Welcome to this week's Diet Blog Carnival. Today we have a quirky compilation of five blogs that cover such offbeat subjects as a fear of mirrors, a problem with bloating, and a tirade from an angry gal who asks, "How the hell am I supposed to lose weight when I live with three people who are practically anorexic and need to eat seven times a day just to MAINTAIN their weight?"
It's a no-holds-barred look at life in the fat lane, so fasten your seatbelts and get ready for a wild ride through some of the Web's wackiest blogs on topics of dieting, nutrition, motivation and fitness.
Looking for My Reflection
I have a fear of mirrors. Because a mirror shows me who I am. At least on the outside. But the me on the outside, unlike what the self-esteem gurus might tell you, has a lot to do with the me on the insideI don't feel fat.
Big, obese, heavy, overweight, whatever the trend is these days. I feel like a normal person. A person of normal intelligence. A person who loves to write. A person who likes to discuss interesting topics. A person who wants to be loved.
And a fat person isn't any of these things. Fat people are stupid. Because obviously brains only came in pretty, trim packages. Wasn't that one of the things we learned in elementary school?
I am not pregnant, I am bloated
I cannot believe this man...
Not only am I gaining more weight, I have BLOATEDNESS. I was in the elevator and LOOK AT MY STOMACH!! The pic is a blur but you can still see the stomach. I LOOK 2 MONTHS PREGNANT.
My most critical commentor - my cousin who temped at my office. First thing she said was I looked pregnant. When will this body be mine??!! Not skinny... just toned?!!
I can lose all the weight in the world but bloating will be an issue preventing me from you *stretches out my hand longingly*
The Svelte Gourmet: But I skipped lunch!
It's after school and the kids really want ice cream...and I skipped lunch, so I'll just have this milkshake. It can't be as bad as if I'd eaten a meal, right? Or, instead of my normal sandwich and fruit, I'll just grab a salad at the nearby restaurant. Better? Or, I didn't eat everything on my plate, so I couldn't have had too many calories.
Does this sound familiar? I feel duped. And sabotaged.
I'm a chronic label reader, as you know. But what if there isn't a label? More and more restaurants are now including nutrition labels on their menus. But what about the ones that don't? Do you know what you're eating?
Dish It Up: Aye, There's The Rub (Of Thighs)
How the hell am I supposed to lose weight when I live with three people who are practically anorexic and need to eat seven times a day just to MAINTAIN their weight? It's just not fair.
Other people who are trying to diet get to purge their houses of "bad' foods" so that when they open their fridge in a moment of weakness all that is visible is a wilted lettuce leaf and half a bottle of V8. Not me. I still have to bake cookies, stock up with copious quantities of ice cream, provide hearty carb-laden dinners and tons of high cal junky snacks.
My willpower needs to be SUPERHUMAN to resist the home-baked pies and freshly roasted crispy skinned chickens that are emerging from my oven on a daily basis. Genius informed me recently that he needs to eat FOUR THOUSAND calories a day! Good grief, no wonder my stomach is ballooning and my bank balance is dwindling to nothing.
Food In Numbers: No calorie counts for Canadian eateries
Last week, an article in Macleans, a Canadian weekly news magazine, caught my eye: "Despite alarming rates of obesity in Canada, you won't see calorie counts on menu boards any time soon. Unlike the U.S., there's just no political will for it."
According to one of the doctors quoted in the article who supports better nutritional information in Canadian restaurant, "When we go shopping for things we look at price tags before we buy them so we can determine whether they're worth it to us. When we eat things, the currency of our weight is calories."
This makes a lot of sense to me. Yet, as a former French, I can't help wondering why such debate is even taking place.
There you have it for this week. The show is over and the tent is coming down. But be sure to come back next Friday and every Friday for the best dieting blogs out there.
Please submit your favorite blogs -- written by you or maybe even ones you've read on your personal journey to wellness.
Author: Justin Smith