Recognizing Thin Privilege

As a kid, I CRAVED to be thin. Until I enter the later years of college, I was never considered “thin.” Athletic, toned, and, especially when I was a little kid, overweight– but never thin. I would always look at the covers of the magazines my mom would give me and wonder how, even at the age of 6, I was not given the gift of a flat stomach, toned arms, and a fit waist. I glamorized these bodies, even from a young age. They were a ticket to a life that I could only dream about.

I always think that, in the back of my head, I was willing to do whatever it took to achieve that perfect body. Especially as a dancer, I was so self conscious about whether my body was toned and not flabby. I even remember my teacher grabbing my lower belly fat, telling me I had to get rid of THAT. Yet, despite all of my attempts to mold my body to how society thought it should look, nothing worked. Slowly, the methods of my fellow dancers to try to maintain their lean figures — usually with casual disdain, withholding from all kinds of food groups — began to seep into me, a porous, chubby little thing. At the pool, I became more and more aware of my rounded face and my definitely not flat stomach. Psychologically, I became so angry at my sister and my cousins, both of whom had the body type I was desperate for. They all looked so cute in their bikinis while I usually looked uncomfortable in surf shirt.

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Holiday Gift Guide 2017

 

Happy holiday season my babes!

I love the holidays! I will be the first to tell you I am not the most religious person out there. BUT I will say that the spirit totally gets to me. This time of year is so freaking cold and dark (literally) that the best thing to bring light and love into your life is by spending time with your family. And drinking a ton of hot chocolate. But I swear the family ranks #1!  I love how family can mean a lot of different things to a lot of different people. Personally, I have my mom, dad, and siblings that I love (most of the time ha!), but I also have a chosen family consisting of a lot of my close friends from college. Just make sure to take some time for yourself, sip on some hot cocoa, and give everyone you love a big HUG. Also, spend sometime in an igloo because they just built one in DC and I am PUMPED!

Ok! Onto the gifts!

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What I Learned About Pasture Raised Eggs + Perfect Soft-Boiled Eggs

It has been a long time coming, but I am coming to you with some VERY important information.

Now, as a vegetarian, I eat a TON of eggs. It Is very rare that I do not have eggs at least once a day. And, truth be told, I probably would eat them for almost any meal, if given the chance. On salads. Scrambled. For breakfast. It is so weird to me that I used to HATE eggs. Like truly hate them. The taste and the texture reminded me of that time my brother poured about half of a bottle of maple syrup over my eggs and I still ate them.

But honestly, that much cold maple syrup and warm eggs would make anyone gag.

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Overcoming the Fear of the Fat

Remember when Jane Fonda told us all about the virtues of eating cantaloupe boats with nonfat cottage cheese for breakfast?

Don’t worry. I do not either, but I also wasn’t born yet. I have an excuse! However, despite Jane Fonda diet era occurring years before my time, the message that she and many medical professionals of her generation shared about the virtues of avoiding fat still linger in our public consciousness. Now, even as the conversation turns to embracing fat instead of hiding it, we still intuitively fear it. And the lack of fat has done dramatic harm to our body, especially in our digestive systems.

Trust me, I know from experience.

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Why My Freezer is my Secret Healthy Eating Weapon!

Hi ya, friends! Happy Tuesday it is! As a person who lives alone, I find more and more how difficult it is to use up all of my groceries at the end of the week (especially if there is a spontaneous Indian food run. Hello!). And y’all, this is not just a problem I have! About 40 percent of the food produced in the United States each year is never eaten, according to the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). That means the water, fuel and labor that went into growing that food is also wasted. This staggering amount of waste equates to about $162 billion lost every year, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. I was determined this year to do my part to eliminate food waste. The trouble was I did not know where to start!

And that is where our friend, the freezer, comes into play!

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Confessions of a Step Addict

I was sitting in my apartment one Thursday evening, having a glass of wine and watching everyone’s favorite show: the Office.I had an exhausting work day, full of meetings, e-mails, and code to process. I was also mindlessly flicking through my phone, seeing where all of my friends were up to and what everyone’s plans were for the weekend. I also decided to check the health app, mostly out of curiosity. I felt I had run around all day, so I must have hit that 10,000 step mark. I scrolled down until I saw it.

3,000 steps.

3,000? How had I only hit 3,000? Thoughts raced through my brain. This had to be a mistake. Something had to be wrong with the app. Ok, it’s only 8 PM. Are there any errands I can run to get me to 10,000? Well, I could also go on a run, and it the weather is not too hot. But I’m just so exhausted.

Stop Sarah. Just stop.

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In Support of Mediocre Food

A year ago, I was the person who stared in front of the fridge, frozen in fear and thinking about what snack I wanted. The last thing I was thinking about was what I was hungry for. All that buzzed through my head was what would people on social media want to see. Would it look aesthetically pleasing on camera? Could I incorporate avocado in a non-weird way so my photo would have more likes?

Looking back on it now, I think about why it was so difficult for me to just grab the carrots and hummus out of the fridge. Even though I love the platform Instagram has given me, I now realize how it has created unrealistic standards for how we are expected to eat. Putting those expectations on people and the food they eat is an unsustainable way to live. One can only think about maintaining those standards for their food and drinks so long before they burnt out. Cooking and eating was no longer a source of pleasure or community. It was a chore.

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Why Detoxes Will Only Detox Your Wallet

This morning, I was reading through some of my friends’ Facebook posts. It is usually that time of year when lots of women try to get that “beach body.” (That discussion of a beach body has its own discussion, but that is for another time). Many of my friends were toting a diet of eating only steamed greens and lean organic protein to get those bikini abs or swimsuit body. “I need to purge my body of those toxic chemicals,” a friend said. “Green juice and smoothies only from now on.” The truth, though, is that detoxing – the idea that you can flush your system of impurities and leave your organs squeaky clean and raring to go – is a scam

And it is something that, as consumers, we need to be aware of.

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How the Jersey Shore Shaped My Diet

I was 18 years old when I stopped eating meat. It was a traumatic affair, involving a bite into some deceptively cooked chicken. One bite of the stuff and I was completely turned off. When I came home after my first semester, I adamantly sat down to dinner with my family. “I’m going to cook some eggs. I don’t eat meat anymore,” I said. My mom looked at me quizzically, “Not even chicken?” she asked, handing me a dish of chicken parmesan.

It reminded me of My Big Fat Greek Wedding

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