Friday Five!

A happy Friday to you all! I’m reporting to you from my hometown of “the Cleve” (land, Ohio), where I’m enjoying both an academic conference and also family/friend visiting! Win, win!

this is now displayed where the LeBron James billboard used to reside. the cleve 4eva.

Even though I’m traveling, I won’t leave you hanging without a list of five awesome things from the internet. I know your weekend depends on it. ;)

1. Superfood Guide from Vega

As I’ve mentioned before, I’m a big fan of Brendan Brasier and his vegan Thrive diet program for athletes. This week, the Vega team (Vega being Thrive’s sort of “brand”), sent out a free PDF guide to superfoods. You know, all those weird sounding things like “chlorella” (how anyone can see this an not think of chlorine is beyond me), and “maca.” But it also covers the benefits of simple whole foods we all know, like apples and avocados (every wondered why exactly they’re so good for you?). Enjoy your free download here.

2. DIY Sprouting

I’ve seen quite a few guides to sprouting that claim to be really easy, but look mega confusing. This how-to post from The G-Spot Revolution (love her risque blog name!) actually looks pretty doable. I adore sprouts, so I am definitely going to try this soon!

3. Gluten Free Naan

Leanne from Healthful Pursuit has been working on this recipe for a while, but she finally perfected it enough to share it with all of her readers, and I’m soooo excited to give it a try. Since doing my first CLEAN detox, it became clear that I feel a lot better when I avoid gluten. Giving up bread at restaurants was easier than I thought, but I tend to still really want naan with Indian food, especially because it helps cool down some of that spicy heat that I adore about the cuisine. I’ve ended up eating and enjoying naan with my meal, but regretting it later when I was left feeling uncomfortable and bloated. Leanne has given me a solution! Thank you, Leanne!

4. Skittles profit from tragedy

Like many people across the nation, the news about the murder of Trayvon Martin has been weighing heavy on my mind. Although I do try to keep depressing stuff on this blog to a minimum, I think it’s important to discuss, and, it just so happens, it actually connects to a food issue. This article from the New York Times discusses the ethics of using Skittles as a cultural symbol for the unjust killing. Like the hoodies worn by millions across the country, Skittles have made their way into marches and rallies in support of Trayvon, as this is the candy he had just bought from the store when he was shot. The article asks interesting questions about what it means for Wrigley (who now produces Skittles) to profit off of this tragedy. What are your thoughts on this? What does it mean for a cultural symbol of both honor and protest to be connected to the sales of a corporate candy?

5. Cute-splosion

I cannot get enough of this video and these pictures of this adorable Black-Footed baby cat, “the smallest of the wild African felines.”  It was born in a zoo, and I’m not a fan of zoos, but it does seem like it’s getting some good TLC right now. Watch, melt, repeat.

9 thoughts on “Friday Five!

  1. absolutely ayurveda says:

    awesome list this week! yeah, i am SO excited to try the naan recipe next week as it is something i miss very, very much.

    oh yeah, and that whole skittles thing makes me want to vomit, obvs.

    have a great time being home :)

  2. seeloganrun says:

    Hey friend- The fourth item / NY Times article you linked to was very interesting. Off-the-cuff, I am trying to think about it through two ways. What are the politics around the Trayvon movement/group/etc using Skittles, and then what are the politics around Skittles as a company profiting from this tactic? So, politics of skittles [did we ever think we would use that phrase???] with respect to (1) activists using skittles and (2) company(ies) profiting from this.

    I don’t think (again, just off-the-cuff) that it’s necessarily problematic for Trayvon’s supporters to use Skittles in their activism, if for no other reason than because it is “real” – he was actually carrying them when he was murdered, etc. It’s not like we’re constructing a certain narrative of innocence and THEN choosing candy as a signifier of childhood/innocence and THEN arbitrarily selecting skittles, but rather the reverse: the fact that he was carrying skittles and a non-alcoholic drink, while being young, unarmed, and victimized, has sort of set the stage for activists to quite easily adopt a narrative of innocence (in both the not-guilty sense and the young/child sense). Whether the adoption of narratives of innocence, victimhood, and so on is problematic is a different – though important – conversation.

    What I do think is necessarily problematic is Skittles’ parent company being so deer-in-the-headlights about it all. “I don’t think anyone has been through training for something like this.” Ok, no, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t an opportunity here for your company to at least TALK about what happened more than just to say “it [feels] inappropriate to get involved or comment further…” That response is problematic because it’s apolitical or turning away from what happened all together, taking sort of a wait and see approach. There is a way to be and to act in these moments that is both political AND not motivated by profit.

    The libra in me thinks about how the company could do so in a balanced way, that wouldn’t necessarily be making a political statement one way or another – though they’d need to *do* something, since inaction/silence here is an equally political choice as would be out and out saying they support Zimmerman or Trayvon – by donating sales/profits to some kind of anti-violence project or maybe some community organization in Sanford, FL, etc. (Because donating to racially-based programs or Trayvon’s family would be seen by some as taking a side, since it’s recognizing racial elements.) The social scientist in me thinks they’d probably be able to pretty easily quantify or isolate the portion of their current sales/profits that is unexpected (maybe compared to the average sales of Skittles for this time of year over the past 10 (20? 30?) years), and use that difference as a proxy for how much they should or could be attributing to Trayvon’s murder.

    What they decide to do with that money is obviously up to them as a company, but I think it’s clear they need to do *something* with it, and soon.

    • raechel says:

      Wow, thanks for the thoughtful response! I appreciate your two frames, as I think those are the two questions this article begs. I think I agree with you on the first part, and find the innocence narrative quite interesting. Where I’m having trouble is the way that the donation of money is suggested as some sort of benefit to the cause. I can’t quite articulate this critique without getting stuck in a “well, what’s the alternative?” hole, but seeking money and prison as stand ins for “justice” just make no sense to me, since real justice would mean abolition of both capitalism and the prison industrial complex…..

      Maybe we should co-author an article on this?

      • seeloganrun says:

        I think for me the problem of donating money as an “answer” is that it suggests some sort of finality- like, ok, we’ve donated money or signed a petition and that’s the end of our obligation or response. In a larger sense, it makes us narrate these kind of events as just that- an event, isolated and over, closed by our acts of witnessing and then responding in a similarly isolated event of donating or facebook updating, etc. It’s not a self-sustaining response to what is, in fact, one event among many countless similar events that are endemic to our culture of deeply imbedded (and fucked up) ideologies.

        But I’m telling you things you already know. :) Yes to co-authoring, always. <3

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