Five on Friday – 5 blog posts that are worth reading

Hi there!

Happy Friday!!

Friday

(Seriously, I really was. No joke.)

So, I want to share with you a few (or five) blog posts that I’ve read recently that I think are definitely worth adding to your reading list.

PS: I follow some absolutely amazing bloggers!

BeingΒ proud of your body is nothing to be ashamed about

Jennifer at Wine to Weightlifting wrote this post a few days ago and I just think it’s brilliant.

All too often, women (and men – I’m not forgetting or glossing over the fact that men deal with this issue too) struggle with body issues.

Part of that comes from fashion magazines and models and people we see in movies and on television – their bodies are portrayed as what is considered “beautiful” and what we all should strive to be. And that’s just impossible for most of us. I mean, for one thing, we don’t have access to personal trainers, personal photographers, airbrushers, etc. And, and least in my case, that’s not my personal career choice.

Go through the grocery store or the Wal-Mart and look at those magazines there by the registers. Articles like “Best and Worst Beach Bodies,” Β “baby bump or burrito?”, “You’ll never believe who gained 110 pounds!” fly out at us attempting to draw us in while showing us that the public only likes a perfect body.

And then there are the commercials for this diet system or that miracle fat-absorbing pill. I could go on. It just frustrates me. Because I’ve dealt with those issues.

I’ll be honest – I have a booty. It wasn’t always cool to have a booty. Like back when I was in high school. I got made fun of for it – called “bubble butt” or “BB” (for short). I was super self-conscious about what I wore and where I went and who might be walking somewhere behind me. And you know what? You can’t “diet” a booty away.

I just have to say thank you to Sir Mix-a-Lot and J.Lo. for showing the world that having a booty is NOT a bad thing. πŸ™‚

The Problem I Have With ‘The Pornographication of Fitness’

And speaking of causing body issues, especially in women……

Taylor at Lifting Revolution responds with her take on Tosca Reno’s article “The Pornographication of Fitness Needs to Stop.”

I’ll let you read the original and Taylor’s response. Let me know what you think.

In my opinion, if you came from the fitness model environment and KNOW what it does to the body image of many women and are potentially in a position to make changes to the way women’s bodies are portrayed in magazines, then I think you should do something instead of just talking (slightly hypocritically) about it. Again, my opinion. Your opinion may differ.

Happy Weight Series: Improving Body Confidence

Are you sensing a theme here?

Alex at Delicious Knowledge shares her thoughts on improving body confidence.

Seriously people, we have to stop the “fat” talk.

Fat is something we eat, not something we are.

Choose FOOD, Not Drugs, For Weight Loss

Meet Alysia at Slim Sanity (clever name, isn’t it?!)

And, back to those “quick-fix diet” thingies. Seriously, they don’t work.

Food works. Um, real food, that is. Exercise works. Moderation works. HARD WORK and TIME works.

Okay, okay, okay. I’m off my soap box. This next one is food related but not body image related. If you have kids, you’ll probably appreciate it. If you know anyone with kids, you might appreciate it. If you enjoy eating, you might appreciate it. πŸ™‚

What Registered Dietitians Feed their Kids

I have many friends who say “but he/she’s so picky” when it comes to feeding their kid(s).

Hell, I’m pretty picky at times when it comes to feeding ME.

Lindsay at the Lean Green Bean asked some of her RD friends what THEY feed their kids and got some interesting answers.

I think this information is great, not only for parents trying to navigate the land of convenience and quick dinners and avoid all the processed food choices, but also for ANYONE who’s interesting in making some changes to their diet. I mean, we’re all kids when it comes to trying new things. Maybe we should approach changes in our diets the same way we would approach introducing change to someone who has no control over his/her life. Just a thought. πŸ™‚

Β Talk to me: Have you read anything interesting lately? Anything that made you think? Anything that made you change your perception of something?

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