Anyone that knew me in my "before" life knew me as a woman who LOVED McDonald's. Seriously. I had an addiction to McDonald's. Namely their Double Cheeseburgers. I can still close my eyes and imagine what they taste like. My mouth immediately begins to salivate.
I shared my story with processed food addiction with the Huff Post.
But it wasn't McDonald's that caused me to be morbidly obese. It was ME. I was the one driving my car to McDonald's. I was the one asking my husband to stop and pick up something to eat. Me. All Me. I harbor no ill will towards McDonald's. It's not anyone's job but MINE to teach MY children how and what to eat. And I do take them to McDonald's on occasion. And I'll eat there too. Their Southwest Grilled Chicken Salad is amazing.
I am part of a large network of bloggers called Mamavation. Mamavation is "a community that supports one another as we each journey through the path to better health" and it's an amazing group of moms. They are social advocates for change; non-GMO foods, non-processed foods, etc., all areas that I 100% support and believe in.
However, something happened today that has made me sit back and scratch my head a little bit.
I came across this screen shot on my Facebook page this afternoon. Immediately I was so confused. It was SO OBVIOUS to me that this tweet was not meant to come from McDonald's. I did a little digging and found out that Lizzie_McD, the lead Tweeter (is that a word??) for McDonald's had ACCIDENTALLY replied to a Mamavation/ShiftCon blogger using the official McDonald's Twitter account rather than her personal account.
It was also quite obvious to me based on this ONE Tweet that these two women have a history. What that history is I have no idea. Nor do I really care to know.
Immediately upon discovering her mistake, Lizzie deleted the Tweet and apologized for her mistake.
In my very honest opinion that should have been the end of it.
But it wasn't.
Mamavation decided to use this mistake to further their own agenda against McDonald's. And I have a problem with that. What happened to the SUPPORT that they claim?? Does it only extend to their members and those that AGREE with them?? So 5 years and 200 pounds ago I wouldn't have been welcome?
I fully support that Mamavation wants to educate mom's about the ingredients that are found in the foods that we feed our family, including those ingredients found in McDonald's food.
But to know that a woman, a MOM, made a MISTAKE and then to bash her, to call for her firing, to find joy in someone's misery, I have to draw the line.
I am all for living a healthy lifestyle, but I am also for EMPOWERING WOMEN, to LIFT THEM UP, to help them to BE BETTER MOMS.
Was Lizzie's tweet rude? Yes, no doubt about it. But there is obviously something personal going on between Casey and Lizzie. And I firmly believe that it needs to be handled between those two women.
I'm still trying to figure out how Lizzie's rude tweet demonstrates McDonald's marketing tactics. I'm just confused.
And I'm sad for both Lizzie and Casey. Both of them are mothers and I'm sure both of them are trying to do the best that they can to provide for their children.
So as we lead up to Mother's Day weekend, I ask you to be a little nicer to the other women in your life. We are all trying to do the best that we can.