Guest Post: Proud to be vegan, happy, and chubby »
Before I became vegan I knew that the world hated fat people, but I didn’t know that vegans hated us as well. I find that as a chubby vegan who has no desire to be skinny I am an outcast within the vegan community. I am forced to read about how a blogger lost 40 pounds on a vegan diet—yeah, that’s nice, but I don’t really care. Just give me recipe ideas, and keep your skinny preaching to yourself.
I went vegan for the animals, and one reason I will always stay vegan is because it is better for your health. Unfortunately, we live in a culture that equates being slender with being healthy, and I don’t think that is true at all. Sure, I might have a few extra pounds, but I eat a whole-foods-based vegan diet and you are telling me I am less healthy on the inside than a skinny person who eats McDonald’s every day? I beg to differ. According to my doctor, I am in great health with near-perfect blood pressure and cholesterol levels—two major issues in American health. I might be fat on the outside, but my insides are well cared for.
However, it isn’t just about health. Even if those who worship at the altar of skinny were to agree that fat people can be healthy, we are still ugly, or at the very least less attractive than skinny people. Here you can read about how PETA is trying find the sexiest non-celebrity vegetarian. This is what they have to say about sexiness: “On average, vegans and vegetarians are fitter, trimmer, and healthier than their meat- and dairy-eating counterparts, and that makes them sexier too.” Apparently you have to a skinny vegan to be a sexy vegan. Well, I call bullshit on that. Sexiness is not tied to any number—your dress size, or the number of inches on your waist, or your age! Here is how Merriam-Webster describes sexy:
1. sexually suggestive or stimulating
2. generally attractive or interesting
Hmm, I don’t see the words “fit or trim” in there—but they do say “generally attractive or interesting.” I would rather be interesting any day.
Sexiness is a feeling from within; the confidence to parade around your house naked because it just feels good. It is wearing lacy panties to work every day because it makes you feel a little sassy. Sexiness is loving yourself just as you are and thus attracting another sexy person who loves your body as well. And finally, perhaps most importantly, sexiness is exploring and enjoying your sexuality with someone you love (or maybe someone you just met). The point is, none of these things require you to be skinny. Here is a quote from my husband (a skinny man) who married my chubby self: “I can see a woman who might weigh 400 pounds and find her sexy as hell. It is all in how you carry yourself.” If you are confident, vivacious, and happy, that is sexy.
You have until March 26 to enter PETA’s contest. I for one will be sending in a picture of my not-skinny but still sexy as hell vegan self. I hope you will join me—whether you are fat or skinny, we are all sexy. This society needs to learn that skinny does not equal healthy, happy, or sexy. I am all of those things, and haven’t been skinny a day in my life.
Ashley Hermann is a happy, chubby vegan who resides in Milwaukee, Wis., with her husband and three cats. Any free time she can find is dedicated to volunteering with cats, reading classic literature, and scouring the internet for recipe inspiration.
The New York Times wants to know why eating meat is ethical, I’d totally like to know too. »
NYT has issued an essay challenge that has had me chuckling all day:
"Tell Us Why It’s Ethical to Eat Meat: A Contest"
I think this is an excellent challenge, because for real, tell me. However, I just can’t imagine a solid answer. Of course if I could, I probably wouldn’t be vegan.
Let’s pretend they don’t call everyone “carnivores” throughout the article, because I think they did that to appeal to the many omnivores who don’t understand what that word means. I cannot however ignore that they called vegans “[vegetarians’] hard-core inner circle.” Vegetarians are more like the soft shell of hard-core omnivores. If we were picking teams, I’d go with all the lactose-intolerant people first; you still have the death, but there’s a little less torture. But again, I guess they are trying to appeal to “carnivores” who only know vegans as The Other.
The panel of judges is my favorite part because it’s like, “let’s round up every white male who writes about why you should go vegan without actually going vegan!” Ta da: Peter Singer, Michael Pollan, Mark Bittman, Jonathan Safran Foer and Andrew Light. I think the white male part says more about society than food writing in particular but they could have found at least one vegan judge. Shouldn’t a solid argument be able to sway the opposition? The group we have here is pretty much dudes who are looking for a good reason to eat meat—that seems a little skewed.
I also love the rules:
Rules: This is a very specific contest. Don’t tell us why you like meat, why organic trumps local or why your food is yours to choose. Just tell us why it’s ethical to eat meat.
Because you know they are still going to get a million and one essays about the American right to eat hamburgers and why bacon tastes good. Happy reading, bros!
I for one am really curious to see the winning essay. I’m going to be so disappointed if it’s the same-old bullshit! I would really like to see a proposed reason to eat meat other than “it tastes good” so I can respect my omnivorous peers a little more. What would really be funny though is if no one comes up with a winning essay. I mean, these dudes haven’t found the ethical reason to eat meat, and they’ve been working on that for a while! It would be really funny if the whole thing just dies because they couldn’t get a good enough entry.
What I’m really hoping is that after reading a million awful attempts to justify eating meat, these judges just get totally embarrassed that they aren’t vegan yet and finally walk the walk!
[Image from NYT by Russell Bell]
Celebrate Vegan Pizza Day with prizes from Fuck Yeah Vegan Pizza! »
Click on an image above to get to the corresponding FYVP page! I can EMBED links into PICTURES! I’m the man.
Vegan Pizza Day is coming up! In June! It was supposed to be this week or something, but then it got moved. But! Fuck Yeah Vegan Pizza was already set up to have a giveaway! So dang it, they’re gonna have it anyway! And YOU should enter!:
Now through Monday afternoon, readers can send in their pics for a chance to win one of three vegan pizza prize packages stuffed with goodies from Tofurky, Daiya, Lightlife, Gardein, Nasoya, Tofutti, Field Roast, Bob’s Red Mill, and Upton’s Naturals (for US & Canadian readers) or a ginormous box of vegan meats and cheeses from Redwood Foods (for mainland UK residents).
Yowza! Fun times! Go enter!
CLOSED! Vegansaurus giveaway: Hearty Vegan Meals for Monster Appetites! »
Who wants a cookbook? You do! You especially want Joni Marie Newman's and Celine Steen's Hearty Vegan Meals for Monster Appetites, because it’s fantastic! It’s full of tons of super impressive recipes that will blow some omnivore minds. We even got an unsolicited guest review of it, it’s so beloved.
Laura says, If you want to go on the opposite of a weight loss diet (an extra-deliciousness diet!?), you should cook out of this book. Every recipe is crazy-delicious-looking, and adorable and filled with cuteness and personality, à la Celine and Joni! We love love love these two ladies, and we know you’ll love their enormous, amazing cookbook.
To enter, leave a comment with your favorite vegan dish to feed a monster appetite. Anyone who says “I could just eat a bunch of kale in a salad and be totally full” is automatically disqualified for lying. The contest will be open until 9 p.m. PST on Friday, January 27, so ENTER NOW! Good luck!
Update: Contest is closed! Congratulations to Susan! Thanks for entering, everyone, your comments made me super-hungry!
Design the next Worldwide Vegan Bake Sale shirt! »
The very first WWVBS shirt, designed by Herbivore, sold out ages ago (because they’re so so cute), and the organizers want to print a new one. Of course they do, shirts are the best.
This time, they’re holding a contest for the new design, and you should enter! We know you’re all right-brained, left-handed creative geniuses, so put those brains to work! The contest ends on Feb. 19, giving you a little over five weeks to come up with a brilliant shirt encompassing the ideals of the WWVBS and veganism and also being super-adorable and wearable and you know what, get the details on the site. They have specific guidelines, including the design needing to look good on the organic cotton tees, which look like this:
Good luck, geniuses! I am 100 percent positive you can do better than this!
Enter Tofurky’s design contest! Win cash, prizes, and donations! »
Hello fancy artists, regular artists, and artistic types! Tofurky wants to make a new t-shirt, and they want you to design their new t-shirt. Which is good, because have you seen their current shirts? Not as hot as ours, golly. They need help!
If you win, you’ll get fabulous prizes, including $200 cash, a $100 donation in your name to the animal/environmental nonprofit of your choice, “two merchandise items (style to be determined) featuring your design,” and a total of 42 “VIP coupons” for Tofurky products. Plus fame!
Now get cracking! You’ve only got a little over three weeks to thrill Tofurky with your genius!
Here’s Laura’s stab at it. Double genius!
Hmm… perhaps the Tofurky should be further down? And spelled correctly? Actually, the whole thing is terrible, you can do much better. Fly, little tofurkies, fly!
Vegucated screening tickets: We have winners! »
Thank you so much for participating! And thank you for all the movie recommendations, there were lots of good ideas.
And now for a movie you all want to see: Vegucated! For the Berkeley screenings, congratulations commenters Woog and Caroline Miazgowicz. For SF, commenters Tierny, meowberto, and tofupuppy! Please contact Karine Brighten to collect your tickets!
Karine Brighten is looking for volunteers at both screenings as well! If you volunteer, you get free access to the screening and reception. Awesome! Contact Ms. Brighten to volunteer!
Thanks to everyone who entered, and to Karine for offering the tickets!
Vegansaurus! Let’s win the Denver Avocado Takedown* together! I JUST heard about this amateur cook-off and I’m so psyched to win, and I know with your help I can do it! Let’s win one for the vegans!
SEND ME YOUR BEST [NON-GUAC] AVOCADO RECIPE ASAP! I made a whole email address so you can tell I’m SERIOUS.
Here’s what’s up: On Sunday, Nov. 6, Denver-area cooks will be fighting to the death for the best non-guacamole avocado recipe. Each cook gets a free case of avocados to make a massive batch of awesome sauce, and then people who buy tickets sample the stuff and help judge, and then the winner gets some kind of prize (who even cares, I dig glory and bragging rights for shizzo).
I’m a good cook! I can even do quantity! But I need a killer avo recipe—that’s where you come in! Send me your best and tell me why it’s awesome. I will give you and the whole Vegansaurus community major props in all that I do. And if we win, it will be a victory for vegan food everywhere!
Let’s do this, Vegansaurs!!!
*”America’s Most Important Food Competition,” meaning, this matters!!
CONTEST CLOSED: Win tickets to a Bay Area screening of Vegucated! »
Thanks for participating, everyone! And congratulations to the winners!
I keep thinking I have a short attention span, but I love to read, so maybe it’s a problem with audio-visual stimuli: I have a really hard time watching an entire movie. I pause it so often it takes me three days to finish, or I’ll keep it on and do a bunch of educational quizzes on Sporcle (Always Be Self-Improving), or I’ll put it on as background while I cook or clean—I am bad at watching movies.
A movie that did keep my attention for its entire run was Vegucated, the documentary about three omnivores who adopt a vegan diet for six weeks. It’s only about 90 minutes, but it’s well made and totally compelling. Despite not being its target audience—I don’t need like 10 minutes of animal-abuse footage and slaughterhouse stats to convince me my lifestyle choices are morally correct—I watched the entire thing without getting wiggly or checking my phone-clock once.
Vegucated documents an interesting experiment in an entertaining way, the director/editor/writer/narrator, Marisa Miller Wolfson, is smart and funny, and she chose her subjects well. They’re totally sympathetic: You cheer when they succeed; you feel bad when they cry. I absolutely recommend Vegucated. Go see it! With your friends! And family! And everyone you know who isn’t vegan, because duh they should be and Vegucated can help get them there!
Specifically, you in the Bay Area have two chances to see it, on Tuesday, Oct. 24 at the David Brower Center in Berkeley, and on Wednesday, Oct. 25 at the Victoria Theater in San Francisco. Buy tickets for the Berkeley screening here, and for the S.F. screening here. Best part: You can win tickets for either event, thanks to our pal and event producer Karine Brighten! Isn’t she great? Thanks, Karine!
We are giving away one pair and two single tickets to the SF event, and two single tickets to the Berkeley event. To win, leave a comment with two pieces of information: 1. Which screening you’d like to attend (“Berkeley” or “San Francisco”); and 2. Recommend me a movie that isn’t totally boring! I will pick winners by Friday, Oct. 14. This should give all you non-winners plenty of time to buy your way in.
You want to see this movie! So come on and enter the contest, already.
[photos by Jessica Mahady for Vegucated]
Raw ice cream sandwich challenge! »
Look what I happened upon: A Dash of Compassion is hosting a raw ice cream sandwich recipe challenge! So fun. It’s just for June but you still have a few days to get down with some ice cream and cookies and bust out some genius! And guess what, there’s totally prizes! And what do we live for if not for prizes. From the blog:
- First Place winner will receive a Cacao Kapow Kit, which includes: a make-your-own chocolate superfoods kits, a 4 oz. bag of sweet cacao nibs, a cacao lip balm, and an 8 oz. bag of raw, organic cacao powder from Navitas Naturals.
- Second Place winner will receive a copy of Sweetly Raw's brand new ice cream e-book that will be released this month.
- Third Place winner will receive a special goodie bag of raw treats.
Awesome! Is anyone going to enter? Has anyone already entered? Put your link in the comments so we can see!
[photos from A Dash of Compassion]