sharing my week in photos (& words!)
week of 1.23.2023
Happy weekend friends. It’s hard to believe we’re already on the last “week in photos” post for the month!
This week was one of those that simultaneously felt like it lasted forever and also flew by in the blink of an eye.
My littlest had a terrible cold and any one out there who has ever had the pleasure of spending time with a sick toddler probably understands how the minutes seem to stretch on for hours. Not only are you worrying about them and waiting for it to pass so they feel better, but they aren’t exactly the most fun to be around!
On top of that, thanks to endless kisses and nose wipes on my shirt, I ended up getting it too. So suffice it to say, it’s been a pretty low key week for us. A lot of baking, playing with our favorite sand (WAY better than Kinetic Sand in my opinion), painting, coloring and snuggling on the couch.
All the sickness made the week drag, but not having time or energy to get anything done made it feel fast! Funny how that works.
Anyway, I digress. If you’ve seen the new AAP guidelines around childhood *besity and are feeling shaken up by the recommendations, know that I and everyone in the anti-diet/HAES®/intuitive eating space, are right there with you. If you haven’t seen them, here’s the gist:
- Children as young as 2 are recommended to undergo “intensive health behavior and lifestyle treatment” programs if they fall within a certain BMI range
- Doctors treating those 12 and up being encouraged to prescribe weight-loss medications if patients fall within a certain BMI range
- Doctors treating those over age 13 should provide a referral to a bariatric surgery center if patients fall within a certain BMI range
This is problematic from the start given that they’re using BMI to make these decisions. I highly recommend checking out Virgina Sole-Smith’s opinion piece in the NYT (I also linked to it up there in the gallery) where she goes a little more into this. She also did a deeper dive on her own substack here.
Also in the anti-diet space, I may be totally behind with this, but I recently discovered the brand Universal Standard and I love it. They’re a fashion brand working to change the standards of sizing in the industry to make it more inclusive and accessible. You can read more about them here. I got their Tee Rex shirt and I’m obsessed – it’s one of the most comfortable fabrics I’ve ever felt in a tee shirt. Highly recommend if you’re in the market.
I’m almost finished with Black Cake and I’m really loving it. The kids being sick cut down on my reading time this week but I’ve been sneaking in bits wherever and whenever I can!
On a final note, if the news this week of both more shootings and more violence against the Black community has your stomach in knots as much as it does mine, I encourage you to take action in whatever way works best for you. In times like these, I find action (whether through donation, service, remembrance or protest) helps most to deal with the senselessness.
- You may want to check out and donate to Sandy Hook Promise, an organization devoted to passing gun safety laws. It’s especially close to my heart given that it was started in the town in which I was born & raised as a result of what happened in my very own elementary school 17 years after I graduated from it.
- I highly recommend supporting & subscribing to the ARD (Anti-Racism Daily) newsletter. It’s not only an incredible resource but has many different ways in which you can take action. Here’s what they recommended this week in honor of Tyre Nichols:
- Donate to the family of Tyre Nichols.
- Donate to support protestors in Memphis. You can give to Just City’s bail fund or the Black Lives Matter Memphis chapter.
- Join a protest. You can find a recurring list by city/date on Twitter, organized by Jenn Dize of Courage News.
- Remember Tyre Nichols by watching him shine in this video.
- Talk to your kids about policing. Abolitionist Rania El Mugammar created a toolkit for talking to kids about abolition and transformative justice. You can download it for free here. If you use it, consider donating to Rania on PayPal: all funds go to printing hard copies for community organizations and children with incarcerated loved ones!
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