WIAW, Food-Shaming, & Fat-Shaming
It’s been a while since I’ve posted a full day of foods on “What I Ate Wednesday,” so this week I was very diligent about taking photos so I could really show you guys what a typical day of eating looks like for me.
For several weeks, I have only posted a single recipe on WIAW (instead of a full day of food), unlike most of the bloggers who participate in Peas and Crayons’ weekly link party. This week though, I decided I should get back to the real point of the assignment.
What is the point of WIAW, you ask? I think it’s to inspire people. That’s what it does for me when I look at other blogger’s posts.
It gives me ideas for easy, healthy meals, shows me exactly what I need to eat in order to look like ____ blogger, and proves that everyone is human when you see the little slips people inevitably make from their intended perfect meal plans.
Right before I was about to write this post though, I heard a news story about a picture that’s trending today: “What’s Your Excuse.”
As you can see, it shows a mother of three showing off her fit physique in a bikini, asking viewers “What’s Your Excuse?” In other words, “I am an extremely busy mom but I still make time to work out and look amazing. Why don’t you look this good?”
Though the Sacramento fitness blogger posted the photo a year ago, it’s just now catching heat. Her post on Facebook has received over 18,000 comments, many of them accusing her of “fat-shaming.”
What does this have to do with WIAW? I think some could say that posting your day of perfect eating could be considered “food-shaming.”
Some people might look at WIAW and consider it bragging. Instead of having the effect of inspiring, it could have the effect of discouraging and making people feel bad about what they eat or the fact that they can’t be as disciplined as others.
Before you go accusing me of being a hypocrite, this is not my belief. As I mentioned above, I love WIAW and I find it beneficial. I just made the connection, and I want to see what other people think (so please weigh in below).
Now that you’ve listened to my diatribe, let’s jump into the food. Hopefully you will find it helpful.
My meals from Monday…
Six Egg Whites, Sprouted Whole Grain Ezekiel English Muffin, 1 T. Peanut Butter, Pineapple, and Coffee with 2 T. Sugar-free Vanilla Coffeemate Creamer (not pictured).
As seen on The Style Editrix this week, my Green Goddess Beauty Smoothie.
1/2 Frozen Banana
8 Chunks Frozen Mango (Trader Joe’s)
1 Scoop Vanilla Whey Protein (Body Factory)
1 C. Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk
1 Handful Kale
1 T. Shredded Coconut
1 T. Chia Seeds
Blend everything down to the kale together and then top with chia and coconut.
Total Calories: 277
Salmon Caesar Wrap
Spaghetti Squash Spaghetti with half whole wheat noodles and topped with a T. Parmesan, and a side salad with Avocado, Spinach, Tomato, and Carrots.
Now… back to the “What’s Your Excuse” photo.
The woman defended her picture saying that it wasn’t her intention to offend people, and the real conversation should be about obesity:
“I’m sorry you took an image and resonated with it in such a negative way. I won’t go into details that I struggled with my genetics, had an eating disorder, work full time owning two business’, have no nanny, am not naturally skinny and do not work as a personal trainer. I won’t even mention how I didn’t give into cravings for ice cream, french fries or chocolate while pregnant or use my growing belly as an excuse to be inactive.
What I WILL say is this. What you interpret is not MY fault. It’s Yours. The first step in owning your life, your body and your destiny is to OWN the thoughts that come out of your own head. I didn’t create them. You created them. So if you want to continue ‘hating’ this image, get used to hating many other things for the rest of your life. You can either blame, complain or obtain a new level of thought by challenging the negative words that come out of your own brain.
With that said, obesity and those who struggle with health-related diseases is literally a ‘bigger’ issue than this photo. Maybe it’s time we stop tip-toeing around people’s feelings and get to the point. So What’s Your Excuse? – Maria Kang”
I can see both sides of this argument. I find photos like this inspiring and I understand that she was trying to show people that there is no good excuse to let your health suffer (unless serious health issues are the reason you can’t work out). However, I see how this photo could make people feel bad about themselves and possibly have a reverse effect. I will also add that her “apology” wasn’t much of an apology.
Someone get this woman a publicist stat!
*For more inspiring posts about healthy diets, head over to Kelly the Kitchen Kop’s “Real Food Wednesday” link up >>