Links Worth Sharing: Holiday Weight Gain, Nelson Mandela, & The Real Cost of Cheap Food

Lots of good, juicy, thought provoking things to share with you today, my friends!

Planning To Gain Weight This Season? Is That Okay?

This post summarizes exactly how I feel, and I think it’s brilliant. “I believe in balance and moderation. I believe in making health a LIFESTYLE. And part of making health a lifestyle, whether through diet or fitness or any other decisions which impact it, is to approach it realistically. Again – this isn’t meant for everyone. For some, realistically is making small changes to get healthier now and not letting the holidays be an excuse. For others of us, including myself, realistically is letting go of the reigns a bit and remembering that our diets and workouts don’t have to be perfect in order to be healthy.”

Don’t Sanitize Nelson Mandela: He’s Honored Now, But Was Hated Then

It’s so easy to gloss over things when people aren’t around to speak up anymore. It’s on us to make sure that doesn’t happen. “If we turn the late South African leader into a nonthreatening moral icon, we’ll forget a key lesson from his life: America isn’t always a force for freedom.”

Low wages and cheap food: Separated at birth

Word. “But the price that seems too good to be true almost always relies on an ugly sacrifice deeper in the system. When you buy that amazingly inexpensive hamburger, you’re also purchasing someone else’s poverty.”

The Problem With “Real Women Have Curves” [What makes a woman real?]

I have a lot of thoughts on this, some in agreement and some in disagreement. While I don’t think we should judge any woman as not “real,” we also can’t turn a blind eye how we contribute to power dynamics that are based on how we look. None of us exist in a vacuum. “Sure, some real women have curves. And some real women are plus-size models. But then some real women have mastectomy scars with no reconstruction. And other real women are tall and thin. Here’s the thing: unless you’re a Real Doll or a figment of someone’s imagination then you’re a “real woman.”  And what that looks like from woman to woman is highly individual.”

These 11 Cities May Completely Run Out Of Water Sooner Than You Think

This is in our lifetime, people. Scary thought. “A recent report from NOAA’s Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences does not alleviate those fears. It showed that nearly one in 10 watersheds in the U.S. is “stressed,” with demand for water exceeding natural supply — a trend that, researchers say, appears likely to become the new normal.”

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