The Problem With Body Bashing

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Last week I wrote this article, Fat Loss Secret Weapon: Your Metabolism, for

“Being a personal trainer and a new mom I am constantly getting compliments on how quickly I returned to my post baby shape. To be honest I am actually in better shape now then I was before I became pregnant. I am super excited to share what I have learned with you and encourage you in your own healthy lifestyle journey.” (Click on the above link to continue reading)

The majority of the comments about my article were not about the article itself but targeted a photo I shared (see photo). The photo shows my stomach before and after having Caden. These comments were posted on and the Juicing Vegetables Facebook Page

why does she look like shes had liposuction on the right…

and they think it looks better…??

there wasn’t any fat to loose anyway.. liked her belly better before

Before is better!! Give the girl a sandwich.

I think the 2011 pic looks better the 2013 pic is too thin….gross in my opinion…

The after pic is bordering on eating disorder.

I don’t think it is a good idea to encourage anyone to look anorexic.

She looks better in the before pic. It’s not attractive to be a stick.

It does not look like the same person. Look at the belly button.

This doesn’t look like the same person to me. Boobs are bigger, can’t see the collar bone as much on the after picture.

Looks like she had a breast enhancement.

These comments were eyeopening. And to be honest, a tad bit hurtful. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion and I am sure all of us can remember a time when we have been criticized for our looks. Nowadays no one is immune to having their body dissected. Losing the baby weight did not happen overnight. Here is how I looked at 37 weeks pregnant and after Caden’s birth (this was not the photo I shared with my article). To see my recent photo click here.

The internet gives people the ability to speak to a large audience. To those who wrote the above comments. I respect your right to post your thoughts on my body but I do not agree with your opinions.

The truth. I do not have an eating disorder. I eat around 2000 calories each day to support my active lifestyle.

The truth. The pictures are 100% the same person. The belly button and boobs look different because I gave birth to my adorable baby boy.

I worked hard for every drop of sweat that fell. I am happy and proud of what I accomplished. But my weight does not define me and it does not define you. Our world is very judgmental and I don’t think it is cool to tell someone they “looked better before” or diagnose an eating disorder based off a photo.

Your weight does not determine your worth. The bible says that each of us are “fearfully and wonderfully made” and I believe that. God made us and loves us. God loves you. You are beautiful and amazing in God’s eyes.

Everyone has an idea of their perfect body. But guess what? There are people who wished they looked as good as you do right now! It doesn’t matter what size your pants are because someone would love to be your size. Your weight does not determine your worth. We are all a work in progress. Appreciate the journey you are on.

I am thankful to my biggest supporter my husband for constantly encouraging me. Here is his response that he wrote to those who posted a comment on my article.

First off I can assure you both pictures are of the same woman, she is a fun loving, life loving, GOD loving, compassionate woman. She puts her pictures out there for the world to see and to inspire you to get up off your bottoms and achieve your goals. She is confident enough to not let the rude comments effect her (very much). She is in fact my wife and the mother to my son and a great example for him to see in a woman. She cannot be anorexic due to the fact that she eats around 2,000 calories a day (as stated in the article). She works hard, and thank goodness knows that I think she is beautiful and that is what truly matters. She is fit, cares about herself enough not to poison her body with crap, and we have both made a commitment to live a healthy lifestyle so we can pass that on to our son. So thanks for all those who complimented, and haters keep on hating if thats what makes you feel better about yourself. Much love from the Buschel’s.

I love that man so much!

Striving for a healthy body needs to be encouraged and not bashed. Each individual is unique and so is the shape of their body. The problem with body bashing requires that we accept that there is such a thing as the “perfect body.” This is a myth. Let’s stop tearing each other down and instead celebrate each others beauty.

Have a great day and I would love to hear how you respond to negative comments.

xoxo, Tamara

PS…I am super excited to share with you a recap of my pregnancy with Caden and also how I lost my baby weight so we be sure to check back later this week and next.


Juicing Resources

Each Friday for the month of March I have been posting on some aspect of juicing. If you are just joining us welcome! You can read about the benefits of juicing and the essential products you need to get started. I also shared two of my family’s favorite recipes: our go to green juice and carrot, apple, and ginger juice. This week I will be covering your questions and other helpful juicing tips.

We have two favorite websites that we frequent for juicing tips and recipes. With these two websites bookmarked you will have an endless supply of recipes and information at your finger tips.

  1. If you have seen the documentary Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead you are already familiar with Joe Cross and his amazing health transformation after embarking on a journey to only drink vegetable juice for 60 days. It is a pretty inspiring film, if you have not seen it you can watch it for free on hulu. You can visit Joes website Reboot with Joe for juicing recipes and more. He founded this website to educate and inspire people to achieve weight loss and health through juicing and plant-based eating
  2. The second website that we like to visit is FitLife.Tv. Lots of juicing, fitness, nutrition, healthy living tips, and a weekly chance to win a FREE juicer. FitLife.Tv’s Drew Canole gives away a $400 juicer each Saturday! Josh and I have learned so much by watching Drew’s videos and reading his blog.

What can you juice? We try to juice the rainbow and select a multitude of colors to drink. This is not a complete list. Just what we have juiced in our home.


  • Red: tomato, watermelon, red pepper, beets, strawberries, raspberries, cherries, pomegranate, apple, red onion
  • Orange & Yellow: orange, grapefruit, sweet potato, mango, squash, carrots, orange peppers, tangerine/clementine, nectarine, peach, apricot, asian pear
  • Dark Green: spinach, kale, swish chard, collard greens, asparagus, artichoke, bok choy, green cabbage, broccoli, green pepper, kiwi, apples, cilantro, basil, parsley, mint, dandelion leaf
  • Blue & Purple: blueberries, eggplant, grapes, purple cabbage, blackberries, plums
  • White: garlic, cauliflower, onions, ginger, radishes, mushrooms, jicama

How much did it cost for Josh’s 3 day juice cleanse? Josh did the 3 Day Quick Start Reboot Cleanse. He juiced 5 times a day for 3 days and lost 9 pounds. All of the fruits/veggies for his cleanse were purchased at Whole Foods and Sprouts. Total cost came in around $200 because we bought extra produce so I could enjoy a few of the juices too. As soon as I finish nursing Caden I will be doing a 3 day cleanse but to help keep costs down I will not be juicing as many of the berries and grapes.

What do we do with the pulp? Most people tell us they feel juicing is wasteful because they throw away the majority of the fiber from the produce. I have a solution for you! You can make some pretty yummy treats with that pulp. I add the pulp into my homemade bread, baked goods, and other main dishes (spaghetti sauce, meatloaf, and omelets to name a few). If you garden you can also use the pulp for composting to enrich the nutrient content in the soil.

Thanks so much for reading! I hope this juicing series was helpful to you :). Have a great day and a GOOD Friday.