Awesome Vegans Being Awesome
Hey! First of all, I got kind of overwhelmed with all of the stuff I wanted to blog about, so I decided to break them up into categories and i’m going to set up entries to auto-publish over the next few days so I don’t go nuts and you guys don’t have to read one long, disjointed post.
The first thing I wanted to go on about is all of the positive things that are happening in our vegan community. Sure, the shit-talking and infighting is fun to gawk at, and it’s great that veganism has been represented on Oprah, but sometimes I get tired of hearing about people just trying to make a buck and stepping on whoever they can in the name of doing so. And I am not alone! There is an awesome new blog called Vegans on the Move, which celebrates any sort of activism or goodwill, no matter how small.
Next up, it’s that time of year for the Ride to the Light benefit bike ride! This is that thing where a group of crazy vegan kids bike all up the west coast in the name of raising money for farm sanctuaries. I try to save my donation dollars for the summer so I can support my friends who do these rides, or any of the Farm Sanctuary walks. They have a pretty steep goal to reach, so give them a few bucks and please post about it on your own blog!
Vegansaurus has been doing a feature called ‘Happy Veggie Kids‘, which I love because so many people are caught up in the myth that kids cannot grow without meat and/or dairy. The kids featured are all ages, so the answers to the survey range from adorable to really thought out and mature.
Speaking of vegansaurus, they recently interviewed Lindy and I was floored that she named me as her favorite vegan food blogger! Not just because I forget that people remember that I exist, but because I love her foul-mouthed ass. Cutting through that uptight vegan stereotype, one expletive at a time.
Also worth mentioning, is that Isa is adding a bunch of recipes from her books to the PPK database. Isa is very generous with her free recipes, her time, and her money. Just don’t disagree with her about True Blood.
A few weeks ago, I went and saw Forks Over Knives. I ended up being alone in the theater, but that wasn’t a surprise since I went at 2:30 in the afternoon, on a weekday, after it had been open for a week, in the middle of Illinois. I’m amazed it played here at all! If you don’t know, it’s a documentary all about using a plant-based diet to treat things like diabetes and heart disease. I was a little wary about seeing it since I am not and never will be jumping on the anti-oil trend that seems to be taking a hold of a lot of vegans, but I think oil was only mentioned in passing. I actually learned a few things and it gave me a kick in the pants that I should eat healthier. I also found some of the patients very inspiring, especially the woman who began a plant-based diet while battling breast cancer, and even managed to run a marathon while going through treatment. What you eat DOES matter, and what you’re not eating matters too. A cruelty-free diet doesn’t do much for you if you’re not eating beans, grains, and vegetables.
I think that this is truly the best thing to happen to veganism as far as mainstream press goes. Not Kathy Freston, not Oprah, not any vegan celebrity who might just turn around and start talking about meatloaf a year later. I think it’s so awesome that a movie like this was popular enough to make it to my town.