Afternoon, lovelies! Work is going well, and I can ALMOST see the light at the end of the tunnel. Yay, humpday!
Around 9:30, I had a snack. I ate a Z-Bar and a small plum. My stomach still felt a little off, but it’s much improved now.
Lunch was definitely one of those meals when you’re trying to use up food before it goes off! I’ve had 1/4 a log of polenta sitting in the fridge for wayyyy too long that I knew I had to use up.
The polenta log became a polenta mash after I roasted tiny slices in the oven for 30 minutes at 350 and then mixed it up with a fork. I topped the polenta with 1/4 cup of pinto beans, pepper, and some shredded cheddar cheese.
Polenta reminds me of cornbread for some reason. 🙂
And on the side (for bulk) — a spinach and veggie salad.
And for dessert – a Jocalat bar, which Robo-Maggie seemed really interested in.
Food for Thought
Lately, I’ve been thinking more and more about the relationship between food blogs and eating disorders. Let me first start off by stating I do not have an eating disorder, nor have I ever had an eating disorder, although I do think I had an unhealthy relationship with food and my body when I was younger. But it wasn’t an eating disorder, trust me.
Sometimes I get e-mails from readers who are in recovery from an ED and say my blog and blogs like mine help them maintain a healthy perspective on food and fitness. This makes me happy, because living a balanced life is what I’m all about. On the other hand, sometimes I read other people’s blogs and they write about how keeping a food blog/reading food blog makes them feel more obsessive or ashamed. This makes me sad, and it scares me to think that my blog is somehow contributing to another’s downfall.
When I try to explain my blog to people outside of the blogging community, I get a lot of weird looks. I try to explain See Bride Run as a more fitness/food/healthy lifestyle blog, because I don’t just think its a "here’s what I ate today" kind of blog. Many people (my mother included… hi mom!) think my food blog is kind of obsessive — they ask questions like, "You take a photograph of EVERYTHING thing you eat? Uhh… Why?"
I keep a fitness/food/healthy lifestyle blog for several reasons. One, I love to write. I’ve been doing it professionally for 8 years and writing a blog lets me be creative without the confines of my boss or an editor telling me what to do. Two, I feel like life is a journey and I love to share my story (and read other people’s stories). Three, I think the food blogging community is very supportive, and it’s a great way to meet electronic/real friends. Lastly, I get paid (thanks, Foodbuzz!), so it’s an extra source of income.
I started to READ blogs because it helped me stay on track with my healthy eating and exercise. I began reading right as I was entering maintenance and it really focused me. There are so many distractions in this world, and blogs were a daily reminder that I could stick with it.
What do you think about the relationship between eating disorders and food blogging? (I think it could go either way — it can be helpful or detrimental). Why do you read food blogs? Why do you write a blog? How do you explain your hobby to others, if you’re a blogger? Just curious to know your thoughts!