**Some of you saw this yesterday since I accidentally posted both at the same time. Oops… I guess you’ll just have to come back tomorrow!**
Odd title for WIAW , right? Not really. I’ve seen a lot of posts lately poking fun at the “HLB” stereotypes (I’m guilty of it too) and sadly, most of them are true. But it also got me to thinking, I literally don’t fit a single one of the “foodie” stereotypes. It doesn’t upset me at all. I don’t need to be part of this “club” of people who have different ideas of what’s healthy than me. That’s totally cool, though. I’m sure any of you who like the healthier foodie goodies are just as happy as I am with the processed junk I tend to prefer.
I consider myself to be a pretty healthy person. I eat (more than) my fair share of fruits and veggies on a regular basis and I’ve also learned how to indulge (more than) once in awhile. I seem to do some of my best list-making while lifeguarding, so I came up with a lengthy list of reasons I am not a healthy living blogger.
I eat the same thing every single day. I don’t like variety. I just don’t. I guess a lot of HLBers don’t either, but I’m not adventurous in the least and I feel like a lot of them tend to try some pretty out-there foods I wouldn’t touch with a 10-foot pole.
I like processed snacks. Yep, I said it. Goldfish, cheezits, oreos, smartfood, you name it, I like it.
look at all that processed goodness
I DO NOT believe in protein powder. Or any of the other random chemical crap some bloggers eat for that matter. While I was trying to gain weight (hint: it’s not difficult if you don’t obsess over every macro that you’re eating), my mom suggested it during one of the appointments with my doctor and guess what? She told me I was better off drinking milkshakes. So I did. Every. Single. Day. I’m not going to throw the blog world into a tizzy by going into a detailed explanation on why it isn’t as healthy as everyone says it is, but let’s just put it simply: we don’t need to get fake protein from powder. There are plenty of natural, whole foods that contain it. We also don’t need to consume as much as we think we do.
I like my dessert. In large quantities. If there’s anything I’m going to indulge in on a regular basis, it’s dessert. Milkshakes, chocolate, ice cream, cake, you name it- I’ll eat it. I love sugary foods and I’m not sorry about it. Some people have a salty tooth; I have a sweet tooth.
I like chocolate milk made with real milk. Sue me. I don’t like almond milk or soy milk. I drink regular skim (or even 1%) milk with chocolate in it. There. I said it. I don’t drink regular milk either. It better be chocolate or it’s not going into my stomach.
CARBS. I do not fear carbs nor have I ever feared carbs. They have always been the bulk of my diet. I like them. They taste good to me. I’m an athlete. I need them. End of story. None of this “fruit is a carb” nonsense. Sure, it’s a carb, but it does not replaced other types of carbs. I like my fruit but I like my real, whole grains, too. You need both. It’s not an either or type of thing.
I hate salad. Yep. Hate it. I absolutely love all the veggies that go into a salad- lettuce, CARROTS, celery, cukes, corn, peas, etc. But I do not consider salad a meal and I do not like dressing. I’ll eat an entire place full of carrots for lunch every day but it’s on the side with a sandwich or something else that I consider meal-worthy.
I’m not into substitutions. Wheat flour instead of white flour? Okay, I get this one and I do eat wheat bread but I’m not going to rule out everything made with white. If there’s a cookie sitting there made with *omg white flour! Refined carbs!* I’ll still eat it. I’ll probably eat a lot of them, actually. Same goes for potatoes. I like white potatoes, not sweet potatoes. I eat pasta, not quinoa (although I did try it once, in mac and cheese form ).
I eat red meat. Burgers and steak are regular staples in my diet. Growing up, it was the only kind of meat I would eat. I went to Mexico for spring break once and ate a burger and french fries for two meals a day, seven days in a row. Now, chicken is my primary source of protein but I used to hate it just 3 years ago. How times have changed…
Greek yogurt is not a replacement for ice cream. It just isn’t. I’d rather have coldstone any day. I do love froyo but it’s a different type of love. There’s a time and a place for it and when I buy sometimes cold and creamy to keep in the house, I buy ice cream, not froyo.
I don’t do 18 different workouts a week. Sure, I like to work out and I clock relatively high mileage by most standards, but I don’t pay a bazillion dollars a month to do all of these fancy gym classes. 1) I can’t afford to and 2) running is my workout of choice. When I’m home, I pop into zumba once a week or so, and I try to make it to yoga occasionally to keep my legs flexible, but I am not someone who is interested in making it to every barre, step, pump, and jive class out there. It’s not for me.
Ew, oatmeal. This is a big one. I just cannot get myself to jump on this bowl of fun. It is gross to me. I don’t mind the taste but the texture is just too much for me to ignore. Give me a stack of pancakes or waffles any day. Or heck, even a REGULAR PLAIN BAGEL made with WHITE FLOUR.
I hate big breakfasts and I love big dinners. Yep, that means I’m not healthy, right? Because I eat most of my calories at night? Oh well… sucks to be me. This is something I’m working on for my own personal health but I feel like other bloggers are the total opposite. I never see myself eating the bulk of my calories first thing in the morning. If anything, my meal schedule will eventually look more like a triangle instead of an exaggerated pear shape that it would be now.
I’m by no means saying that people who like any of these things are unhealthy. I’m just saying that a lot of the trends HLBers preach aren’t always the only “healthy” way to live. There are other ways to be healthy in life that don’t involve eating weird foods made up of so many chemicals just so it meets a minimum calorie number. I know i haven’t found that balance, but I know I have the knowledge I need to reach that balance, and it isn’t from following HLBs.