love to write and those who just want to work from home and get free stuff. Props to you for the transparency and for not being a sellout.

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Beth August 13, 2010 at 8:30 am

That is awesome that you have figured out who you are and what your passion is and how to express it on your blog – I love it!

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Kelly August 13, 2010 at 8:31 am

It’s very Pioneer Woman of you, but I guess what they say is true: There are no original ideas.

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marybeth August 13, 2010 at 8:35 am

Hello, I have been reading your blog for about a month. I have to say I really like seeing what you eat because it has given me ideas for meals and snacks for myself! I made the chessy pizza last night. I love your blog, its my favorite! I do look forward to more recipes. Have you given your granola recipe????

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Clare August 13, 2010 at 8:45 am

I just wanted to let you know that my husband and I had the most beautiful 15th Anniversary dinner last night at Zazu! (And their head server KK is a good friend of mine and is FANTASTIC!) I told them they really need to look you up and read your glowing reviews! I know I’ll keep reading!

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Ananda Rollason August 13, 2010 at 8:52 am

I’m curious as to why you won’t be sharing your workouts anymore…..

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jenna August 13, 2010 at 9:17 am

Because I’m moving away from a journal-style of blogging. I’ll still recap fun runs/hikes/yoga classes but I’m choosing not to just dictate what I do on a daily basis anymore

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AshleyH August 13, 2010 at 8:53 am

I am sooo glad you are doing this Jenna this is definitely the right move!! I am so proud of you!

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lauren at KeepItSweet August 13, 2010 at 9:05 am

Loóking forward to seeing types of posts!

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Amanda August 13, 2010 at 9:07 am

I love that you embrace your social awkwardness, a girl after my own heart. ;) I could never leave you, you’re too damn fun to read (about)!

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Super G August 13, 2010 at 9:15 am

How could I leave such awesome blog?!
I live in Cali through you!
I’m excited about the ELR! not that I didn’t like it before!
Do YOU girl! It’s part of growing up!

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Ashley August 13, 2010 at 9:21 am

I think that your new ideas are great, but I still really enjoyed hearing about your fitness ventures since your blog IS called “Eat, Live, Run.” It includes fitness and I would really hope you still include some fitness activities in your blog posts since it’s all a part of living a healthy lifestyle. I also enjoyed seeing what you ate everyday. I mean, recipes DO help your readers, but it’s great to see the small snacks or the meals you make because to be honest, I base my meals/recipes off your “what I ate today” pictures than anything else. Seeing the photos helps generate more ideas with food. I would hope that you would include some of these factors a little in your blog. I will still follow regardless, but I know that was a huge reason why my friends and I followed your blog.

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Gloria August 13, 2010 at 9:32 am

I absolutely love your philosophy and don’t mind the “change” at all. Hell, I’m a vegan and we don’t even share the same diet, but it’s your passion for food and adventure that keeps me reading. Keep up the awesome work!

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Cynthia (It All Changes) August 13, 2010 at 9:35 am

Being open to change and your life changes is amazing. Finding who you are for that time and place in your life is awesome. I’m loving all the fun now so keep it coming :-)

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Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin August 13, 2010 at 10:01 am

I like the sounds of these changes! I’ll be sticking around for sure. :D

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Courtney August 13, 2010 at 10:05 am

Woot woot! I’ll still be reading!

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Lisa August 13, 2010 at 10:08 am

I think you have to be honest with readers and having a variety of topics is a good thing.

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Erin August 13, 2010 at 10:09 am

I’m excited about more recipes!

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Brooke August 13, 2010 at 10:12 am

Jenna,

Keep up the great work! I’ve been a loyal reader for years now and I support your change 100%. My focus has shifted from just workouts and daily eats to celebrating food and family and friends and eating! So I welcome this and love the new twist..keep those great recipes coming!

Hugs! B =)

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Allison K August 13, 2010 at 10:16 am

I know that everyone has already said it all, but I wanted to throw my hat in the “good for you” ring. I love the new direction. After reading the “big” blogs for 3 plus years, I usually skip over the daily eats and exercises anyway. I think moving this direction is a much more sustainable way to blog.

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postcollegecook August 13, 2010 at 10:20 am

Kudos to you for embracing this new direction, especially with the product review policy. I’ve been reading your blog for almost 2 years and love it now more than ever! Love your honesty and “realness.”

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Lisa D August 13, 2010 at 10:41 am

I am definitely going to miss the “what I ate today” and the posts about exercise. I started reading this blog to find out about healthy foods/recipes that I may not have know about and for inspiration/motivation to keep on running. I am a 100% supporter of “everything in moderation” and the celebration of food – but that wasn’t why I started reading this blog.

All that being said, I won’t stop reading, I still think you’re an amazing writer and have a great “I’ll try anything once” attitude, I’ll just have to look elsewhere for my health food/exercise inspiration.

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Celeste August 13, 2010 at 10:50 am

I will miss the old ELR, but am excited for the new one :)
It seems more true to what excites and interests you, and that can only be a good thing!

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Jaime August 13, 2010 at 10:53 am

Awesome! Hooray for changes – I think changing is what happens all the time in life, not just your 20s! I will definitely keep reading – I love your blog. But I do like hearing about your exercising – it keeps me motivated!

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Kelsey August 13, 2010 at 10:54 am

i agree with what everyone else is saying. i love your blog because it is different, genuine, and not intimidating. but what i really want to know is this: can someone please tell me what kind of dog that is because i need one. now.

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ElizabethMDS August 13, 2010 at 10:56 am

Love it, Jenna! Keep it coming!

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Sharon August 13, 2010 at 11:20 am

Well I’m a newer reader, so I have been enjoying your blog as it takes a new direction anyway-and I live in the area so I really enjoy seeing the destinations and restaurants that are right in my own backyard. Looking forward to the new version of your blog too.

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Paj August 13, 2010 at 11:23 am

Just enjoy the journey and focus on your interests. Readers are more likely to stay when they know you are being true to yourself.

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Scargosun August 13, 2010 at 11:25 am

Those are great changes! With ya!

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elise August 13, 2010 at 11:44 am

dear jenna, this makes me so happy. your food philosophy and musing are why i started reading your blog so long ago. i enjoy your recipes and gorgeous photography and even though im mostly vegan, i still get so much from your bacon filled posts. i hate to admit it (bc it sounds mean), but some of the things you are now leaving behind (plugging, advertising, etc.) are some of the reasons i stopped reading for a while. it may seem hypocritical since i do have opensky, but ive pretty much stopped working with them at this point because it got to be a headache and wasnt why i started blogging in the first place. i am really really REALLY looking forward to the new ELR.
my best, elise

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Katie P August 13, 2010 at 11:59 am

The new direction will be great! I hope you will continue to include some book posts/book recommendations every now and then as well… I am reading Redeeming Love right now, and it is fabulous!

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Natalie (The Sweets Life) August 13, 2010 at 12:00 pm

I realize I’m comment #243 and they probably all say the same up there, but YAY…this is awesome and I can’t wait to keep reading :)

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Heather August 13, 2010 at 12:23 pm

A little late to the party cuz I’m getting caught up on blogs, but I love it and will definitely continue to read up on all of your fun foodie stuffs!

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Jennifer @ Frost Bites August 13, 2010 at 12:50 pm

I love your blog! ‘am looking forward to the change!

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Katelynn August 13, 2010 at 1:14 pm

Good for you! We all have to change things from time to time. I am sure that ERL 2.0 is going to be just as entertaining as the site is now. Good luck with the project!

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Jaqui August 13, 2010 at 1:16 pm

Food should be celebrated! Congrats on the change and the ever-evolving self descovery!!

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Melissa Cari @ Miles for Markets August 13, 2010 at 1:32 pm

I know I’m late to this post but just want to say I’m SO excited for the new ELR. I’m a reader for life and can’t wait to see what you have in store for us! I honestly think you’re keeping all the reasons why I come back to your site everyday anyway :) Congrats!

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Rachael August 13, 2010 at 2:32 pm

I think that honoring personal evolution in all respects of life is healthy, and why should one’s blog be any different? The new direction seems like it will allow you to continue to grow as a writer, and maintain integrity and authenticity while doing so; I think these are two of the most important entities to remain true to. I especially respect that there is risk involved with this decision, but I think that your readers will continue to eat up your words!

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Inez August 13, 2010 at 8:37 pm

Thank you for finally speaking the truth. It’s hard to be yourself on the web, you want to present an image, I know.
But it’s time to step out and say your piece.

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Emily August 14, 2010 at 1:28 am

I am so excited that you’re going to be emphasizing the best bits of your blog and cutting out the more corporate stuff. I’ve stopped reading so many blogs in the past due to otherwise reading a review of the same yogurt 16 times, and I love seeing the food you get to eat in California, and reading your recipes. I’ll look forward to more!

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Lena August 14, 2010 at 2:31 am

I love reading about your travels and i love the pics you take! and your recipes, and look forward to read about your musings and randomness makes my day light and happy! but will you still be posting pics on your wonderful oats / breaky or sammies ocassionally – i’ll miss them? looking forward to your new changes! congrats! and Celebrate life!!! ((:

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Kendel @ Eating Abroad August 14, 2010 at 12:40 pm

I’m so excited for your changes! Where you’re heading is in the same direction as what I’m interested in reading. I’m sure I’m not alone in these feelings. The old is good but the new will be even better.

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Kath August 15, 2010 at 4:06 pm

Jenna – For some reason I don’t mind the product reviews/open sky links on other blogs, but I never felt they fit in on ELR for some reason. They seemed forced/out of place and in my face on here… perhaps it was because that’s just not you! I love your exercise and meal recaps, but I can go to other blogs for that. Good luck with your new direction, I will definitely stick with you!

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Beth @ DiningAndDishing August 16, 2010 at 3:17 pm

I really love it Jenna :). Way to embrace change! And I am SOOOOO glad this won’t turn into yet another product placement blog.

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Dee August 16, 2010 at 7:49 pm

Change is good! :D

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Katharine (MealMuse) August 16, 2010 at 9:46 pm

Hi Jenna,
I’ve been following your blog almost since you started and I’m so impressed with how it has evolved (writing, photography, focus, etc.). I can so relate to so much of it (changes and all) because I, too, am a twenty-something who changes everyday! I’m also really inspired by all that you do. Thanks for always being so authentic.

-Katharine

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Rachel August 17, 2010 at 6:45 pm

I’m catching up on blog reading so this is very late to be chiming in, but I’m excited for the blog changes and can’t wait to see what’s in store! I love reading about all your CA adventures and love the “cooking lessons” and musings on books, etc that you post. That being said, I will miss your posts on meals and snacks because like others have said before me, I got alot of ideas and inspiration from them. Hopefully you can still incorporate some of your daily meals sometimes? Anyways, best of luck with ELR 2.0, I’ll still be reading regardless of what changes happen!

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Aisha August 24, 2010 at 2:17 am

I think I truly love your new blogging style and please carry on writing what makes you happy as it is wonderful to read.

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Danielle September 28, 2010 at 12:53 pm

in LOVE LOVE LOVE with ELR2.0! a few months ago i completely stopped reading “healthy living” blogs when i realized that it was far too obsessive to read other people’s diets and workouts every single day. i stopped obsessing, started eating real food (read: not shunning white flour or sugar), running to the beat of my own drum, and drinking in life again. thank you for staying true to yourself and celebrating the joys of food and life! <333

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Isiah Hepp October 28, 2011 at 4:44 pm

wow thats mint

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