Sunday, March 30, 2014

#tutusrock

By now, you've surely heard about #tutugate. Right?



Unless you live under a rock, you've heard about the hub-bub over tutus this past week. While on the surface, it seems silly. But there are much greater issues here.






It all started when SELF Magazine contacted local San Diegan Monika Allen to ask permission to use a photo of Allen and friend and business partner, Tara Baize, in tutus as they ran the LA Marathon last year. Allen granted the magazine permission. Fast forward to this week when the April 2014 digital edition of the magazine was published online. In the column "BS Meter," appeared the photo of Monika and Tara with the caption:

"A racing tutu epidemic has struck NYC’S Central Park, and it’s all because people think these froufrou skirts make you run faster. Now, if you told us they made people run away from you faster, maybe we would believe it."

Nice, right?

When Allen saw the article she was understandably upset. Not so much because they made fun of her, which did bother her, but because she was misled as to how her photo would be used.

As it turns out, Allen lives with brain cancer. She was diagnosed in 2012 with an inoperable tumor. She ran the LA Marathon during her chemotherapy treatment. Those superhero costumes? They're symbolic of all Monika was and is going through. She's a Wonder Woman. And the tutus she and Tara were wearing, they made themselves as part of their company Glam Runner, which donates money to local awesome charity Girls on the Run of San Diego. To have all of that slammed on a national level, and in print, is humiliating. And downright mean.

NBC News San Diego got hold of the story and let the world know what was going on. As you can imagine, the response was not so great for SELF. GREAT for Monika, Tara, Glam Runner and Girls on the Run. SELF editor, Lucy Danziger did issue an apology but it was probably as insincere as you can get. After that was laughed at by most, if not all, of the general public (Monika included), SELF actually spoke with Monika, issued a more sincere apology, and promised to remove the "BS Meter" column from future publications of the magazine. While this is a start, it doesn't get at the root cause of the issue, which was the blatant misleading of Monika in the use of her photo. Cancer patient or not, it's a mean thing to do to anyone.

And now it's time to change the conversation. It's about empowering each other to do, feel and act in any way we want. In doing so, this past weekend, we all took part in a tutus rock run to celebrate our strength as runners, the ability to wear whatever the hell we please while running, and to support Tara and everyone and everything that she stands for. I had the pleasure of meeting Tara and some of the Girls on the Run board members and staff. They are truly great people. It was an inspiring morning and I'm glad I was able to be a part of it.

Remember, tutus rock!

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Roasted Fennel and Carrot Soup

Tuesdays are our pick-up days for our CSA, Be Wise Ranch. We love Be Wise! All organic, great variety and pick up is down the street. There are always so many wonderful veggies each week that I would never buy myself in the grocery store. It forces us to eat things we wouldn't normally and we are always pleasantly surprised.

For several weeks, fennel has been in our box. Frankly, I never know what to do with fennel. It's an acquired taste and one that doesn't always go with other flavors. Think licorice. And a lot of the recipes I've tried haven't exactly been the most delectable. Until now.

This week in our box, the CSA provided a recipe (which they often do) for roasted fennel and carrot soup. They got it from Eat Drink Garden with Valerie Rice. I figured this would be a different way to have the fennel. And it's been kind of chilly here, so it's definitely soup weather.








Let's just say I could eat the entire pot of this soup. I mean, really. It's that good. I didn't even add some of the ingredients because the roasted fennel and carrots had so much flavor. But I'll include those ingredients for you to decide on your own :) And I did modify the amounts a little and used some different ingredients, but it's basically the same recipe.

Roasted Fennel and Carrot Soup
serves 6 (or one Jenn)

8 large carrots, diced large (I don't peel carrots as there are a lot of nutrients in the peel. Just scrub well)
4 fennel bulbs, diced large
1 tbs onion powder (I didn't have an onion, but use an onion if you have it)
2 tsp sea salt, divided
2 tbs coconut oil, divided
4 cups water
Cracked pepper (I didn't use this)
2 tbs honey (I didn't use this)
1-2 tbs lime juice (I didn't use this)

I garnished with avocado and hemp seeds for added healthy fats and protein.

Preheat the oven to 375. Place the carrots on a baking sheet. Coat in 1 tbs coconut oil, 1 tsp salt and one crack of pepper if you're using. On another baking sheet, place the fennel and onion if you're using one. Coat with the remaining coconut oil, salt and a crack of pepper if you're using. Roast for 40-45 mins.

Take the veggies out of the oven and let cool slightly. Add 4 cups of water to your blender (a Vitamix or other high-speed blender works best) or food processor. Add the veggies and onion powder if you didn't roast an onion and puree until smooth and creamy. Add more water if you like your soup a little thinner.

Pour the soup into a medium saucepan. Add the honey and lime juice if you're using. Bring the soup to a boil and let it simmer until it's warmed through. Serve with garnishes.

Monday, March 10, 2014

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