Happy hump day, friends! I”m so glad that you enjoyed yesterday’s post on the question of soy’s inclusion in our lives. It makes my day to read your positive feedback. I just want to re-iterate a couple of things that came up in the comments section:
- Soy is one of those foods that can elicit an allergenic response for some people. If you are experiencing GI (stomach) issues, definitely consult a physician whom you trust.
- We can run into problems with soy isolates, or soy protein isolate. In this case, protein from soy has been removed from the soybean and processed into a food. Soy protein isolate is most often genetically modified (see this old post for more info on GMOs), so we should stay away from foods containing soy protein isolate.The exception lies with organic soy products. By law, organic soy can NOT contain GMOs. Therefore, an occasional indulgence in a LUNA bar, for example, that is made with “organic” soy protein isolate is okay for an occasional sweet treat. While whole foods are always best for us, we also deserve to enjoy food – and I certainly love to enjoy a LUNA bar here and there.
Okay! Onto better things. Like Justin Bieber.
It took me awhile to catch it but I’ve definitely got some Bieber fever! His new song, “Boyfriend,” is first on my workout playlist and pumps me up. It is reminiscent of Justin Timberlake, and that makes me smile. And, according to this morning’s Facebook status, It seems that many of you agree. I’m glad we’re on the same page here.
I burned my way through a new shoulders/back circuit before hauling hiney on the StairMaster with an abridged, 15-minute version of Self Magazine’s DROP 10 Engine Revver. This is our Wild on Wednesday challenge for the Tone It Up Bikini Series! Now, in case you’re in the market for a new shoulders/back routine, here ya go!
It’s been awhile since I’ve shared my morning meal with you guys, so I just wanted to show you that – yes – I’m still eating chocolate protein pudding oats every morning. I just love it!
I’ve made the executive decision (actually my bank account made the executive decision) to switch from my beloved Vega to Life’s Basics plant protein. I love it! This protein powder is made with hemp, chia, brown rice, and pea protein, and is sweetened with stevia, which I’m a big fan of. The taste is amazing too. Would you guys be interested in a vlog on it, in addition to how I make my protein oats?
After a full morning of work, I made my way down to the dining commons for a quick lunch. I had an interview for an article that I am writing for The Gatepost and totally didn’t time myself well, so I kind of rushed through my meal. Nevertheless, it was delicious!
The kind cook gave me tofu overload! On the menu was blackened tofu (tofu in a spicy sauce made with olive oil and chilis), cider braised kale, and loose leaf spinach. I ate about 3/4 of the tofu and went back for seconds of the kale. Shocked?
I had my only class of the day at 2:30 p.m. today. Afterwards, I met up with Kristen and our group mate to work on a business plan for our management class. We got a lot accomplished in two hours, at which point our brains died and our tummies began to growl.
Kristen and I enjoyed a nice dinner together, which also included kale. Apparently, it is my lucky day! I had the typical spinach salad with veggies, hummus, and balsamic vinegar. I also munched on green beans and kale with lima beans. It looks like a mushy mess but it tasted so good!
“Strong is the New Skinny” Has Gone Too Far
NOTE: If you are currently suffering from an eating disorder, this may be triggering. Please proceed with caution and know that you are loved and amazing just the way you are!
As an avid Pinterest pinner, I love to peruse the site for motivation, mostly quotes on living a full, happy, and strong life. This is what I strive for in my life – my own personal goals. I want to feel full of joy, happy, and strong. These three aspects make me the best version of myself, which, in turn, allows me to be what I want to be for other people: a good girlfriend, daughter, friend, student, and blogger (I hope!).
It seems that I cannot escape seeing this phrase day in and day out. At first I loved it but, to be honest, I really dislike what it has become.
When I first saw the phrase popping up last year, I really loved it. In order to be strong, we have to nourish our bodies with healthy foods and challenge ourselves during our workouts. This is what I’m all about! Now, it’s turned into an obsessive community of “fitspiration,” a term I’m still on-the-fence about.
Let’s think for a minute. If strong is the new skinny, what is the old skinny? The old skinny stems from the “thinspiration” era, the Nicole Richie/Lindsay Lohan/Kate Moss obsession era. Photos of malnourished celebrities were plastered all over the internet with phrases such as “Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels.” I know this because I visited those toxic web sites every single day when I was suffering from my eating disorder. They were, undoubtedly, an extremely unhealthy obsession.
In my opinion, “strong is the new skinny,” has merged into that same obsessive category. If you Google the phrase, you will find many web sites dedicated to “fitspiration” based off of this quote. I don’t think this is healthy for people to look at. Regardless of whether we’re looking at “skinny” pictures or “strong pictures,” they still give us the same message: we need to look like these women in order to feel good about ourselves.
Strong is beautiful. It is something we should all strive for. But we shouldn’t just focus on becoming strong physically. While it is important for our health and maintaining our bone density throughout old age, our biggest prize comes from the strength we gain from within. That is the ultimate strength.
Question of the Day: What do you think of the phrase?