Two Lives, One Lifestyle

The Starbucks Cupcake Incident by Katie
April 30, 2010, 11:46 am
Filed under: Cupcakes, Katie, Nutrition

This article about children being likely to eat healthy food if they were given healthy food (thanks, Summer Tomato) and The Fitnessista asking if your kids [will] eat like you reminded me of a 2 minute conversation I overheard recently.

I was sitting at Starbucks doing some cover letter writing and a mom walked in with her 2 daughters: one was probably 5 and the other was at most 2 years old.  They were talking about the fun books they just bought, and I thought “awww that’s sweet, what a great mom!”

The mom started to order, including 4 Starbuck’s cupcakes, and the 5-year-old interrupted.  “Mom can I get this banana for a snack instead?”  The mother grabbed the banana out of her daughter’s hand and very firmly replied “NO! You’re getting a cupcake! You don’t need that banana.”  The little girl looked embarrassed for basically getting yelled at in front of the whole shop.


They sat down and the mom fed each daughter (one of them was still in diapers okay?) a whole, big Starbuck’s cupcake.

My initial reaction: This is TERRIBLE! What kind of parent denies their child a banana and forces them to eat a cupcake?  Isn’t this completely backward? Shouldn’t she be thankful her kid wants a banana rather than dessert in the middle of the afternoon? The whole scene stuck with me and just kind of bothered me for the rest of the day.  Well, apparently it is still bothering me.

I’m not against letting kids have delicious cupcakes or other snacks but do they really need a huge one from Starbucks as a random afternoon snack? The size and nutrition stats on many of their baked goods are scary enough for an adult.  Plus, the little girl wanted a banana!

I don’t want to judge other people and their decisions; I tried to give them the benefit of the doubt- for example, maybe it was her birthday? But this seemed borderline outrageous since she was asking for fruit.  I was pissed at the mom.  I was disappointed in the lack of nutrition education that we have growing up. I was angry with the way this country treats the production and consumption of food. It was like the culmination of all the backwards, screwed-up eating standards in this country.

I debated throwing in this detail, wondering about it’s significance to the situation: the mom was very obese to where she had a lot of trouble walking.  The 5 year old was overweight.  If I had just seen them wandering around the book store, this wouldn’t have phased me. Tons of skinny looking people feed their kids garbage too.  But I’d be lying if  I said that detail didn’t lead to some speculation about the (lack of) healthy habits these little girls were being taught at home.

I wasn’t about to step in and tell a mother how to do her job or lecture her about the nutrition and health issues that were coming to mind.  Plus the blame can probably be partially passed on to the food industry or marketing or whatever else impacts our eating choices.  Instead, I just BBMed my sister and talked about it with her because I was practically bursting to get someone else’s thoughts.

How would you have reacted to this?  Do you think I’m being harsh or overreacting?

Cuppycakes by Katie
January 28, 2010, 10:42 am
Filed under: Baking, Cupcakes, Dinner, Eggs, Katie, Workout

I’ve tried many new things this past week: kabocha, almond milk, and Green Monsters.  Last night, I continued with the trend.. um, sort of, by doing things out of the ordinary.   Like swimming as a workout and eating 3 cupcakes.  Two days ago my roommate brought home some extra unfrosted cupcakes his friend had given him.  Since we couldn’t figure out who doesn’t want frosting on their cupcakes, we broke out some frosting hiding in the cupboards and went to work.  But then we had tons of frosting left.  So what is the logical choice?  Bake more cupcakes!

After work, I had one.. plus some salsa and tortilla chips as a snack.

Then my gym friend (who I haven’t seen since before the holidays!) called me to ask if I wanted to swim with her.  I can bike for hours, push myself in running, but I hate swimming.  I love being in and around water- lakes, oceans, pools- but in a leisurely swim, playing games, or boating kind of way.  I sucked it up though and went.  Eventually I would like to do another triathlon so maybe just doing leisurely laps while I’m not actually training for a race will help me enjoy swimming more. All in all though, it was a pretty pathetic workout on my part!  Right before that, I did most of Intro to Iron Pumping Leg Workout. I didn’t finish it afterwards because I wanted to watch the State of the Union Address!

While watching Obama, I whipped up some Betty Crocker cupcakes… and ate another one since it was warm from the oven… plus some batter.

After this, I started feeling a little nauseated from all the sugar.  For dinner, I though a bunch of vegetables would be a good idea.   While more cupcakes baked (foreshadowing!), I sliced grape tomatoes into a pan with spinach and artichokes.



Spinach shrinkage.  I added one egg whisked with a bunch of carton egg whites and a sprinkle of shredded gouda.  Egg photos are so not pretty.  These ones must have picked up hues of the spinach and the tomatoes- red + green= a gorgeous shade of brown.

Later, there was another cupcake and a glass of wine with my roommate and his friend Clay.  I’m taking these bad boys to work and giving them away.  Even though I clearly consumed enough food yesterday, I woke up STARVING- does this happen to anyone else after eating tons of sugar??  More on breakfast later!

Alright, time to head to the post office and lay down the law.  I’ve called and left several messages with the “maintenance department,” which I think might not really exist.  There is half a key stuck in our mailbox- due to my growing biceps of course and not my impatience- and we really want it fixed!  Did I mention I also broke a chip bag clip into pieces and then turned on a lamp which started sparking and smoking?! It’s been an interesting week ;).