And yet I read it compulsively - obsessively even! I can't miss a single one!
Kat is a true American, from her writing style to the way she dresses. Her blog is devoted to recounting every single thing she eats. She takes a billion pictures of her dietary intake and a billion people read it ever day.
The background story is that Kat used to be obese before she pursued a clean, naturopath-approved diet. The pictures showcase lots of nuts and seeds and tons of vegetables. (She's supposedly the registered dietician or whatever, but I think she could use more whole grains in her diet. Just saying. )
Part of her compulsion to photograph everything she eats must come from a need to control her diet. She's created the ultimate accountability: a massive, devoted readership watching everything she puts in her mouth.
I recently made an appointment to see a Naturopath. I'd never been to one before, although I was familiar with the kind of dietary restrictions they often prescribe. I knew she was going to cut gluten and dairy.
It's funny because I think I eat pretty well. Lot's of quinoa and barley and lots of wholesome, nutritious greens. Yet, I'd never had the courage to go full tilt and cut out gluten, dairy and soy until someone actively told me to. The naturopath told me, "I think you just need someone to be accountable to."
Looks like I'm kind of a hypocrite, eh?
Anyway, the thing I learned from Kat Eats Real Food's blog today was actually related to exercising and not food. She said that she just can't go running in the afternoon because she feels like her stomach is too full. I think I'm the same way. Whenever I exercise later in the day, it leaves me feeling sluggish and uncomfortable.
I appreciated Kath's mentioning her aversion to afternoon workouts and I will be more likely to consider that quality of full stomacheness to be a truism because of her.
Ultimately, these small realizations are the reason why I derive so much pleasure from blogging and reading other people's blogs. Through sharing our experiences (even if it's a million pictures of a million meals), we learn more about one another and ourselves.
Our lessons for today are:
- We may need to be accountable to someone if we are making a deliberate change in our diets
- Some people can only run early in the morning on an empty stomach