Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Being Vegan Is About More Than Just Food

Hello, Hello! I hope everyone is having an awesome summer and enjoying the fairer months and the seasonal foods. I do very well when it comes to eating vegan food. I have never conscienceless eaten something non vegan, but have made a few accidental mistakes which I am sure has happened to everyone sometime or another. I do, however, use a few products that depend on exploiting animals. My old running shoes are made of leather and I am waiting to wear them out. I stopped using all my non leather belts, except a peace sign one that my dad made and I cannot bear to part with it. I used soap and shampoo that is most likely tested on animals and use a bunch of other things that I am sure are tested on animals that I am not in charge of buying so they are out of my control. I know when I am able to choose the cleaning products I buy, I will get ones that are not tested on animals. Over the past few weeks I have needed to buy new shoes and soap and I made a conscience effort to buy vegan.

I heard about Dr. Bronner's Magic Soap from a friend and I think it is really amazing! You are supposed to be able to use it for 18 different things, but just a word, DO NOT TRY IT FOR TOOTH PASTE OR YOU WILL BE SORRY! I have not tried washing my hair with it yet but it works great as soap and shave gel.

I love shoes and have been buying vegan shoes for a while. I always had canvas Converses in the past but I wanted to try somthing different. I saw a girl wearing these Keds slip ons in the mall and so I went online to find them. They are very comfortable and have no leather in them.

I am starting my volunteering at the wildlife sanctuary soon and I really need hiking boots (last year I had to wear sneakers which was horrible). I went on a quest from non leather boots and found them on Zappos.com in the vegetarian section. I recomend checking Zappos whenever you need vegan shoes. They were majorly on sale with free overnight shipping both ways.


My two newest vegan loves are Newman's Own plain popcorn (which I melt EB to put on top) and Rice Thins rice crackers.

My aunt came yesterday and bought me two HUGE bags of dark chocolate covered espresso beans and dark chocolate covered cranberries! Need I say more?

TLT (Tofu lettuce and tomatoe) on pita

Italian-flavored tempeh nuggets over salad

I found the recipe for the nuggets in the Students Go Vegan Cookbook (pg. 124). They were so easy to make and came out perfect. Don't forget to simmer and steam your tempeh first to get the bite out.
One last thought to end my long post. Many people feel they need to be protesting animal rights on the streets, this is great if you have the courage and drive to do it, but I think everyone with a vegan blog is positively protesting in favor of the animals. When we get people interested in good tasting vegan food, we get them interested in why we eat this way. Isa Chandra Moskowitz (author of Vegan With a Vengeance and Vegan Cupcakes Take Over The World) writes on this idea of “culinary activism” here. Good job everyone and keep up the amazing work!


VeggieGirl said...

this is an excellent post - I agree that just by contributing our thoughts and such on our blogs, we're "educating" others about veganism (even if, like you said, we're not out on the streets protesting).

that salad with the tempeh nuggets looks sooo good!! I look forward to seeing more posts with your recipes - they always look amazingly delicious.

laura jesser said...

This is a great post. You're right, it's not just about food but about every decision we make. I am very thankful for the link to Zappo's--my trusty old hiking boots gave out on my last trip, and now I have been fretting about how to replace them with an animal-friendly alternative.

Your food looks incredible, as usual. The animals and the planet are fortunate to have a friend in you!

healthnut said...

The food looks great. I've been wanting to try that "magic soap" since I saw it in Alternative Medicine but I didn't know it was 18 in 1! Great point by the way on the whole culinary activism.

Tofu Mom (AKA Tofu-n-Sprouts) said...

I so agree with the "culinary activism" points...

GREAT POST by the way. The soap is great for washing my dogs BTW, I'm not crazy about what it does to my hair though (think giant 'Brillo' scrubby thingy!!)

aTxVegn said...

What a wonderful post, Kate! I love keds and the ones you found are so cute. And I heard some guys on the morning radio show just yesterday talking about Dr. Bronner's. I always thought it was a little harsh, but I'm willing to give it another try.

Those dark chocolate treats look really yummy and your food looks delish as always. I'm making your black bean burgers today, although it's raining so I probably won't get to grill them.

Happy 4th!

Veg-a-Nut said...

Well written post. I love the little canvas shoes. They are so cute.

Thank you for the tip to Zappo's. I am going to be needing shoes soon.

We had a 4th of July Breakfast this morning at our church and they were cooking very unfriendly vegan food. I brought my own breakfast and felt proud to be saving an animals life. You are right, all of us with vegan blogs are really doing our part to promote veganism!.

Keep up the good work and wonderful cooking.

healthnut said...

The mesquite lime marinating sauce is used to flavor meat, but I use it on tofu sometimes. It gives it a really good taste. I don't know the name of the company though.

madeinalaska said...

Bravo! what a great post... covering everything from soap, shoes.. and then on to the food!

Jackie said...

Thanks for the comment.

You have a great blog. I get so jealous of the great vegan products available overseas but not here.

Will add you to my blogroll.

Vicki's Vegan Vice said...

I love this thoughtful post, Kate! everything about it. I'd like to find some of that soap - it sounds so versatile. And I'm impressed (& jealous) that you will be volunteering at the wildlife sanctuary! culinary activism has a nice ring to it. :)

Vivacious Vegan said...

Zappos is a great place to buy shoes. I love the veg search feature. I am in desparate need of some new hiking shoes so I'm going to see if they have the ones you bought in my size. Thanks for the link!

Johanna3 said...

awesome post!

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Interesting article.

I would have gone for it, if I would seen these shoes before.

I just purchased
from shoedeals4u.com, which is similar to your shoes and looking forward to it to arrive.

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