Friday, September 4, 2015

1 Month Vegan Pledge

I've been unfortunately absent in the past month as I've been occupied with all kinds of things. To be frank, I'm struggling to push myself to write this post, but since I've been thinking about writing it for a long time, the time comes when things have to be done. To update:

Instead of doing my 1 Month Vegan Pledge on the 1st of September to the 1st of October, I decided that I didn't want it to be temporary, and therefore decided to turn vegan immediately, which may have been 6 or so weeks ago - however, this was short lived. Interesting fact, being vegan does change your point of view on the human race - stupid, powerful, planet destroying meat eaters. Although this is still my point of view, you learn to control your thoughts, and I was never one to condemn others for eating animal products. After all, I understood where they were coming from.

What surprised me the most, however, was the amount of judgement I received for being vegan. Instead of me condemning meat eaters, meat eaters were condemning me. I would constantly received inappropriate comments, sighs, eye rolls and then occasional "but bacon?" Indeed, I already disliked meat, so these questions were easy to answer, but it became increasingly frustrating to tolerate those who didn't respect my choices. What they didn't understand (not being educated on cuisine) was that the amount of vegan meals available is insane. In fact, I felt healthier, lighter and more nutritionally fulfilled than before, but this came at costs. Reading every single label on packaging, and always having to refuse food and then politely explain why. It became extremely time consuming, and people began viewing me as the 'picky girl' and inconvenient.

So after about a month and half, I decided to transition to vegetarian, although I have become more of an ovo-vegetarian, meaning I don't eat eggs. I found it extremely difficult to revert back into eating dairy, eggs and other animal products as I'd viewed them as such bad products for a relatively long time. Even now, I generally only eat dairy and honey in small amounts, as I genuinely prefer vegan meals.

Perhaps veganism can wait until another day (university).

Moeko Munaretto's chopped apple, sliced banana, dates and banana mylk

Saturday, August 15, 2015

40 Hour Famine & Fighting World Hunger

“I believe peace begins with how we treat the most vulnerable. Exploitation runs chaos all over the world, in every industry. I'm trying to fix my part in the world that mankind has ruined - be the good you want to see. From the 14th to the 16th of August, I will be giving up food for 40 hours in an attempt to raise $150, which I will donate to those struggling in harsher places - please support my cause and donate any spare change you have!"

I'll be perfectly honest. The 40 Hour Famine this year has been exceedingly difficult. I remember my experience in Year 7, however I don't remember it being this excruciatingly painful. Last night at 8pm, I gave up food for a full 40 hour in order to raise money to support those in need in countries such as Ethiopia, Chad, East Timor, Bangladesh and many more. 1 in 8 people in this countries face hunger everyday - infants, children, adults and elderly, and 1 in 9 worldwide do not have enough food for a healthy diet. 

I have raised approximately $150, which may not seem like much, but this could will feed 14 people for a month worldwide. Statistically, the world wastes 1/3 of all food produced, and according to studies, if food was not to be wasted in such privileged countries such as America, Australia, UK etc, countries with abundances of food to spare, worldwide hunger could be cured once and for all. In fact, France has recently introduced a law making it illegal for grocery stores to purposely waste discarded food. Once actioned, the law will "force them to donate unwanted food to charities or farmers and prohibit them from destroying or poisoning any food with bleach, preventing the products from being salvaged and put to better use.

France is looking to make this law worldwide, and leading by example.

I am currently 25 hours into my pledge, and I can honestly say, I am incredibly hungry. No matter how much water and tea I drink, how how many pieces of Bali sugar I eat (allowed by the guidelines), my stomach is a bottomless pit, longing for food. I can only imagine how this must feel for people world-wide enduring this feeling every single day.

As mentioned before, my pledge begun at 8pm on the 14/8/15, and will finish at 12pm on the 16/8/15. After 8pm last night, I played a full length hockey match. I will admit I missed by post-game snacks. This morning, I woke up at 7:30am and proceeded to umpire two U/12 hockey matches, at which I felt extremely nauseous due to swallowing my vitamin/iron pills on an empty stomach, then managed to catch public transport back home. According to my FitBit, I've taken 11,786+ steps, without any fuel to power me through the day. This would explain why I slept for 5 hours afterwards, feeling extremely lethargic and faint. At this point me and my mother decided it was time to venture to the nearby Coles to buy some form of sugar so that I wouldn't die (or at least feel like it). 

So far, I've confused 310 calories worth of sugar. I'm still hungry. 

Tomorrow I'm visiting Melbourne University Open Day in the morning (I'll also be buying the paint to paint my bedroom wall, very excited!), after which my family and I will be going out to lunch to celebrate the ending of my 'famine'. 

Hopefully I'll manage until 12pm. 

Please donate to my cause and/or join the famine yourself the help end world word hunger!

Monday, July 20, 2015

To be or not to be: Veganism

I've taken interest in a variety of diets since I became familiar with the healthy/organic society of the world. Even in my younger years, I refused to eat chicken as we owned our own flock, and then completely refused meat after a year or so. I had seen enough vegetarian propaganda to keep me off meat for quite some time - however as the years went by, meat found its way into my diet again, but only in small portions, as I had grown to dislike the taste of red meats and only found myself satisfied with chicken and fish. However, after having blood tests and discovering I had low iron levels, which lead to a prescription of iron supplements, I transitioned back into eating lean meats as the large red pills smelt and tasted foul, as well as made me feel ill.

However, after taking up a keen interest in cooking and spending a fair amount of my time on health fad infested social media, I started to consider adopting myself into the 'trendy' vegan society. Although ultimately, I knew that being vegan was not a lifestyle I could uphold for a long period of time, I started researching more and more into it, and became incredibly immersed in the aesthetic sides of these meals these girls were producing day in and day out.

Vegan & Raw 'Chocolate' Cherry 'Ice Cream' Sandwiches by This Rawsome Vegan Life

This inspired me and my friend to take on the 30 Day Vegan Pledge, beginning on the 1st of September and ending on the 1st of October as a part of becoming more globally aware of the meat, dairy and egg industry that damages the environment as well as inflicts unimaginable pain on the livestock. I will admit that knowing what goes on in these industries is heartbreaking, and sometimes eating the produce can be difficult, however is part of our generation to assume that this Earth is ours to take, and we are here to take advantage of our resources, even if/when it requires inhumane acts. However, these steps I am taking to become more aware of what goes on in society, and to understand how the produce we consume gets to us ultimately becomes a part of building a new smarter, more efficient and gentler generation.

Raw Vegan Spirulina Banana 'Ice Cream' by Healthiecook

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Wilpena Pound Trek

One of the most breathtaking hikes I have been on would most definitely have to be the trek to St Mary's Peak in Wilpena Pound. 14.4km of jagged and unforgiving terrain, scaled with an inflamed tibia is not a fond way to remember such a stunning landscape, yet somehow the day is something I'm rather fond of in hindsight. The near vertical climb is something I could not have done without Tom shoving my ass up the mountainside, even in the searing heat of a fair 38°. However, I did learn three very simple things whilst up there.

1# Always bring enough water
Or you'll end up drinking your partner's 2L bottles, leaving both of you thirsty.
2# Eat breakfast at base camp, and bring lunch
Leading theory as to why I collapsed on the way up, and if you refuse to do this, it will not only leave you trying to steal your partner's water, but also their lunch.
3# Dress for all weather
Let's face it, this is Australia. You may fry on the way up, freeze while you're up there and come out semi sunburnt and soaked in sweat by the end of the day.