We need to talk.
Men everywhere are cringing in fear. Oh wait, very few men come here. ‘Eh, you get the idea.
Before I jump right into my monologue, because believe you me I’ve got one coming, I need to give a shout out to our lovely hostess, the very witty and talented Jenn over at Peas and Crayons. Jenn was one of the very first food bloggers I started following back in the day, and I’ve been hooked ever since.
Now about that talk….
I consider myself a Healthy Living Blogger. I paid the membership fee (I’m pretty sure that’s all it takes), adjusted my tiara and declared myself healthy. At one point I even had the cute little HLB stamp on my sidebar to prove it, although I think he jumped ship when I switched templates (mental note: add HLB picture back to sidebar). I’m sure it had nothing to do with my mass consumption of cheese.
I stand by my food choices as being predominantly healthy, which is why I’m comfortable dubbing myself as such and also why I keep sharing them with you. I also happen to think veggies are the cats pajamas and if you don’t agree, well then you probably aren’t cooking, blanching, roasting, or preparing them right. There, I said it.
I’ve been remiss though.
Week in and week out, I’ve been a willing and happy participant in Jenn’s What I Ate Wednesday posts. I’ve also been promulgating myself as healthy and literally sharing my daily eats. The unintentional, yet implied, message is if you eat like me, you will be healthy too. Quite frankly, I’m pretty sure that’s the message delivered by most in the healthy living community, whether we want to deliver it or not.
It’s the same when it comes to advertising. If I use this ridiculously expensive shampoo, my hair will suddenly become thick and luxurious overnight. I shall wake up looking like Elle MacPherson and wave my rich and beautiful locks all around. The sun will rise behind me, and the waves will crash upon the sand. (Mental note: get some of that shampoo).
While I might not have the popularity of Elle, for reasons beyond my comprehension, there’s a chance someone, somewhere out there (♫ beneath the pale moon light ♫) is saying, “If I eat what she eats, then I’m going to lose weight.” I have to tell you that might not be true, not unless your diet consists of fast food, processed food, and liquid crack (i.e. soda pop) on a regular basis.
The simple explanation is I don’t eat for weight loss, and I haven’t in nineteen months. I also don’t eat any meat, which isn’t necessarily healthy for everybody. While less meat is generally better for everyone, including the planet, removing meat entirely from your life should be done with the assistance of a doctor or nutritionist.
Therefore, I have to apologize for my negligence. Specifically, I’ve been giving you guys the goods, labeling myself as healthy and not actually giving you any background for it. That’s not cool, and I promise you it was never my intent.
If I’m doing this right, and labeling myself as such, then I really need to be giving you some context. You need to understand where I’m coming from and where I’m going.
I don’t eat to lose weight. Nor do I eat to gain weight. I’m happy with the number on the scale and have been since July of 2012. My weight is good, and my vitals are rocking.
For me, food is a source of pleasure, not deprivation. It’s also a way to nourish, heal and fuel my body. I have a strong focus on quality food in the right quantities, which does exemplify a healthy lifestyle.
So if you are looking to me and my choices to become skinny, I’m not the blog for you. If you are looking to be healthy though, I say let’s do this.
Whew, I’m glad we’ve got that cleared up.
What’s your take on the healthy living blog community and this post? What would you like to see more of from me, in relationship to being healthy? If you’re a blogger, what message intentional or not, are you sending with your blog?