Below is a short list of foods which I think should be in the basket of every new vegan when they go on that first vegan shopping trip. Prices will vary according to location, but in the vast majority of places these foods will be some of the cheapest items in any supermarket.
You can find a selection of simple recipes that make use of these items as their main ingredients here.
Rice: Rice is an extremely cheap and filling staple. A cup of rice contains roughly 45 grams of carbohydrates and 4-5 grams of protein. In an airtight container it lasts around 6 months. It is even cheaper when bought in bulk.
Beans: Beans are one of the most accessible protein sources and have been a staple around the world for thousands of years. Just one cup of soybeans, for example, contains a massive 28.62 grams of protein, while even standard baked beans contain around 14 grams. They also contain lysine, which is missing from most other plant sources.
Chickpeas: Chickpeas can be purchased very cheaply canned, and in large bags in bulk if you’re willing to prep them yourself. Each cup contains about 15 grams of protein, tonnes of fibre as well as magnesium and folate.
Lentils: Similar to chickpeas, lentils can be bought canned or in large bags as bulk products. A cup of cooked lentils contains a massive 18 grams of protein, they also lower cholesterol, improve heart health and help stabilise blood sugar.
Oats: Oats are very cheap, can be bought in bulk and have great shelf life. They are high in protein, fibre, and B12; they are even thought to help lower blood pressure and cholesterol.
Cereals: Most cereals, especially supermarket’s own brand products are very cheap. Whole grain cereals like bran or oat based products are high in fiber, calcium and iron, and most are fortified with B vitamins.
Pasta: Pasta is another great product to always have on hand, it is one of the least expensive items in any supermarket, can be bought in bulk and has a very long shelf life. Depending on the type, pasta can be a good source of fibre and carbohydrates; it is a high energy food and is very filling.
Potatoes: Potatoes are one of the cheapest foods available in most supermarkets, at an average of just $0.56 per pound. They are versatile, filling and despite their reputation as unhealthy, they are an excellent source B6 and a good source of potassium, copper, vitamin C, manganese, phosphorus, niacin, dietary fiber, and pantothenic acid.
Sweet potatoes: Sweet potatoes are as versatile as white potatoes, are high in vitamins B6, C, D, iron, magnesium and potassium. They’re also a more balanced source of energy than white potatoes, as their natural sugars release slowly, avoiding blood-sugar spikes.
Noodles: Many varieties of noodles are vegan, they are very cheap and last a long time. Noodles are very filling and contain high levels of B vitamins, vitamin E, magnesium, iron, riboflavin, and calcium.
Nut butters: Depending on the type, nut butters can be purchased very cheaply and in large quantities. It has a surprisingly good shelf life, is an excellent source of heart healthy fats and is very high in protein.
Falafel: Falafel is usually cheap to buy pre-made but it is even cheaper when made at home just using chickpeas and spices. It is filling, can be used to make great vegan burgers and is a good source of protein, fat and soluble fibre.
Hummus: Though buying pre-prepared hummus is usually relatively cheap, it is far more cost effective to make your own in larger quantities, depending on the recipe you usually only need chickpeas, tahini and lemon.
Couscous: Couscous can be great in salad or as its own side dish, it is cheap to buy and is a convenient option since it is so easy to prepare. It is a good source of lean protein, dietary fibre and B vitamins.
Tofu: Tofu has an odd reputation for being expensive, quite probably among people who have never bought it. Tofu has been a Chinese staple for thousands of years, it is now widely available in supermarkets and is far cheaper than comparable animal products, averaging less than $2 per pound. It is filling and is high in both protein and calcium.
Tempeh: Tempeh is similar to tofu in price and use, but has a different texture and slightly different nutritional properties. The fermentation process and its retention of the whole bean give it a higher content of protein, dietary fibre and vitamins compared to tofu, as well as firmer texture and a stronger flavour
Seitan: Seitan is made with wheat gluten and is extremely high in protein, as well as being one of the cheapest sources of protein per dollar when made at home and is around the same price as low quality beef in stores. It has a steaky texture and is very filling.
Frozen fruit/vegetables: Large bags of mixed frozen vegetables can be bought extremely cheaply almost anywhere. Despite popular opinion to the contrary, frozen vegetables are almost as healthy as fresh produce since they are frozen while fresh and don’t endure the loss of nutrients associated with long travel and extended shelf time. Frozen fruit like mixed berries can be a cheap way to prepare smoothies or dessert.
Canned fruit/vegetables: Having a few cans of fruit or vegetables around is always a good idea, things like canned peas or corn can be a side on their own, canned peaches or orange pieces are an instant dessert and canned tomatoes can be used to make sauces.
Bananas: Bananas are one of the cheapest fruits available, especially when bought in bulk and deserve a mention based on their nutritional value and their versatility. They can be used in desserts, as a healthy snack and can be used to make cheap vegan ice cream.
Citrus Fruits: Citrus fruits like lemon, orange and limes are cheap to buy in bunches, especially when in season and can be eaten as a healthy snack or used as a cheap way to add flavour to existing dishes.
Vegetable stock: Vegetable stock is good to have around for a variety of purposes; it will add flavour to any dish from gravies to soups and roast dinners. It is extremely cheap and relatively healthy if you go for a low sodium option.
Olives: Olives are a healthy source of fat, they are thought to have anti-inflammatory properties and contribute to good health health, as well as being good sources of iron. They can be bought in large jars very cheaply and can be a healthy snack.
Olive Oil: Thought to be the healthiest oil to cook with, it is heart healthy and can be used to add flavour to a variety of dishes like pastas and salad.
Spinach: Spinach is often called a super-food in terms of nutritional content, it is is high in niacin and zinc, as well as protein, fiber, calcium, iron and a multitude of vitamins. You can also buy large bags of pre-prepared spinach very cheaply.
Kale: Kale has a different flavour and texture to spinach, but has similar uses. It is a great source of dietary fibre and is packed with nutrients, vitamins, folateand magnesium. Even a 500g bag should only set you back around $2.50.
Bread: Many new vegans assume bread is off limits, but many breads are vegan. Even speciality loafs are very cheap considering the amount of meals they can contribute towards, and they can be a good source of carbohydrates and protein.
Plant Milks: Plant milks have an undeserved reputation for being expensive, this is only in comparison to heavily subsidised dairy milks, though even then the price is comparable, in fact, some supermarket’s own brands are even cheaper. Plant milks are packed with calcium and are usually supplemented with vitamins B6 and B12.
Non-Dairy Spreads: Non-dairy spreads can be made form a variety of sources, from soy or olives to coconut oil. They tend to be comparable to dairy butter in terms of calcium, but without the unhealthy fats and cholesterol. They are usually priced similarly or cheaper than their dairy counterparts.
Peppers: Peppers tend to be very cheap to pick up in large bags, particularly bell peppers. They can be stretched over several meals, and can add flavour and texture to curries, stir fries and salads.
Nutritional Yeast: Seen as something of a speciality health food, nutritional yeast is actually very cheap, lasts a long time and is one of the best sources of vitamin B12. It has a nutty, cheesy taste, so you can use it in place of anything you’d usually sprinkle cheese on. It is also great in soups and when used to make “cheesy”, creamy sauces.
Flax seeds: Each tablespoon of ground flax seed contains about 1.8 grams of omega-3s. It is included in this list as they make a great egg substitute in baking, can be sprinkled on cereal, yogurt or oatmeal. It is cheap to buy, and even a small packet lasts a long time.
Dark chocolate: Dark chocolate is not only far healthier than milk chocolate, it is usually cheaper to buy in the same quantities and is far more filling. It is versatile for use in baking and desserts and is a healthy snack in small quantities.
Selected Produce: Fresh vegetables are not always expensive. Seasonal vegetables are usually cheap in most supermarkets, but some vegetables like carrots, turnips, onions, cabbage and cauliflower are inexpensive all year round, and can often be bought on offer or as “irregular” (but still perfectly edible) for even less.
Herbs and Spices: Having a range of spices on hand is always a good idea; things like cumin and garlic can add depth and flavour to simple meals and they last a very long time. Investing in a good spice rack and some curry powder will save you money in the long term.
I have a little grounding technique I usually find particularly helpful while dissociating, but I am finding it is also good for the social shock and trauma so many of us are going through right now. It helps me with my news numbness and my sense of disconnection from daily enjoyment. It wakes up the part of you that understands how to enjoy this moment, which I think is something we often lose sight of in our cerebral and, recently, collectively depressing lives.
Get a piece of fruit. It must be of a large, juicy variety, and preferably of peak ripeness, if not slightly overripe. No bananas or apples here. I’m talkin’ orange, mango, grapefruit, watermelon, something like that.
If it’s a very tough-skinned fruit like watermelon, cut it in half. For something moderately tough like mango, just knick it if need be to to get it started.
And now, tear it open with your hands. However seems best to you.
When you’ve exposed its fleshy goodness, go in with your fucking face.
Just trust me.
Go in with your face.
Forget about how you look, or the fear of stickiness you’ve been trained into since toddlerhood. Get in there and eat the fruit with your face.
Let it drip where ever, let it get on your cheek, just really sit there and enjoy the fuck out of this perfect, bursting piece of fruit that tastes like sunshine and the sweetest dessert you’ve ever had and summer all rolled together.
Let go of the need to ask anyone’s permission before you enjoy yourself this much.
Covered in flower-heads composed of four ovate cream bracts this Cornus kousa var. chinensis (Chinese dogwood) was the star of the garden! This large, deciduous shrub or small tree, also has leaves that turn red and orange in autumn and deep pink, strawberry-like fruit. The bark looked great as well.
What do you think would be the human kids' favorite foods?
Jade has very little tolerance for sweets, not eating much while she was on the island; she builds up more of a tolerance to it by way of living with Nanasprite for three years, but finds herself sick of them as John is by the end. Her favorite foods were oranges, mangoes, and other nice fruits like that, but the addition of Bec into her DNA shifted her preference to a good steak.
Upon being asked, Rose gives her favorite food as carpacio with a side of chopped salad; Dave thinks she’s taking the piss. She seems to like pizza a lot. In truth, she does like pizza a lot, but her given is more genuine than she let on. On days she and her mother were feeling particularly amicable towards one another, and her mother more lucid than usual, she’d drive Rose out to a nice Italian restaurant an hour from town and order a heap of fancy-sounding food that they’d take home in 8 boxes. Those were pretty good.
John’s favorite food is hot wings; there was a nice restaurant in the town center of his town that had arcades in the front and was only really crowded during sports events. On the emptier days, he and his dad would go and order different kinds off the menu, of varying flavor and spiciness level.
Dave’s favorite food is cereal. He technically likes certain meals better, but he also likes waking up in the middle of the night for a bowl of cereal, and the rare occasions that they actually had milk in his damn apartment was a treat. Now he can have it as much as he likes, and he really enjoys it.
HAVE YOU EVER wondered why cannabis varieties smell very different?
this difference is due to the presence of different volatile essential
oils called terpenoids. in cannabis, terpenoids are primarily produced
in the flowers and leaves, especially in the trichomes.
you smell cannabis or virtually any fruit, herb, tree, flower or plant,
you smell its terpenoids. all spices and herbs derive their unique
aromas and tastes from terpenoids. terpenoids are the basis of most
natural fragrance’s, flavoring’s and coloring’s.
the biggest family of natural plant chemicals, with over 30,000 produced
in nature. they’re found in all organisms. chlorophyll, beta-carotene,
and vitamin E are examples of well-known terpenoids found in plants.
there are over 120 (some say 200) different terpenoids in cannabis, but
only a dozen or so are found in enough quantity to significantly modify
a cannabis strain’s effects. terpenoids interact with the different
cannabinoids and modify THC’s effect, which is why different varieties of
cannabis with similar smells often have similar effects.
(the following information concerning specific terpenoids in cannabis was taken from Cannabis Heath News Magazine)
THE MAJOR TERPENES OF CANNABIS RESIN AND THEIR EFFECTS:
BORNEOL – BORNEOL IS A MAJOR COMPONENT OF CANNABIS RESIN THAT CAN ALSO
BE FOUND IN CINNAMON AND WORMWOOD(ARTEMESIA SPP). IN CHINESE MEDICINE
HERBS CONTAINING BORNEOL ARE RECOMMENDED FOR FATIGUE AND OVERSTRESS.
BORNEAL IS MENTIONED TO BE A CALMING SEDATIVE.
CORRYPHYLLENE IS A MAJOR COMPONENT OF CANNABIS RESIN THAT CAN ALSO BE
FOUND IN BLACK PEPPER AND CLOVES. IT IS A FAIRLY WEAK AGONIST OF THE
TYPE 2 CANNABINOID RECEPTORS (CB2). AS A CONSTITUENT OF A SALVE OR
LOTION CORPHYLLENE IS AN EFFECTIVE ANTI- INFLAMMATORY AND ANALGESIC.
DRUG DOGS ARE TRAINED TO SPECIFICALLY SNIFF OUT CORPHYLLENE EPOXIDE, A
SIMILAR COMPOUND PRODUCED ONLY BY CANNABIS.
CINEOLE/EUCALYPTOL CONTENT IS QUITE VARIABLE ACROSS VARIETIES OF
CANNABIS, BUT IS OFTEN A MAJOR COMPONENT OF THE ESSENTIAL OIL. IT IS
ALSO FOUND IN ROSEMARY AND EUCALYPTUS AND IS USED TO INCREASE
CIRCULATION, AND REDUCE PAIN AND SWELLING WHEN APPLIED TOPICALLY. IT
READILY CROSSES THE BLOOD/BRAIN BARRIER, POSSIBLY HELPING CANNABINOIDS
TO CROSS MORE READILY AS WELL. THE EFFECTS OF CINEOLE, WHEN COMBINED
WITH ORAL OR SMOKED CANNABIS, ARE REPORTED AS BEING VERY UPLIFTING,
NOTICEABLY INCREASING MENTAL AND PHYSICAL ENERGY. THIS TERPENE, OR
OTHERS LIKE IT, MAY BE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE REPORTED DIFFERENCE IN EFFECT
BETWEEN INDICA AND SATIVA STRAINS WITH A SIMILAR CANNABINOID PROFILE.
LIMONENE – FOUND IN CANNABIS RESIN AS WELL AS LEMONRINDS,
LIMONENE IS AN ANTI-BACTERIAL, ANTI FUNGAL AND ANTI CANCER AGENT.
IT SMELLS SURPRISINGLY LIKE ORANGES OR TROPICAL FRUIT. CURRENTLY UNDERGOING TRIALS FOR USE AS AN ANTI DEPRESSANT, IT IS ALSO
KNOWN TO INCREASE THE ABSORPTION OF OTHER TERPENES BY MAKING CELL
MEMBRANES MORE PERMEABLE. THE PRESENCE OF THIS ANTI FUNGAL AGENT MAY BE
HELPFUL IN PROTECTING AGAINST ASPERGILLUS INFECTION IN THOSE WITH
COMPROMISED IMMUNITY WHEN USING SPOILED OR POORLY CURED MARIJUANA.
LIMONENE IS CURRENTLY IN TRIALS TO STUDY ITS ABILITY TO PREVENT BREAST
(*DELTA-3-CARENE – A COMPONENT OF CANNABIS,
ROSEMARY, PINE, AND CEDAR RESIN. ~~~~~ AROMATHERAPY OILS THAT CONTAIN HIGH
LEVELS OF DELTA-3-CARENE ARE USED TO DRY EXCESS FLUIDS FROM THE EYES,
NOSE, OR MOUTH. IT IS THOUGHT TO BE AT LEAST PARTIALLY RESPONSIBLE FOR
THE DRY MOUTH AND EYE PROBLEMS THAT ARE COMMON SIDE EFFECTS OF THE USE
LINALOOL – THIS MAJOR COMPONENT OF CANNABIS AND
LAVENDER OILS IS BELIEVED TO POSSESS ANTI ANXIETY AND SEDATIVE
PROPERTIES. STRAINS THAT ARE HIGH IN LINALOOL AND SIMILAR COMPOUNDS MAY
BE PARTICULARLY BENEFICIAL FOR PATIENTS WHO EXPERIENCE INSOMNIA WHEN
MYRCENE – SIGNIFICANT CONCENTRATIONS OF MYRCENE
ARE PRESENT IN CANNABIS RESIN. IT IS ALSO FOUND IN MANGO, HOPS, LEMON
GRASS, EAST INDIAN BAY TREE, AND VERBENA. BECAUSE OF ITS APPEALING
FRAGRANCE, MYRCENE IS USED IN THE PERFUME INDUSTRY. IT HAS A SIMILAR
MODULATING EFFECT ON THE BINDING OF CANNABINOID AGONIST DRUGS AS
CANNABIDIOL, POSSIBLY REDUCING EFFECTS OF CANNABIS RESIN THAT ARE FOUND
TO BE UNPLEASANT FOR SOME MEDICAL USERS. IT HAS ANTI MICROBIAL, ANTI
SEPTIC, ANALGESIC, ANTI OXIDANT, ANTI CARCINOGEN AND ANTI-INFLAMMATORY
PROPERTIES. IT HAS SHOWN SOME PROMISE WHEN USED AS AN ANTI DEPRESSANT,
OR AS AN ADDITIVE TO OTHER ANTI DEPRESSANT DRUGS AND IS ALSO USED IN
MASSAGE THERAPY AS A MUSCLE RELAXER.
TERPINEOL – MINOR COMPONENT OF
CANNABIS RESIN, USED EXTENSIVELY IN THE PERFUME INDUSTRY. INTERESTINGLY
THIS TERPENE DECREASES MOTILITY OF LAB RATS BY 45 PERCENT, THIS
OBSERVATION COUPLED WITH THE FACT THAT THIS IS A TERPENE PRODUCED
PRIMARILY IN CANNABIS INDICA PLANTS INDICATES TERPINEOL COULD PLAY A
ROLE IN DECREASED MOTILITY SOMETIMES REFERRED TO AS “COUCH LOCK”.
next time you are confused by all the new strain names, just check the
chart above, use your nose, and you can easily figure out which one is right for you. -
She wasn’t just a city of “I love you’s.”
She was a country of “I will keep you safe.”
She was a girl with a trembling
heart, all flustered
whispers and screaming
She just had to say it and
you’d have peeled all of your layers:
how you wanted her to press
against you like peaches, how you
wanted to come undone
How you wished she fancied
of poetry, lovers
instead of flowers.
How you'd turn yourself
and how she’d shout
about it all and
I ACCIDENTALLY DELETED THE REQUEST & ANSWER FOR THIS (but I made it extra long to make up for it)
▪V loves The Beatles, and has every single album both downloaded onto his phone and each of the vinyl albums (they were a gift from Jumin)
▪Like just imagine him in a robe, messy haired and flipping pancakes on a griddle while he listens to “Here Comes the Sun”, “When I’m Sixty-four” and “We Can Work It Out”
▪adores orange juice & eats things like Special K and fruit parfaits for breakfast
▪it’s canon that V likes plants so let me expand on that
▪he probably got sad when he lost his sight because he couldn’t really appreciate their beauty anymore but if he got the surgery he’d have plants EVERYWHERE
▪like, every countertop, his nightstand, his bathroom, living room, and balcony (if he has one) are all covered in plants, plus he’d have some hanging from the ceiling
▪he’s super gentle with them and cares so much for them, so if one starts to wilt it depresses him my poor child
▪has a little bistro chair and two tables on his balcony. He likes to sit there in the mornings while drinking his coffee and listening to the heavy bustle of the city traffic
▪deserves love and happiness
▪hangs all of his photographs on the walls and if there’s not enough room, he’ll just stack some against the walls (semi-canon?)
▪likes flea markets!
▪once he lost his sight completely, he started buying furniture and decorations based on what they feel like
▪if you tell him something is ugly, he’ll just smile and brush your hands over it
▪"close your eyes, MC. Beauty isn’t what something looks like, but what it feels like. I don’t know what you look like, but I imagine you’re very beautiful.“
▪would never ever complain when you’re with him because he cares for you very much and loves you like he deserves to be loved & cared for
▪V adores pie, especially apple cinnamon pie and peach pie
▪doesn’t keep up with current events or slang so if you reference something, he’s most likely going to be confused
▪it genuinely breaks his heart when he logs onto the chatroom to see Yoosung or the other members dissing him or questioning his decisions
▪it makes him sad because he considers the RFA his family but he believes it’s better this way because this way they don’t have to shoulder the pain he has
▪so on days when it gets really bad, he’ll lay on the couch and put a record of either really soft jazz, Elvis Presley, or classical music on and just pay attention to the music
▪probably super nostalgic and would keep a box or two full of ticket stubs (like the one from the night him and Rika met) plus other little memorabilia.
▪got really into scrapbooking at one time tbh and now likes to make his own photo albums with little scrapbooks inside
▪IMAGINE V WITH A CAT
▪It’d adore him (expanding on my RFA Gives Elizabeth 3rd a Bath scenerio)
▪He’s pretty neat but imagine scatterbrained and messy V
▪like camera lenses and photographs (some waterlogged and with sun damage) strewn everywhere, empty film cartridges and coffee mugs littering his breakfast bar and coffee table
▪his bed never made and there’s this morning’s toothpaste crusted to the sink bowl and his slippers separated and in different places I live for messy V
▪imagine V genuinely happy and smiling
Fins and Needles: Alexander Hamilton X John Laurens
Word Count: 5394
Summary: Alexander Hamilton, starring as the Little Mermaid.
Warnings: Mentions of blood
The Little Mermaid: Alexander Hamilton
The Prince: John Laurens
The Sea-King: George Washington
The Mermaid Sisters: Marquis de Lafayette ; Hercules Mulligan ; Angelica Schuyler ; Eliza Schuyler
The Sea-Witch: Peggy Schuyler
Once upon a time, the waters of all the oceans glimmered as blue as the sky, and these waters were so deep that no man nor creature could swim to the bottom; and the pillars of all the buildings in the world, all upright and joined together at each end, would only graze the surface of what dwelled in the deepest parts of the ocean. Beyond these steeples would dwell the giant whales and fish bigger than any mortal has caught; deeper still one would find the sea-monsters of your deepest nightmares, the ones in the stories told by nannies to keep children away from the water; and in the deepest part of the ocean, where the water ends and the sand begins, dwelled the kingdom of the Sea-King.
i remember this exercise i would go through in my head while bored in 10th grade english where i would try to think of a True Opposite of something. like the opposite of an orange isnt a banana because theyre both fruit, the opposite of an orange isnt industrial strength super hydrophobic spray because theyre both matter, the opposite of an orange isnt nonexistence because even conceiving nonexistence causes it to become existent. so tl;dr for that exercise: nothing has a true opposite other than absolute negation, binaries are impermanent, even supposed transcendence of a binary implies a binary of Absolute / Ultimate and Conventional, and conceiving the transcendence of a binary while /within/ the very frameworks of that binary guarantees the transcendent’s binary grounding.
“You don’t like the Bellas, Eva Marie, Cameron, and Rosa Mendes, so you aren’t a supporter of women’s wrestling.”
There is so much wrong with this that I can’t believe some people still stand by these words, fighting to the grave over the internet because of someone’s personal liking and/or disliking.
This blog, and many others, has and welcomes raw opinions. I am not going to give up my valid points because someone hides behind black sunglasses and calls me a, and I quote, “shemale lover.” I welcome your ideas, your opinions, and I expect you welcome mine in the process. To quote an old teacher of mine, “Argument makes both you and the person you are arguing with much smarter and open-minded.”
I’d like to make this clear: I respect every woman and man to enter a wrestling ring because they put their bodies on the line for our personal entertainment. Just because I don’t like Nikki Bella doesn’t mean I dislike Stephanie Nicole Garcia-Colace. I can hate Nikki’s character like many hate Roman Reigns’ (or, to quote many, his lack thereof one) whilst respecting Joe Anoa'i nevertheless.
“You don’t like the Bellas, Eva Marie, Cameron, and Rosa Mendes, so you aren’t a supporter of women’s wrestling. You only like the 4 shemales, and cannot appreciate a real woman.”
I don’t mean to sound like a brat, but these people, who deem themselves as warriors of the Bella Army, are part of the reason I could have a disliking for the Bellas. As many refer to them as “dickriders” of the twins, if you won’t let me get a word in with a valid point, the person(s) you’re defending could be thought to reflect your close-minded nature.
Let’s replace this argument: “You don’t like apples, pears, strawberries, bananas, and kumquats, but you like oranges, kiwi, mangoes, lemons, tangerines, and pineapples. Ugh. You don’t like real fruit, you exotic-tasting food lover!”
This comparison really sheds light on our quall: perhaps you will realize how ridiculous this sounds. Just because I don’t like some fruit doesn’t mean I don’t like fruit: some tastes just aren’t appealing to me for whatever reason. I still love fruit, just not all fruit.
To address the arguably ruder part of that anonymous comment, I like other wrestlers than the “four shemales.” Naomi, Natalya, Maryse, Carmella, Nia, Dana, Peyton, Billie, Asuka, Ember, and Mickie (throwing in ‘alumni’ - Maria Kanellis, Trish Stratus, Eve Torres, AJ Lee, Beth Phoenix, Melina, Lita, Victoria) are just naming a few. All of these women aren’t Horsewomen, yet I still like them.
*All I know is that these women (and the 4HW as well) don’t rely on reality TV to make themselves stars.* You know as well as I do that the Bellas were lost causes until the 2011-2012 time period, when Nikki began dating Cena, the face of the company, and Brie met Daniel Bryan, arguably one of the fans’ all-time favorites, up there with Cena, Austin, and the Rock.
Brie and Nikki fought Kelly Kelly, Tamina Snuka, Alicia Fox, Beth Phoenix, and weren’t portrayed as the heroes they arguably are now. 2011 brought Brie’s first and only WWE title reign, which she held for only 70 days. April 2012 brought a 6-day reign for Nikki Bella, and only until November 2014 did she get her record-setting title reign.
During the time period of 2012 and 2014, in 2013, the first episode of Total Divas was broadcasted, which seemed to almost “revolve” around Nikki and Cena’s relationship. The show was successful, and a little over a year later, in November of 2014, Nikki entered the longest Divas’ title reign. With the fact that Nikki having a title reign brought even more popularity to Total Divas, and with the fact that Nikki and Brie were dating the company’s top stars, you can’t help but wonder if their “Hollywood success” could’ve aided in creative’s choice to have Nikki break AJ’s record. Though they didn’t depart from the company, you could see that Hollywood offered more for them than a wrestling ring ever would.
Speaking of AJ’s record, it’s evident that Nikki broke that record to erase AJ’s impacts on the divas’ division. WWE wanted to write Lee off as quickly as possible because of their real life bad blood with Punk and AJ. Though they knew that Nikki defended the title not all that often (most of her reign fell in the Divas’ Revolution, which was led by the warring state of the 3 teams of Team Bella, Team B.A.D., and Team PCB), and with the knowledge of female impact on sports everywhere, having Nikki quickly erase one of AJ’s arguably “most notable” records and lose the title 6 days into her now record-setting reign was the best option.
I don’t mean to generalize, but there are things the Bella Army will catechize people like Paige, AJ Lee, or any of the Horsewomen for, but let the Bellas’ same mistakes slide-especially when it comes to promos. Paige bringing up Charlotte’s dead brother (which, I know, is absolutely horrid) is horrible, but the Bellas insulting Kharma’s weight, pregnancy, and looks is “okay” because it’s “all scripted.” AJ dropping the truth about how reality TV saved people like Cameron and Eva is misogynistic, but the Bellas dissing AJ and saying she’s only “famous” because she “rode the coattails of male superstars” is perfectly dandy. This is extremely hypocritical, but once someone dares to point it out, we’re attacked with hate comments hiding behind sunglasses or shady posts where you’ve tagged us.
Sure, Nikki and Brie have improved over time. They’ve developed character, ring, and mic skills. (Might I add, it took them…hmm, 2008 to around 2014…six years to do so.) Yet with all of the dickriders on here, it seems to me that many see these women, who though are well-rounded because of their variety of moves, who lacked something that made them pop out of the mold of Diva, as greatest of all times. Fabulous Moolah? Nooooo. Lita? No way. Trish Stratus? Not even close. Mickie? Hell no. Jazz? Nope. Jacqueline? Not at all. Chyna? No. On and on. Sure, they’re good; but they are not GREAT, they are not as wonderful as you guys view them as. Sure, you may like them, as I, for an example, like Becky. But I will always admit that there are people who were and are better. Many people of the Bella Army will throw out the accomplishments of other women who came before to make the Bellas look like wrestling goddesses.
I’ve touched on this a bit before, and I will acknowledge it again: though they seemed to be focused on reality TV, they still stayed in the business when times were tough regarding their ring personas. Yet, unlike someone like AJ, though they weren’t on the top of the division, they still got their paycheck and didn’t have to face backstage hatred because of their significant others. While Nikki and Brie taped Total Divas, AJ dealt with the hatred of their (I believe) stepfather, John Laurinaitis. So whilst they still continued their wrestling careers, other than the fact they weren’t given a lot of screen time, they didn’t face anything otherwise “difficult.”
Sure, they spawned the “#GiveDivasAChance” movement because of their 30-second match with Emma & Paige. But do any of you guys, the ones that worship the Bellas for “giving divas a chance,” pay ownage to Emma and Paige and for their work on the division? Or do you turn them away because the Bellas beat them so quickly? If you “give divas a chance,” why won’t you give Emma and Paige a chance?
You might oblige with acknowledging Emma and Paige, but many of the Bella Army can’t stand (for the lives of them) the 4HW of the WWE. There’s something about Bayley, Becky, Charlotte, and Sasha’s overall excellence in wrestling that really ticks over the Bella Army. Their well-roundedness in all forms of wrestling (power, submission, technical, and high-flying) is something you dismiss. You get all riled up that the Horsewomen are seen as the saviors of the division and that some people like them and not the Bellas. You get all, mind my “slang,” triggered over the fact they’re given the accolades and everyone else but Trish and Lita are thrown out. What about your precious Bellas? What about their accomplishments in a division where all accomplishments are scripted (mind for accomplishments of excellence with character, mic, and ring skill [this point was made to point out championships])? What about the fact they’ve just recently improved yet still trail the Four Horsewomen, Naomi, Natalya, Paige, Asuka, Ember Moon, many more women in the division?
“Name something the Horsewomen can do that the Bellas can’t!!!!” Okay, I’ll admit that the advantages of the 4HW could be unfair because there’s 4 of them and 2 Bellas. I’ll just focus on individuals for now.
Bayley has an overall connection to the younger audience that Brie has attempted to do with her using Daniel’s “yes” chant and some of his moves. Bayley is unique in her “bleeding babyface” ways, yet Brie and Nikki have blurred the lines between face and heel all too frequently, whether intentionally or unintentionally.
Becky has escaped the women’s wrestler “mold” that has been established the past couple of years. She brings a very unique feel to the ring, and the steampunk attire and “bleeding babyface” ways is something that is near Bayley’s, but not as sucking up to the crowd and more following of the rules, even if it puts you at a severe disadvantage. Nikki and Brie have used Twin Magic unfairly to win matches, and they fit almost perfectly into the Diva-esque mold.
Charlotte outwrestles Nikki, Brie, and almost every woman on the roster. I believe the only ones that can come close are Asuka, Ember Moon, Becky, Sasha, Bayley, and Mickie (as well as Lita, Trish, Beth, and more in their prime times). No matter how much they improve, I highly doubt the Bellas will be able to reach the wrestling skill heights Charlotte has.
And now for Sasha - for Sasha has, is, and will get louder pops than Brie or Nikki. There’s something about her character, the Legit Boss, that will make fans chant “we want Sasha” in many women’s segments on Raw. Nikki gets louder pops than Brie, yes, but she doesn’t come close to Sasha’s crowd eruption.
“The Bellas didn’t have a platform in the indies or in NXT to help improve. They grew (and took longer in doing so) because they had to do it while still on the main roster.” While I can see what this point is trying to say, if the Bellas did truly want to develop fully and become the next Beth Phoenixes of the division, they would enroll in extra acting and wrestling classes. Did they? Nope. “Their improvements came earlier than 2014!!!” someone will bring up. Did you guys suddenly forget about the horror of the Bella feud in 2014? Did you guys tune out Brie’s horrid acting and fake crying? Did you not see Nikki’s fails at covering up her emotions, or her promo now known as the “Growing Up Bella” meme? Or did you turn a blind eye on these horrors so you could complain about Paige and AJ Lee some more?
“Why do you care that the Bellas have a reality show or that they walk the red carpets? It’s their business, after all!” It is their business, and I applaud them for sitting on the brim of Hollywood and the WWE for this long of a period of time. Yet they should always focus on their wrestling careers and improving in the ring before getting famous for reality TV. If they want to be reality and Hollywood stars so bad, they can leave the WWE because it’s holding them back. To me, it seems they appreciate Hollywood more than the wrestling ring based on the fact they’re consistently focusing on more Total Divas/Bellas episodes over furthering Nikki’s wrestling career.
“Everyone can’t get past their looks, so they aren’t given a proper chance! They still suffer from a negative stigma because of AJ’s pipebombshell on the Total Divas cast!” I have gotten past their looks: sure, they’re beautiful, but so is Carmella and Nia, and they aren’t being pushed and/or being booked properly. Plus, they’ve been given a lot of “proper chances.” Nikki’s the longest reigning Divas’ champion, for all sakes! Someone who isn’t given “proper chances” is someone like Carmella.
And if the bombshell still impacts their viewing, I don’t know what to say. It’s been what, three or four years now? Natalya and Naomi aren’t viewed like that anymore because they broke free of the Diva-esque vibe by showcasing their in-ring skills. The bombshell just provides extra information and boost to an argument: if AJ Lee said something that can help you prove your point, use it to your advantage, folks.
“The Four Horsewomen should have to scratch and claw like how the Bellas had to for eight years of their careers!” Hold up, hold up. First, the Bellas got their first title reigns in 2011 and 2012, which was three to four years into their careers. Secondly, them having to wait for three years for a title reign isn’t that bad, considering at the time they were very poor on the mic and in the ring. They had major appeal because of the fact they were twins and even have admitted that they were originally hired because of that signature “twin appeal.” Waiting that amount of time for a title whilst not having skills to back up a good reign wasn’t “scratching” or “clawing.”
You know who did scratch and claw? The Four Horsewomen. Bayley and Sasha worked in the independents (alongside men) as Davina Rose and Mercedes V: them going to the WWE was their whole scratching and clawing. Overcoming the odds with childhood dreams to make it to the top is always a good story. Looking to John Cena and Eddie Guerrero as inspiration, Bayley and Sasha eventually made it to the top.
I know more about Becky’s story, though: she worked as Rebecca Knox, left her family at fifteen to learn how to wrestle (alongside men) after being inspired by Lita, went to the UK, Canada, a lot of Europe, and Japan along the way, broke her head open in a match in Germany, dealt with marijuana and alcohol abuse, attended clown school, and eventually made it to the WWE.
And for Charlotte: she never thought she would wrestle and was always into other types of sports until her brother, her inspiration, Reid, unfortunately died in 2013. From there, she got the boost to make it to the top (with flair hahaha I’m so funny).
I will give the Bellas this: they scratched and clawed to try to make our viewings of them disappear. Yet was the world ever conspiring against them? At the time, they had fame and fortune; just doubt on our part. “But Nikki’s neck injury!” I will give Nikki that. She is passionate enough to come back to the business that hurt her, a lot like how Becky did, and that is one of many things I can respect about Stephanie Nicole Garcia-Colace.
There is one last thing I’d like to address: “You only dislike the Bellas because they’re not fully white.” PHEWWWW. Do not play the racism card. Please. I still like Bayley, Naomi, Asuka, Ember Moon, Sasha Banks, AJ Lee, and Nia Jax despite them being “not fully white.” That’s a piss-poor excuse.
To add as a “disclaimer:” I am completely open with argument and differing opinion. I’d love to hear what you have to say, as long as it’s not hateful from behind a pair of sunglasses.
Ciao, a typical German breakfast features fresh bread rolls and bread or toast, butter/margarine, assorted cheeses (like cream cheese, cottage cheese, brie, camembert, quark), assorted sausage/cold cuts (called Aufschnitt), honey and marmelade/jam or Nutella, coffee, milk, juice or tea, vegetables (like radishes, cucumber, tomato), and fruit (like berries, kiwis, bananas, oranges). Also popular are soft-boiled eggs. Some people like yogurt or cornflakes or müsli.
It will look something like this:
For many more examples of regular German breakfasts, see the breakfast tag. I should add that, seeing that breakfasts in Germany are quite elaborate with many choices, we’re often not used to really simple breakfasts when traveling. So now you know why Germans MIGHT complain at the sight of just bread and jam for breakfast or some random donut and coffee. ;) We’re really spoiled when it comes to breakfast.