I usually keep my posts nice and short, but this week, I want to bring up the issue of body image. If you would like to skip ahead to the green tea muffins recipe, scroll down to the picture.
For a very long time, society has told us that beauty meant being thin. While the definition of beauty has been expanded to include a bigger variety of body types, there still seems to be this ideal in place that being thin is attractive.
I raise this issue from the position of a small girl. I’m 5’2″ and wear size 00 or 0, depending on where I shop. It’s not that I’m unnaturally skinny; I just have a small build. I have what some people would call an “ideal” body shape: a small waist, and curvier hips.
So, what’s the issue? Let me bring up a few examples to demonstrate my concern. I work in retail, and my store has recently relocated. The new location has skinny mirrors, meaning that these mirrors that are designed to make people look thinner. I personally dislike the mirrors, but many customers seem to become excited at the sight of them.
Clothes shopping feels like an ordeal to me because I have such a hard time finding things in my size. Yet, when I complain to friends or coworkers about it, they’ll often take a sarcastic tone and reply something along the lines of, “Oh, poor you, you’re thin”.
Sometimes, conversations will turn to the topic of complaints we have about ourselves; “My feet are too big…” or “I’m so small that I never get taken seriously, since I look so young…”. What shocks me about these conversations is when someone’s complaint is dismissed with “Yeah but men like that”.
That should be plenty of examples to illustrate my concerns. Simply put, we are still letting society think for us. Rather than accepting our unique, beautiful bodies, we get stuck on how to fit a practically impossible mold in order to be perceived a certain way by others. That becomes exhausting quickly. Or maybe that’s just me.
The only person standing in your way is you. I know you’ve heard this many times. I feel that it applies here. Think of how much time to truly accomplish yourself would open up if you stopped getting stuck on the size of your thighs. On your deathbed, you won’t complain about how you wish you had toned your belly muscles more.
I have a lot of work to do that in that regard, but it’s always good to reflect upon these things. Hopefully, you’ll join me in my reflection in order to unleash your potential!
Now, the green tea muffins! I’m a fan of matcha powder, but it’s on the expensive side. I had 5 free bags of tea to claim from David’s tea so I ended up getting 4 bags of matcha powder. Not bad, huh? I decided to make these green tea muffins as a solution to my boredom with my breakfasts lately.
Green Tea Muffins
1 cup brown rice flour
1/3 cup tapioca starch
3 tbsp potato starch
1 tsp xanthan gum
3 tbsp organic cane sugar or alternative
1 tsp matcha powder
1/4 tsp salt
3/4 cup water
1/4 cup oil
Preheat oven to 350F. Grease 6 cups of a muffin pan. Avoid using muffin liners. No, seriously. The muffins will stick to the paper.
In a large bowl, mix the dry ingredients together. Add the wet ingredients and mix well. Spoon into the greased cups of the muffin pan.
Bake for 20 minutes.