Good morning and happy Tuesday! 🙂
So I just want to briefly touch on the big thing going on in blogland lately – the Marie Claire article called “The Hunger Diaries.” This article will be in the November issue of Marie Claire and is an extremely slanted article written by Katie Drummond basically saying that the healthy living blogging community perpetuates disordered eating and specifically mentions “The Big Six” (a term which I’d never heard until I saw the article), all of which I read – Caitlin, Jenna, Heather, Kath, Tina, and Meghann. I think many valid points have been made about the article, including the fact that a lot of what was said was taken completely out of context and manipulated to fit into the slanted view that Katie wanted to make the article show.
So I don’t want to beat a dead horse, I just want to say a few things:
1.) Realize that not everything you read is true. Luckily for me, I have read a lot of those blogs for some time so I know the girls are not running 22 miles and then eating a gluten free black bean brownie to refuel. One of the things that I LOVE about healthy living blogs and has really helped me to change my own body image and my own view of healthy eating and living is these blogs.
2.) You can eat whole, real foods, and still maintain or lose weight. A large part of why I started my own blog was to show that you can maintain a significant weight loss (~80 pounds) through eating mostly a whole foods, a view point that I struggled with a lot through my journey with Weight Watchers. WW preached fat-free and prepackaged everything, and I still struggle a bit with this concept because points are so drilled into my brain. Since “breaking up” with weight watchers a few weeks ago, I feel SO freed. If I’m hungry, I can eat something else even if I wouldn’t have had any points left if I was still following the plan. The same goes the other way (though much less so for me!) where I don’t NEED to eat 3 more points even if I have them left for the day.
3.) Some of these things needed to be said. I think being a part of the healthy living community can sometimes skew your view, mostly in terms of exercise. I remember when I had run 12 miles in the morning (my longest run ever at that point) and headed to a blogger meet up and I knew when I got there other people would have run farther that day. I mean, 12 miles is a lot. In most groups of people, if you walk in saying you have run that far, they will be in awe. I think you can sometimes lose your perspective on just how much you accomplish when you compare yourself to other bloggers who are running marathons or ultra marathons, doing century bike races, or participating in triathlons. As long as you are aware that you need to just compare yourself to YOU and focus on your own achievements based on where you are physically at any point in time, you’ll be OK. But sometimes it’s easy to get sucked up into the blog world where people are accomplishing amazing things and you can feel sub-par because you’re “only” running a half marathon.
So that’s that. Just wanted to put those things out there. 🙂
Now, onto the main event… pumpkin oats! I was so happy to see my beloved Libby’s pumpkin hit the shelves again…
And my first (and second) go with it was for one of my fall favorites, pumpkin oats.
In the mix:
– 1 cup water
– 1/4 cup scottish oats
– 1/2 cup canned pumpkin
– a lot of cinnamon
– Hemp Plus Pumpkin Flax Granola (bulk bins at Whole Foods)
– Powdered Peanut Butter!
For the peanut butter, I saw on Emily’s blog a review of different Powdered Peanut Butters which I’ve been curious about so I decided to go buy Trader Joe’s Peanut Flour.
You take 2 tbsp of the flour and mix it with a pinch of salt…
And then add 1 tbsp water and mix it up…
You can add more or less water to make it the consistency you desire depending on what you’re going to do with it (drizzle it for a topping v. thicker for a spoonful). I put the peanut butter on top of the oats along with some granola.
It was GOOD. It definitely doesn’t taste just like regular peanut butter, but for 55 calories or 1 point for 2 tablespoons, I think its worth it. I will be experimenting with it more and will keep you posted as I try different things with it!
Have you used canned pumpkin yet this season? What have you done with it?
Are you into nut butter? What’s your favorite type?