I couldn’t have said it better myself. Love this post…for so many different reasons, and I know it will speak to dozens, if not HUNDREDS of our clients. It actually brings tears to my eyes because of so many stories women (and men) have told us about their personal journey’s to lose weight. For some, their journey started in their school age days. Decades and decades of family members, friends and society telling them they just aren’t good enough the way they look. People telling them they are fat. Lazy. Enough is enough.
The Reembody blog, up to this point, has been a thoughtful exploration of human movement, a subject about which I am extremely passionate.
Today, however, I’m mad and I’m going to tell you why.
I have been planning a blog post for a while on fitness misinformation, and it was originally going to be the same kind of thoughtful deconstruction found in my other installments. But then I read this and it was one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever found in my newsfeed: so beautiful, in fact, that the rest of the health and fitness propaganda floating around Facebook like turds in a pool started to really, really piss me off.
So thoughtful deconstruction has been postponed for another day. Instead, we’re going to take a good look at a few of those turds and get pissed off together because, when someone preys upon your insecurities in an effort…
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I made this tonight. I kind of just winged it! It took about 10-15 minutes to prepare. It turned out delicious and I just had to document it and share so I remember how to make it next time!! It’s farmer’s market season too! Whoop!
Delish Homemade Tomato Basil Soup
3-4 Fresh Large Tomatoes or 6-8 Medium Tomatoes
1 Tblsp Butter
1 Clove Garlic (diced fine)
1 Celery Stick (diced fine)
1/2 Yellow Onion (chopped fine)
1 Jalapeno (seeds & ribs removed and diced fine)
1-2 Cups of Organic Chicken Broth (or homemade stock)
Fresh Basil 6-8 Basil Leaves (chopped up)
1-2 tsp of Salt to taste
1/2 Cup of Diced Garlic Sausage (optional)
Cut out the core of the tomatoes and throw the tomato chunks in your blender or food processor. Puree. Pour into pot on stove on medium-low. While heating the tomatoes put 1 Tblsp butter in a frying pan on medium. Heat until it starts to bubble. Add the diced garlic, celery, white onion, and jalapeno. Cook until the onion is clear looking (you can also just skip that step and add it to the pot – I like the flavour it creates when I pre-cook these ingredients). Add to pot. Add chicken broth, chopped basil, diced garlic sausage. Add salt to taste. Cook on medium-low for 30 minutes to an hour.
I used garlic sausage from Messinger Meats in Mirror, Alberta. I recommend purchasing your meat from your local hormone and chemical free butcher. I sometimes like to add a dash of heavy cream to my individual bowl of soup. It’s a nice treat.
Do you have a favorite soup recipe? I’d love to hear about it!
What to say when all your friends want to talk about is exercising, dieting, or picking apart their body….
Change the subject.
Do you ever find yourself in that awkward situation where someone makes fun of their body? It’s awkward. You can tell a person a million times “Oh stop it, you are beautiful” and often it falls on deaf ears. You get to a certain point where you just get tired of hearing the self-criticizing. It’s exhausting. Praising these people doesn’t work. Sometimes the most appropriate thing to do is change the subject.
@goodbyemymuffin it would make sense, especially because it’s like insulting their taste in women. We need to love ourselves more!
— ShannyCakes (@ShanCanyaks) April 25, 2013
Great point ShannyCakes…great point!
I think this is WAY more awkward for guys to deal with. It happened this weekend to my poor hubby. He was like “I didn’t know what to say.” and I looked at him and said “If I knew I would tell you.” I don’t think we said anything. There was a long awkward pause and one of us said “Yah…so, that damn wind, hey?”.
Really? Do you really love your body? We have come to a point where it is socially acceptable to moralize food. It’s okay to justify over-eating with exercise. It’s okay to justify under-eating with over-eating. It also comes across as being fine to exercise to the point of injury. Maybe, for some people, the first step in loving their body is to stop talking about it. I know this, because this was me.
Aren’t their more important things to talk about in life? Kids, family, relationships, maybe how to make the world a better place? ANYTHING? I challenge you this week to pay attention to the chitter-chatter going on around you. It happens in real-life, it happens on social media. You may be surprised what kinds of things you see and hear.
One of my FAVORITE cookbooks is called “Set for Life” by Jane P. Merrill & Karen M. Sunderland. It was first published in 1988 and was given to me by my Grandmother. It is just real-down-to-earth home cookin’! Just like Grandma’s! Here is a link to Amazon if you want to buy it. I don’t make any commission from your purchase, just in case you care.
I’ve made this slightly revised homemade “Slim Mayo” recipe several times. I did try another recipe tonight called “Master Recipe for Mayonnaise” from my 2nd favorite cookbook, “The Best Recipe” by the editors of Cook’s Illustrated magazine (which I also love). Either I screwed up the recipe or they should re-name it “The Worst Recipe for Mayonnaise”. I was looking forward to comparing the two, as many people seem to be avoiding flour these days. Anyway…cut the crap. Here’s the recipe.
1 Tablespoon Sugar (or Honey)
2 Tablespoons Unbleached Flour
1 Teaspoon Dry Mustard
1/2 Teaspoon Salt
1 Egg (Beaten)
1 Cup Milk (I used 2%)
1/4 Cup Vinegar
1 Tablespoon Butter
Mix dry ingredients in a saucepan. Add egg and milk. Whisk well. Slowly stir in vinegar. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until it thickens. Remove from heat. Stir in butter. Cover and store in fridge.
**The original recipe says this is a concentrate and you should dilute it with milk or yogurt to your desired consistency or flavour. I personally enjoy it straight up. You don’t need a lot.
It’s no Hellmann’s Mayonnaise, but it’s homemade. And I think it’s darn tasty!
This is an amazing story of one of our clients. I just have to share.
The following is a submission I received upon request from a Goodbye My Muffintop Client – she has asked to remain anonymous but I am sure that many, many of you will relate to her story. She is such a perfect example of why a person could benefit from the hormonal re-set that our program provides! She didn’t need to eat better or exercise better… she wasn’t doing anything wrong. She just needed to learn how to listen to her body… To date her pounds lost remain an unknown… but after her first round of protocol she lost an incredible 44.5 inches!
My body image issues date back literally as far back as I can remember. Even around the age of 4 years old I have memories of being called the “chubby chicken” & compared to my “skinny minny” sister by my mother. Now if you want some deep seeded…
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