Afternoon, yaâ€™ll! Glad some of you fell for my April Fools Day joke. Iâ€™m a little trickster!
What I really had for breakfast:
A HUGE Cherry Chocolate Bomb Green Monster. So big it didnâ€™t even fit into one glass! When I have a smoothie for a meal, I add a special ingredient: OATMEAL! Yes, just plain, raw oatmeal. It tastes great, I promise.
My oatmeal contained:
- 2 cups raw spinach
- 15 frozen cherries
- 1 scoop Nesquik
- 1/2 cup oatmeal
- 1 cup almond breeze
- 1 banana
Lunch was leftovers. Magical leftovers!
I had a cup of African-Inspired Sweet Potato Soup:
And Kashi Pilaf with sugar snap peasâ€¦ covered in hot sauce!
For those of you that are newer readers, I have a book coming out on AUGUST 3! Itâ€™s based on the Operation Beautiful blog. If you want to read more about the process of quitting my job and getting a book deal, check out this post (I need to update the blog with information about physical therapy grad school â€“ Short story is that itâ€™s probably not happening).
All has been kind of quiet on the book front for a few months, but today I had a meeting with my Gotham Books publicist team, and it got me SO excited! Iâ€™m officially listed on Barnes and Noble and Borders. Pinch me, Iâ€™m dreaming!
I was just thinking about how I really have all of YOU to thank for this dream coming true. I started to blog just to have fun and meet other like-minded people, and I really never thought it would go this far. I REALLY appreciate every single reader, commenter, and fellow blogger that adds something special to this wonderful community. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
And Thoughts on Photoshopping
I was doing research for an Operation Beautiful presentation and came across this great â€œphotoshop hall of shameâ€ slideshow. Did you know 99% of images in magazines are photoshopped? Even TABLOID photos are photoshopped!
Thereâ€™s been tons of studies that photoshopped images create false expectations and unnecessary stress on women reading the magazines. I definitely believe itâ€™s wrong to photoshop someone thinner (adjusting lighting or whatever is fine). Soâ€¦ one of the issues Iâ€™ve been thinking a lot about is what to do with photoshop?
Some countries are considering â€œwarning labelsâ€ for photoshopping, similar to the labels in alcohol and cigarette ads. Britain has a proposed ban on all photoshopping in ads aimed at those under 16. The law would also require all other ads to carry a disclaimer describing the extent of their alterations. In France, the lower house of French Parliament voted in favor of a bill that would ban "inciting thinness." The bill now has to go to Senate (I donâ€™t think it has, yet).
Some questions for you (Iâ€™d LOVE to hear your thoughts, it will help me a lot for you presentation):
- Do you think photoshopping is wrong? Why? Do you think it creates a false ideal or we should â€œknow betterâ€?
- What is the solution to photoshopping? Would warning labels help? Should it be outlawed entirely?
- It is the magazineâ€™s artistic right to photoshop?
- What about fitness magazines photoshopping their cover models? Does that make you particularly mad?