Hey everyone! I hope everyone is having a great week so far, I have a lot of awesome stuff happening this weekend so I’m pretty stoked it’s already Wednesday.

 

 

 

 

I’m not going to beat around the bush and am just going to get right into something that has been eating away at me lately. You may have noticed my posting has been pretty infrequent lately. While I have been very busy lately that’s not the main reason for my lack of updates. I kind of just got sick and tired of all the nonsense that these ‘healthy living bloggers’ have been putting out there for the general public to soak up. I’ve been irritated by this ever since I entered the fitness industry but I feel like it’s just getting worse.

 

 

It really came to a head when I had a girl contact me online about providing some guidance for her second bikini competition. We emailed back and forth for a while about how her first show went and what she liked/didn’t like and what worked/didn’t work for her first prep. She had hired an online coach (someone from instagram with a blog) and while she lost weight, she lost a ton of muscle mass as well. Then came the kicker. During the dieting process she lost her period, when she asked her ‘coach’ if this was normal she was instructed to think of it as ‘free birth control’. WHAT!?!? It is 6 months later and she is still paying the price.

 

 

I am just so sick of these healthy living bloggers promoting restriction, over-exercise, and crazy diets under the guise of health, improving digestion and the myriad of other excuses they use to justify their lifestyle. I call bullshit.

 

 

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It’s bullshit that you eat only 5 foods day in and day out and think that it’s normal. It’s bullshit that you can’t enjoy something sweet or off-limits without compensating with rigorous exercise to undo the damage. It’s bullshit that you took a weekend course and now consider yourself competent and knowledgeable enough to dispense advice. It’s bullshit that you think that you’re restrictions and food obsessions are healthy – when you’re truly healthy you don’t over-analyze every single thing you put in your mouth.

 

 

There is so much restriction in the blogging community it’s scary. It frightens me that there are young girls who are vulnerable and are looking up to these bloggers, just because they have a blog. It seems they have a justification for everything: I cut out this because of that, I just don’t crave sweets, well of course I eat that, I just don’t post all my food. Yah…ok.

 

 

I’m all for making certain things healthier, adding protein to things, swapping certain ingredients for other things when I have set goals or just so I can  enjoy those foods more often, but damn, the amount of franken-food some of these bloggers come up with is just crazy. Unless you have legitimate allergies then there is no need to cut everything out of your diet (I already touched on this here). What the hell is wrong with eating a potato every once in a while? don’t get me wrong, I love sweet potatoes but it doesn’t always have to be yams, kabocha, or plantains.

 

 

So many carbs
Mashed deliciousness
Roasted perfection
Baked with butter, sour cream and bacon
 

 

I read a bunch of blogs, some for information, some because they’re funny, and others I read for the sole purpose of knowing what kind of crap the general public is being subjected to. It seems for every good blog, there are 5 bad. I want to know what’s out there, good and bad. This way when I have clients, either in person or online, that are asking questions about various things they read online I have an idea of what they’re talking about and can better address it.

I was actually considering stopping blogging because I was so overwhelmed with the amount of sheer garbage out there. But how are things supposed to get better unless people keep putting good information out there? If I can inspire even one person that you don’t need to restrict food or run yourself into the ground with workouts then it’s totally worth the effort.

 

 

I don’t consider myself a healthy living blogger, I’m just a girl who’s passionate about fitness and loves good food. I’m not pretending to be an expert and I don’t have all the answers. I have made mistakes in my healthy living journey. I am not perfect.

 

 

So let’s do this. Let’s put an end to restriction disguised as health, over-exercise to reach our goals and all the other nonsense out there. Let’s do things that are sustainable in the long term and that make us feel good, physically and mentally. Let’s get away from the bullshit and fads and do what’s right for us.

 

 

If you have any experiences with horrible online coaches I’d love to hear them as I’m putting together a little something. It can totally be anonymous if you want. Or if you just want to chat health/fitness, I’d love to hear from you! (It really is some of the awesome emails I get that keep me going). chelsey@powerhousefitfoodie.com

 

 

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Healthy Living Bloggers? I Call BS.
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7 thoughts on “Healthy Living Bloggers? I Call BS.

  • June 4, 2014 at 7:43 pm
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    Great post…as someone who suffered from secondary amenorrhea (I can't say for sure that it was caused by restrictive eating/overexercising but I believe it was) and then had to work very hard to get her fertility back in shape, I can't applaud enough at this warning. I still do call myself a healthy living blogger because it seems like an easy way to classify myself to others, but I am getting away from that term (for me, healthy means moderation in all things INCLUDING moderation, and exercising for fun and health, not for looks). I wish that the HLS term hadn't gotten co-opted by people who aren't actually advocating health.

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  • June 4, 2014 at 4:04 pm
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    I can’t even add anything to this because you said it all. I’m happy there’s good, educated people like you to cut through the bullshit some bloggers throw at their readers. I’ve said it before and I’ve said it again, restriction is NOT healthy! And as for what that ‘coach’ said to the girl you talked to….wow. As someone who had to work damn hard to get her period back, that is unfathomable to me that someone promoted it as a good thing.
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  • June 5, 2014 at 3:39 pm
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    Awesome post, Chelsey! Sadly you are right, but that is exactly why you can’t stop blogging. Your blog is my favourite 🙂 A lot of the people that come to me for online training tell me similar horror stories – it seems like I spend 80% of my time as a PT cleaning up other trainers’ messes.

    The most eye roll-inducing thing is when someone posts a picture on IG and says “after I took this picture, I added X, Y, Z unhealthy foods”. Ya, OK, sure ya did! The highlight of my IG feed is these so-called “unhealthy” foods – why would I keep them under wraps?

    My friend took the piss out of me because everything I make contains either bacon or cheese. I instinctively said it wasn’t true, but then I started to think about it and I realised he was right. What is the point in having mashed potatoes without cheese AND bacon? Keep eating those carbs!

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    • June 17, 2014 at 3:11 pm
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      Thanks Tara! It’s just mind boggling to me that companies will actually use these disordered bloggers to promote their products…blah.

      Congrats on your last comp. I’m actually trying to find an amateur powerlifting competition around here…largely because you’ve made me miss competition. I love training just to train but I also like having a specific goal.

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  • June 17, 2014 at 6:51 pm
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    You are right on the money here. It’s maddening to see how much misinformation is presented, and even worse to see how so many “fitstagram” accounts and bloggers flaunt their disordered habits under the guise of being
    “healthy.” It makes me sick to think about how many people see their lifestyles and think that they are the epitome of health. I have two younger sisters, and I’ve already had to have countless talks with one of them (she’s 19) explaining why those fitness tips she sees on Pinterest or in magazines are absolute horseshit.

    Keep on putting out good stuff! As frustrating as it may be at times, you truly are having an impact, and the blog world needs more positive influences like YOU. 🙂
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    • June 20, 2014 at 3:18 pm
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      It just gets to be so frustrating to see celebrity trainers and ‘instagram celebrities’ putting crap out there that the public just eats up with a silver spoon. It’s no wonder people get so frustrated when they’re trying to get in shape.

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  • June 20, 2014 at 8:04 pm
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    Not to mention that many of these girls with blogs and Instagram accounts are claiming to be “recovered” from eating disorders. I think they are genuinely dangerous, as evidenced by someone suggesting that the side effect of restriction being loss of menstruation is actually a bonus. I wish there were some legal consequences to their actions, to be honest, because life is too short and precious to be putting up with this kind of damaging shit – especially as they are literally profiting from it by getting sponsorship deals.

    I think your blog’s great, and I’d love it if you did post more.

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