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Surviving Assumptions

“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.”

-Eleanor Roosevelt

Labels. It’s amazing what they can do to people. The size on your clothing tag. The words others use to describe you… the ones in your internal monologue. FAT. A combination of letters. That’s all it is really, a descriptive word to characterize someone’s body shape. It is the feeling we imbue the words with that determine their power. Not the word itself. Continue reading

Friday “Feud”: Khloe & Amy

I thought I would post this Friday Find because I saw something in the news that really went along with our theme of “Where is the love, Where is the Line?” for this month. I am somewhat ashamed to say that I do watch TMZ every now and then, and follow celebrity news and watch Keeping Up With the Kardashians. Khloe Kardashian has always been my favourite, I’m not sure why, it might be because I find her the most “real”, and definitely the most funny. Unfortunately she has always been dubbed at the “fat” or “ugly” Kardashian sister, because she doesn’t look like the others.

Over the past year or so, Khloe has lost around 35 pounds. By no means was she ever overweight, or even unhealthy looking, in my personal opinion. But she didn’t look the kind of thin that Hollywood wants. So now, Khloe is 35 pounds lighter and looks great. Since I follow her on Instagram, I can see that she’s at the gym every flippin’ day (which is more than I can say for myself), and on a recent episode of KUWTK, she was saying how she can’t eat candy. Well, I feel her pain. I think we all know by now that there’s no magic trick for losing weight and getting healthy, you HAVE to eat healthy, cut out the crap food, and work out on a regular basis. Now I obviously I don’t know what Khloe Kardashian does every day, but she looks great and I think she looks healthy and is going about weight loss in the right way. Her Instagram pictures of her at the gym make me think that she really is just working her butt off to feel better about herself. I like that.

This past weekend comedian Amy Schumer (who I usually love so much!) did an SNL monologue and mentioned Khloe. She said that Khloe used to be the average girl’s idol/the most relatable Kardashian because she was “bigger”, and now that she’s lost weight she no longer is. Well, this got people talking. Including Khloe, who tweeted:

“No need 2 tear down others just 2 make urself feel bigger. It actually makes u quite small. I’m on a healthy journey. I don’t care 4the hate”

Once I saw all this online it made me think of the “where is the love” question. I mean, Khloe Kardashian looks great and she didn’t drop 35 pounds in 2 weeks, I don’t see her pimping out special detox teas, plastic surgery, or other crazy methods of weight loss. She has said she is on a healthy journey and loves how she looks now. Isn’t that the GOAL here people? To be healthy and love how you look? Especially for women and girls, when the standards of beauty are so high, this type of joke towards Khloe really upset me. Khloe has a realistic body, one that looks healthy and attainable (to me, at least) and it looks like she works really hard for it. I think that’s a good message for everyone. There’s no magic trick, you have to work hard and stay healthy, and you have to do it for you. I don’t think it’s fair for someone to judge or joke about someone else’s weight loss, especially someone who seems to be doing it the right way. I still feel that Khloe is relatable, and I admire the hard work and dedication she has put into her body. I relate more to her than other celebrities and I don’t feel like she is less of a role model, or less relatable now that she’s “skinny”. I know that a woman’s weight is a very private matter, and a very sensitive matter, and it’s hard for women to love their bodies.

I agree that we should all support each other and congratulate each other on reaching goals and being healthy, and most importantly, loving your body. I wish Amy wouldn’t have made that specific joke, especially because in her show and acts she plays a more relatable character and makes fun or challenges “gender roles” and “female stereotypes”. I wish she would have congratulated Khloe and shown women that we DO need to support each other instead of bring each other down. So I ask Amy Schumer, “Where is the love?”, and I want to tell Khloe, “You look awesome!”

The True Cost of Healthy Living

There are many studies out there weighing the true cost of healthy eating habits and for the most part I’ve seen that on-average it can cost approximately $1.50 more per day to eat healthier foods.

For many people, $1.50 is nothing, and for others is the world. Until you really begin to break down what it is you are purchasing.

I have long been the kind of person who typically eats and buys healthy. However, I was also the kind of person who could get tired, lazy and just plain not in the mood to cook and would not hesitate to go grocery shopping and then buy something convenient to quickly make for afterwards ( i.e. boxed nuggets, Kraft Dinner…)or grab some McDonald’s or pizza because I was too tired to cook after shopping.

When the average McDonald’s trip for two people is approximately $20, I find it appalling yet humorous now that I would not balk over this cost, but would refuse to pay $12 for 5 chicken breasts (that equaled to two separate dinners plus one lunch for my son and I). When I think about how crappy that meal always made me feel at the end of the day, I can’t believe I still made that choice over and over again. Now, I look at that $20 dollars and see how far it can actually stretch. That’s a bag of potatoes, a bag of carrots, a tray of mixed greens, an English cucumber, two peppers, two tomatoes and maybe some asparagus if it’s on sale. All items I can use the entire week long. For several different meals.

That $20 is also equal to a whole chicken, a package of ground turkey, and a package of frozen basa fillets. The base for at least five different meals there.

Since I have begun to turn over a new page when it comes to eating, I can honestly say that yes, buying fresh meat and produce does seem a little more expensive per item. HOWEVER. I am no longer buying 90% of the stuff through the middle aisles of the grocery store. Most days I can skip right over them. Do you have any idea how much money you save by choosing to no longer buy items such as Kraft Dinner, canned goods, granola bars, cookies, chips, juice boxes etc.? All things that have little to no nutritional value for yourself or your children? When you consider that you can get a large package of brown rice (that will last you for many, many meals) for the same price as two packages of Kraft dinner…it’s kind of mind boggling.

When you realize that the whole chicken you bought (usually for around $7-9) can make dinner for three, a salad topper, AND a large pot of homemade soup base… how much more valuable is knowing that you have put healthy things into your bellies. Things that you know exactly how they were prepared.

Now, I realize that there are families out there that are considerably larger than mine. With a considerably larger grocery bill and smaller budget. However, I urge you, whenever possible, to choose with healthy in mind. Natural. The only thing in our diets that dietitians say is completely unrestricted as to the amount of servings you can have each day is vegetables. Eat as many and as often as you can. Be smart about your purchases. Try going to the local farmers markets. Pay attention to the sales at all the different grocery stores. Stick to the outside aisles in the grocery store. Small changes will make a huge difference in how your body feels. The healthier you eat, the more energy you have, and the more prepared you can be in ensuring your meals are the right choices.