Things I learn from other people's blogs

I've explained to many people that I have a love/hate relationship with the blog, Kath Eats Real Food. I always talk about how annoying I find Kat, her smug smile and stoic-looking food, her evil blog-turned-shopping-center, the way she spells her name...

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:
  1. We may need to be accountable to someone if we are making a deliberate change in our diets
  2. Some people can only run early in the morning on an empty stomach


  1. Ahahahahahahahahahahaha this was the best post ever.

  2. Hi Jess,

    Why did your naturopath prescribe against dairy and soy, if you don't mind sharing?

    Eliminating those 3, sure makes breakfast difficult. What do you usually eat?

  3. Glad to amuse you, Miss Laird.

    Sof, the naturopath put me on what some people call 'the elimination diet.' The idea is that wheat, dairy and soy are some of the most common food allergies that people have and don't even realize. First you eliminate them completely then you reintroduce them back into your diet and monitor how your body reacts to them.

    Breakfast lately has been lots of green smoothies. Tons of nutrients!

  4. Thanks for that link.
    I've been doing lots of smoothies lately, but they usually involve soy just tastes so good with bananas :)

    Do you feel better with the elimination of those ingredients?

  5. I now know why I have so much respect for you.

  6. Thanks Marie. You are too kind :)

    Sof, I actually have been feeling better. Soy milk used to be my staple in smoothies, but now I'll add almond milk or rice milk, but I've also learned to get by with WATER! (Isn't that crazy?!) It's not as tasty, but it fulfills the liquid need.

  7. Great balanced post here Jess - falls into the category of "what most think but dare not say". Keep 'em coming. Cheers, Andy

  8. Thanks for stopping by, Andy! I try to straddle that "what most think but dare not say" line elegantly. :)

  9. I came across your blog because I Googled "Kath Eats Real Food Annoying" (which I just inferred last week on my personal blog) and I'm glad I found you. Another one to add to my reader. ;-)

  10. Ha ha, thanks Leanne. I'm glad we're on the same page. I'll check out your blog too. Always love meeting other food-lovers!

  11. How interesting. I wonder/feel the same about many bloggers. But know it's their own prerogative and respect the leadership they built. But I do it disturbing - the blog world can be very "eating-disordered" needless to say - between the various vegan diets, restrictions, cleanses, and photographs...

  12. Glad you see my point, Baking 'n' Books. I do respect the individual mandates of bloggers, however, blogging is a form of public discourse so I feel free/available to offer commentary on the content that bloggers elect to publish. I agree that many blogs fall into a dangerous zone where they get compulsive about their habits - including both publishing and eating.