What a year 2012 has been!

What a year 2012 has been!

Wow, this has been such a big year that I want to share a few things that have happened,  both here on Eating Rules and in the rest of my life.

The year started with my joining the Attune Foods team as a brand ambassador, which included my writing several guest posts on their site (I think those were some of my best writing of the year, actually). I started a new business with the belief that it’s possible to make the world a better place and make some money at the same time. And then Matty and I got married. (Want the story of how I proposed? It’s totally about food.)

Next came October Unprocessed, which was the biggest and best it’s ever been, with more than 6,000 people participating. And in November, Eating Rules was named Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution Blog of the Month.

And throughout all of this, my “day job” of web design and tech support has flourished, with most of my work being for other food bloggers. I couldn’t ask for better clients!

There are also a few posts from this year that I’m particularly fond of, and I wanted to share them here in case you missed ’em the first time around.

I attempted to answer the question of what kind of milk to drink. I explained some of my biggest pet-peeve words that have been ruined by the food industry. I pointed out a few things to remember when reading scientific studies. I railed against the addition of sugar – with its many, many names – in seemingly all food products. I collaborated with the brilliant and talented Andy Bellatti on our Cooking Oil Comparison Chart. And, oh yeah, I lost a few readers because my April Fools post was just a bit too convincing (oops).

But the thing I’m most proud of this year?  The terrific body of work my fellow food bloggers, friends, and experts contributed for October Unprocessed. If you haven’t read through all the guest posts, I encourage you to grab a mug of tea and check ’em out. It’s a powerful testament to the quality, dedication, and talent of the blogging community.

So what’s in store for 2013?

For starters, I’m thrilled to be joining the team as an Attune Foods Brand Ambassador again. I’ll be posting more often — and sharing more recipes and maybe even some new Menu Mondays posts to help you make better choices when you can’t cook from scratch. And Matty and I will (finally!) get the front yard fully landscaped, the garden set up, and the chickens in the side yard. Yep, this is the year it’s all gonna happen. Happy new year, everyone!

Happy new year, 2012!” © 2011 Shandi-Lee, used under Creative Commons license.

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NMPatricia
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NMPatricia
3 years 7 months ago

Wish you luck with your new year and success in all you attempt. Love the blog and always read it.

Jackie
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3 years 7 months ago

You’re wedding was one of the highlights of MY year too 🙂 It was such a beautiful and touching ceremony, and a fantastic weekend! And I’m so proud of you for all you’ve accomplish this year.
Can’t wait to see whats in store for you next 🙂

althea mcmurrian
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althea mcmurrian
3 years 7 months ago

Dude! congrats on a very successful year. I want to thank you for putting in the effort to teach us about food and how our eating choices affect our bodies & mind. Please add another brownie point to your 2012 total – I’ve lost 60 lbs with the assistance from your blog and the many guest blogs, and the addnl links. Very helpful, supportive stuff. Take some credit for gather this wonderful info and supportive energy under eatingrules.com
I’ve got alot more weigh to lose and i feel supported by your site. Good Job! And a deeply felt Thank You! Here’s to even greater achievements in 2013!

Susan
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Susan
3 years 7 months ago

Thanks for all you give us, keep it coming always need to know more!!!

Kevin Werbach
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Kevin Werbach
3 years 7 months ago

Andrew — Congratulations on a wonderful year! Thanks for inviting us to join you and Matty at your amazing wedding. And most of all, thanks for being you.

Mary Lynne
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Mary Lynne
3 years 7 months ago

Best of luck and thank you for all you do! And Congratulations on your marriage.

Dennis
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Dennis
3 years 7 months ago

Proud of you 🙂

Sandy Kash
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Sandy Kash
3 years 7 months ago

Hi Andrew,

Thnaks for all the great info. Hope you have a great xmas and a wonderful new year. Cheers!

Dana @FoodieGoesHealthy
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Dana @FoodieGoesHealthy
3 years 7 months ago

Congratulations on an amazing year. I’m so happy for you. Thank you for all that you share with us. Looking forward to more good things in the new year. All the best, Dana

Elle
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Elle
3 years 7 months ago

Thanks for this blog!
October unprocessed 2011 really made a huge change in my life – even if took a few months to really incorporate everything. I came to October unprocessed 2012 much more prepared and confident.

Have a wonderful 2013!

Colleen
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Colleen
3 years 7 months ago

Andrew, Thank you for all your hard work and dedication this year. Happy holidays and a great new year to you and Matty!!! You are definitely a “success” in my book!

Auntie Gail and Uncle el
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Auntie Gail and Uncle el
3 years 7 months ago

We love reading the blog–lots to learn. We love being part of your life–what a wedding! Can’t wait to see the landscaped yard (and visit our tree) and meet the chickens.

Greg Henry
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3 years 7 months ago

Happy New Year to you too. GREG

Allison R
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Allison R
3 years 7 months ago

Happy New Year, Andrew! I can’t wait to hear more about your garden (and chickens!). I’m looking forward to another year of your posts, and hopefully I will see you (and Matty) soon!

Hannah Cordes
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3 years 7 months ago

Happy New Year, Andrew! Congratulations on your marriage and a marvelous year! I am looking forward to all you share in 2013. Wishing you a happy, healthy, delicious year ahead!

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