Ahh, the holidays. Time of joy, time of laughter, time of copious amounts of ugly sweaters and lots of wine… I’m thrilled to announce that I am successfully through my first semester as a graduate student. This holiday season will be one filled with gratitude, for where I am and the fact that I’m the one who’s gotten myself here. That’s the best gift. These days, it’s been polishing up the papers I wrote before Thanksgiving. That’s meant lots of tea, and a few glasses of wine thrown into the mix. And pizza! Gosh, I do love a good pizza. Every Friday I’ve been working to perfect gluten free pizza dough. I think I’m close to finally having it down pat–er uh, down knead? It’s one of my favorite things to do for myself: make a fantastic healthy dinner and spend an evening relaxing with Netflix and the cat.
Speak of the devil.
While this holiday means a lot for me–it’s truly a time to celebrate my first semester success (and survival)– it also comes with a whole slew of the typical seasonal woes. Family insanity, copious amounts of indulgent foods, little exercise… those are the stereotypes any way. As a health-conscious and body-positive vegan, how do I position myself amidst strands of lights, fad dieting propaganda, and the impending slew of January cleanses and gym bingeing?
Again, I turn to the illustrious Lacy Davis of Super Strength Health. Her most recent post, “How to Survive the Holidays in Eating Disorder Recovery,” is brilliantly written and so, so relevant to any who have had, are recovering from, or are currently struggling with body image concerns or disordered eating.
“Please be kind to yourself and your body this holiday season. Let yourself talk out your internal dialogue, be a listening ear, and remember that I am just an email away.”
It’s always so good to know that there’s a community out there behind you, who’s probably also dealing with a few of the same seasonal woes that you are, body related or not.
Stay tuned for my Traditional Medicinals tea review, coming on Friday! Just in time for the holidays!
One I found myself, in the recycling receptacle outside of my apartment’s mailboxes. Yet another instance of blatant fat shaming and trying to cut bodies down to size. I’ve always had mixed feelings about “The Biggest Loser” franchise. Not only does it promote rapid weight loss (probably not in the most healthy way either) but it also equates non thin persons with being losers. Not cool, media/TV/NBC network, not cool. And let’s just look at this advert (shoved into my mailbox and promptly dropped into said recycling bin) for a minutes. Look at the two numbers highlighted in red. 100 and 200. This advertisement is suggesting you lose a whopping 100 pounds. That would kill most of us, pure and simple. While I’m happy to see an available gym in the area, one that uses fat shaming as a tactic to get customers through the door is not one that resonates with my approach to health and wellness.
Speaking of wellness, so much of mine depends on this creature. This slightly demonic, adorable, fuzzy creature that happens to share my home. Not sure what I’d do without him!
Hands down, one of the tastiest bars of chocolate I’ve had..ever! And it’s raw! And delicious! And DARK! And some delicious wine also. Los Dos (I buy it at my local World Market) is not only affordable but also amazing!
Also amazing, this story. Via Buzzfeed of all places! You go, Buzzfeed, you go! I posted it to my Facebook page today, stating:
” ‘But, in the end, I did say something. I said no.’
In light of the UVA rape case, this young woman’s story is brave and poignant. “
In my ears nearly constantly these days, Citizen Radio. Listen! Rebel! Feel empowered! Giggle at their jokes and nearly daily re-enactments of supposed circumstances that are brilliantly satirical! And, the two co-hosts are vegan. Epic. Today’s episode was kick-ass and included some tips for empowering vegan/vegetarian youths in your life! Take a listen! A recent episode also details the happenings surrounding the recent UVA rape case debacle, which is why the above Buzzfeed article is so relevant. Solidarity, for victims, for survivors, for families.
On a slightly happier note, look for my vegan gift guide, coming sooooon!