yeah - we are omnivores for a reason. To eat whatever substance is readily available to us that delivers us the most kcal units (energy). To further our species, and to continue life. No argument there.
If this was 8000 BC or even the 1800s, I would agree that in some, if not most cases, you would need to eat meat to thrive. Why? Agricultural systems have not been fully developed, export and import services (trade) doesn’t exactly flourish yet - so yeah, you need meat for its calorie dense nutrients. While not HUMANE (it will never be humane to eat meat - if you are required to kill another living thing, there is nothing humane about that - the statement is oxymoronical by default), it was certainly understandable. You raise the animals well and lovingly, and when you had to feed your family in the winter, for lack of crops, etc, you kill and eat the sheep, cow, chicken, whatever was available to you.
But think about our situation today. We are living in a time when (and I am talking about 1st world here) we want for nothing, everything is readily available and inexpensive (do not bullshit me and tell me fruits, vegetables, grains, and lentils are expensive, they’re not. I live in America, and I have traveled to Europe, Asia, Canada, Mexico, etc, and have never experienced these items being expensive). Today, factory farming is rampant. Deaths are militant, and I am sorry to say, are a mass genocide that happens daily. Remember studying the Holocaust? Okay, that was AWFUL. Imagine that happening on a regular basis every day for animals: the quantity, the cold, mechanicalness, the swiftness: THAT IS WHAT IS HAPPENING. To deny this is ignorance. To deny this means you haven’t googled “factory farming.” To deny this means you haven’t watched 1 documentary on Netflix discussing this. To deny this means you are blind.
Go ahead, explain to me why we are omnivores. If you can live perfectly well today without consuming dead flesh, without taking the life from another being, then why would you.
The person who wrote that (likely) owns one of those phones too, as well as supporting animal cruelty they’re just trying to poke holes in a message attempting to spread compassion so they don’t have to reflect on their actions x
Yeah, life is pretty great.
How cute is this veggie mobile that my very talented sister made for our other sister’s baby shower!? Instilling an appreciation for plants from as early on as possible.
This was such a lovely surprise to read, especially because my skin has always been a point of insecurity for me! I’ve never had bad acne, but still have very ‘young’ skin and suffer from breakouts, particularly when I’m stressed. But I do try to take very good care of it by cleansing with Skinstitute glycolic cleansing products, moisturising with extra virgin coconut oil when I need to, using a pure bentonite clay mask once a week (made by mixing powdered bentonite clay with water and a tiny bit of organic raw apple cider vinegar), and every fortnight or so using a homemade exfoliating scrub that I make from fresh lemon juice and bicarb soda. I imagine that a diet made up of entirely fruits and vegetables (with some nuts and seeds) doesn’t hurt, either. Thanks so much for the sweet message! xx
Pretty watermelon cross-section. Not looking forward to saying goodbye to my favourite summer fruits!
As if apples needed to get any cooler. 🍎 (at Norton St Grocer)
One particular gripe that I have with health food companies, and the raw food community in general, is the loose parameters that encompass the meaning of the word ‘raw’ in the context of vegan food. #raw seems to be the buzzword du jour, and with good reason – the benefits of including uncooked, whole plant foods in your diet are endless. However, what might constitute something as raw to one person may not to the next. That in and of itself is fine, however, it becomes problematic when people are being convinced to purchase (often very expensive) ingredients, coerced by the ever sought after ‘raw’ stamp without knowing what it really means, believe them to be superior to a cooked whole food, believe that they should be prioritised or eaten on a highly regular basis, or feel guilt when their diet does not include these foods.
To some people, ‘raw’ may simply refer to food that is uncooked by way of boiling, baking, frying or grilling. To me, ‘raw’ means unheated below 37 degrees Celcius, and more importantly, unprocessed and unrefined. For example, occasionally I will use a scoop of what is labelled as ‘organic, raw, sprouted, vegan brown rice protein isolate’, but I personally do not consider that to be truly raw, as it is consumed in a state that has been significantly altered from what it is derived from. While no heat may have been used, the final product has been dehydrated, separated from its fat and carbohydrate counterpart macronutrients, and powdered. That, to me, is undeserving of the ‘raw’ title. The only foods that I consider to be truly raw, are whole, fresh fruits and vegetables in their natural state – those that can be eaten as soon as they are harvested.
Take a look at the picture set below. Disclaimer: I am a HUGE fan of this company – their food and drink concoctions are nothing short of delicious, thoroughly nutritious, and I love the message they’re advocating. They deserve every one of their ravenous customers in the queue that spills out the front door on a daily basis (and let me tell you, it’s worth the wait!). However, they have created a product which they refer to as ‘raw vegemite’, made from just three ingredients: nutritional yeast, organic tamari and black tahini/sesame paste. The only ingredient that I believe has a chance of being raw is the black tahini/sesame paste, and even then, it’s unlikely to have surpassed a blending/grinding process that involves heat. Nutritional yeast is NOT raw, as it has to be pasteurised to deactivate the yeast. Similarly, tamari requires heat for fermentation. Therefore, I believe that it is unfair that this product is marketed as a raw food.
Some other examples of food often unjustly touted as ‘raw’ worth mentioning are:
As another example, consider a ‘raw’ vegan dessert, like a brownie substitute made from coconut oil, almonds, medjool dates, cacao and agave syrup. While this is FAR preferable nutritionally to eating a highly processed, trans-fat-laden commercially made version of the same thing, it shouldn’t be consumed with the same abandon as fresh vegetables and fruits should by people who presume that just because the ingredients might be considered ‘raw’, the calories/fat/sugar don’t ‘count’, or that it should replace a daily salad on a regular basis. All of the ingredients in the raw desert have still undergone some kind of process of refining, even if it is on a far lesser scale. The medjool dates are left to dehydrated so that there is less water in the fruit and the sugars become more concentrated, the coconut oil (even if it is virgin and ‘unrefined’ is still processed to be extracted from a coconut hull, the almonds have most likely undergone some heat-based pasteurisation to make them safe for consumption, the agave was most likely heated to isolate and concentrate the sap extracted from the succulent plant it is derived from, and the cacao powder has been dried, defatted and ground. The result is still highly nutrient-dense (not to mention delicious - even if it does contain more calories than a conventional brownie), but it may not be as ‘raw’ as you might think.
Of course, I advocate eating whatever foods make you feel great in both mind and body, and information about what your favourite raw cookies are made from may be meaningless. The direction that I’m attempting to steer this post in is that not all raw foods are created equal, and it can be interesting to question the process by which your go-to cheezy kale chip came to be - so if it IS important to you, consider doing some research before forking out $12 for a packet of them. It’s also worth mentioning that I believe there are many benefits to eating cooked whole foods as well. But the most optimal foods, in my opinion, are those that can be harvested in the state that they remain when you eat them - whole, fresh, ripe, raw (and preferably organic) vegetables and fruits.
@nickdawe7 testing the structural integrity of my house. 💪 (at Oatley Road)
#TB: view from my room at #sunset in #Positano last August.
Another great article about why counting calories according to nutrition labels and electronic apps can be a fruitless (so to speak) exercise. While calorie counting of course has its benefits in weight management, more attention should be focused on the source, with a strong emphasis on plant-based whole foods.
👊 (at Castle Cove)
Officially on Christmas break, brief though it may be! Celebrating with a shoulder workout before doing some serious pre-Christmas lunch prep and last-minute present wrapping. Hope you’re all enjoying a wonderful lead up to the holidays with your loved ones!
One of my all time favourite salad combinations: rocket, mint, shaved fennel, radish, sugar snap pea, avocado, walnut and pomegranate with citrus, cumin, extra virgin olive oil and Dijon mustard dressing. 🌱
Picked up some essentials from @healthnutsaus on my lunch break - truly the best health food and supplement store in Sydney. I could (and sometimes do!) spend hours in there browsing the shelves. Keep it up, guys! 👍 (at Health Nuts)
I struggle not to reblog absolutely everything that the-exercist posts. Absolutely spot on, as per usual!
This is supposed to be funny? This is supposed to be motivation?
Pressuring your young daughter to change her body because you think that a 22 year old musician’s ass isn’t attractive enough?
This messed up type of paternalism and control that people exert over girls’ bodies is so condescending and dangerous. I don’t like this. I don’t like that people will honestly look at a child and think that it’s funny and productive to give her instructions on what her ass should look like in a few years. I don’t like that people will look at a celebrity’s body, pick apart each of the faults and then use her as a punchline. I don’t like how a woman’s strength and value is defined by how attractive she looks to men, and not by her actual abilities and work. I don’t like the fact that people spread this idea so easily, without even thinking about it.
You are not in competition with other women. Your grand purpose in life is not to be sexually appealing. And if you ever teach young girls otherwise, I will hunt you down.
There is a point at which one is very clearly taking something far more seriously than it warrants. I’m afraid we’ve passed that point by a few exits.
“People think? About jokes? As though words mean something? Huh???”
This is so weird to me. I genuinely never understand this reaction.
Basically, I’m using my own time on my own blog to discuss and analyze issues that are important to me. If and when other people care about these things too, they can read the post, reblog and follow. And if they’re not interested, they can scroll by within .2 seconds.
When we discuss these things, is anyone harmed? Those of us who benefit from this analysis are able to expend our own effort on something we’ve deemed worthwhile, while anyone who doesn’t care can move on, no worse off than they were before. And anyone who actively disagrees is given the opportunity to then voice their own opinion and take a moment to discuss their objection. Or they can decide that it’s not worth their time and save their energy by scrolling on by. It’s win/win/win/win.
So why does it bother you if people think about something you’re not interested in? If this commentary is so unnecessary, why reblog and respond at all?
What did you expect to happen here? Because if you somehow think it’s an insult to say that we’re taking a misogynistic and controlling joke too seriously - You’re just demonstrating how much we need to openly talk about these issues more.