Food Blogs Changed My World

by Angela (Oh She Glows) on April 30, 2009

Am I nuts?

Are We, food/health/fitness blog lovers, all nuts?

Or do we just know something that others don’t.

Before starting on my food blog reading journey, I admit, I was not a foodie. I thought of food in terms of how much weight it would put on me or how many calories or fat grams it had.

Fun times.

Then I discovered the blog world. Of course, my curious little self arrived at a whole slew of other fantastic food blogs over the months and I realized that other people had caught on as well.

Us, wonderful and mysterious and magical women, were giving our bodies what they needed:


It was a wonderful concept, especially coming from the 1990’s when you couldn’t click on the web or the TV and see a story about anorexia or other eating disorder. It seemed that as women, we had failed the battle with our bodies.

It seemed as though we had given up the fight and thrown our hands up in the air, all the while shoving flavoured mini rice cakes into our mouths. The whole bag is only 300 calories and I am going to eat the whole thing, damnit! What? You say this has 6 billion milligrams of sodium in it? So be it….!

The blog world changed my life. Or should I say the amazing women behind the bogs. They changed how I viewed myself, the food I eat, how I workout, and my idea of what a healthy lifestyle was.

I have spoken with so many other women who feel the same way as me, many of whom have overcome eating disorders and gained a whole new perspective on food.

In the past, food and eating wasn’t what I called fun. It was associated with so many other emotions that my actual, physical experience with food was stolen from me. I never really had the satisfaction of preparing a new recipes with new foods and enjoying the results. I didn’t think of food in that type of way before.

For me food blogs have opened my eyes to an exciting world where food and health is fun again.

Maybe a bit too much fun…

Now I am curious- How have your behaviours changed as a result of reading blogs? Has your relationship with food and eating changed? What positive effects have you had?

Stay tuned for the next installment on bloggers and readers and the friends and family who think they are crazy! :D You can see Part 1 and part 2 here:

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Red Head, Yellow Dog April 30, 2009 at 1:24 pm

I just emailed this post to my boyfriend and said “THIS is why I love food blogs”

It’s so true. First it changed the way I looked at, interacted with, prepared and consumed food and now it makes me feel like I’m not alone! When my co workers stare at my green smoothie or my spinach salad with kidney beans and hummus on top and ask “what is that ” I don’t feel as much like a crazy woman when I remember that lots of other people eat like this too! and I am doing what’s best for MY body! and boy does it feel GREAT!


brandi April 30, 2009 at 1:25 pm

what a fun post :)

Yes, reading food blogs/healthy lifestyle blogs has changed a lot about what I think and feel in regards to health, food, balance, and all that fun stuff.

it created a passion in me to start my own, too, and has made me more creative with the meals I make, the food I eat, the activity I do, and I have made some good friends.


Shelly April 30, 2009 at 1:28 pm

Yes! Exactly. :)
This is what I meant when I left a comment on part II. Its been a great wake-up call to me that I can have a lot of food that tastes good and is also good for me! I love it. I’ve been walking around feeling happy and full and strong and I haven’t gained a pound, even though I feel like I’ve been eating a ton. I couldn’t have done it without the examples set by the wonderful food and fitness bloggers I read. Prior to discovering blogs like yours I didn’t have an concrete day to day example of how to fit nutrition and fitness into a happy normal life, but now that I have, I’m amazed at how easy its been. I ate pretty well, but I viewed really healthy food as boring, which hasn’t been the case at all. And it used to be torture to work out more than a couple times a week. But now it seems like no biggie.
So thanks!


Angela (Oh She Glows) April 30, 2009 at 1:31 pm

Thats so awesome everyone!! I am glad I am not alone in my experience. :)


C April 30, 2009 at 1:46 pm

Food blogs changed EVERYTHING about my relationship with food. I stumbled on my first one at an opportune time – just when I was getting good and fed up with my decade+ of anorexia and disordered eating. I knew I wanted to change, but I had no frame of reference, no idea how to effect that change. I knew everything there is to know about nutrition and health, but could not apply it to myself and I felt overwhelmed with where to start. Reading food blogs opened my eyes to a totally new, healthy relationship with food. It had never occured to me that I could enjoy food, or that I could look at food in any other way outside of how it related to my weight. Slowly, I felt my perspective shifting. I felt excited about what food could do for me, how it could turn from the enemy into somtehing that enriched my life and my health. I’m still stumbling and making mistakes, but I feel I have found some excellent role models in the food blog world, and I’m learning all the time about what works for me. Thanks so much for this particular food blog – as a fellow Ontario girl with a history of food issues, I find your honesty and vulnerability truly inspiring.


Shelby April 30, 2009 at 1:49 pm

My eating disorder has turned around for the better because of food blogs. I find so much support and advice, it’s wonderful! I’ve found advice on cooking, giving my body the nutrition it needs, and even exercise tips! I would never have been this into yoga if I didn’t join this wonderful community!


Run sarah April 30, 2009 at 1:49 pm

It has defintely changed the way I eat! I love food blogs as it gives me so many ideas on foods to try and recipes to test out, especially as a new vegetarian and someone who grew up eating on a few particular foods day in and out.


Niki W April 30, 2009 at 2:10 pm

I have been reading your blog for months now but haven’t really commented until now. This post describes how I feel EXACTLY about your blog as well as the other ones I read! Before i stumbled upon the foodie blog world I was obsessed with counting calories and eating low calorie foods regardless of how it tasted or whether it made me happy or not. Since finding these blogs and finding other women who feel the same way I do and that i have so much in common with I feel like i’ve been liberated! I don’t need to eat cabbage soup, celery and other foods unless I want to, and I am so much happier and healthier for it. I look forward every morning to sitting down with my breakfast and reading my favorite blogs. Its almost like i have a whole new group of friends who are all so supportive and wonderful!


Brandi C April 30, 2009 at 2:11 pm

Food Blogs have DEFINITELY had a positive impact on me. In addition, they always give me recipe ideas and make me want to try new things/recipes that I read about =] YAY!


Krista April 30, 2009 at 2:22 pm

I have tried so many different recipes and food combos since reading food blogs than I ever had before. I’ve also changed my perspective when I comes to snack time. I used to be one of the 100 cal pack snackers. No more, my friend. Now I try to have home made muffins, breads, etc around all the time for healthy snacks. If I run out, I’ll have a healthier bar to get me through.

I also love the feeling of having “friends” all over the world! Blogging is a great source of support and encouragement in many different ways!


Holly April 30, 2009 at 2:54 pm

I have to admit that food blogs overall have been such amazing resources for me. For years and years I saw food in 2 categories: good and bad. Or high cal and low cal. Now, I’d be lying if I said I didn’t still struggle with this somewhat (I guess I can’t “cure” years of bad thinking overnight!). But in general, my attitude towards food has changed drastically. I eat peanut butter every single day – I NEVER would have allowed this before. And I probably get in at least 6-7 servings of fruits/veggies a day – with no problem at all. But most of all, food has become FUN. I never thought it could ever be FUN!


Katrina (gluten free gidget) April 30, 2009 at 3:01 pm

I am totally in agreement. Food blogs opened my eyes, and tastebuds, up to a whole new world. Coincidentally, I just wrote a little before and after blurb on my blog today. I was diagnosed with Celiac’s Disease about 2 years ago. Food blogs, mainly Karina’s Kitchen, are what taught me how to cook for my new diet. They taught me how to love food again, instead of being scared by it. I had become so used to getting sick every time I ate that food had become an enemy. Thanks to all of you lovely bloggers out there I learned to cook for my health and have finally returned to a normal healthy weight. Food has become fun and exciting again. I owe it to you guys! Whether we bloggers know it or not, we are inspiring someone out there in the infinite blogosphere! So… keep on blogging! You are making a difference!


Jaime April 30, 2009 at 3:20 pm

I should just cut and paste your post because you’ve said it all. I too found the food blog world because I was on a weight loss mission and was looking for information and support. Following Weight Watchers only taught me that I could consume crap and still lose weight, but it wasn’t helping with my overall well being. Through blogging I have learned so much about real food, healthy options, fitness, and most importantly fun. It’s a true education.


Anon April 30, 2009 at 3:45 pm

Food blogs have w/o doubt exacerbated my eating disorder. I use them to look at food instead of eat it, for just one pathetic example. I desperately want to gain, but I want to gain all-over bulk, and not just fat, and retain all my muscle tone. I realize that it is my choice to read, and clearly someone like me should just not read food blogs, but EDs are akin to addiction, and I think I have a bona fide food blog addiction as well. Anyone else think that food blogs have ruined food for them? I eat and have eaten over 2000 cals a day for the past 8 months, and haven’t had a period since September. aaah, oh angela, make me glow


Amy April 30, 2009 at 3:53 pm

Food blogs have had such an amazing positive impact on my life. I have tried so many new things. Through the blogs I learned that exercise/activity can be fun, enjoyable & something I aim to do most days of the week. Reading the blogs helped me see examples of actual people who WORK to stay healthy – they exercise, they prepare healthy food, they plan ahead & grocery shop.

I’ve seen new ways of eating – vegan, vegetarian, & everything in between. My experience was that I learned more about myself – I never felt compelled to be perfect or pressured to do more. In fact, I realized that I am comfortable with how I eat – everything in moderation. Sure I can improve & choose healthier but overall, I felt assured that I was on the right path because I could identify more with some bloggers. I have felt encouraged (rather than pressure) to make exercise a regular fun part of my life. I have felt a willingness to try new things (including foods).

Overall I have just seen an overall improvement in my entire health, wellbeing and general happiness since reading food blogs. I feel I’m not alone – there are others out there like me that take an interest. I see what other healthy people do & how they live which just motivates me to live a healthier life. I can’t say enough positive things about it.


Holly April 30, 2009 at 4:13 pm

This is a very interesting topic, and one that I’ve put some thought into as I’ve grown to read more and more of these blogs. While many of the blogs I enjoy daily display healthful eating habits and behaviors, I do find that they can become obsessive and that *I* sometimes become obsessive through reading blogs. I love reading Leslie Goldman’s articles (she’s been published in many health and woman’s magazines, Huffington Post, etc) and remember when she featured a similar topic on her (old) blog to get a dialog going with her readers:

I’d love to hear your thoughts on the potential negative effects food blogging may have as well as those of OSG’s readers


Angela (Oh She Glows) April 30, 2009 at 4:31 pm

Anon- I’m sorry to hear about your experience with food blogs. I urge you to seek professional help for your eating disorder and I wish you all the best.


Valerie April 30, 2009 at 4:41 pm

Food blogs have definitely effected me. I used to count calories and was becoming obsessive about it. I worried about situations in which I couldn’t control the amount of calories I was eating – namely going out for food. It definitely wasn’t a healthy mindset and I had concerns about developing an unhealthy relationship with food.

But food blogs have made me realize that you can be healthy, slim and fit like so many of the bloggers without counting every calorie you eat and never enjoying food. Many of them view food as fuel for their daily activity, rather than my old mindset of food = calories = weight gain if I eat the wrong things or too much. I’ve gotten inspiration about making comfort foods and baked goods healthier so I can enjoy those foods without the guilt. My relationship with food has improved a lot recently since I started reading blogs & blogging myself.


Lindsay April 30, 2009 at 4:46 pm

Food blogs have completely changed the way I view and eat food – all for the better! I just started blogging 2 weeks ago and I’ve already drastically changed what I’m eating. It used to be hostess cupcakes and frappucinos, now it’s veggies, yogurt, and tofu. I already loved all of those things, but when I really started paying attention to what I was eating I realized how much the processed & high fat foods were taking over my meals. You’ve been a huge inspiration, Angela. Thanks for all you do!


Hangry Pants April 30, 2009 at 4:49 pm

Perfect post! I love it and I love that blogs can help people feel better about themselves and food. One reason I started a blog was for just this reason. When all sorts of blogs started popping up I noticed a negativivity and stress level among many comments and it made me sad. I love your mission and am part of this as well!


Jenny April 30, 2009 at 4:50 pm

I agree with Angela 100% that food blogs have been wonderful for my relationship with food, and with myself! I’m so happy I started reading even though I felt kind of weird and kept it a secret from my friends and boyfriend at first. :) However, you do have to be selective in which ones you “follow” – some bloggers demonstrate eating and/or exercise habits that I believe would be unhealthy for me, and therefore I avoid reading their blogs. I don’t have a history of disordered eating but I found myself being influenced by or competitive with certain bloggers for some reason and emulating them wasn’t good for me even though maybe it is fine for them and they seemed like wonderful people. Obviously I love your blog Angela and think you give us such an honest, useful example of a wonderful lifestyle. Thanks for all you do.


Katrina (gluten free gidget) April 30, 2009 at 5:01 pm

I linked to this post on my blog. It is such a great conversation!


Kara April 30, 2009 at 5:04 pm

I also started on Eat Like Me. I have become so much more AWARE of what I’m putting into my body. I don’t care as much about calories (the number). Now I want to make sure that I’m getting everything that I need and that I’m exercising enough.


Heather April 30, 2009 at 5:07 pm

I totally agree… blogging has honestly changed my LIFE!
For me, I was struggling to recover from anorexia when I found Cristin’s blog Eat Like Me. As I’ve told Cristin, I credit her in a HUGE way for allowing my recovery to ever happen. I based my new eating habits off of her own, and asked her too many questions to ever remember. She was kind enough to answer every last one, and I was well on my way towards recovery. I stuck around with her even after my eating habits were back to normal and I was healthy. I just loved hearing her stories and getting new ideas. From there, I heard about Kath’s blog and started reading both Cristin’s and Kath’s. No offense AT ALL to Cristin, but Kath tends to be somewhat more creative with her food, and therefore, I started to develop brand new eating habits and creating my own new dishes. From there, my passion with healthy eating and foods, and being creative with food, developed. I decided I wanted to start my own blog to connect with all of these amazing bloggers and to share my new ideas. I have yet to regret a single day of blogging… it has become a huge part of my life, but a VERY welcome addtion at that! :D


Lindsey April 30, 2009 at 5:13 pm

Yes! yes yes yes! I started reading EAT LIKE ME last spring, and Cristin inspired me in much the same way as you described! From there I started to clean up my diet and understand that it is okay to eat REAL food a la Kath’s blog, which I also frequent! Your blog is a new discovery for me, and I have to say that it’s fast becoming a new favorite alongside KERF, Jenns, and a few others. Blogs inspire me on a daily basis to stick with my goals and stay focused on my health/exercise. They’ve also inspired me to start my owm blog, which is a wonderful way to stay on track with food and exercise choices. Thanks for all your help and information – keep it up!


Yasmin April 30, 2009 at 5:21 pm

Food blogging has changed my life. I have met such interesting and supportive people. I’ve learned about new products and recipes to try. There are so many inspiring women out there!


Bec April 30, 2009 at 5:33 pm

I definitely relate, I appreciate my food a lot more and enjoy it rather then thinking about cals and fat!


Michelle Hisae April 30, 2009 at 5:41 pm

Hah – that was my path, too: Eat Like Me -> KERF -> Eat, Live, Run. Then is just exploded into all these other blogs. I would definitely say it’s shown me that I can eat larger portions of healthy foods and ‘everything in moderation.’ Though, at one point, it made me think about food TOO much. After eating a meal, then reading about someone else’s meal as a bit too much. Now, spacing it out through the day doesn’t make me want to eat, eat, eat. It’s healthier – and I love getting ideas from everyone. It’s nice to know there are people out there like me that don’t just love food, but love healthy, whole foods. There’s a BIG difference. Obviously. :)


Kath April 30, 2009 at 5:51 pm

Thanks for the shout out!! I need to CATCH UP on my blog reading – I’ve been so behind with school creeping on me!

Obviously, food blogging and blogs have changed my life dramatically. I feel like i have so many friends!!


Jenny April 30, 2009 at 6:27 pm

LOVE this post!!

My food blog taught me to ENJOY food again. And that it could be delicious, pretty, and filling. And that other people ate the same way that I did and EMBRACED it! I started my blog at the point in recovery where I was at a healthy weight, but still very fearful and unsure of eating/food issues. This world opened my eyes, and allowed me to let go of a lot of my fears!

Thank you Angela!! :)


Kate April 30, 2009 at 6:30 pm

I have some weight to lose, and you are definitely motivating me. You and Jenna (eatliverun) are so inspiriing and when I think I can’t do it, I think of you too (especially poor Jenna as of late).
Once I have lost the weight (30 pounds) I hope to also start a blog, I don’t want to start one now because I don’t want the focus to be my weight loss, but I’m so full on excitment to start blogging, I’m currently living my excitment through you!
Keep doing what you’re doing -any tips for 30 pound ish weight loss?
x Keep up the great work!



weight and meditate April 30, 2009 at 7:04 pm

Reading food blogs absolutely has changed my thoughts about food. I still have weight that I’d like to lose, but it’s absolutely inspiring to see all these beautiful, in shape women (including yourself) that EAT. And still maintain their figures! I’m not going to lie, I constantly seem to still be monitoring my food in order to get to my ideal weight, and struggle with what the best food lifestyle and plan for me is, but it’s a pleasure reading about so many people getting so much pleasure from food and eating for life, for joy, and for health.


Lauren April 30, 2009 at 7:09 pm

Hi Angela!

I have been reading your blog for a while now, and I love it! I am in the first year of my undergrad, and discovred blogs in general just this year. They have help me so much, and I feel like they have given me a much healthier relationship with food. Being a competitive dancer all my life, my relationship with food was very disordered, to say the least. Reading blogs truly changed my life I believe. I know my family thinks I’m kind of weird for reading blogs, but they just don’t understand I guess. Your blog has been a pleasure to read and I will continue to read it each and everyday! Keep up the good work!! Yay for food love! xo


Susan April 30, 2009 at 8:08 pm

Food blogs have changed me for the better. The way I see it, I’m always going to be obsessive about food, but at least with my food blog, I can channel that obsessiveness in a more healthy manner. Before, I was crunching every last calorie and really just losing the enjoyment in my food. Now I get to be creative with it, share it, and talk about it with people who have a “healthy obsession” too!

Seeing healthy, thin women eat real food in real-sized portions has helped my perspective a lot too. It lets me see that I can eat “normally” and still be a happy size :)


Rose April 30, 2009 at 8:53 pm

Loved this post!

My perspective on food as changed immensely since I started blogging. I’m so much more aware of what I’m putting in my mouth and how I’m moving. I’ve also become much more intune with my body overall – and I am more comfortable with how I look than ever before.


Brittney April 30, 2009 at 9:21 pm

This is my first time visiting your blog, but I just read this post and your two other posts about blogs and I have to say that I’ve been able to relate to a lot that you’ve written, as well as comments that people have posted. I started reading food blogs over a year ago (starting with Eat Like Me and then KERF and then escalating from there) and I have learned so much. Now, my eating isn’t as healthy as the eating shown on other blogs, I’ve still been able to make improvements in my eating/exercise habits and that’s something I’m very proud of. I’ve been debating for awhile now about starting my own blog, but I’ve been hesitating because I wasn’t sure if it would be considered “healthy” enough. After reading this, though, I’m now thinking that I may actually start one. Thanks for posting this and I will definitely be checking back for your next installment :)


Christina April 30, 2009 at 10:08 pm

Great post!! Food blogs are the reason I’ve been able to maintain such a healthy lifestyle for so long now. They’ve shown me that healthy food can be just as exciting as the unhealthy stuff. My mindset on food has been changed for the better and I love getting great ideas of new healthy meals and foods to try!


Coley April 30, 2009 at 11:18 pm

I started just as you did… I read eat like me and found KERF, which eventually lead me to dozens of other food blogs. I read 6 blogs daily now and they have completely changed my life! I started reading them when I was having a really hard time accepting my body and eating habits. These food blogs completely changed the way I looked at myself, and how I looked at my diet. I now have a healthy outlook of myself and haven’t ever been happier! People around me ask, what happened that caused the insecurities to disappear?? I always tell them to start reading these blogs!


Lani April 30, 2009 at 11:26 pm

When I read your post I felt like screaming “Yes! That’s exactly how I feel!” I love having a place where I connect with others like me – people who interested in their health and actually like eating vegetables. Prior to reading your blog and others like yours, I was having a hard time finding vegetarian/vegan recipes that weren’t side dishes or that didn’t include pasta. Thank you so much for sharing. You’ve been such an inspiration!


Angie May 17, 2009 at 2:28 pm

Great post, Angela! I am relatively new to the blog world and I also found Cristin’s blog first. I work as a dietitian, so too often, I see women who are starving themselves to try to be “happy” with their weight/body and are never satisfied. I love this group of bloggers that I have found with healthy appetites and healthy self-esteems. Thanks for sharing…and I’ll keep reading. Happy belated birthday!


Jenna June 2, 2009 at 1:26 pm

I love this post. I am at a place of discovery. Food blogs were news to me just a few weeks ago. Yes, the healthy meals that you and other bloggers post do amaze me! I am working toward freedom from calorie counting. Food is becoming fun again. Thanks for your inspiration!


Bekah September 26, 2009 at 8:48 pm


I didn’t know everyone started with Eat Like Me.. then to KERF.. and so on.

I started reading Eat Like Me back in June, and started blogging myself, but only 2 weeks ago did I stumble upon KERF and HEAB and YOU and so, so, so many other food blogs. I love it.

I stay awake at night reading past posts because I feel like I need to catch up! I can feel this leading to a long blog journey ahead of me (I’m only 18) and I cannot wait.

Happy eating and blogging Angela! Looking forward to reading all your posts.


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