1. I live on Hugh Jass salads... and whole grains and beans, but mostly Hugh Jass salads like this one:
Baby spinach, arugula, baby bok choy, broccoli stalk, locally grown carrots, local-ish marinated tofu (I grilled it two days ago, and then today I warmed it up in the toaster oven so the outside got nice and crispy. Oh my peas, is it ever good!), lacinato kale, dulse flakes, sunflower seeds, raisins, and balsamic vinegar.
2. Most of the food I eat is either green or orange. Seriously. Leafy greens, broccoli, squash (especially kabocha. Oh, how I love kabocha squash), sweet potatoes and carrots are pretty much all I eat. Btw, did you know you can eat the broccoli stalk? I always threw it away until Mama Pea let me in on this. Now it's one of my fave foods ever.
3. I'm totally addicted to the computer, especially YouTube. Facebook is pretty empty to me, but YouTube? YouTube is my love <3 My fave YouTubers are the vlogbrothers, wheezywaiter, crabstickz, dailygrace, tyleroakley, disneykid1, communitychannel... nevermind, I could go on forever. If anyone wants to get totally addicted to YouTube, just lemme know and I'll give you a nice list of YouTubers to start watching.
4. I used to love steak. Like, I LOVED it. And chicken. And bacon. And veal. And cheese. And salami. And some fish. And I drank milk like no other. I've always hated eggs, though. So why am I telling you this? Because despite all that, I went vegan. When I learn things, I can't unlearn them. When I learnt of the horrors of factory farmed meat (btw, almost all of the meat in your supermarket is factory farmed. Even if it's not, it's still killing and exploiting animals, and no matter how "humane" they say it is, killing isn't humane, or at least it isn't to me), I couldn't eat meat anymore. I became a lacto-vegetarian. Tbh, though, it had a bit to do with the fact that I was really getting into yoga and wanted to follow a "yoga diet." When I found out that dairy was linked to the meat industry, specifically veal (aka baby cows fed an iron deficient diet so that they become anemic, who are kept in tiny cages so they can't move and develop their muscles properly, and who are killed within days of being taken away from their mothers at birth, all so you can have tender meat. Sick, isn't it?), I couldn't consume dairy anymore. This was a huge deal for me. I seriously had milk all the time and bought into the whole milk-does-a-body-good BS, and I was a cheese fiend. I could go through a wedge of brie in two days, tops. Guys, you have no excuses. If I could give all that up and still be happy with what I'm eating (and trust me, what I'm eating tastes SO much better than all the cheese in the world), not to mention how much better I feel, then you can go veg too. :)
5. I hate the word diet. Not for what it actually means, but because of what society has shaped it to mean. I always feel self conscious whenever I go buy "diet books" like The Kind Diet or Crazy Sexy Diet, which aren't typical diet books but rather foodie inspiration and information books.
6. I'm an environmentalist and I want to go into earth sciences. You know how I said when I learn something, I can't unlearn it? In my geographical biogeosciences class (omg long name, but I loved it SO much) last semester, one of the guest lecturers at the end of the semester was talking about how somewhere in the USSR there was this lake, and by this lake were some cotton fields. The lake provided water for surrounding residents to use, and the cotton fields were sprayed with copious amounts of pesticides, herbicides, and all that junk. Is it a surprise that cancer and birth defect rates went up in those residents? Of course not. Spraying crap on crops is gonna make you feel like crap. You reap what you sow. Now I don't feel good buying non-organic cotton, and I'm sure that as I learn more, more things are going to be added to this list. People are probably going to think I'm crazy, and that I'm just making my life that much harder, but if convenience is all that is driving your decisions, then we have a problem.
7. Don't think I'm crazy enough? Well, get ready: my dream job is to be an ecoterrorist alongside Paul Watson, captain of the Sea Shepherd. Seriously, if I could do that for the rest of my life, I so would. I'm so passionate about this shit that I'd be willing to put my life in, ahem, dangerous situations for it. This doesn't mean I'm a violent person. I'm quite the opposite, actually. I'm a really positive person, but when people go fishing the oceans dry and killing stuff without any regard for uh, anything other than their pocketbook, things
I'm nominating the following people for this award, as well as everyone in my blogroll, which I am currently updating, so let me know if you want to be on it. Sorry if you've already been tagged, but it just means that you're that much more awesome :)