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We teach girls to shrink themselves
To make themselves smaller
We say to girls,
“You can have ambition
But not too much
You should aim to be successful
But not too successful
Otherwise you will threaten the man.”
Because I am female
I am expected to aspire to marriage
I am expected to make my life choices
Always keeping in mind that
Marriage is the most important
Now marriage can be a source of
Joy and love and mutual support
But why do we teach girls to aspire to marriage
And we don’t teach boys the same?
We raise girls to see each other as competitors
Not for jobs or for accomplishments
Which I think can be a good thing
But for the attention of men
We teach girls that they cannot be sexual beings
In the way that boys are
Feminist: the person who believes in the social
Political, and economic equality of the sexes
-Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
We’re often taught from a young age that physical beauty and attractiveness are synonymous with worth and how lovable one is. Both boys and girls alike are told these messages in different ways.
Two problems with that:
First, any idiot could tell you that not everyone is physically beautiful. It’s not a fair world that we are born into. Not everyone is a winner and gets a trophy for participation. It is what it is.
Second, and more importantly… you don’t need to be physically beautiful to have self-worth and be a happy human being. Fuck what others think. When you’re 6 feet under or a pile of ashes, nobody will give a flying fuck that you had a 24” waist. They will however, remember the way you touched their lives.
You are who you are, and what truly matters is how you affect this world in the short time you have.
My friend, Anthony Hernandez 

Favorite healthy snack option part 2:

Caprese on whole wheat crackers.

Mozzarella, tomato, basil and balsamic vinegar on top of some whole wheat crackers (I use trader joes reduced guilt woven wheat wafers which have a good amount of fiber and are low in calories).

Mozzarella is a low fat, low cal cheese with a great flavor that adapts to other ingredients. Slice up some tomato which adds Lycopene, antioxidants, and fiber, sprinkle some balsamic vinegar over and topped with fresh or fried basil and a little cracked pepper. Voila!

Favorite snacks part 1:

Sliced Cucumbers with hummus, feta cheese and cracked black pepper.

These are perfect to have when you’re not wanting to eat a full meal but dont over fill yourself for lunch or dinner. The cucumber offers fiber, vitamin C, polyphenols and antioxidants. The hummus (spicy is my favorite) is full of protein, fiber, some iron, magnesium and other great nutrients. Feta cheese offers a little salty taste as well as a great tangy flavor and is a great source of calcium.

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