sounded good at the time…

November 12, 2008

The other night, I still wasn’t feeling well and I had this brilliant idea that I’d try a new raw dish, since I wasn’t really hungry and something light seemed like a good idea. I was wrong, so very wrong. Note to self: never try new raw dishes when ill. I was sooo sick. The thing is, the dish was really good, going down… You don’t want the rest of the gory details. I used a summer squash that I shredded to look like spaghetti and made a raw cashew, tomato “cheese” sauce that was really good. Needless to say, I think that dish is ruined for me, forever.

On a lighter note, Kadence’s first birthday party is this weekend. I can’t believe that she’s going to be one already. I’m still trying to figure out what we are going to serve for food. I will be making a vanilla cake and a raspberry blackout cake, so the important part is figured out already haha! Nate wants burgers and hotdogs, blech. I’m going to have Boca Burgers and Tofurkey Sausages for the vegans of the group. Nate offered to cook our stuff first so that we don’t have cross-contamination, how nice of him. Can you hear the sarcasm over here? Everything else will be vegan and he doesn’t have a say in it. She who cooks, makes the decisions and I’m not making anything with animal flesh or dairy. He is manning the grill, so I can’t really use that rule and not apply it to him as well. I’m definitely going to make hummus and I’m thinking of trying out a spinach dip I found on vegweb. I think with the cake and stuff from the grill we should be good. If not, tough shiitake.

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This is what my husband asks me last night after we were talking about what is currently known as “The Great Purge”. I was rambling about being grossed out by lanolin, something most breastfeeding mothers have on hand and my husband just shook his head.

me – “What?”
my husband – “Ignorance is bliss. Now don’t you wish you’d taken the blue pill?”
me – “No I don’t, that blue pill is probably coated in gelatin.”
He laughed and said – “I think I just realized that you are serious about all this. I’m not saying that I want to do this, but I kind of admire that you are.”

an on going process…

September 26, 2008

I was not expecting the level of disgust I would feel with my new awareness. I think I was a bit idealistic in my new found veganess. I’m still in the process of ridding my house of animal products and I’m constantly finding stuff. I think we are going to have the “Heather is going vegan garage sale” haha. It’s not so much the leather and shoes that gross me out, all though the horrible way it’s made is much more than gross. It’s the beauty products and tooth paste and lotion and the list goes on. I think I threw up in my mouth a little when I realized that I’ve basically been smearing animal fats on my body in various forms. And the gelatin thing leaves me very queasy. It’s in everything and I had no idea how it was really made. I will never look at jello the same again.

VegFamily has the list that I have been using. It’s been an eye opening resource. Jason Naturals and Tom’s of Maine have become staples in our home. They are easy to find and inexpensive. It’s going to take some time to convert our household, but it’s definitley doable.

Coming out of the closet…

September 26, 2008

I’ve been procrastinating with telling my conservative parents that I am now a vegan. It’s absurd that I feel like I should have to hide it, but after my conversation with my mother last night, I realize my fears were justified. I received alot of comments like – What will you eat? Vegans, aren’t they those extreme animal activists? That can’t be healthy! What about the holidays? Are you sure you want to go this route? Blah, blah, blah. I really thought that maybe it was all in my head, that I was imagining that my mother was going to be almost angry about it. I’m a 33 year old woman and last night I felt like I was 12 and getting a lecture. I really want to be the person that stands up for what she believes in and says “YES! I am a vegan and this is why….” I took the health route, yes, I am a gutless vegan. I didn’t want to seem like the left wing, extremist, wackjob that my parents think all vegans are. Why is it so hard? How the media portrays animal rights advocates and stupid stunts like what PETA just pulled with this Ben & Jerry’s breastmilk ice cream BS, is part of the reason we have such a hard time. The animal rights movement deserves serious and mature people to fight for and represent the cause. It really irritates me. PETA really just perpetuates the stereo-type that we’re all “out there”, as my father would put it, and we’re really not. We’re normal people. We’re your neighbors, your daughters, your friends, the people you pass by on the street. We’re just everyday people. Of course, there are wackjobs out there, but vegans and animal rights advocates hardly have the monoply on that.

The Vegan 100

September 21, 2008

The Vegan Hundred
1) Copy this list into your own blog, including these instructions.
2) Bold all the items you’ve eaten.
3) Cross out any items that you would never consider eating.
4) Pass it on!

1. Natto
2. Green Smoothie
3. Tofu Scramble
4. Haggis
5. Mangosteen
6. Creme brulee
7. Fondue
8. Marmite/Vegemite
9. Borsht
10. Baba ghanoush
11. Nachos
12. Authentic soba noodles
13. PB&J sandwich
14. Aloo gobi
15. Taco from a street cart
16. Boba Tea
17. Black truffle
18. Fruit wine made from something other than grapes
19. Gyoza
20. Vanilla ice cream
21. Herloom Tomato
22. Fresh wild berries
23. Ceviche
24. Rice and beans
25. Knish
26. Raw scotch bonnet pepper
27. Dulce de leche
28. Caviar
29. Baklava
30. Pate
31. Wasabi peas
32. Chowder in a sourdough bowl
33. Mango lassi
34. Sauerkraut
35. Root beer float
36. Mulled cider
37. Scones with buttery spread and jam
38. Vodka jelly
39. Gumbo
40. Fast food french fries
41. Raw Brownies
42. Fresh Garbanzo Beans
43. Dahl
44. Homemade Soymilk
45. Wine from a bottle worth £60/$120 or more
46. Stroopwafle (actually had these in Holland years ago, soooo good!)
47. Samosas
48. Vegetable Sushi
49. Glazed doughnut
50. Seaweed
51. Prickly pear
52. Umeboshi
53. Tofurkey
54. Sheese
55. Cotton candy
56. Gnocchi
57. Piña colada
58. Birch beer
59. Scrapple
60. Carob chips
61. S’mores
62. Soy curls
63. Chickpea cutlets
64. Curry
65. Durian
66. Homemade Sausages
67. Churros, elephant ears, or funnel cake
68. Smoked tofu
69. Fried plantain
70. Mochi
71. Gazpacho
72. Warm chocolate chip cookies
73. Absinthe
74. Corn on the cob
75. Whipped cream, straight from the can
76. Pomegranate
77. Fauxstess Cupcake
78. Mashed potatoes with gravy
79. Jerky
80. Croissants
81. French onion soup
82. Savory crepes
83. Tings
84. A meal at Candle 79
85. Moussaka
86. Sprouted grains or seeds
87. Macaroni and “cheese”
88. Flowers
89. Matzoh ball soup
90. White chocolate
91. Seitan I’m addicted!
92. Kimchi
93. Butterscotch chips
94. Yellow watermelon
95. Chili with chocolate
96. Bagel and Tofutti
97. Potato milk
98. Polenta
99. Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee
100. Raw cookie dough

On being vegan

September 14, 2008

In my journey to veganize my life, I’ve learned so much about myself and the things that make up my daily life. Learning where things come from and how they are made is an eye opening experience. The task of converting to a vegan lifestyle is daunting considering how many things that I use on a daily basis that are made with animal by products or are not cruelty free. I thought the diet would be the difficult part, but suprisingly, it’s been easy. I can’t help but smile about this decision I’ve made and that I can make a difference, no matter how small. I do not have the current support of certain family members who think my decision is part of my “bleeding heart liberalism”. Can you see me rolling my eyes over here?

And can I ask, what is with the elitest attitude of some vegans? Not vegan enough for you? Don’t get me wrong, I have received very warm and encouraging words from some veteran vegans. There are a select few, who seem to have more criticism than helpful advice. I know that it is difficult and it takes alot of dedication to convert to a vegan lifestyle. I don’t eat any type of animal product and I am starting to convert the rest of my household to agree with my lifestyle choice. We still have meat in the house and I still have to purchase it at the store during weekly shopping trips. My husband is not making this transition with me. According to some, this disqualifies me as a true vegan. I say whatever. I am hoping that Nathan will gradually start to see the benefits of a vegetarian diet. He’s not the “crusader” that his wife is, those are his words. He doesn’t have much of an opinon about the meat and dairy industry and that’s okay. I think that eventually he’ll make some choices for himself after he sees that I’m not depriving myself. He’s already decided to start going to the gym and he has sworn off cigarettes and fast food. Those are huge steps for him and I couldn’t be more proud of him. Back to my original point, the fact that we have animal products in our home and that I still have to buy them, doesn’t make me a vegan in the eyes of some of the more militant vegans out there. Eh, do I really care? No, I don’t. I didn’t do this so that I could be accepted in to their club. I did this for me. I did this to make a stand and because my life will be better for it. I did this to set a better example for my daughters and to make a difference, even if it’s only a small one. Vegan enough for me.