Man, oh, maaaaannnn
This was a FABULOUS lunch!! Matt is still talking about it!
But first, this morning was a bit….rocky. If you haven’t heard/read about the article Marie Claire published about healthy living blogs, then you might take a look. The article, written by Katie Drummond, is the most one-sided report I’ve ever read. I’m not sure what their intentions were, but this seems like a huge missed opportunity not only to share the wonderful benefits of the blogging community, but also to create a dialogue about the concept of blogging about food and lifestyle, IRONICALLY, one of the topics we discussed at the Healthy Living Summit. I guess Katie was too busy digging through the trash to see exactly what we ate for breakfast to attend that session.
My blog is about my LIFE. It’s about biking on sunny afternoons and eating amazing mussels and a flight of wine on a chilly Sunday evening. About drinking my husband’s fabulous homebrews and eating hunks of his bread. It’s about organization, and art gallery crawls, and parties, and being a nerd. About oatmeal and friendships and entertaining and roaches! About becoming a yogi and being thankful I can run. It’s about wine tasting and traveling and photography and eating REAL FOOD that tastes great.
We knew this article was coming because we all answer>ed questions for Katie. I asked her MULTIPLE times what the angle of the story was and she always responded that it was about the positives of the blogging community.
“This [article] is about the positive – the world you are a part of. It’s easy to distinguish the “healthy” from the non, but they are two different communities, and there’s a lot of positivity being put out – OB [Operation Beautiful], for example, or the Exposed movement – that are remarkable examples of the power of the ‘net to reinforce good over bad.”
Of course one would expect a good journalist to include both sides of a story, so I wasn’t surprised to find a few questions about some of the negatives in the mix. Here’s a set of questions I answer>ed. Did you see any of my responses in the article? I didn’t.
-How do you respond to the suggestion or concern that food/fitness blogs are obsessive, or overly fixated on food, diet, exercise, fitness?
I can’t speak for the whole blogging community, but if you think my blog is obsessive than you haven’t spend enough time reading it! My blog is so much more than the food I photograph – It’s a creative outlet. It’s a journal. It’s a place where I hang out with friends. It’s romantic. It’s my life, in words. Blogs are platforms for socialization about whatever topic suits the day. Food is just a conversation starter.
-What about the concern that popular bloggers might negatively influence other women, to modify their own eating habits or exercise habits in a way that might not be right for their bodies or health?
I prefer to look at blog influence as “inspiration.” When I was losing weight a few years ago, I read blogs as inspiration. I found it no different than reading a magazine article with tips for healthy eating or a cookbook full of healthy recipes. For me, blogs are one of the best ways to share ideas. I find my co-bloggers incredibly inspiring.
-We’ve discussed this before, but how do you respond to the criticism that this community is a haven for eating disorders? Do you think it is?
I think the connection between healthy living lifestyle blogs and eating disorders ended a long time ago. Food blogs were misunderstood for a while before people understood that healthy meals were just a conversation starter. These days, I think more people realize how much blogs serve as platforms for friendship and the sharing of ideas.
-Where do you think reader responsibility and blogger responsibility intersect? To whom does it fall to be sure that women reading the blogs aren’t harmed?
I believe we all must make choices that are best for us.
-Do you think there are bloggers in this community take food and fitness too far? To an extreme that could lead to injury, harm, long-term damage?
I’m sure there are some that take blogging too far, but to blanket the entire community with an opinion is just as bad is any other stereotype out there – online or not.
The article would have been laughable if it weren’t so cruel. I don’t read Marie Claire because I have never had an interest in getting a virtual body makeover, hairstyle dos and don’ts, or learning the “new” diet rules (my “diet” has no rules). Many of you have already written letters to the editor [you can email her here if you'd like: firstname.lastname@example.org] or comments on their Facebook page or personal emails and comments on KERF, and for that I thank you from the bottom of my heart <3
Now, on to that Bacon Cheeseburger!!
Our fridge is rather empty right now after our dinner party and I was so busy buying ingredients for that, that I neglected our regular meals. But we did have BACON and CHEESE and BEANS and this creation is a new favorite.
I used my homemade bean burger recipe but added a few extras.
I started with a can of pintos – the best bean burger because they mash well!
Mashed per the recipe with Worcestershire, olive oil, salt and pepper – PLUS two slices of bacon that I cooked in a skillet first.
Then I formed two patties and seared them in the bacon grease
Flipped and topped with leftover cheese from our party
Covered for ultimate meltage (also cut the heat so they wouldn’t burn)
Served over mixed greens in Garlic Gold with cheese, celery and peppers.
Served with corn chips and Matt Cracks and a side of ketchup and mustard for dipping
On that note, we have a fun plan for the evening to look forward to!