Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Blog Thoughts & Intuitive Eating

I've been doing some thinking about blogs. I read ALOT of them. Some of which I'm not sure why I bother with.

The internet is flooded with blogs about an endless array of topics. Fitness has got to be near the top. Lots of people trying to sell you stuff, lead you to their affiliates pages (which I don't think there's anything wrong with- more on that later) and there are LOTS of "ODE TO ME blogs" These are the ones that annoy me the most. Look at me, I'm so great, I love myself, look at my bicep. AAAAAAAACK! Boooooooooring! Say something interesting that will motivate others, share your knowledge and experience and maybe a link or two! A picture of your bicep isn't going to help me in anyway!

Yes, totally childish of me, but that's honestly how I feel. Which is why I'm going to commit to sharing a link with every post. Yes, it will also be an online journal for my workouts, trials and tribulations but if I want someone to read this thing, it CAN'T just be about me.

Here's what I think blogs should be:

- informative (share links and info!)

- funny (don't write it like a text book, I want to feel like I'm being talked to, not lectured!)

- positive (I really don't want to read about you complaining the whole time)

- variety (the same thing everyday? REALLY? yaaaaawn!)

- motivating (motivate yourself so others can be infected by this same motivation!)

Now let me just comment on affiliate programs within blogs. I honestly have no problem with this... as long as your site is compelling, full of good info and you're not JUST trying to get me to click on a link! Tit for tat right? I think that's pretty fair. Most have a good sense of this already (I'd think it was common sense), others... not so much.

Bringing me to today's link of the day. Intuitive Eating - check out skwigg's post on reaching Food Nirvana.

What is Intuitive Eating? (stolen from Wikipedia)

Intuitive eating is a nutrition philosophy based on the premise that becoming more attuned to the body's natural hunger signals is a more effective way to attain a healthy weight; rather than keeping track of the amounts of energy and fats in foods or satiety levels. It's a process that is intended to create a healthy relationship with food, mind, and body. Intuitive Eating, just like the many books available today, goes by many names, including non-dieting or the non-diet approach, normal eating, wisdom eating, conscious eating and more.

Wow!! I am so not there yet, but skwigg's new found peace and relationship with food is what we should all be striving for. I am still in the obsessed with food stage. Log it, track it, look it up, how many grams of protein did you say? Yup... admitted food obsession. It's probably one of the reasons why I can't seem to lose these last 20lbs! But anyway... knowing what my relationship with food should be like is definitely helpful!


Anonymous said...

There's a movement based on intuitive eating, called Health at Every Size. Of course, the key is realizing that "healthy weight" doesn't necessarily mean "skinny." I love the idea of intuitive eating. Glad you brought it up!

chiquitaX said...

Great info/ link Christine. It reinforces the idea that if you take care of what's inside, the outside will take care of itself. That's essentially the goal right? Just being happy with who you are, finding the balance inside you to stop the fight with your body/ food.
PHEW! K, I'm off to go log my calories. LOL- I wish I was joking, but hey, that's what this is, a journey in health and self-discovery! :)