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Food & Fitness: Real Food and Real People

  • May 23, 2014
  • By Brittany
Food & Fitness: Real Food and Real People

Hi all!  It’s Friday and guess what!?  It’s Memorial Day weekend!   Woo hoo!  Three day weekend AND the kickoff to summer!  I’ll be working on my 99 Days of Summer this weekend!  What are you up to?  Whether you are at the beach, city or countryside this weekend, I hope you enjoy!




Two huge winners this week:

Steak with purple potatoes and “creamed” spinach courtesy of Blue Apron.  I loved cutting up the purple potatoes, with their rich and vibrant hue they just made me feel healthier!  The spinach was actually made with garlic, red pepper flakes and some parmesan cheese so not really creamed but definitely delicious.

steak and potatoesThis arugula pizza with sweet potato and caramelized onions.  I wasn’t sure about a béchamel sauce on a pizza but it turned out amazing.  Also courtesy of Blue Apron. 

pizzaTonight we are driving up to my parents’ house on Cape Cod so dinner will most likely be take out.  My new favorite is called Dig Inn.  They are a farm to table takeaway restaurant and everything there is so good!  You pick a size (small or large) and then you get a protein (chicken, beef, meatballs, tofu or just veggies) and then you get sides like brussel sprouts, quinoa salad, kale salad, chickpeas and cauliflower or roasted sweet potatoes, to name a few.  It is always fresh and tastes amazing!






I’m committing to walking home from work about once a week now that the weather is nice.  Since I live all the way on the East Side, I can walk along the East River and it’s actually quite pleasant.  I walked home this week on Tuesday.  It takes me almost an hour to go from my office on 47th and 3rd to my apartment on 90th and York.  Not too shabby!


Also on the menu this week?  Zumba (lots and lots of Zumba!), my last tennis lesson, yoga and pilates.

Have you guys heard this latest controversy?  I was interested because it involves dancers. I started training in ballet when I was 5 years old and was in a dance company in college.  I danced on pointe for years and it is tough! Basically this ad by Free People Movement for their new clothing line sparked controversy because the model is clearly not a well-trained dancer.  I watched the video and it’s true, her feet are terrible and her lines are not great and there is one shot where she isn’t even all the way up on her toes on pointe.  I’m no prima ballerina, but even my skills are better than hers.  It caused a huge uproar among dance professionals who questioned why the brand would choose a model to achieve a certain “look” over someone who had actual skills. 


I think they have a pointe (ha pun intended).  If you are marketing dance clothing, best not piss off those you are marketing to.  And dancers are notoriously slim and well built, so I’m not sure why the company would not have chosen a dancer over a model.  It got me thinking about real people versus models.  The article mentions two other instances, one where a model was used and the other where a real dancer was used.  It is one thing to be able to see how nice the clothes fit a slim model, but for my fitness clothes, I want to know they work.  Plus, I want to be inspired by seeing someone who not only looks great but is doing something great.  I love love love getting my Athleta catalog and I read the whole thing just to look at the photos of the models doing yoga and other sports.  It is inspiring!

Readers, what do you think: models or real people?  What are your plans this weekend?  Do you ever walk or bike for your commute?  

By Brittany, May 23, 2014
  • Holly @ EatGreatBEGreat
    May 23, 2014

    That pizza sounds amazing! What an interesting combination of flavors, but I’m totally loving it!

    Have fun in Cape Cod tonight!

  • Jaclyn @ BumpSweat
    May 23, 2014

    Dig Inn sounds like a really neat place! Enjoy Cape Cod and your long weekend 🙂

  • Kimberly (Manifest Yourself)
    May 23, 2014

    I LOVE DigIn. I’ve only been one time, and I fell in complete love.

    That was a terrible marketing move by Free People… seriously, most dancers I know are gorgeous and have some of the most fit bodies ever. I bet they could have found a real dancer to use in their marketing.

    I didn’t know that you danced either! I’m not surprised though. You have amazing posture.

  • Lauren @ ihadabiglunch
    May 23, 2014

    Whenever I eat purple potatoes I feel extra healthy haha. all your eats look so cool! What an interesting pizza – looks delicious! Have fun this weekend 🙂 and i just clicked on the yoga ad example and burst out laughing – that’s so terrible!

  • Nicole
    May 23, 2014

    I love that you’re walking home from work sometimes now. Sounds like a nice de-stresser after work!

    I also am a fan of purple veggies! Right now I have this purple orange carrots and I always think purple kale looks so vibrant and healthy.

  • Megan @ The Skinny-Life
    May 23, 2014

    Real people! I’m so tired of everything being fake in our world. It’s all a marketing scheme. I love that you used the word “pissed” in this post. Happy weekend friend!

  • Holly
    May 23, 2014

    Well, I did not know that controversy. Good point–we want to see the technology of the clothes in action as we would use them– how the clothes work for us doing the intended (marketed) activity.

  • Lauren @ Focused To Be Fit
    May 23, 2014

    That pizza looks soooooooo good!!! I’m headed to cleveland to see Dan in two hours! I CANNOT wait! Have a good weekend. 🙂

  • Allie
    May 23, 2014

    I’m surprised that the woman who is telling her story on the ad allowed them to use someone who isn’t her!? That’s just wrong. And seriously, does the rule “know your audience,” ring a bell?? Geesh.
    Those purple potatoes look so, so delicious and that Dig Inn place sounds heavenly. If that’s take-out, I want it!
    Have a great weekend on the Cape 🙂

  • Sarah @ Making Thyme for Health
    May 23, 2014

    Mmm, that pizza looks really good. Dig Inn also sounds amazing!!
    I’ve been doing a lot of walking lately too. It’s nice to have a low impact option but still stay active.

    I hope you have a fun weekend!!

  • Nellie @ Brooklyn Active Mama
    May 23, 2014

    I am a huge fan of Dig Inn, I get it whenever I am in the area…That steak plate looks divine! Enjoy cape! Sounds like the perfect way to kick off the summer 🙂

  • Kim
    May 23, 2014

    I love that you walk to work some – that is quite a trek!!
    We are hoping to spend time in the boat if the weather cooperates and Monday we are having friends over for steaks on the grill.

  • Lisa @ Lulu's Big Adventure
    May 24, 2014

    New York is such a great city for walking! I walk for hours whenever I visit (though obviously if you live there it isn’t exactly practical to be walking hours each day haha).

  • Kayla
    May 24, 2014

    I’m not so sure about the pizza, but I think that spinach sounds fab! I might have to add that in to my meal plan next week. Oh and the purple potatoes look so cool! You are only the 2nd person I have seen post about them. (It’s possible I am living under a rock.) I plan on taking Quinn to the zoo tomorrow and continuing the long haul of painting and DIYing my new house.

  • Cailee Joy @
    May 25, 2014

    Wow this is super interesting… I just watched the ad and I totally agree with you. She looks nice… but I would def say they should use real people over models for an ad like that. You’re so right! Athleta’s got the right idea 🙂 Also… your meals look delicious! Love that one by Blue Apron!! I love love LOVE purple potatoes… maybe it’s just me, but I think they are so much more fun then regular potatoes!! 🙂

  • Carla
    May 26, 2014

    I don’t like creamy spinach so this sounds wonderful. I would love to have a farm to table restaurant close.

    I guess I don’t really have a preference as far as who is in the advertising. Although this clearly did not work. I like what I like regardless of the advertisement. I usually go by what friends or bloggers say about a product. Not by an ad.

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