So I weighed myself for the first time in forever yesterday and the number was higher than anything I’m used to seeing and my first thought was “look at me adulting and growing a butt and whatnot.” Then I went out to my favorite restaurant with my friends and came home, jammed to some music, and prepared for my trip.
Which may not seem like a big deal. But a few years back I would’ve panicked and stayed home to eat a bowl of zero fat out of season watermelon and spent the evening mostly paralyzed with self-deprecating thoughts. Appreciating and listening to your body is ALWAYS worth it okay?
I recently made some really really really good mac & cheese. I used a lot of cheese so it was amazing. I didn’t really do anything special, I cooked the noodles (I like mine very al dente) and poured them in the casserole dish and added the cheese. I used Daiya - A bag of cheddar, the container of cream cheese, 2 slices of swiss, and 2 slices of provolone, very cheesy. Then I baked it for a while. I’ve gotten tons of meals out of it and still have some in the fridge.
I ordered (and devoured) this big, beautiful vegan pizza earlier today. 😍🍕 Free of all the cruelty and pus of cow’s milk. 🐮🍼 Before I went vegan, I had been vegetarian for a few months. I remember telling myself (and other people), “I could never go vegan. I love cheese too much!” 🧀 This is a common remark among meat eaters and vegetarians alike. Looking back, I cannot believe how self centered and ill-educated my actions and justifications were. I mean just think about it. We are the ONLY species that takes milk from another animal. Could you imagine drinking pig milk? 🐷 Monkey milk? 🐵 Dog milk? 🐶 So why are we enslaving cows, artificially inseminating females so they can continue to produce milk, and separating mothers from their calves? Ask anyone why they drink milk, and the standard response is calcium. A common myth perpetuated by misinformation and propaganda spread by the dairy industry is that we need cow’s milk for strong bones to prevent fractures. 💪 Yet statistics prove time and time again that countries with the highest dairy consumption rates also have the highest rates of osteoporosis, a condition of weak and brittle bones. Meanwhile, countries that subsist mainly off plants with little to no dairy and animal product continually have lower rates of chronic diseases and osteoporosis. 🌎🌱 Dairy also contains over 60 naturally occurring hormones (which causes acne), pus due to inflammation and infection of cow udders, and casomorphins (yes, as in morphine) which gives dairy it’s addictive quality. It’s about time we DITCH DAIRY. Believe it or not, you can live without cheese or milk and still enjoy the same meals. Simply replace cow’s milk with one of the many plant based alternatives (you’ll find one that you like, I promise), purchase plant based cheeses such as Daiya or Chao, or skip the creaminess altogether and opt for a cheeseless pizza like I did! The man who made my pizza began showing it to all his co-workers who remarked on how good it looked, and these were meat eaters! ☺️
One week ago today I had the privilege of attending a lecture by Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson. Inspiring, funny and incredibly motivating, he gave the entire lecture in his socks. As he shuffled around the stage he asked questions and even called on people in a Q & A at the end. (Incredible because Jones Hall was sold out for this) He spoke to the crowd of thousands as though we were all his students and were in a tiny classroom. It was brilliant to say the least. My favorite question was asked by an aspiring astrophysicist. She just wanted to know what advice he could give her about college. He said: “Take harder classes and stop thinking about your GPA.”
Mean girls suck– so do mean boys in a position of power telling you that you aren’t welcome.
I’m telling you that you are wanted. I want you here. As the great-granddaughter of Irish immigrants, I’m telling you that you can sit with me❤️