I hope this Friday finds you well. I have had kind of a tough week, but then last night I sang along really loud to some old favorites while I baked some birthday treats for a friend, and suddenly things felt pretty great again!
Here are some things for you. I hope you like them. I like you. <3
1. Roasted Kabocha Squash Soup
Okay, I have a confession….I’ve never had kabocha squash! People are smitten with it in the healthy food blog world, but I’ve just never had the pleasure. This soup seems like a great place to start with it, right? Yum!
2. “An End to Self-Care”?
This week, there was a huge debate about self-care that exploded on the internet in social justice/activist communities, as well as holistic/wellness communities (or, more specifically, those at the intersection). An article by B.Loewe posted on Organizing Upgrade argued that self-care (which he equated to things like yoga, bodywork, etc.) was ultimately selfish and not helpful in moving forward a plan for a better world. As you might imagine, I had some feelings. Fortunately, a bunch of really amazing people wrote very insightful responses, many defending self-care as something more akin to what Ms. Audre Lorde describes below:
(I’m so glad this conversation is happening and I hope that activist communities are pushed to transform in positive ways for both the movement and individuals within the movement!)
3. Americans Eat Their Weight in GMOs
This GMO stuff is getting truly scary. A recent report from the Environmental Working Group on Agriculture revealed that “[o]n average, people eat an estimated 193 pounds of genetically engineered food in a 12-month period. The typical American adult weighs 179 pounds.” And this is a conservative estimate.
If this is outraging to you, consider getting involved with supporting California’s Prop 37!
4. Halloween Goodies
If you’re super into Halloween (like me!) and want some spook-dorable, healthy-ish food ideas to celebrate, never fear, there are a lot of bloggers doing some super creative things! I plan to do a “Halloween Recipe Round-Up” next week, but here’s a sneak peak from Oh She Glows and Fork & Beans:
SO CUTE, RIGHT?! I mean, like, spooky-cute. : )
5. Eco-friendly DIY Halloween Costumes
So, other than food, the best part of Halloween is obvs the costumes, right?! I have dressed up every single year of my life and I have no plans to stop! Here’s a list of some “green” Halloween costumes from Inhabitat. I’m sort of into the toxic-waste poisoned mermaid:
Speaking of Halloween costumes, please remember that the holiday is not an excuse to be racist!
Sooo! What are YOU going to be for Halloween?!?!!!!! Have you had kabocha squash? Do you, like me, always think of “koMboucha” when you hear that name, and secretly hope they are somehow related? Do you like making spooky/cute Halloween treats? Are you disgusted with this GMO stuff? Any thoughts on self-care?
Happy weekend! xoxoox