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From the moment we’re born, we are weighed, measured and compared with the ideal numbers a baby should possess. And that is just the beginning of an endless ocean of comparisons we swim through, wallow in, risk drowning in as part of living in today’s society. And our job is to create our own flotation devices to battle the crashing waves, to find an island of oasis from the stress of competition. Or… we can give in to the raging ocean, succumb to peer pressure and fall into the trap of constantly comparing ourselves. From the earliest days of my existence, I pretty much did the latter.

When I was in elementary school, I remember sitting next to my friend and trying to measure our thighs with our hands, comparing the sizes, arguing about whose were bigger. I said mine were bigger because I wanted her to argue that, in fact, hers were bigger, and she did so just so I would have to deny it. And when we were weighed in P.E. (because schoolchildren are the guinea pigs of the government who constantly need all our “data”) she asked me how much I weighed and I told her, tears running down my face because I was embarrassed about how much I weighed, sure it was more than any other child in the class. All too swiftly came middle school, where I sat with a new group of friends. All stick thin, except for me. I was bothered by this fact, and wanted to be thin, so I began dieting. I would bring fat-free yogurts to school and at lunch, my skinny friends would scrutinize the nutritional labels and tell me, “your yogurt is 20 more calories than my yogurt.”

The summer between middle and high school, I remember looking at a billboard about weight-loss surgery that advertised, “Get High School Skinny!” I told my parents I was afraid I would be “high school fat” instead. I became very serious about exercising and dieting, so much so that it consumed pretty much every moment of my life – and all so I could be skinnier than the people around me. Therefore “better.” If I had continued on that road much longer I would have ended up at the hospital. I also could have developed bone diseases such as osteoporosis or osteopenia. Luckily, however, my caring parents helped start me on the path to recovery. As the journey began, I was pretty surprised to learn that I could both eat fun foods and stay in shape. As it turns out, most people really do need about 2,000 calories a day! How crazy is that?

I will admit my flaws: like many people, I still struggle with this whole comparing game that everyone in the world seems to be playing. It can be hard to walk through the hallway or down a neighborhood street and not wonder just how I stack up amongst all the girls. But my mission is not to drown in the comparison ocean, to rise above the immaturity that many citizens of the world, of all ages, find so hard to leave behind. And this blog acts as the map of my own island oasis, a record of the recipes I make NOT to lose weight but to get the best nutrition possible out of my meals. I will also post occasional articles on the health knowledge I acquire on my journey. I invite passing sailors to take a vacation from the rough comparison sea, and stop on my blog to rest and enjoy some delicious smoothies, balanced foods, and an expository article here and there.

20 responses

  1. Julie Vanessa Julien | Reply

    thanks for all the helpful information and recipes .. they look great and i look forward to trying them

  2. I like your website, and I think it’s great how you are thinking about health at such a young age. I wish I had earlier in life, as it probably would have helped me avoid some medical issues. I also like your pictures, but Goji is a little sad that he is not on your website ): He says it’s OK if you would like to take his picture. But if not, it’s OK too. He’s actually pretty mellow about it. Anyway, nice website! (:

    1. Thanks so much for checking out my website! I will definitely try to get some pics of Goji the next time I see him, if he’s feeling photogenic.

  3. What a great blog! Very well-written and informative. I love the haroset smoothie – made me laugh and actually sounds delicious! I will have to give it a try.

  4. It’s exciting to see other people hate there stories of their health journeys. I remember having a stage where I constantly worked out and ate less than I should, even when I didn’t need to, it’s society’s fault for making us believe that we should be a retain way. So excited to find your blog and read more about your healthy living and I’m pleased to see that balancing your lifestyle has improved so many aspects of your life, inspiring, look forward to reason more! Thank for checking out my blog, enjoy your day!

  5. jalal michael sabbagh.http://gravatar.com/jmsabbagh86@gmail.com | Reply

    Hi Sabine ,an awesome about ,Kind heart,loves every thing beautiful.When we are born God gives us a perfect body ,but later in life we abuse it.I am impressed with your talents .I play the Oud .l speak 5 languages.Knowledge is the only thing remains with us.Thank you for visiting my site.Wishing you health success and happiness.Keep the good work.Jalal Michael

  6. May you have peace, love, and smoothies on your excellent journey!

  7. Thanks for checking out my blog and my recent recipes! I hope you find recipes on my blog that you can easily recreate for yourself as well. I look forward to following your blog in the future.

    -Christine

  8. Hi Sabine, just popped over to let you know that your link to Food on Friday: Cherries & Almonds was featured in my Need Some Inspiration? Series on Carole’s Chatter today. Cheers

    1. Thanks, I will be sure to go over and check that out.

  9. Hi, Sabine! I’m so glad to find your blog (thanks for finding us first!!! :D ). You have such a positive and powerful message of self-acceptance and how important it is to eat foods that are nourishing and also bring you joy. This is such an important thing for people (and perhaps most especially for young girls) to understand, and I’m really looking forward to more of your blog!

    1. Thanks for stopping by, and I hope you enjoy it!

  10. I am touched by your words. You are wise beyond your years and your message is for all of us. Our job in the world is to share, give not judge and take. I know from reading this that you will always be steering your life in the right direction.

    1. Thank you so much for your soulful words, Peter!

  11. Hi. I’m trying to subscribe.

    1. Cool! All you have to do is locate the “follow this blog” icon in the middle to upper right, and click “follow.”

  12. How true this is! I think we all (or most of us if we’re honest) feelings and stories from school where we’re made to feel so inadequate and it can be quite scaring! thanks for sharing – your smoothie recipes are wonderful :)
    Mary x

    1. Thank you! And thanks for visiting my blog. Love your blog name by the way.

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