2018 is here. And so are all New Year resolutions that we will feel bad about breaking within the first week or two of the new year.
My plan, my goal, my resolution, is simply to do better. Yes, 100 percent vegan and environmentally conscious is the optimum goal, but we are human and life happens. I am challenging myself in this new year to eat more whole food and less processed crap, but if I eat some crap, then just get on with eating whole foods at my next meal. To cut out the little bit of dairy that I consume occasionally, but be kind to myself if I do eat dairy. To be less sedentary and actually stick with a short daily yoga practice, but not berate myself if I skip occasionally. To practice more environmental consciousness in my consumerism by buying less overly packaged foods, stop using aluminum foil, remember my green bags and cut out plastic shopping bags, but forgive myself when I forget to put the green bags back into my car.
The overwhelm of the totality of being environmental conscious and vegan can lead people to quit before they truly begin. My advice is don’t strive for perfect, strive for one step at a time, one action at a time. Simple. Take the best action you can in the moment. And if you take an action that you aren’t proud of, learn from it and move on. Let the next action you take be in line with who you want to be. It’s a process. Allow it to be a process. Allow yourself to learn as you go along. Live it how you need to live it. And don’t let anyone judge you or your process.
I am not the expert. There are plenty of experts out there who really know their shit. Find them. Follow them. I am the person who is also on the journey, who is telling you it’s ok if you aren’t at 100 percent yet.
You do you to the best of your ability. And just try to be less of a dick to yourself, your fellow human beings, the animals and the planet as you go along your life journey in this new year . One step at a time, one meal at a time, one action at a time. Our fellow humans, the animal and plant kingdoms, and our planet depend on more of us giving a crap and making an effort. If we mess up, but get right back to it with our next action, we are still aiding the healing of our plant. The important part is to try, to make an effort, to start.
Happy New Year! Here’s to a new year of being kind and giving a crap!
I recently read an article (apparently I have been under a rock for the past year and didn’t hear about this until just now!) that says that a new class of vegan, adorably tagged *veggan*, allows vegans to eat eggs. How can a label allow this? Shouldn’t our *choosing* be what allows us to do this? Although I was actually intrigued by the article, I have a real problem with this obsession our society has with labeling, pigeonholing, shaming and judging. To *allow* or *let* us include something in our diet implies that something outside ourselves has dominion over our diet.
I know a lot of the vegans are appalled by this. My feeling is that as long as any individual’s philosophy includes eating for the planet, we are on the right path. However that looks for the individual. We are not all at the same place at the same time on this journey. And that’s OK.
I consider myself vegan, even though I have an occasional egg, or some dairy from time to time. That doesn’t make me a carnivore. Vegan describes my prominent lifestyle. Just as I like to enjoy a glass of wine or a cocktail sometimes, but that doesn’t make me an alcoholic. OK, that’s an extreme analogy, but you get the idea.
There is an almost militant mindset within the vegan community that is off-putting to people new to the lifestyle. Why in the world would we shun these newbies? Why in the world would we make people who are trying their best to *eat for the planet* feel *less than* because they are 80% committed and not 100%? Let them come in to this community at their own pace. Let them test the waters. Let them dip in a toe, or wade up to their waist, instead of insisting that they cannonball in all at once.
We need to be encouraging, not discouraging. Our planet, Mother Gaia, depends on bringing more and more individuals into a kind way of eating, green eating, sustainable eating. Fae Life mindset means to be kind, nurturing and accepting of anyone doing what they can, in their own way, in their own time, to restore health to body and planet. We need to applaud and encourage EVERYONE, regardless of where they are on this path to kindness. Lets stop judging and labeling each other and start mentoring and encouraging our entire community.
That being said, I kind of like the Veggan (with 2 Gs) distinction.
*distinction* as defined by the dictionary:
“Excellence that sets someone or something apart from others.”
There has been a lot of talk the past couple months/years of the *dumbing down* of America through fake news, social media and the educational system. But It’s even deeper and darker than that. We are being made fat and stupid on a fundamental level, and on purpose. Our health and well being are being compromised for profit. This is a well planned agenda by big pharma and big business. And if you don’t believe this is true, just take a look around.
We are unable to concentrate. We live on coffee and energy drinks. Most people are in some form of constant, distracting pain. OTC pain meds take up an entire aisle at the drug store. We can not catch our breath. We can not oxygenate our brains and our bodies in order to think for ourselves. The majority of us are over weight. Our blood does not flow as freely through our veins as it did a couple of decades ago. And this is just scratching the surface.
We are being bamboozled into thinking we are being given what we want.
This slapped me in the face hard yesterday when we decided to give cable TV another try.
Holy commercial hell, Batman!!!!
People, just because there is *less* sugar and artificial color in your kid’s cereal doesn’t mean It’s healthy. It is not *spreading the good* in your kid’s body. *Whatever froots your loop* should not include ingesting neon colored, highly processed food stuff.
The Greek yogurt you are eating might say It’s organic or all natural, but that doesn’t make it healthy. *Undeniably dairy* is undeniably bad for your bones. Do the research!
And that new naked breakfast taco from Taco Bell that has a fried egg instead of a taco shell that is stuffed with meat, potatoes and cheese is not a healthy breakfast alternative!
There is a systematic physical and mental dumbing down of Americans in play. Keeping us fat and unhealthy is profitable. It should be so obvious, but we can not see the forest for the trees, so to speak. We, as a consumer group, need to start making our own decisions. Get rid of the sheeple mentality that big business counts on.
Whole food, plant based, is better for your body and the body of Mother Gaia.
We each need to do our part, one little step at a time. One decision at a time. We need to stop letting them tell us what they think is good for us, and start deciding for ourselves. We need to take back our power as consumers by deciding for ourselves what to buy, and in so doing, dictate the market in an intelligent manner.
Don’t take my word for any of this. Do your own research. Read the articles. Follow the activists and conscientious industry leaders on social media. Watch the documentaries. We are not being educated by mass media. We are being manipulated and brain washed for the profit of big business, big pharma, big food.
None of these big business have your best interest at heart. They only care about marketing to you any way they can.
And the advertisers they employ do not care about your health. They care about their bottom line and the bottom line of the companies that hire them.
Do I always choose fresh, whole, plant based foods? No. There are long days that lead me to the frozen food section where I buy a vegan, gluten free, organic something. But I choose my brands carefully and I read the ingredient list.
Respect your body, respect your home planet. Be aware of the true cost to your body and your planet when you sheeple shop.
Peace, love, plants and conscientious consumerism, my friends.
Eating kind at work just takes a little planning, and a slightly bigger lunchbox.
There are so many convenience foods these days it’s amazing! You can get already made salad, containers of cut up fruit, individual serving size cups of guacamole and hummus, 100 calorie packs of nuts, snack packs of carrots, individually wrapped prunes, frozen vegan entrees, the list goes on and on. I love these things. They make my life so much easier. But these convenience foods make mother earth pay a heavy price. Because convenience leads to gross over-packaging.
The carbon footprint of a vegetarian diet is about half that of a carnivore diet. But over-packaging, even if it’s vegan, adds substantially to landfills and contributes to green-house gases and pollution.
The best, easiest convenience foods are nuts and whole fruits. But sometimes I just want convenient comfort foods. Something to grab and go. GF vegan burritos, individual hummus pack and a snack bag of chips or carrots. A nice salad that someone else made for me. Did you know that Amy’s makes a frozen gluten free mac & cheeze?
I’m far from perfect. I still grab those things some days. But for the most part, I try to have my shit together in the mornings and put a lunch together to bring to work. Resuable cups filled with stuff I make or buy in bulk.
For me, sticking with a similar breakfast and lunch throughout the week, then shaking thing up a bit for dinner when I get home, seems to work best. I just don’t have the creativity or time in the mornings to come up with something exciting and new to pack. Monotony and consistency help me eat well and take care of Mother Earth.
Here is what breakfast and lunch has been this week:
Breakfast: 2 bananas.
Lunch: a simple salad of greens and sprouts with a sprinkle of dulse flakes, raw pepitas or hulled hemp seeds and homemade cashew ranch dressing.
Afternoon pick-me-up: A teaspoon of matcha powder and a heaping tablespoon of vegan vanilla protein powder with chia seeds added to my Blender Bottle of coconut milk and shaken well.
Dinner: NOW I can get creative, if I want to.
That’s it. Simple, boring, tasty, nutritious. One container for the greens and sprouts, a tiny one for the protein powder, another tiny one for the dulse and pepitas or hemp seeds, and one more for the dressing. Add 2 bananas and my Blender Bottle filled a little more than half way with coconut milk. Done and out the door. Most of the time I have the bananas and dried ingredients packed up the night before.
Next week may see a different menu, but I try to keep it simple and consistent. Mono-fruit for breakfast, something veggie forward for lunch, something light and simple mid-afternoon, anything goes for dinner.
This doesn’t work for everyone. You might want more variety in your breakfast and lunch. To you I say, you have my admiration. Pinterest is filled with awesome ideas. Blogs I follow are overflowing with inspiration. I love being creative and trying new recipes. But not at 7AM. For me, sticking with a kind diet means leaving creativity until later.
Eating kind, gluten-free and vegan doesn’t have to be hard, complicated or take a lot of prep time. Sometimes I am well organized and prep food on the weekends to make weeknights easier. A lot of times I don’t.
So I try to make sure I have fridge, freezer and pantry stocked up so I can throw something together quickly after work.
Last night’s dinner:
It was delicious!