This week has been an interesting one in the food world. On Tuesday, Oprah lit a fire underneath everyone's dinner plates when she challenged her staff to try going vegan for one week.
The show was interesting and it left my head buzzing with a thousand different thoughts. And it seems pretty obvious that it left alot of other people's heads spinning as well. Blogs have popped up EVERYWHERE talking about the various angles of the show.
Beyond just the interesting blog posts themselves, it's the comments that have made them even MORE interesting.
Alicia Silverstone is a huge vegan supporter, and honestly I thought she would have been a better fit for the show instead of Kathy, simply because her views on veganism are alot more holistic (just my opinion) - here's what she had to say on her post: Oprah Recaps Vegan Week.
Another blogger I follow is Angela Liddon, a vegan baker from Ontario. She's racked up hundreds of comments on her post Oprah and 378 Staffers Go Vegan for a Week. She's even sporting one of my comments about my opinion of Kathy Freston and her support of meat substitutes. Ick.
Even look at Oprah's page about the show. Over 1400 comments. Holy...well, cow!
It seems just the mention of the term "vegan" has people defending, arguing, thinking, talking and re-considering their food. Every way you slice it there's a million different thoughts around what's going in our mouths. What have I noticed? we are all guilty of developing a hyper-rapid opinion about our food the minute our food philosophy is rocked. Five minutes before the show, if you asked if spent all day thinking about the lifecycle of what I was having for dinner I would have said "uhhh...no."
In fact, I was crockpotting that day, and was just so freaking happy that I wouldn't have to cook dinner that night!
But after the show, this is what was going through MY head:
1. I'm glad she had an omnivore, vegan and mean packing manager on the show, finally all in one place.
2. I agreed with a certain aspect of what each of them said.
3. I think "vegan food" has a ton of interpretations. From gross meat substitutes, to wacky veg dishes, to pretty normal stuff that just happens to be vegan - like pasta with tomato sauce. Like any style of cooking, a vegan diet includes good cooks and bad ones. Ever had bad chinese food? Cuz I have.
4. There is NO ONE who could have watched that show and felt okay with the images in the slaughterhouse. Humans are compassionate beings and killing on a large scale would disturb anyone. Regardless of whether you eat meat or not.
5. I'm pretty certain that our culture eats too much meat. I don't know what the "right" amount is, but because we have access to SO much of it, we can easily eat meat every meal of the day. Bacon and Eggs, Ham Sandwich, Roast Chicken. From my perspective, this seems like too much.
6. Being vegan means you actually have to eat your vegetables. We have been fearing this day since our parents forced us to eat broccoli before we could leave the dinner table. Children across North America are sobbing.
7. If reincarnation really exists, coming back as a cow would really suck. However, there is consolation in knowing you would only be alive for 200 days before being turned into a Big Mac for $2.99 on the value menu.
8. I could easily give up chicken, beef and pork. But would really struggle with seafood. But I know for others, this list of meats would be in a different order.
9. I don't have a firm understanding of my moral compass and what would motivate me to would switch to a vegan diet. Health? compassion? wanting to go to the bathroom more frequently? It just makes more sense? It's cheaper? I don't really know.
10. Reading everyone's comments has made me realize that we all need to chill out when it comes to food. But we also need to wake up and take a long, hard look at why we eat the things we do. Sometimes I don't spent more than 15 seconds on deciding to buy a muffin in the morning, or picking out lunch at the food court. That's totally bizarre and we've evolved this way. Let's not argue until we're blue in the face, but since we're all in a country where food is in ample supply - let's be authentic and think about what we eat. Not everyone on this earth has that luxury.
If you're interested in some other vegan books, try picking up the Veganomicon, The Kind Diet or The Coup Cookbook. One of the best kept secrets is vegan recipes for soup are really better than any others I've tried :)
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