Saw some shade being cast towards a (female, of course) health and fitness blogger today for "eating 865 calories...before noon" and running so she can "eat 2500 calories of shit everyday" and "eat(ing) more than most men in a single day." This was after she made her food diary public. She was also roundly criticized for the amount of processed food, restaurant food, cheese, and other sins against clean eating she consumes. Meh. The criticism of her food choices annoyed me, but the OMG SHE EATS MORE THAN A DUDE just about gave me rage stroke. Now I realize all this criticism is partially predicated on the fact that the woman is a big-time blogger who a bunch of people apparently find insufferable and I also realize that if you make your food diaries public you probably can expect this crap, but man. I am so frigging sick of women implying there's something wrong with other women if they eat anything other than tiny portions of salad and yogurt and egg whites. I am so sick of the cultural bias that there's something wrong with a woman having a hearty appetite.
And for what it's worth, I don't think a 165-ish pound woman who's training for a half-marathon is overeating on 2500 calories a day. At all.
In the interest of fairness and solidarity with someone I don't know and have no real personal opinion on, I thought I'd tell you all what I have had to eat today since I got up at 1pm. (Everything I ate on 9/26 before I went to bed at 7:30am counts as yesterday's food. It's the only way tracking makes sense working nights.)
I had a mug of coffee with half-and-half and Splenda while getting dressed. Then on my way to my acupuncture appointment I had a cheddar cheese bagel twist from Dunkin Donuts. Then after my appointment while I was doing errands, I had a veggie melt sandwich from Cheeseboy. With about 2/3rds of a bottle of Coke Zero. Before I hopped on the train to go home, I got one of those giant Reeses peanut butter cup cookies from Starbucks because I was a little peckish. I'm gonna eat my actual dinner soon (rage stroke makes me hungry), but I think that's about 1500 calories right there.
Despite my massive indulgence*** in cheese, restaurant food, and artificial sweeteners and my man-like appetite, I am neither obese nor unhealthy. (My cholesterol count is documented in this very blog. LOOK IT UP.) So, in conclusion, stfu, anonymous chicks on the interwebs, and stop policing other people's food intake.
***so, okay, no, I don't eat those Starbucks cookies on the regular, and I'm not usually buying lunch at Cheeseboy, but cheddar cheese bagel twists ARE a diet staple. Sadly, they only sell them at Dunkin Donuts locations that have ovens which is definitely not all of them.