Friday Five!

Hello and happy Friday! School started back this week, which is a very wonderful awesome thing, but it also means that I am even busier than usual. So this post is going to be short and sweet…

The goal of Vegan MoFo is to post 5 times a week, and I’m pretty sure that’s not going to happen for me, BUT I’m still going to post as much as possible. SO, welcome to a Very Vegan MoFo Edition of the Friday Five!

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Autumn Kale Slaw

This recipe from Green Kitchen Stories is another one of those “transition recipes” to make as summer ends and fall begins. It’s light and fresh and crisp, but starts to incorporate richer fall flavors (like the combination of apples and hazelnuts). No-honey vegans sub maple syrup for the honey.

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Skinny-Shaming vs. Fat-Shaming

This controversial article argues that, although skinny-shaming is not okay, that it is not at all the same (and thus not as egregious) as fat-shaming. The article begins by pointing to thin women who are up in arms about recent pop cultural attacks on “skinny bitches.” Miller argues, “Skinny shaming may be as emotionally hurtful to the individual — ugh, that “eat a sandwich” bullshit. But, the fact remains that a thin body is the normative, mainstream ideal.” She goes on to point to studies that reveal mega discriminatory practices against fat people in hiring, housing, and trials. I think it’s interesting to consider hegemony in this conversation. If overwhelming cultural norms suggest that “thin=beautiful” can we really cry “reverse-sizeism”? Thoughts?

The Decolonized Diet 

Yes, “THIS” as the kids on the internet say. The decolonized diet refers to an indigenous-lead movement to try to get indigenous communities in the US to “recover [their] ancestor’s gardens.” That is to say—indigenous communities aren’t bringing on diabetes and obesity because of their own diet, it’s because of colonizers influence on their diet. The article discusses several groups trying to “help… native communities address acute and chronic conditions” through food.

The Joy of Cooking?

This article is a rebuttal to the Michael Pollen-esque argument that reforming our food system means we must all get back to the kitchen and be one with the joy of cooking. Now, obviously, I enjoy cooking and find that it has been a healing place for me and a space for me to think more about my own health and the health of the environment. However, as this article points out, “While Pollan and others wax nostalgic about a time when people grew their own food and sat around the dinner table eating it, they fail to see all of the invisible labor that goes into planning, making, and coordinating family meals. Cooking is at times joyful, but it is also filled with time pressures, tradeoffs designed to save money, and the burden of pleasing others.”  Basically, having time and resources to cook family dinners every night is not something that is afforded to everyone. The article goes on to discuss how this promotes a sort of bourgeois ideal of family and motherhood: “The idea that home cooking is inherently ideal reflects an elite foodie standpoint. Romantic depictions of cooking assume that everyone has a home, that family members are home eating at the same time, and that kitchens and dining spaces are equipped and safe. This is not necessarily the case for the families we met.” 

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I want to put in conversation this article with the above article about the decolonized diet (can you tell I’m back to teaching?). First, we must note that poor people and people of color are not always already unhealthy. AND we must also note that poor people and people of color have structural barriers to living as healthfully as they/we/some might think is best (which is it’s own can of worms beans). Point is, we all have a lot to think about in terms of the racial, economic, and temporal aspects of food justice.

Stuff from the Week that Made Me Happy

Classes starting and meeting my new students

Yoga

Yoga Sculpt

Beach day

Friends reaching out

Video texts of my favorite baby from my BFF

My capable muscles lifting all the things

Learning more about Feng Shui

 

What made you happy this week? xo

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6 thoughts on “Friday Five!

  1. onesonicbite says:

    I really enjoyed the article “The Joy of Cooking” but I am a little skeptic about it. Don’t get me wrong I totally understand the frustrations of the women in the article, but I grew up in a very similar situation. Yes, my mother and father made a lot of money, but the area we were in meant a lot of money went to taxes and they worked incredibly long hours and had very long commutes (Father Monday thur Friday 6am-7pm, Mother 2 hour commute and 12 to 24 hour shifts) and yet they still were able to make fresh food often, although it wasn’t picture perfect. I complained about meals, I know I ate sugary cereals for breakfast, but we simply didn’t have junk food, and we ate lots of leftovers. My father didn’t really help with cooking (unless we had bisquick pancake for dinner) but my sisters and I learned to cook at an early age, which I think might be part of the key.

    But I think the biggest thing about the article is about how some women just didn’t have time to get to the grocery store or basic cooking equipment. Which to me is much more about the standards of living for lower income, and social structures. To me I totally agree with Michael Pollan and think everyone should cook a little more. But I think some people forget how it would work- sharing and helping. Not everyone cooked their own bread everyday. There was probably one person in town who often cooked too much bread and then they shared with each other. There lots of things that help with preparing a meal, it definitely not a one person job.

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