I embrace my yuppiedom and will readily admit that sometimes I wish I was more yuppie than Cinderella. Nobody says it better than Chris Eigeman in the Whit Stillman classic "Last Days of Disco":
"Yuppie stands for "young upwardly mobile professional". Nightclub flunkie is not a professional category. I wish we were yuppies. Young, upwardly mobile, professional. Those are *good* things, not bad things."
Though when it comes to my diet I take pride in my more Cinderella tendencies. Of course I indulge in Starbucks and sushi but you can usually find me eating mac and cheese, cheesesteaks and street food. While I know many who have experimented with veganism, GOOP, cleanses and other diets that made for awkward dinners out, I revel in maintaining my size 0 frame while eating mostly what I want...until recently.
Perhaps it is because of recent health concerns in my family, my impending milestone birthday or a career change which has me spending more time researching nutrition than the stock market, but I realize now that I should not take my health (or anything) for granted. So I did whatever any Yuppie Cinderella would do and consulted the daily regime of one of my idols, burlesque superstar Dita Von Teese. In a recent interview, Ms. Von Teese shared that she starts her days with Clinical Nutritionist Kimberly Snyder's "Glowing Green Smoothie". Within seconds of reading that, Kimberly Snyder's book The Beauty Detox Solution was downloaded onto my Kindle and the ingredients for the smoothie were on my grocery list.
Shortly thereafter my usual cynical self returned. Which is good because if she hadn't I may have put the $400+ Vitamex blender Kimberly heavily endorses on my credit card. While I remain skeptical about some aspects of The Beauty Detox Solution and the occasional hard sells for pricy blenders and a restrictive vegan diet, I appreciate that Kimberly takes moments in her book as well as on her website to acknowledge that fully adopting her diet is not likely for many people. The most obvious reason being health concerns but she also gives credit to those who just don't want to be the one asking for steamed vegetables at a steakhouse. This is something I find missing from a lot of diet/health literature. Especially those which rather than promote health seem to take on a holier than thou attitude and villianize people for not buying organic and daring to purchase white flour.
You will not see me converting to veganism or paying a premium for a Hollywood chef to deliver meals consisting of flavored air but I may be trading my Wawa bacon, egg and cheese Sizzlis and mac and cheese for a Glowing Green Smoothie and thyme roasted sweet potatoes a few times a week.