I started writing this post in my mind weeks ago.
I even began to incorporate some of the verbiage in one of my previous What I Ate Wednesday posts. However, as is often the case, my fingers got to typing in an entirely different direction. I don’t mean any Go Go Gadget stuff either; I’m saying I went a different route and edited this bit out. Shocking, I know.
Despite the length and girth of my posts, I do edit them. Multiple times in fact, although more often than not, I end up writing them the morning of actual publication which works, but it also means I’m not as funny. You see my first go around is simply me putting pen to paper or fingers to keyboard and typing whatever pours out. The funny comes later, especially when I have time to regroup in between drafting sessions. The more time in between, well the funnier it gets, at least in my mind, which is a strange and musical place.
Since I started today’s post weeks ago, you think it’d be hysterical. Well I am sad to report that is simply not the case, since I decided to go serious instead, which is something I don’t do well, unless I’m ranting, and I’m not doing that today either.
After that wonderfully wordy and unamusing intro, I’m sure you’re dying for me to get to the point or more pointedly the food. Patience my friends, says the woman who has virtually none. We’re almost there.
For those of you who’ve come to know and love me, this won’t be a surprise.
I like structure, I like order and I’m big when it comes to following the rules, unless of course I can justify a reason for breaking them. I also really like the original purpose behind Jenn’s What I Ate Wednesday parties.
“WIAW is about food and fun! It’s about making new friends, breaking out of a food rut, noting changes in your diet/lifestyle, inspiring yourself & others, embracing fruit & vegetables, nourishing your body with the foods that work for you, finding new ways to eat your favorite foods, and so. much. more.”
I’ve started to notice a less than satisfactory trend hitting the blog world. A good number of participants in the WIAW link up are no longer posting an entire day of eats anymore. Confession: I am guilty of this as well, although I want to change that.
I know it can be tough to photograph every single morsel, and its even tougher to get a decent shot of them all. I also know the reason I started this blog was to help others looking to make changes in their own food choices, and if I’m going to be an example of that, a perfect plate of food every single meal or highlighting my great weekend eats, while glossing over the less than ideal stuff isn’t going to cut it. Sure, pretty pictures and picture perfect meals might be great for other food bloggers or sponsors, if that’s your thing, but for people really looking to make changes in their diets, I’m guessing it will push them further away.
So I want to get back to my roots and the real purpose behind Jenn’s WIAW link up. I also want to encourage other bloggers to do the same with future posts. I won’t hate if you don’t, and I’m sure I’ll break the rules again, with good reason of course, but I’m hoping you’ll at least think about it.
Today, I’m sharing my meals, my morsels and my snacks from Saturday. The only thing missing is my morning cup of coffee and the gallons of water I consumed. Alright fine, it was probably more like 80 ounces. Whatever.
(Screw the rule that says you can’t eat more than one banana a day).
WIAW shouldn’t be a highlight reel of your best ‘healthy’ stuff. Instead, it’s about being open and honest with your food choices, even when they are less than ideal or don’t fit the “rules.”
(A second banana in my Banana, Blueberry and Kale Smoothie)
WIAW isn’t about capturing the most magnificent picture or even photographing each morsel. It is about full disclosure though, so sometimes you may need to snag a stock photo from the Internet.
(I ate at least three of these Energy Bars; they were good (source))
WIAW isn’t ensuring your best foot is always forward. It’s about learning about yourself and inspiring others to do the same. I’ve learned I love carbs.
(A sample of the Breadsmith’s Chocolate Chocolate Bread; it tasted like the perfect brownie.)
If I only present an ideal image, who really learns?
Not someone who is overweight and struggling to lose and thinks my eating habits aren’t obtainable or sustainable.
Not someone is underweight and fears my consumption of cheese and bread.
(Side note: while I know our bodies are all different, I have been the same weight give or take a seasonal pound or two, for fifteen months and counting.)
(Apple and Smoked Gouda Grilled Cheese on Sourdough Bread)
WIAW isn’t about holding back because dinner was eaten at 8 p.m. when the lighting sucked, and I didn’t feel much like plating my meal. Who cares? It’s just dinner; I’m not sharing a recipe here.
(Chickpea Curry, Steamed Broccoli and Parmesan Rosemary Drop Biscuits)
There will be people who think I eat too much. There will be people who think I eat too little. There will be those who gasp over my cheese consumption and egg yolk loving ways. There will be people who find my food triggering. There will be people who find my food choices to be less than healthy. There will be people who find my vegetarian ways to be un-American. I have long since learned you can’t please everybody, regardless of your good intentions.
What I do know is I love the way I eat, and I stand by all of my choices, even the less than perfect ones. What’s more? I am comfortable with promulgating my ways as healthy. This is who I am, and at the end of the day I just want to be me, as flawed and as fabulous as that is because frankly, my flaws are what make me fabulous.
I told you it wasn’t going to be funny.
What’s your take on What I Ate Wednesday? Does it bother you when people don’t share a full day of eats? Do you wish more people did? What have you learned about yourself and your eating habits by participating in WIAW?