Monday, February 9, 2009
So I have been vegetarian since I was in 7th grade. I am now a Junior in college so that comes out to around 8 or 9 years as a vegetarian. What I say is that "I don't eat anything with a heart...except artichokes." It generally works very well for me.
I have periodically tried veganism. That means along with no meat, fish or poultry, there are no dairy products such as milk, cheese, or eggs. For me, the problem with being vegan is that cereal, on of my favorite foods becomes a problem. I'm not really a substitute kind of girl, so soy milk, almond milk and rice milk do not trick my tastebuds. They can trick my eyes, but not the mouth.
People ask me, "How do you get enough protein!?"
The average American consumes 300x the recommended amount of protein. Protein is not like B12 where you need to TRY to get enough. You just will. I don't even think about it. There are plenty of plant based proteins. Beans are my favorite, and when they are combined with rice they make a whole protein. Quinoa (pronounced kEEn-wa) is a great source. So are nuts, seeds, and any grain. Also, most vegans/vegetarians have some source of soy in their diet, which is the only naturally occuring, non-meat whole protien. As long as you have a varied diet, you will be FINE!
My roommate thinks that making food takes too long and is too much of an effort, so she eats out a lot. I never eat out. Tonight I made myself thick, seasoned fries which were delicious. I cut up some potatoes, put them in a bag with some spices and olive oil and shook them up while the oven was heating, tossed them on a pan and put them in the oven. Half an hour later, I came back and they were DELICIOUS. It took maybe 5 minutes time, and they were really healthy. You would take the same amount of time waiting in line at McDonalds, for an inferior fry. Plus, I knew exactly what went into them; there were no trans fats, no lard, nothing that wasn't natural and healthy.
I have been putting more effort into eating healthy and I think after I finish my jug of milk in the fridge (along with my Cheerios) I am going to go vegan again. It only takes 3 weeks to overcome cravings, so if I cut out the milk and cheese for that long I will be home free. (I already don't eat eggs. I'm just not comfortable with it. I wouldn't want someone eating my eggs. That would just be weird).
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Very soon after my last post I was stumbling around the internet and I came across Shoe Dazzle. It is a site that sends you a new shoe each month that are based on your stated shoe preferences.
I just about had a heart attack. This is pretty much the shoe site of my dreams.
When I graduate and begin to have an extra $40 to spend monthly I am TOTALLY going to sign up for this site. I can't stop thinking about 12 new shoes a year though... I'm not sure my feet can last till graduation...
Monday, January 19, 2009
My roommate came up with the idea to do 100 things in 1001 days, and I love the idea. I really wanted to see what is on her list to compare it with mine, but unfortunately I never got on the Livejournal bandwagon and she has her list closed. Coincidentally, I have a list of things I want to do before I die, and I complied that list into a list that could possibly be doable in 3 years. Since that list was WAY too short I added several more things off the top of my head and I still only have 80 items on the list. If anyone has any ideas, please let me know!
Memorize the Preamble and the Declaration
- Learn to rock climb
- Go Spelunking!
- Fall asleep in a garden
- Write to Melanie Rawn about the third book
- Make out with pop-rocks in my mouth
- Kiss in the rain
- Make a time capsule, by myself, to open in 50 years
- Learn to drive
- Roll down a hill in a tire
- Make a skirt that has a circumference that is wider than a circle
- Make a quilt
- Go to a rave
- Run a marathon
- Make a website and keep it updated
- Learn how to complete a Rubix cube, do it once and then get over it
- Watch every Audrey Tautou movie ever made
- Visit a psychic/palm reader and have them tell my fortune
- Read Freud and Simone de Beauvoir
- Read the original Peter Pan by James Barry
- Read Tolstoy
- Read the Origin of Species
- Have a window garden
- Learn to surf
- Learn to skim board
- Learn a bit more Japanese
- get important pictures printed and make some photo albums
- Learn to read palms with out a book next to me
- Learn to read Tarot cards without a book next to me
- Learn to embroider
- get more cases and finish coin collection with info and stuff
- Learn to speak Italian fluently
- Learn to speak French fluently
- Learn how to protect myself—aka take a self defense class
- Take a psychology class
- Take a ballroom dancing class (tango, waltz, salsa, flamenco…)
- Take a ballet class
- Visit the town in
that my family came from Italy
- Get a professional massage
- Have an annual tea party for all of my friends to get together
- Meet Joanna Lindsey or Catherine Coulter or Victoria Alexander or Stephanie Laurens
- Go camping at least once a year
- Backpack the whole TRT
- backpack the john Muir Trail
- Go on a rollercoaster until I puke
- Organize my photographs into photo albums
- make a quilt
- make a collage
- write a letter to the city counsel
- track down Naomi and Ami’s addresses and invite them to the
- Stop drinking soda altogether
- go to the gym for weights at least 3 times a week
- train for a marathon
- actually run a marathon
- read more of the books that are assigned in my classes
- plan to get As in my classes instead of settling
- cultivate the friendships that I have
- start throwing dinner or tea parties
- finish making 1000 cranes
- lose 30 lbs
- start writing blogs more regularly
- become a better vegetarian
- write a thank you note to Hillary Clinton, and someone who impacted my life that didn’t necessarily know it
- Legitimately beat Mark at chess
- eat more vegetables
- learn to use a sewing machine to make clothing
- learn to translate a fashion drawing into a functional pattern
- go dumpster-diving
- go on a roadtrip
- start paying my own bills instead of relying on my parents
- continue to improve my self esteem
- reject people who make me feel bad about myself
- take a yoga class
- try tai chi
- plan ahead to give blood so that my iron will actually be high enough to give blood
- save a life
- positively impact someone’s life
- be as caring as my father
- be as thoughtful as my mother
- integrate art into my everyday life instead of relying on art class assignments and doodles in the margins of my notebooks
- smile at strangers even when they don’t smile back
- volunteer more time with girl scouts
- make an effort to be more reliable, responsible and motivated
- take control of my life and stop waiting for life to happen to me
- learn to meditate and relax
- see a doctor if my headaches don’t stop
- put money into a savings account and don’t spend it
- go for walks after dinner
Friday, November 14, 2008
I originally titled this blog "In Pursuit of Happiness" because of my ongoing struggle with joy, and my reverence for the political system to which I have dedicated these 4 college years of my life. Almost a year later, I am in a better place emotionally, and I am searching for something more than happiness.
The difference between peace and happiness is that peace has more to do with your relationship with yourself and your surroundings and the world and your relationship to the people in the world. I am searching not only for myself but for everyone else. I don't know how to reach peace, inner peace, world peace, peace of mind... but I invite you to join me in my adventure.