As predicted, Jean Kilbourne’s presentation was awesome.  I HIGHLY suggest you check out the video I linked to this morning because her talks are really so informative and thought-provoking.


Some of the notes I took this morning:


  • The insane number of ads we see each day – some estimates put it as high as 3,000 ads as day! – have created a toxic cultural environment that sacrifices our overall sense of health and well-being for corporate profit.
  • Studies show that young men judge real women’s bodies more harshly after viewing photographs of Photoshopped supermodels.
  • 91% of cosmetic surgery patients are female.  The number of teens receiving plastic surgery has jumped three-fold over the past decade.
  • Advertisements teach us that that sexuality and sexiness is of the utmost importance for women and men.  There has also been a dramatic increase in the sexualization of young children in ads over the last 30 years. 


Jean ended on a positive note, stating that she’s seen a cultural shift that is beginning to focus on health over size.  As Jean said, the solution to our nation’s obesity and eating disorder crisis is not to make people hate themselves, but to transform our attitudes about health, diet, and exercise, and ultimately to accept our awesomely unique body shapes.


I think the biggest lesson that I took away from Jean’s presentation is how important it is to be aware of stereotypes in the media and how these stereotypes influence the way we see ourselves and others.  Awareness and education are key!





After the general session, the Husband and I took off to do our own thing.  I decided to go to the hotel gym and did 30 minutes on the elliptical.  I pumped up the resistance and held onto arm weights while ellipticalling and got an awesome workout in!


Then, we walked to Nourish for lunch.



We had heard RAVE reviews from so many readers + conference attendees.  We tried to go last night but it’s closed on Monday.  Glad we found another opportunity to try it out!


I started out with the Arnold Palmer, which was a mix of tea and lemonade.


One awesome thing about the menu?  The intense color coding system, which easily described each dish as gluten free, lactose free, vegetarian, vegan, egg-free, nut-free, and dairy-free. 


We split the roasted root veggies to start:


And I got the sweet potato and chickpea burger with sweet potato fries.  The burgers didn’t come on a bun but a “bed” of spinach.  I was a little disappointed when my dish arrived because I was expecting more greens, but the burger was still good!


And last, but not least…


SPRINKLES!  The “original” cupcake bakery.



I got the cinnamon sugar, and the Husband ordered the vegan red velvet (hence the V).


Mine was awesome.  It tasted like a donut, actually!


Well, no big plans for the rest of the day.  My big Operation Beautiful presentation is at 7 PM, so I’m going to spend the rest of the day prepping (by the pool, of course).


Have a great day!



  • JenATX January 18, 2011, 3:46 pm

    I watched Kilbourne’s video in an anthropology class & I really enjoyed it. I get very disappointed when I hear my guy friends refer to a girl as “fat” or “heavy” when they are perfectly normal sized girls; they just aren’t stick thin like most models/actresses. It sounds so cheesey, but these girls are fine just the way they are. I think more men should see the video & realize how skewed some of their perceptions of women are.

  • Meghan@travelwinedine January 18, 2011, 3:48 pm

    Looks like an interesting conference! I am just jealous that you have sun and are wearing a light jacket. I would love to be somewhere warm right now!

  • Annette January 18, 2011, 3:48 pm

    Wow, what a day! That sounds fabulous- I’ll have to go check her out online. P.s. your burger and cupcakes look to die for 🙂

  • Lizz (leadingthegoodlife) January 18, 2011, 3:53 pm

    Best of luck tonight…I’m sure you’ll be great!

  • Kristyn January 18, 2011, 3:57 pm

    Good luck tonight, Caitlin! You will blow them all away and have them leaving with a sense of positivity and love for themselves. =)

    Enjoy that gorgeous AZ weather! We have crazy ice storms on the east coast…gross.

  • Leanne (For Health's Sake) January 18, 2011, 3:58 pm

    It’s my hope that by the time our generation has children, the media/advertising world has their act together and has REAL people in advertisements & has more positive uplifting messages for us to see.

    • Leanne (For Health's Sake) January 18, 2011, 3:59 pm

      ps. those cupcakes look like perfection… drool! 😀

    • Caitlin January 18, 2011, 4:12 pm

      This is my hope too.

      • Jennifer January 19, 2011, 10:33 am

        I am a marketing major, and hope to make a difference when I actually begin work in the field.

        In regards to Sprinkles, that is what my daughter wants for her 16th birthday instead of a birthday cake! 🙂

  • Kelly January 18, 2011, 3:58 pm

    Those cupcakes look insanely good.

  • Stacy @ Every Little Thing January 18, 2011, 3:59 pm

    Glad her talk was inspiring! I really enjoyed learning about the effect of advertisements on people (esp women and children) while I was in school. Good luck tonight!

  • Lisa (bakebikeblog) January 18, 2011, 4:00 pm

    Wow – what a wonderful conference indeed.
    Oh my – and that cupcake! Its perfect!

  • Emma January 18, 2011, 4:01 pm

    Oh my gosh. I used to work at Sprinkles Chicago. I ended up having to quit, partially because cupcakes took over my life and I think I was high on sugar 24/7. But they are insanely good!!!

  • Jess@atasteofconfidence January 18, 2011, 4:04 pm

    Glad you enjoyed the conference! Good luck with your presentation tonight:)

  • Baking 'n' Books January 18, 2011, 4:05 pm

    Ooh the Red Velvet!

    Good luck on the presentation.

  • LindzGreerIndy January 18, 2011, 4:05 pm

    Those cupcakes look AMAZING!!!!

    Good luck tonight! Operation Beautiful saved me from myself. I can’t even begin to tell you how many people I have recommended the book to…friends and strangers alike!

    • Caitlin January 18, 2011, 4:13 pm

      This comments made my day. I really wish you the best in your journey.

  • Kristy @ KristyRuns January 18, 2011, 4:06 pm

    Glad you’re having a great time! Sweet potato burger? Love that! Must try soon. Sweet ‘tater in my lentil burger perhaps? Hmmm… 🙂

  • Hannah January 18, 2011, 4:10 pm

    All those eats look absolutely delicious. Nice recap of Jean’s talk too, and I really want to read that So Sexy, So Soon book! Maybe you could do a review of it sometime? 🙂

    • Caitlin January 18, 2011, 4:14 pm

      Yup! I’m already 30 pages in!

      • Melissa @ Be Not Simply Good January 18, 2011, 11:06 pm

        I’ll be interested to hear more about it too. I have a daughter, and I am in no rush for her to grow up. Let little girls BE little girls.

  • Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg January 18, 2011, 4:16 pm

    So glad you enjoyed the event!! And that lunch looks freakin’ phenomenal!

  • Ann @ Day by Day January 18, 2011, 4:17 pm

    Your notes from the talk were interesting to read. It seems so wrong to me that women are so blatantly judged on our bodies and that women are held (and are holding ourselves) to the false standards of Photoshopped models. Thanks for sharing!

    Nourish looks good, but I too often find that I am disappointed by a restaurant going light on one part of the meal I was expecting to get (which is usually the healthiest component).

  • Ashley January 18, 2011, 4:17 pm

    Your food looks amazing! I’m glad you’re having a good time, and I loved the notes on that woman’s presentation. At least things are getting better.

  • Kiran January 18, 2011, 4:18 pm

    Good luck on your presention tonight 🙂

    I can’t seem to look beyond the cupcakes – it’s calling me!

  • Maren January 18, 2011, 4:18 pm

    I am very jealous when you say “by the pool” as I am dealing with 14 degree weather! Glad to see you’re enjoying your vaca! Good luck tonight! 🙂

  • Michelle January 18, 2011, 4:22 pm

    I haven’t thought about an Arnold Palmer since I worked as a golf cart beverage attendant while going to school at ASU! Tasty stuff.

  • Maryea {Happy Healthy Mama} January 18, 2011, 4:23 pm

    I love the blue sky and sun in your pictures. 🙂

  • Michele @ Healthy Cultivations January 18, 2011, 4:23 pm

    Nourish looks like a WONDERFUL place to eat. I went to this amazing vegan restaurant called the Red Avocado when in Iowa City last year. It was pretty amazing.

    That cupcake looks like it’s worth walking several miles to obtain.

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat January 18, 2011, 4:23 pm

    I am totally watching that video when I get home!! Looks like you had a wonderful afternoon, and what a great opportunity to listen to such a fabulous speaker. Wish I could have been there too! Good luck with the preso! 🙂

  • Jessica@tastyandtrim January 18, 2011, 4:24 pm

    That cinnamon sugar cupcake looks amazing!!! A Sprinkles recently opened up in Chicago and I have still yet to try it. After seeing the picture of your cupcake, I think a trip there is necessary 🙂

  • Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine January 18, 2011, 4:24 pm

    The talk sounds so interesting- I loved the video this morning and would love to hear her speak more!! And as a cupcake lover, I’m bummed I haven’t tried Sprinkles yet. Those cakes look awesome!

  • Heather January 18, 2011, 4:27 pm

    Hahaha, I was just at Sprinkles and ordered the Cinnamon Sugar too! Great minds think alike!

  • Natalia - a side of simple January 18, 2011, 4:29 pm

    Kilbourne’s presentation sounds great! We’ve watched and critiqued her videos in my media class and the class discussions brought on from her were fantastic and so engaging.
    I’m a bit jealous of your lunch and dessert, not going to lie 😉

  • Kristina @ life as kristina January 18, 2011, 4:32 pm

    your whole day looks amazing-but to cap it off with sprinkles cupcakes? AHHHHHH!!!!!! So jealous!

  • Amanda (Eating Up) January 18, 2011, 4:32 pm

    I’m not a huge cupcake fan, but I have been wanting to try Sprinkles! It’s the original, right?

  • Amy January 18, 2011, 4:32 pm

    great post! she sounds like such an interesting speaker. Im from scottsdale you’re making me miss it!! 🙂 have a great time and enjoy the weather!

  • Caitlin January 18, 2011, 4:34 pm

    I feel so strongly about the negative effects of current media that I cannot properly word a comment about it. That presentation sounds so informative and necessary–I wish all could be more educated about this topic!

  • Mariana January 18, 2011, 4:37 pm

    Hi Courtney, the talk about stereotypes sonuds really interesting. I am a psychologist and I am writing my thesis about male stereotypes and their effects on gender development.

  • Kailey (SnackFace) January 18, 2011, 4:37 pm

    Caitlin, get out of my face with that beautiful sunshine and climate that doesn’t require a ski coat and long johns! Not that I’m wearing long johns, but still.

    Holla to the “transforming attitudes”!!! I am all about that! Just wrote about an aspect of it.

    Enjoy the sun! 🙂

    • LindzGreerIndy January 18, 2011, 4:40 pm

      Your “holla” comment totally made my day!

  • Dorry January 18, 2011, 4:41 pm

    I love Sprinkles! They have one here in Dallas and there’s always a line out the door.

  • Liz @ Tip Top Shape January 18, 2011, 4:41 pm

    We just got a Sprinkles in Chicago and I actually wasn’t that impressed. I got the red velvet and I don’t think it lived up to all the hype 🙁 Maybe I just got a bad cupcake or something.

  • Lauren January 18, 2011, 4:43 pm

    I see the influence of stereotypes on some of the kids I have as campers at the summer camp I work at. It’s just so frustrating and shocking to hear some young girls talk about sex and being skinny. Good luck on your presentation!

  • Annie@stronghealthyfit January 18, 2011, 4:55 pm

    That’s so cool that you got to see Jean Kilbourne speak in person! She’s such a great voice in the world of body image activism.

  • Mary @ Bites and Bliss January 18, 2011, 5:05 pm

    Wow, 3000 ads a DAY?! That’s pretty insane..but not unbelievable now that I think of it. And yeah, there’s so much that goes into them to appeal to our senses..stereotypes being a huggeeee aspect.

  • Ali @ See Ali Eat January 18, 2011, 5:07 pm

    So jealous of your Sprinkles visit. I bought a Sprinkles cupcake mix at William Sonoma last year and they were amazing. I imagine that the real thing is even better.

  • Megan (Braise The Roof) January 18, 2011, 5:07 pm

    The owner of Sprinkles was on the Food Network the other day (on The Best Thing I Ever Ate) and she was talking about where she got her inspiration for the exact cupcake you ordered! 🙂 Glad the presentation was great- have fun working by the pool!

  • Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) January 18, 2011, 5:22 pm

    So weird that you are speaking about this today because I was actually thinking about all of this after watching The Social Network last night. I thought about watching it with my kids until I read why it got the PG13 rating. OMG…what they think is PG13 is so not appropriate for a 13 year old! My oldest is almost 13 and while we have discussed sex, babies and general health, in no way would I have wanted him to see the things they had going on in that movie. Also, one of the woman in it is on my kids tv shows! I am really tired of the sexual tones of everything. We are a very open family, but I have my limits for this kind of stuff. It is everywhere and really just not appropriate at all.

    Enjoy your afternoon and good luck tonight!

    • Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday January 18, 2011, 9:42 pm

      I hear ya. I remember when I used to watch some TV shows, like ‘Friends’, when I was that age and I thought casual sex was pretty standard. I learned later that it wasn’t as common as I thought.

  • Kate (What Kate is Cooking) January 18, 2011, 5:31 pm

    3,000 ads a day?! That is horrifying!

  • Lindsay January 18, 2011, 5:41 pm

    Oh! I was trying to figure out why Jean Kilbourne’s name sounded so familiar and then I saw the book – I finished my Masters with Diane (her co-author) over the summer! She’s a professor at Wheelock College in Boston. Smaaall world.

  • Kara January 18, 2011, 5:46 pm

    That sounds like such a fun day! The cupcake looks amazing too 🙂

  • Sara January 18, 2011, 5:46 pm

    Its been soo fun to see you in my hometown! Good luck w/the presentation! I haven’t been able to attend any of the summitt b/c of work but totally making it tonight and will make sure to say hello!!

    PS Indian Village is the bomb…so glad you stopped there! 🙂

  • Jill Will Run January 18, 2011, 5:47 pm

    In November my mom and I went to Scottsdale for the Women’s Half Marathon and did the same Nourish/Sprinkles combo while we were there! I looooooved Nourish, however I was less impressed with Sprinkles.

  • Elin January 18, 2011, 5:50 pm

    She is such an inspirational woman! The video you linked to immediately made me start thinking of what I could be doing to change this! I guess every little change in ones attitude will automatically influence the people around you and their attitudes to. (That’s why operation beautiful is so great)
    (By the way, this is my first time commenting though I’ve read your site for months – love your site!)

  • Cate January 18, 2011, 6:07 pm

    Seeing Jean Kilbourne speak must have been very interesting. I must say I am a bit jealous! Thanks for sharing some of the facts your learned though. I took a Women’s Psychology class my last semester in college and we talked a lot about the media’s influence on female body image and stereotypes. The subject is really fascinating. Knowing that attitudes are changing is wonderful to hear!

    and the cupcakes look delish! Good luck with your presentation! 🙂

  • Laura (Starloz) January 18, 2011, 6:08 pm

    its so awesome that places in the US make it so much easier to be gluten free, lactose free, vegetarian, vegan, egg-free, nut-free, and dairy-free. it’s pretty hard here.

    the cupcakes look INCREDIBLE.

  • Katie January 18, 2011, 6:10 pm

    Yum on the cupcakes! And i love that color-coded menu since I can’t eat gluten or dairy.

  • Josephine @ Creating a Positive Life January 18, 2011, 6:15 pm

    I have that book- I didn’t even realize it was a co-authored piece with Joan K. Nice!
    I heard Dr. Martin Brokenleg speak last month – if you haven’t heard him, he is amazing! One thing he talked about is when his kids were growing up he or his wife would always be there to watch the TV with them and on the commercial breaks they had to say, “you’ve got to be kidding me” after the commercials. It is a quick mental trick 🙂
    I usually just mute the tv on commercials or busy myself with something – or fast forward with DVR. Many things in our society such as this are worrisome.

  • Kelly January 18, 2011, 6:32 pm

    Good luck! You have to try CupCrazed when you get back to the Charlotte area if you’re looking for a good cupcake place. It’s in Fort Mill but worth the drive. 🙂

  • Nicole of Raspberry Stethoscope January 18, 2011, 6:35 pm

    Wow! I am jealous. We watched her documentaries in college and they totally changed my view on advertisement forever.

  • lauren January 18, 2011, 6:46 pm

    I realize I may just be “oversexualized” but your cupcake looks like a boob. A delicious boob, though!

    • Stacey January 18, 2011, 9:16 pm

      I thought the same thing!

  • maria @ Chasing the Now January 18, 2011, 6:55 pm

    Sounds like a very interesting presentation!

    I want that cupcake!

  • Gracie (complicated day) January 18, 2011, 6:56 pm

    I’m a big fan of separating appearance from health. It’s so sad that we cannot discuss obesity in this country without insulting someone – because we have such fixed ideas of beauty. Since our culture says “thin” = “pretty”, it’s hard to bring up topics like overweight and obesity without seeming rude or mean, even if we such a conversation could literally save someone’s life.

  • Christine January 18, 2011, 6:57 pm

    Sprinkles! I have to drive about 30 minutes to get to one, which is actually a blessing in disguise!

    The book jean coauthored looks interesting. Even as a pretty liberal high school teacher it can be a little disturbing to see what many of our students wear and how they act in regards to their sexuality, which is of course linked to body image. If/when you read it can you drop us a little review?

  • Katie January 18, 2011, 7:00 pm

    Just wanted to wish you good luck tonight girl!!! I know you will do great!

    Oh sprinkles is amazing!!!! I love the flavor you chose!

  • foodandfarm January 18, 2011, 7:15 pm

    Sounds like you are having a wonderful businees-cation. What did you set the elliptical on and what lb weights? I struggle with figuring this out…

  • Marcia January 18, 2011, 7:18 pm

    Sound like a neat conference! Mmmmmm sprinkles.

  • Leah @ Why Deprive? January 18, 2011, 7:20 pm

    I feel old saying these things, but I really think a lot the clothing young girls are wearing these days is highly inappropriate. It seems to be getting worse and worse, and I really hope my kids dont have to grow up like that. What ever happened to innocence? Its all being taken away from them and I dont like it.

  • Ann @ Running With Chopstidx January 18, 2011, 7:34 pm

    Mmm Arnold Palmers are so delicious! I just discovered it recently and it always reminds me of hot Southern weather and cool front porches.

  • Elizabeth @ The Sweet Life January 18, 2011, 7:52 pm

    You are so, so right. Kudos to you and GOTR for helping to change the conversation our girls hear!

  • Tanya @ Vegan Faith January 18, 2011, 8:03 pm

    I’m planning Nourish and Sprinkles for lunch tomorrow! Can’t wait!

  • Dori January 18, 2011, 8:07 pm

    AH awesome! A Sprinkles is opening around the corner from me in Feb but I didn’t know much about it. Very excited now!

  • Diana @ frontyardfoodie January 18, 2011, 8:27 pm

    I guess woman feel a lot more pressure to be attractive and that’s why we’re the ones getting plastic surgery. I don’t feel the need to ever get it but I can see how it happens. For example, I just had a baby and have some stretch marks below my belly button and if I’m honest with myself, I wouldn’t turn down laser surgery to get rid of them if I had a ton of extra cash.

  • Allison January 18, 2011, 8:36 pm

    Good luck at your presentation!

  • Alex January 18, 2011, 8:43 pm

    Your posts are always so inspiring and I believe you live a very inspiring lifestyle!

    It’s amazing how the sexualization and objectification of women impacts our self-esteem. I hope that there will continue to be an increase in the idea of health over size, which will hopefully help women understand they are beautiful no matter what their size!

  • Allison @ Happy Tales January 18, 2011, 8:43 pm

    I wrote a paper on this topic in a sociology class i took back in college. Such an important topic. I’m so glad to hear that there is starting to be a shift towards an importance on health instead of size…. SUCH good news to my ears! Makes me not as scared to raise bring and raise children into this world… (one day, at least)

  • Rachel @ Grateful Girl Goes Gluten Free January 18, 2011, 8:51 pm

    I want to try sprinkles SO bad!

  • Emily January 18, 2011, 8:55 pm

    That presentation sounds amazing. We really are overwhelmed by media all day long and we rarely stop and think about how it affects us, especially children. Thanks for posting the link! Also, hope you enjoyed the sunshine, good luck tonight!

  • Katy (The Singing Runner) January 18, 2011, 8:56 pm

    Those cupcakes look delicious! Were they? I bet they were. 😉

  • chelsey @ clean eating chelsey January 18, 2011, 9:06 pm

    I love the message that speaker gave to you all – and I am totally interested in that book about the Sexualization of girls waaay too young. I see it every day and I get so sad!

  • Kristin @ FoodFash January 18, 2011, 9:33 pm

    Oh my, a color coded menu sounds like a dream!

  • Maddie (Healthy Maddie) January 18, 2011, 9:37 pm

    Sounds like an interesting meeting! The cupcakes look so good. I love that they have vegan cupcakes there.

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin January 18, 2011, 10:04 pm

    I agree, I think we’re starting to see a positive shift towards a focus on health. I like that some magazines are starting to use models of all shapes now. It gives me hope that this generation of young girls might grow up surrounded by more realistic images of women. 😀

  • Amy January 18, 2011, 10:32 pm

    I’m a junior in high school and we watched Killing Us Softly in my history class! It’s so awesome that you got to see a presentation by her because she seems like a really good speaker.

    Just wondering, do you consider yourself to be a feminist?

  • Marian January 18, 2011, 10:34 pm

    Caitlin! If I weren’t so dumbfounded by seeing you and my sister-NL on your blog holding a sign with my NAME on it, I could probably more eloquently compose this! Totally surreal and funny! I have been reading your blog forever and when I realized yall were at the same conference I was so excited! I feel like she got to meet a huge celebrity-! Ahhhh! Thank you (and Kira) for making my day-!

  • Trisha January 18, 2011, 10:52 pm

    Caitlin! First off, I love your blog! Second off, you have inspired me to volunteer for GOTR in Salt Lake! I’m a student there and I’m so excited to get involved in something so great. Thanks for sharing your cool experiences!

  • laurel January 18, 2011, 11:14 pm

    That cupcake looks amazing! Yum!

  • Lauren January 18, 2011, 11:21 pm

    Hi Caitlin! I actually work at the Sprinkles in Scottsdale and was there today when you and your husband came in. I have been reading your blog for about two years, so I instantly recognized you and your husband. I was helping another customer, otherwise I totally would have told you that I was one of your blog readers :). Anyway, I’m glad to hear that you liked your Cinnamon Sugar cupcake, and I hope your husband enjoyed his Vegan Red Velvet! Enjoy the rest of your stay in Scottsdale, and thanks for coming to Sprinkles!

  • Camille January 18, 2011, 11:24 pm

    That book sounds so interesting! I am definitely adding it to my “to read” list!

  • Kate January 19, 2011, 12:41 am

    Good stuff Caitlin…as an ad gal I have to put in my 2 cents. Unfortunately, sex sells (though I work for a newspaper so we do not have provocative ads).

    Also, speak up and companies listen. If we don’t like this, then we need to boycott, write editorials, emails. Take for instance the new Gap logo recently that didn’t last long because of all the complaints from the consumers

    On the other end of the spectrum, we had a dermatologist who ran billboards here in town with a skeleton in a tanning bed & the message something like “Dying to look good”. The tanning salons in town complained & they took it down..silly I think because it was/is a good message.

    What about Dove’s “Real Women” ongoing campaign. They use ‘normal’ women in their ads to promote their products instead of regular stick models

    Also, speaking of socially responsible, many of these companies are doing good things, I just read an article today about what consumers want when companies are being being ‘socially responsible’

  • Jen January 19, 2011, 8:47 am

    Have you seen the December issue of Paris Vogue? It features kindergarten-aged models in some disturbing poses. The sexualization of children is really a problem, and I’m always glad to see people speaking out against it.

    Here’s a link to the Vogue issue:

    • Caitlin January 19, 2011, 12:19 pm

      Ugh. This is so disgusting. Thanks for passing it along.

  • Kathie @ Frugal, Fit and Fabulous January 19, 2011, 10:59 am

    Glad you’re having a great time! That book sounds so interesting! I am definitely adding it to my “to read” list!

  • Amber K January 19, 2011, 12:29 pm

    I LOVE the color coded menu. Really makes a customer feel like they care about dietary restrictions.

  • Ellen@FirednFabulous January 19, 2011, 5:38 pm

    Heaven help me, I’m in cupcake heaven! YUMMM..

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