In case you missed it yesterday, this week I'm reviewing the 'big six' bloggers that Marie Claire recently suggested may be promoting unhealthy eating. Earlier today I talked about Kath Eats. Carrots 'n' Cake is written by Tina, who lives in Boston. (I would really like to go to Boston some day.) She's married to a nice seeming fella named Mal, and they have a pug named Murphy. Her blog has led to a book deal, which basically makes her the queen of the universe.
It was hard for me to approach this blog with my serious face on, because Murphy is adorable, but I did my best.
Like Kath, Tina gained weight in her early twenties and has now lost it. Perhaps all 'healthy living' bloggers follow this format? This actually happened to me too. I gained weight in the last year of college and the first two after I graduated, and one day I woke up and realized I was a smidge heavier than I'd realized.
Not that I said 'than I'd realized' - not 'than I should be'. About her weight gain, Tina said something similar, but with a different spin.
I saw photos from our trip. Looking at the physical proof, I was embarrassed by how much weight I had gained. Every photo was a “bad” photo of me. I was so depressed that I threw most of them away.
Both of the blogs I've looked at today have that same theme. That weight is embarrassing and that thinness will lead to approval. This, right here, is the theme that I was hoping not to find in these blogs. I wanted to find that these women were eating and running and writing about it without talking about how much better it made them look. Obviously, that was somewhat unrealistic.
I was a chubby kid and sort of stretched out in high school (prior to my post college shape change). I remember my father giving me a workout and diet book, and one of the tips was 'eat fewer calories. If you normally eat two pieces of chicken, eat one. If you normally eat one, eat half.' I was twelve or thirteen and I expressed to my dad that she didn't seem to have put in a lower bound, and that that sounded like anorexia waiting to happen. He said that no, that's just how you lose weight - you eat less. Technically true, sure, but not the best way to approach health and nutrition.
I dig that Tina doesn't seem touting the 'eat less' philosophy. There are no pictures of muffins with a single bite taken out (ahem, Kath) - instead, there are cupcakes and lattes and big bowls of oatmeal. Overall, I like this one and have actually added it to my RSS feed. Triggers? 0.