Disordered Behaviors in Disguise?

You’ve probably heard about the Marie Claire food blogger cluster#!@# making its way across the blogosphere. Since it was my birthday weekend and I was generally offline, I didn’t hear about it til Carla (MizFit) told me about what had happened. And my feelings are mixed.

Here’s the article, The Hunger Diaries.

The article itself is clearly very biased from the get-go. I’ve blogged in the past about how I wonder if sometimes food bloggers mask disordered behaviors, so I don’t entirely disagree that some behaviors of  healthy living bloggers could be viewed as disordered — especially if the anecdotes the writer shared are, indeed, true.

Let’s be real here: shrouding or destroying food IS disordered behavior, regardless of context. I call them like I see them; been there, done that … I know it when I see it.

And while I never really lumped any of those specific blogs into the category, I’ve wondered myself: is taking pictures of every morsel you eat (or 10 pics of the same bowl of food) “normal?” Is exercising the way some bloggers do normal … or excessive? I think there’s a fine line in the sand between obsessiveness and a job.

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Change the Way You See: Join the Operation Beautiful Movement!

Operation Beautiful hits store shelves this week!

I am so excited to get my copy in the mail, as Operation Beautiful is a cause I stand 110% behind.

In honor of “Change the Way You See Not the Way You Look” Week this week (Aug 2-7), I thought I’d join the movement and add a post to the mix (all bloggers are encouraged to do so! For details click here.)

“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.”– Marcel Proust.

It’s one of my favorite quotes that in many ways addresses the art of “reframing,” something that truly helped me recover from my disordered eating past, as I learned to look at my situation through a different lens. Continue reading “Change the Way You See: Join the Operation Beautiful Movement!”

Operation Beautiful — in Print!

About a year ago, I mentioned a cause I really believe in that was taking over the blogosphere by storm called Operation Beautiful, which was launched by Caitlin at Healthy Tipping Point.

Since then, the Operation Beautiful blog has taken off, Caitlin has done tons of press about it and now has a book coming out! I am so, so, so excited for her!

A lot of bloggers have book deals, sure, but Caitlin’s mission is the only one that really resonates with me — mostly because it’s not just about her. It’s about all the women out there who are struggling with body image issues.

In a nutshell, her goal is to end fat-talk, period … one positive, self-affirming anonymous Post-it or note at a time — shared in public places like gyms, offices, shared bathrooms, dressing rooms, etc.

The book is coming out in August, but you can pre-order a copy now by clicking Barnes&Noble.com, Amazon.com, or Borders.com. I am so excited to get a copy!

How about you? Have you participated in Operation Beautiful? Will you buy the book?

PS–A lengthy post will be coming in the next week or two explaining my absence from blogging … just know I love you all and still am reading other blogs; just hadn’t been able to write myself but, in the words of the Celine Dion song, “it’s all coming back to me now …”