Ok, so not really, unless I'm a Willendorf Venus, but a goddess is a goddess, right? Sadly, the idea of goddess-like beauty, by and large, is that of a slender woman.
Slender, I ain't.
We've all dieted. We've all failed. We've all felt "fat." But what's fat? Yeah, yeah, yeah, there are scientific charts and all that, but culturally, what is fat? In America, fat seems to be a body fat ratio over 15% (healthy ratios are between 21-31%, by the way). In Polynesian and other tropical cultures, that's considered sickly.
Even history has blurred the lines of the definition. Look at the art of Titian and classical/baroque artists and compare it to today's models. Even Botticelli's Venus - the epitome of beauty - would be considered "fat" by the standards of today's western culture. Dare she have the rounded belly of a human with a uterus? Ladies, did it ever occur to you that a flat stomach is well nigh impossible for us because we have additional organs there that men don't have? We have an amazing uterus that can cradle and sustain life, yet we want to hide its existence.
It's all very aggravating and disgusting to me - not because I am a "large woman" (I held the same views when I was very thin), but because it impedes women's confidence. And - believe it or not - her sensuality.
Okay, okay, I'll get off my soapbox now...
Thankfully, I've begun to see a trend arising in which women are encouraged not to diet, but to eat intelligently. Among those intelligent eating decisions is increasing protein intake. What if you don't want to eat more meat, though? What if you've had all the beans you can stand?
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Yoplait to the rescue! Their new Yoplait Greek yogurt line has 12-14 grams of protein, depending on which of the four flavors you're enjoying. That's on average twice the amount of protein in other leading-brand yogurts. I got the chance to review the noms from Yoplait and MyBlogSpark recently.
Yoplait Greek has four flavors currently available: plain, strawberry, blueberry, and honey vanilla. I received two coupons for free Yoplait Greek yogurt to try for my review, so I chose strawberry and honey vanilla. Before I could try them, my daughter Sarah decided to eat the strawberry. I asked her what she thought and she said, "It was really good!" I ate the honey vanilla before she could get her little hands on it, then went to the store to get some strawberry for myself.
If you like the sharpness of traditional Greek cuisine, you'll love these yogurts. I'm a mellow flavor girl myself, so I wasn't overly fond of the flavor. My husband who likes food that "bites back" liked both the strawberry and the honey vanilla flavors I shared with him. Okay, he finished them off.
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I also got a box of "Nourish Your Inner Goddess" goodies from Yoplait and MyBlogSpark in appreciation of my review. Tell me what woman doesn't like a little pampering? Heck, seven-year-old Sarah has carried off my massager, and I have no doubt she's used both the nail brush and the scrubbing sponge in the shower. I'm tellin' ya, though - that scrubbing sponge? Well, to borrow from the Greeks again:
You want it, don't you? I know you do. That's okay, because I can hook you up. Yoplait and MyBlogSpark also gave me the opportunity to give one of you a "Nourish Your Inner Goddess" prize pack including two VIP coupons* for your own Yoplait Greek yogurt and pampering goodies you see in the picture.
You totally love me now, don't you?
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I received two coupons for a free cup of Yoplait Greek yogurt and a pampering prize pack as a thank-you for this review and hosting this giveaway. I did not receive any other compensation for this giveaway.
*This coupon offer for a free cup of Yoplait Greek yogurt is not valid in some states, including California, Idaho, Louisiana, Minnesota, Nevada, New Jersey, North Dakota, and Tennessee.