An L.A.-based photographer by the name of Stephanie Gonot counts herself amongst the latter group. Her series of striking diet visualizations, aptly called “Fad Diets,” captures the bizarre lengths individuals go to achieve a “healthy” body. From the “Five Bite” diet to a master cleanse, her starkly minimal photos cleverly break down the strange habits.
“Hollywood diet (also called the grapefruit diet, similar to Atkins).” -Stephanie Gonot
“A friend had been describing her troubles with the master cleanse, which isn’t really a ‘diet,’ but it got me thinking about weight loss and all the silly and unhealthy things people do to their bodies in order to shed pounds,” Gonot explained in an email to The Huffington Post.
Gonot has been tempted by the lure of fad diets herself. “I’ve tried dieting in the past, but have learned through the years that the best thing for your body is to eat a variety of nutritious foods,” she said. “I definitely saw fad dieting as more ridiculous after I had researched the different methods and made these images.”
“Master cleanse (not really a diet, but still a weight loss technique).” -Stephanie Gonot
There’s an absurdity to Gonot’s images, positioned carefully to juxtapose ingredients like grapefruits and raw meat. “Another thing I was thinking about at the time was awkward food photography. Like the kind where you know they’re trying to make the food look good but it still just looks a little off,” she added. “I was trying to make the diets look appealing as a meal, which in the end makes the food look a little strange and maybe sinister.”
Scroll through the images below (captioned by the artist) and let us know your thoughts on the fad diet project in the comments.
“Seven day color diet (each day is a different color, I chose to illustrate just one day of this).” -Stephanie Gonot
“Caffeine & cigarettes (what I’m calling the ‘model’ diet).” -Stephanie Gonot
“Five Bite diet (only can have 5 bites of whatever food is in front of you).” -Stephanie Gonot
“Baby food diet (substitute baby food for certain meals).” -Stephanie Gonot
Office life doesn’t always encourage authenticity. Some studies suggest this may be a good thing — or at least not a bad one.
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A 2012 study conducted by the University of Houston and the University of Greenwich found that “being yourself” at work didn’t benefit life satisfaction or overall well-being. In other words, being able to say what you’re really feeling at work — and being honest and open about your values and priorities — won’t necessarily make you happier.
However, other research suggests the opposite. Another 2012 study co-authored by Rice University, the University of Houston and George Mason University revealed that professionals who hide who they are at work experience lower job satisfaction. In a statement, Michelle Hebl, a psychology professor at Rice, said: “The workplace is becoming a much more diverse place, but there are still some individuals who have difficulty embracing what makes them different, especially while on the job.”
The latter study’s findings have serious implications not just for the affected workers themselves, but for employers as well. Why? Because the research also showed that when people hide their true identity at work — be it in relation to race, age, gender, sexual orientation, disability or religion — it can lead to higher turnover.
Yet “being yourself” can go beyond the affirmation of equality for historically underrepresented people or groups. In fact, Deloitte, which continues to move the needle in traditional diversity and inclusion initiatives, is building upon those efforts by expanding into a new area of diversity — diversity of thought. The company’s “Diversity’s New Frontier” study suggests that demographic transformation of the U.S. labor market, which will make ethnic diversity a permanent fixture of the future workplace, provides the opportunity to reexamine diversity policies and ask what workplace diversity really should mean in the 21st century.
The study maintains that while diversity programs will still need to focus on promoting participation of women and ethnic minorities at executive levels in organizations, now organizations have a new opportunity to harness a more nuanced kind of diversity. This form of diversity “acknowledges and appreciates the potential promise of each person’s unique perspective and different way of thinking.”
The idea behind diversity of thought is that we each have unique ways of thinking and solving problems, yet most organizations don’t take this into account. Instead of matching people with teams and jobs that best suit their own way of processing information, “groupthink” is encouraged to maintain the status quo.
Deloitte’s study suggests that organizations should instead foster a work environment “where all feel comfortable sharing their views and their authentic selves.” They can do so by hiring differently by selecting a “cognitively diverse” organization, managing differently to encourage “task-focused conflict” rather than consensus, and promoting differently to foster a culture of inclusion and innovation.
“Driving strength through diversity and cultivating an environment where all people can thrive isn’t just the right thing to do – it’s the smart thing to do,” says Kelvin Womack, managing principal of diversity at Deloitte. “Companies are seeking a more engaged workforce. By acknowledging and appreciating each person’s unique perspective and different way of thinking, employees may be more empowered to contribute.”
Study authors Anesa “Nes” Diaz-Uda, Carmen Medina and Beth Schill say that they believe that the wider pool of ideas and experiences a person can draw from, the more ideas will be generated in discussions and working sessions. “More ideas lead to a culture of greater creativity and innovation in services and products as well as more informed discussions around risk management,” says Diaz-Uda, senior consultant in Deloitte’s federal strategy and operations practice.
Diaz-Uda adds that this extension doesn’t detract from current diversity and inclusion efforts, but instead focuses the conversation on realizing the full potential of people. “It’s about recognizing that we’re all the cumulative investment of our communities – the experiences we’ve had as well as the hard wiring behind how we actually think,” she says.
This research has wide implications for all kinds of differences. Though the study’s authors steered away from using terms like “introvert” and “extrovert” that pigeonhole people into groups, workplaces that value both of these styles equally and matched jobs to personality types could indeed help maximize the collective potential of their workforce. That’s good for both people and business.
Robin Madell has spent two decades as a writer, journalist and communications consultant on business, leadership, career and diversity issues. She has interviewed more than 200 thought leaders around the globe, and has won 20 awards for editorial excellence. Robin serves as a speechwriter and ghostwriter for CEOs and top executives, with a specialized focus on women in business. She is author of Surviving Your Thirties: Americans Talk About Life After 30 and co-author of The Strong Principles: Career Success.
Cordani is the inventor of FireIce, a fire retardant capable of putting out fires as hot at 20,000 degrees Fahrenheit.
“The techniques we have been using for the past 50 years were fine, at the time, but you can see that they’re being outgunned,” he told The Huffington Post. “These long term retardants aren’t working anymore and forest fires are getting just huge. That’s what made me leap forward.”
So how is FireIce different that other retardants? When the baby-powder substance is mixed with water, it turns into a gel. Once the gel is applied to something, a flame will essentially be unable to ignite it. Cordani is so confident in his product that he demonstrates its effectiveness by coating his hand with it and holding a blowtorch to his skin.
FireIce is an eco-friendly fire retardant as well. Cordani is more than willing to demonstrate this aspect of the product as well by putting some on his tongue. Apparently, it “tastes like applesauce. “
The product has been proven to extinguish car, house, forest and even electrical fires. Despite the success of FireIce, Cordani said he gets most excited when he hears about the gel saving lives. Recently, a firefighter told him that if his team didn’t have FireIce, they would have lost two people to a fire.
Instead of a one-way ticket to a slaughterhouse, this month-old piglet will live out its days in an animal sanctuary, CBC News reports.
Quebec police say the little guy tumbled out of a truck bound for a slaughterhouse near Brossard, Quebec earlier this week.
“The people who were following that trailer saw the piglet sneak through a hole and fall off the trailer,” Sûreté du Québec spokeswoman Joyce Kemp told the CBC.
Police then called animal control officers, who collected the young fugitive. Not long after going on the lam, an online network of animal lovers ushered the piglet to a new home — Wishing Well Sanctuary in Bradford, Ontario. He wasted little time in finding a name. And a bevy of admirers.
“I even bought him a small sweater because it’s cold and he’s so young,” sanctuary director Brenda Bronfman told Le Journal de Montreal.
“It is always so heart warming when a community gets together to make a difference a one little soul,” sanctuary staff wrote on their Facebook page. “Thank you so very much for everyone’s support, it truly is heart warming. Welcome home little man.”
The sanctuary added that Yoda has “a few scrapes from his fall, but fortunately is lively and eating well.
Looks like Yoda’s incredible journey has brought him to the greenest of acres. The Wishing Well keeps the animals that end up there, meaning this little piggy will never go to market.
“He’s just going to live the rest of his, god willing, long life,” Bronfman told CBC News. “And will be happy with the other pigs and all the attention. There is always somebody on the farm, and he will just be loved for the rest of his natural life.”
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