Friday Five

It’s that time again! Friday Five! Things from the week that are vaguely related to food/health/fitness/food politics.

1. Side Crow Success!

For my non-yogi readers, side crow is a challenging yoga pose that looks like this.


I’ve never been able to hold this for more than, like, a second. Within the past month or so, I’ve noticed that I was more stable in the pose, but longevity was still not really my forte. On Thursday, however, I held my side crow for what seemed like FOREVER! I’m sure this was probably closer to 30 sec (maybe a minute?), but it was the full time the our yoga instructor told us to be in the pose. I held it the whole time! I am SO excited about this!

I’ve also been getting closer to doing a headstand on my own. I’ve been told that headstand is easier than side crow—apparently not for me. But during my Thursday class I was in the position for a split second before tumbling over. Still, improvement.

I think some of this is thanks to the plank challenge I’ve been doing along with Lori and Michelle at Pure2Raw. They invited their readers to join them in holding plank, and this week, we’re all up to 3 minutes of plank a day (in addition to my HIIT workouts and yoga)! This is harder than you might think, but feels worth it, because I can feel my abs and arms getting toned!

2.The Science of Yoga: The Risks and Rewards

Speaking of yoga, I kind of want to read this book. Has anyone read it yet?

3. PETA fail (again)

PETA is known for their controversial ad campaigns, many of which are protested even (and sometimes more urgently) by members of the vegan community. Most recently they decided their “shock tactic” would involve creating a commercial that made a joke of sexual violence against women. (You can watch the video here, but don’t click if you think you might be triggered by the theme.) In the commercial, we see a thin, white women walking down the street in her underwear, a coat, and a neck brace. When the camera zooms in on a shot of her crotch as she walks up the stairs, the voice-over tells us she’s a victim of  “Boyfriend Went Vegan and Knocked the Bottom Out of Me.” They cut to an image of the woman’s head being slammed into a wall, as she’s bent over,  “getting the bottom knocked out of her,” as it were. Her head was hit so hard (and repeatedly) against the wall, that it made a hole, and her boyfriend who, after becoming vegan, the commercial tells us, “can suddenly bring it like a tantric porn star.” The commercial plays like a PSA, requesting that viewers visit their website to “learn to go vegan, safely.”

There are so many things to say about this. Having just done a lecture in my class about the way that postfeminist media perpetuates the objectification of women (and, in turn, violence against women), I am consistently disappointed with the HUGE number of examples I have to illustrate this theory. If you’re interested in this topic, I’d recommend one of these books.

For the sake of keeping it somewhat relevant to the food blog, though, I’ll just say a word about intersectionality. PETA can’t continue to fight against the oppression of and violence against animals if they refuse to understand how they are complicit in the oppression and violence against other marginalized groups in society…in this case, women.

4. Sugar Free Treats

I know it’s after Valentine’s Day, but these babies from Real Sustenance caught my eye when the title said they were “Gluten Free/Paleo/Vegan/Soy Free. With directions to make sugar free.” Whaaa?! Sign me up.

5. “She who protects the Earth, Protects Life”

I found this image while perusing around one of my favorite sites for art/inspiration, the JustSeeds collective.

According to JustSeeds:

“This image was made at the Escuela de Cultura Popular Martires del 68 in Mexico City. This design is part of a series of posters and a zine, all of them were created under the slogan Ante la Destruccion Ambiental, Organizacion. The posters goals were to spread the word and educate about the problems that the capitalist system has created and are affecting the entire planet. These posters also openly denounce the false solutions to Climate Change. And states that the real solutions to environmental problems wont come through the same system that created them. In this image system imposed death is depicted as infertile land, but also the reconciliation of life with the past is shown. The corn plant is the hope of life that resists extermination, the Zapatista woman, the child and the struggle for life of indigenous peoples. Other worlds are still possible.”

Happy Friday. <3

3 thoughts on “Friday Five

  1. Lachrista says:

    Congrats on side crow! That’s such a tough pose! I’ve been doing yoga for years, and I still have issues with it.

    That William J. Broad book has created quite a stir in the yoga community. Many of my fellow yoga instructors hated the article he wrote for the NYT about it, as it scared many of their students ( — I think this article is part of the book, actually.

    One teacher I know said it best: “Can you hurt your body doing yoga? Sure, of course you can. But you can also hurt your body by sitting on a couch all day eating a bag of potato chips.”

    If you read it, let me know how it is!

  2. Jess says:

    Congrats! I’m terrified of side crow because that’s the one I got injured doing a few years ago. I’d love to be able to attempt it again one day, but I still have a lot of fear around it. Haha no rush to get to one day, but you never know.

    • raechel says:

      Agh, injuries are the worst. I’m still not fully recovered from a hamstring tear that happened YEARS ago. Fortunately it didn’t happen during a workout or yoga, so I don’t have that fear attachment, but it’s still no good. : ( Good thing there are plenty of other yoga poses you can do that won’t remind you of that!

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