Archives for November 8, 2011

Reality Shows about Eating Disorders?

Hi all!  Here’s a recap of my day (in terms of what I ate) before getting to an interesting issue…


Before my workout this morning I snacked on half of a whole-wheat cinnamon raisin english muffin.

Breakfast was a banana + a bowl of oats (1/2 cup oats, 1 cup water, 1/2 cup canned pumpkin, cinnamon, chia seeds, ground flaxseeds, sunflower seed spread, unsweetened vanilla almond milk, and raisins).

Lunch today was exactly like yesterday’s: quesadilla (a little shredded cheese inside a La Tortilla Factory whole-wheat tortilla), black beans, salsa, and TJ’s guacamole, scooped up with some organic blue corn tortilla chips.

I then had a peanut butter chocolate cookie dough ball cookie for a dessert.

In the afternoon I snacked on a bowl of cereal (the same combo as yesterday, minus the raisins)

Supper was a TJ’s whole-wheat cinnamon raisin bagel with natural creamy peanut butter + a honeycrisp apple.

After night class snack: a homemade oatmeal chocolate chip banana muffin (topped with Earth Balance) and a glass of raspberry wine.

A decent day overall, but I definitely could have included more veggies…exactly why I like keeping a ‘food journal’ a few days a week–it gives me a chance to look back on what nutrients I did and didn’t get enough of.


Earlier tonight I came across an article in The Huffington Post entitled “‘Starving Secrets,’ Reality Show about Eating Disorders, Comes to Lifetime.”  I suggest taking a minute to at least skim through the article, though the title pretty much speaks for itself.

Talk about controversial huh?

Well, I would first like to say that I think calling attention to such an issue is a positive thing, if done appropriately and very carefully.
Eating Disorders are a very serious problem in our society.
And in a way, it’s no wonder…look at the media for 30 seconds and the pressure emulating from it screams for its audience to be “perfect” (whatever that even means).  So many people just want to be ‘skinny’ and the words ‘healthy’ or ‘fit’ rarely cross the minds of those people.
Fit needs to be our society’s new skinny.

Eating disorders are a sickness.

My little sister battled anorexia a few years ago.  It was a very difficult time for our family, and thank God, she fought that battle hard, overcame the thoughts that caused her to lead such a lifestyle, and today I couldn’t be prouder of the young, healthy woman she’s become.
Eating disorders are real and I think they’re even more common that we think.  They cause emotional roller coasters, and I’m not even sure they ever truly end.  Bringing attention to the issue could potentially benefit a lot of people.

BUT, being overweight or obese is an eating disorder, too.  For whatever reason, our society (in general) doesn’t view being overweight as an eating disorder, but it absolutely is.  Too much weight on a body eats away that body’s organs and causes so many serious life-threatening complications–just as being underweight does–but for a reason I cannot understand, it’s too often accepted.

I’m not sure how this show is really going to portray these people with anorexia or bulimia, but I have mixed feelings about it…

What do you think of this new show “Starving Secrets”??

treasure of wisdom #23

I put on Christ by spending time alone in His presence.

-Talking With God