A Challenge and A Tofu Recipe
Hi guys! I hope you all had a great weekend :).
Today, I have a challenge for you guys:
A week and a half ago when I wrote my post about current body image, Lindsey wrote a comment that really got me thinking and that I completely agree with! She said:
…when people say “You look so skinny!”, and I know they mean it as a compliment, but I do not take it as one. Since when does looking skinny = looking good? It shouldn’t. There is more to looking SKINNY. I want to look HEALTHY. I think if everyone thought like this we would have far fewer people with a negative body image.
I absolutely agree with her! There used to be a time when all I cared about was looking skinny- I didn’t care if I looked healthy in the process, or even fit for that matter. Now, however, I want to look fit and healthy. I want to have some muscles and definition and tone. Most of the time when I hear skinny I think of tiny models and actresses because that is how it is portrayed in our society.
I think it is so important to embrace and promote looking healthy rather than skinny. When a person says, “You look so skinny!” to another person, it can perpetuate an already dangerous mindset that skinny=beautiful. I think this could be detrimental to someone with a negative body image or eating disorder.
Plus, I always wonder if someone is actually trying to compliment you when they say “You look so skinny”. I sometimes think that is said for several reasons- to get the same “compliment” in return, because they are envious, or they actually do think you look so skinny but they are saying it more out of concern. I’ve seen people use that phrase when talking to a friend who is trash talking their body. I also have several friends that are naturally really skinny and tiny. Whenever they are told “you look so skinny” they actually get kind of worried that people think they have an eating disorder, yet they are completely healthy
It would be awesome it we could change the mindset of our society so that looking healthy was thought of as beautiful, but unfortunately that would be really hard to do. So here is my challenge for you:
From now on, try to give people compliments about how healthy, fit, beautiful, or good they look instead of about how skinny they are! You never know, it may help that person appreciate something about their body even more :). You could also compliment them on something else (intellect, style, kindness, etc.)!
Last night I made a super tasty dinner, so yes, I have another recipe for you!
Thai-Style Noodles and Tofu
Tofu and Noodle Ingredients
- 1/2 lb whole-wheat spaghetti noodles
- Olive oil cooking spray
- 1 package extra-firm tofu, drained and cut into cubes
- 4 cloves of garlic, minced
- 1 tsp low-sodium soy sauce
- 1 medium red pepper, cut into slices
- 1 medium green pepper, cut into slices
- 2 Tbsp natural peanut butter
- 1/3 cup salsa
- 1/4 tsp dried red pepper flakes
- 1/3 cup water
1. Bring water to bowl in a large part; add noodles and cook for about 10 minutes
2. Combine sauce ingredients in a blender or food processor and puree until creamy; set aside
3. Mist a large skillet with cooking spray and place over medium heat. Add tofu and spread garlic and soy sauce evenly over the pieces. Saute tofu, stirring frequently, for about 5 minutes.
4. While tofu is cooking, spray a medium skillet with cooking spray and place over medium-high heat. Add peppers and saute for 2-3 minutes. Add 1 Tbsp of water into pan and immediately cover with lid. Cook for 3-4 minutes until the peppers are tender and slightly blackened.
5. After tofu is cooked, add sauce and turn heat to low. Stir once or twice as the sauce thickens, for a minute or two.
6. Serve peppers and tofu over linguine and enjoy!
It was delicious :).
Hope you guys have an awesome Monday! I have fieldwork all week so I’ll be out observing OTs all week instead of going to class!
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What do you think about the phrase “You look so skinny”?