Yesterday I was enjoying a bit of quite time, neither of the men were home. I have gotten behind in my monthly magazine subscriptions, so I sat down on the couch with my stack, and proceeded to try to get through the pile. For some reason, if I don’t read the precious month’s issue before the new one comes, it gets me stressed out. Seriously, who gets stressed out by magazines piling up, an alcoholic control freak, that is who.
I digress. I picked up the latest issue of Self Magazine, and proceeded to flipped through the pages and read. I originally subscribed to Self because it has great fitness routines, interesting beauty advice, and often delicious healthy recipes. I have frequently ripped pages out for future reference.
As I reached the end of the issue, I turned the page to a headline:
The Booze Fat Trap. “Alcohol can make you hungrier, and heavier, reveals new science. And it goes beyond the calories in your cocktail. Before you go order a round, follow these strategies to do bikini-body damage control”
I turned the page and there was a two page spread about how to drink to stay slim.
Here were the headlines of the articles:
5 Sneaky ways booze makes you gain
Cut down your drink cals
And here’s you stay-slim action plan
At the bottom of the page was this:
Want to Make Healthier Cocktails At Home? followed by a link to a page on their website called new slimmer summer drinks.
Of course, this two page layout had beautiful pictures of lovely looking cocktails.
I read all of this, finished the magazine, and put it in the done pile.
I then noticed a complete change in my mood. I went from feeling good about having some silence and alone time, to feeling supremely sad.
I sat there trying to get a handle on what the hell just happened?
I had a good day with the hubby, no arguing, check.
I hadn’t seen my son, so no arguing, check.
What just happened here?
I suddenly realized it was the article. It did not make me want to drink, per se. It just made me want to have the CHOICE to drink if I wanted it. (Which we all know how well that would go.)
I have no idea why I had this reaction, it came out of no where. I let it sit for a while. I realized that along with this sadness, I was hungry and tired, which are also triggers.
After I had a nice dinner, I revisited the article. It then made me MAD.
I have probably never noticed alcohol related stories in this magazine before, but when I really thought about it, I wondered how alcohol, and a health and fitness magazine fit. There is nothing healthy about alcohol, in fact it is a poison. Promoting a way to drink, more than one drink, and stay slim, is just a bad message. Attaching a link to their website for more delicious, low calorie options, was absurd.
No where on the page did they recommend not drinking, or drinking in moderation. No statistics about how bad it is for women to consume a lot of alcohol, no links to any medical websites.
Instead they were promoting drinking and advising you how to do it so as not to consume copious amounts of additional calories. Drinking to maintain your bikini-body.
I sent them an email this morning cancelling my subscription.