Hug a Runner

Just not me.

Hello! Today was pretty busy – I’m trying to pack 5 days worth of work into 3 and it’s not easy. Don’t get me wrong – I’m excited to have a day off ( to focus on running and eating!) it’s just been more stressful than usual Smile

Just the Tip TuesdayDon’t eat rice because it has arsenic. And we’re all going to die.

I actually heard a story on NPR a few weeks ago about this but wasn’t worried about it. I figure it is just a matter of time before they find cyanide in oats and bleach in water. They ended the story with – MAKE SURE TO VARY YOUR DIET and I appreciated that.

We live in a society where the news often tells us your next meal will either Kill You or Cure You.

Eat Rice? Well, you are eating poison. You are feeding your partner and spouse poison! How could you?!

So, everyone eats quinoa instead. Then, it’ll turn out quinoa gives you toenail cancer…

Make sure you eat a healthy, balanced diet and change it up. (Hello, if it was discovered that watermelon had arsenic I’d be dead. Busted.)

Soooooo, I did have arsenic brown rice tonight with dinner. Oddly enough the last two times we’ve make this quick cook rice from TJ’s I swear it tastes weird though?! <- in my head??

I paired it with TJ’s teriyaki chicken (frozen section, microwaveable) and Costco veggies.IMG_9361 (800x533)

I heard on twitter that today is National Hug a Runner day!

But, have I ever told you I don’t like hugs?

Okay, it’s not that I don’t like hugs – I do like real hugs. I just don’t like those awkward hugs between casual acquaintances. You know the ones where you just bump chests and lightly pat each other on the back – what is that? I’m not a fan of what I call the fake hug, gimme a high five over a “patty patty hug” any day!

Unfortunately, I’ve told people I don’t like hugs without explaining all of this and been accused of having a tiny black heart. I resent that! My heart is tiny and red thank you.

Question: What do you think will be the next food to kill us?

Do you like hugs?

I wouldn’t mind death by ice cream. What a way to go!

I’m not a fan of fake hugs, so if you’re going to hug me expect a BIG SQUEEZE! I actually try to squeeze Ben’s guts out every time we hug. Not sure if he likes it or not though…

Other Sources: This article written by a doctor suggests only eating rice once a week. Make sure to do your own research before making diet/career/life/love changes.


  1. says

    Ahaha, I know exactly what you mean. I prefer high fives over hugs any day. Of course, being known as “that girl who doesn’t hug people” means people try to hug me even MORE than they would other people.

  2. says

    If you heard it on twitter, it’s got to be true. :)
    Agreed on fake hugs and on squeezing-the-heck-out-of-your-husband hugs. Mine definitely loves it and usually eggs me on to squeeze harder. Then he laughs at how weak I am. :)

  3. Kelsea says

    Totally agree with you on the hugs! I’m a west coaster living on the east coast and it is awful her because they do the hug and fake cheek kiss thing which is so awkward especially when coworkers and bosses do it – unreal!

  4. Jen says

    I hate fake hugs too! It’s so awkward and I never know when or if your excepted to fake hug with a group of people. By far though the worst is the fake air kiss to the cheek..

  5. says

    Death by ice cream, red vines, and/or pizza would be fine by me.

    I strongly dislike hugs. People who know I hold this disdain for hugs like to watch my expression when someone tries to go in for a hug and I do a half/fake hug. It’s weird, and most people don’t get it. Plain and simple, don’t hug me, ha ha.

  6. Julie says

    I grew up in a family that did not hug much at all and when I got married I learned real fast that my husband’s family were huge huggers. They hug hello and goodbye, which I thought was really awkward at first, but at least now I know what to expect when they are coming at me! Still is a little strange to me, but I do hug my kids like crazy all the time.

    • Jazz says

      I hear you Julie! My family of non huggers mixed with my hubby’s huggers.. eek! His great grandma also kisses on the lips, and I wasn’t warned so couldn’t turn away like the rest of them do! haha.

  7. says

    death by chocolate please! some good old ferrero rocher or hershey’s cookies n creme!

    Any way, I’m a very huggy and affectionate person, but definitely only with people I’m close to..not just random acquaintances!

  8. says

    SEriously!! I went to my first Arbonne party over the weekend…I left there amazed that I am still alive!!! Every thing I put in my body or shampoos and lotions that seep into my skin will kill me!! UGH!

    I came home and ate my horrible mad cow beef, washed my hair with head and shoulders (cancer stuff?!) and rubbed on some mineral oil….not sure how long I will live now. 😉

  9. says

    I am not a hug fan…I especially don’t like it when work people hug me…why would someone at work think it was ok to hug me????? (but it has happened multiple times)
    I had that TJ’s rice last night and my boyfriend thought it tasted weird too. I said I thought it needed salt…he said it tasted like plastic.

  10. Laura says

    Pecan pie. Most definitely. A day before Thanksgiving its all I can think about…. But, hey, nuts are “good” for you, no?

  11. Margo says

    Thank God I am not the only one who hates fake hugs! I have a select few people I will hug genuinely and the rest just make me uncomfortable.

  12. says

    It depends on the situation. I am not much for hugging every person I talk to. The people I really care about I hug. Otherwise, that is just getting to close for comfort.
    So I guess you will know how close we really are by whether or not I hug you!

    The Kidless Kronicles

  13. says

    I heard about the arsenic thing but didn’t think too much of it. I don’t eat rice daily so meh. Like you said, they’re always finding new ways we’re going to die. And I find it funny when people don’t like hugs. I encountered my first anti-hug friend in college, and I found it quite amusing. Watching people who didn’t know give her hugs was hilarious because she was so awkward about it.

  14. says

    I’m thinking Hot dogs will be the next to kill us. I do love hugs.. but i am strange like you and do not like giving hugs when my arms are around their neck.. only when i’m the lower one.. odd i know. Makes you feel loved!

  15. says

    Hi there! It always makes me laugh when they come out with some new “health newsflash”…the most recent one I heard was about eggs, they said only eat one a day or else something I can’t remember…probably that you would die :) BUT people have been surviving this whole time eating more than one egg per day, and probably too much rice…maybe we should all live in a hole and eat grass only.

    Also, no I don’t like hugs. My personal bubble is larger than the whole USA and it also includes people looking at me for too long. Makes me shudder!!

    • Marcee .... ILLINOIS says

      That was the incorrect “ditto” …. s/b for Heather’s comment …. Run Eat Play.

      I never-ever go to the beauty salon because I cannot stand or tolerate when they pull on your hair w/cutting/shampooing, etc. Ugh. Hate it.

  16. says

    Oh my gosh – I am the same way! I hate hugs and I hate people touching me! lol. I don’t have a black heart either, I just don’t like being touched.
    I read an article a while ago that said all fast food chicken nuggets also contain arsenic. Chicken nuggets and rice should be friends.

  17. Deb says

    Yep, everything is dangerous and nothing is safe to eat! Blah!!!

    I’m a hugger – you wouldn’t like me. And a hand shaker. Both my hugs and handshakes are firm! I know other people don’t like hugs, and I try not to be “that person”, but I just can’t help it! I even say to myself “I shouldn’t have hug so&so”, but oh well, what’s done is done.

    Happy Thanksgiving. Oh, make sure your turkey is organic, otherwise it might kill you….

  18. Wendy says

    I’m anti-hug when it comes to causal friends and some family I’m not close to. I’m a germaphobe and don’t like touching people in general so people tend to think I’m crazy pants.

    I agree with you on the food thing…today’s new awesome heathly food will be tomorrow’s don’t-eat-it-it’ll-kill-you food. It’s always going to be one thing or another.

  19. Suzanne says

    I get tired of the reports that certain foods either cause or prevent cancer. It’s distressing, and a lot of times those studies are small, so I don’t put a lot of stock into them. I had cancer, and I’m pretty sure it wasn’t because I ate a lot of rice. I could have taken too much Tylenol in my lifetime, or the Epstein Barr virus could have caused it, or maybe I stood in front of the microwave too often impatiently waiting for my food. No one really knows.

    I also am not a fan of the friend hug, but many people are, so I reluctantly do it.

  20. says

    I’m kind of in your camp on hugs…I don’t enjoy hugging people I don’t know well, I feel like its too much! But I adore hugs from people I care about and am close with, and hug the crap out of my family!

  21. says

    If rice is arsenic and can kill you, why aren’t all my japanese relatives dead? Pretty sure they eat rice two to three times a day, eh!? take that whoever said rice would kill you! hahah.

    I’m not a fan of hugs too. I kind of stand there like a pole.

  22. Angela says

    Nope, I totally agree that TJ’s quick cook rice has an off taste, we switch back to the good ol’ long cook rice as soon as the bag was done!

  23. says

    I completely agree. And I hate when you walk into somewhere and you see an old friend or acquaintance and you don’t know how to greet them, or feel super weird if they lean in for a hug but you’re not that close. Just weird. The next food to kill us, hmmm…I feel like its pretty much inevitable that so many things we put into our bodies will lead to cancer or other diseases. Wouldn’t it be crazy if all of these “healthy” alternative foods ended up being terrible for us?

  24. says

    I hate hugs too! I’m a very fun-loving person but I just think all hugs are awkward, you never know if you’re going in for the hug and the other person isn’t wanting one, or they come in for a back pat and you go in for the long drawn out hug. It’s just everywhere. I’ve told people I don’t like hugs either then there’s no expectation when they leave, it’s just a nice smile and “bye”…

  25. Christine says

    Ha, I haven’t heard anything about rice having arsenic and that it could kill you. If thats true my dad has been eating a huge bowl of rice everyday for the past i dont know how many years and he is still alive and healthy as ever. Im not a hugging person and hate it when I go to a family members house and have to give everyone a hug and kiss even if im not really related to them. This antihugging reminds me of the Big Bang episode where sheldon tries to hug penny;) lol

  26. Lora says

    The rice thing freaks me out actually as I have two young daughters who love their rice. But, one of my friends in the medical field did some in depth research into this rice thing, and apparently it’s the rice that’s grown here in the U.S. (ie, Midwest) that has the high levels of arsenic because of the soil.

    So internationally grown rice from India/Thailand/etc are much safer. Most of Trader Joe’s rice is internationally grown–whew!!

  27. Susan says

    Fake Hugs = FUGS! LOL :)

    Whew…glad you’re okay with virtual hugs since I sent one to you & SR on Twitter. I don’t mind hugs but I take my cue from the person that initiated the hug. If they hug “strongly” then so do I. But I certainly don’t initiate “the hug” with people I don’t know.

    Love a nice firm hand shake!

  28. Suzanne says

    Agreed on the hugs. One of my husband’s friends always insists on giving me a hug (seems obligatory to him?) but it is always one of those one-arm shoulder hugs. It’s weird. And I also squeeze my husband super hard when I hug him and he definitely says he likes it. So if Ben is anything like my husband, he probably loves your gut-squeezing hugs!

  29. Marcee .... ILLINOIS says

    Hey Monica …. to mention …. there definitely is bleach in our tap water. Sad but very true.

    If you wake up during the night …. turn on your faucet …. you can smell the bleach coming from the water plant …. this is how they disinfect the city water supply.

    When I was a young girl, my dad always told us to let the water run for awhile. Takes awhile for the bleach to run off.

    Also … some years ago Oprah had a show on re our water system. Not good news. I wasn’t overly surprised either.

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