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by Meghann on October 4, 2010

I debated how I was going to respond to this and in the end decided honesty was the best policy. Here goes nothing.

An article came out this weekend that Kath, Heather, Caitlin, Jenna, Tina,  and I  have been on the look out for a couple of months now. We had a feeling it wasn’t going to be pretty and we were bracing for the worst. 

You see we were all contacted by the author, Katie Drummond, last February.

Hi Meghann,
I’m writing a feature for Marie Claire on blog-world culture, particularly how a woman can take a personal blog and turn it into a profitable venture.
I’m trying to figure out how healthy living bloggers earn money, and how much, from:
-FoodBuzz
-Food companies (in sponsorship, and free products)
-Deals to promote a food or product on the blog; or review it
-Sponsorship for events (like HLS)
You seem very honest with your readers, when a company sends you something free or asks you to review it. I thought you’d be a good person to ask how it all works, and how much the most popular bloggers are able to earn. I won’t quote you saying how much *you* specifically make, I know that’s private, but whatever details you can offer on your own blog, or more generally, would be great. And for blog newbies, how can they start getting products to test, review, enjoy?
Best,
Katie

Seemed innocent enough, right? A few simple questions on how a person can turn blogging ‘into a profitable venture.’ I’d be happy to help.

I agreed and she e-mailed me the first set of questions.

-How much does FoodBuzz pay bloggers? I’ve heard $3/1000 page-views before. For someone with your kind of traffic, that sounds like a lot of money, right?

I know that Foodbuzz payments range anywhere between $X CPM and $X CPM. I signed on early and was able to secure $X CPM with my blog. At first it did not seem like much, but as my blog has grown I’ve come to appreciate the $X CPM payments. With the over 350,000 hits my blog gets per month it adds up to a nice bit of spending money.

-How did it work getting money for the Summit? How much did companies offer, and what costs did you manage to cover?

Since it was our first year putting on the Healthy Living Summit, we had to reach out to the companies for support. We contacted all of our favorite companies and pitched an event where bloggers and readers would come together to discuss staying fit, eating well, and being happy. All of the companies were great with wanting to support our effort. We were able to raise $15,000 which covered the whole event.

-Then what about actual products? Tina was saying she sometimes does "projects" for certain companies, like paid promos. I was wondering whether that’s just her, or more common, and how someone can get those jobs? Also, how much they pay, approximately?

I’ve never been paid to review a product on my blog or to plug a company. They will contact me with a product they would like me to sample and I will give my honest opinion on the blog. There are some cool things that come up like the event with Electrolux where they will cover my travel costs, but I was never handed a paycheck and the event was for a great cause that I would have supported anyways.

-And what about freebies? How much free stuff do you get, and how can a blogger get out there and start getting some? Do companies come to you?

When I first started blogging I solicited companies for samples, but it got to be too much. Now I wait for companies to find me. I probably have 2 or 3 companies a week e-mailing me and asking me to review stuff on the blog or to conduct a giveaway. I think companies know what they are looking for and if they see a good blog that fits their product then they know its in their best interest to get the word out there through them.

-How much, overall, do you think a "popular" blogger (like you) can make in a month, if they play their cards right?

I wouldn’t call my blog too popular. I know there are way better blogs out there than mine that gather enough traffic to make a good living off of. I on the other hand look at the blog as my ‘fun’ money that supports all my passions I blog about like all the organic food, my running, and traveling. I think a blog of my size could easily make a thousand dollars a month.

Then came the second round of questions

-When did you start your blog, and how do you compare your traffic then to now? How much has the site grown?

I started The Inner Workings of a Colllege Graduate in September of 2008 and I remember being excited to have 50 readers that first weekend. My traffic was really small back then, but I kept plugging away and saw my stats increase with each week. Before I knew it I was gathering 1000 views per day, then 2000, and now I easily receive 15,000 views per day.

-How do the athletic goals of other bloggers fuel your own? Do you think you push yourself to take new risks more often, because of the endeavors you see in the community?

I try not to let the athletic goals of other bloggers fuel what I want to accomplish. If a local blogger were to register for a local race, I may be inclined to register it as well, but that would simply be because I know I would have the company. I do admit it wasn’t for all the blogs I read, I would never have been inspired to run my first marathon. I kept reading about all these women who were just like me that were able to run this great distance. If they could do it, then I knew I could accomplish that goal as well!

-How do you handle the balance between concern and support with bloggers who aren’t displaying healthy habits? When VeggieGirl had to stop reading blogs, it elicited a major response. But it seemed like a lot of bloggers knew she was struggling — do you think it’s part of the community’s "job" to intervene? I guess it’s just hard, given that we’re online rather than in-person. It sort of creates a different dynamic. I was hoping you could comment on that.

Truthfully none of us blog about every aspect of our lives and we do try to keep some parts private. There is always a missing piece to the story where speculation tends to come into play. Sure there are times when concern may be appropriate, but I know from my past experience that people generally jump to conclusions on what they really know nothing about. Its better just to show support and know that the blogger is making the choices that are right for them.

This is where things started to smell fishy.

After the two rounds of e-mail questions she requested a phone interview this past April. I again agreed expecting much of the same type of questions, but was thrown for a loop when she started in on me with what felt like a personal attack.

She immediately questioned me on people who read my blog who might develop eating disorders. She questioned the Healthy Living Summit. She asked about my period (I promise to do a separate post on this later). She asked my opinion on fellow bloggers. She asked any and everything. I was left shocked, scared, and completely unprepared. I stumbled through the answers and immediately e-mailed my blogging friends to hear we all had similar experiences.

What did we do? We played nice.

We sat back and waited. One by one our Healthy Living Summit Sponsors informed us they had been contacted by the magazine, as well as Caitlin’s book editor.

Finally, right before the 2010 Healthy Living Summit, Katie sent us an e-mail asking if she could attend this year’s summit. We all agreed. We knew the article was painting an unrealistic picture of our blogging world and we wanted to prove to her that this wasn’t what our blogging community is about. Our community is about acceptance, it’s about love, it’s about being healthy and living everyday to the fullest. This is what the Healthy Living Summit is about and this is what we wanted to show her.

She came and we all met her face to face. She was so sweet in person and knew a lot about all of us, talking to each of us like she was a fan of our blogs. We encouraged her to mingle. We encouraged her to listen to the positivity around her. And we encouraged her to participate in everything.

That was it.

I received an e-mail from Katie congratulating us on a successful event with a couple of last minute questions. In the reply I sign off with the following message:

I have to admit I’m a little nervous in seeing the finished article. The other girls I’ve spoken with have said they were contacted by fact checker on quotes and stuff, so I’m assuming I’m not quoted. I just don’t want to see this community that I love ripped apart. My trust is in your hands.

-Meghann 

When the article start surfacing online yesterday I was at Disney World eating my way around the world showcase with my sister. Chelsea was kind enough to forward a PDF version of the article through e-mail and on the bus ride back to our cars, my sister and I read the article aloud to each other.

My first response? Shock!

Second? Anger

Third? Self Pity

I had to sit back and let it sink in. This wasn’t a friendly look into how to turn blogging into a ‘profitable venture’ this was an outright attack on all six of the bloggers who started the Healthy Living Summit! The big six? Please! We’re all normal girls who decided to come together to plan an event, not once did we think of ourselves as the ‘big six’ nor have we heard ourselves referred to as such.

The article takes everything good about our blogs and throws it down the toilet. What happened to being objective? What happened to telling both sides of the story? What happened to all the good we’ve done?

Katie was at the Healthy Living Summit. She watched as blogger after blogger expressed how much healthy living blogs had changed their lives for the positive. She listened as Katie from Sweet Tater Tot gave her beautiful speech on how Kath’s blog changed her disordered view of eating for the better. How she now believes in real food and lives a happier, fuller life because of it.

I could go back and personally defend every little detail of the post that was a attack against me, but I feel like that would be a waste of breath. Everyone who reads my blog knows that everything was taken out of context. I’m not a girl that starves myself or encourages people to starve themselves. I eat. You see that I eat! I’m not this crazy exercise girl who pushes herself to death. Ok, so I may be a tad bit crazy, but not to the extremes they portray. I mean, sure running a 5k, 15k, and full marathon in the same weekend sounds crazy – and it is – BUT, it’s also being crazy with the 5,000 runners who also took on the same challenge! I wasn’t doing it alone out there.

I need to take a breath.

Thank you for all of the countless amounts of tweets, e-mails, facebook messages, and love the past two days. Your opinions are the ones that really matter, you are the ones I blog for, and you are the ones that inspire me everyday. Maybe if we show Marie Claire there’s another side to ‘Healthy Living Blogs’ besides what is mentioned in the article, then maybe they will reprint an article that is both fair and objective and shows BOTH sides of the story. Not just that we encourage eating disorders, but how about how we inspire others everyday?

Three years ago I was overweight. I didn’t run, I ate too much, and I was lonely. I started running. I learned to cook, ate what was good for my body, and I started reading blogs. I learned how to make friends and I learned to love life.

My cousin posted a link to this post on Facebook last night with this message:

“Meghann, you should read this. A really cool blogger wrote this and inspired many.”

Maybe, Marie Claire needs to read that post as well. That post paints the portrait of the real me, not the one the article is trying to create.

I plan to write a letter to the editor and I encourage everyone to do the same. Let’s get both sides of the story out there. Marie Claire wanted a story, so let’s give them one. The real version this time.

You can contact the editor of Marie Claire via e-mail at joannacoles@hearst.com

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1 Carly (Swim, Run, Om) October 4, 2010 at 9:49 am

Meghann, thank you for being so honest. I feel so, so badly for you, Heather, Caitlin, Tina and Jenna – but, you know what? At the end of the day you have an amazing boyfriend, a job you obviously love, a supportive family, and (yes) a popular blog. Thousands of people are in your corner. I know it is all still raw now, but soon enough this will be just a very minor blip on your radar. Much <3 being sent your way.
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2 Carly (Swim, Run, Om) October 4, 2010 at 9:49 am

Oh, and Kath. Sorry I left her out!
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3 Nicole of Raspberry Stethoscope October 4, 2010 at 9:49 am

Thank you for the honesty. I think the article is completely ridiculous and obviously viewed from someone who came to the table already with the goal in mind of portraying blogs as negative that affect body image. She warped what people said and do probably from the beginning to fit this little agenda. I don’t get it because obviously you’re not some emaciated girl who doesn’t eat or exercises compulsively. You eat real food, you are an athlete that competes in marathons!! This article is stupid. Exactly why I do not read magazines. If Marie Claire really cares about body image, perhaps they will stop featuring unhealthy, emaciated models?
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4 Tami October 4, 2010 at 9:49 am

sometimes in life, you can sit is the crap that people say about you or you can rise above it-i know you will rise above. when push comes to shove, you will stand at the starting line next weekend and have an awesome and enlighten all your readers on a daily basis.

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5 Heather @ Side of Sneakers October 4, 2010 at 9:49 am

Wow hearing exactly what happened suddenly makes me think entirely different of the article. Obviously I think she was completely wrong in attacking YOU and the other girls, but I understand that SOME blogs can talk about abnormal behavior. If she wanted to talk about abnormal behaviors & blogs, she should have chose different bloggers and a different approach. However, I’m completely appalled that she told you she was writing an article about blogging and profit- that’s not at ALL what she wrote about, and that’s so dishonest. She ruined your trust in journalism, and flat out lied to you. I can’t imagine how that makes you feel. How do you tell someone you’re not going to share how much they make and then do just that? Sorry you had to go through this, but I’m sure you’ll get tons and tons of support from all the people that read your blog and know better :)
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6 Michelle October 4, 2010 at 9:50 am

Wow, I can’t believe this. Why would she want to portray the healthy living blogs this way? Must be some extreme insecurity or something. That is awful.

I love the “big six” …lol. <333
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7 Amanda October 4, 2010 at 9:53 am

This was really well written, Meghann. I hope Marie Claire reads this and everyone else’s responses and sees how irresponsible they were in trusting this reporter and printing this story.
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8 Naomi(onefitfoodie) October 4, 2010 at 9:54 am

wow. I cannot believe this article I just read it via someones tweet that posted in in a PDF format. Its gross, fabricated and just makes me sick to think that you and the other women mentioned are portrayed in a negative light. You are an inspriration to so many and have helped so many people. She has no ide what is coming her way

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9 Katie @ Healthy Heddleston October 4, 2010 at 9:55 am

I’m glad you wrote this Meghann. It is great to see how you responded and then how it sounded in her article. I’m sure many people will appreciate your honesty as well.
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10 Emily October 4, 2010 at 9:55 am

… that was a wonderfully written response, Meghann. I’m proud of you for keeping your class. Stay strong!

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11 Shannon, Tropical Eats October 4, 2010 at 9:55 am

we’re all behind you Meghann!
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12 Nina October 4, 2010 at 9:57 am

Such a terrible, terrible article. As a former journalist, I’m outraged at the misrepresentation of the six bloggers. You girls are doing great things and inspiring lots of women to make healthy choices. I am inspired by each of you everyday. I have already written a letter to the editor (i used jcoles@hearst.com) and I sincerely hope you girls all receive a public apology. I’m so sorry you all have to go through this, but I know you will all come out of this stronger people.

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13 Heather October 4, 2010 at 9:57 am

Honestly, I think this article pointed out a lot of good points that people in our community are afraid to admit. I think there is a lot of disordered thoughts in these blogs, and a lot of self-comparison that goes on that some of these bloggers may not be aware of. When it seems like girls are under-eating and over-exercising, there’s a problem, and it’s not healthy. I know you are defensive about this, and I can definitely see why, but at the same time, please try and look at it from the other side. I know certain people that read your blog and are triggered….sorry if that hurts, but it’s the truth, and I had to say it. With that said, I really hope you can put this article in the past and learn from it.

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14 Nina October 4, 2010 at 10:55 am

So, what is Meghann to do, if someone with an ED is triggered by her blog? Could that person also be triggered by, say, a virtual weight loss tool on Marie Claire’s own website? Victoria Beckham on the cover? There HAS to be a level of personal responsibility, and it’s unfair to expect bloggers to only publish things that are “safe” for everyone in the world to read. Different people are triggered by different things. I know that Meghann and the other “big 6″ (i’d like to meet anyone who has ever used this term) are extremely sensitive to materials that they post, and are well aware of the fact that there may be people with eating disorders reading their blogs. To say or think anything otherwise is ridiculous.

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15 katie October 4, 2010 at 7:25 pm

and yet there is an outcry on these blogs when companies- for example, was it the gap that had some sort of stupid advertising scheme about being too fat for shorts, that led to a discussion on HTP?- push a certain image towards young women, screaming that they need to take responsibility for the message they are pushing. So how are these blogs any different? It would be nice if more of these blogs took some responsibility for the message- misinterpreted as it is- that they send.

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16 Nina October 4, 2010 at 8:56 pm

The gap advertisement was a totally different matter. That was an offensive ad that said that women who aren’t skinny shouldn’t be wearing shorts. I fail to see how that compares with Meghann posting her food and exercise habits on her personal blog. I don’t think anyone was asking Gap to take responsibility for the ad, I think people were saying that was a poorly thought out advertisement which could lead women to think they are too fat to wear gap shorts. The difference is that someone has to decide to click on Meghann’s blog, to seek it out even. The Gap is an ENORMOUS worldwide corporation which is forcing a certain body image. It’s pull vs. push.

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17 JO October 4, 2010 at 2:54 pm

I agree with Heather. I know it is hard to take what people say about you as an attack. But really, you guys do portray everything that is said. You show us your meals, you tell us your routines. You are opening yourself up to the world and you have to look at her article as someone who doesn’t share your views. Look at it as a new starting point.

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18 Stefani October 4, 2010 at 3:08 pm

It is the readers responsibility to either avoid content that might trigger them or learn how to get past it, not the bloggers. It is the bloggers perogotive to post what they want, it is their blog and their life after all. What exactly is she to learn from this, not to trust journalists?

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19 Courtney October 4, 2010 at 6:46 pm

When you’re in the throes of an eating disorder, you don’t AVOID triggers, you SEEK them.

It isn’t Meghann’s job to censor herself at all, but this article did point out a downside to HLBs.
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20 katie October 4, 2010 at 10:00 am

thanks for writing your thoughts on the article – interesting to see what her initial intent was versus the final article.

and yes, you may be slightly crazy [although it's also pretty admirable] for running a 5k, a 15k, and a marathon all in the same weekend – it’s not like you did it on your own for kicks, and it’s still a lot less mileage than most ultra’s anyways.

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21 Heather @ Side of Sneakers October 4, 2010 at 10:38 am

Everybody’s interpretation of crazy is different. For example, I think that’s freaking awesome. :)
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22 Holly October 4, 2010 at 6:31 pm

Freaking awesome it is!! Makes me want to get off the couch and go run .. like right now!!

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23 rachael October 4, 2010 at 10:00 am

Thank you for your honest response. I was horrified at the article for the 7 of you (why did she insist on dragging veggie girl into it in the last paragraph?). You are an inspiration to so many and should be really proud of who you’ve become and the blog, and awesome following, you’ve created.

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24 katie October 4, 2010 at 7:27 pm

honestly I felt the worst for her- what the author wrote about veggiegirl was really uncalled for.

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25 Rosey Rebecca October 4, 2010 at 10:01 am

As a journalism major, I am sending the article and your response to my media ethics professors. What the reported did was completely, COMPLETELY unethical. She LIED to you about what the story was going to be about, used your quotes out of context, and did a horrible reporting job. She was completely biased and subjective, and didn’t talk about the other side at all.

This may be harsh, but she doesn’t deserve to be a reporter if she thinks that’s what reporting is.

I am disgusted by this. Stay strong. You, and the other girls will get through this.
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26 Maddie Essig October 4, 2010 at 11:10 am

That’s a really great idea!
I will always argue freedom of the press and that people can write what they want. But with being a journalist comes responsibility to tell both sides of the story without bias. Obviously Katie didn’t get that memo. What she did was completely unethical.
Good for you for doing something about it! I think I’ll show it to my Newswriting professor, just to see what he says. Thanks for the idea!
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27 Bethanie Legare October 4, 2010 at 11:47 am

I completely agree. I am an attorney, and if I did the exact same thing for legal purposes (saying I was asking questions for a reason other than the truth, and using quotes out of context) I would be severely sanctioned or disbarred. It shouldn’t be any different for journalists.
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28 Dorry October 4, 2010 at 10:01 am

Beautifully said, Meghann! It’s a shame the article was written in such a poor manner but I believe it will prove to bring positive things for you and all the healthy living bloggers who strive for balanced, fulfilling lives. xoxo
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29 CarrieBeth October 4, 2010 at 10:02 am

i simply want to say that you and several other bloggers have transformed the way i think about food and exercise in the most positive ways. i don’t feel the guilt that i used to feel concerning food and exericise, and it’s all because of what i’ve read on these blogs that have shown me what i can do to nourish my body in a healthy way. thanks for writing! don’t get discouraged!

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30 Carly (Swim, Run, Om) October 4, 2010 at 10:04 am

I agree with you in that the point of healthy lifestyle blogs being a “trigger” is a very real, valid concern. But does that responsibility fall on Meghann’s shoulders? Does that excuse the writer of the article for not clearly stating what her story was going to be about? Should all food bloggers just stop blogging? Where does the responsibility ultimately fall?

Ultimately – yes, even people with eating disorders (and I am not trying to make light of EDs), are responsible for their own lives.
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31 Amy @ForDGRedial October 4, 2010 at 10:04 am

I am just going to say this, I love your blog, I am inspired by your motivation and deserve to attain long-lasting balance. Kinda seems sad that it’s taken her so much time and effort to write those 2 pages of waffle. Tbh I won’t even remember her name by tomorrow morning and I won’t remember anything of her article by November. But I will still be reading your blog in 2011 and taking inspiration and motivation from it.

Love a ‘blog’ friend
Amy x

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32 Michelle @ Chasing Ambulances October 4, 2010 at 10:16 am

I loved this! Well said

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33 megan @ whatmegansmaking October 4, 2010 at 10:06 am

Great post Meghann! Seriously. I commend you for putting yourself out there and being so honest about everything. The article was mean-spirited and in the end will just make the writer look bad. You have conducted yourself with class and dignity and honesty, and that’s what counts. Your readers will recognize that.
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34 Heather October 4, 2010 at 10:09 am

as I told caitlin, I am so sorry yall are going through this. as a reader and a blogger, it paiins me to see these liars publish this crap! You are strong and classy, and know who you are, so don’t let them get you down. You have so many people that love you and your blog, so focus on that, and hopefully this will bring even more traffic to your site!!!
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35 Me-Linh October 4, 2010 at 10:09 am

She’s crazy. You rock Meghann!

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36 Niki (Running In Pink) October 4, 2010 at 10:09 am

I was absolutely shocked and appalled at the article in Marie Claire. You’re right—your readers know the truth. It’s disgusting that someone would try to paint the healthy living blog community in such a horrible light, when I truly believe it does more good than bad for the readers and bloggers. Keep your head up, Meghann…you have a lot of supporters who think you are amazing!!!
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37 Abby October 4, 2010 at 10:10 am

The artilce is ridiculous. And as mean and libelous as it is, it will turn out ot be good for you guys. People are going to visit your sites, see how healthy you all are and LOVE the community. Marie Claire is messed up, NOT you.

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38 Megan @ AVeryMegGirl October 4, 2010 at 10:11 am

Great post Meghann!! As someone who has met you in real life and reads your blog 3 times a day I know how geuinion of a person you are.. You have no only inspired me to run countless 5K’s and a half marathon you inspire me to cook wonderful delishious meals. You are truly someone I look up both as a person, a runner and a blogger.

As mentioned many times there are two sides to every story and whatever doesn’t kill you only makes you a stonger person. How you handled this really shows true character.. Keep your head up girl! xoxo
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39 Jessica @ The Process of Healing October 4, 2010 at 10:13 am

Thank you for sharing the whole story.. and I agree, it’s completely biased and far from the truth. I will for sure be writing a letter to Marie Claire.
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40 Bree @ beeskneeslife October 4, 2010 at 10:17 am

Thanks for sharing your side of the story. I appreciate your honesty!

p.s. The part about you losing your period was completely out of context and seemed to be only for sensationalism. It really made me angry. Such a personal matter should never be used in that way. Also, the author might have wanted to research a little more before stating it the way she did. She would have found that losing one’s period can happen for many reasons and doesn’t necessarily have anything to do with low body fat.
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41 Holly @ couchpotatoathlete October 4, 2010 at 10:17 am

This is the first time reading your blog — sorry it was under these circumstances. I think it is awful that the author told you she was writing about one topic when in reality she was there for another reason — but I guess that is the risk you take when a reporter/magazine is involved. I’m not trying to defend the author at all, it is just unfortunate that this is the world we live in!

And I hope you take this in a kind, joking matter: you need to get shirts printed up with “The Big Six” and sell them at next year’s HLS :) Keep your chin up and take care! Holly

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42 Liz October 4, 2010 at 12:25 pm

I think shirts are a fabulous idea!!!

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43 Emily G. October 4, 2010 at 3:23 pm

LOVE the shirt idea…haha!! Ya know..Meghann was asking for creative ideas for the Chicago marathon…maybe should should somehow incorporate this in a jokingly manner.

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44 Samantha @ Health, Happiness & Skinny Jeans October 4, 2010 at 10:18 am

This is so unfortunate. Magazines that promote ridiculous diet plans (“Lose 5lbs Before…” stuff) and thinner then thin models really should take a closer look at cleaning up their own backyard before trying to tear into a community that has a lot of positive things to offer women of all shapes, sizes and backgrounds.

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45 hannah October 4, 2010 at 10:18 am

I have never commented before but have been reading for a year and this article has made me so mad I had to comment.Meghann your blog is fanastic! You are a inspiration and your blog has encouraged me to make positive changes to my life. I will not be buying Marie Claire again!

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46 RunToTheFinish October 4, 2010 at 10:24 am

oh meghan I am so sorry this happened. having met you in person I can say you are not a crazy food obsessed over workout fiend. Goodness what woudl she think of people running ultra marathons and doing ironmans…you are very lucky to have a a HUGE group of people here who know and love you which makes her just look stupid
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47 Natalie October 4, 2010 at 10:25 am

I have been reading your blog for a long time and you have been such an inspiration for me! I read the article and found it pretty ridiculous and I am glad to chose to respond to it. Keep your head up!
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48 Mama Pea October 4, 2010 at 10:26 am

I just want you to know you have my support 100%.

In all the anger and hurt I felt yesterday, I clicked on your blog and found it absolutely HILARIOUS that yesterday, in a day about accusations of overexercising and undereating, you were eating your way through “the world.”

Thanks for sharing “the rest of the story.” If there is anything I can do to help you, like you’ve helped me and so many others, please let me know.
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49 Angela October 4, 2010 at 10:27 am

Meghann,
That article was completely unethical! That woman took a group of people who have been so aspirational to so many woman and turned it into some thing disgusting and wrong.
Myself included has been helped so much by the healthy living bloggers, Thanks to you guys I have lost 50+ pounds and found the motivation I needed to get a healthy life style.
How DARE this woman take such a view on something so beautiful you guys have done. She lied and manipulated you to write a terrible article and she is clearly not as good of a journalist as she thinks she is. The fact that she went to the Summit and saw for herself what you guys are there to promote is so upsetting. What did she think she was getting from the article?? I have already written a letter to the editor because this is unacceptable, I hope Katie Drummond sleeps well at night knowing that she is trying to rip apart a community that is there to reach out to woman and promote a healthy living. You and all of the other girls are absolutely wonderful. Please continue what you are doing, there are so many of us out there that have your blogs for the support we need. Thank you for everything you’ve done.

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50 Julie October 4, 2010 at 10:27 am

I hope everyone commenting is also following up with a letter to Marie Claire. This article is an absolute insult to the healthy living community as a whole. I’ve been an avid reader, but I haven’t commented here or on many blog posts before. This, however, changes everything. I’ve emailed Marie Claire and I strongly encourage everyone else to do the same.

Stay strong, Meghann! You’re an encouragement to all of us “normal girl” marathoners!

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51 Jordan P October 4, 2010 at 10:29 am

Several friends of mine have forwarded me that article, knowing my interest in healthy living bloggers. And I almost laughed at them all. Because of you and your fellow bloggers, I am healthier, in better shape, and happier with my life. PLEASE don’t let the author get you down! You are changing the world for the better.

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52 Rachel October 4, 2010 at 10:31 am

I love your blog, and after reading your blog for awhile now, I feel like I “know” you. I have an amazing amount of respect for you and the other bloggers. Marie Claire could never change that. I can’t imagine how you must feel right now. Please don’t let this change your blog – I love everything about it, and you inspire me everyday! Keep up the good work!

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53 sarahMTSBB October 4, 2010 at 10:37 am

i haven’t read the article yet, but i figured i’d comment anyway. i read a lot of your gals’ blogs and i love them…i’d have never been introduced to almond butter, lara bars, new grains, the joy of a myriad of oatmeal toppings, different veggies, etc otherwise. you are all strong, fit, healthy, and most importantly seem HAPPY!…not disordered or sickly thin. your blogs brighten my day and help remind me that even if i’ve been called “unamerican” because i don’t eat fast food and prefer to be mostly vegetarian, that i’m not alone. i think people who have a really hard time living healthfully get jealous and then mean. i’m 5’1″ and have a small frame and my whole life people have had issues with what i eat. they are upset if i eat healthy because they don’t. they are upset if i eat chocolate or cheesecake b/c i am still thin and they don’t think it’s fair. during a super stressful period in college, i lost way too much weight at one point b/c i was too busy/nauseous/upset to eat and was getting dangerously thin and my sorority sisters told me that they were jealous (yet my sister cried when she saw me b/c she was so worried). it was ridiculous! the overall culture in our country right now is filled with unhealthy, self-destructive behaviors and we have the diabetes/heart disease/obesity stats to prove it. i’m sorry that the journalist completely missed your point…don’t let it get you down!

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54 Lisa @ I'm an Okie October 4, 2010 at 10:39 am

Hugs! Keep doin your thing and forget about the article. Your readers know the truth about you and what you “promote” on your blog. Which is healthy living and a fun spirit!

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55 Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday October 4, 2010 at 10:40 am

Thanks for being so candid with all the questions that she asked and the responses that you provided. It gives a whole other side to the story she spun.
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56 Marissa October 4, 2010 at 10:40 am

I love this response. This was very well said/written. The article was ridiculous. Your blog has inspired me and so many others to make positive changes in our lives. I love reading your blog and I hope nothing about it changes!

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57 Rachel October 4, 2010 at 10:40 am

Only a handful of people inspire me. I’ve never met you and you have no idea who I am yet somehow you inspire me every single day. No, scratch that–3 times a day, every single day. You and other healthy living bloggers have changed my life. Keep your chin up.

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58 Amanda Davis October 4, 2010 at 10:41 am

I think that article is absolutely disgusting and completely distorts the purpose of yours and others blogs. I think it is also extremely hypocritical for a magazine that features stick thin models and photoshops images of women is criticizing you and your message. Know that your blog has helped to change my life for the better and I value both you and your blog for that help. I also plan on contacting the editor.
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59 D October 4, 2010 at 10:41 am

Hi Meghann,

I wanted to show my support as a blog reader, because I felt like the article really attacked you more than everyone else combined, and I think it’s totally unfair. I don’t believe the other blogs (for the most part) exhibit disordered habits, but, as all women have some food “issues”, I think that there are times when this comes across more strongly than others. However, I do not belive this applies to your blog at all. I was going to comment the other day on your blog when you took a rest day, but I decided not to for some reason. You had a rest day (I don’t know if it was scheduled or not) and you said how great it was to sleep in, etc. I’ve read MANY blogs that say they feel “guilty” on a rest day, but not you. You show how to run and train hard, but also reap the rewards in a healthy way. To me, that one line about enjoying your rest showed that you have a truly healthy balance. I hope you address some of the concerns in the article, but I feel bad for you that she totally betrayed your confidence and lied about her purpose, and I admire that you put your e-mail respones on your blog for the world to see. That shows true integrity and I like your blog that much more for it.

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60 Jen October 4, 2010 at 10:43 am

Last fall, I was flipping through some girly magazine (Fitness maybe?) and I saw your face- and a few other healthy living bloggers- staring back at me. I decided to go to the mentioned websites. As soon as I read your blog, I fell in love. A girl who is a competitive runner, eats healthy- but always saves room for dessert, and enjoys life? Sign me up.

The blogging community is now a home for me. The blogs I’ve found and the women I’ve met have directly had a positive impact on my life.

I know that there will be some girl flipping through Marie Claire in the next few weeks who is going to find you exactly how I did. You’re also going to change her life for the better. The only difference is, she’ll cancel her Marie Claire subscription.

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61 Maggie October 4, 2010 at 10:43 am

I just wanted to say that I love your blog and I think the Marie Claire article is completely biased and the reporter should be ashamed of herself. Please keep on doing what you’re doing and living your life to its fullest, people will hate, that’s life, but there are many of us out there who think you (and the other bloggers) rock!
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62 Reader October 4, 2010 at 10:44 am

Marie Claire did a disservice to its readers by allowing that article to run. Not only is it untrue, but it’s poorly written and simply sounds like a jealous person. I think that the blogging community will see right through it. And for those who do not know about the blogging community yet, how unfortunate for them if this is their first exposure to it. However, I believe one look at all the blogs who they attack and they’ll know the truth. Meghann do not worry about this article AT ALL. You’re an inspiration everyday.

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63 Mindy @ just a one girl revolution. October 4, 2010 at 10:46 am

We love you Meghann!!! You and the other “big six” are amazing and inspire me every single day!
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64 Kristyn October 4, 2010 at 10:50 am

You ROCK, Meghann. I am posting the same comment on here that I posted on Caitlin’s. The article is absolutely horrifying. True, in America we have freedoms of speech and press butI feel as though everyone involved was scammed and not treated fairly. I would like to say that ALL of the healthy living blogs I read, primarily yours, Caitlin’s, and your sister’s among others, are fantastic AND have ENCOURAGED me to take up running. Just from reading your blogs I’ve taken a love for it and even PR’d this weekend in my 3rd 5K. I got a medal for my age group….2nd fastest. This would NEVER have happened if I didn’t stumble across your community here on the internet. So Marie Claire needs to figure out how to interview people correctly and get facts set straight. I’ve read their magazine once and it wasn’t my thing. Now it definitely will never be my thing.
Much love to ALL of you ladies!

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65 Karen @ Not Just Celery October 4, 2010 at 10:50 am

Wow, posting the back and forth with the initial questions and your responses was eye-opening…I was wondering when reading the article how this journalist got all her info. What she did to you six fabulous (and inspiring!) ladies is disgusting. Keep up the great blogging; I know I’ve been inspired by all of you to get out of my comfort zone and try new recipes and start running!
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66 Lindsay @ The Ketchup Diaries October 4, 2010 at 10:50 am

You need to keep doing what you’re doing. We know the truth. This entire thing is WAY TOO overdramatic. She makes it sound like you guys are the anti-christ or something. I have no tolerance for “fake” articles when there is real news to be reported every day!!

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67 Heather October 4, 2010 at 10:51 am

Meghann,
A nutritionist said that you aren’t eating enough for the amount of exercise you do. Do you believe this? Also, you lost your period from exercising too much. I do love you and your blog, but I definitely do see a problem as well. People that run as much as you run eat A TON (not necessarily unhealthy food, but a lot more quanitity). I hope you can understand this.

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68 emily October 4, 2010 at 11:03 am

Is that Heather (R.D.)? Or Heather (M.D.)? Because clearly you have some sort of advanced-level health and nutrition knowledge. What you obviously have in scades though is tact and common sense.
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69 Heather October 4, 2010 at 11:59 am

I actually do have my R.D. I was just being honest. Don’t attack!

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70 emily October 4, 2010 at 12:01 pm

I’m attacking your method. How do you think that question is going to be received in the comment forum? If you have a genuine concern wouldn’t it be much more effective to send her a personal e-mail.
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71 katie October 4, 2010 at 7:33 pm

are comment forums only to be used for support then, and not questions? Heather’s comment could spark an interesting dialogue, between readers or even with Meghann.

72 jessica October 4, 2010 at 9:55 pm

Heather’s question is completely legitimate.

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73 Jae October 4, 2010 at 11:10 pm

I concur. Free speech is listed as a right in the first amendment

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74 Kiran October 4, 2010 at 10:54 am

I am so amazed at your honesty in blogging about your healthy living life. You and others ROCK big time! Thanks for helping me living a healthy life.

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75 Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine October 4, 2010 at 10:56 am

“Truthfully none of us blog about every aspect of our lives and we do try to keep some parts private. There is always a missing piece to the story where speculation tends to come into play. Sure there are times when concern may be appropriate, but I know from my past experience that people generally jump to conclusions on what they really know nothing about. Its better just to show support and know that the blogger is making the choices that are right for them.”

AMEN!! I’ve been meaning to write a post to this exact effect recently- I’m so sick of people making generalizations about exercise/eating when NO ONE knows the real story besides you and a handful of your closest friends and family. Ugh. I am so, so, so, so sorry that the six of you (seven including Liz) were put through this, and have already written to Marie Claire that I’m cancelling my subscription and am appalled at the article. (I also included the fact that I’ve eaten with all six of you, and NONE of you have any semblance of a disorder.) Keep your head up, because this whole community has your back, and if any of the magazine readers have any sense at all, they’ll look at your blogs and realize that Katie is off her rocker. Stay strong girl- you are beautiful :)
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76 Jenifer Collins October 4, 2010 at 10:56 am

I read the article in Marie Claire about the Big 6…all of you sound like you’re having fun and making money..also a good thing. I think they went out of their way to make you all sound like you have disorders and might be ‘contagious’…in that case, I hope happiness, weight loss, and active lifestyles are what all your readers ‘catch’! A New Fan~

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77 julia October 4, 2010 at 10:57 am

That Marie Clair article is total BS. I am actually quite disappointed in them for publishing what seems like such a one sided and biased article. Keep your head up girl; you and your blog and what you try to represent rocks.

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78 Lizzy October 4, 2010 at 10:58 am

I also commented on Caitlins blog, and i’ll say the same things here. i’ve read your blog for a long time, and i each day i continue to read because of how much inspiration you have given me. this article has put me into shock and i cannot believe that someone would be willing to put something out there for millions of people to read. its a story that doesnt tell the truth, and it makes you girls look like the bad people, when it was really them. In all honesty i don’t think they understand the accomplishments that you girls have done. you all work so hard for the things that you do. who would be able to run a 5k, 15k and a marathon with an eating disorder, NO ONE,and the reason you can is because of how good you treat your body, and how amazing your body is. you are beautiful, hard working, and one amazing human and don’t let anyone or any article tell you differently! Thank you for being you!

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79 Erica October 4, 2010 at 10:59 am

wow- thats total BS. I’m so sorry you all are having to go through this. I think food/healthy living blogging provides and outlet for so many girls and a way to share ideas, recipes & make friends. Just terrible. You all know we have nothing but love for you!
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80 Nancy October 4, 2010 at 10:59 am

We’re all sticking behind you Meghann. We know that article was a huge pile of poop.

xo

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81 Kathryn October 4, 2010 at 11:00 am

I’m so sorry this happened. I love all of your blogs and really admire the way you all balance healthy living with enjoying life. I just wrote to the editor expressing my disappointment and disgust in the article.

Just wanted to thank you (and the other girls) for your blogs! I look forward to reading them every day and find them incredibly inspiring!

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82 Stephanie October 4, 2010 at 11:01 am

OMFG, that just makes what I read on Caitlin’s blog even worse. I did write to Joanna Coles (and now I’m mad that I spent time watching Running In Heels last year!) – “Congratulations. This article and writer Katie Drummond have managed to cement the fact that I will never purchase a copy of your magazine from here on out. Obviously, Ms. Drummond either did not do her research, or she completed ignored everything that she read and every interview she took from Chicago. I read 4 out of the 6 blogs mentioned. Three of the writers are training for marathons, 2 are strict vegetarians, and all have managed to provide me with great resources for training, motivation and ways to challenge and change my (admittedly bad) eating habits. Caitlin Boyle, in particular, has managed to inspire a large number of online readers to either overcome eating disorders, work to becoming healthier, or just support other women by changing the culture of “fat talk”. Your writer took some beautiful women and tore them down in what I can only describe as a “high-school, stereotypical, Glee-like” manner. So, congratulations to you. You managed to perpetuate the stereotype. How sad.”

Granted – I wrote this before I read your post, but this whole thing reminds me of high school.

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83 Michelle C October 4, 2010 at 11:01 am

I thought the article was distasteful before your post. Now seeing the way this “journalist” mis-represented herself makes me even madder on your behalf. I find your blog nothing by aspiring and awesome and I turn to many of the blogs mentioned for recipes, running inspiration and general amusement. I’m sorry this happened to you guys and appalled that it came from a magazine such as Marie Claire that should take a look at it’s own articles before criticizing others.

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84 Sarah @ Long Legs Healthy Life October 4, 2010 at 11:02 am

I appreciate the honesty in your response Meghann. After reading the article last night, and now reading the questions she emailed to you, it is pretty clear that the author had already made up her mind about how she was going to portray you, Tina, Caitlin, Jenna, Heather, and Kath. It’s unfortunate that the author chose to basically “attack” 6 amazing women who inspire me on a daily basis, rather than write about the positive effects that healthy living blogs have on people (such as Katie @ Sweet Tater’s speech at HLS) Thank you for being you Meghann, you really are awesome!
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85 jenny in new york October 4, 2010 at 11:02 am

This is horrible. I will say though- not even this ridiculous article can pull a community this strong apart. You and the other girls have so many supporters. This attack will only strengthen the bonds.

We’re all behind you on this one! You’ve made me a healthier person. I’ve focused MUCH less on my weight and size, started running and doing triathlons and trying new foods! Thanks :)

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86 Maria @ Oh Healthy Day October 4, 2010 at 11:02 am

I fully believe if any of Marie Claire’s readers stumble upon your blog and they have any sense at all, they will realize how true you are to yourself and to your readers. Let’s let the blogs speak for themselves and eventually, truth will win over. So sorry that this had to happen to you – hang in there, you have my support!

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87 Kara October 4, 2010 at 11:05 am

Thank you for sharing. I just sent the following email to the editor:

Dear Ms. Coles and Maire Claire:
I am utterly disgusted by Katie Drummond’s poorly researched and blatantly one-sided story, “The Hunger Diaries.” Two years ago, I was overweight, inactive, and unhappy with myself. Then I found a community of healthy living blogs, including those written by the “Big 6″ bloggers referenced in this article. These blogs have inspired me and many of my friends to do things we never thought possible, including running a half marathon. My favorite thing about these blogs is that they are all normal, healthy-eating women who share their experiences with honesty and integrity. In addition to the miles they run and weights they lift, they also drink wine with dinner, indulge in chocolate frequently, and eat pizza, mashed potates, and entire loaves of bread when they feel like it — all things that publications like yours tell me are not allowed if I want to achieve the same perfect body as the anorexic models who grace your pages.

I truly hope that you will print a retraction, as this type of “journalism” does nothing but discredit your publication.

I am not a subscriber of Marie Claire, and now I never will be. I am encouraging friends to cancel their subscriptions.

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88 Theresa @ This is my Hungry Face October 4, 2010 at 11:07 am

Meghann, Thank you so much for sharing your response. I’ve always enjoyed reading your blog as we are so close in age and I feel I can relate to so many things your right about. You’ve inspired me to be a healthier version of myself, to try new things, and to write about my own experiences,too. Stay positive! You have an entire community of bloggers and readers that are on your side!

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89 elle October 4, 2010 at 11:10 am

I’ve been reading your blog for over a year and can say that the 6 of you have been so instrumental in helping me want to eat healthier. By way of example and also by the recipes you post. It’s so fun to read through all of your blogs and get new meal ideas and recipes. Never once have I thought any of you or anyone in the healthy eating blog world come across as advocating eating disorders. I work at a fitness magazine and really wonder what this woman’s prerogative was to point you guys out as being bad for women’s health. It seems she is either jealous of your ventures and how successful you are or just plain ignorant. I would definitely not take it seriously or get upset, although I would too! People who read your blog know you’re a healthy person, who eats, runs races, and is out to help other women do the same. She sounds a little nutty honestly to make the 6 of you out to be bad people, when you’re all obviously very genuine, kind people, trying to help other women through example. It makes me mad b/c I enjoy all of your blogs and you all seem like such nice people! I would fight back! Contact her editor in chief,. It’s obvious she portrayed you completely wrong. All they have to do is read you blogs to see that.

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90 Matt October 4, 2010 at 11:14 am

LOVED your post! I know there are two sides to story, but sadly that article did not portray the bright side of your blog. You seriously were attacked and I am sorry you have to go through this. I read your blog everyday and this article actually makes me think even higher of you. Keep on keepin on.

Believe it or not, healthy living blogs inspired me to start eating better. I used to be overweight, lazy, and I lived on fast food. I think Kath’s blog actually introduced me to oatmeal and I eat it almost everyday. I wouldn’t consider myself a food blog, but I do consider myself to be apart of the healthy living community. They mess with you, they mess with me ;)
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91 Breanne October 4, 2010 at 11:16 am

I just can’t get over how blatantly ridiculous it is for a magazine to publish such a disgraceful article, and point fingers at a group of wonderful women when said magazine is (I can only assume based on their website) FULL of get skinny fast techniques.
It is hypocritical, it is maddening, and the article itself holds very little (if any) truth.
So sad.
Meghann, your blog is amazing! I will continue to read as I always have! :)

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92 Claudia October 4, 2010 at 11:16 am

Hi Meghann,

First of all, thank you for your honesty. I’m so sorry you had your trust violated like that. You are always very straightforward with your readers, and we appreciate that so very much!

I hate that the article was so distorted and aggressive, when it could have highlighted the good that the healthy living blogosphere does. I do think she raised some points that are valid, such as the social comparison question, but the way she did it was completely one-sided and vilifying. I think you and the other bloggers she mentioned are always careful to point out that your opinions are your own and put up a warning if a post might be triggering. And the personal attacks are just unclassy, especially after you went out of your way to answer her questions.

As a fairly new runner, I often look to your blog for inspiration, but I know the difference between what I read about and what my own body can handle. Does reading about your 3 races in one weekend make me want to get up and do the exact same thing? Of course not. Does it help inspire me to run my first half-marathon? Yup, it sure did.

Thanks for your openness and positivity about your life – it really is so refreshing, especially compared to what “lady mags” would have us believe is “healthy.” What you do is very brave, and we all really appreciate it. Rock on, girl.

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93 danielle October 4, 2010 at 11:16 am

Meghann,

I’m so sorry to hear about the article written in Marie Claire. I have certainly e-mailed the editor with my thoughts and can only hope it will help. See below:

Dear editor,

I am writing in response to the publication of your article, “The Hunger Diaries,” about healthy-living bloggers. As a daily reader of many of the blogs you mentioned, I am taken aback and offended by the reporter’s story. If she had taken the time to actually read the blogs, read the stories, and think about it all in context, she would realize that she is wrong.

These women lead very balanced lives. While their workouts may seem extreme for some, millions of people run marathons and compete in triathlons every year. Paired with adequate training and fuel (nutrition), this type of exercise is safe and beneficial. The bloggers in your article are devoted to adequately preparing themselves for this type of endurance event: they try to train properly, recover, take rest days, eat plenty of protein, nuts, carbohydrates, etc.

As a former anorexic, bulimic and overexerciser, I cannot tell you how much these healthy living blogs have helped me gain insight on my life. I have learned that eating is OK and necessary to fuel my body. I’m no longer scared of different types of food, and I’ve realized how to properly train, recover and REST from exercise. In no way have I ever been “triggered” by these blogs.

The author of “The Hunger Diaries” seems to have been misinformed, or have turned a blind eye to the whole picture of the blogs she writes about. I suggest that she do some more research, read reader responses, and apologize to the women whose blogs and reputations she tarnished.

Thanks.

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94 Katie Cooper October 4, 2010 at 11:17 am

The blog world is even more determined now than ever to continue presenting our healthful lifestyles in the face of ignorant accusations. How can America change when the ones who are trying to motivate that change are being chastised? Keep on fighting the good fight!
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95 Deirdre October 4, 2010 at 11:19 am

Thanks for the backstory! I am still so angry. As someone who is a reader of all of your blogs and has attended the Summit both years and numerous meetups I feel like I know you guys and it really bothered me how misrepresented you were in this article. There was nothing constructive about the criticism and it did not show the positve aspect of the blogging community.
How the heck did she sit through Katie from Sweet Tater Tot’s story and not see what an uplifting community we have?

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96 sonia October 4, 2010 at 11:22 am

you are an amazing person-and at the end of the day you still one, your healthy, you push yourself everyday, eat and drink some amazing food, have agreat job, have a great bf, have a super cute dog you love, have an amazing sister…..shall i keep going? its sad that she could not see the good you guy shave done for people who needed that support and ideas to get healthy agian, while your running is extreme to some people, its becuase you have pushed your body to that level, iam postive that write cant even run a 5k which is why she thinks a triathlon is a crazy thing to do. but thank you for making my life that much healthier and enjoyable.

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97 Lisa October 4, 2010 at 11:24 am

WOW that is so two-faced. I am really saddened to hear about such a sneaky, back-handed interview. She should be ashamed of herself!
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98 Michelle October 4, 2010 at 11:24 am

Meghann,

I’ve been following your blog for over a year and I too read the article in Marie Claire. I feel like the author completely put your guys in a negative light and for absolutely no reason. Your blog does nothing if not supports readers and fellow bloggers to live a healthy, balanced lifestyle. Keep doing what you’ve been doing Meghann, you are a great influence to so many people out there!!!

? from Pittsburgh!!

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99 LB October 4, 2010 at 11:27 am

Love you guys so much! I definitely just wrote a letter to the editor in your defense (and in readers’ for being portrayed as mindless idolizers). Thank you for being you!
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100 Sue October 4, 2010 at 11:29 am

Meaghann, I am long time reader for VERY infrequent commenter. I read just about all of the blogs of those listed in the article. I have never felt any reason to eat less, in fact quite the opposite. I have found such AMAZING meal ideas from each of you that I have in turn served to friends and family that have asked how did you think about doing this – my response – oh I learned this in the blog world!

As for the exercise, I think sometimes the workouts push me to move a little more. Is that such a bad thing? I exercise in some way 5- 6 days a week. I am not training for anything, but I enjoy some good food, beers, and wine. I need to exercise or I will be a statistic of the overweight and obese.

I thank you and the rest of the bloggers I read for putting yourself out there. Maybe she should have polled some of the long time readers as well??

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101 Jen October 4, 2010 at 11:33 am

I’m not sure I can add anything more to what other people have already said, but I just want you to know that I support you. The most important thing is that you have the support of family and friends, which you obviously do. Bad karma will return her way. Keep fighting.

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102 Danielle October 4, 2010 at 11:33 am

Thank you so much for your complete honesty in this response…I really appreciate that you posted your email exchanges with Katie Drummond and detailed all your conversations with her. It is the best way to make your point!

I have to admit I don’t really come here to see what you eat. I read your blog because your passion for running is SO inspiring, and your confidence is contagious. The post you linked to at the end (You are Beautiful) is my absolute favorite post of yours, and I’ve referred back to it on a few occasions when I need a morale boost!

I also find it odd that she singled you out when discussing money, freebies etc. Maybe that’s just because you were the most honest with her in discussing the topic, but I feel like your blog is the least commercial, and the most genuine.

Keep doing what you’re doing Meghann. Don’t let them get you down!

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103 Kathryn October 4, 2010 at 11:35 am

All my love and support to you guys.
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104 Julia @ Brit Bride October 4, 2010 at 11:35 am

Meghann.

I have commented on Caitlins blog and also emailed her privately and I want to say the same to you. Your blog is inspiring, promotes HEALTHY living and is BALANCED. The author of the article wrote a cliched article from a cliched perspective, and didn’t separate the facts from the perception. Marie Claire reader would have benefitted a lot more from a less scandalized, thoughtful piece.

You are great and your blog is great. You have fans all over the WORLD, who see your blog for what it is – a positive messgage! End of subject. Keep up the good work.

Julia
http://www.britbride.com
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105 sassy molassy October 4, 2010 at 11:35 am

It’s hard to imagine she had the guts to talk to you guys to your faces and see and hear how inspirational this all was and then turn around and bash it all. It shows that when people ridicule others, they often, deep down have some issues with themselves that need to be worked out.

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106 Lena @loveeatnowafter October 4, 2010 at 11:35 am

that article is complete crap- that journalist came into this project with one goal. its interesting to see the behind the scenes stuff tho- and how genuine she seemed from the start. Its obvious now tho she was trying to get the dirt. She sees what she wants to see from the blogs and im sure when she was at HLS, she heard only what she wanted to hear. It sickens me to know that she scrutinized what bloggers were eating during meal breaks, and tried to find hidden meanings in inspiring open honest speeches.

You girls are amazing. Inspiring. wonderful people. And no hot shot journalist should ever make you feel that way.

That article shook me. It made me fear blogging- reading and writing. It made me question my actions. I know who i am and i shouldnt let someone tell me otherwise. We shouldnt have someone take what we love and turn it into something dark.

Keep blogging, being you and being real. Thats all your readers expect and we won’t be deterred by some fake article!
<3 thanks for the open honesty on the behind the scenes of the article!
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107 sassy molassy October 4, 2010 at 11:39 am

And what I mean by that is, it’s pretty appauling that she had the guts to do that. I’m glad that several of you are posting your reflections so we all get an accurate view of how much articles from magazines that are supposed to be inspiring and helping women can actually be quite skewed. Journalism is not always fair and accurate.
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108 Lacey @ Lake Life October 4, 2010 at 11:39 am

In my opinion, even acknowledging the article is playing into the writer’s hand. She knows you all will be posting about this and I, personally, would have never even read the article if it weren’t via yours, Katie’s and Caitlin’s blogs.
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109 Amanda October 4, 2010 at 11:40 am

I was appalled to read the article about your, and the other girls’, blogs. You all have opened my eyes to a world where eating good food and being active is FUN. I struggled with an eating disorder and over-exercising in the past, and can honestly say that reading your blogs has helped me to overcome this. I’ve seen women with a passion for being active who refuel properly – never did I think that I’d be running half marathons and cooking full, balanced meals. This journalist did her research, but chose to write a totally slanted article. I imagine she is feeling pretty horrible about herself right now. Thanks for being so inspiring. Keep your head up!

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110 healthy ashley October 4, 2010 at 11:41 am

What a story! I haven’t had a chance to read this article yet, but your response was beautifully written.

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111 Marci October 4, 2010 at 11:42 am

You go, girl. Sucks to be attacked like that in print, especially when you had a semi-relationship with the author. But hoping the attention brings on good debate and opens eyes to the good of food blogging, which all of us in the community know exists.
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112 Jocelyn October 4, 2010 at 11:43 am

Thanks for response to the article. For someone who has never met you in person, I honestly base everything I know about you off of what you write. However when I saw the article in Marie Claire, I couldn’t help but wonder if there was any truth to it. FOR A SECOND I THOUGHT THIS. Then I remember how much I truly look at you as a “normal” person. Whenever I tell people to read your blog I always describe you as a normal, “everything in moderation”, healthy, athletic girl. In my opinion from your blog, you are very balanced.

Since I did not go to the Healthy Living Summit, (although I want to go to the next one!) I can’t help but wonder maybe if there were some people there who had eating disorders. BUT this is not your fault nor should there be an article that makes you look like you are encouraging eating disorders. Absolutely ridiculous.

ALSO, you get 15,000 views a day!!!! That is amazing!
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113 Alexandra @ Bit Better Everyday October 4, 2010 at 11:44 am

Loved your response and love your blog! I wrote a letter to the editor last night, because I am someone who has used your blogs and others just like it to help in my recovery from an eating disorder. I do not try to emulate everything you and others do, but your blogs are such great resources for examples of what a balanced life style could look like. Thank you for all that you do and I’m sorry you have to go through this.

Oh and do you find it ironic that the author is apparently a triathlete?

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114 Bess @ Bess Be Fit October 4, 2010 at 11:46 am

I am so sorry you and the other bloggers had this happen. It’s completely outrageous that someone thinks they can just take a minor peek into this blogging world that so many of us love and gain support for HEALTHY lifestyles with and turn it into a damaging unhealthy obsession. I will be writing the editor to give her a piece of my mind and my opinion on this awful story. Don’t worry, the fans of your blog KNOW that you are healthy and happy and we love to learn from you and the other bloggers. Thanks for all you do, and don’t worry about that horrible author and her horribly wrong story.
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115 Claire October 4, 2010 at 11:48 am

As I wrote on Caitlin’s blog…I agree that this was such a slanted article. It really hurts me, as a former journalism major and intern at Hearst, that Marie Claire would publish such libel. All your readers support you and know that the article portrays you in a different light. This is all that matters. I am so sorry this happened to you, but you and your blog will continue to grow.

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116 Jesse October 4, 2010 at 11:48 am

Meghann,

(and Tina, Kath, Heather, Jenna, Caitlin)

I may decide to take a different stance on this whole situation, not one that is vocalized enough but definitely thought of by many.

This may be harsh right now, but this is a huge opportunity for you all as you move forward in your careers and by creating a brand for yourselves. “The Big Six” – are you kidding, that is amazing! You have been identified as the spokespeople for your industry, in a national magazine!

This kind of exposure offers all of you the opportunity to grow and keep promoting the messages that you all so strongly stand behind. Congratulations, this is a sign of success and not of failure!

One further point to consider is that you have the ultimate power of freedom of speech. I know it sounds simple but it is your ultimate right to say whatever you want on your blog. On the other side, you put yourself out there and open yourself up for this kind of criticism. Stand tall when you receive it! Don’t be afraid of it, or what people think of you, just be honest and stand tall to your convictions.

Do not take Katie’s comments personally, she is trying to create a conversation, which she did so successfully. She sees all your responses, the back and forth, the tears, the anger, everything as signs of a very successful article.

I think this is a very good thing. You should be proud that your little baby web site that you started way back when has grown to a piece of social media so powerful that it brings such controversial issues to the forefront of mainstream media.

Jesse

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117 Alayna @ Thyme Bombe October 4, 2010 at 11:51 am

Hi Meghann, this is my first time commenting on your wonderful blog. I said it to Caitlin and I’ll say it again, it is sad that this writer felt she couldn’t support her story with facts from supporting sources and instead chose to twist a false story out of you and call into question your sanity and integrity. It’s a loss for Marie Claire, really. The topic of healthy living with such a rich resource as all of the mentioned blogs, would be of great interest to their reader base- ie. women. It is strange to me that they wanted to portray the opposite to the readers. Sounds to me like they just can’t handle having competition on distributing knowledge on subjects of interest to women. Weak.
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118 mrs.mfc October 4, 2010 at 11:53 am

I was so shocked when I read the article yesterday. I feel so bad for you and the other girls and can’t imagine what you must be feeling right now. I know you realize this already, but I want to say it anyway. You girls are all amazing and you inspire and motivate all of us each and every day. You are awesome and so is your blog. Keep doing what you’re doing!!

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119 Elizabeth October 4, 2010 at 11:53 am

Just remember that you rock! Reading your story helped me decide to take up running myself. I’ve lost 10 pounds over 5 months (very healthy) and ran my first 5k! I am so proud of myself and am so thankful for an online community I can turn to that’s readily accesible with information by people doing the same things as me.
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120 Nutritious Foodie October 4, 2010 at 11:54 am

Thanks for writing your side of the story. It was good to read the truth behind the story.
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121 Alyssa October 4, 2010 at 12:00 pm

I’m sorry you all are going through this!

Coming from a journalistic perspective, it’s obvious the focus of the story changed and she should have told you that the subject of the story changed. It’s unprofessional not to do so; it’s also unprofessional to write and publish an article that is completely one-sided.

Great response and thanks for all that you do, your blog is awesome! :)

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122 Nic October 4, 2010 at 12:02 pm

I’m sorry honey. But those who matter (the blogger community) knows all the good we all do for each other, please don’t forget about that!
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123 Emilie October 4, 2010 at 12:06 pm

I think her point of view on exercise and healthy eating is a good insight into why so many people in North America are obsese and clueless about healthy eating.
Walking up a flight of stairs each day does not constitute enough exercise. Exercise is hard. You SHOULD push yourself.
And no, we shouldn’t all eat cookies everyday after every meal. Treats are just that- a treat.
It seems to me that the bloggers aren’t the ones who have it wrong. The culture of food and exercise in N.A. is out of whack.
You know you’re not wrong- and your readers know it too. The sad part is the many girls who will read that article and miss the opportunity to change their lives.

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124 Kristin October 4, 2010 at 12:06 pm

Meghann, I was so sorry to read about this today. Your faithful readers know the real truth. You’ve helped inspire many people to lead healthier lives (me included) and I hope knowledge of that keeps you going through this.

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125 J. Ryan October 4, 2010 at 12:06 pm

Although I personally do not follow these blogs, I have seen first hand how they, along with this blogging community, have helped my wife, Theresa (ActiveEggplant), become a much healthier and more active person after years of failing attempts.

These blogs and this community don’t just benefit the immediate followers though. If my wife leads a healthy active lifestyle, so will I. Since she has been a part of this community our lifestyle, not just her’s, but OUR lifestyle, has changed dramatically. I’m sure we’re not the only case here.

The reach of these blogs go far beyond the followers. They’re helping people that might not even know they exist.

So, thank you to all the healthy living bloggers! Keep it up!

Ryan

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126 rebecca lustig October 4, 2010 at 12:07 pm

meghan,
i am so proud of you for handling this situation with grace, maturity and dignity. Personally, I would not be this far in ED recovery if it weren’t for the support and motivation of the blogging community. Ladies, such as you, show me how empowering and BEAUTIFUL strong really is. Your blogs motivate me to lead a healthy, happy and strong life– which I can only have if I take care of myself.

Thank you for being you, because what you are is beautiful and inspiring.
Take the very best care,
Rebecca
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127 Tina October 4, 2010 at 12:11 pm

The article was downright ridiculous with how one sided it was. And I lost my period from training for a competition before too. It doesn’t make you any less healthy as a whole if you take measures to get it back. I can’t believe some of the ways she twisted things. You will always have my support.
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128 Rachael October 4, 2010 at 12:12 pm

I read your post before reading the article. As an avid reader for almost a year now, I can say that after reading the article itself, it is obvious that it is a huge fabrication, and was obviously written with ulterior motives and no thought to how it would make you ladies feel. Rest assured that you are loved and your readers know the real you and will stick with you through this. What gets me is that I’ve never seen MC as a “healthy living” magazine.. if anything, that magazine would induce eating disorders eons before your blogs would. You ladies helped me through the adjustment from university to the real world, inspired me to start running this past March, and I’ve since run 5 races, two 5ks, two 10ks, and a half marathon! Thank you for that :)
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129 Stephanie October 4, 2010 at 12:20 pm

Meghann, I’ve read your blog every day for a very long time, and I’ve never commented, but today I must. You and the others have had a major, positive impact on my nutrition (not “diet,” no need for me to do that) and I felt strangely hurt when I heard about the way this article attacked you all. What a load of BS. I’ve sent my emails and posted my displeasure on facebook. Just need you to know that you’ve got a huge base of support out here. Keep your chin up and keep doing what you do. Stephanie from Portland, OR

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130 Laura October 4, 2010 at 12:21 pm

I have never commented on your blog, but I am inspired by you and your healthy efforts. I am trying to make healthy changes to my life and read yours and other healthy eating blogs for motivation and inspiration. Thank you for putting your story out there.

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131 Corey October 4, 2010 at 12:22 pm

Meghann,
I love your blog and read it every day . . .it’s entertaining and educating, and you, along with the rest of the “big 6″ have changed the way I eat and exercise. I am happier and healthier now and have all of you to thank for it. You are beautiful, strong, and you’re making a positive impact on people’s lives. Marie Claire should be ashamed of themselves.

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132 Tamara October 4, 2010 at 12:22 pm

This article will not tear your community apart, if anything it has strengthened our support for you all. It has solidified our lingering belief that womens’ magazines do not promote healthy lifestyles, and have nothing left to offer us. Their vindictive, inaccurate attack was hurtful, and has made us all just as angry as you are.

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133 Anna October 4, 2010 at 12:26 pm

Is it just me, or does this whole debacle remind you of the Rita Skeeter thing in Harry Potter ;)

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134 Ali October 4, 2010 at 12:52 pm

hahaha, so true!

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135 Julie @ Peanut Butter Fingers October 4, 2010 at 1:29 pm

omg, yes!!!

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136 Paige October 4, 2010 at 1:48 pm

HA awesome. And true.

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137 Marika October 4, 2010 at 2:28 pm

Agreed! Totally like Rita Skeeter!
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138 Sarah October 4, 2010 at 12:33 pm

wow i just read that article and as someone who has been reading most of these blogs for a while i am shocked that marie claire would write something like that about any of you. it is so far from the truth…i can tell you i probably won’t be buying that magazine again. hope you are doing ok! all of your readers know that you are not how they portray you!

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139 ida October 4, 2010 at 12:36 pm

Wow- she really crossed a line. I hope Marie Claire decides to publish some of the letters to the editor, or better yet an apology. It was really interesting to read all of the emails between you two, and it’s clear that she was deceitful. I feel like even the success stories in Shape you guys have done have twisted your words though. It’s really sad that the magazines care more about creating drama than telling the truth.

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140 Meghan October 4, 2010 at 12:38 pm

I have never met any of the “big six” (hahahah..) in person and yet I read your blogs each and every day. I have learned SO much from you all, been inspired and genuinely have become a better runner, cook, friend, daughter because of it. This community is absolutely amazing and filled with positivity. You are all BETTER than this article and anyone that disagrees need not read your posts. THANK YOU for all that you do within the community and for helping fight against just what they are accusing you of encouraging. I am truly sorry that you had to go through this whole mess but what doesn’t kill you will make you stronger! this blog is YOUR passion, your dream NOT anyone elses..you keep doing what you’re doing!

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141 Katrina October 4, 2010 at 12:47 pm

This is my first time reading your blog and I have to say, your response is excellent. Does reading your blog make me want to go out and run a gazillion miles tonight? Does it make me want to order a big plate of sprouts and only eat 4 of them and claim loudly “I’m SOOOOOOOOOOOOOO full????” Of course not.
Your words do encourage me to go for that crossfit run tonight 5x400m. I was going to trash it since Iwoke up in a funky mood. Your words DO encourage me to skip the leftover fried fish from my twice a year celebration at grandmas and go to a wonderful greek deli for dinner. And, maybe I need to step up the half mary training since I know I’ll probably miss a long run or two due to sinus trouble.
And you know what? I’ve been thinking about splashing a big ol’ Alabama picture of myself and all my pudgy glory in a bikini. I’ve gained about 20lbs in the past 6 months and it’s time I did something about it instead of saying “next week”. Posting a pic on my blog might be just the thing to keep it honest and real to my readers.
Does that make me crazy? Probably. Does that make YOU responsible? Nope. I make my own decisions just like everyone else. If I make somebody pass out because of my big bikini picture, is it MY fault? Nope. It’s the choice of the reader.
So, keep on doing what you do. You help people. Keep doing it. :-)
By the way, since when is MC a health magazine? Sounds like the author just needs to get some fiber in her life. ;-)

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142 Jordan October 4, 2010 at 12:47 pm

Aww crap. I’m so sorry. :( We’ve got your (and the rest of the girls) back.
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143 ht October 4, 2010 at 12:57 pm

Love you and your blog. Poeple need to make money somehow… Some in a hoest way, some by putting the rest down. Keep your head high and don’t let these things bring you down. There is more into life …. more healthy food to eat and more miles to run… you are great… in a few weeks no one will even remember her and her article!!!

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144 Marina October 4, 2010 at 1:04 pm

I just have to add my comment too, although I guess the girls above said it all.
You are definitely not a disordered person/eater/whatever.
Reading your posts is always interesting, and I enjoy following your running adventures, and seeing all the yummy food you enjoy.
Actually, you made me believe that eating chocolate and treats is normal, and pretty much a necessity after a run, right? :))
You are a healthy inspiration to all of us, and nobody will prove otherwise.
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145 Kelly October 4, 2010 at 1:12 pm

Great response to the Marie Claire article. I can’t believe she emailed you with that agenda as her cover. I couldn’t believe the article when i read it. I’ve been reading your blog for awhile and eventually got through every post you’ve ever written and she couldn’t be more wrong about you or any of the other five.
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146 Reenie October 4, 2010 at 1:16 pm

I say Phoooey on MC!! I personally love you and Caitlin’s blogs. (and I read some of the other blogs that are listed on your blog too ~ and love them also :)

Keep on bloggin’ :)

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147 bonnie October 4, 2010 at 1:17 pm

Hi Meghann – I’ve been reading your blog incognito for quite a bit including a few of the other ‘Six’. I believe I’m addicted because of the love, compassion and REAL quality of your journey through life. I’m quite honestly, a little jealous of the tight knit group of healthy living bloggers out there and enjoy reading about the support that you provide each other. Obviously, there was malicious intent from the beginning in writing the MC article. After being part of the HLS, I’m surprised she was able to publish such an untrue and slander-esque look at real, caring women. I applaud your effort and support your statements!

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148 Kaitlyn October 4, 2010 at 1:22 pm

Keep on blogging girl! You have no idea how much you have been an inspiration to me. Just reading your blog has motivated me to eat better. I’m running my first 5K in a month and I can’t wait! I plan on growing from there, but hey.. it’s a good start! Thank you so much for this blog… seriously! Keep it up!

Kaitlyn

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149 jessica October 4, 2010 at 1:24 pm

this whole business is ridiculous. what she initially asked you about is clearly not what was written. She has tried to smear you and i am disheartened by that. Those of us that are long time readers understand that this is absolutely untruthful. Those that visit the blogs for the first time after seeing the article, will also see that the it is untruthful.

continue posting as you always do. dont’ change things in fear of how it will be perceived. you and the others from the “big six” have continued to inspire me to approach life in a healthier way and to choose happiness, not wait for it.

for that, i thank you.

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150 Amanda October 4, 2010 at 1:29 pm

That was a great rebuttal Meghann! I can’t believe she attacked all of you like that. I think she made up her mind about all of it before she even got to know you. Not much of a journalist eh?

Keep your chin up! We know you’re awesome! My scathing email to marie claire is in the works.

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151 Leah October 4, 2010 at 1:30 pm

Your awesome!! I’m sad this happen to you, however, you guys have now reached even more people. When they come to your blog (they all will come to check it out), they can see the truth! The truth that you have always shared! Don’t let one writer at Marie Claire tear down the blog you have so wonderfully created!

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152 Andrea (@ Puppy Dog Tales) October 4, 2010 at 1:35 pm

OMG…I can’t agree with you more Meghann. What a shame to take such a wonderful community and make something unhealthy out of it.
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153 Kristin October 4, 2010 at 1:42 pm

I’m honestly disgusted and appalled by this article. I could sum up my reasons why but I feel like everyone’s on the same page here. You ladies – and not just you, oh, what was it, “Big 6″? – girls, but everyone in the healthy living community are an inspiration and not some freak eating disorder/exercise cult. You can bet Marie Claire will be getting an email from me.

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154 Tracey October 4, 2010 at 1:46 pm

I think Marie Claire was totally out of line. But on a personal level, thanks for inspiring me. Am I going to run as much as you, probably never, but if I do half as much as you do in terms of exercise, I am going to be a much healthier person. There are times I don’t want to go to the gym, but reading your post has helped me get my gym shoes on.

Does reading your blog affect your readers? I have no doubt. But for the most part, its coming from a very positive place. And for those who might take something negative from your blog, they are also going to get the same influence from the skinny models plastered all over Marie Claire’s magazine.

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155 Ariffa October 4, 2010 at 1:53 pm

That article was a complete joke.
I’m so sorry this happened but if you just take a look at Marie Claire’s facebook page, you’ll see that a LOT of people have your back
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156 Comically Fit October 4, 2010 at 2:10 pm

So she explicitly stated that she would not “quote you saying how much *you* specifically make,” only to do just that in the article? That seems like a serious ethical issue.

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157 Kate@andwhenshesays October 4, 2010 at 2:11 pm

THANK YOU for the back story here. It breaks my heart to see you and other bloggers, as well as the Healthy Living Summit, slandered like this. It is another form of bullying, which we’re hearing so much about right now already. I suppose that’s the beauty of this blog world, though – everyone supports and encourages one another, and I hope you and the other bloggers who were so unfairly presented in this piece are feeling that right now!
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158 Deanna October 4, 2010 at 2:14 pm

That article was completely unfair and I wanted to express my support. I have loved your blog since the first day I read it and it has inspired me to make some healthier decisions in my life. To me, this is the purpose in the healthy living blogs – to inspire others to live healthy and fulfilling lives. I am not here to judge how many calories you eat every day, I am not here to judge you on the way you live your life, and anyone who does, is completely missing the point of this community. I love your blog, and I have to say, I will never buy another issue of Marie Claire because of this article…

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159 Andrea October 4, 2010 at 2:22 pm

It’s interesting to note the author of the article, Katie Drummond, has kind of an obsession with extremes and obsessions… And she herself is a triathlete… Her list of published works includes everything from OCD to exercise bulimia: http://katie-drummond.com/published_work/

Seems to me the Marie Claire article, besides being awful, was a cop-out for her writing experience, passing up the opportunity to challenge herself to write something positive!

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160 Silvina October 4, 2010 at 2:25 pm

When I first started ready this entry I knew EXACTLY where this was heading. Of course Marie Claire is going to misrepresent this AMAZING community! They want an eye catching article and writing about the truth is too boring for them! This just makes me think of other times I have read articles in beauty and fashion magazines that have been misconstrued to look a different way than it really is. You know what? Let them bash you guys all they wants, your followers and those that regularly visit and read blogs like yours know what this community really is about. I love your blog and I will definitely write a letter to this editor. Thanks for the candidness.

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161 Marika October 4, 2010 at 2:29 pm

I read the article earlier and was horrified. It felt like a punch in the gut to me as a fan of these blogs, so I can only imagine how it made you feel.
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162 Molly October 4, 2010 at 2:39 pm

Keep your head up. That writer obviously had no idea what she was getting into when she took on this generally tightly knit and supportive community! I just checked the marie claire facebook page…women from all over are popping up to defend you and the others. Sending you much love!
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163 Stephanie October 4, 2010 at 2:43 pm

That article was crap..I promptly wrote a letter to the editor.
I concluded with this paragraph

What I can tell you with certainty is I have long believed that magazines produced for young women my age (20s) is that they promote unhealthy images AND lifestyle choices that lead to many women to eating disorders, esteem issues, or at best confusion on how to live a healthy life. This article has further confirmed for me that your crap publication is apart of this destructive medium. You have chosen to try to tarnish the integrity and image of women who are working hard to promote health and fitness by sharing their lives with others. I am offended on behalf of the authors and also for their audience. I thought that Marie Claire carried a certain amount of journalistic integrity but this article is filled with unqualified opinion, lies, and nonsense.

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164 fittingbackin October 4, 2010 at 2:43 pm

I just wanted to tell you i’m so sorry this happened to you. How very disappointing. I left a note on Marie Claire’s facebook page – such a mean-spirited article. Hang in there.

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165 Tiff October 4, 2010 at 2:44 pm

I agree with Marie Claire. Your caloric intake is low and you have low self esteem and binge eat. Please get help Anderson!

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166 Emily G. October 4, 2010 at 3:39 pm

Low self-esteem? Really? I think she is booming with self-confidence. How do you know her caloric intake is low? She has stated many many times that she does not picture every bite that goes in her mouth..but mainly the bulk of her eats..correct me if I’m wrong..but I believe she said it’s 90/10. That extra handful of cereal in the morning, the few extra crackers she grabs at lunch or dinner..they add up. You don’t know what she eats and you don’t know the amount of calories it adds to her daily calories so who on earth are you to judge.

So Tiff, why don’t YOU get some help.

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167 Rachel S October 4, 2010 at 8:44 pm

Agree with Emily G…..I’ve been reading Meghann’s blog from the beginning and I see no binge behavior in any way shape or form. It’s clear from her personality that shines through her blog that she is confident and has a healthy relationship with food. So I think your comment was uncalled for Tiff.

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168 Evan Thomas October 4, 2010 at 8:56 pm

Low self-esteem? Meghann? You clearly do not follow her blog regularly.

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169 Nina October 4, 2010 at 9:49 pm

Worst. Comment. Ever. not even a good attempt at trolling. Get a life.

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170 Biz October 4, 2010 at 2:44 pm

I just read the article, and am appauled at how they slanted it. It’s bullshit that someone can take bits and pieces from all your blogs and call it the truth.

I am going to be emailing the editor Meghann – I will cc: you on the email! :D

Hugs!
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171 Katie (Life... Discombobulated) October 4, 2010 at 2:45 pm

I’m so glad you posted the contact info for the necessary MC person. I will be sending her an email, telling her exactly what I think of that article.
Beyond that, rest assured that your readers are behind all of you 100%. MC should be very nervous about the reality of losing 100,000′s of thousands of readers and potential readers. You’re all great – keep up the inspiring work!
Oh, and perhaps just the fuel you need to power through in Chicago??? :)

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172 RunningOnCoffee October 4, 2010 at 2:47 pm

Wow. Read the article. It’s too bad this journalist had to waste yours and the other 5 bloggers’ time coming up with such a crap-article. I can’t imagine how you must feel being mislead like that. You trusted her enough to share some information and she lied and tried to use it against you… I can’t believe how incorrect her interpretations of some of the bloggers’ posts are. She clearly left information out to make it look differently. I wanted to comment on her article, but refuse to join marieclaire just to do so. I hope this woman’s totally off-base article does not drive away any of your sponsors. On the plus side, imagine how many more readers and views she is driving to your blog and the other 5 blogs by mentioning the websites. Glad to hear there is a lot of support for you on facebook too. PS, I have never heard of “The Big 6.” I follow your blog and have come across a couple of the others mentioned (through clicking on links in your comment section) but did not consider the 6 of you to be affiliated in anyway.
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173 Bria October 4, 2010 at 2:49 pm

Reading that article was like reading a critique of the Titanic when the author had watched Legally Blonde. Two completely different things. Your response is mature, honest, and articulate. The author’s sentiments will be quickly dispelled when MC readers visit your site. That in itself speaks to the author’s indecency.
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174 Megan S October 4, 2010 at 2:52 pm

Editor,
I am a reader of three of the blogs mentioned in your article and I am appalled at the lengths your writer went to to sensationalize and distort the truth. It is obvious the article was aimed at people who have never read Tina, Kath’s or Meghann’s blogs. Any one who has read even a few posts from any of these writers knows how off base your article was.
For as many posts as there are touting healthy eating and large amounts of exercise there are more posts about cookies and beer and food festivals, dinners with friends, fun meals out and vacation splurges. I am all for realistic portrayals of concerns that healthy living blogs could lead to health obsession, but to distort the truth in the manner that you did was unethical journalism and I will no longer be purchasing or reading your magazine.
Thank you
Megan S

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175 Kristen October 4, 2010 at 2:59 pm

Meghann,

I have been reading your blog for almost a year now b/c I too was overweight and looking to make positive changes now that I have full-time job. I have never been concerned that you are too thin or obsessed with food and exercise. I don’t agree with the article, however I have not read the other blogs. I don’t think it’s fair that certain facts were taken from your blog and turned into a negative. I have always found your blog nothing but informative and inspirational in a POSITIVE light.

It’s too bad that the media has done this. However it isn’t surprising, the media is always searching for drama and a juicy-story. Perhaps they just wanted to shed light on eating disorders, but I’m sure they could have found blogs that focus on obsessive and unhealthy habits instead of picking on yours.

Keep you the good work; all of your readers know the truth and positive purpose of your blogs!
Kristen

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176 Katie October 4, 2010 at 3:10 pm

I am so sorry that you have gone through this and the article was completely unfair, in both its overall accuracy and personal attacks. That being said, a reoccuring theme on all of the “big six” bloggers responses (or rather, the bloggers that wrote responses) is that Meghann eats was too little. I’m not saying this to be mean but sometimes you need to step back and see that it is being pointed out….a lot.

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177 breakingsilence @ Freshman -15 October 4, 2010 at 3:18 pm

Wow. That article…I just have no words. TERRIBLE! Keep doing what you’re doing, Meghann!! Your blog has given me SO many ideas on how to eat healthier as an on the go college student!!
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178 Angela October 4, 2010 at 3:20 pm

Meghann,

When I first started to read Healthy Living Blogs, I read yours and most of the others of the Big Six (and yes, you have been referred to that before by many.) I was thrilled to learn that eating healthy food and exercising could be fun, not punishment.

That being said, as time wore on, I grew tired of the endless promotions of products and such. When some of your comrades started getting book deals, I was done. The quality of the writing on the majority of the Big Six blogs does not warrant a book deal. There are tons of talented writers out there who deserve book deals and I don’t like the fact that some are just getting it handed to them.

I think that if you are a popular blogger such as yourself, you do have a responsibility to make sure that you are careful when you write about food and exercise. It’s unfortunate that many folks cannot think for themselves and do just follow the trends of what is out there. Look at how Jenna tried to run so much before finally figuring out that she just wasn’t a runner. Not everyone is.

On my own personal blog, I talk about how we are all different and no one size fits all diet, exercise regime, etc, will fit anyone. I make sure that I emphasize that I do what works for ME, not what works for everyone.

Finally, I really think that you and the other Big Six should stop denying your popularity. Accept that you have it and that with it comes responsibility.

Whether or not the Marie Claire Article was cruel or misrepresented you is immaterial at this point. It brought up points that need to be addressed. Responding to the writer is not going to help – you need to respond to your readers and be honest with them. Perhaps you should each talk to an RD and have them evaluate your habits and then share them here. Bring the facts, not the emotion.

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179 kim October 4, 2010 at 4:15 pm

I agree 100% with this comment. The article brought up many points that I have discussed with many friends who are also avid blog readers. Whether or not this was the nicest way to bring it up is one issue – but the points she brought up are ones that others have thought about before. It isn’t something she made up that came just out of thin air that nobody has talked about.

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180 Krista October 4, 2010 at 4:50 pm

Bring the facts, not emotion? Meghann just copied us her correspondence with the author. I’m not sure how much more “factual” you can get than that.

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181 Angela October 4, 2010 at 4:52 pm

Hi Krista -I meant the facts as to whether or not what they are eating, exercising, etc, is all healthy or not. Are they healthy? Or are the dietitians right and they are not eating enough to support their lifestyles?

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182 Krista October 4, 2010 at 6:28 pm

Hi Angela,
I guess I’m confused as to what Meghann really needs to respond to… I’m a regular reader of her blog and I don’t think anything really needs to be addressed. Meghann is honest with us about her food and fitness habits… I don’t need an RD to tell me whether or not what she is doing is healthy. Plus, get a roomful of RDs and nutritionists together and you will get a roomful of different opinions as to what is “healthy”. And before you ask, yes, I’m in healthcare. I do know what I’m talking about. Ultimately what they will tell you is this… find out what works for you. Eat a balanced diet and get some exercise. Obviously Meghann is a healthy person- she is thin but not emaciated thin and shares not only the “health” food that she eats but also her indulgences. If you ever have a question or concern, she does her best to answer them. There’s nothing really left to respond to other than the harsh and bitter attack.

Maybe because I’ve been reading Meghann’s blog for so long it was easy for me to know exactly what was taken out of context and what was exaggerated. And, not that it matters, but I find the first point that you made in your comment to be incredibly ignorant and mean-spirited. These women did not have book deals handed to them… they pursued them and worked hard for them. So you don’t think their writing is legit? The only book that has come out so far is Operation Beautiful so you’re not really in a place to say whether or not their writing is “quality”. I’m sure the quality of writing they will do for the book is superior to what we see on the blog (no that I find anything wrong with it).

Do you follow these women blindly and accept everything they say as absolute truth? If so, then you probably need help outside of what the “facts” could give you. If you are a responsible person and recognize that you are reading about a lifestyle that a person has chosen for herself, then there is no need for that person to back up what they are doing with facts. They are simply sharing their life with you.

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183 Angela October 4, 2010 at 10:15 pm

Krista,

That was a thoughtful response and I think you articulated your points very well.

Absolutely, you must find what works for you.

I have been blogging for 4 years and I did follow all of their blogs for sometime. Like I said, I stopped reading them because I was tired of reading about products they had been sent to try, rather than what we call mindcasting – which talks about the big issues in life and our experiences. I guess I find the Big Six’s blogs to be more like “People” than say an “Experience Life” type of commentary.

Does that make sense?

184 Courtney October 5, 2010 at 7:04 am

Meghann shares her diet, exercise, and also personal information about her life which all proves she is healthy. She discusses things like doctor’s appointments and has addressed the period loss before. I think it is ridiculous to question her when she has put all of that out there and the facts were just ignored.

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185 MS October 4, 2010 at 5:10 pm

“Whether or not the Marie Claire Article was cruel or misrepresented you is immaterial at this point. ”

As a journalist I take offense to that statement. Regardless of the subject of your article it is never acceptable to knowingly misquote, misrepresent a subject or yourself, or place a quote out of context. That is what is being debated here.

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186 Angela October 4, 2010 at 10:16 pm

MS – I think it could be what is being debated here, but the big issues for myself and many others are the issues that the article brought up. I think that those need to be addressed, rather than just attacking the person who brought them up.

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187 Evan Thomas October 4, 2010 at 8:55 pm

“Whether or not the Marie Claire Article was cruel or misrepresented you is immaterial at this point. It brought up points that need to be addressed.”

How is this EVER immaterial?! This is a person’s character. What the author did was a horrible and humiliating thing. It’s easy for you to sit on your high horse as someone out of the picture but what if your name was listed there? How would you feel? Would it be so “immaterial”?

And I think it’s totally unfair to comment about books that haven’t even been released. You don’t know what they will contain, what kind of stories they’ll tell or recipes they’ll have, etc. You’re judging something that currently doesn’t even exist, which is irresponsible and wrong.

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188 Angela October 4, 2010 at 10:17 pm

Evan – I am basing my belief about said future books on what I’ve seen so far. The writing in general is not that great – there are errors all over the place in most of these blogs.

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189 Therese October 4, 2010 at 3:20 pm

I just wanted to share what I sent to the editor today:

Dear Editor,

My name is Therese Lean and I must say that I am severely disappointed over the article “The Hunger Diaries” in which, I am sure, you have already received COUNTLESS of complaints about already.

Regardless of the content of the article (Ms.Drummond is allowed to have her own opinion) I think it was deceptive to the bloggers she interviewed and greatly one-sided.

Is it common practice for Marie Claire to allow their contributers to not inform their interviewees if Ms. Drummond decided to change the theme of the article? Or did she actually purposefully deceive the bloggers from the start when they were contacted about how bloggers could make a living out of blogging? If so, then that would be completely unethical and these bloggers would have quite a case to take you and Ms.Drummond to court.

This article was completely one-sided and attacked these bloggers taking MANY of their words and actions, out of context. Ms. Drummond said said Caitlin Boyle ran 22 miles after “a day of light eating”?! When I go out for my long runs on Sundays I can only ever stomach having toast before a run, I fuel DURING my run and then I’m ravenous for the rest of the day and some days it doesn’t matter how much or WHAT it is I eat, I am STILL hungry when I hit the sack.

This article was ill-researched, full of assumptions, one-sided and slanderous.

As a healthy living blogger myself, I know that what I choose to share with the world is up for interpretation, especially seeing as I do not show everything I eat to my readers. But it’s also up to the reader to make sure they can handle the content on the site. To me, saying that these sites may trigger a relapse in someone suffering from disordered eating is like holding a wine site accountable for a recovering alcoholic relapsing. Our readers are also responsible for their own self care.

This article never looked at just how much these sites HELP other people. Three years ago I was 250lbs and have slowly dropped 90lbs. Last year, I discovered these “big 6? blogs and what I saw was a group of women who taught me to bring fruit and vegetables with me on long car rides instead of being at the mercy of vending machines. They taught me that I can say “no” when I’m full at a restaurant. They taught me that I can STILL eat a cupcake and NOT feel guilty for it. They taught me that it’s NORMAL to feel guilty if I miss a work out and understand that feeling guilty isn’t necessary! Their sites got me to literally throw out my scale because they ALL talked about how the number on the scale does NOT determine my value as a human being and what matters is that I am HAPPY. They taught me to eat REAL food, and taught me to make sure I have a fruit and/or vegetable at every meal. They are also the first to mention their own mistakes and have us learn from them.

But I never saw that represented in the article at all. I think that, in and of itself, was completely irresponsible and makes for very bad “journalism”.

I am disappointed in Marie Claire for printing an article that I don’t hesitate to say is tabloid material and you have certainly lost all respect from an entire community of young women who are in desperate need of responsible womens magazines.

Sincerely,

Therese Lean
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190 L October 4, 2010 at 4:27 pm

What a lovely letter.

Meghann– you rock and I’m high five-ing you all the way from St. Louis!

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191 PRT October 4, 2010 at 4:45 pm

Great letter!

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192 Dani October 4, 2010 at 5:33 pm

This was a great letter! Also, Caitlin ALWAYS prefaces her HTP success stories with if you have or are getting over an eating disorder and hearing this stuff might make you relapse then you shouldn’t read further. I’m not sure what else she or any of the other bloggers could possibly do.

If it weren’t for the “Big Six” (Today was the first time I heard that expression), I wouldn’t know about green monsters, kale chips and probably wouldn’t be training for my first 10K in November!!!

I too wrote a scathing email to the editor!
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193 Jinx October 4, 2010 at 3:25 pm

The article was totally unfair and biased. I really do hope Marie Claire does a another article on the positivity of healthy food blogs.

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194 FKP October 4, 2010 at 3:27 pm

This Katie Drummond girl has serious problems. She used to write a lot on the runnersworld.com forums, posting particularly in the nutrition forum. There’s a daily feature there called the “dailies” where people post their daily food intake in a list (they really do not elaborate any further than “breakfast: 2 pieces of toast. 1 tbsp lite butter. lunch: apple, cheesestick” etc you get the picture). She used to do it all the time and went to great lengths detailing her history of disordered eating and how she hated that she was gaining weight on her meal plan. IMO, she is far more liable for contributing to triggering others for disordered eating than any of the “big 6″ (major LOL at her obvious sensationalizing of who you guys are… sounds like you’re a mafia family or something!) Anyways, I found it in EXTREMELY poor taste of her to publish, in a widely circulated publication, that you lost your period. Beyond the fact that it can be chalked up to sooooo many different things besides what she was implying, it is a personal *girl* subject and from what I read in your post just now it doesn’t sound like you were giving her a thumbs up to print such personal things about you. Ugh. I seriously pity her. She’s the one who clearly needs help.

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195 Stacey (The Habit of Healthy) October 4, 2010 at 3:34 pm

I read all six blogs mentioned and love you all. I have never taken anything but positive messages away from your blogs and you have all helped me to become a healthier (and happier!) person. Reading magazines only ever lowered my self esteem and I stopped reading them in favour of blogs. I’ve never been more at peace with my body and have come to realise that perfection isn’t required.
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196 brandi October 4, 2010 at 3:43 pm

Hi Meghann!! First time commenter here! But I HAD to when I read this. I am a long time reader of both Marie Claire and your blog (among the others). After this article by Marie Claire I am no longer a reader as of today as I can no longer respect or trust (as much as you can trust a magazine to start with) anything they publish.

I have been a runner for 12 years but never challenged myself. After reading your blog, I became inspired and am training for my first marathon and feel better than ever!!!

Thank you for reaching out and sharing your life with us with honesty and integrity!

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197 Michelle October 4, 2010 at 3:44 pm

Isn’t it ironic that you were at the Food and Wine festival the very day this “story” broke? Keep doing what your doing, and I’ll keep reading.

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198 Kyra October 4, 2010 at 3:52 pm

I think it’s a shame that she did this to you and the other bloggers. Having an agenda and basically lying to your faces is unprofessional and disgusting. Keep up the awesome work on your blog. Your supporters will still believe in you and what you and the others are doing.

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199 Lori October 4, 2010 at 3:54 pm

A great big lesson for us all to look at EVERYTHING we read with a critical eye. I can think of some big names in the news who are constantly attacked and mischaracterized. Just remember not everything you read is true and journalists in particular want to sell articles. Sorry this happened to you. I am sure you have worked very hard.

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200 Lisa (bakebikeblog) October 4, 2010 at 4:29 pm

Oh my – what a whirlwind this article has created :( I am so sorry to see you going through this. Please stay strong – and keep doing what you are doing :) We are all behind you :)
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201 Kim October 4, 2010 at 4:34 pm

My post on the Marie Clare Facebook Page:

I do not carry an issue to Marie Claire, but after reading “Hunger Diaries” I never will. I am a fan of a majority of the bloggers that make up the “Big 6″ and have used their blogs as way to gather inspiration for writing my own blog. As KathEats said in a post today referring to blogging- “It’s a creative outlet.” We are all responsible for our own actions, so whatever information we take in from reading books, watching TV, and blogging it is our choice what we to do with that information in regards to our own bodies. So as for me I choose not to read Marie Claire and will continue to read the blogs I have come to love to read on a daily basis.
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202 PRT October 4, 2010 at 4:36 pm

I have been reading this and other of the “Big Six” blogs for nearly two years. I don’t usually comment as I don’t read everyday posts, but after reading this post and reading the MC article I felt the need to post something.

I’m angry, because even if I don’t know any of you personally I spent enough time reading your blogs to know that this kind of comments have to hurt, because before everything else, you are human.

Let it go. Obviously this article was written to be hurtful. MC is the kind of magazine promoting healthy articles in one page and emaciated models in the next so they are only seeing the mote in your blogs and not the beam in theirs.

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203 Adrianne October 4, 2010 at 4:41 pm

The article brought up a lot of valid points. Rather than you addressing any of the points in the article, you attack the woman who wrote it which is the easier issue to deal with. You may not like that she pointed out glaringly obvious disordered instances, but they are there for everyone to see.

I honestly find it kind of nauseating that you make so much money and hock so many products to readers under the guise of being honest. It seems shady and I will definitely be deleting you from my google reader.

Good luck.

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204 Angela October 4, 2010 at 4:53 pm

Totally agree with your first paragraph!

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205 Heather October 4, 2010 at 4:54 pm

I agree with you, Adrianne.

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206 Lindsay October 4, 2010 at 5:27 pm

Just curious – what products does Meghann hock? I find she’s one of the bloggers with the least sampling/trips/blatant OpenSky promotions…

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207 Rachel S October 4, 2010 at 8:50 pm

I second Lindsay’s comment…Meghann made it clear that she has greatly reduced the number of products she samples and reviews from companies. I know I’m not the only one who appreciates this, as it seemed at one point that on many blogs, the product reviews were getting to be too much.

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208 Evan Thomas October 4, 2010 at 8:51 pm

There’s a big difference between “not like that she pointed out glaringly obvious disordered instances”, and having your name publically humiliated in a national magazine. No matter what the point the author was trying to make, she blatantly threw these girls under the bus in an unfair manner, and defending herself is the least Meghann can do.

Also, I have never once left this blog feeling pressured to buy something. And I can’t even say that about most of the blogs I like.

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209 Chelsea @ Strawberry Sweat October 4, 2010 at 4:42 pm

Again, you addressed this issue with so much grace and poise. You and the other girls addressed in this article should be proud of yourselves for being nice, gracious girls who show poised strength even when you are openly attacked in a well-known magazine. Celebrities have nothing on you girls!!
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210 Stephanie October 4, 2010 at 4:43 pm

The more I hear about the author of this article, the more clear the picture becomes. This is straight up jealousy. There are endless comparisons between this woman and the six of you. She used to be a food blogger, she’s a writer, she does triathalons etc…I honestly think she is jealous of the sucess that you have all obtained and took it out in a sneaky and extremely hurtful way. Marie Claire is a fashion magazine that makes money on stick thin models, fad diet tricks, and photo shopping. They wouldn’t know healthy if it hit them in the face. Not exactly the most reliable source. For what it’s worth, anyone that reads your blogs knows that all of you are healthy and love what you do. I’ve been reading most of your blogs for almost two years and have never once thought any of you had an ED or any other sort of issue. I’m proud of all of you for responding with grace and maturity. Keep your chin up and grow from this- it can only make you stronger!

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211 Katie October 4, 2010 at 4:43 pm

Meghann, just want to THANK YOU for being brave enough to put yourself out there and blog every day. You guys in the “big 6″ – haha – have been an encouragement for me when I needed it the most and meeting the other amazing women at the HLS and the support and knowledge I received there changed my life for the better. Just wanted you to know that I support YOU and keep doing what you’re doing!

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212 Kristen October 4, 2010 at 4:51 pm

I forgot to add that Weight Watchers teaches you to practice “Food Sabatoging” as was mentioned in the article as a way to practice self-control so you don’t eat all of a dessert or finish off the lasagna left-overs. This is a “tip” that was given my our leader in one of the meetings.

I don’t see Marie Claire attacking WW for their practices!

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213 Heather October 4, 2010 at 4:53 pm

weight watchers is also targeted to people who need to LOSE weight, not Meghann.

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214 Dani October 4, 2010 at 5:24 pm

This article was so one-sided and hypocritical seeing as they have a picture of super skinny Katie Holmes on the cover and underneath the “Hunger Diaries” was a link to how I can lose weight and starve myself via juice fast. Not to mention the blatant photoshopping that takes place! It is so sad that they could take something so positive like healthy living and turn it into something negative! I wrote a scathing email to their editor!!!
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215 Katie October 4, 2010 at 5:53 pm

I’m not one who usually comments, and I have to admit I haven’t read the article you’re talking about yet. But I would like to add that your blog and those of the other bloggers involved in the Healthy Living Summit are nothing but a positive influence in my life. Thank you for blogging!

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216 Cin October 4, 2010 at 6:04 pm

As someone who does have the schooling and qualifications to back the reasons behind my opinions, I will honestly say that while I greatly enjoy your blog as well as a few of the others mentioned, I believe that if you ladies did go to a doctor or nutritionist with a documented record of your meals and exercise for a week, you’d find how most have been doing it incorrectly.

I believe that what hurts this wonderful community so much is that people like Meghann and the others post information of their lifestyles with such good intentions and don’t even realize that some of what you’re eating and promoting to others is actually unhealhty.

Fruits, veggies, whole grains, and lean meats are all good for you! But from a nutritional standpoint, your meals are not usually balanced. I know that this hurts to hear, but it is the truth. And I also believe that it is not something most are aware of. So it’s not that you’re really doing this on purpose, it’s just that it’s almost a blind leading the blind type of situation and not intentional.

You eat very little protein to sustain the miles of running you do. While having greek yogurt every morning and almond butter everyday is a great source of protein, it’s not fulfilling your daily requirement. Doing rough calculations using a guestimation of your weight, I’d say you need at least 70-75 grams of protein each day, and that’s guestimating low.

I in no way mean this as a personal attack on your or the others (because your blog is one I do visit multiple times a day), but I’m just saying that as an outsider, there are some things for you to work on. I love reading your blog and the others because what you guys do IS inspiring others. It’s a double-edged sword for me because I worry others will emmulate your meals too exactly, but the fact that you are making so many people want to get their lives on track is such a positive aspect.

The article made some valid points and took a lot out of context for shock value. From the e-mails you posted, it’s clear her intentions when she first contacted you were far different from the outcome. And the fact that she discussed your menstration is just horrifying to me since that article could have easily gotten the same point across without that tidbit. Seriously?

I hope that all bloggers take something from this experience and that it’s positive. I know that none will stop blogging from this, which is good, but it’d be a shame if none of you really evaluated yourselves in order to learn and grow.

But as they say, there’s no such thing as bad press. This negative article may sting and some sponsors may drop, but I guarantee Googling your name now will end up with thousands of more hits than before. I believe that blogging for profit is an entrapuneral venture and this will, in the long run, boost stock of your name, Meghann Anderson, and Meals and Miles to a new level of success and allow you to reach more people, and hopefully, in an even more positive way.

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217 Evan Thomas October 4, 2010 at 8:47 pm

I think one of the things I find most inspiration about these bloggers is how they get up and post each and every day what they eat, “nutritionally balanced” by the book or not. Most people in this country will have chicken wings as a meal with a side of M&M’s. And here are these girls spreading healthy eating and vegetable loving. I don’t think it’s fair to say that her protein needs aren’t being met because absolutely everyone is different and thrives on different diets; there’s no one-sized-fits-all way to eat, and there’s no reason a personal blog should have to conform to a government standard or even defend itself for not doing so.

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218 Rachel S October 4, 2010 at 8:54 pm

Agree with Evan!!

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219 Jae October 4, 2010 at 6:12 pm

Meghann,
I’m OUTRAGED at Marie Claire right now.
You see, I crash dieted before I found Tina’s blog and then everyone elses’.
I cant even BEGIN to tell you how much it has done for my self esteem to be able to actually not get out of breath whenever Im doing ANY form of exercise. I love the fact that I know there is backup if I ever feel like Im slipping. I love reading about your lives because it makes me think that my life isnt so abnormal afterall. I love all the new foods and types of exercises that I’ve found and it’s really rallied me on when i feel down.
HEALTHY LIVING BLOGS ARE A MUST because they allow people to discover and rejuvenate themselves. My eating disorder, before I found hlb’s, was BAD. Now, I’m truly on the road to recovery. As a H.S. senior, it hasnt been easy, but man have HLB’s helped.
-Jae

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220 Jillian @ Reshape Your Life October 4, 2010 at 6:23 pm

Meghann… I’m so sorry all of you have to go through this. Just know that you are strong, beautiful and incredibly inspiring! I haven’t read your blog for too long (just a few months) but I find that reading your blog (and the others mentioned) has really helped me change my life FOR THE BETTER. Keep your head up, you will only end up stronger in the end!
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221 Mary October 4, 2010 at 6:28 pm

As a rule, I do not read fashion/beauty magazines because I feel they promote unhealthy choices. So many of these magazines, including Marie Claire, feature models/actresses who are far below the ‘normal’ range on the BMI scale on their covers, they contain articles with titles such as ‘Lose 20lbs in 2 Weeks Without Exercising!, and they are paid for with ads for botox, liposuction and various diet pills.

I’m sorry that you and the other bloggers were subjected to the writer’s poor excuse for journalism. You should all be proud of yourselves, your accomplishments and your desire to share your healthy lives.

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222 Courtney October 4, 2010 at 6:42 pm

Thank you for responding, and this article throws around some rude, accusatory facts at you and the other bloggers. That’s just not fair.

At the same time, as someone who’s recovered from an eating disorder, I 100% admit that blogs like yours could be triggering at times, and still are. When I’d see how you exercised and ate so healthily, my goal was to do the same. This is in no way your fault and it wasn’t healthy for me. But I see where Marie Claire is coming from when they say healthy living blogs can “fuel the fire” of eating disorders, per se. I’m at a normal weight now and can enjoy whatever foods I want- I’m only 17, I deserve to enjoy my fast metabolism :) This article was rude and derogatory toward you, and MC had no right to say that stuff about you and all the HLBers in general. I hope you can put this behind you and take the high road (which you clearly already care), but realize that some stuff HLBs say can be triggering, and while you can’t control who reads your blog and you have the freedom to post whatever you want, please censor yourself from talking about diet tricks/weight #s/etc. I’m just looking out for everyone who hasn’t recovered yet. Peace,
-C
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223 Courtney October 4, 2010 at 7:02 pm

Now that I’ve recovered, your blog is so helpful and inspiring- I really look up to you and meeting you would be like meeting a celebrity! You remind me what it really means to be healthy: exercise because you enjoy it, eat foods you like, and have a wonderful family and friends! :)
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224 Mary Beth October 4, 2010 at 6:42 pm

I’ve only been following your blog (and others mentioned in the article) for a few months ago, but I still feel qualified to say that that article is so misdirected, it’s not even funny. I think you summed it up best when you said “I just assume people have common sense.” YOU are sharing YOUR life and YOUR experiences…not making ANY kind of statement about how anyone else should be living their lives. Blogs like this are such a source of inspiration and ideas (for new workouts, for new recipes, for new restaurants, for new things to do for fun…among other things), and none of these benefits is even hinted at in the article. Keep up the awesome work!

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225 Kate October 4, 2010 at 6:47 pm

Just another comment to say thanks for the blogging (forget Marie Claire)! I have had problems with disordered eating in the past, and healthy food blogs have been nothing but positive for me. Seems you have a lot of other readers who feel the same way!

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226 Adrienne October 4, 2010 at 6:51 pm

Your and others’ blogs have what most magazines lack- an honest and healthy approach to eating, exercise, and life in general. Women are FINALLY breaking free from the unrealistic restrictions and images portrayed BY fashion magazines such as Marie Claire; for all we know, Katie Drummond’s article was merely an attempt (in vain, no doubt) to salvage her fleeting industry of negativity. HLBs are inspirational and educational. No, I’m not inspired to lose a ton of weight or to survive on minimal calories. I’m inspired to experience new things and live each day to the fullest- what’s more healthy than that!? :) Keep it up!!!

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227 Geneviève October 4, 2010 at 6:55 pm

I know this must be so hard on you and you have much better things to be thinking and worrying about (aka your marathon!). Hang in there… this whole situation will eventually settle down… Whatever you do, please don’t ever doubt yourself – keep being great!!

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228 Amanda October 4, 2010 at 7:07 pm

Meghann,

You are amazing and inspire me daily!!! Keep up the good work I really appreciate everything you do and your healthy tips and recipes and work outs keep me coming back daily (oh yeah and that cute little Maddie!). Katie Drummond wrote a disgustingly bitter one-sided rant that is deplorable to anyone who considers themselves a journalist or writer. I hope you and the other “Big Six” (really?) get published apologies for that so-called article. It’s so obvious you all are doing great things to encourage a healthy lifestyle, and please keep it up because we as your readers love it! If you’re someone with half a brain you know you all aren’t trying to say be exactly like me, but you are showing us what you do to keep yourself fit because a lot of people have no one to turn to and these blogs are an amazing way to get healthy ideas for eating and living! I just hope another actual quality magazine can see this response and do an actually well written piece on the healthy living blog world.

I’m off on a 4 mile run! Dedicating it to you and the other girls and the healthy way you inspire me to live! Thank you so much for everything! I’ll keep coming back and reading!!! :) So jealous of your day at Epcot yesterday!

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229 Duchess of Fork October 4, 2010 at 7:08 pm

Meghann- you are a wonderful inspiration to us all! I can’t imagine how hard it is to swallow this terrible article, but you will rise above. You were put on this earth to be a positive influence to people wanting to make healthy changes in their lives. Keep it up. I think you’re amazing!! :)
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230 Amy* October 4, 2010 at 7:23 pm

I’ve your blog for a long time but never commented. I just want you to know that anyone who reads your blog knows that you were misrepresented. If rollercoasters make me sick, that doesn’t mean that they should stop building them. It means that I need to not ride them. If reading healthy living blogs causes someone to make unhealthy choices, that person needs to stop reading them.

I hope that you keep doing what you’re doing and ignore the haters. I love your blog and I plan to keep reading what you write!*

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231 Ellen @FirednFabulous October 4, 2010 at 7:23 pm

This is EXTREMELY disappointing, especially coming from a magazine I have always enjoyed and found reputable. I’m sorry you had to go through it, but hopefully something positive will come from the whole ordeal. I’m sure it will.
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232 Cait October 4, 2010 at 7:49 pm

I find that their message of concern regarding people with EDs encountering HLBs as triggers is too much buried in libelous, out-of-context accusations towards you and the girls to even make a proper argument. If they wanted to get that specific point across, they could have done so without making such outrageous conclusions about each of your own so-called “disordered” lives. Instead of shedding light on the situation, they created an angry mob by calling you guys out and twisting certain examples to make you all sound like bad guys.

I only read a few of the bloggers in the article – you and Caitlin – for at least a year and I have never found any reason to believe that what you were doing was wrong in any way. I had to do a double-take at some of what was said because I thought, I have DEFINITELY seen a balance of healthy meals and indulgences, and no evidence that you were over-exercising.

I feel hurt FOR you, especially since it seemed as though the article was supposed to go in another direction topic-wise. And again, I see the value in the topic itself, but absolutely do not approve of the way they went about it.
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233 Amy Pacheco October 4, 2010 at 7:55 pm

I think the article is an insult to the ladies as well as to the readers in the blog community … I believe in what the healthy living blog world does — which is why I read and will continue to read…
My mini-rant:
http://love4living.blogspot.com/2010/10/hunger-diaries-aye.html
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234 Lily @ Lily's Health Pad October 4, 2010 at 7:55 pm

I don’t know what else to say other than you have my support and sympathy!

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235 Ben Anderson October 4, 2010 at 7:58 pm

This article about my sister truly hurts me. My big sister has been in my life since the day I was born; she has always stood by me and has always shown me the right way of doing things. Not only do I look up to both my sisters for being the most amazing athletes that I’ve ever known, but also look up to them because they are the most honest and true hearted people I have ever met in my life. Meg has inspired me to run and the feeling that I get crossing the finish line of a race is one of true joy and satisfaction that you know you have just completed a task that not many others of the world would even think about trying. Katie Drummond can falsify all the facts that she wants but it will never change the view that I have. If she truly knew what my sister has done not only with her life and others, she would see that the article she has submitted is simply stated, childish. I hope that all of you bloggers and readers on this blog will know that my sister does good with her life and would never intend to “hurt” anyone. This is only my opinion. I love you big sis

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236 Evan Thomas October 4, 2010 at 8:43 pm

If this were facebook, I would “like” this so much.

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237 Meghan October 4, 2010 at 8:59 pm

beautifully said, and so real.

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238 Alyssa October 4, 2010 at 9:00 pm

Ben, I love this post :) Way to stand-up for your big sister and speak from the heart.

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239 Lauren @ Team Giles October 4, 2010 at 10:20 pm

Meghann you have a great brother! So supportive. :)

You’re awesome girl! This community loves you. Don’t stop being YOU!
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240 Raya @ Raya Runs October 4, 2010 at 10:39 pm

Awww!!! I <3 This!!! I even teared up a little. Family is the best support :)
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241 Hillary October 4, 2010 at 8:11 pm

Hey Meghann,

I read your blog every day, but this is the first time I’ve ever commented. I just wanted to let you know what you’ve already heard from hundreds of others—that I think the MC article is crap. In short, I suffered from bulimia and exercise-induced bulimia for several years, deprived myself of foods that I loved (and many that I needed), and was overall very unhappy with my body and weight for as long as I could remember. Even when I was at my lowest weight (about four years ago), I was miserable because it was nearly impossible to maintain. Reading blogs like yours (and Kath’s) helped me realize that I wasn’t doing myself any favors living like I was, but that I could be healthy and much, much happier if I did things in moderation.

In particular, I remember a post of yours a while back re: your body’s changes during marathon training. As I am currently training for my first half marathon (two weeks away!), the post resonated with me. You said something along the lines of becoming proud of your body for what it can do, not the number on the scale or on the inside of your jeans. I finally realized, with your help, that I am LUCKY and my body can do incredible things…if I let it. I have become so proud of my body and what it allows me to do—run, Bikram yoga, dance, whatever, on a daily basis, that the little things that used to drive me crazy do not nearly bother me as much any more.

Thank you for your honesty. Keep it up. You are helping people every day. May you never forget that.

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242 Alison (Ali on the Run) October 4, 2010 at 8:29 pm

Wow… This is shocking and so sad. The blogging community is such an encouraging, amazing one. Reading your blog inspired me to start my own! All of you amazing women totally have my support. Keep up the AMAZING work. You’ve got countless loyal readers and we all stand by you. You rock.
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243 Sarah K. @ The Pajama Chef October 4, 2010 at 10:42 pm

I agree! Big dittos here :)
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244 Dee October 4, 2010 at 8:33 pm

Hi Meghann – I wanted to take a moment to say Thank you (to you and the others who were written about) for being so open and sharing of yourselves with your blog readers. :) We really appreciate it. <3

Much respect,
Dee.xoxo
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245 amanda October 4, 2010 at 8:47 pm

o my goodness what a total b*^%$ that woman who wrote the article was…its unfortunate how fake she was to u guys! I have only ever encountered one blog I view to be a little extreme (extremely vegan only eating vegetables basically very odd) and it was none of u 6 ladies! but think of it this way…you are gonna get some new viewers this way so yall can have the last laugh against this article writer!

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246 Rachel S October 4, 2010 at 9:01 pm

Just wanted to say, thank you so much for sharing your life with us…I’ve been a reader since the beginning and I can assuredly say that your meal ideas/photos/training and race recaps have been nothing but an inspiration to me! I probably wouldn’t have gotten back into running within the past year if it hadn’t been for the motivation I found on yours and others’ blogs. Seriously, your blog and the others have changed my life for the better…it really saddens me how the author of the MC article went about writing it. What she did was completely unethical! Her stated intentions for writing the article were basically a sneaky way to get information from you that she could take out of context and misconstrue. I really do appreciate your honesty to your readers and giving us the complete story of how this article came about, so thank you! Keep up with the blog and don’t let this get you down, you rock!!

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247 CFMommee October 4, 2010 at 9:05 pm

I’m inspired by M&M and find it incredibly motivating! Not to mention some great recipe ideas…like the zuke cakes. After reading your response first, then the “article” (I use that term loosely), I put my shoes on, plopped my infant charge in the jogging stroller and took him for a 2.5 mile walk. Take THAT, Marie Claire!

While I understand those comments about people with EDs looking for reasons to relapse, I don’t think that is Meghann’s responsibility. She has never said “Do what I do and you will look like me.” She’s merely documenting her journey.

And I FIRST learned about food sabotage at a Weight Watchers meeting. And I’ve done it to help me meet my weight lose goals. Does this mean I have an eating disorder? Gee whiz, I hope not!

BTW, LOVE the comments on Big 6 t-shits. I’d get one!

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248 Mindy October 4, 2010 at 9:07 pm

Congratulations on taking the high road and posting an honest reply to the complete nonsense wrote in that article. I have watched you make healthy changes in your life and share the daily struggle it takes to live healthy and you are an inspiration to people trying to do the same. Obviously the author of this article completely missed the point of healthy living blogs- you write about food and exercise because that is the focus of your blog not because of an unhealthy obsession- should we stop reading blogs about people’s animals because they post too many pics of their pets????

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249 Anna @ Doing Good and Living Well October 4, 2010 at 9:09 pm

Meghann, I’m so sorry you were attacked in a national forum for trying to encourage a healthier life style. Just wanted to let you know that you have been in my thoughts today and I think you’re handling this in a very, very classy manner. (Marie Claire could take some lessons from you!)
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250 Jerilynne October 4, 2010 at 9:13 pm

Hi Meghann,

I follow your blog daily and even though I don’t usually comment much, in light of everything that happened today, I just wanted to say THANK YOU for being yourself and putting yourself out there on your blog. Anyone who reads even just a few posts will see how much of a positive, wonderful inspiration you are!!

xo

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251 Laura October 4, 2010 at 9:14 pm

I have been reading your blog a little over a year and have never commented before. This article from Marie Claire finally prompted me to respond. I found the article infuriating and amazingly biased. The article completely misportrayed all of you and gave an unfair and slanted portrait of they healthy living blog community. You and all the other women are an inspiration and your daily accounts are something I look forward to every day. Thanks for your honesty and inspiration. You honestly motivate me on days when I need an extra boost. Keep up the good work!

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252 Lauri (RedHeadRecipes.com) October 4, 2010 at 9:20 pm

Hello! If anything, the article in Marie Claire has ignited a fire in the ‘blog community!!’ I’ve never read your blog before, but I just added it to my Google Reader–> So thanks Marie Claire for exposing me to yet another INSPIRING blog!!!
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253 April B. October 4, 2010 at 9:22 pm

Meghann, I’m sorry that this article has created such a negative swarm in what I feel is such a positive forum. I do think people have to utilize common sense when reading blogs and realize that a) we’re only seeing a portion of your life that you choose to share and b) we have to make the best decisions about food/exercise for ourselves. In general, I think HLBs are very motivating and create a great sense of community. In your case especially, I find that you live similarly to me and I like feeling like I have a comrade working toward the same goals. I HATE that the author pointed out distance running as some sort of disordered behavior. As a fellow marathoner, I think distance running is a great way to stay in shape and work toward goals IF people train and fuel properly.
Put this behind you as soon as you can and keep your chin up. I hope to have the chance to meet you at the Chicago Marathon!!
April

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254 Rachel October 4, 2010 at 9:27 pm

I’ve never posted here before, but I wanted to share my post to Marie Claire’s FB wall.

“Unlike Katie Drummond (who, BTW, calls herself a gym spaz, whatever that means), I did some research before commenting here. Each Drummond article I read had a belittling and condescending tone. Chastising gym members for setting a New Year’s goal? In another piece, she opposes another writer who details the negatives of triathalon training, I assume because that is/was Drummond’s sport of choice. Maybe she’s just a downer, I don’t know.

I read 3 of her articles and have no desire to read any more of her work. Who needs that kind of negativity?

And calling out the bloggers for posting their heights, weights, and goals? Yeah, Marie Claire, it’s much healthier to sing the praises of celebrities who have nutritionists, stylists, trainers, chefs, nannies, dog walkers, and car washers and make the everyday person feel less than perfect for being a more than a size… zero. (That’s sarcasm, BTW.)

I’m not a blogger or even an everyday blog reader. But now, I’ll be subscribing to these blogs and unsubscribing to MC. When’s the next Healthy Living Summit? Sign me up!”

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255 Samantha October 4, 2010 at 9:33 pm

YOU are a truly stunning woman. I look up to you SO MUCH. When I first came across the food blogging universe, I felt like this was what I needed in my life. Being a person who has lived with the constant teasing and ridicule about my weight and how I was unhealthy ( a lot of which was from my PARENTS. ) I finally felt that these food bloggers were the answer to me on how to be healthy. I never looked at any of you beautiful, talented, inspirational, strong women as a bad influence. The article was just ridiculous. To attack innocent individuals and twist their words around is horrifying. Especially a magazine that influences so many young women (sadly.) I will continue following all of your lives journeys and try your recipes and celebrate your achievements with you because I consider you to be a friend. For you to live your life and share it with us I feel honored to be able to be apart of it. Keep on doing all you do, Meghann, because you are AMAZING.

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256 Cate October 4, 2010 at 9:35 pm

Meghann,
Your blog is one the first ones I discovered a few months ago and I now look forward to your posts and inspiration. You, and the other bloggers that were attacked in the article, have inspired me to try new things like certain foods and running. I just want to thank you for all of the time you put into your blog. You are awesome and I look forward to reading more about your running, eating, and traveling adventures! :)
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257 Monica October 4, 2010 at 9:35 pm

You and the other bloggers have handled this SO gracefully and honestly and that speaks volumes. I love reading you guys’ blogs because they’ve really helped me to stay on the right track health and eating-wise. It took me years after college to realize that I wasn’t eating healthily and needed to exercise more. Knowing that I was in the same boat as SO many others was such a great feeling, knowing that I could make these changes permanently because others did and still are was priceless knowledge. Do I sometimes think I’m lazy because I haven’t worked out/signed up for a race/am not running marathons and doing awesome workouts everyday? Yeah. But it’s not a bad thing, I know what works for me, and know when I need to give myself a kick in the seat to get moving again, because it’s about being HEALTHY and HAPPY with me as a whole person, just like your blogs are. :) Keep up the inspiration!

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258 Chanity October 4, 2010 at 9:38 pm

I got to the part of Marie Clair where it mentioned you and your friends blogs, and from there started to go to each one of them. I havnt read the article yet. All I know thus far is, I am so thankful they put each one of your blogs in the magazine, because I’ve been needing to find great blogs like these and never thought to blog about food and excersice, I’m always reading about fashion. But being fit and eating right and working out are very important things to me. They enable me to have a healthy happy life! And I’m so thankful there are so many people out there who share the same passions, and I’m so thankful that there are people out there who blog about it! Whatever Marie Clair said I’m sure it’s a very biased opinion. Eating disorders can’t be given to people, that starts long before they read a blog post. That is something you can’t give to people. So, im not sure if I’ll read the Marie Claire article, but I’m thankful that I found you, and your 5 other friends blog through the headline!! God bless.

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259 Maggie @ Say Yes to Salad October 4, 2010 at 9:39 pm

I just blogged about it. Can’t believe that they attacked you guys like that. I don’t comment much anymore, but know that you were always such an inspiration for me! And you still are. <3

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260 Debbie October 4, 2010 at 9:49 pm

I am shocked. I just sent an email off to the editor of Marie Claire. I have never written to an editor in my life. But I had to stand up for you.

I want you to know that you have inspired me and you do it every day. Don’t stop writing and sharing with us.

Thank you always!

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261 holly @ yepiatethat October 4, 2010 at 10:13 pm

I just found myself commenting on another blog that supports the article and praises Katie Drummond.. the author actually says that she is jealous of KD and wishes that she had been taking notes on the “weight loss” blogs and that she could have written the article.. Anyhow…
You’re blog is an inspiration, to me and many more. Showing us that you can work full time, have a social life, and still exercise (marathon anyone?) without compromising and eating fake-out-of-a-box food.
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262 Marcy October 4, 2010 at 10:16 pm

Just let it go, Meghann….anger and a response to the editor at the magazine is just what they are hoping for to sell more magazines. Just brush this off and move forward. This is the first but won’t be the last time a journalist contacts you girls looking for a story. Learn from the experience and move on.

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263 Courtney October 4, 2010 at 10:16 pm

I’m a long-time reader, long-time lurker but for this one even I’m coming out of the woodwork! You do not deserve to be portrayed the way that this article presents you. I am sad that you are dealing with this bad press, but don’t you dare let it convince you that you should change who you are in any way. You are far more real than a magazine and you are living your life. Learn what you can from this and keep being the woman that inspires so many!

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264 Susan October 4, 2010 at 10:17 pm

Just remember you are an inspiration to me. I have been following you, HTP and others for almost 2 years. I will be running my second marathon (NYC) in November. YOU inspired me to do my first! I look forward to learning new ways to eat real food. I am completely happy with me! I contribute a part of my happiness to you and the other Healthy Living bloggers. Maybe if a few more people read your blogs, we wouldn’t have such an obesity problem in America?? Please keep being you and doing what you do!

PS: Good luck in Chicago! I ran it last year and it was GREAT!

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265 Melissa October 4, 2010 at 10:23 pm

Meghann,

I read your blog everyday and I absolutely love your enthusiam and positive attitude. I was appalled at the Marie Claire article and shocked that the writer could possibly turn such a wonderful community into something so terrible. Your blog has helped me understand the importance of keeping a wonderful balance of eating and exercising for health not to be stick skinny. Dont change what you’ve been doing because of one awful article by someone who clearly should not be in journalism. Keep up the good work!!

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266 Jason Sadler October 4, 2010 at 10:44 pm

Look at the support here… just awesome. Marie Claire can suck a lemon.

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267 RunnignOnCoffee October 4, 2010 at 10:55 pm

Apparently this author has been on the whole food-blog thing since at least August of 2009. She interviewed a food blogger and touched on some of her “concerns” in this interview: http://trueslant.com/katiedrummond/2009/08/27/blogging-for-balance-a-qa-with-heather-demetra/

Here’s another where she mentions how little she thinks of magazines “those mags that feature interchangeable, hard-bodied celebrity cover models”
http://trueslant.com/katiedrummond/2010/01/16/katharine-mcphee-shape-magazine-bulimia/

(Yet she just wrote an article for one!)

Though I guess I should stop searching her name for other articles she’s written (like about how Taylor Lautner MUST be taking Steroids!) because that’s exactly what she wants out of this.

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268 Pam October 4, 2010 at 11:00 pm

Hey Meghann, I love your blog and think you are inspiring, keep it up and don’t worry about what others say. If you are eating what is right for you and not losing weight when you don’t want to, then obviously you are eating enough to fuel your body through the exercise that you love to do.

I look forward to reading about your adventures each day.

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269 Natalie October 4, 2010 at 11:28 pm

Though this may be overkill at this point – I LOVE your blog and appreciate you opening your life and habits to the public to help others. Your blog (as well as Caitlin’s, Jenna’s, and Kath’s, etc.) have COMPLETELY transformed the way I eat in a 100% positive way. Keep on doing what you’re doing. Please! : )

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270 Toronto Girl West October 4, 2010 at 11:45 pm

I stand behind you 100%

In fact I consider your blog so genuine and a true inspiration. Thank-you for sharing and being yourself.

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271 Christina October 4, 2010 at 11:47 pm

I am so sorry! As a former journalist myself, I am appalled at the author’s actions. She obviously wanted to write this type of story before ever even contacting any of you and gathered quotes and took things out of context to make all of you look bad. You live a healthy, active, well-balanced lifestyle and quite frankly, as a non-runner and average eater, part of why I like your blog so much is that you seem like a great person (and you are from Florida like me lol). A quote you might like: The wise man in the storm prays to God, not for safety from danger, but for deliverance from fear. -Ralph Waldo Emerson. You’ve got no reason to fear an unprofessional writer or a ridiculous story. And, finally, after it all sinks in you might consider contacting a lawyer….defamation, false light invasion of privacy, etc.

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272 Kim October 5, 2010 at 3:44 am

I support you 100%!

You are an inspiration, a healthy, life loving inspiration!!
Thank you for letting us into your life, and I wish you all the best with whatever is to come!!

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273 sarah (the SHU box) October 5, 2010 at 7:20 am

late on this, but of course i had to write a response . . .

hope you are doing okay — it’s a new day!
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274 Courtney October 5, 2010 at 7:22 am

I have known Meghann for a long time – through childhood and high school – and this article really rubbed me the wrong way. I can honestly say that I know some of the insecurities she felt in the past because I shared them and it makes me proud to see her conquer them and accomplish so much. I still struggle with my insecurities through food and exercise, and it shows. I have been inspired by Meghann and her openness to work much harder on my own habits to lead a better lifestyle for myself and my family. Sure, there is a tinge of jealousy that she has so much strength and accomplishment – but she has worked hard for it. It is unfair for people to try to take away something that has obviously made her so happy. She has divulged information that she shouldn’t have to – about doctor’s appointments for example – to “keep it real” and show people that she isn’t harming her body and is doing her best to keep herself simply healthy.

Anyway, Meghann thank you for being inspiring to me. Thank you for providing me daily motivation to try and better my own life. I honestly wish back in the day I had known some of the personal stuff you have shared here because it has made me feel like I struggled blindly alongside you instead of being able to maybe overcome it together. It is kind of sad to me that I feel closer to you now just by reading your blog than I did when I saw you on a regular basis. I hope you know that people who know your personally are proud of you regardless of what anyone that tries to tear you down might say. <3

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275 Dori October 5, 2010 at 7:51 am

Wow you have 274 comments already. Well, I’ll chime in now! I really like the way you wrote this response, by including your correspondence with Katie Drummond. This way, everyone can see clearly how you were duped and lied to, and how she had her own agenda. This is so much more effective than just defending every false claim she made about you and I am so glad you thought to post this way.

That said, I do think Katie had some valid points in her article, which unfortunately got buried in the venom she used to try and take down you and your friends. It is a shame she could not have written a more leveled article that could have opened up the discussion without causing so much anger and attack.
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276 Amanda October 5, 2010 at 8:07 am

My heart goes out to you and the other 5 bloggers. It’s unfortunate that a writer made a dark story out of 6 bloggers who have so much positive energy to share. You are such a wonderful person, energetic and motivating blogger, and delightful friend.

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277 Courtney (Pancakes & Postcards) October 5, 2010 at 8:33 am

meghan, i am so sorry this happened. but i think its pretty clear that this comnmunity IS supportive and is behnd you 100% no matter what crap others are throwing out. hang in there. you will overcome this!
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278 Mary October 5, 2010 at 8:52 am

Meghann You are beautiful inside and outside. thank you for inspiring me to achieve my running goals and be healthier and happier. I’ll see you in chicago :)
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279 MaryBe October 5, 2010 at 8:59 am

I’m so sorry this happened to you and the other girls. I read all of your blogs and love them. The author definitely had an agenda and I don’t know why. Why did she bother to interview all of you if she had no intention of writing about anything you said? It smacks of jealousy if you want the truth.
You just keep doing what you’re doing. We know the truth! I read your blog because it inspires me to be a better person. It has shown me I can eat healthy and exercise and have fun doing it! Thanks for being an inspiration
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280 Meredith October 5, 2010 at 9:37 am

Ignoring the other issues… isn’t it a breach of your contract with FoodBuzz to disclose your compensation ($X/1000 hits) to anyone? I know you X’d it out to show on your blog, but I’m assuming this means you disclosed it to a journalist. I’m fairly certain I remember reading that in my contract and the only person who knows my rate is my mother.

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281 Beth October 5, 2010 at 10:45 am

On the bright side, how many more people know about your blog now? I found your bog through the article, and now I’m sure I will be a returning fan! : )
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282 Beth October 5, 2010 at 11:00 am

Oh, and since (as I mentioned) I just found your blog, I’m sure there’s a post for this somewhere, but have you ever posted a running playlist on here? I am trying to start running more (it tires out my otherwise hyper dog) and the only thing that keeps me going is a good playlist, though I can tire of mine very easily. Always looking for ideas!
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283 Melissa @ For the Love of Health October 5, 2010 at 11:18 am

Hi Meghann,

I have not been participating in the health blog world for about 4 months now because of my hectic schedule and I miss it terribly. I decided to look at a few blogs yesterday out of the blue. I was taken aback after reading this post. I am disappointed in the deceptiveness of that so-called writer. It is individuals like her that give other writers a bad name. She should be working for a tabloid magazine. Clearly she has no concept of reality and her comments lack an educational foundation. It is sad we live in a world where individuals have to deceive in order to write an article (a terribly written article, at that).

Keep blogging and doing what you love!

Take care,
Melissa

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284 aron October 5, 2010 at 12:11 pm

hang in there girlie… everything happens for a reason and hopefully something really good can come out of this. use it to fuel your fire in your race this weekend! i have always been amazed at your self-confidence (bikini post) and your ability to stay so creative and healthy with your meals with working full time and training for marathons. i think you are awesome :)
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285 Lauren @ Running Examiner October 5, 2010 at 12:16 pm

Hi Meghann! First of all, do NOT let this piece get you down. What an incredibly slanted and misleading article. I just read Jezebel’s take on the topic, and posted a reply there. I’m reposting it now. Rock on!

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I read a number of these blogs, have interviewed Caitlin Boyle, and have met a few of these women who comprise the alleged “Big Six.” (I’ve never once heard of them being called this). I’m pretty shocked by the rancor in the Marie Claire article. I know that healthy living blogs were incredibly instrumental in helping me overcome my five-year battle with anorexia — and these “Big Six” bloggers display, in my mind, some of the healthiest, most empowering viewpoints when it comes to leading happy and self-determined lives. These blogs are really NOT about calorie counting; they’re about living in ways that make the writers *themselves* feel happy and healthy.

I like to cook, I’m an avid runner, and I care about where my food comes from. These blogs speak to me, and they’re not peddling bullshit how-t0-lose-weight-just-to-fit-the-paradigm advice.

This is just my opinion, but I stand by it.

Read more: http://jezebel.com/5655194/healthy+living-blogs-maybe-not-so-healthy#ixzz11VAACgy9

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286 ARPL October 5, 2010 at 3:52 pm

You should be the one writing for Marie Claire, Meghann.

Boo to Katie for such a disaster of an article. The fact she actually attended the HLS and saw firsthand how interesting/helpful/motivational blogging can be makes we wonder how should could actually feel good about herself handing in such a misleading and screwball article.

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287 Princess Dieter October 5, 2010 at 4:56 pm

She’s a journalist. To sell an article, taking the most dramatic, “controversial”, negative angle is a way to sell it and make buzz for it. (Which happened, see?)

If it had been a feel-good article about how people can use blogging to improve health and lose weight and get active, ho-hum. Would the editors have even bothered with it?

I know that in my yo-yo life of morbid obesity, I’ve been losing weight (and not regaining to high weight or going beyond it like I always did before) because of blogging. I’m not anywhere near close goal, but the support of other bloggers and the accountability factor of having to write down my progress or lack of it–it’s all helped me get to 46 lbs off (and not having gone back up to 2004′s high weight). I never followed YOUR blog, but that article made me want to come here and see what’s up. And I say: You go on and do it! Eat healthty, run, keep doing what you need to do to be well and happy.

Sneaky, deceptive journalists will always exist. Thank God some journalists actually are out there uncovering REAL dangers and REAL corruption. Women blogging about their food and exercise is just that…and if y’all make money from it, well, as long as you’re honest about sponsors/support, so what?

Didn’t she make money from her “expose?”

Oh, well….I’ll keep blogging. I’ll keep fighting. And I’ll keep hoping that other weight loss bloggers continue to give great tips, motivation, and inspiration.
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288 Colleen October 5, 2010 at 6:46 pm

I have been reading all six of the aforementioned blogs for well over a year and a half and I’ve never commented. I’m doing so now because I want to show my support to you guys – I thought the article was one-sided and the magazine definitely missed an opportunity to have a great discussion about bloggers and healthy living. Carry on, be strong, and keep up the good work! :)

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289 Courtney October 5, 2010 at 8:34 pm

I never heard of your blog until I saw a link about this story. I just want to say you have all my love and support. Keep doing what you’re doing and the truth will come out. If anything, this brings more traffic to your site, so hopeuflly people will come and see what it’s really about.
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290 Joy October 6, 2010 at 8:04 am

As someone who is working through recovery one hard step at a time I was more than angered by marieclaire’s article! As it happens I read all 6 of your blogs and I look to you all for inspiration – I hope to someday have the attitude of food is fuel rather than foe… And I feel like I get a step closer each time I read you alls blogs.
Thank you for your commitment to healthy living, I appreciate it even if mc doesn’t

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291 J October 6, 2010 at 2:17 pm

I get MC for free and I happened on this article last night. It caught my interest right away. This is a touchy subject for many women, so anymore my inclination is to not discuss my workouts and eating habits. When I first created a Facebook profile and innocently posted accounts of workouts and runs, I noticed an increase in my “friends” posting the same things, many times in a “so there” kind of tone, as if it were a big contest to see who could work out the most. Then I started seeing one or 2 constantly saying things like “I’m just eating a salad for dinner.” I no longer post status updates about my workouts, needless to say. I know not everyone reacts that way, but a lot do. I know several people personally who feed off compliments on their bodies and workout regimens. They get them constantly over the internet when they post pictures or status updates of their 30-mile runs, and it just feeds their obvious obsession. It gets old after a while.

I don’t follow these blogs, or any other blogs for that matter…..just my opinion after reading that article and your response. The internet is great for some things, but not for sharing too much about your life. While you CAN help and encourage some people, you also invite the bad in with the good. My opinion….to each his own. I don’t imitate anyone. I do my own thing.

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292 Alexandra October 6, 2010 at 4:40 pm

Sigh… poor you guys… I’m sorry but there are lots of causes for ammenorhea and a lot of people, myself included who are not super fit have it! My body is naturally this way, I used to be a dancer for years and have stopped dancing for the past 4 years and still have ammenhorea! It is not because you are too skinny or too thin their are lots of other causes for it including hormonal. Sigh… Lots of people have this problem Meghann not just you! Such a terrible misrepresentation of a problem that affects 10% of all women! Sigh… Keep on writing and inspiring others!

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293 Laura October 10, 2010 at 8:13 pm

This whole thing is ridiculous. I’ll tell you one good thing that’s come out of it. I now have a few more good blogs to read!

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294 RunningOnCoffee October 15, 2010 at 2:23 pm

PS,
I have a friend who did the Goofy Challenge at Disney World this past year, running the half marathon one day and the full marathon the next (along with 5,977 other people who apparently also ran both events). Guess that’s about 6,000 other “disordered” runners… hahaha
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295 Susan November 8, 2010 at 4:23 pm

Don’t forget that magazines feel threatened by bloggers. I’d say that is the reason Marie Claire found it so easy to slam your good work.
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296 ragemichelle November 17, 2010 at 4:18 pm

I’m so glad I found your blog and am SO looking forward to reading more. I’m completely new to this and am always somewhat intimidated when I read something like this. You are awesome!

Marie Claire? Well, I don’t blame you for being upset..but they’ve been pissing people off left and right lately, haven’t they?

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297 Emily @ Perfection Isn't Happy January 16, 2011 at 1:53 pm

I am reading this now, as I came across it after being introduced to Caitlin’s blog. As a Comm. student who has experience in journalism and reporting, this story outraged me. For one, you were lied to in those interviewing questions, as she posted how much you make a year from your blog, and then she wrote the article from a biased point of view which basically makes herself look bad, as it is not credible. I’m sorry that you had to go through this. Unless the reporter is Oprah, or Barbara Walters, she should really not be inclined to ask questions as personal as those were anyway. In the end, you won’t be the one who is made to look bad, it will be “you know who”…

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298 Catherine May 12, 2013 at 5:40 pm

Oh my god this is ridiculous. I know this is a few years ago now but I just found this post and I’m shocked at the article that was written about you and the other 5 bloggers.

However, It’s great that you turned it round and put some good use to the negatively.

Catherine x
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