What I’ve Learned

Exercising for fun, and to prove to myself how capable I am is way more satisfying than exercising for the calorie burn.

I’ll admit, I don’t always remember this when I’ve had a particularly indulgent weekend and feel the need to feel the burn, but it’s something that I always strive to keep in mind.

Cooking up a big pot of food and eating leftovers for lunch throughout the week really is the most economical way to feed myself.

And the most intense.  Am I indimidating?   I owned that dutch oven!

Sure, I love going out to eat, but if I keep my excursions mostly limited to the weekends I’ll save myself a lot of dolla’ dolla’ bills.

Food trends are like fashion trends: Not all of them will fit and flatter your body (or your wallet. Or your mind.)

I don’t even own a blender (shocking, I know!) so green smoothies will probably never be a part of my daily routine.  Nor am I in a place to be blowing tons of cash on expensive crackers or oils that I also have to pay shipping+handling for.  There’s nothing wrong with these things. In fact they’re all really good products, but they just don’t fit into my lifestyle any more than skinny jeans and Uggs do.

It’s not impossible to form relationships with really cool people on the internet.

Fuzzy with Hillary pre-HLS.

Blogger brunch at Yolk.

Since I started my little blog, and especially since I attended HLS in August, I’ve met some really cool people that I respect a lot and that I have this weird little obsessive hobby we call blogging in common with.  I’ve learned a lot from them.

Which brings me to my point.  I think by now we’ve all (at least most of us) read the article in Marie Claire about “health” bloggers and have all read many responses, commentaries and rebuttals to it.  I’m not going to repeat what has already been said, (check this out- I found it interesting) but I will say this:

In my opinion, the most unfortunate thing that came of the article is the fact that the author’s one-sided approach completely neglected the many wonderful things that health bloggers have to offer.  I’ve learned a lot since I started reading blogs and even more since I started my own.

No, the healthy living/food blogging community isn’t perfect, because we’re real people.  We’re not perfect- we don’t always say the right thing, or eat perfectly, or demonstrate a flawless example.  And I think that’s why this article struck such a nerve- all of us, not just the six bloggers who were targeted, took it personally.

I don’t know about all of you, but the article didn’t change my opinion of healthy living blogs.  Sure, maybe we should think about what we say before we hit “publish” a little bit more, but in the end I think the vast majority of us have good intentions and have a lot to offer.

I know I’ve learned a lot.

What have you learned from the healthy living blog community- the good and the bad?

6 thoughts on “What I’ve Learned

  1. I’ve really only ever had positive experiences with blogging. I think the article is going to be forgotten quickly, and that most people won’t even notice it. I think it is creating more of a stir among us than anywhere else.

  2. I agree! If anything, blogging helped me get out of disordered thinking about food. There are definitely some flaws, but on the whole I think we have a great community.

  3. I can see their point to a certain extent, but to call out certain people I thought was out of line, especially since the people they named seem to be very good examples of healthy living. It seems especially hypocritical of a magazine who I’m sure uses stick thin models.

  4. LOL – I love the intimidation face. Very, very scary. I feel for the dutch oven 😉 haha
    The list of things I’ve learned is endless, but the biggest thing is to eat intuitively without counting calories any longer! 🙂

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