What I discovered during a month without social media

I’m wrapping up my month without social media, so I thought I would check in and give an update. I thought this would be a difficult month, fighting the urge to check in on friends on Facebook or get my fix of visual happiness on Instagram.

Instead, this has been quite a transformative month for me, and it really didn’t have much to do with the goals I set for myself this month. The biggest change that occurred for me this month is that without the constant lure of social media, I freed up a ton of prime retail space in my brain to pursue other things.

I also relieved a lot of stress and anxiety that comes with keeping up with social media. My brain on social media is kind of like having a radio playing all day long. It’s background noise that occupies my thoughts and inhibits my ability to focus. Flipping it off for a while has been so refreshing. It’s been a relief to separate myself from the political conversations, not to mention the constant barrage of food related posts, DIY ideas and product marketing.

Here are a few other things that have happened as a result:

  1. Speaking of “product marketing,” without the ability to promote my blog on Facebook, my readership has dropped by about 98 percent. That was discouraging at first. It was hard to publish a blog post and look at my stats to see I only had three readers. “Hi, you guys!!” But I get it. I know that most people don’t really incorporate blog reading into their daily schedule, and if they do, they are going to jump onto a blog with relevant content that’s right in front of them. It reminded me of why I write, and how therapeutic it is for me!
  2. I’ve really enjoyed the daily devotional that I’ve been doing this month. It’s called, “I Am,” by Michele Cushatt. Each day helps replace negative self talk and comparison with the truth of who I am as a child of God. I have fallen behind on my reading a few times, but for the most part, I’ve been keeping on track. Each day’s passage is short and engaging, and it’s been great to start my day with this encouragement.
  3. The biggest change that has occurred for me in February is once again with my diet. (Just when you thought I was done talking about this!) When I finished Whole 30 in January, I was feeling great overall. But I couldn’t figure out why some of my autoimmune symptoms were actually far worse than they were when I started. Through my research, I found something called the Paleo Autoimmune Protocol. I’ve been diving in with both feet, gathering information, listening to podcasts and incorporating this way of eating into my lifestyle. I’m planning to write about this in much greater depth in the next few weeks, so if you are one of my three remaining readers, I hope you will come back!
  4. If you thought Whole 30 was an intense diet adjustment, that’s because you haven’t heard of Paleo AIP (autoimmune protocol). It focuses on removing all inflammatory foods from your diet, so your body can start to heal from autoimmune disease. Back in June when I went gluten free, I thought it was hard. Now I’m also grain free, sweetener free, soy free, legume free, dairy free, nut free, egg free, seed free and free of nightshades, which include potatoes, tomatoes, eggplant, chili powder, paprika, red pepper and all other spices made from nightshades. The diet also eliminates all processed food, food additives, refined oils, refined sugars and alcohol. Needless to say, I have spent a ton of time researching recipes and figuring out what I can eat. I go to the grocery store at least once a day because I consume so much produce!

I seriously can’t wait to write more about all of this. It’s really making a big impact on my life, and I’m excited to start chronicling my journey.

I will be reintroducing social media in the month of March, and I’m working on a plan to do that gradually so it’s not like flipping on hard rock music at full blast.

Until then, let me know you stopped by! I would love it if you would say “Hi!” in the comments and let me know one thing that’s new with you in the month of February! 

18 Responses

  1. Hi! I have a yummy AIP recipe for salmon cakes with avocado dressing! Sounds like the social media fast was a success! I need to revisit limits on my social media. Free brain space would be amazing. My February has been a little stressful- I haven’t decided if I’m going to blog about it or not. Still doing keto, but I’ve added berries because they’re low glycemic and I don’t want to be so strict.

    1. Susan, Thank you for the recipe! I have been focusing on eating nutrient dense food and made salmon for the first time last week! I have been planning to buy more salmon next week, so I can’t wait to try your recipe!

      I’m curious to find out what happened in February… I would love to catch up in person, whether you blog about it or not! Thanks for the comment.

  2. I love reading all your blog posts because they’re so worth it! I have considered Whole 30 as Cam did it, and she was very pleased with the outcome & feels so much better. She has continued it by adding different foods. What’s new for me in February is that I have diverticulitis again after only 6 months & on antibiotics and a low fiber diet. I miss my greens!!! Keep writing!

    1. Carolyn, our family sure does have its share of digestive issues! I hope you get better soon and find some answers with why the diverticulitis is back. I would highly recommend Whole 30. The first few weeks are rough, but it’s a great experience! Thanks for reading!

  3. Whoa… That is a shockingly restrictive list!!! I’m excited to hear about all the foods you CAN eat that fulfill you!!!

    1. Sues, it’s a crazy switch! I’ve gotten into a good groove with it though, and I do feel like it’s making a difference. It’s all about thinking about the foods you CAN eat, not the foods that you can’t eat.

  4. Hi Emily – I’m inspired by your month without social media. I, too, believe that a month (or even a week!!) without social media – and all the chaos/madness that goes along with it – would do me a world of good. Definitely something to meditate on during Lent…Love, Joyce

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