Privacy Policy

Our Balanced Bowl Privacy Policy

Here at Our Balanced Bowl, user data privacy is of extreme importance to us. Below, you will find the data information collected by and how we use it.


Our Balanced Bowl is a personal food blog written by Haylie Abele. I am not a trained nutritionist, registered dietician or chef. I am simply here to share delicious recipes and my opinions. Therefore, Our Balanced Bowl will not be held responsible for any loss or harm that may arise from the use of

I will always be up-front with my users on my opinions on certain items, whether or not I’m making commission or if it is a sponsored posts. Additionally, I vow to only work with brands that I truly believe and support based on my moral values when it comes to food.


We will collect certain information about you and the device with which you come across Our Balanced Bowl. For example, when you visit our website, your IP address, browser type, dates and times you accessed our site and if you used a referring website to get to us will be collected.  


You may enter your name, website name and/or email address in the comment section on each recipe featured on Our Balanced Bowl. You may also voluntarily submit your name and email address on a contact form or for future newsletters or subscription based email services.


Cookies are small data files stored on your browser by the Website. We may use both session cookies, which expire when you close your browser, and persistent cookies, which stay on your browser until deleted, to provide you with a more personalized experience on the Website.

If you leave a comment on our site you may opt-in to saving your name, email address and website in cookies. These are for your convenience so that you do not have to fill in your details again when you leave another comment. These cookies will last for one year. Visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service.

When visitors leave comments on the site we collect the data shown in the comments form, and also the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection.

If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognize and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.

For users that register on our website (if any), we also store the personal information they provide in their user profile. All users can see, edit, or delete their personal information at any time (except they cannot change their username).


Mediavine Programmatic Advertising (Ver 1.1)

The Website works with Mediavine to manage third-party interest-based advertising appearing on the Website. Mediavine serves content and advertisements when you visit the Website, which may use first and third-party cookies. A cookie is a small text file which is sent to your computer or mobile device (referred to in this policy as a “device”) by the web server so that a website can remember some information about your browsing activity on the Website.

First party cookies are created by the website that you are visiting. A third-party cookie is frequently used in behavioral advertising and analytics and is created by a domain other than the website you are visiting. Third-party cookies, tags, pixels, beacons and other similar technologies (collectively, “Tags”) may be placed on the Website to monitor interaction with advertising content and to target and optimize advertising. Each internet browser has functionality so that you can block both first and third-party cookies and clear your browser’s cache. The “help” feature of the menu bar on most browsers will tell you how to stop accepting new cookies, how to receive notification of new cookies, how to disable existing cookies and how to clear your browser’s cache. For more information about cookies and how to disable them, you can consult the information at All About Cookies.

Without cookies you may not be able to take full advantage of the Website content and features. Please note that rejecting cookies does not mean that you will no longer see ads when you visit our Site. In the event you opt-out, you will still see non-personalized advertisements on the Website.

The Website collects the following data using a cookie when serving personalized ads:

  • IP Address
  • Operating System type
  • Operating System version
  • Device Type
  • Language of the website
  • Web browser type
  • Email (in hashed form)

Mediavine Partners (companies listed below with whom Mediavine shares data) may also use this data to link to other end user information the partner has independently collected to deliver targeted advertisements. Mediavine Partners may also separately collect data about end users from other sources, such as advertising IDs or pixels, and link that data to data collected from Mediavine publishers in order to provide interest-based advertising across your online experience, including devices, browsers and apps. This data includes usage data, cookie information, device information, information about interactions between users and advertisements and websites, geolocation data, traffic data, and information about a visitor’s referral source to a particular website. Mediavine Partners may also create unique IDs to create audience segments, which are used to provide targeted advertising.

If you would like more information about this practice and to know your choices to opt-in or opt-out of this data collection, please visit National Advertising Initiative opt out page. You may also visit Digital Advertising Alliance website and Network Advertising Initiative website to learn more information about interest-based advertising. You may download the AppChoices app at Digital Advertising Alliance’s AppChoices app to opt out in connection with mobile apps, or use the platform controls on your mobile device to opt out.

For specific information about Mediavine Partners, the data each collects and their data collection and privacy policies, please visit Mediavine Partners.


WP Recipe Maker, the plugin used to make Our Balanced Bowl’s recipe cards, store the rating a user has given to a recipe along with the personal data WordPress core stores.

WP Recipe Maker stores a WPRM_User_Voted_%recipe% cookie (with %recipe% the ID of the recipe) that contains the rating the user has given to a particular recipe. This cookie is used as (one of the) measures to prevent rating spam.

WP Recipe Maker stores the IP address upon voting for user ratings. This is used as another measure to prevent rating spam.

WP Recipe Maker cookies are stored for 30 days. User submitted data is stored indefinitely in the local database.

Note: Users may, at any time, permanently prevent the setting of cookies, by using a corresponding setting of your internet browser. By choosing to prevent cookies, you may not have access to all of the features here on Our Balanced Bowl.


On, you may subscribe to our newsletter, which may be used for advertising purposes. All newsletters sent may contain tracking pixels. The pixel is embedded in emails and allows an analysis of the success of online marketing campaigns. Because of these tracking pixels, we may see if and when you open an email and which links within the email you click. This also allows the Site to adapt the content of future newsletters to the interests of the user. This behavior will not be passed on to third parties.

We use MailChimp to run our email campaigns. Information on their privacy policy can be found here.


Akismet is an anti-spam plugin we run here on Our Balanced Bowl to make sure to limit the amount of spam on the website. The information they collect typically includes the commenter’s IP address, user agent, referrer, and Site URL (along with other information directly provided by the commenter such as their name, username, email address, and the comment itself).


The main third party service provider that we use is Google Analytics. This allows us to know how many users are visiting our site per day, where they are being referred from and how long they stay on our site. Our Balanced Bowl also uses Google Analytics for Demographics, Location and Audience Overview. This allows us to see what our users are interested in, what country they are located in, if they were referred to us via another website. To disable this, please go to or

Our Balanced Bowl has enabled anonymizing IP addresses while tracking in Google Analytics.

Additionally, Our Balanced Bowl may use third-party service providers to service various aspects of the website. Each third-party service provider’s use of your personal information is dictated by their respective privacy policies.


Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website.

These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracing your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.


We collect certain information from our users to improve the user experience. By using tools like Google Analytics and the commenting section, we are able to respond to inquiries, comments, answer questions about the recipes, etc.


If you leave a comment on, certain information may be publicly visible.  To create a user profile, you must choose a username and password and input your email address for profile confirmation.  Your email address will never be available publicly. At your option, you may also add an avatar, a profile description, and a link to your website. Other Our Balanced Bowl users may see your username, avatar, profile description and website information.

At any time you can contact us at to update, modify or opt out of the collection of your personal information (email address, name, etc). You can also submit a request for what data collection we have stored anytime by contacting us at


If you have an account on this site, or have left comments, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data we hold about you, including any data you have provided to us. You can also request that we erase any personal data we hold about you. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.

Access – Wish to have access to the personal information we may have about you? Please submit a request to

Amend – You may contact us to modify or update your personal information.

Forget – If you wish for us to erase any personal information or data, please submit a request to Haylie at

Please note that this does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.


At no time should you submit any sensitive personal information to Our Balanced Bowl. This includes things like your social security number, information regarding race or ethnic origin, political opinions, religious beliefs, criminal background, heath issues etc. If you elect to submit such information to us, it will be subject to this Privacy Policy.


Lastly, Our Balanced Bowl does not knowingly collect any personal information or data from children under 16 years of age. If you are a parent or guardian and have questions or issues regarding this topic, please contact Haylie at and we will use our best efforts to promptly remove such information from our records.


Please note that all recipes and photos from Our Balanced Bowl must be authorized for additional use aside from being on this website. This means that the recipes, blog posts and photos used on Our Balanced Bowl must not be reposted unless given prior approval. If re-posted anywhere else, you must directly link back to


If you require any additional information or have any questions regarding our privacy policy, please feel free to contact Haylie at

The Privacy Policy and Terms of Use were last updated on May 26, 2022. Our Balanced Bowl reserves the right to change these policies at anytime.  Please refer back to this page periodically for updates.