Hey there, lovelies! How are you? I’m trying not to stress out about all of the work and studying I have to do…and I’m sort of succeeding. I basically just keep telling myself that anxiety is useless. It works like a charm and allows me focus on continuing to just do my best.
My name is Heather and I am a repeat offender. Insert yesterday’s breakfast photo. Side note: The strawberries are now gone. Boo hoo hoo!
After class, I came back here to feed my rumbling tumbly (Winne the Pooh anyone?). Today’s salad of kale, cherry tomatoes, broccoli, and diced orange pepper (I forgot how much I adore these!) was topped with hummus. On the side, I had two slices of Ezekiel bread, which I gladly dipped into some organic ketchup.
Please note the to-do list located behind my lunch. I have been working on said list for three days now, and only four of nine assignments are crossed off. Let the self-coaching commence. I’m almost halfway there, right?
I’m going to be blunt. Tonight’s dinner looks absolutely disgusting. But I can assure you it was absolutely delicious. Once again, a mish-mosh of sorts paid off!
The Victoria’s Secret Diet
Note: If you are suffering from an eating disorder, this may be a trigger for you. Please know that you are worthy and loved just the way you are.
I stumbled across this article yesterday (the lovely Gena also tweeted about it). Immediately upon reading it, goosebumps shot up and down my body – twice to be exact. In the article, Victoria’s Secret model Adriana Lima discusses her workout and diet regimens leading up to the annual Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show.
According to the article, Lima says she has been working out twice a day for the last three weeks. She sees a “nutritionist” who measures her body’s muscle mass, fat ratio, and water retention. From that data, the “nutritionist” prescribes Lima with protein shakes (made with powdered egg), vitamins, and supplements in order to “keep her energy levels up.” She drinks only protein shakes nine days before the show and stops drinking entirely for 12 hours before the show.
At the end of the article, Lima says, “Actually, the Victoria’s Secret show is the highlight of my life. Becoming an Angel, once I achieved that, it was a dream come true for me. And I know that after all this is done, when I sit down with my daughter one day, we are going to look back and it’s going to be very special.”
There are several points I would like to address but for now, we’ll stick to, in my opinion, the two most important:
- The Nutritionist
I put quotations around that term because I personally don’t believe that one can call his or herself a nutritionist when prescribing diet regimens that are not centered around nutrition. Lima’s plan is not based on obtaining optimum health through whole foods. Rather, the plan revolves around getting by on the least amount of “food” possible that will still give her some energy for her daily two hour workouts. I mean, powdered egg – really? Insert sarcasm: I suggest replacing the powdered egg with kale. It’s higher in nutrients and probably the same amount of calories.
- The Message
I know that I’m not alone when I say that I could write an entire book on the negative message that comes from this false ideal. When you break it down, Lima is a “model.” Taking away the modern-day, superficial meaning that accompanies this term, a model is simply something that you draw inspiration from – or in this case, someone that you draw inspiration from. Would you look to Lima for inspiration? I don’t mean to sound rude or come off abrasive, but such things deserve attention. We need to stop praising bodies and start praising minds. On another note, I fear the psychological stress that Lima and other models might experience as they age and are no longer able to take the jobs that were once the “highlight of their lives.” When I read the tail end of her quote, I fought back tears. Lima said she would one day sit down with her daughter and look back on this. So, she’s going to sit down with her daughter and reminisce on the “good times” of working herself tirelessly to reach a false ideal, prancing down a runway in a $2.5 million bra, and having people gawk at her?
…of a woman strong, confident and fueled by healthy foods.
Question of the Day: What do YOU think of this article?