Monthly Archives: March 2011

Dieting: Don’t Cheat Yourself

Once upon a time, “cheat days” were a staple of my diet. For those of you who may not know what a cheat day is, here’s the most simple description I can give you: a cheat day is a day you don’t adhere to normal dietary restrictions—you take the day off and eat as you please.

The problem with having a day where “anything goes” is, at some point, you start seeing those days creep into other days as well. And, while it may not be as excessive an act here and there, it can be detrimental to your overall goal to maintain a healthy lifestyle because even a few hundred extra calories added on each week can become sneaky, unwanted, pounds later.

We all lapse, once in a while, there is no guarantee or expectation that we will always make the best choices where food is concerned, but the main purpose of staying true to your decision to be healthy is to feel good about the gift you are giving to your body.

That gift, the one of a life that is filled with more energy and a better quality of life, far outweighs the temporary joy you feel from “cheating”.

So, stick to your plan, don’t build in days that defy said plans—at the same time don’t punish yourself if you fall off the wagon every now and then either—and remember that cheating is never a good thing.

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Breast Milk Baby Doll…What?!?

Please explain to me the value in a child having a doll that can “breastfeed”. I’m sorry, but the purpose of that kind of doll is lost on me—completely.

The Berjuan Toy Company, located in Spain, has developed a toy called the  “Breast Milk Baby”, the purpose of which is to help “…young girls express their love and affection in the most natural way possible, just like mommy!”

Are you kidding me? Is there no end to what a toy company will do to sell merchandise?

Call me old-fashioned, call me short-sighted, or call me a prude, but there is no way I could ever deem this to be an appropriate toy for my daughter.

Young girls these days, it seems, are being brought up in a world where motherhood is glorified. And while I have no problem with the message, I do have a problem with the timing of its delivery—could we please allow our daughters to be little girls before we start teaching them how to be mothers?

The ability to love and nurture another is a lesson that can be learned without props like this one, and it’s past time that we, as consumers, start drawing the line on what should and should not be appropriate entertainment for our children.

I, for one, would not encourage the purchase of this item for any girl/woman who is not an expectant mother—I see some value in this item as a teaching tool for expectant/new mothers who want to learn some of the fundamentals of breast-feeding—as, again, I find little value in it.

That said, I am certain there are many who will buy this item without a second thought because it’s “just a toy” and, while I can respect that perspective, I feel a need to reiterate the point of the impressionable minds of our young girls.

Don’t allow them to grow up too fast. Let them enjoy being babies before they start learning how to care for one.

Just my two.

Apathy, Change, and You

Each day is a challenge. I wake up every morning, trying my best to arm myself with whatever mental armor I need, so that I won’t be blindsided by negativity. However, the one thing I never account for is the fact that everyone around me will be doing the same thing.

As a society, we’ve been trained to be skeptical of everything and everyone. We question our leaders, question our laws, and rail against the ways of the world that have led us to this mass chaos that, seemingly, has no end. Yet, none of us is truly willing to take responsibility for the role we might have played in this mechanism. We’re, all of us, content to put up our walls or stick our heads in the sand.

Many of us assumed we could leave the important decisions to the more informed, more educated, and more involved segments of society. We stopped paying attention to the signs that signaled something wasn’t quite right because we had problems of our own to tend to—let somebody else handle this mess. 

The problem with that attitude is that it’s pervasive—it never stops at one person—and a society that mass produces an attitude of apathy isn’t one headed in the right direction. You have to stand for something if you ever expect to live a life of purpose.

Read a newspaper, watch the news, seek out the knowledge you need to start making the small steps that can eventually get us all back on the right track.

Be the change you wish to see in the world…isn’t that what Ghandi said?

Are you being that change or letting the world change you?