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. Kath Eats Real Food: My Life Through Food.
Kath is a registered dietitian, as of two months ago. She's married and lives in Charlottesville, and she started blogging three years ago in a private blogging community on CalorieKing.com. Her first blogs are all recipes and calories counts.
She has lost thirty pounds since she started blogging.
Quote I find mildly concerning:
I got married on June 2, 2007 and know the day wouldn't have been as wonderful if I were 30 pounds heavier, but instead I had people telling me all evening how tiny my waist looked in my dress!
Meal I find mildly concerning:
This was her recovery meal after a seven mile run. I know that she's a small woman, but this is a large bowl of salad and a very small bowl of yogurt and cereal. This doesn't seem to be the usual for her, though - there are plenty of pictures of bowls full of oats and granola and peanut butter too.
Quote I find reassuring:
And by all means if you’re hungry, EAT!! Food is fuel for your brain, cells, muscles, heart, lungs. The body needs calories to function. And remember, if you put food quality, nutrition and health first, the numbers don’t matter as much.
My vote? So so. In reading through her blogs, it seems that her personal food intake has gone down as her readership has gone up. While it's great that she repeatedly returns to the idea that what works for her doesn't work for everyone, she's at best giving lip service to the idea that weight is just one of many facets of health and happiness. Is her blog likely to be a trigger? No more so than something like Weight Watchers. She doesn't seem to shy away from any particular nutritional category (fat or carbs, for example). One of the concerns that Marie Claire raised was that in person she didn't seem to actually eat everything that she photographed. I can't make claims about that one way or the other, obviously, so right now I'm going to take her word for it. Sure, maybe she doesn't always refuel perfectly after runs, but it looks like she tries.
I do wish that she'd acknowledge the pressures that led her to lose the weight and keep it off. I know that this is my prejudice, but body image is not created in a vacuum. You know how I know?
...the day wouldn't have been as wonderful if I were 30 pounds heavier...I had people telling me all evening how tiny my waist looked in my dress.