I thought that this article about shopping on SNAP benefits was particularly amazing. SNAP (aka food stamps) comes with quite a lot of stigma, and very little compassion. Why not take a moment, snap your listening ears on, and review this article from Brooke McClay (a photographer) who wanted to take a woman on SNAP benefits shopping. (photo is linked — photo from Death To Stock). McCray writes:
I look at this list and can’t help but wonder how she’s supposed to do it. If $11 of apples equals two snacks but $3 in Ramen will feed her entire family for dinner, how can she possibly pick apples with her limited food stamp budget? And how will she ever afford to fill half of every mealtime plate with fruits and veggies, the amount recommended by the same government that issued her food stamps?
Does this make you think a little harder about those with SNAP cards? About the homeless? About food insecurity? Maybe or maybe not, but just take a moment to consider it all!
So this…. this is so true. (So I love this vlogger, but if you don’t like curse words, just stop now. Just saying…you’ve been warned)
Having worked customer service based positions most of my life, there is just something about scenarios like this that tick me off. I KNOW how they train you, I’ve helped train folks at the store I used to work at. Yes you may be having a crap day, yes the person may have yelled at you before then, but seriously — find some work ethic during your day. Yep, I said it. Give just a few fucks…because when someone shows you the same lack of fucks you’d be ticked off too! Work ethic, it’s a good thing (insert Martha Stewart here).
*sigh* so yeah. I know I know. This is a bandwagon. Everyone knows SOMEONE who’s tried SOMETHING from Advocare and usually that person is its biggest fan. Super fan. Fan of the Month. They chat happily about things called Slam, Spark, Catalyst, Herbal Cleanse (but only the Peaches and Cream, apparently universally everyone things the Citrus is gross), Max. And it comes on suddenly. BAM! They are a convert!
Usually I try and avoid things that faddish — yes yes I know I am a Zumba(R) instructor. Got it, and I’m retired people. And I have had an iPhone since version 1….and. Okay okay so sometimes I DO adopt a fad. But when it comes to diet and fitness, I really do try to avoid faddish products. Wheat Belly, Zone, Adkins, blah blah blah. Really if any of these were the panacea they try to make them out to be wouldn’t all of us have been vegan, blood-type, gluten-free, low-carb, high healthy fat eaters by now? To me, the key with diet and exercise is that you MUST MUST MUST find what works for you. Because if you don’t like it, or believe it in it — if you slip up you will crash fast and hard into a pile of your favorite foods and a Law & Order marathon.
As a weight loss surgery patient, I know how to go to extremes for
thinness er…health. Yeah. Health. *smirk* I literally had life altering surgery, that installed a random piece of hardware into my body to try to achieve some source of dietary control. (and thinness, don’t forget the American dream of thinness) More on that in later and previous posts (like say HERE). So when I saw this whole Advocare mess, I just sigh and scroll right past it in my news feed. Well…until a high school friend joined the bandwagon. She’s one of the most honest and trustworthy folks I know…so when she started talking about it. I kinda started to listen. She had been really really tired….hey wait. I’m REALLY REALLY tired (which could be due to said lap-band, but…). She said this whole 24-day program had given her great energy, and on top of that she happened to slim down. Hrm. Really. Now the key to this is that this girl is beautiful anyhow, and did not need to lose one pound. But she felt better. And that is what was very intriguing for me. Then I found MORE trustworthy friends who tried Advocare and loved it. Both friends are Advocare distributors, but never tried to push a sale. They just told me
I’ve felt like crap for a while. I don’t eat horribly, and even though I don’t teach fitness classes any longer I do still take my own butt to the gym to work out in ways that makes me happy. But I just couldn’t shake the “I feel like crap and I’m tired” feeling. I tried doing a regiment of supplements, and though I did feel better I also felt like I was eating pills all day. And with a lap band, pills aren’t your friend.
So my friend had a few boxes at her house and I scooped up just a box of the Spark Energy Drink and the Herbal Cleanse which is the first 10 days of the 24 day program . The website lists Spark as:
AdvoCare Spark® Energy Vitamin & Amino Acid Supplement. KEY BENEFITS: Enhances mental energy and focus; Provides support for long-lasting energy; Helps fight occasional drowsiness; 21 vitamins, minerals and nutrients; Sugar-free and only 45 calories
They list the Herbal Cleanse as:
Herbal Cleanse Metabolic Cleansing System. KEY BENEFITS: Helps rid the body of toxins and waste; Supports improved digestion and thorough internal cleansing; Provides 10 grams of fiber per day; Helps remove impurities from the body; Supports healthy weight loss; Recommended every 90 days.
Now for my one soapbox. Yes I know the word cleanse is a fad word, and so is “eating clean”. Both terms come with some nutritional mumbo-jumbo and lots of dietary shame (so if I don’t eat clean, I’m dirty?!). However, just know I am aware of this while I try these products out. Know I’ve read articles about this company (yep its a multi-level one, just like any other Direct Sales program (including one I am a member of), about the products (amazon.com is great to hear the real deal on products), and about nutrition (like this great article HERE).
SO, with all that being said — how about we get ready for my journey in seeing if this fad-appearing program works for me. Word of caution — this will be about a real person taking these supplements. A real person with a real lap-band. I plan to modify the program when I need to, and I know I’ll mess up. I have a real life — one filled with work meetings, lunch meetings, dinner meetings, conferences, angry lap-band days, and so on. My life will never have 10 fantastic days where I can follow this to the letter, but I’m going to give it a try.