This article is based on Peggy McIntosh’s article on white privilege and was written by a number of straight-identified students at Earlham College who got together to look at some examples of straight privilege. These dynamics are but a few examples of the privilege which straight people have….
I’m scared to finish college. After this summer, I really don’t need my financial situation to be on repeat when I go out into the real world. If I don’t play my cards right, I could end up struggling and thats NOT on my to-do list. I’ve experienced it, first and second hand, its not okay and I…
SO I was scrolling through my archive, and I found this from 2 years ago…
So I’ve been home at my mommas for about 3 and a half weeks now and she has like 4 vegan friendly things. I swear. If it werent for my subway gift cards, and random outings, I’d starve. My body hasn’t been very well taken care of.
I apologize body =/
I stayed taking my vitamins though, so I’m not too bad. I was just too broke to do otherwise.
So I head back to school tomorrow, and I’ll be able to handle my shit, and bring my body back to life lol.
So this semester, I’ve tried about 5 different places, and I like them for their different recipes/locations whatever.
Vegan House - This was right off of Sunset (although theres one on Sunset, too). I went with my coworker Sofia and my wifey Ashley. At first I was skeptical cause you drive up and its like “Vegan HOUSE” so you’re expecting a house, like a nice place, right? No. It looks like a shack. It looks like you might have to step on other customers to get to your chair. Its small. BUT the food is AMAZING. I had tofu pad thai and there was too much tofu for my preference, but that’s not always a bad thing :)
Cru - Again, Ashley joined me, and so did my friend Kasey. This place is in Silverlake, which had a lot of other vegan options, I noticed. One thing to say about Cru. CHOCOLATE WASTED. All of the food here, first of all is raw, so that was interesting, I had never had a raw meal before. shared pad thai (whoa more noodles) and it had a kick to it! Not a kick like a painful one where I wanted to throw up. Like a “i thought that was pepper but really it was chili powder” kick. Yum :) And okay. The dessert….we had…fuck it, idk it was some damn good dark chocolate (made from raw coco beans, I’m pretty sure) cake. It was SO rich and SO good, I would easily go back JUST for the dessert menu.
Thai Vegan - This place is adorably tiny and right across from Urth Caffe (which is also amazing) in Santa Monica. I went with Ashley’s friend who was visiting from NY and we were leaving Edgemar Theatre Center when we noticed how tiny, interesting and vegan friendly it obviously was (big sign read THAI VEGAN) so naturally, everything else became irrelevant. The size is smaller than Vegan House, and it doesn’t really have 4 walls…its more like….the kitchen is inside, you order from the window and you eat outside under a tarp. The inside of the tarp is all kinds of good vibes though, (despite being more appropriate for people the size of my thigh), it was filled with plants, and wooden chairs, sculptures, and neutral calm colors. Plus the wind of course. So the meal was super simple, rice and curry but my mouth orgasm-ed about 16 times! My curry was a little spicy, but that’s just how I like it. :) And they give you the option of white or brown rice. I got brown, and it was the prefect texture.
The Vegan Joint - Off National. This place - this place had a funny feeling for some reason. BUT the had bomb ass breakfast foods! Ashley had a burrito I think (regular style) and I had a vegan omelet with potatoes and salsa. The omelet was made from tofu and it was super filling, and yummy :) Ashley tried some green drink. Or was it purple that taste like green? I don’t know but it was some antioxidant - veggie drink…it was nasty, basically. So I’d go for the food. Not the drinks :)
So for my birthday, I realized it was probably going to be kind of difficult to figure out exactly what foods to bring/make since I am the only one with my restrictions. So I chose some easy recipes that should be pretty good for others to try too! :)
For a while, I was only having oatmeal for breakfast. And fruits.
But I found a new brand of breakfast “sausage” called Gimme Lean by Light life. It comes in a roll so you can make patties or like I did this morning, just rip little pieces off and cook them! The brand is really good for taco meat and other sausage style foods I guess. So far I’ve only tried the breakfast “sausage” and I love it.
It does have soy and wheat gluten, but of course no animal based ingredients.
I don’t really know who is going to be reading this, so I’ll just say a little bit to start off….
a) i’m not going to sugar coat, i have a foul mouth, I get really excited or I get really pissed off. But I’m always honest :) It’s been about a month so far since I’ve made the decision to become a vegan. I think it was the first week of June…anyway…it’s SUCH a satisfying decision. I couldn’t be happier! I feel great about it, and honestly, less stressed out when I eat ANYTHING. But it IS a lot of constant learning, careful eating/supplementing and not so cheap grocery shopping.
I knew I couldn’t just tell myself I was gonna stop eating meat and dairy. I’m not stupid. Its so much more than that.
It was a great way to start reading. It was to the point, but without being academic about it. It was…well….bitchy. It was honest, informative and I actually liked reading it, and it put me at a place where I knew I could stand up and handle my business. After that, I kept reading…A LOT. Internet mostly, cause I hadn’t gotten my hands on much more (until recently). But that lead me to being able to figure out what I should be eating and why.
I wrote down what I ate everyday, so I could keep track of how well I did in eliminating animal product.
Well, okay, the first few days I didn’t try to eliminate, I just wanted to SEE how much I was actually taking in. Kind of a lot =/ But it wasnt coming straight from chicken and cheese….it was the hidden ingredients in other foods, like whey (a milk by-product) and animal fats for preservative purposes.
So. That shits gross. After that, I started reading ingredients, started eliminating the gross shit, and basically took over my kitchen and local farmers market. :)
Like I said, it has been a slow process, so this didn’t happen over night. Its taking a lot of effort to get used to reading ingredients, figuring out what is in different types of foods, what its used for, where it came from…but it is VERY satisfying, and I’m proud of my decision.
I am currently in the process of figuring out what vitamin supplements are necessary for myself, and why.
Anyway, I most definitely left something out. But thats all for now I guess, I said it’d be short.