Hello, hello! I began writing this post at 11:30 this morning from my bed as I enjoyed a Lazy Sunday morning. I slept in (a rare treat), and then Steven brought me coffee (I’m spoiled) before he left to go see a movie. I read for a while, then got up to make myself some breakfast — coffee on an empty stomach never ends well. Although I’m pretty lukewarm on Follow Your Heart’s VeganEgg, I somehow always seem to have some in the pantry, so I made myself a scramble for breakfast. By itself, the “egg” is pretty bland, so I doctored it up with garlic powder, onion powder, cumin, black beans, and some Daiya cheddar. Not bad!
Back to the Lazy Sunday concept. I often have difficulty accepting that I “deserve” a lazy day of doing almost nothing. It’s not like there are rules writ in stone for what a 30-year-old woman must do on the weekend, yet I feel guilty if I’m not spending time outside or accomplishing household tasks or working on one of my side projects. Overall, I keep a pretty healthy work-life-physical-activity-side-project balance, so there’s nothing inherently wrong with tipping the scales in favor of restfulness for a single day, right? A week of indolence might be cause for concern; a single day (morning!) is not.
(And, for what it’s worth, I spent the early afternoon weeding the patio and then went thrifting with a friend. I couldn’t even allow myself a full day of laziness!)
Well. On to this week’s small bites, and here’s to taking time out of your day to read, watch, and eat the things that make you happy, even if you feel lazy while doing so!
First, a science-based review of What the Health from the incomparable Ginny Messina, aka the Vegan RD. It’s so crucial to have folks like Ginny in the movement, people who are willing to speak out against the frequently unfounded claims that veganism is the only way to eat, in terms of healthiness. I haven’t watched What the Health (and, to be honest, I don’t plan to do so), but many of my fellow vegans have been absolutely gushing about it all over social media. Ginny provides a rational, science-based counterpoint to the movie, arguing that it’s harmful for quite a few reasons: for the overblown claims about how veganism affects one’s health; for its reliance on cherry-picked and even willfully misunderstood data to support those claims; for presenting an unrealistic picture of veganism that ultimately hurts the movement.
I am vegan, first and foremost, for the animals. The health benefits are secondary for me, and I do not believe we can say that veganism is the “healthiest” diet with a good conscience. Nutrition is a complex and misunderstood science, and when folks try to simplify it and sway the data in favor of a single way of eating, it’s harmful in many ways. I appreciate Ginny’s review and wholeheartedly agree her sentiments.
Jennifer Weiner’s piece in the NYT Sunday Review section on the men who “never have to grow up” is a reminder of the ways in which our society makes excuses for (white) men and paints their misdeeds (criminal or otherwise) as “youthful indiscretions.” Pegged specifically to Donald Jr.’s dirt-gathering meeting with the Russians — and his dad’s attempt to excuse by saying that Don Jr., a 39-year-old man, is “an honest kid” — the piece briefly covers other (white) men who benefit from this phenomenon before pointing out that women and black men never receive that benefit. It’s short and surface level, but if you’re unfamiliar with this concept or haven’t really thought about it much, it could be worth a read.
Umm… I’ve got nothing. We just finished a Parks and Recreation rewatch and have started in on The Office. The latter is basically the television equivalent of comfort food for me. :)
Doughnuts, always doughnuts. We have a fabulous vegan doughnut shop about 30 minutes away up in Frederick, but I’d been hearing about a Baltimore-based do[ugh]nut bakery for a while now. Donut Alliance had a booth at Baltimore VegFest this spring but were sold out by the time Steven and I realized it. So when I heard they’d be peddling their sweet, sweet wares at a small vegan marketplace event this weekend, I decided we had to check it out. We did! And we bought doughnuts!
Clockwise from top left, that’s strawberry margarita, birthday cake, Samoa, and maple bacon. YUM. These were super light and fluffy doughnuts, and I enjoyed them all. That lime-infused strawberry margarita might have been my favorite!
Since we’re talking vegan junk food, how about this cheesy pull-apart pizza bread from Vegan Richa? I feel like maybe I need a kid or two to come visit as an excuse to make this, but then again, I’m an adult! I can do what I want and eat what I want!
Let me know if you’ve read/watched/eaten anything noteworthy!
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