Happy Friday! It’s technically the first Friday of my summer “break,” which, for academics (and educators in general), is not really a break. But while there is always lots of work to be done—-research, article editing, job application prepping—the summer is a time that I give myself permission to be a little less rigid with my schedule.
So far I’ve indulged with long walks around the lake with friends, vlogging (!), fiction reading, and extra-long workouts (yes, this is an indulgent activity for me!). It’s been lovely!
And here is some Friday love for everyone. Even if you don’t get a summer break, Fridays always feel kind of magical, don’t they?
1. Raw Vegan Cookie Dough Candy Bar
This super-simple, 3-ingredient recipe from Nouveau Raw looks amazing. Any vegan can tell you that vegan white chocolate is pretty hard to come by. Although I’m guessing this won’t taste exactly like white chocolate, I feel like it’d be a great substitute!
2. Vegan Women of Color
VegNews had a good article about vegan women of color, and focused specifically on A. Breeze Harper (whose work I admire a lot, and who I’ve mentioned on the blog before), and Lauren Ornelas. As the article notes: “…the world of veganism is rich with women of color who, acutely aware of the ways in which systems of oppression impact their daily lives, are combining animal-welfare advocacy with other forms of activism in an effort to prove that no issue stands alone.” Read more here!
3. Sugar-free Champagne Cocktail
I haven’t had a chance to make this yet, but my aunt made it and got rave reviews in response! This champagne cocktail is sweetened only with fruit and stevia. Looks refreshing!
4. Study shows: “Healthy food no more costly than junk food”
I was thrilled to see this article with such a refreshing headline. This analysts “gathered national pricing data on more than 4,000 foods and then ranked the foods by price based on calories, weight and portion size,” and discovered that “you can always find healthy foods that are cheap.” Of course, you can also always find healthy foods that are expensive, but the same is true of junk: some is cheap some is expensive. Side note: the cheapest healthy food is usually vegan–rice, beans, grains, etc. Take that people who say being vegan is too expensive!). The exciting part of this is that poor and working-class folks aren’t automatically precluded from enjoying a healthy diet. But there are so many other factors to consider when thinking about food access: infrastructure of low-income neighborhoods, proximity to grocery stores with fresh health food, education about healthy diet, time to devote to meal planning and shopping, etc. This information obviously doesn’t solve the problem, but it’s certainly not bad news, either.
Have you all heard this term, “orthorexia”? I had seen it used on a few blogs, but didn’t really remember what it was until I read this article from One Green Planet. Orthorexia is defined as “the extreme limitation and obsession in food selection…individuals fixate on eating foods that make them feel pure and healthy.” Even MTV has addressed the topic: they recently aired “True Life: I Have Orthorexia.” The problem, people say, is that this type of behavior can lead to social isolation, depression, and anxiety.
I have to admit, reading about it (and admittedly taking the time to watch the True Life episode) really made me reflect on my own approach to food. There have been plenty of occasions where I’ll go to a restaurant with friends but can’t eat anything….And not because I can’t find anything vegan (you can usually modify something on a menu to be vegan), but because I can’t find anything that meets my definition of healthy. Fortunately, I can also point to examples of times that I’ve been more flexible, but the episode really made me pause.
I’m really curious to hear your thoughts on this. I assume that most of my readers are very health-conscious—have any of you ever felt like your desire for only “clean” food has had a negative impact on your life?
Wow! That was a downer thing to end with, and I can’t send you off on your weekend on a bummer note! (<–also, when did I become a surfer from 1991?). So, a bonus for you. This is a few years old, but this song (and super cute video) always remind me of late spring/early summer. Enjoy this summery jam!
PS: You can listen to the NEW Best Coast album here!