Saturday, June 18, 2011

The more I research veganism and other people's view points online, the more I run into angry responses. There seems to be so much hate surrounding a diet that claims to be non-harming and compassionate, and the anger isn't only from the omnivores. I've found that vegans can be just as angry if not more so than omnivores, spewing hateful words left and right like it's a sport. Recently Christina Pirello posted an article with her views on why omnivores seem to get so defensive over veganism. She raised some interesting points, but I feel that she failed to address the problem of omnivores getting upset as a reaction the vegans who are soap box preachy and all holier than thou. I believe this reaction to Pirello's post offers a more level headed approach to dealing with angry omnivores, it also generated kinder comments in response.
Personally, I believe people are going to argue no matter what. Some people you meet are going to be put off by veganism and get rude as a result whether you instigated an argument or not. Just remember that we're all human and should be treated with respect and compassion. :)

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

I woke up craving...

So apparently yesterday Bob Harper craved egg whites, so naturally he decided to have some. Normally something like that wouldn't bother me. People post useless information about themselves on facebook and twitter all the fucking time, but not everyone is Bob Harper. His decision to talk about his dietary downfalls on a social networking site was going to have consequences no matter what. The consequence of this decision? VEGANS WENT FUCKING CRAZY! And as a result, so did everyone else. Clearly, I have problems with this from all sides.
1. I'm disappointed that Bob decided to cave into a craving that went against his "morals"
2. Why share it with everyone on facebook and twitter, thus making a bad name for vegans everywhere?
3. Yes, vegans should be vocal about their feelings, but some went overboard and once again, making a bad name for vegans everywhere.
4. Where were some of the omnivores getting their logic?

Moral of the story, everyone makes mistakes, but for the love of God don't share them with the world. People get the wrong idea and these instances make it hard on everyone. Grow up, keep these things to yourself.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Being Sick Sucks

I'm sorry I disappeared for awhile. Basically my home computer crashed and I got super sick last week. So not only could I not get on the Internet at home, I was too sick to go use WiFi in public. :( I did manage to eat two entire boxes of Key Lime Cuties, which are so addicting it's not even funny.
On a positive note, I created a dinner that my brother fully enjoyed! I even have my own recipe to share with you! Before I indulge you with my delish recipe, I'll give you a little back story of where it came from. My dad and brother are both in Boy Scouts, so once a month they leave for a weekend camping trip. On the weekends they were gone my mom and I always made zucchini spaghetti. I don't remember where the recipe actually came from, but we only made it when it was just the girls at the house. Sadly it was full of cheese, so while I was sick I made this vegan version to satisfy my comfort food needs! Enjoy

Zucchini Pasta

1 small Shallot, thinly sliced
1 or 2 Garlic Cloves, minced 
2 small Zucchini, shredded (or one large)
2 Tbsp Olive Oil
2-3 cups Pasta, cooked and drained ( I like linguine)
Sea Salt, to taste
Pepper, to taste
Vegan Parmesan, to taste (like Parma!)

Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add garlic and shallots and saute for about one minute. Add zucchini and continue to saute until zucchini starts to soften. Stir in pasta, salt, and pepper, and divide into two bowls. Top with Parmesan and enjoy!

Serves 2

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Is it Enough?

Oregon lawmakers are working to pass a law to give egg laying hens larger cages. I understand that we have to take animal rights one step at a time, but is this step large enough? Should we push harder for free roaming structures? Or should we celebrate what lawmakers have been able to accomplish? Give me your feedback and enter the discussion with OPB.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Ani Phyo - Raw Food Goddess

[Ani Phyo and I at Powells]
Last Wednesday I had the honor of getting to meet Ani Phyo and hear her speak at Powells Bookstore. She was there discussing her new book Ani's Raw Food Asia, which explores Asian raw food fusion recipes. The cookbook covers everything from cocktails to curries with a theme of longevity. Longevity was her word of the night, focusing on doing things more simply and in a way that isn't harmful to yourself. I really related with her approach to this book more than her others because it's written for people who are looking to incorporate more raw foods into their diet. Even though she was taking a more realistic look at diet, I was a little bummed to hear her promote "ethical" meat eating if you felt you still needed to consume animal products. I guess that's the difference between vegans for health and vegans for ethics.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Computer fail

Im sorry that I have yet to post about my visit with Ani Phyo. I am having serious computer issues so I'll get it up as soon as I can.
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