Open Letter to the Blogosphere: Blogger “Responsibility”

Note: this post has nothing to do with my blog or you, my readers … but is rather a reaction to an observation I made in the blogosphere.

This week, one of the most well-known female bloggers, Heather Armstrong of dooce.com fame, announced she and her husband Jon were in the midst of a trial separation.

I’d heard of her, but never really read her blog — until today. Her announcement post is absolutely gut-wrenching, to say the least — especially the part where she expresses a moment that suicide crossed her mind … and though doesn’t go into any details about why the couple is splitting, it’s obvious she is pained about the decision but knows it must be done. Continue reading “Open Letter to the Blogosphere: Blogger “Responsibility””

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.

Continue reading “Disordered Behaviors in Disguise?”

Is Anyone Else Annoyed by Stephanie Pratt’s Bulimia Disclosure?

IMG00007As you might recall, I am reading Dara Chadwick’s awesome guide for moms and their daughters as they navigate the roller coaster of adolescence, You’d Be So Pretty If …

(Review to come soon!)

One of the things she talks about is how media consumption can play a role in how we (and our daughters) feel about ourselves/themselves … but that ignoring media or banning it isn’t the solution. Rather, keeping an open dialogue is — and I agree with her 100 percent.

Like Dara, I can’t imagine giving up my magazine addiction — though lately I’ve been annoyed by the same stories circulating in publications..

But I hope to be able to do what Dara has done with her daughter: sit down with her and talk honestly and openly about air-brushing, how models/actresses/celebrities are paid to look a certain way and that it’s unrealistic of us to feel inadequate next to them, etc.

However, I literally cringed this morning when I saw this headline: ‘Hills’ Star Says Thin Co-Stars Brought Her to Bulimia Continue reading “Is Anyone Else Annoyed by Stephanie Pratt’s Bulimia Disclosure?”

Great Body Image Quote

“Life is far too rich, interesting and short to waste on hating your body.”

Heather at HangryPants shared this quote in her blog entry today and I just thought it was a such a good pre-weekend, motivating, inspirational quote.

It speaks volumes in just a couple words.

And here’s an awesome interesting article from the BBC that I found over at Thinspired (a healthy living blog, not to be confused with “thinspo”).

The article talks about why some people never get fat; how our bodies do, indeed, have a natural, set weight. Food for thought.

Have a fantastic weekend and health and happiness to all.

Barney Butter Review

So my much-anticipated Barney Butter package (chunky and creamy) came via UPS and I test-drove a sample of both yesterday upon their arrival.

First, I tried a teensy taste of the chunky (what was stuck to the interior seal) and it’s really chunky and really flavorful!! Definitely a different taste than my usual Krema all-natural peanut butter … it’s a little salty, and a little sweet. But it stands alone and could be a good alternative from my PB.

The creamy Barney Butter is definitely sweeter — which I have little mini 90-cal packs of now. I think it will taste good swirled in my oats or on fruit, but frankly, it tasted pretty good by itself here at my desk!!

Almond butter has less saturated fat than peanut butter, and so I think it’ll be a nice change-up. I am keeping the mini packs at my desk for a low-carb, pre-gym boost.

Thanks to Heather at HangryPants for the special free-shipping offer!

How about you? Do you have a favorite nut butter, or are nut butters a trigger food for you?