Day 09- Something you’re proud of in the past few days
Being more diligent with making über-healthy food! Alice has been very impressed. Many “I like it” and “very tasty” remarks. Getting to a Good Place with the foodings. I am being quite pedantic, relatively, but the benefits are worth a tiny bit of extra effort: higher energy, general very-well-being, seasonal-awareness = cost-cutting, no junk cravings, etc, and so on, yadda yadda yadda. Many thanks to Ani Phyo’s new book Raw Food Asia and Kris Carr’s Crazy Sexy Diet. Provoking new books = nom nom.
I was halfway through writing an article on yoga as it relates to veganism when this article appeared in my inbox, courtesy of the head honchos at Vegansaurus. Suffice to say it only fueled my agni (Sanskrit for “fire”).
Sometime in the 1980s yoga took over the Western world….
Yoga is veganism. Not unlike Buddhism - 1st precept: abstain from taking life. Ahimsa, guys. Not as big a drama to practice as your wild mind would have you believe, yo.
You know those types of friends that you bond with specifically over one thing? Maybe it’s a particular TV show or a band that you secretly love? That’s the type of friendship that my buddy, Jack Shirley, and I have, except we bond over food, or more specifically: desserts.
"Some people rely on meats, fish, poultry, eggs or dairy products as protein sources. These products are now seen by many nutritionists in a much less favorable light, however. Children who become habituated to them during their preschool years may pay a price in adulthood for the fat, cholesterol and animal protein these foods contain. For this reason I encourage you to explore vegetarian foods and give your children the advantages these foods offer. - page 188
"Children who grow up getting their nutrition from plant foods rather than meats have tremendous health advantage. They are less likely to develop weight problems, diabetes, high blood pressure, and some forms of cancer.
There are other reasons why families are looking more favorably at plant-based choices. In recent years, the prevalence of disease-causing bacteria in meat, poultry, and eggs has risen sharply, which is why health authorities insist that these products be carefully handled and thoroughly cooked, if they are used at all.
Meatless meals also help your children to keep stronger bones. Children stay in better calcium balance when their protein comes from plant sources. My siblings and I were given no red meat until we were twelve years of age, and we were all oversize and healthy. We should have continued to avoid meat through adolescence and adulthood.
Many families are gradually changing their diets as the come to learn of the advantages of doing so. If you are still serving meats regularly, you will want to try as many meatless meals as possible, explore new cookbooks, and experiment with new products that take the place of meat.” - page 333
(Much more in the classic childcare manual on vegan food for kids and health risks of dairy and etc.)
”—Dr Benjamin Spock, MD, Doctor Spock’s Baby and Child Care, 8th edition
Analysis paralysis. Or a variant thereof. Over-thinking. Aiming to get it right all the time. Getting lost in the details. Losing track of the big picture. Getting frustrated and quitting before reaching the goal… That sort of thing. Procrastination can keep a person very busy.
Helpful to remember, somewhat related to this and veganism and everything else: Don’t try to be right all the time, just try to do good. If you’re already the best, the only way is down; if you can still do better, the only way is up. Don’t stagnate: KEEP MOVING. Or you’ll miss out on all the awesomeness that’s just around the next corner…
Veganza? Vegan! … za. Sounds shiny? Bonanza? Nah, not quite. I just liked the sound of it. Another day it might have been Vegandroid or Veganatron… or something about cats, if I was to blog about cats…
My website is veganza.com and I’m trying to be moderately consistent.
Someone pointed out it’s similar to the Flying Spaghetti Monster site’s URL, but that’s just a happy coincidence.
This drivels on for only a few pages, but it’s clearly pretty freaking easy, and doesn’t deviate a bananaload from “normal” advice… but seriously, do any vegans get constipated during pregnancy? Everything we eat has fibre in it, besides water and heavily-filtered juice… JUST SAYIN.
Personally, I pass on the “well-planned” part. Yawn. Well-read and well-rounded thinking is more important than fractured get-this-nutrient-here/get-that-nutrient-there over-thinking and measuring and supplementing: simply go with plant wholefoods. I buy in-season produce for the best nutrition and best prices, and figure it out what to make later. And buy the best/cheapest fresh food in bulk for some feasting. Plus: me trying to plan meals ahead of time is like trying to herd cats. I WANT ONE OF EVERYTHING. Too many recipes, too many options (restricted diet, I wish)… Which, all-in-all, is also probably how I avoid cravings, besides the gradually increasing portion sizes… “Please, sir, can I have some more?”
My blood pressure and blood test results are so dull. Sometimes you just want to dig for drama, but your doctor/midwife is so bored with your uneventful visits she won’t even order a B-12 test. “Go away and come back next month, if you want, like the schedule says you’re supposed to…” Someone call the Vegan Police!
I didn’t go around announcing my new diet, but food is such a prominent part of human life that it does come up. Reactions were mixed. Most wanted to know why, some asking as if they’re just curious, and others asking as if I’ve violated them in some way.
In light of my immediate physical benefits, my new diet felt pretty damn sensible once I started, so it kept surprising me that the majority of the world still regards veganism as some vaguely menacing fringe thing akin to Scientology or Communism.
Many people seemed to assume I was secretly dying of cravings for steak and cheeseburgers, and that it takes some sort of enormous ethical strength to eat vegan. I wasn’t, and it doesn’t.
When asked “Why?” my go-to answer was that it makes me feel physically good, which is true and is probably the main reason. I didn’t want to get involved in an ethical debate, because once a conversation becomes a debate, communication ceases.