I love to eat real food. I think that is perfectly evidenced on my blog where I rarely use low-fat substitutes or talk about nutrition. I bake with whole wheat, but I also use real butter and I’m not shy about my love for dessert. I embrace my curves. I don’t feel guilty about loving food and I don’t feel guilty for not being super thin.
There seems to be a “type” in the blogging world. You know her: skinny, beautiful, with a love for real food, the kind our grandmothers grew up eating. Giada de Laurentiis embodies this every day on the Food Network. I’m not trying to say there is anything wrong with this — they love real food but just happened to have a different metabolism than I do! — but I think it is important to recognize that you don’t have to fit in with this stereotype when writing a blog. I weigh about 50 pounds more than most bloggers and I still don’t apologize for butter and chocolate. I love my body. I’m realistic.
I think there is too much pressure to be this “perfect” blogger — the one who eats whatever she wants but is still skinny because of the ridiculous amounts of exercise she does. I don’t fit into that. (And I actually find it rather obnoxious when bloggers complain about having gained a little weight when they are already rather thin.)
I don’t feel guilty about loving my body, butter, and weight. It took a lot of work to get to where I am and I’m not one to forget that. I think that bloggers should strive to create their own voice and message and not fit into the stereotypes. Post an indulgent recipe, wear some stretchy pants after those cupcakes, and skip a workout, even if you are carrying an extra 20, 30, or 50 pounds. Body acceptance and love for butter isn’t exclusive to those who wear a size six.