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Glass Houses!

If you follow me on twitter or read other Healthy Living blogs you may or may not have heard about the Marie Claire magazine’s article ” The Hunger Diaries“. If you have not I have linked it. This article make me so angry, in fact it made me more angry than I have felt in a very long time. It made me so angry  that it sparked my very vicious (and very deserving)  comment that I posted on Marie Claire’s facebook page before “unlikeing” and vowing NEVER to read or purchase this magazine again.

Here was my comment:

Your article “The Hunger Diaries” is the most worthless piece of garbage I have even seen in print with my own two eyes. The way you attack these food bloggers
is twisted, wrong and simply untrue. If you want to see media
putting woman as “risk” how about looking at your very own airbrushed
covers, “Freeze Your Fat Away” article, and your “What Men Really Think About You In Your Bikini” feature. I think those promote the unrealistic and unhealthy ideal, don’t you?! I would say those are much more “dangerous” than a community of women talking about how they live a balanced and healthy lifestyle, live life
to the fullest and follow their dreams. And, as I am sure it has been
pointed out to you, lying about and insulting social media geniuses is
probably going to do much more harm than good! BRILLIANT! WAY TO GO!
Enjoy the backlash you deserve.

Since I read the article this morning I have had the time to calm down. I will say I still stick by every word of that comment. The reason this article has made me to angry and made me boycott Marie Claire is that I KNOW for a fact the majority of this article is untrue, and meant to mislead it’s readers. In my opinion, that is irresponsible and very damaging to Marie Claire’s readers. The “Big 6” that this article refers to are woman who I have all met in person, many more than once and a few I have come to know so well I am proud to call my then friends. They are not food-obsessed over-exercisers that promote disordered eating. They do not look emaciated either! They look healthy, happy and beautiful!

I was interviewed by this reporter via telephone a few months ago. The interview was presented to me as an article being written about “Women’s Blogging Communities”. I, of course, said yes! I was excited to share with anyone how amazing this community is. This community has given me great friends who have been there for me, given me great advice. empowered and inspired me I want to tell the world about it. However, as soon as the phone call started, I could tell by the questions that this writer had an opinion and she want looking only for information that would back up that opinion. I was unable to give her that because I had NOTHING negative to say.

I will not go through all of the claims made about the “Big 6” and tell you why they are wrong, twisted and what have been very conveniently omitted (by the way A LOT has been omitted). Many of them have addressed it themselves today and do a great job with that. What I will say is this, these claims are incorrect, it is irresponsible journalism and very, very sad. It is so sad to me that people are so threatened by smart, strong and confident women. The saddest part to me that those that are the most threatened are other women.  Why do some women ALWAYS feel the need to put each other down, one up each other and talk sh*t about each other?  This fact has always been sad to me and Marie Claire is socially irresponsible for spreading this hatred. Also, it is curious to me that a magazine attack these blogs. When do we attack, when we feel threatened, no? So, it comes as no surprise to me that Marie Claire is threatened by bloggers. Bloggers are getting so powerful that magazines are slowly becoming less influential and may eventually become obsolete. However, if magazine produce a quality product, people will come back for more. This is far from quality! FAR FROM IT!

If a person feels as if Healthy Living Blogging can be dangerous, that is a valid point and a valid opinion. A conversation about that should be started. However, there is a difference between bringing up a point and using examples to back it up and outright LYING!!!! These claim are lies that can easily be spotted by anyone who reads these ladie’s blogs. I also think it is hilarious that a magazine who airbrushes the sh*t out of all of it’s covers and publishes articles about how to groom to be more attractive to men and how to drop 10 pounds in just 2 weeks thinks they have the right to throw stones. Glass houses, people, glass houses.

If you want to read responses to the articles from some of the “Big 6” I have posted links here:

Tina’s response

Caitlin’s response

Meghann’s response

Heather’s response

What are your thoughts on the matter?

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Ibelis vs. a Hilly 5k

Hello!!! Well, You are back for more, huh?! Good!!!! Yesterday was a great day! I got up around 8am and made an attempt at cleaning up my apartment while Adam went of a coffee run. Around 9am my friend Ibelis and her boyfriend Dan arrived at our apartment. Ibelis and I were running her very first race together.

I always feel so honored to be the person my friends ask to run races with them. Remember when I ran an 8k with Melissa and Jill’s first 5k with her? Well, yesterday I ran Ibelis’ first race with her. 🙂

Before hitting the streets I had a banana, a medium coffee with half and half and vanilla syrup and a BUNCH of water. I had to hydrate after the wine from the night before.

It was chilly out, about 54 degrees, and I hadn’t run is chilly temps yet this season. I was excited, but freezing!!! Ibelis and I stayed warm inside the school where registration was. BBBBBBRRRR!

Um…hello tiny Kindergarten sized sink!

Just before the start Dan pinned on Ibelis’ first race number ever! How cute are they?!

At 12:15pm we were off, this race was hilly as heck!!! Ibelis was not feeling well, she has been dealing with  cold, but she pushed through like a trooper. It was great to see Adam and Dan along the route cheering and snapping photos.

This route was soooo hilly too. Ibelis took these like a champ. I ran next to her and tried to keep her laughing and positive the whole way.

Ibelis and I crossed the finish like in 40:45, her goal was 45 minutes! Beating your goal by 4 minutes is a great way to start of racing, don’t you think. She did a great job and I am so proud of her 🙂

After the race we headed to the Warren Tavern for brunch.  On the way there I snacked on two handfuls of pistachios.

I started off my brunch with a Bloody Mary, my favorite brunch drink!

For my meal I had the tuna triumph, which is an open faced tuna melt on an English muffin. I ate every single thing!

After Brunch I was exhausted (I blame the wine from the night before) and showered and took a quick nap. I spent the afternoon picking up a little bit (although our apartment is still a mess) and catching up on some of my DVR. Dinner came late since I wasn’t really hungry until about 8:30. I had a bowl of Annie whole wheat shells mac and cheese with broccoli mixed in. I had leftovers too, which Adam promptly devoured once he got home from watching football.

Dessert:

Times 2 🙂

Well, Look for a post later tonight about my day today! Enjoy the rest of your Monday 🙂

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Hello!!! Well, I am getting you all caught up on my fun filled weekend:) If you missed my other two weekend posts, they are here and here.

Saturday after my facial and running a few errands, Adam and I headed to his sister’s house to celebrate her 40th Birthday! It was great to see family, I hadn’t seen some of my in-laws since my wedding which is a really, really long time for this family.

There were many, many fun appetizers, everyone attending brought one (or in my case two and a dessert- what can I say?).

I brought my homemade hummus and homemade pita chips.

I also made buffalo chicken dip. It is super easy to make and is always a hit at parties.

What you will need:

  • 3 good sized chicken breasts
  • 2 cups of reduced fat ranch dressing
  • 4 cups of reduced fat shredded cheddar
  • 32 ounces of reduced fat cream cheese
  • 2 cups of Frank’s Red Hot

Step 1: Add all ingredients besides chicken to  your slow cooker on high until they melt (about 45 minutes).

Step 2: Bring a large pot to a boil and add chicken breasts. Boil for about 20 minutes.

Step 3: Pull chicken out of the water and let cool for about 7 minutes then shred chicken with a fork.  (If you don’t know how to shred chicken with a fork, here is a great video.)

Step 4: Add shredded chicken to the crock pot and cook on low for 30 minutes. Keep warm until served.

I served mine with corn and blue corn chips.

Look at all the fun appetizer options!

I snacked on shrimp, hummus, cheese and crackers and some of my dip. I also had a few glasses of wine (not pictured).

I got so filled up on appetizers that I barely had room to eat dinner. I did have some broccoli and cheese calzone that my sister-in-law Amanda made.

Times two and I also had some basil, mozzarella and tomato stackers 🙂

Dessert was a few of my Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies.

It was great to hang out and catch up with family! Here are a few pictures from the fun-filled night.

Cousins 🙂

My sister-in-law, Jen and I.

My sister-in-law Amanda, joking like she is eating half the cake 🙂

My brother-in-law Grant and I  with our blazers. Everyone was making fun of us for being dressed so fancy! What can we do? We have good taste. Grant is running a marathon this coming weekend! Good Luck, Grant!!! 🙂

Notice the cookie in my hand…nom, nom, nom!

The night was great. Happy Birthday, Linda!!!!! 🙂

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SkinHealth

Hello! I hope you are all had a great weekend! Mine was busy as usual. After my last post, I had to rush, rush, rush! I am an appointment at SkinHealth.  Since I spent a good 2 hours of my Saturday making dark chocolate pumpkin cookies (recipe here), homemade hummus and pita chips (recipe here) and buffalo chicken dip (recipe to follow in next post), I was rushed to get lunch in my body and get to my appointment. Luckily, I had this in the freezer.

I popped it in the microwave for 2 and a half minutes while I was packing up my bag and I was out the door. I eat it with a pear while walking to the train station.

This wrap was actually my favorite of all the Amy’s wraps I have tried. I think it is because it has so much flavor and so much spinach. The tofu was in tiny little bites which made it so much easier to eat. I have a hard time eating wraps when huge chucks of things are falling out.

I took the train a few stops, walked a few blocks and arrived at SkinHealth.

A few months ago, I tweeted about my frustration with ance. I believe the tweet said something along the lines of, “Am I 17 or 27?! What the heck is with this acne? So frustrated!” Soon after that I was contacted by the President and CEO of SkinHealth to see if I would be interested in coming in for a consultation. The consultation would consist of meeting with a Medical Aestetician to talk about my skin and then receive a treatment that he/she thinks would be bet for me. I JUMPED at the chance!!!

When I arrived I was greeted by the receptionist and given a form to fill out about my skin.

After I filled it out I met with Reeli, the aesthetician, we talked about my skin and she looked at it under a magnified light. She told me there was some clogging in my skin and that it was oily in spots. So we decided on a correction facial.

She showed me to a room, which was cute, clean ans smelled unreal- very aromatherapy-like.

She gave me a robe to change into and we were ready to go.

(Sweet sports bra tan, Ali 😉 ).

The first thing she did was apply cleanser to get clean my face. After that she applied an enzyme mask. The mask was made with pineapple and papaya extracts. It tingled a little and did have a slight burning feeling. She explained that the purpose of the mask was to kill off the dead skin cells. The dead skin cells are proteins. These proteins are what bacteria feed off of. Also, blackheads are a mixture of oil and dead skin cell that turn black when oxidized. (I leanred a lot!)

After the mask I laid in on the table with a facial steamer over my face to open up my pores. Once they were open she did some extractions. It was painful at times. Reeli was great about checking in with me and making sure that I wasn’t too uncomfortable. Luckily, I am one tough cookie!!! 😉

After the extractions she applied toner and a green tea serum. This is loaded with antioxidants and  also has an anti-inflammatory in it. Skin can get inflamed after extractions. The end of the facial included a very relaxing massage and one more mask. The last mask was used to close up my pores.

After the facial we chatted about which products would be best for me. She recommended a lot of products and I really wish I could have bought some. However, I am on a budget right now with the stuff for our house and I couldn’t spend a lot of money on face toner and wash. I am hoping once things get rolling and we have a little more cash I can buy one and write about how I think it is working here on the blog. I know many of you have e-mailed saying you have skin issues as well.

Overall, my experience at SkinHealth was awesome. The spa is beautiful and the staff was super friendly. Reeli was amazing!!! She explained everything she did and why she was doing it. I asked a lot of questions and she was able to answer everything. She was incredibly knowledgeable and it was obvious that this was her passion. When recommending products she really explained why these would be great for MY skin and MY case. The personalization of this appointment is like nothing I have ever experienced in a spa.

Have you ever had an absolutely amazing spa experience?

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