world blog day – explore some new blogs

Blog Day 2007 So I just found out this morning (from reading other blogs!) that today is the 3rd annual Blog Day. From the website “BlogDay was created with the belief that bloggers should have one day dedicated to getting to know other bloggers from other countries and areas of interest. On that day Bloggers will recommend other blogs to their blog visitors. With the goal in mind, on this day every blogger will post a recommendation of 5 new blogs. This way, all blog readers will find themselves leaping around and discovering new, previously unknown blogs.”

I was going to update my blogroll soon with more blogs that I read on a regular basis, so figured this was the perfect time to do it, and introduce them to you.
Here are 5 blogs you should check out:

Healthy Dialoguethe blog of CityNews Health Specialist Laura DiBattista
Those of you in Toronto are probably familiar with Laura, and most definitely CityNews. Laura uses her blog to discuss topics which she reports on for CityNews, and gives it a personal twist. It is always informative, and often sparks interesting discussions. Anyone who is interested in their health and likes to keep abreast of local news will definitely want to bookmark this site!

Elastic Waist
As described on their home page: “Rants and musings on weight, body image, celebrities, fitness, food and other fixations.” They deliver all this and more. Pretty much everything you think you want to know about is on this site. There are instructional recipe videos, celebrity gossip roundups, interviews, highlights from other blogs about weight loss, and it just goes on. I always find something that gets my attention every day. Definitely worth a daily visit.

Back in Skinny Jeans
Stephanie Quilao is just like you and me. She embodies the every-woman who struggles with the pressures society has put on us to be thin, look great, be cool, etc. Through her own personal stories, inspirational quotes, links to interesting news stories, and the record of her own personal weight loss (including dietary, exercise and emotional tracking) she has created a blog where we can all feel at home, and know that we are not the only ones. You know what I mean. I am positive that most of you will be able to relate to her posts.

Cupcakes Take The Cake
What can I say – I like to look at pictures of cupcakes. But these are no ordinary pictures. They are handpicked by Rachel Kramer Bussel from the submissions to the Cupcakes Take The Cake flickr pool (and many of them are what can only be described as works of art). In addition to the pics, there are often interviews with bakers, notice of cool products, and other cupcake related information. Plus the photos are posted all throughout the day, so whenever you have a spare minute, you can check for a new piece of cupcake porn to get you through!

Baking and Books
The first thing I loved about this blog was the design. The food photos are amazing, and the overall design, including the font, layout, etc is so sleek and compact. But the real value is in the content. Ariela posts mouthwatering recipes from a plethora of cookbooks, and also reviews many of them (as well as reviewing non-food related books). There is the occasional interview with a chef, baker, food writer, etc, as well as her own personal stories scattered throughout the posts. You get drawn in by her openness and beautiful photography, not to mention the cute little extras like the factoids at the top of the page, and her personal workout and daily activity logs. A great place to find out about cookbooks and recipes you may never had heard of.

Hope you enjoy exploring these blogs, and stay tuned for juicy new content right here on The Urban Nutritionist!