it seems almost weird that i'm excited to be back from the beach, but there is something so restful about familiar surroundings/the daily grind.
aaaaaaaand i know i said i had pictures, but as i was loading them, my
sweet, IBM. i appreciate it.
anyways, the beach was beautiful (i promise!), and i had a wonderful time relaxing and being lazy with my family. there was plenty of veggie pizza, walks on the beach, and crazy-long naps... what more could you ask for in a vacation?
just wanted to challenge you guys with my opinion on the Healthy Living Summit.
as a little disclaimer: i have no ill feelings towards the bloggers who attended, sponsored, or spoke in chicago. live and let live, you know? i just haven't heard anyone voice this side of the issue, so i'm steppin' up!
if you're a bit lost, the HLS is basically a convention for food bloggers. you attend lectures on photography, weight lifting, and ethical eating, run with fellow foodies, and of course, eat good meals!
i think this is wonderful, really. i have no problems with the idea of it. so why didn't i want to go, then?
because food blogging does not equal healthy living.
i'm sure that all the bloggers who attended would consider themselves "healthy," and they very well may be - i won't judge them. but what bugs me is the attitude we all seem to have acquired of "hey, i blog daily pictures of my oatmeal! how can i not be the example of health?"
but let's get real... since when does taking a picture of your food mean you're healthy?
honestly, food blogging is a hobby. it's not an exclusive club, a clique, or a badge of honor. it's something we do for fun... like building model airplanes, yodeling, or playing checkers.
can it be entertaining (like yodeling)? YES! but does it mean you're healthy? NO!
i understand the point of the HLS is to promote healthy blogging, and that's awesome! but the focus still is still on blogging... and blogging is a hobby. it's a blogging conference.
i guess my point is - if you didn't go, it doesn't mean you aren't healthy enough, good enough, or cool enough. food pictures don't make you a superhero. let's adjust our focus on food blogging, ok?
for the love of sweet potato fries, please don't take "health" at face value.
if anything claims to be "healthy," be it a conference, a loaf of bread, or a diet book, do yourself a favor and ask "WHAT IS IT MADE OF??? "
people's definition of health varies... and businesses will do anything to convince you their products are good for you. it's their ONLY mission to trick you so they make cash.
i urge you to always dig deeper. look past the marketing, labels, and trends, and investigate things to the core. is it healthy? please find out for yourself.
(i'm not naming names, but consider looking up the ingredients in the sponsor's products... HFCS, dough conditioners, tons of saturated fat, and sodium overload is not exactly health food.)
it's shameful how often people are lead astray when all they want is to be healthier! i'm not telling you the HLS is bad because i didn't go - i'm just asking you, next time something like this pops up, stop and think about what it REALLY is about... health, or trendy hobby/false marketing?
did you go?