Posts tagged food

Y not cease fishing in the Gulf of Mexico?

Ever wonder what vegans eat? Well, we eat A LOT of things ūüôā¬† Here’s just a sample of what my wonderful vegan BF made for dinner last night …

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In other random thoughts, we were talking about the oil spill again last night and about the moratorium on deep water drilling, which can be debated whether that is a good thing or not, but … Why hasn’t anyone suggested a MORATORIUM ON FISHING???!!!¬† Let the species recover for g-d’s sake.. why has this not occurred to anyone? We don’t dare rob people of their precious seafood dinner, but we’ll gladly rob the life of innocents for our palate. Talk about addiction (as in, addiction to fossil fuels), this one is so deep under wraps that no one dare speak of it. Wake up people. Fish are going to be gone from your waters in a few decades at this rate and then you will HAVE TO give up eating them.

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Switchover to the video blog

I’m officially too lazy to write and have started vlogging on youtube …

I’ll try not to get too bogged down with learning all the technical stuff and thus discouraging myself, so please excuse if the first few are a little less than stellar [in terms of editing!] Thanks!!

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Reducing your consumption

If you have a chance / are interested, take a minute to check out the¬†Animal Writings¬†blog right now. He’s put together a really comprehensive bunch of strategies and tips for meat-eaters to reduce their meat consumption and increase vegetable and fruit consumption – something which I think we can all agree is a good thing, whether or not you give a fig about animals, their welfare, or their rights as sentient beings. You also have a right to great health, and shouldn’t keep yourself confined just because you’ve been raised in a culture that teaches you to eat meat as a default without ever seemingly asking your consent. You actually have a choice! ¬†Choose more vegetables!!

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Hand Talk

Oh My! I haven’t written in quite a while, so an update is due. ¬†Something is going on funky with my formatting here, so please ignore the lack of line breaks …¬†

¬†Though I spend some time here talking about alternative therapies, sometimes there is no replacement for good ole’ fashioned Western surgery … as was the case with my spouse, N, who sliced up his hand pretty good almost two weeks ago. ¬†He managed to severe four tendons and a nerve in his right hand, and had reconstructive surgery last Friday for it. [Picture below illustrates where the cuts are]. I haven’t seen his hand since the surgery, since it’s been bound up in a giant bandage and I wasn’t able to go with him to the doctor’s today.¬†Hand¬†¬†So we’ve been pretty preoccupied with that.¬†In the meantime, I had been crocheting up an excessive amount of fake food and small¬†amigurumi¬†animals … a new obsession. ¬†And I sold my first handmade item – a crocheted veggie burger where all the pieces come apart (play food).¬†¬†¬†I’ll be putting pictures up on ravelry and etsy soon too, once I secure a camera. ¬†Interestingly, I’ve noticed that my creativity/motivation waxes and wanes with the moon – no kidding. ¬†The two weeks before my period are the most manic ¬†productive for me. ¬†¬†Tonight is the night of my presentation on Living with and Healing Colitis/IBD Naturally. ¬† ¬†In a few weeks, some friends and I will be putting on a food workshop covering a variety of topics – vegetarian meal planning, quick and easy foods, flatbread making, energy of herbs and spices, medicinal teas etc. My section will be on Sprouting and Live Foods and salad dressing method (yes there is a method). See the flyer here –>Food Workshop¬†Flyer¬†¬†This workshop has been a long time in the making, it seems, as it is some of the same group that had been meeting for about a year trying to get a co-op off the ground.We realized, I think, that the main thing we want to accomplish with that is the educate and expand people’s idea of food, and to be conscious about their eating. ¬†Since eating permeates so much of our culture, food choices have a HUGE impact on the well being of individuals, communities and society as a whole.¬†

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Politicians who don’t like their vegetables

I found this little article pretty interesting in light of what I’ve been reading in The Sexual Politics of Meat: a Feminist-Vegetarian Critical Theory, by Carol Adams . . . regarding the history of meat as a symbol of patriarchy and vegetables as a metaphor for ‘feminine passivity’.

(AP) John Edwards has to be a mighty hungry man before he’ll touch that mushroom on his plate. Mitt Romney says he’s never met an eggplant he’d eat.

Presidential candidates do not seem to be fussy eaters for the most part. Yet they have distinct dislikes, mostly from the veggie kingdom.

Read more here.

I don’t think I need to point out that for men to eschew eating meat is still considered emasculating (remember that commercial about the wimpy tofu-eating boy?). Mostly, as Adams points out, this is tied to economics and distribution of animal-food resources: when that distribution is controlled by men there is more relative dominance on the part of men. Vegetables/plant foods, on the other hand, are often classified as ‘women’s food’ and Adams provides a lot of examples of this – from 1950s era American cookbooks to certain tribal societies to the 1988 Presidential Campain where practically all the (male) candidates were compared to vegetables- arguing that “Colloquilly [vegetable] is a synonym for a person severly brain-damaged or in a coma” and is used to express distain, criticism, and weakeness and passivity. Meat, on the other hand, equals action, strength, dominance and macho-ness – and “men who choose not to eat meat repudiate one of their masculine privileges.”

So it’s not really a surprise that Mitt Romney or Barack Obama wouldn’t wan’t to seem like a sissy. Interestingly, they didn’t ask Kucinich, who is a vegan, but we all knew he’s about as weak on principle as a fresh zuchinni … and what about H. Clinton’s response? “I don’t like the things that are still alive.” How vague is that ? and as is typical, Clinton has to appear middle of the road, non-threatening and not too masculine or feminine.
The candidates answers are perfectly crafted in response to the public perception and institutionalized ideas about what our food represents -patriarchy.

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Upstate Vegans!

This isn’t actually ‘local’ but Albany is not that far …
Here is a new cafe serving *exclusively* vegan food. Yay! Not a lot of that in Utica area right now.
Right now I am a fan of ritualistically going to Peter’s Cafe-ucopia on Sundays for their breakfast burrito and green juice. No, the wrap is NOT vegan, it has local organic farm fresh eggs in it – the only kind that I will eat. We all pick our battles.

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Vegetarian Video

I thought this video was cool because it promotes vegetarianism with positives rather than negatives about animals :). Enjoy!

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