The Great Abbye “Pudgy” Stockton - 1917 - 2006
Delicious gourmet dinner! Kale, walnut, and cranberry salad with baby red potatoes and the last of my cottage cheese. Perf!
One of those grocery store checkout line situations where nothing needs to be said….
(The cashier gave me a sympathetic smile and wished me “an extra nice day.”)
as a girl, loving yrself isn’t just cool and positive for daily life, but it’s also very political. companies and laws and social standards don’t advocate self-love for women. it’s Abnormal and it might seem like a little thing to do but it’s actually crucial. keep up the good work gals :~)
Hella awesome vegetarian/vegan stir fry!*
Ingredients (amounts vary, depending on how hungry you are):
- 2-3 oz soba noodles (dry)
- 4-8 oz extra firm tofu or mock duck
- 1 can or 2 cups baby corn
- Tons of broccoli
- 1 oz whole or sliced almonds or peanuts
- 1 tbsp soy sauce
- 1 tbsp lime juice or rice vinegar
- Peanut butter (to taste)
- 1 tbsp honey
- 1 clove of garlic
- 1 tsp fresh ginger
- Cook your soba noodles. Set them aside to cool.
- Chop your veggies, protein, and nuts.
- In a small bowl, mix 1 tbsp soy sauce, lime juice, ginger and garlic. Add 1/2 cup of water and stir thoroughly.
- In a large nonstick skillet, heat 1-2 tsp of sesame oil on medium high. Lightly fry your choice of protein until slightly browned.
- Add your vegetables and nuts to the skillet, and pour the pre-mixed sauce over the top of everything. Cover the pan and let it steam for 3-5 minutes.
- In a small bowl, mix peanut butter, 1 tbsp soy sauce and honey. Add a drizzle of water and blend until smooth. Pour it over the noodles and mix together.
- Check your skillet! If the broccoli is at least partially well-steamed, remove the cover to let the steam out.
- Turn the stir-fry in the skillet with a spatula to cook it evenly. With the heat on high, let it sizzle until it is browned to your taste.
- Add to noodles and enjoy!
*Please note: This is a vegetarian OR vegan dish depending on what type of carb or protein you choose. Some fake meats can still contain small amounts of animal product, and some types of soba noodles are made with egg. For vegans, I advise sticking with rice/rice noodles and tofu/seitan.
While I agree with your sentiments about not commenting on other people’s diets, that’s kinda what you’re doing when you say vegans think eating animals is “wrong.” Not all vegans think that. I know many vegans that do it for health reasons, not morals.
But if you look up any number of vegan societies, something they all have in common is the statement that only eating a 100% plant-based diet is NOT enough to make you actually vegan. That being a vegan means you adopt the philosophies and moral standpoints, not just the abstinence from any animal products. So, from that point of view, people who are eat vegan diets for health reasons are not in fact “real vegans” for the fact that they don’t directly oppose the use of animal products. There seems to be a lot of very picky and conflicting info.
This is Théoden, or Theo for short. He’s my new roommate! <3
We adopted Théoden from the Humane Society this past weekend. His former name was “Porter” and he is a pretty old guy (13 years). Sadly, his previous owner had brought him in to have him euthanized. She said that she could not afford to move with him and asked to have him put down because “he was old anyways”. But because he was still healthy, alert, and friendly, the shelter refused to euthanize him and put him up for adoption instead.
When I started looking at adoption possibilities, I learned that the Humane Society has a category of animals labeled “Forget Me Not”. These are animals considered “less adoptable”, animals that have been waiting in the shelter for weeks and even months, maybe even for no other reason that they are old, or shy, or meow funny, or have a missing eye or ear or foot. There’s nothing wrong or “broken” about these cats, and all they want is a new human to love! I made up my mind to adopt a “Forget Me Not” cat.
Théoden-formerly-known-as-Porter was a shelter favorite. The staff all loved him and played with him daily, and while they were sad to see him go, they were very happy that he has found the right home after spending almost two months in limbo! Théoden is a big grumbly old man - he weighs almost 17 pounds - but is a soft, gentle, loving, smoochable fellow. His favorite new hobby involves plopping down right in front of the floor fan so that his fur can blow everywhere. He also enjoys chasing laser pointers, drinking water out of places that are not his water bowl, receiving chin scratches, headbutting affectionately, and sleeping derpily in my bookshelf. He may be old, but he surely has many years of loving and sleeping and grumbling left in him. He is a perfect old grump muffin, he is the new king of our house and we love him very much. I’m so glad I could give this guy a second chance. Hail Théoden Cat!
Remember: Adopt, don’t shop. If you’re looking for a new friend, visit your local animal shelter. And consider giving a “less adoptable” animal a chance - they all deserve love too!
The new love of my life. <3
contrabassic - Yeah!
I don’t necessarily believe that consuming animal products is “wrong” and I refuse to make it a personal mission to convince others to stop eating meat, dairy, or consuming animal products. Your diet/lifestyle is not my business, it’s yours, and vice versa. Yes, I will gladly share information and experiences if you are interested and would like to discuss it, but I am never going to issue unsolicited comments on anyone’s food, because that’s just fucking indecent and rude.
I encourage all people to make informed decisions pertaining to their own (hopefully) adequate, balanced, and wholesome diet. Whether that diet is dairy vegetarian, Paleo, basic FDA food pyramid, 100% plant-based, whatever, if it’s got the nutrition your body needs, I won’t say boo.
Oh god I hope this isn’t the case because I literally just decided to go vegan last night after watching Earthlings. I’m sorry that people were giving you shit about it! :(
My strategy is to not actually call myself vegan because “by definition" it’s a lot more than just the diet and not consuming animal products. There’s a whole lot of other strict philosophical shit that I can’t get behind 100%. So I’m going to eat a completely plant-based diet, continue buying cruelty-free/non-animal stuff, keep supporting ethical business practices and sustainable farming etc., but I don’t claim "vegan" as a label.
I do use protein powders but I just eliminated dairy so I’m transitioning into some new ones, and I don’t know much about them yet.
For your post-workout, I would recommend the basic whey protein from Optimum Nutrition. It’s a good balance of affordable, effective, doesn’t have a lot of unnecessary weirdo additives, and tastes okay. The Optimum Nutrition natural casein is a good one to use right before bed as well.
timbitteddybear - This was literally the only positive message I’ve gotten about following a vegan diet. I thought vegans wanted to encourage other people to look into veganism, not go around telling people that they aren’t vegan enough. Lmfao. I’ve gotten more shit about wanting to go vegan (FROM VEGANS) than I have about anything else in my whole time on Tumblr combined.
**Disclaimer: This is my opinion and experience with “casual keto” (i.e. not done for medical purposes). Short-term keto has been found very effective in treating a number of medical conditions. However, the majority of keto followers seem to do it for aesthetic and non-functional fitness reasons. I do not personally recommend any keto/very low-carb diet for non-medical reasons (meaning that it was suggested by your personal physician or nutritionist). I am not a medical professional. However, this fact neither confirms nor refutes my opinion.**
Forcing the body to run on (essentially) only fat and protein is not very efficient. Most human bodies naturally fight against dietary restrictions of this type. Carbs are the most readily available source of energy for your muscles and your brain, so if athletic performance and mood stability are important to you, eliminating carbs is not the way to go. Your body is a hybrid. Yes, it can run on pretty much any combination of whatever. But, time and time again, we keep finding that human bodies on average function best across the board (in sports, fitness, fun, and real life) when they are provided with some carbs, some protein, and some fat. And the people who try to claim that’s completely wrong and “here is the specific right way to do it” are usually trying to sell you something that you don’t need.
Keto forces the body to utilize more fat than it would naturally consent to burn, which is an alarming concept to me. All the hype is about ultra-lean physiques and low body fat percentages, but beyond a certain point (about 20% BF for women and about 12-13% BF for men), lowering the body fat percentage has no functional benefit and can commonly have serious adverse affects on physical health and athletic performance. I find that the majority of people who tout keto/low carb as “the answer” are people who are specifically aiming to lower their BFP beyond the point where doing so can actually benefit health, into the areas where it is for superficial reasons only. I can’t get on board with that. I can’t recommend something that involves eliminating an entire macronutrient. I cannot think of a functional, positive health and fitness goal that can be achieved better with keto than it can be achieved with a wholesome, balanced diet incorporating adequate amounts of carbs, protein, and fat. Here’s a pretty good article.
Hey all! Sorry that I’ve been a bit quieter than usual. I’ve just finished a semester in school and I also adopted a cat yesterday (more on him later). Doing a lot of plan work for the challenge starting next week as well, so stay tuned for that. :)
My new workout routine involves this 17-pound grump muffin. ❤️