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My Thoughts on The Hunger Diaries Oct 06

I am not a member of the Healthy Living Blog (HLB) community. I have no desire to be. However, I frequent a couple of the blogs bashed by the article in Marie Claire’s November issue, The Hunger Diaries. The two I read with regularity are Carrots’n’Cake and Healthy Tipping Point. I have also read a few posts at KathEats and Meals and Miles.

They do not deserve what has been heaped upon them. I think it’s horrible that they’ve been labeled as having eating disorders and THAT is why they blog the way they do. But I’m not writing this to talk about eating disorders that I have no experience with, I’m writing this to put in my two cents on WHY I take time out of my day to read these blogs.

These blogs highlight happy, healthy, self-confident women. Every woman in the world wants to be just that: happy, healthy and self-confident. When there are good role models out there that started at a low point just like the rest of us, it’s good to see exactly how they’ve accomplished their goals. It inspires others to obtain the goals that they have for themselves, no matter how big or small they may be.

When I read these blogs, I see women who have found things they’re passionate about (generally, food, exercise and photography) and have found a creative outlet to share what they have discovered with the world. I see women who balance their careers, marriages, hobbies, and even their finances in the public eye in an attempt to help others who want to achieve similar life goals.

Many of these goals involve running as a way to be healthy. Running requires fuel whether it’s to the mailbox, or to the next town. The longer the distance, the more fuel you need. The more fuel you need, the more stops you have to make. The more stops you make, the more you change your time. The more you change your time, the more uncertain your stop time is.

Does that sound like a familiar pattern to anyone? I’ve recently compared long distance (10K+, in my book) running to taking a road trip in a car with a young child. Think about it. Before starting a road trip, you need to eat a healthy meal to minimize junk food snacking in the car and fill up the car’s fuel tank. A car can only go so far on one tank of fuel, so you need to have some idea of where the next stop will be. You also need to realize that the car may be able to go so far, but the child may not. So you have to consider the possibility of extra stops as well to appease the child. This pattern of fueling, going, and stopping will repeat until your final destination is reached. Just like a runner needs to know where to get more fuel or needs to know a safe spot to stop and stretch. A map must be drawn and followed both to highlight a safe route and to make sure the necessary fuel is available.

That is how I view a lot of the HLB community’s blog posts. As ways to show the need to fuel the exercise and what foods have worked for them. It’s a personal choice if oatmeal with peanut butter provides the fuel you need to start a run, or if a black bean brownie will work to help you recover from your run. If it does, great! You now have go to meals waiting for you at home or in the car when you’re done for the day. Based on your activity level, your body needs certain ratios of carbs, protein, sugar, vitamins and minerals to stay healthy. While some of these meals and snacks are a little odd, if they accomplish the ratio goal and sit well on the stomach, that’s all that matters. It’s all about sharing information.

Personally, I will not be snacking on black bean brownies or green monster smoothies. I don’t see the need. But that is MY personal choice. I have made a few of the recipes featured on Carrots’n’Cake and have enjoyed them all. Not just for the taste, but for the BALANCE of the item as well. I love finding new ways to introduce foods to my family (specifically my young daughter).

I’m sorry if this is too long or if I rambled a bit too much, but I’ve spent days just shaking my head over this insanity, so I figured I’d let my thoughts out. For those of you who have stuck with me to the end, a heartfelt, Thanks. 🙂

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