Yes, I’m Still a Healthy Living Blogger

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Good morning, friends!

I started my day with a random, but delicious breakfast: an egg, a banana, a Dr. Praeger’s Sweet Potato Pancake, and a glass of iced coffee mixed with Ensure, soy milk, and vanilla protein powder.

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Now that I can pretty much eat normally again (I’m still avoiding gluten, but not 100%), I’m really trying to put some thought into what I consume. I’m focusing on the overall nutrition of my food as opposed to calories or fat. Colitis was such a wake up call with regard to how I treat and fuel my body. I never want to be that sick again.

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Last week, when I told you guys about my recent colitis diagnosis and flare-up, someone asked me whether I still considered myself a healthy living blogger. My response was short and simple: Yes, I’m still a healthy living blogger. See what else I had to say about the subject: How Colitis Is Changing My Definition of Healthy Living

Question of the Day

If a blogger has a chronic condition or illness, do you still consider them a “healthy living” blogger? Why or why not?

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  1. i think if you’re trying to pursue a healthy lifestyle (and blogging about it of course), regardless of condition, then you’re a healthy living blogger. having an illness doesn’t change a desire to fuel your body well! and as long as eating the things you eat and working out the way you do doesn’t worsen the problem then i think it’s 100% fine to call yourself that 🙂

    1. @Halley (Blunder Construction): I agree with this! “Healthy” is subjective, there’s a billion definitions of it and none of them are always right or always wrong for everybody.

      Excellent health isn’t always a reflection of one’s lifestyle; it may be genetic or random luck. Healthy living means many different things, but ultimately, what works best for the individual is the healthiest. Feeling good and being at peace is what the focus really should be and that’s why I am not a healthy living blogger; I’m pursuing my own personal feel-good state that might be wrong for everyone else in the world. 🙂

  2. Being a healthy living blogger can mean different things to different people. Of course you can still be a healthy living blogger if you have a chronic condition or illness – you just might have to change up a few things in your diet to adjust to your new “normal.”

  3. Wow, that question kind of annoys me haha. Of course you are still a healthy living blogger! Clearly based on all the comments, many people have gone through similar stomach issues and would be interested to read about your challenges.

  4. I don’t understand why someone would ask you that. Of course you are still one! Being diagnosed with an illness/condition is not your fault and you are still going to pursue healthy living no matter what. So I say, a resounding yes.

  5. Absolutely — I always thought that was the best part of healthy living blogs. If a reader out there is struggling with a condition/illness, they can possibly find a blogger who deals with a similar situation and can possibly learn from them (or they can teach the blogger something).

    I’m honestly surprised that someone would ask you that!

  6. I don’t consider someone who has a chronic condition or illness as being unhealthy. It’s not like you purposely allowed the illness to happen, or that you’re ignoring the condition once you know it’s there. You are adapting and part of being healthy (to me) is making an effort to adapt to any situation you may end up in. You’re not throwing caution to the wind, you’re taking proactive steps. Healthy people get sick. My bf’s aunt ran daily, ate exactly what a healthy person is supposed to eat, and did all the “right” steps and still got breast cancer. She survived and adapted. I still consider her a fit and healthy person. The reality is, you can do everything the way you’re supposed to and still get an illness. Ok, getting off the soapbox now. 🙂 Glad you’re getting better and better each day!

  7. Yes, I think bloggers with a chronic illness can definitely still be healthy living bloggers. Healthy living isn’t just about your physical health – it’s also about mental health – your attitude, relationships, outlook on life, etc. Like you said, sometimes an illness or setback is a wake up call, and one that makes people more conscious of the need to take steps to improve their health.

  8. I don’t understand why having a medical condition would take away the title of “healthy living” I know plenty of bloggers that demonstrate their healthy living – and the options that their life can still have despite any sort of condition! I would never think .. for a second.. that being diagnosed with colitis – would do ANYTHING to your title as a healthy living blogger. In fact, I am kind of offended someone would think that :/

  9. It seems to me that living with a chronic condition would require MORE healthy decisions than living without one.

  10. Are you kidding? Ensure?
    here are the ingredients:
    Water, sugar (sucrose), corn syrup, maltodextrin (corn), calcium caseinate, high-oleic safflower oil, canola oil, soy protein isolate, whey protein concentrate, corn oil, calcium phosphate tribasic, potassium citrate, magnesium phosphate dibasic, natural and artificial flavor, soy lecithin, sodium citrate, magnesium chloride, salt (sodium chloride), carrageenan, choline chloride, potassium chloride, ascorbic acid, ferrous sulfate, alpha-tocopheryl acetate, zinc sulfate, niacinamide, calcium pantothenate, manganese sulfate, cupric sulfate, vitamin A palmitate, thiamine chloride hydrochloride, pyridoxine hydrochloride, riboflavin, folic acid, chromium chloride, biotin, sodium molybdate, sodium selenate, potassium iodide, phylloquinone, vitamin D3 and cyanocobalamin.

    If you really want a healthier diet, I suggest looking at Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon (http://www.amazon.com/Nourishing-Traditions-Challenges-Politically-Dictocrats/dp/0967089735/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1309953528&sr=1-1). It has really helped me. Don’t avoid those healthy fats from eggs. If anything, more eggs and I’d get rid of the patty and/or whole banana…

      1. @Tina:

        I wondered the same thing about the Ensure. Maybe you could give it more of a response than that, since you did mention in your post you want to focus on more nutritious foods? The protein powder, also, doesn’t seem very “whole food”.

        1. @Dani: I’m all about whole foods, but I don’t think there is anything wrong with adding a little Ensure or protein powder to my coffee in the morning.

          1. @Tina: Geez, some people love the internet mask don’t they? Maybe they are confused and think all you do all day is sit around and chug ensure? That must be it. If you only ate broccoli and spinach would they say anything? Any-who, I think you are one of if not the most relatable Healthy living bloggers out there. You keep it real (drink beer and eat cookies) while mostly focusing on your health(food and excersize). You were and still are a huge inspiration to me personally! I did notice some of your foods rescently were more gentle on the tummy type foods and wondered what was up but figured when the time was right you would talk about it on your blog which you did. All i know is i am glad you have been feeling better and plan to keep following you through thick and thin.

  11. If anything, this chronic illness requires more attention to your health. You are so inspirational putting it out there letting your readers know what you are going through! The table setting looks beautiful!

  12. I agree! The way you dealt with your Colitis issues and your steadfast determination to take care of your body and your nutrition makes you even MORE of a healthy blogger! Just the fact that you shared your experience at all makes you a healthy blogger in my book because you just might inspire someone in the future to really focus on their own nutrition and well being when they may be dealing with a similar “problem.” I really commend you for your honest posts and the way you really focused in on what you could do to feel better & I hope that you take another healthy approach to let that question roll right off your back 🙂

  13. My answer to your question is a big hell to the yes. Chronic conditions or illnesses don’t define us completely as people, though I think they do play a big role in how we live our lives (and a lot of times, this is a good thing!). Having a condition shouldn’t stop people from wanting to be “healthy” talking about being “healthy” or being a healthy living blogger. I think being a healthy living blogger is all about the journey – the entire package of actually living, no matter the health problem – and how we deal with it. You know?

  14. Absolutely! I almost think more so than when you don’t have health/dietary issues. Those of us that have digestive issues have to follow a healthier lifestyle just to be able to function. I’m glad you’re feeling better. It can be so frustrating and overwhelming. I hope you have a great day, Tina!

  15. I think healthy living is something individual for each person and absolutely people with chronic illnesses can be healthy living bloggers. For you, it might mean avoiding gluten because that’s being healthy for you!

  16. Definitely. Just because you have a condition OUT OF YOUR CONTROL this does not mean you give up and all of the sudden aren’t considered “healthy” anymore. THis isn’t what you’re doing. You’re making the best of a shitty situation (pun intended!) If anything, it makes you a better and more relatable blogger because you’re living proof that while some things are out of our control, more things CAN be in control.

    You seem much more optimistic and I love seeing this. Keep it up!!!!

  17. You are still a healthy living blogger if you care about yourself, and your lifestyle choices. Still making the effort and wanting to be healthy for life. A illness or condition should not stop a person from anything (including healthy living blogging!), if anything this condition could help improve their lifestyle for the better 🙂

  18. Of course! You live a healthy lifestyle. We can’t always control what our body wants to do! Then there’s the genetic thing and all that stuff… glad to see you are feeling better! Congrats on the 10K!

  19. Regardless of your meal’s nutrition, you’re taking precautionary measures against aggravating your collitis and that alone ‘qualifies’ you as a HEALTHY living blogger!

  20. “Healthy living” is such a relative term. It’s going to look different for everyone because everyone is different! Someone with a chronic condition, food intolerance or digestive issue IS “living healthfully” when they eliminate certain foods from their diet because their body thinks they are POISON. You are absolutely still a healthy living blogger, and, as you say, now you have a different perspective on what that means. You’ll also attract a following of people who have experienced similar challenges and can support you. Glad you’re feeling better!

  21. I’m so irritated someone would ask you that. Umm hello, do they read your blog? You are the perfect example of what healthy living should be.

  22. Of course I would still consider them a healthy living blogger! One can still live healthy, in spite of a condition that they have no control over. In fact, I find it more inspiring to read about how people make healthy choices when they’re dealing with issues like you’ve had. It makes me thankful for my own health, and it also makes me realize that there’s no excuse not to care for yourself.

  23. I guess I missed the memo on the prerequisites to being a healthy living blogger. So, what is it, anyone with any sort of condition can’t be a healthy living blogger these days? I guess all you bloggers who have cancer, are overweight, have injuries, or have IBS aren’t really living “healthy”.
    Such bullshit.

  24. Tina- I have Lupus and still consider myself a healthy living blogger. In fact, I think that those of us with the cards stacked against us are wonderful examples and how to overcome obstacles and eventually get healthy. I’ve managed to go off of my medication completely because of my healthy lifestyle. I feel so vibrant that on most days, I forget that I have an illness! It is always difficult in the beginning, but I know you’ll get there too. If you ever want to talk, I’ll be happy to share my story with you and some of the tips that helped me.

  25. YES! They are working with their own individual circumstances. This is the most important time to lead a healthy example!

    Whenever I have patients tell me that they heard “….” on Dr. Oz or Doctors I must remind them that that information is not individualized for them, so they must take it with a grain of salt. No one is going to have the exact same needs, so keep sharing yours!

  26. Can’t believe you were asked that! Also can’t believe anyone cares that much to really put a definition around it. Bloggers are people. Period.

    Some of us pay closer attention than others what we ingest, if we work out or not, whether we make other lifestyle choices that support health from nontoxic cleaning products to recycling for the environment to supporting local agriculture and CSAs.

    There are sooooo many ways to be considered “healthy” or healthy *living*…that one’s medical status has very little, if anything, to do with it all.

    I could go on and on. Can’t wait to read the comments on this post!

  27. Last night I was talking with one of my running friends and she said that she has been diagnosed with Runners Colitis… It only makes it’s appearance when she is into heavy training. She deals with the flareups and moves on… glad your feeling better.

  28. Well said Tina! I’m glad you’re feeling better and are back to a more ‘normal’ life. They say diet doesn’t affect colitis, but I also try to manage it that way too. 🙂
    In some ways, you may be even more of an inspiration now. It would be easy to throw your hands up and cry uncle but you are not! Huge props to you for that!!

  29. Everyone already said it for me but, of course! I sort of hate this mold that healthy living bloggers have become. You don’t have to eat oats every morning or constantly be training for a race or be vegetarian to be a healthy living blogger! Those things aren’t bad but I feel like if you’re not all three, you don’t fit “the mold” and that bothers me.

    You are far and above one of my favorite HLBloggers simply because you love beer!

  30. I follow a ton of gluten free blogs…many of which have inspired me to be more healthy all of which are done by bloggers who have a medical condition. Since my celiac diagnosis, I’m way more apt to consider what I’m eating and how it fits into my overall nutrition.

  31. Even healthy people get sick sometimes! You can still live healthy and have something like that happen! If anything, the way you handled the problem really shows how important your healthy lifestyle is to you. You hunkered down and fought it with a healthy balanced diet instead of letting it defeat you!
    ~Ang

  32. You are DEFINITELY a healthy living blogger, because your blog chronicles your trials, tribulations, and triumphs with weight, weight loss, weight gain, and healthy living. And that includes things that are beyond your control.

    When I was flaring up I thought the world was ending, and it’s amazing what medication and proper diet will do. 🙂

  33. I suppose if you were having stomach problems and completely ignoring them– i.e., eating crap and then complaining that you were having belly issues– then maybe that would exclude you from the world of healthy blogging. And I know ppl that do this. Quite a few actually. “Oh, my stomach!” and then knock back a few beers and slices of greasy pizza, all on a regular basis. It’s clear that you had a set back to feeling your best and battled to find a solution so you could feel better and continue your awesome health/fitness goals, such as running a 10k. You are an inspiration!

  34. I’m surprised someone asked that of you, mostly because the question never even came up or flitted by in my mind.

    People with chronic conditions and illnesses strive to lead healthy lives too, right? Why would that limit you from being designated as such?

    Curious…

  35. Healthy living means much more than never getting sick… bloggers are still people too. I think it’s great that you’re able to blog about your condition and get advice/support from the blog community.
    Glad you’re feeling better!

  36. Absolutely! I think that’s what’s so great about being a healthy living blogger – because each blog is different and “healthy living” is totally dependent upon the lifestyle each of us uniquely lives. What might be healthy for one of us, may not be for another and vice versa. Healthy Living, to me, is all about how each of us individually make healthy choices to suit OUR lifestyles – no one else’s.

  37. Um…yeah you are! I think as I reader I love all of your healthy living tips, from the ones focused on food and fitness, but also the personal things that drive you, like having a job you enjoy, a spouse that you love, and one cute pug!! You will always continue to be a healthy living blogger as long as you keep up the healthy and the blogging!

  38. 100% you’re still a healthy living blogger! Healthy living is so individual and personal. You’re experiences with colitis have helped and will continue to help hundreds, if not thousands, of people dealing with the same issues. We are all unique and can all benefit from reading how others maintain their health, through thick and thin!

  39. Of course you are still a healthy living blogger! That term doesn’t necessarily mean anything specific. I love reading your blog because you talk about so many wonderful topics and have variety. Keep doing what you are doing girl!

  40. Of course you’re still a healthy living blogger! What a weird question. Especially because you’re so focused on nutrition to improve your condition, and you’re still exercising! It’s inspiring that you ran a 10K despite the risk of crapping your pants 🙂

  41. I have to agree with everyone else. Just ignore that one person… you obviously still have a lot of people following you, supporting you, and valuing your thoughts and opinions. So keep it up and ignore the negative-nancies! 😉

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