Most of you are aware of my diet recipes. Most of the suggested entrees that are marked as “diet” are measuring at 200 calories each, but they are designed in a way that would fill you up. When I am on a low calorie diet, I eat at least 3 of these entrees per day, plus fruits and yogurts. I live a very sedentary life and I am very short, so I can easily (and healthily) manage a diet of about 700-800 calories per day (I would need more than that if I was working/out or going out more, of course).
So last week my recipes got linked from a dieting forum and its dieting readers flocked to find some low-cal recipes. According to my stats, the most popular recipes proved to be my 65-calorie per muffin recipe, and the 200-calorie full pizza. One of the referrers linking to one of my recipes was a blog of a woman who is currently dieting. Apparently, she does between 200 and 400 calories per day, which is of course, excessively low.
I wouldn’t normally reply to her blog, but I decided to leave a message and say that aspartame is not as good as splenta, and that in reality that none of these “diet sugars” are actually very healthy. I did not comment on her dieting plans, I just made a remark on sugars. But I guess the lady does not like to listen to feedback that consists of well known facts. So she deleted my (polite, for a change) comment.
This begs the question. Should I leave my diet recipes up and available? I wrote them and shared them because I believe that they can fill up bellies without storing lots of energy. There aren’t many TRULY low-calorie recipes out there that have so much quantity in them. But by stumbling upon this abnormal usage of my recipes, an abuse, it raises the ethical problem of creation/sharing and the responsibility that comes out of it.
I can approach the problem with two ways:
1. Remove the diet recipes so I have no part in any anorexia/abuse case.
2. Let the dieters decide what they want to do for themselves and let Darwin run its course.
I think I’ll choose #2.