Posted at 8:38 AM Oct 23, 2009By Kiala Kazebee
The extreme pressure for women to be perfect in our culture has spawned hundreds of lady blogs geared towards "healthy living," where every morsel of kale is photographed and documented and wrapped up like a neat little internet grenade lobbed at your psyche, ladies. And this is where it gets sneaky. Yes, it's great to focus on "health" and "fitness" as opposed to "skinny" and "beautiful." I'm all for women allowing themselves to eat (gasp!) all their meals without "guilt" but, internet, please, keeping a public journal of every workout and foodstuff that passes your lips IS NOT HEALTHY. Does it work in terms of losing weight? Probably. Is it good that women are learning how to eat actual food? Yes, of course. Has it become just another way for women to berate themselves when they eat the "wrong thing" or feel virtuous because they ate the "right thing"? Fuck yes, it definitively has.
I'm obviously entrenched in the "this is terrible for women" camp on this issue so in an effort to redeem my journalistic integrity (snort) I'll be rounding up the week's dangerously healthy blogging blogs for you to judge for yourself. And also because, yes, poking fun at perfectionism is my raison d'etre. My RAISIN OF FETA. Wouldn't that be an excellent name for a food blog? THE IRONY.
A sampling to get us started:
- "I love the feeling of having a whole day's worth of healthy meals and snacks already prepared. I just have to eat them and my day will be super healthy!" -Kath Eats
- Kath is the Godfather of all healthy food bloggers. Pass the tiny nibble of cannoli.
- "My prize after yoga was a hot bowl of almond butter with a side of oats"- Jenna of Eatliverun. I love oatmeal and yoga, too but let's not get delusional. Neither one is a prize. A prize is cash money. This is SCIENCE FACT.
- Fitnessista. I think the title says it all. If the words "Mama" or "Fun" were added, I'd probably take a hold of the internet, fashion it into a shiv, and stab myself with it. Hard.
*Completely made up statistic. I'm like Fox News over here. HEY-O!