Opening My Mouth

by jenna on October 6, 2010

Blogging is tricky.

For the past few days, I really had no desire whatsoever to write a rebuttal post in regards to the recent Marie-Claire article.

I didn’t want to fuel the fire and I like to think my blog speaks for itself. You all, my readers, know by now where I stand in terms of how I view food and I find no need to defend myself or my past actions in a public manner.

That being said, I’d like to get a few things off my chest.

1. This is not healthy living blog. This is a food blog. I’m not going to give you exercise tips and low fat recipes, but I will teach you how to make some pretty darn good cupcakes and buttercream. My blog is very different than it was when I started, almost three years ago, and I like to think I’ve gone back to my culinary roots a little bit. Do I consider myself healthy? Sure I do. But I don’t want to be put on a pedestal. My main goal is just to inspire others to get back in their kitchens and have a little fun doing so!

2. The Marie-Claire article portrayed a very one-sided look at food bloggers. We all know this. When I saw the article on Sunday evening I couldn’t have been more shocked. Even though I seemed to get off the easiest,  I trusted Katie Drummond’s professionalism and intent after working closely with her for almost two years at True/Slant. When I agreed to do the interview last Spring, Katie assured me that the article would be positive and that I had “nothing to worry about”. After reading it, I felt betrayed and blindsided….sort of like how you would feel if you caught a good friend talking about you behind your back.

3. I do believe that there are some “healthy living blogs” out there that fit the bill for what Katie wrote about…and there’s nothing “healthy” about them. If you are going to call yourself a healthy living blogger, I believe you have some form of responsibility to portray a true healthy message. Does that mean you are totally responsible for someone else? No. People can choose to read or not to read and that’s their personal decision. But, I think it’s important to keep in mind that when you hit publish, anyone can read your words. After that, it’s out of your control.

4. I am in love with the blogging community. I’ve made best friends here and get to do my dream job, every day. This community is so filled with love and support that it blows my mind. When I think just how many girls that Caitlin’s Operation Beautiful campaign has helped, I’m in awe. The girls that were featured in the article with me are some of the healthiest people that I know, inside and out. They love life and love food and work hard to help others every day. Even though I have stepped down from the Healthy Living Summit (and the “Big 6″), I still very much respect what they do. It’s unfortunate that Marie-Claire chose to spin the article in such a negative manner when it could have shed so much positive light on the hundreds of girls helped by blogs.


5. At the end of the day, I just want to eat. I’m not here to tell you how to eat or to win some popularity contest. I’m here because I genuinely love everything about food and the blogging community. Food should be celebrated and I hope I portray that daily in my posts.

Oh, and my final last words?

Bacon makes everything better.

There. I said it.

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{ 251 comments… read them below or add one }

Rebekah @Rebeltarian October 6, 2010 at 8:22 am

Wise words!

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Tasha - The Clean Eating Mama October 6, 2010 at 8:38 am

I agree!

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Beth @ Beth's Journey to Thin October 6, 2010 at 8:51 am

Simply stated but perfectly put! :)

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Jenn @ LiveWellFitNow October 6, 2010 at 8:25 am

Very very wise words.

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Natalie October 6, 2010 at 8:27 am

You definitely got me back into the kitchen! I made ur pancakes last wknd, but because I couldnt find canned pumpkin or squash, I used sweet potatos! They were so good!

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Laura (Blogging Over Thyme) October 6, 2010 at 8:30 am

I really loved your response Jenna! I’ve loved how your blog has evolved and while it’s always been great, I love that you have returned to your culinary roots. I love being inspired by recipes or trying new things in the kitchen, and that is exactly why I read your blog every day. Just wanted to say that ;)

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marisa October 6, 2010 at 8:35 am

long time reader, first time commenter. Love this response to the article. And being a porkatarian myself I have to agree- bacon does make everything better :)

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Mama Pea October 6, 2010 at 8:35 am

You had me until bacon. ;) But I’m proud of your response, Jenna, and what this blog has become. Thanks for breaking your silence.

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jenna October 6, 2010 at 8:36 am

hehe bacon was for you, mama pea! Just kidding, you know I love you and your veggie ways :)

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Tina October 6, 2010 at 8:37 am

At the end of the day, I just want to eat. Amen.

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Emmanuelle October 6, 2010 at 8:38 am

Great response Jenna. ’nuff said.

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Jessica @ The Process of Healing October 6, 2010 at 8:38 am

Amen sister. That article angered me to no end because your blog and Kath’s blog and Caitlin’s and the other “big 6″ inspired me to get past my disordered and eating and showed the me the amazingness that is running.. something I grew to love. I began to see that you have to eat well to fuel your body properly.. that what you put in is directly proportional to what you get out. I’ve seen that it’s OK to eat dessert and drink wine.. that food is about living and love and happiness, not something to analyze and count every calorie and pump fake things and chemicals into your body just because it’s “low fat.” You all are amazing. And so is this community.

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Allie (Live Laugh Eat) October 6, 2010 at 8:38 am

Thanks for your honest response. I really did think you were opening your mouth to eat that breakfast in the first photo and talk about sausages and dippy eggs–I got a little bit excited for a second :).

Your blog is fabulous.

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Tina October 6, 2010 at 8:41 am

I think your thoughts were fabulous and I’m so glad you shared them. I completely agreed that we as bloggers have responsibilities to show balance and a lifestyle that brings wellness, happiness, and health in a way that works for us individually. There are certainly blogs that skew and stretch what health means. I never got that message from any of you and I love you and your blog for the recipes, fun, and true balance you exhibit. Thank you for being you! :)

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Michelle October 6, 2010 at 8:41 am

I love this :) And your blog!!

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Brittney October 6, 2010 at 8:41 am

Great response! I love your blog :)

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Heather (Heather's Dish) October 6, 2010 at 8:41 am

amen…no reason to beat a dead horse and i think you and your blog are fabulous.

the end :)

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Courtney @ Ice Cream & Wine October 6, 2010 at 8:41 am

Thanks for this, Jenna!

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Kailey (SnackFace) October 6, 2010 at 8:41 am

Honestly, when I read the article, I thought, “Uh, I understand Jenna is extremely popular and helped found the Healthy Living Summit, but she should not be included in this horribly slanted article!” With the changes you’ve made with your blog recently, I have loved your blog more now than I have at any other time (and I’ve been reading for, like, two years). It’s because your format and voice are refreshing. You let go of the three-meals-and-posts-a-day thing when it got old for you, and that’s wonderful.

I can’t stop checking your blog to look at all the new recipes that make me hungry, and I love that!

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Shannon, Tropical Eats October 6, 2010 at 8:49 am

Totally agree! Jenna, your blog is SO refreshing. I love that it’s not 3Xs a day… it makes the wait for the next delicious recipe so much better :) Keep up the wonderful work!

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Kara October 6, 2010 at 8:42 am

Great response. ;)

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Sarah October 6, 2010 at 8:42 am

Jenna – I love the new “food celebration” theme in your blog, and I enjoy reading all of your recipes and adventures in CA. I think this is a very classy and appropriate response from you and really illustrates your level of professionalism :)

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Laughter-Loving Stacy October 6, 2010 at 8:43 am

Nicely said, Jenna!

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Bill L. October 6, 2010 at 8:43 am

Bravo to you Jenna. I couldn’t agree with you more. As a foodie working in the area of Sports Nutrition, I’ve come to the conclusion really, it’s everything in moderation, and overall lifestyle choices rather than strictly “healthy” eating.
Sadly, I skipped breaky this morning, so that top photo is killing me!!! (don’t ever skip breakfast).

PS. I (heart) BACON.
-eat well and enjoy life.

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Elisabeth October 6, 2010 at 8:44 am

I thought it was very classy of you not to respond with both barrels to the article…or “article,” as I felt it was more like a manifesto written by someone who struggled or struggles with food and exercise and was looking for a scapegoat upon which to grind her ax.

But that is neither here nor there, as before the article I was really only fully aware of and in love with *this* blog. Still am. I love food.

I hope that the only thing that comes out of that article are positive things for the all of the blogs mentioned. I’m glad you’re forging on and giving your readers what we came for: Good food and a glimpse of your wonderful life.

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Megan (The Runner's Kitchen) October 6, 2010 at 8:44 am

I really like the direction your blog has taken over the last year – bravo! Keep up the great work. I admire this post and your love of food.

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Liz @ Tip Top Shape October 6, 2010 at 8:45 am

Haha, wonderful rebuttal that fits your blog perfectly! By the way, I love the transition that your blog has taken. There are hundreds of blogs out there that talk about daily meals and workouts (not that I don’t like them-I do) but the recipes that you create and share are truly unique.

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Jessica October 6, 2010 at 8:45 am

Much love to you, Jenna! You and your blog are always bright spots in my day, and I can’t wait to make those oatmeal scones.

I’m so sorry that this Marie Claire article has attacked some of the ladies I admire the most. Your response was gracious.

Happy Wednesday!

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Melissa @ Journey to Marvelous October 6, 2010 at 2:43 pm

My thoughts exactly!

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Jess @ MTL Veggie October 6, 2010 at 8:46 am

Great response, Jenna. I’m sorry you and the others were treated the way you were. It really is unfortunate that they passed up on a great opportunity to bring to light all the positives of this great community.
I love your perspective on food and cooking, keep up the great work!

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Shannon, Tropical Eats October 6, 2010 at 8:47 am

well put!!!!!!!!

i love your blog and how it’s evolved. You are beautiful inside and out as well! Being a meat eater/sugar addict, you’re the blogger i feel that i can relate the most to. BACON FTW!

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twelvedaysold October 6, 2010 at 8:47 am

I’m glad you are able to stand up for yourself. The article was very one sided indeed, and I think most people won’t take it to heart. It’s ALWAYS the person who is reading’s choice to live healthy or not. I have found how you incorporate exercise into your life very inspiring.

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twelvedaysold October 6, 2010 at 4:21 pm

Oh and to clarify, I’m one of those people that chooses normally not to live healthy. But I don’t blame the food blogs I read! :)

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Kate October 6, 2010 at 8:47 am

Very tasteful rebuttal Jenna:) Love your blog — was very upset by the Marie Claire article. Keep up the great work!

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Becky October 6, 2010 at 8:47 am

I totally love all the changes you’ve made recently! Everything you write feels honest and relateable.

I have been cooking an obscene amount recently and well over half of what I make is something I found here. Beth’s perfect chocolate chip cookies? My goodness! You have changed lives with the browning of butter. Seriously.

Keep ‘em coming!

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Jen October 6, 2010 at 8:48 am

Jenna, I love your blog. Is it my all time favorite. I think you are right. You do not need to respond because your blog does speak for itself. However, the fact that you did respond and the way you chose to do it impresses me to no end.

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AllieNic @ Frisky Lemon October 6, 2010 at 8:48 am

I totally agree with everything you just said…I’ve been thinking about the article and wanting to share my feelings about it, but for some reason, I’ve had a hard time articulating myself. I think this post says it all.

I’m a pretty regular reader of ELR and I can honestly say that I’ve been inspired by your blog. Inspired by your cooking/baking and inspired by your underlying message. I heart this blog– You are truly a talented lady. Keep up the good work!

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Marie-JourneyToBodyZen October 6, 2010 at 8:48 am

I love food too! Great job.

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kelly October 6, 2010 at 8:49 am

You rule ????

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kelly October 6, 2010 at 8:49 am

Sorry those ???? were supposed to be little hearts!!! hehe :)

Let’s start over…

You rule! :)

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c.j. October 6, 2010 at 8:49 am

And this, my dear, is why I love your blog. Your attitude and love for food, life, and photography inspire me.

And while I agree that bacon does indeed make everything better, I would have to throw butter in there as well. Ahh bacon and butter…my two true loves.

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Chicago Cuisine Critique October 6, 2010 at 8:52 am

Great post!

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rachael October 6, 2010 at 8:52 am

Love your response! I am always amazed how you can translate your amazing energy through words on a screen.

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Marie October 6, 2010 at 8:53 am

Awesome response, Jenna! I love everything about your blog! While I do love seeing some daily eats, there are enough blogs out there that do that and it’s nice to see different topics. I love baking and can’t wait to try some of your recipes!

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Anne P October 6, 2010 at 8:54 am

I heart you, your blog, the food blogging community, and that adorable picture of the 4 of us. :)

xoxo

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Holly October 6, 2010 at 8:54 am

thank you for looking at BOTH sides of this issue. while i agree the shadiness of this article was ridonk, there are some valid points within it. i tried to make that same point too and am glad you did.

word.

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The Wife of a Dairyman October 6, 2010 at 8:54 am

Everything’s better with bacon:)…and butter! But I also consider myself a very healthy person. Everything in moderation!

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Jil October 6, 2010 at 8:55 am

Agreeeed – bacon does make it alll better!

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Deanna October 6, 2010 at 8:55 am

Love it! And your blog *is* healthy because you eat REAL food. Keep up the good work.

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Deanna October 6, 2010 at 10:14 am

P.S. I cannot wait to read your BOOK!

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Katie Heddleston October 6, 2010 at 8:56 am

Thanks for providing insight into your feelings about this Jenna! Can I ask a question? How come you’ve stepped down from Healthy Living Summit?

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jenna October 6, 2010 at 8:58 am

Because I wanted to shift my blog from being considered a “healthy living blog” to strictly a “food blog”. My heart wasn’t in it previously and I found it best to move on.

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Kelsey October 6, 2010 at 8:56 am

Dear Jenna,
I have never commented before, but I just wanted to let you know that I love your blog, specifically because it is more of a food blog as opposed to a healthy living blog. I appreciate your humor and your honestly and I especially love your “what is cooking tonight” series. Keep up the great work!

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Amanda October 6, 2010 at 8:58 am

And I don’t think you can say it any better than that.

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Becca October 6, 2010 at 8:59 am

Well said. Classy words from a classy lady.

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chandra October 6, 2010 at 9:00 am

Lovely response. I love food too. :)

I’m not sure why, but reading this made me crave good, old-fashioned, creamy mac & cheese (maybe because at first glance I thought that’s what the 3rd pic was)… Do you have a good (fairly simple) mac & cheese recipe?

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jenna October 6, 2010 at 9:01 am

I’m actually working on one right now…maybe next week?!

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claire!! October 6, 2010 at 11:40 am

YES!! mac and cheese!! my favorite!!

i dont usually comment but jenna, i adore your blog!! keep doing what you’re doing!!!

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Michelle October 6, 2010 at 9:00 am

Your blog is my very favorite! I’ve always thought the writing was the best, but now your obvious love of food just shines through. Thanks for sharing with us.
And, bacon (and wine…..and butter…..and chocolate…) make everthing better.

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Michelle October 6, 2010 at 9:08 am

That was makes everything better! Oops…

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Ali @ Food, Fitness, Fashion October 6, 2010 at 9:03 am

Well said Jenna!

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jenny October 6, 2010 at 9:05 am

Very good! I agree totally and glad you wrote this : )

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Carol October 6, 2010 at 9:07 am

Simply said – “THANKS for being you !” An inspiration to life and FOOD !

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Jo October 6, 2010 at 9:10 am

Sort of disappointed that you felt you had to explain yourself.

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Bethany @ More Fruit Please October 6, 2010 at 9:14 am

You certainly have inspired me to get in my kitchen and enjoy myself – thank you!

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Sarah October 6, 2010 at 9:16 am

Love this and love the direction that your blog has gone in over the past year!

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Maya October 6, 2010 at 9:18 am

What a great response, I think it’s good that you took the time to choose your words carefully. Kudos to you, Jenna, you’ve been through so much on this blog and I commend you.

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Hilary October 6, 2010 at 9:22 am

The way in which people handle situations such as this really says something about their character. That being said, I think you handled the matter extremely well. Now, let’s just eat!

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karen October 6, 2010 at 9:22 am

Yes, bacon does make everything better! I hate that you all were misled as to the intent of the article. It just seems so wrong.

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kristen October 6, 2010 at 9:24 am

Mmmm…bacon. I agree, it really does make everything better.

I wondered how you felt since I’ve read your True/Slant stuff as well as Katie Drummond’s and wondered if the two of you knew each other or had talked about the article. Not that you needed to respond, but it was interesting to hear that you felt blindsided by her as well.

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hiplip October 6, 2010 at 9:24 am

If you felt it was necessary at all to explain yourself, this was the way to do it. I really didn’t enjoy the other “rebuttals” (besides CNC) b/c they were a little too “fly off the handle” and defensive for me. I’ve made several of your recipes from the last few weeks and they are winners. Keep it up!

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Mara @ What's For Dinner? October 6, 2010 at 9:25 am

VERY well-said Jenna. I like that you also clarified that your blog is a food blog, not a Healthy Living blog as it once was. And it stinks that you had to do that.

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MaryBe October 6, 2010 at 9:25 am

As another long-time reader, I agree your blog has changed immensely. Perhaps it’s time for a name change, as Meghann did? The name itself indicates a healthy living blog, even though you say it no longer is. May I suggest Eat, Live, Bacon? :D

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Sarah October 6, 2010 at 9:54 am

Hehe. I second eat live bacon!

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Lily October 6, 2010 at 6:28 pm

Ha Ha “Eat Live, Bacon….love that ! or how about “Eat, Live, Wine…!!!

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Jessica October 6, 2010 at 9:25 am

And this is why I adore your blog so so much.

You’re honest. You’re real. You do what you want and what makes you happy! Of course I love reading about your day-to-day life, and delicious & easy meals…but the recipes are so fun too! I just wish i was able to cook more, but I guess there will be plenty of time for that once i’m out of college…so i’ll deal with the basics for now :)

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Ellen October 6, 2010 at 9:26 am

Jenna,

Thank you so much for your post and your blog! I just discovered it a few weeks ago. I really enjoy your blog, and it has helped inspire me to live a happy, well-rounded life! And I love the message you give about feeling good just being me! :) God bless you!

Ellen

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Lizzie October 6, 2010 at 9:26 am

The article was definitely slanted, but the point that the internet is out there and people who blog are not responsible for who reads it, remains valid and something that MC might have considered in the article. I don’t read any of the other blogs mentioned, but Jenna, if you could see my RSS feed inbox for your blog it’s full of only the posts that have these delicious recipes you have been putting out in the last few months. You have a real talent for balanced writing and balanced living, which is part of the reason I continue to read. It’s refreshing.

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liane October 6, 2010 at 9:27 am

I don’t tend to comment much, but I read every post and try about 90% of the recipes you post. I receive so many compliments each and every time I bring an item made from your site to party or to share among friends.
You make me look good :) :)
Thank you!

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Dorothy October 6, 2010 at 9:27 am

Well put, Jenna.

P.S. I’ve been enjoying your blog more and more lately. Love the new perspective!

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Amber K October 6, 2010 at 9:29 am

I was saddened again when I took a second look at the article and saw that they added a note at the end about standing by the article and its content. And THAT made it even worse to me.

It just makes me so angry that the article was misrepresented to you girls and it didn’t have to be. It could have been about the same thing, but also have included some AMAZING things exactly like Operation Beautiful which has made a profound positive influence on my life.

Even though I blog just for fun and not regularly, I felt personally attacked because of how much I love the bloggers they brought down. I feel like someone has called me stupid for liking you all!

Thank you for sharing your thoughts. I really hope to find out that they print some of your responses!

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Toby October 6, 2010 at 9:29 am

After seeing so many posts about the article in the last few days I figured it was time I clicked over and read it. I changed my diet this year – not due to weight, but due to symptoms of liver and gallbladder problems, and having no energy. I have a naturopathic doctor who supported this change. It was at this time I started looking for food blogs to give me ideas. I had no idea I was reading 4 of the big 6, but the point I really want to make is that since I’ve been reading 4 of 6, I have NEVER seen any of the unhealthy examples mentioned in The Hunger Diaries. Quite the opposite – my thinking is that almost everyone I know would be healthier for reading these blogs and integrating some changes into their own lives.

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Kat October 6, 2010 at 9:30 am

Jenna – love the blog, love your spirit. The MC smear campaign will pass. Stay true to your beliefs – that will last forever.

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Colleen October 6, 2010 at 9:39 am

Well said! Love your blog. Continue to showcase amazing foods that make my mouth water.

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Lauren October 6, 2010 at 9:39 am

Truly a remarkable rebuttal! You are amazing Jenna!

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Krystina October 6, 2010 at 9:39 am

I was reading your earlier posts and you’ve changed SO much! I love your new focus and I appreciate your blog and its current values so much.

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Marie @ ReciPeas & Musings October 6, 2010 at 9:41 am

Love this, and your blog. Oatmeal scones are in the oven as I write this :D

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Kathleen October 6, 2010 at 9:42 am

Your blog more than any other has got me back into the kitchen trying all kinds of new things…without fear. Your love of food jumps off the computer screen every day and that makes me smile. Thanks Jenna for keeping it real!

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Krista October 6, 2010 at 9:42 am

I’ll be honest, I have subscribed and unsubscribed to your blog several times. For a long time I just didn’t get you. But since you’ve moved toward this culinary focus, I’ve loved it! I think it shows your true personality more and it’s much more fun to read!

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Karen October 6, 2010 at 10:19 am

I have to agree with Krista…there was a period that I was disappointed in some of the twists and turns your blog has taken (and some questionable actions) but I have to say, that you have won me over with your current sensibility and stability. Your blog has become a true joy to read as it reflects your unique passions and personality, and your writing skills and creativity just shine through. It’s a pure pleasure to read your blog now that you’ve settle into a genre that is authentically Jenna.

Huge congratulations on following your instinct to change course, your personal maturation and the masterful evolution of your blog – it’s really special!

(Beautiful rebuttal!)

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Kate October 6, 2010 at 9:25 pm

I completely agree. This is a beautiful food blog, I suspect it will be up there with Smitten Kitchen and 101 cookbooks, and I love watching someone my own age do that. Good for you for figuring out what it was you really wanted and how lucky that it is also what you are clearly best at (I liked your blog before, but now it is truly special). Cheers!

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Jessica@tastyandtrim October 6, 2010 at 9:44 am

Amen to that! You defended yourself perfectly, not that you had to. You are always incredibly honest and in no way claim to live the perfect, healthy lifestyle which is what I love most about reading your blog. I find you totally relatable, and all of the amazing recipes you share encourage me to step out of my comfort zone and allow myself to indulge and experience all of the delicious foods out there. I love reading your blog and will continue to be a dedicated reader!

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McKella October 6, 2010 at 9:46 am

Beautiful. I think everyone’s blown this a bit out of proportion and I’m glad you’re handling it so well!

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Meg October 6, 2010 at 9:53 am

Jenna, thanks for your great response, and for all of the work you do every day for your readers. WE appreciate you, and at the end of the day, I think that’s all that matters. :)

Also, I thought you would be proud to know that I purchased my first butternut squash on Saturday and I tasted and roasted my first butternut last night. Had to wait for the boyfriend to come over to slice it b/c that thing was hard as a rock, but it was DELICIOUS–I can’t wait to make another one! Planning on trying out acorn next week. :)

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jenna October 6, 2010 at 9:57 am

I am proud of you!!! Yummy!

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Laura@keepingslimandgettingstylish October 6, 2010 at 9:53 am

I think I may like your response the best, just a great post, nuf said :-)

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eatmovelove October 6, 2010 at 9:53 am

Perfectly, perfectly said.

That is CLASS.

Thank-you.

And I like how there’s bacon. But there’s also veggies. (and eggs -1rst pic ;) ).

Can I just say too that I am aware that the Author of the MC article Katie D. had an eating disorder in the past, and used to write on a Running website everyday posting what she ate daily and how she had to gain weight numerous times.

I’m not saying it was right or wrong! I’m saying that that was her decision and judging others is horribly, horribly wrong.

I do see a lot of truth and merit in the article – absolutely! BUT I also think that noone really knows….

PEACE.

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Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman October 6, 2010 at 9:54 am

I laughed when I saw you grouped in there. My goodness lady, you bake cookies and eat burgers and, while fabulous, your new vibe isn’t healthy. And that’s totally OK. I love your blog and reading over just the past month there’s no question you’re all about the food–not restricting.

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Sarah October 6, 2010 at 9:54 am

i love your blog and that article was incredibly one sided! yay for food blogs:)

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chelsey @ clean eating chelsey October 6, 2010 at 9:55 am

You rock!

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Paige @ Two Runners And A Brown Dog October 6, 2010 at 10:01 am

Awesome, Jenna!

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Sarah October 6, 2010 at 10:03 am

Thanks so much for addressing this. A writer without a voice and an opinion is like a chef without a kitchen so I think you had no choice but to respond, and your response was fantastic.

Also thank you for acknowledging that the practice of recording everything you eat and every bit of exercise you do can be very unhealthy. I don’t think the Marie Claire article was fair to the “big 6″ but I think everyone is getting very defensive when the article has some valid points. Are we too obsessed with health and food? Is there too much pressure for perfection? Are people being glorified for their rigidness? These are the kinds of questions I wish the article had addressed.

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Karena October 6, 2010 at 10:08 am

Ditto everyone else’s comments…I see your blog as more of a food blog (gorgeous photos and recipes that usually have me drooling at my desk haha) and was pretty confused when I saw you grouped in with all the ‘healthy living blogs’. I love reading about your culinary adventures!

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Marci October 6, 2010 at 10:08 am

That was a great response, and your blog is definitely a food blog that I come to when I want the real deal of celebrating food. Hope to see you at Foodbuzz Fest!

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Megan C October 6, 2010 at 10:08 am

The Marie-Claire article was written so poorly. It appeared she had only read two the ‘big six’ bloggers. I can’t believe she attacked kerf, eatliverun, or carrotsncake blogs (the ones I read)…I’m so sorry. The article made the author sound jealous of the work you all are doing. I fight with body issues like all other girls and LOVE reading your blogs. You have inspired my food choices and my exercise choices. Stay strong and know that many people value sharing your life with us.

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Heather @ Side of Sneakers October 6, 2010 at 10:10 am

Bravo yay cheers! Encore! ;)

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polly October 6, 2010 at 10:10 am

LOVE.
XOXO

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Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) October 6, 2010 at 10:11 am

“Do I consider myself healthy? Sure I do. But I don’t want to be put on a pedestal.”–
I love that!!! And I love everything in your #1. About changing from 3 yrs ago til now, getting back to your culinary roots, about not teaching me how to make lowfat this or that or show me how you ran 12 miles before breakfast, but just show me that you can cook, that you love your life, that you love cooking and being in the kitch and inspiring me by virtue of just doing, just living, not by preaching or trying to hard to convince me you’re “healthy”. That is where it’s at for me.

I love your whole response/rebuttal but everything in #1 just rocks!

Stepping down from the Big 6 and also once you hit publish realizing your words are out of your hands, yes, also very noteworthy points.

Keep on doing your thing, Jenna!

:)

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Jessica October 6, 2010 at 10:19 am

Thank you for such a well-written response! I hadn’t read the article before now and even I felt hurt reading it (and I don’t even have a blog!).

Your blog, and the others’ blogs, are inspiring and motivational. They are not words to live by nor are they custom meal plans tailored to my needs and I’m happy with that. Everyone needs to find the eating and workout balance that fits them – your blog (and similar ones) have taught me this and have helped me make significant positive lifestyle changes.

Just remember that you are touching and changing lives in remarkable and positive ways. If people don’t like what they are reading, they can always stop and go somewhere else. The rest of us like you being here so keep up the great work!

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Megan October 6, 2010 at 10:19 am

Is this why you no longer post everything you eat?

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Erica October 6, 2010 at 10:27 am

Yes, I am still here and still reading and still loving what you do and who you are.

Yes, you rock.

Yes, I love ya :-)

xoxo

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Andrea October 6, 2010 at 10:29 am

Love it! I agree with everything that you just said. :)

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Moni's Meals October 6, 2010 at 10:32 am

you go Jenna! Stay true to yourself as you clearly do. Way to stand up sister! we got your back. ;)

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Camille October 6, 2010 at 10:35 am

I had no idea that you knew the author. That kind of puts things in to perspective!

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karen October 6, 2010 at 10:39 am

BTW… LOVE the new blog format. I really look forward to the recipes!

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Megan October 6, 2010 at 10:42 am

Best rebuttal I’ve read so far. Well said, sista.

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Dee October 6, 2010 at 10:42 am

Hear hear! :)

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tessa koch October 6, 2010 at 10:43 am

Marie Claire sent me to your website out of pure curiosity. I just want to say- I LOVE YOU!!!!! I love food more than just about anything and am always looking for that happy medium between constantly cooking and eating and trying to stay healthy. You are doing a wonderful job. Marie Claire was soooo wrong in the way they protrayed you. Please don’t let this article affect you in any way. You have a fan for life in me!!!

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R @ Learning As I Chop October 6, 2010 at 10:43 am

I have to say I really prefer your blog now that it’s about butter and cupcakes. I’ve also learned from it.

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Angela October 6, 2010 at 10:46 am

I was glad when you took your time to respond…and I am even more glad that taking that time led to this response here. That Marie Claire article was way off-base and I was truly disappointed when I read it. Of all the blogs out there, yours is the one I read for the very reasons you have posted here – it is a FOOD blog. Those browned butter chocolate chip cookies were some of the best damned cookies I ever made. I would not consider them “healthy,” nor would any other reasonably intelligent human being. Thank you for that, for your gorgeous inspiring photos and for constantly giving me reason to get in my kitchen and BAKE! :-)

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Kath October 6, 2010 at 10:48 am

Perfect response Jenna ;)

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Sarah (Oc2Seattle) October 6, 2010 at 10:50 am

They say all publicity is good. If anything, the article is probably going to end up driving more people to check out your blog – they may be disappointed when they find that your blog doesn’t fit the issues raised in the article but they’ll probably keep coming back for the recipes and fun.

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Kjirsten- Balanced Healthy Life October 6, 2010 at 10:51 am

Well said!

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Dom October 6, 2010 at 10:52 am

High five Jenna!
For those of us that READ your blog on a daily basis, we know why you write and what you represent. You remind us every day to celebrate, not just food, but LIFE as a whole in the most healthy, most balanced way. And you do it without ever really saying it.
We got your back, girl – you just keep being you.

And in case we don’t tell you enough, THANK YOU so much for site, your pics and your words. You are inspiring. and you brighten days. . .

Baci!

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Katherine October 6, 2010 at 10:54 am

A very considered and classy response; I expected nothing less of you.
I was very sorry to read how misrepresented you were in that article. You are doing a wonderful thing here, the more so because you haven’t been afraid to grow and change and admit that you’re not perfect and that you make mistakes like the rest of us.
Keep up the good work!

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Keri October 6, 2010 at 11:00 am

Loved this post Jenna! You rock girl!

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Noelle October 6, 2010 at 11:03 am

Jenna, you’re amazing. I’ve been reading your blog for a while and I love how it has evolved as you have evolved. Not to mention—in your defense—I had been struggling with both anorexia and bulimia when I began reading your blog 2 years ago. As of May 2010, I’ve been eating disorder “free” (doesn’t really go away, but you get better). Thanks for all that you do.

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Zerique October 6, 2010 at 11:04 am

You rock! i love your blog. and it is up to the blog reader to decide if bacon and cupcakes are healthy or not. Why does the article writer assume that you and other bloggers are solely respsonsible for peoples actions after reading your blogs. I made your chicken chili, which was quite awesome and I was completpely aware of the ingredients when I did so. I would never write back and say, “how dare you give me a recipe that contains fat!!!!!”
I love your blog!!!!!!! And your recipes!!!

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gina October 6, 2010 at 11:07 am

beautifully stated my friend <3

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Tara October 6, 2010 at 11:18 am

I love what your blog has become. It is so refreshing. You are just living and loving and it is so, so awesome. Congratulations on everything.

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lindsay October 6, 2010 at 11:18 am

love your blog!

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Tiffany (Stuffed with Fluff) October 6, 2010 at 11:21 am

What a wonderful, classy response.

(although, I have to be honest…I was a TAD disappointed when I saw the first breakfast picture and an amazing recipe or restaurant did not follow. haha, i kid! Thank you for all that you do! )

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elleneatsbeets October 6, 2010 at 11:22 am

I’ve been a reader for a few years, and I do have to say, I LOVE the direction you are choosing to take with your blog. It seems as tho you have come into yourself in the past year, and your blogs shows it! Your recipes are great, I always check your blog when looking for a recipe I know will taste great. Keep up the great work and KEEP EATING!! :)

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Richard October 6, 2010 at 11:29 am

Marie Claire is “old journalism”, and you’re “new journalism”, and it makes sense that they feel very threatened by bloggers. I don’t know the economics of their particular organization, but newspapers and magazines are going under every day, or are poised on the edge of going under. Advertisers are switching their allegance from old journalism to new journalism, and magazines/newspapers are doing everything in their power to stir up controversies, and readership. You, unfortunately, just happened to be in the crosshairs of one of these efforts. The best thing for you to do is to “be dignified”, ignore these little people who are only irritants at best, and then feel sorry for them when you read that they’ve been put out of business by the economics of the industry. Oh, and keep doing what you do so terrifically … giving wonderful stories about food and recipes, along with stirring photography and interesting personal stories.

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FloridaGirl October 6, 2010 at 12:35 pm

I think you hit the nail on the head! The article came off as very defensive- like a threatened animal backed into a corner. Not to mention the laugh out loud hypocrisy of a fashion magazine criticizing food bloggers! One minute they’re showing starving models and “how to drop 5lbs in a week”, the next they’re all the sudden rescuing women from unhealthy messages about food! It’s hysterical!

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Julie October 7, 2010 at 11:12 am

Lol, That’s what I saw too. It’s just bad journalism, and a little envy, like Katie Drummond is that girl in high school who was always a little jealous of you for winning home coming queen or something.

To be honest a few years ago I thought, when you were not eating meat or dairy, your “healthy lifestyle” lacked moderation, which I think is a really important component of a healthy diet. But you and your blog have grown a considerable amount since you started it and I don’t think that was acknowledged at all in the article.

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Heather Eats Almond Butter October 6, 2010 at 11:31 am

Very well put Jenna, and on this point, I could not agree more…Bacon makes everything better. :)

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Whitney @ Amuse Bouche October 6, 2010 at 11:33 am

Get it girl! I am sort of shocked they lumped you into that category, ive always thought of you as strictly a food blogger. anyway, screw em!

Whit

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Maureen October 6, 2010 at 11:34 am

An eloquent and classy response, bravo!

And as an aside I love the direction your blog has taken, and that you’ve returned a bit to your culinary roots.

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Kelly October 6, 2010 at 11:36 am

Truthfully, Jenna, the real reason why I love your blog so much is because it ISN’T a healthy living blog. I love to see your recipes for REAL food made with REAL ingredients. I do think that some of what the Marie Claire article said was true about some blogs and I had to stop reading other “healthy living blogs” because there was nothing healthy about the food, the exercise, or the mentality. Of the “Big 6″ I only read Tina’s and Caitlin’s and I think they are both the complete exception the what that article was all about. But I do see the point of the article and I can’t say that I disagreed with it. However, it did not change my opinion of you in the slightest. I think you are a real and true person and I love that you admit sometimes that your jeans are too tight, or that you gained weight since moving to CA…those are REAL admissions that only make you human and more lovable. Thanks for being you.

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Kristina @ spabettie October 6, 2010 at 11:37 am

HUZZAH ! for bacon. :)

yours is one of the HEALTHIEST approaches to life I have seen.

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MMiller October 6, 2010 at 11:41 am

Well said Jenna! I love your blog and your recipes! You have been an inspiration this past year and a half that I have been reading your blog! And I used whole cream in the creamy white chili! Life is too short to not give it everything you have!

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katie October 6, 2010 at 11:47 am

lovely response.

and as i was told rachel [wilkerson] via email the other day, i wish i lived near one of you two so i could come over for dinner and eat your amazing culinary creations on a weekly basis. i enjoyed your blog before, but now that the focus is on the food you create, i absolutely love it.

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Pierre October 6, 2010 at 11:49 am

I cook with wine, sometimes I even add it to the food. W.c fields.
Love your blog!

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Lauren October 6, 2010 at 11:59 am

Um, her article was horribly skewed. There must be some karmic repercussions for her clearly slanted journalism. Your blog is awesome, keep up the great work!

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Suzanne de Cornelia October 6, 2010 at 12:04 pm

OK, have to say this–because it relates & I never forgot the message. When I was about 12 dad & other execs at a major corporation left to start their own biz. Many accounts left with them. We lived in California but dad’s company was in Mo. with a plant in Mexico. He came home one day in his Brooks Brothers suit & into the kitchen holding up a newspaper.

“Suzie, look at this.” On the front page was a bold headline about their new company opening, how many it was employing, facts about dad & others. He was beaming. I was impressed, ‘Wow, dad!’ He turned to page #2 for another huge article that said they were all getting sued for taking all the clients away from the much larger company. ‘Oh, no, dad! Are you in trouble?!’

He laughed, ‘This is what you call free publicity.’

It was a cheap shot to betray you for what they knew would be a controversial piece with a large audience. After the initial ‘ouch’ wears off…..the best thing is not to let other opinions impact too much. It’s like handing the remote control to your life over to someone else. IMHO

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jaime October 6, 2010 at 12:04 pm

Love it! Keep up the hard work and great blog!

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Jessica @ This Blessed Life October 6, 2010 at 12:04 pm

I just read that article – WOW. I don’t read any of the other girls, but I do read you, and I’m SO sorry you were lumped in with such bad reporting. I genuinely see you as a well-rounded, *healthy* person. Thanks for being an inspiration and good for you for speaking out!

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amanda October 6, 2010 at 12:06 pm

I like your response. :) I love your blog and you really seem like you have the whole balance thing in your life going on.

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emma October 6, 2010 at 12:09 pm

you’re awesome, jenna!

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Rosey Rebecca October 6, 2010 at 12:10 pm

Jenna,

I am head over heels in love with your blog, your writing, your photos, and your personality.

Please keep doing what you’re doing. I’m being completely honest when I tell you that your blog is the only one I read every day without fail, no matter how busy I am.

Our personalities seem very similar, and I think you’re such a great person! I’d love to meet you!

Not only will you all get through this, you’ll come out stronger in the end.

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Brie October 6, 2010 at 12:11 pm

i love your blog because of how you celebrate the food you enjoy–not just eating it–but the whole process of creating and cooking. your blog is a very enjoyable read and presents a glimpse into your very balanced-looking life. :)

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Gabriele Agustini October 6, 2010 at 12:15 pm

If it hadn’t been for that article, I never would have found yours and the other ladies’ blogs!! Thank you to MC!! HA!!
Love your blog!! I’ll be back!

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Katherine @ Left Coast Contessa October 6, 2010 at 12:20 pm

You rock. I thought the article totally misrepresented what you blog is about. Also, trying to run two miles with your feel wrapped in moleskins, having to stop, and then crying isn’t disordered. I’ve been there. It happens. Love your blog. Don’t let the hater get you down.

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Alison October 6, 2010 at 12:23 pm

I love the way you live your life and how you aren’t going to let anyone bring you down. It’s very inspiring. Not only do I read your blog to find amazing recipes for food, but I also just love your writing style. Keep it up! :)

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Sonia October 6, 2010 at 12:29 pm

Love you and your writing..please ignore the nay-sayers and keep churning those awesome posts!

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Callina October 6, 2010 at 12:29 pm

I’m from the magazine world, and I kind of think that the MC article was a cheap attempt at boosting hits to their site. In this day and age, magazines are desperate to break into the buzz of the blogosphere, and they did it perfectly with this article, which at first glance is shoddy journalism at best. But they got tons of people talking–and clicking. Controversy –> Clicks –> Cash.

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Suzanne de Cornelia October 6, 2010 at 10:53 pm

That’s how I saw it–you said it better than I could.

It was so nakedly that kind of cheap ploy just skimmed. It was all blah, blah, blah, blah, blah . Then we come here & get the real meat. Bacon. With that wine/cupcake chaser. Yeehaw! ;)

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Natalia - a side of simple October 6, 2010 at 12:34 pm

<3 That.is.all.

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Deirdre October 6, 2010 at 12:45 pm

Well said. That article was below the belt for sure. However, you “Big 6″ and those that follow you all are better than that and can see beyond the negativity of her article. Hopefully she will take a step back and reflect after all the dust settles and see truly why she felt the need to attack and mislead.

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Sarah @ See Sarah Eat October 6, 2010 at 12:49 pm

Great post Jenna! Yours was the third food blog I ever read and I still love it :)

I like how you said yours is not a “healthy living blog” and it makes me wonder if that label is not right for me either. I certainly don’t want anyone reading my blog and doing exactly what I do, I just want to share my love of food, exercise and most recently veganism. Tempeh bacon makes everything better, hehe ;-)

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Nicole October 6, 2010 at 12:49 pm

Hey Jenna,

I have been reading your blog for almost 2 years but I’ve never commented actually you are one of the first blogs that I ever read. I just wanted to say that the “old” eat, live, run and the “new” eat, live, run have never potrayed any kind of disordered anything. As a matter of fact out of all the blogs mentioned I think you show how to enjoy food and life the best. Although, I do love all of the blogs mentioned and each one of them have inspired me to change something in my life. You have taught me that food is there for us to enjoy and seeing you use full fat cream and white flour has taken me out of my “I’ll start my diet on monday” routine because until I found food blogs I didn’t even know what real food meant (seriously).

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Ally October 6, 2010 at 12:54 pm

I have an eating disorder and I never would have started reading these healthy living blogs if I did not. I did notice that reading the blogs (particularly the ones that were more like food journals) everyday was making me way more obsessed with food and not helping me at all. Really, an eating disordered person needs to stop making food the primary focus of their life and, let’s face it, these blogs are hugely focused around food. However, having an eating disorder makes you attracted to the blogs because you are thinking about food all the time anyway. It’s kind of a double edged sword.

That said, I enjoy your blog and like you as a person. I feel like the way you convey your life goes beyond food so it’s almost like we know you. I also feel your blog is healthier for me than most and I enjoy it more now that you incorporate more of your travels, life in wine country and recipes/cooking love of food into it without getting into the nitty gritty details of how you workout/eat every day. I think it’s funnier now too!! I still enjoy seeing meals, but obviously you know what works for you and that might be different than what works for me so I don’t need to compare your breakfast/lunch/dinner everyday with mine.

I think the “this is what I did” and “this is what I ate” focus on perfect eating was unhealthy for me. Having a bite of three different cupcakes isn’t really a “binge/splurge” for me, eating three cupcakes more likely is – so it is hard to read things like that and not feel bad about yourself. Trying to eat perfectly all the time just seemed to make me slip up more because I started to feel bad about things I used to be okay with eating. But I had an eating disorder before I started reading blogs, it didn’t cause me to be obsessed – I already was! So I guess you can take this whole comment with a grain of salt, just wanted to give some of my thoughts.
For the record, I think you do a great job with your blog. I think you take great photos and convey your life in a very compelling way. I also appreciate your recipes, reviews and wine suggestions.

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Laura @ Backstage Pass to Health & Happiness October 6, 2010 at 1:07 pm

Well put, Jenna!

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stacey-healthylife October 6, 2010 at 1:17 pm

Well said, I agree. I also agree is time to move forward and we all know the truth.

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Paige October 6, 2010 at 1:19 pm

Great response Jenna :) Ps I just made your oatmeal scones. My boyfriend is going to be very happy when I meet him to study in 10 minutes & I have fresh baked goods. Thanks for all the effort you put into your fabulous blog!

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Andrea October 6, 2010 at 1:26 pm

That article was ridiculous and way off base. I’m glad you addressed it. Don’t let it drag you down…

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Jordan October 6, 2010 at 1:28 pm

Heck yeah Jenna!

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Sara October 6, 2010 at 1:41 pm

Jenna I have never commented before either but I wanted you to know how much I love your blog. I’m not much of a cook but I love food and I love to eat. Your recipes and the way you write them inspire me to get into the kitchen more and try things. Thank you for your inspiration and your amazing personality that always brightens my day.

Excellent rebuttal.

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Kristin (Cook, Bake and Nibble) October 6, 2010 at 1:48 pm

I applaud you on your candid, well thought out and in my opinion, very true response. I hope nothing happens to the whole food blogging community from this terrible article, I am so happy to be a part of it.

xo
Kris

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Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes October 6, 2010 at 1:52 pm

This is such a great and thoughtful post.

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Sara @ myfancytuna.blogspot.com October 6, 2010 at 2:04 pm

I love this post and I love the changes you’ve made to your blog. Your stories are hilarious, I love your witty sense of humor and the food you cook/bake ALWAYS looks delicious! I especially love all the Southern recipes you post on here, since I’m from the south and all.

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Vaala ? October 6, 2010 at 2:11 pm

Love your work. It is always guaranteed to make me laugh :)

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Elizabeth October 6, 2010 at 2:22 pm

Wonderful response Jenna! There will always be those people that strive to tear others down. It’s unavoidable so just keep doin’ your thang!

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Liz October 6, 2010 at 2:24 pm

Your blog rocks! Your recipes really make me want to expirement. I made your brown sugar buttercream frosting for my brothers chocholate birthday cake this weekend. My mom about blew a lid when she saw the three sticks of butter on the kitchen counter (health freak)…. but needless to say it was fun and one of the creamiest icings I’ve ever made! touche!!

Oh and in my opion, sausage makes everything better!! (but bacon is still good)

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Vicky @ eat live spin October 6, 2010 at 2:25 pm

I actually wrote to Joanna Coles about the article. I explained why I was so upset to read such a one-sided take… it would be ok if it was a story of the authors life, but it wasn’t. Joanna, surprisingly, wrote back. I can tell you, I will not buy Marie Claire again… and I will always think twice when I read any magazine article! I think your blog is inspiring and fun to read.

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Becca@ Start Over From Scratch October 6, 2010 at 2:27 pm

You always find the perfect way to say things!!! Very classy unlike a certain journalist! I love your food blog, and it helps me through culinary school everyday! I cried when my hollandaise broke and laughed when I thought of you doing the same! I think it’s time for another culinary school chronicles!

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gabriela October 6, 2010 at 2:30 pm

That article was just so ridiculous. And anyone that reads any (or all) of the blogs featured on the article knows how far from the truth that article was. None of the bloggers were portrayed the way I – and probably most people – portray them. I was so shocked! And honestly no one has a more positive and healthy attitude towards food than you. It just blew my mind when she stated that one day after running two miles, you couldn’t go any longer because your feet were blistered and therefore you broke down crying. Seriously, the author of that article is a jerk, because she obviously has been reading these blogs for months and knows what she wrote is far from the truth.

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Gretchen October 6, 2010 at 2:31 pm

You’re awesome! I love your blog and look forward to your positive up beat attitude and beautiful pictures when work and life have got me down. Keep being awesome!

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kat October 6, 2010 at 2:31 pm

I can’t agree with you any more!!

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Caitlin October 6, 2010 at 2:34 pm

I think your response is the best of the bloggers that I have read..thanks fotr sharing.

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pat October 6, 2010 at 2:37 pm

I think the article is right on about many food bloggers. I’m really sick of (and have stopped reading) blogs that have the front of a healthy lifestyle while they are living tortured, obsessed lives.

However, I’m not sure why you were lumped into the article.

I think I may also be in the minority that I liked your blog better before you made the switch to basically just posting recipes. your life was interesting because I truly believed you were living a balanced life.

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sarah October 6, 2010 at 2:49 pm

Since I was a teen I’ve struggled to grasp what my mother has always had as a philosophy for moderation, eating balanced meals but having the real ingredients in the right size portions (cream, butter, sugar, etc) and I’ve stayed away from the “unhealthy” ingredients for fear I might just blow up someday, but as I’ve been following ELR I am starting to understand and grasp it better. I’m getting a better appreciation for it, so thank you for sharing. And, I know that your blog has taken a new direction and the posts today are not like they were last fall, but that evolution is quite an art itself. You should leave them up and not feel like you have to defend it.

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sarah October 6, 2010 at 2:50 pm

oh and PLEASE keep going on amazing hikes and showing us the photos! I know it’s a food blog, but I think your photos of adventures are great!

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Heather October 6, 2010 at 2:50 pm

Well said, Jenna. Over at Hollaback Health, we actually discussed many of the points you brought up. Yes, people are going to do what they’re going to do. But, on the flip side, anyone can get this information and all bloggers should keep that in mind when writing and hitting ‘publish.’ I’m not calling out any of those ladies, but in the blogging community we need to remember that health does not always equal crazy exercise (I’m a trainer! I’ve been known to overdo it too!) and eating just the right amount of calories. It’s about balance and showing that balance doesn’t always equal working off every little indulgence, which you demonstrate wonderfully.

I commend you for the changes you’ve made to your blog and for being so much more honest and open in the past year. I’ve always enjoyed your blog, but even more so lately, because as a reader I feel that I know you and understand your mission (as much as one can without physically knowing you). I think it was unfair of MC to lump you into the same category, but I do appreciate the diplomatic stance you took in your response.

In short, keep blogging and doin’ what you’re doin’, girl!

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Christena October 6, 2010 at 3:02 pm

If I had never found ELR, I may never have tried browned butter chocolate chip cookies, goat cheese, almond butter, almond butter in oatmeal, spinach smoothies, and Amazing Grass!!! Yikes! What can I say? I’m impressionable! What I really love about your blog is that it inspires me to COOK real food — not just low-fat or fat free “healthy” things, but GOOD FOOD. It also inspires me to EAT fantastic food, especially at restaurants, instead of strictly ordering off of the low fat menu. In short, I would say my life has become more delicious because of your blog! :) I love that you don’t do the “food diary” style of writing anymore. I think Eat, Live, Run is better than ever!

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Alyson @ Your Nourished Life Blog October 6, 2010 at 3:15 pm

I think “food should be celebrated” sums it all up perfectly, and is exactly what your blog portrays every day.. just love it! :)

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Laura October 6, 2010 at 3:44 pm

I think that your stance on food is exactly the meaning of healthy eating. Bacon makes everything better, just don’t eat 6 lbs of it a day. It’s all about balance which you show to us loyal readers every day. Thanks for doing what you do!

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Jen October 6, 2010 at 4:36 pm

I read this blog because it promotes healthy foods and great recipes. I chose to read this blog over others because it doesn’t tell me I need to run 80 mpw and eat carrots all the time…you are right, there are a lot of those out there but this is definitely not one of them. Also, Katie should understand wanting to run through injuries…any runner, disordered eating or not, tries to run as much as they can for the shear love of the sport and the freedom you feel when out on the roads! Kudos Jenna, for all that you do and for your fantastic food recipes!!

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Julie October 7, 2010 at 11:20 am

I know! The running quote was taken completely out of context. Anybody who has trained for a race can relate to the frustration of not being able to do something that you love due to an injury.

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Marion October 6, 2010 at 4:38 pm

Longtime reader and love the direction ELR is going towards…. the Marie Claire article bothered me a ton, but I’m beginning to wonder if the editors directed her to spin the article in that negative fashion? Perhaps to drum up more site hits (read: attention) on their end since the “new journalism” of blogging is taking away business from the “old journalism” (as others have mentioned). I hate to think that someone you confided in would write such a slanted piece about you guys without pressure from the editors for a more controversial piece. Who knows…

Of course, speculation of that sort doesn’t do any good, in the end. Kudos to you for the way you’ve responded.

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Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down) October 6, 2010 at 5:01 pm

Perfect. You summed everything up in a short ‘n’ sweet kind of way, and I couldn’t agree more. :D

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Carlee October 6, 2010 at 5:04 pm

I agree! Food should be a celebration! rah! rah! Especailly if you are doing the cooking. All your recipies look so good. Keep it up. On bad article can not spoil the bunch when the bunch is this good.

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Caroline October 6, 2010 at 5:05 pm

Great response!!!! I love your blogs and will try 2 of your recipes next weekend (can’t wait).
I guess you can find a funny side into it is: that it is actually a Fashion magazine which pretty much opresses women to behave and be a certain way that complains about the blogs. Marie Claire and other magazines want us to be 6 ft tall and wearing a size 0 (of course), a fashion and sex expert and of course we have to be the perfect working mum as well. But why they should take the blame for making women feel less confident about themselves why not blame food bloggers instead?!!
This is totally insane.
I guess next I see a Marie Claire on a newstand I will think twice before buying it.

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katiek October 6, 2010 at 5:06 pm

I think you had one of the best responses to the article; of course not to knock on the rest of the big 6, as their response were equally as heart felt. I have enjoyed your blog for two years now and I have enjoyed watching the blog and ELR grow into who you are today. The article was unjust and misleading. The so called health blogs the author spoke of are nothing like yours or the big 6. The blogs that were written about are those dangerous slipperly slopes that may cause triggers in some. Those arent health blogs- theyre almost Pro-Ana. I adore you food blog and love to see your recipes that I drool over- Keep the fun up!

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Danielle October 6, 2010 at 5:10 pm

Kudos to you, Jenna.

P.S. Bacon makes everything worse ;)

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Met October 6, 2010 at 5:27 pm

Hmmm, this Marie Claire controversy = more (free) publicity for them! I think its rather cheeky of a magazine which often promotes borderline unhealthy body image (while pretending to promote the opposite), along with the so-called ‘cult’ of the celebrity, and is filled with pages of ‘how to buy more clothes/makeup/shoes/whatever to make yourself look/feel better’ is writing articles accusing others of doing the same thing!!! I think the article has some pretty cheap shot’s in there… lets put it this way, I stopped buying Marie Claire some time ago, and reguarly read this blog….
love your work jenna : )

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hemp jogger October 6, 2010 at 5:30 pm

i’ve said it before, but i LOVE your blog and philosophy, and what ELR has become. keep it up jenna :)

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Brittany (Eating Bird Food) October 6, 2010 at 5:30 pm

I’m late on this, but I just wanted to say I LOVE you!

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D October 6, 2010 at 5:35 pm

I’m very proud of you!!
D

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Kathryn October 6, 2010 at 5:41 pm

I truly enjoy your blog and love that you are going back to your culinary roots. I’m loving the recipes.

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Emma October 6, 2010 at 5:47 pm

I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t curious about whether you’d respond to the article, but I totally respected that you weren’t, as you’re right – your blog speaks for itself. At the same time, I’m equally happy that you DID respond, and so well and with so much love. It felt good to read.

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Brooke October 6, 2010 at 5:48 pm

I have never commented on your posts – even though I have been reading them for about a year now.

I look forward to your posts, your humor, your sassy-ness, your amazing pictures, and recipes to DIE for!

Your blog to me is someone posting how they live their life and is willing to share valuable information with others. Very brave!

I thank you for your heart, your culinary knowledge, and your thoughts. Please don’t let this drag you down too far. Have one of your chocolate chip cookies to rock your face and heart, and give Marie Claire the proverbial finger.

Oh – and GIG ‘EM AGGIES! Beat those Razorbacks!!!!

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Lacey @ Lake Life October 6, 2010 at 5:56 pm

I follow about thirty blogs and must admit that yours and Tina’s are my absolute favorites. As a reader I never feel preeched to or feel guilty about my food choices for the day because you make food fun! Keep it up :-)

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Celeste October 6, 2010 at 6:30 pm

I’m a fourteen year old girl, and you are SUCH an inspiration to be healthy and confident! thanks a billion

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Still Life in San Francisco October 6, 2010 at 6:34 pm

I read the article with an open mind, and I think is one of the most poorly written magazine pieces that I have ever read. And I don’t say this because I read three of the “Big Six,” but because it is completely overgeneralized and written to stir the pot rather than to present true controversy. She might have had a valid article if she could have found some blogs that truly represent a skewed approach to fitness and eating. Jenna rarely discusses fitness (as of late), and HTP is super balanced!

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Lily October 6, 2010 at 6:34 pm

Your recipies are super but I will not follow the herd on this one…..how can you go from eating so healthy(green smoothies, salads etc.) to pulled yucky pork, fried sausages and bacon…..that is just so extreme. Ewwww

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jenna October 6, 2010 at 6:37 pm

I hate to beat a dead horse, but how do you know exactly what I eat on a regular basis, since I don’t show my meals? I could still be drinking a green smoothie and eating hummus sandwiches for every lunch, for all you know….

Just a thought.

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Abby October 7, 2010 at 9:24 am

Now you’re beating dead horses and eating pulled pork? What happened to loving animals and drinking wheatgrass? If you don’t detail every second of your life, how can we judge you?

Some people have too much invested in the lives of other people. Just a (sarcastic) thought ;)

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Jessica @ Jessica Balances October 6, 2010 at 6:39 pm

Love this. I was a little surprised that your blog was mentioned in the article because it’s really not like the others at all and does not claim to be “healthy,” although I do think you have a very healthy attitude about food/eating! Clearly, the “journalist” did not do her research very well… But we all know that. Anyway, I realize you don’t need or require validation, but I really like what you’ve done with your blog and feel like you’ve really found your “voice” as a writer. :)

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jenna October 6, 2010 at 6:41 pm

I love this! I only recently started reading food blogs, and yours was the first of several that I keep up with now. To me, the best part about your blog is that it does celebrate food, but not in a gluttonous way. You love food and want others to love it too, all while keeping moderation in mind. It’s a great inspiration to other young women who also want to enjoy life and stay healthy.

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Stephanie Reusch October 6, 2010 at 6:48 pm

Hi Jenna,

Clearly, some people just don’t understand the nature of foodies. Your post is amazing, and I know that poorly conceived article won’t stop you from blogging your foodie heart out. I’m studying to be a dietitian, and I absolutely love reading your blog everyday. Simply put: You eat. live. run. And that’s how it should be.

Amen for bacon ;)

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sarah k. @ the pajama chef October 6, 2010 at 6:51 pm

awesome jenna. simple. wise. you said alot. thanks :)

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Tabitha (From Single to Married) October 6, 2010 at 6:54 pm

just wanted to say that I’m fairly new to your blog and as a new reader, I don’t feel like I was under any illusions that this was a “healthy” blog. Yes, the title suggests that there is some aspect of “running” involved in your life. But a quick glance at the food you feature and it’s obvious that it’s not necessarily a health-related blog but a blog about good food, plain and simple. And I, for one, enjoy it just as it is!

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Leesa October 6, 2010 at 6:55 pm

I am a 50 yr. old mother of four young adults and I love to read your blog. Your excitement about food preparation and eating is contagious and I have tried several of your recipes lately. Sadly, at 50 I cannot eat all the lovely things that you do without gaining weight, even though I exercise daily. But I enjoy reading about your food experiences and remembering what it was like to be in my twenties. I’ll give you the same advice I tell my own kids. When someone says something nasty about you, most of the time they are just jealous!

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Mika October 7, 2010 at 7:36 am

Great motherly advice – I agree 99% of the time jealously is driving the negativity!

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Diana @ frontyardfoodie October 6, 2010 at 7:02 pm

Thanks for rising above and reacting like this. It’s really encouraging. I was also shocked when I read the article but mostly because of exactly what you said…..it seemed she acted all ‘buddy buddy’ with you ladies and then completely blind-sided and betrayed you. So low.

I love your blog:)

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Jae October 6, 2010 at 7:23 pm

Go Jenna :)

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Chase @ The Chase Project October 6, 2010 at 7:38 pm

Jenna, I love your blog. I feel like you channel the spirit of Julia Child in your love of food. Food is a wonderful thing and I really enjoy your perspective on it: that it’s not some crazy evil thing, but rather a source of enjoyment from so many different perspectives. Don’t stop what you’re doing =)

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Lea @ Healthy Coconut October 6, 2010 at 7:49 pm

I read your blog because it’s fun and there’s always fun stories behind a cookie or cupcake.

“I just want to EAT”! period.

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Jillian @ Reshape Your Life October 6, 2010 at 8:01 pm

Jenna, I love your blog and the recent changes because it shows that you can be healthy and balanced (because you can obviously tell in pictures how great you look) while still eating delicious food!

And I love that I know nothing about cooking or baking and you inspire me to get in the kitchen and make some homemade rolls or pies from scratch!

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luce October 6, 2010 at 8:07 pm

confession: you were my first food blog. haha :) and i just wanted to say, i found it looking for a oatmeal recipe.

my point is, people read these blogs in their spare time. I follow around 3 blogs, and i check them while i eat afternoon tea, along with the daily celebrity sites i read and my email. if i’m bored i’ll go into the comments and click on a link to another blogger. i think marie claire had a few reasonable points and them completely magnified them to the exclusion of the positive things about food blogs.

food blogs are fun ! :) i don’t compare myself to what bloggers eat or do. food is personal. food is a reflection of my culture and upbringing. but its interesting reading about other peoples life experiences. so i think the attacking tone of the article is really unfair.

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Toronto Girl West October 6, 2010 at 8:32 pm

What an even keeled and fair response you wrote!

Honestly, I’ve been reading your blog for years and you come across as totally well balanced. You exercise and you’re fit but that doesn’t define you. It also doesn’t stop you from indulging in some spectacular food.

In fact, I daresay that over the last while your blog has far become my favourite! :)

BTW – when is your book coming out?

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Ingrid October 6, 2010 at 9:21 pm

thank you for your blog jenna! after i started reading your blog about a year and a half ago, i started really looking at what i was eating and feeding my family. i love that you don’t ONLY cook up healthy, healthy, healthy, food, but that you are REAL and BALANCED and have a passion for real GOOD food… including butter and bacon! but that you also exercise. it is all about balance and knowing where your food is coming from and what’s in it. I LOVE the turn your blog has taken by the way, much more fun to read than ever before :o) kudos to you.

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Marika October 7, 2010 at 3:59 am

Good response, Jenna. It makes me sad that you felt betrayed by an article written by somebody you know and trusted.

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J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) October 7, 2010 at 5:51 am

I like your response! Clear and concise, leaving little room for negative interpretation. I agree, there are many “healthy living” blogs that fit the description of the article, but not the 6 bloggers in that article.

There’s so many definitions of healthy that it’s hard to make everyone happy. What’s important is, if you are blogging about YOUR life, to be true to yourself. If it helps or inspires others, great. If not, it’s not in your control.

I’m in the club of an evolving blog. First I started out as weight loss and calorie-counting, but now I’ve graduated to new levels and I have to change my blog format for myself, not for anyone else. Chapters open and close all the time, such is life. :D

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Nicola (Pointy Pix) October 7, 2010 at 5:56 am

I actually only found you thanks to Cakiebelle’s blog and her response to the Marie Claire article which I hadn’t actually read. I was intrigued enough to go on to each of your blogs to find out if there was any truth to the story. I now follow your blog because I find you interesting and I love food . I’m not interested in excercise addicts as I am not one myself if I can make myself be healthy along the way so much the better but I fall off the exercise wagon as often as I jump back on and so wouldn’t want to read about some smug exercise junkie running for 6 hours a day. Your blog isn’t like that and anyway, the upshot is, thanks to Marie Claire I imagine you have a whole heap more followers than you did before as like me people can make up their own minds about what they read on the internet!
I salute you and your photos are making me hungry!!

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Gail October 7, 2010 at 6:20 am

Hello Jenna, I have not commented on your blog before, but follow it regularly. I find the article to be very one-sided and does not look at your whole blog. I can not comment on the other bloggers as i do not follow them, but i imagine she did the same to them as well. I think they underestimate a woman’s intelligence and understanding of their body. Most are not looking for someone to emulate, but just to be entertained. I love that you are not on the band wagon of crazy diets that don’t work, people should eat what they like, just not too much of it. I think you have found a good balance between exercise and eating well and will continue to evolve as you grow. Don’t let it get you down, you were just an easy target for a stupid article.

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Allison October 7, 2010 at 6:53 am

I’m glad you responded. I read the article over the weekend and was shocked, to say the least, and slightly angered. While I don’t read the others’ blogs, I have been following yours for awhile. I think the negative portrayal of your blog was completely off base because, to me, it’s a place for people who are passionate about cooking and living a great life to come together and share ideas. I’ve been mulling over a letter to Marie Claire about the article because it makes me doubt the integrity of a magazine I subscribe to each year. I mean, what if every article has such an unrealistic slant? Perhaps nothing I have read in there the last 5 or so years has been completely accurate? Either way, I will continue to follow your blog; it’s a bright spot in my work day and a great place to find cool, easy-to-follow recipes. Keep up the great work!

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Kristen October 7, 2010 at 7:00 am

I just want to say this – you have inspired me to bake! I use your recipes and have awed my family. My boys love to help me, my friends are impressed…so THANK YOU for continuing to inspire.

Bacon and butter do make everything better!

I’m thrilled with the new direction of real foods, in moderation. THANK YOU.

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Catherine October 7, 2010 at 7:45 am

I only found your site because I read the Marie Claire article, and was curious to see what all the fuss was about. Having now seen for myself I don’t understand how the article can have got your blog so wrong. I’ve bookmarked it and will be back soon! Please don’t be discouraged,

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Charise October 7, 2010 at 8:46 am

Jenna, I just wanted to say that since you’ve changed the focus of your blog to be more just food-love-focused (recipes, restaurant meals, etc.), I am enjoying your blog more than when it was a daily food and exercise journal type blog.

And I do think it is sad that the Marie Claire article was so one-sided. Of course there are people with eating issues who can use healthy lifestyle blogs to go to the extreme, but that is a personal problem, not a bloggers’ responsibility to prevent. That’s like saying really overweight people who read blogs full of delicious but really caloric/nonnutritional meals can blame their issues on those bloggers. Grr.

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Elise October 7, 2010 at 9:10 am

If you truly believe bacon makes everything better…

You should check out Baconfest (http://baconfestchicago.com/) in Chicago every April. 12 course feast…every dish includes bacon in some way, shape or form — from some of the best chefs in the city. Just sayin,’ ‘cuz its like heaven on earth.

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kate October 7, 2010 at 9:25 am

Youre amazing.

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Ozlem October 7, 2010 at 9:32 am

I do like yor blog and Kath’s blog and Heather’s blog and I visit them as often as I can. I do not, however, appreciate that people embark on selling stuff or promoting stuff on their blogs purely to make money. Somehow it just seems unethical to me. Like the open sky etc. Therefore I do not buy stuff from there. However, many times I will buy something in the store that I see that you liked and the results vary. It is all good though.
I think we have an obesity/overweight epidemic in this country not the other way. So I do not agree with the MC article either. Thanks.

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Melissa October 7, 2010 at 9:49 am

Of all the blogs discussed in this article, I was surprised the most to see yours and HangyPants among them. I love the new format of your blog. And, as a PR professional, I’m glad you broke your silence.

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Ashley October 7, 2010 at 11:33 am

Thanks for writing so openly and candidly about this. I agree with you on the state of some food blogs out there… and also agree that it is up to the individual to make the choice that is right for them.

I adore your blog and applaud you for your strength in the journey you have gone through. I love seeing your food pictures, even if I won’t be making any of the dishes! They are beautiful works of culinary art!

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Vanessa October 7, 2010 at 12:05 pm

So true! Love your blog!

I think a well rounded lifestyle is the best, food is defiantely a part of the circle.

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Liz October 7, 2010 at 12:40 pm

Brother! I only just saw that article, and I can’t believe it. It seems really hypocritical for Marie Claire to run and article like that, anyway… wouldn’t “vulnerable” readers of that magazine potentially become obsessed by appearance and weight, based on some of what they include in their magazine? You can’t be responsible for what readers do. I also didn’t quite understand the point about how your disclaimer for eating-disordered women implies sick women read your blog. I’m not sure where the author was trying to go with that.

I love your blog. You’re obviously fit and healthy, and some of your recipes are really healthy, but you throw butter (and bacon!) in frequently. You’re about eating well, in the full sense of that word – reasonably healthily but also GOOD food. You exhibit a real zest for life which is really in contrast to any unhealthy weight-obsessed bloggers.

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Patty October 7, 2010 at 1:22 pm

Team Jenna!

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Leticia October 7, 2010 at 8:38 pm

Jenna, I began reading your blog this summer and it has become part of my daily routine. I am in graduate school right now, working on my MS in clinical nutrition on my way to becoming a registered dietitian and I was thrilled to read a blog that not only featured delicious food, but also celebrated food’s greatest purpose: to nourish us body AND soul. I think that as a nutrition expert I would be doing a disservice to my patients by ignoring the sheer bliss that can be experienced by a well plated dish full of vibrant color and flavors. To loosely paraphrase Michael Pollan’s In Defense of Food, a meal is more than the sum of its parts (carbohydrate, protein, fat). Would it be responsible to prescribe a diet of butter, bacon, and white bread 100% of the time? Absolutely not. Can these ingredients be incorporated (in moderation) into a healthy diet and lifestyle? Absolutely yes. You are a breath of fresh air; life is too short not to enjoy a brownie or a glass of wine every once in a while.

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Marcia @Frugal Healthy Simple October 8, 2010 at 6:10 am

Right On!

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MelanieF October 8, 2010 at 7:53 am

Love the way you’re going with your blog. I didn’t use to read your blog all that much, because I didn’t sense it was really you. But now, WOW Jenna! I come here for the recipes and the fact that you do eat real food (butter anyone?).

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Jodie October 8, 2010 at 3:44 pm

Well said.

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Aimee October 8, 2010 at 4:10 pm

Jenna, I’ve been reading your blog for almost a year now. I’ve never commented before, mostly because I’m just a little shy like that. But. Your blog is great, your spirit is awesome, and I’m happy to see so many people letting you know that. To be honest, I may never have visited the other blogs listed in the MC article otherwise, but I’m glad that I did. They’re all on my Reader now. I feel article is sensationalist at best. It’s a shame that such a serious and important topic wasn’t discussed with the respect and truth that it deserves. It was used instead to make a catty, unhelpful and inherently obtuse observation.

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Ann October 8, 2010 at 5:22 pm

What a shitty article. The author needs to have that rag she writes for shoved up her ass. Give me a break…none of the big six look like the are starved and dying to me. Jealous bitch. Keep on Jenna, we love you.

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SharonyintheSunshine October 9, 2010 at 8:55 am

Jenna, I can already see that you have a TON of devoted fans and followers, however I feel compelled to throw my two cents in as well. I believe you may appreciate knowing that I found your blog BECAUSE of the Marie Claire article (I have a passion for magazines similar to your passion for food), and have since (in the past two days) become a huge fan of your writing and your blog! I researched the blogs out of curiousity and because I am a health nut with a foodie on the side. While the Marie Claire article may have made a valid point regarding other blogs, it is obvious they were offbase commenting on the Big6. It only takes 10 minutes viewing any of the blogs mentioned to see the intention of health and positive self image. Just know that you have another fan because of the magazine. I may never have come across your blog without the reference. And I quickly found your blog to be uplifting and beautiful to the eye. Your character (you I guess!) is magnetic. You have another fan! Keep up the great work! Sharon

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Molly October 10, 2010 at 12:59 pm

Please know that a registered dietitian reads your blog and makes your recipes.

FYI:dietitians don’t attack people like the author of that article did despite us being the true food police :)

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Alissa October 20, 2010 at 12:57 pm

Hi Jenna,

I have to say I stopped reading most of the “Big 6″ blogs including yours after reading all the recaps of the Healthy Living Sumiit. While I love both running & food, I was sick of the 3x’s per day food posts and everyone seemed so concerned about weight and worried if they missed a workout. Even though no one claimed to be an “expert” about food or fitness many come off that way in the way they write.

Anyways, I saw the Marie Claire article recently and clicked through some of those blogs. While her article was way out of context, she did make some vaild points and I don’t think you should have been included as your blog has changed so much. It was very refreshing to see that yours has completely changed from when I used to read it. I guess if nothing else. this article has won you back an old reader! Keep up the good work and congrats on the book deal!

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ljb December 8, 2011 at 2:26 pm

Jenna! where is that blazer from in the second to last picture? want it!

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Candy December 8, 2011 at 7:33 pm

I only discovered your blog a couple of months ago and love it. I’m a runner, and initially, the name intrigued me. And then….you sucked me in with all wonderful recipes and beautiful pictures! I have thoroughly enjoyed your Great Grandmother’s recipes and your commentary on them. Brownies with prunes….haha!

I’ve never read Marie Claire so I don’t know if they’re like other women’s fashion magazines. But if they are, they have the same regurgitated articles from year to year and the Photoshopped images have created a majority of the body images problems that American women & girls deal with on a daily basis. That’s why I quit reading them.

Since your a recent add to my feed, you’re closer to the bottom. I could move you to the top but you’re kind like the dessert on my blog list. Saving the best for last!!

P.S. I must know what that dessert is that your holding in the Happy Birthday post. Please tell me that you’re posting about it soon!!!

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