Broccoli Dog

The name of the meme I selected for this blog is called “Broccoli Dog,” which Knowyourmemes says is part of a series of dog memes, like “I Have No Idea What I’m Doing” Dog, ” Phteven” or “Pun Dog”. I’ve seen a lot of these on a variety of different social media platforms, and I think they’re great because they’re really easy to like (because dogs!!!) and they’re relatable and funny.

I learned from the website that this meme was actually made somewhere around 2005. It’s captioned/known/tagged as “do not want dog”, particularly when it first came out following another trend of “do not want” and “do want” memes. Its popularity dropped a significant amount but it has recently regained popularity in 2015 under the name “Broccoli Dog” and was even more popular this second time around under the new name/tag.

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I think this meme is appropriate for my blog because of how relatable it is. I completely understand this dog, and I know a lot of people feel this way about steamed broccoli. If anyone has dogs, you know they’ll eat just about anything. My little booger at home will beg and beg and follow me around the kitchen hoping I’ll drop something. Always. But when I drop lettuce or broccoli, she actually smells it, steps back, and looks at me. I swear in my head she’s saying, “Stupid human, why are you giving me this crap?” I feel you, dog.

As a result of brainwashing as a kid I just so happen to like broccoli, but frankly I’m not there yet where I think veggies taste awesome and I’d rather have them than ice cream. I think most people are in this category, so that makes this a great meme to get people to see “we’re all in the same boat here!” and “no, I don’t love veggies” but I still get a serving once/day(ish..).

There’s hope!!

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Help me, help you

I think the online world is amazing! There’s so much interesting content online right now, and it’s fun to find new things to read. I remember looking at websites like “StumbleUpon” and whatnot, and spending hours looking at the most random mix of content. I found some interesting websites and tools that I even used for school (like before it was really big, and converters before google had that so readily available.)

Sometimes people don’t know what they’re looking for, and they find it by chance. The idea of this blog is to support everyone who is trying to be healthy by being very realistic that it’s not easy. If you know anyone who is in that boat or even if you just enjoy reading, you could share the link to my blog on a social media site. I think Twitter and Facebook would be the most natural and easiest because they allow you to write a little bit about the blog and seem like they’re more for sharing this kind of content. These sites also make it really easy to re-share.

When promoting things it’s easiest to just be honest and share information without pushing so hard. You could say you think my blog could really help anyone looking for motivation or support, or you could say something quick like you enjoy reading my blog. Sharing my blog with anyone in your circle would be incredibly helpful to me because it will allow me to grow my audience, share my message, and hopefully help support some people who need it.

The Best and Worst Thing You Will Ever Watch!

A few years ago, I went through what was probably the worst time of my life, ever. Ever. I knew I had digestion problems, but none of the doctors I initially saw would diagnose me. I went to my primary physician several times before he sent me to a gastroenterologist, who sent me to another gastroenterologist, who sent me to a proctologist, who sent me…you get the idea. And after trying a gluten-free diet (even though I didn’t have celiac’s disease), eating tons of fiber and veggies, I felt better but not “cured.” Then I was told to cut dairy, and see how that goes — a lot harder than it seems because I LOVE Ben & Jerrys. I just got so sick of hearing that I have “young persons disease” when I knew there was something seriously wrong. They were doing x-rays and tests, and eventually they finally came up with something concrete. I got mixed reports of benign and malignant. Doctors couldn’t agree. INSANITY!!!

It’s actually a bit of a blur to me. Fortunately everything is great now (yay!) I went about my merry life for two years before a friend told me to watch this documentary called Forks Over Knives.

For those two blissful years, I completely felt like the innocent, poor, little victim Teresa. But this documentary really open up my eyes and made me realize that I had a greater role in my health than I had initially realized.  It was one of the most fascinating documentaries I have ever seen and as cheesy as it sounds, it really did change my life.

I encourage you to watch it with someone, because the temptation will be there to yell at the screen “ARE YOU SERIOUS?”

Watch it!