Surrounded by unhealthy eating habits?
I know I am.
Feeling pressured conform?
Don't do it. Not before thinking of yourself first.
It's no doubt hard to hold your own when everyone around you is consuming crap.
And guess what, it's ok to consume crap every once in a while. An authoritarian diet that feels constraining is not one that's going to last.
So, go for it. Eat that piece of cake in the employee lounge . . . just don't make it a regular habit.
This is why it's so important to carry around your own snacks. When you feel the urge to slice yourself a piece of employee cake, dig into that container of home-prepared snacks instead.
Alluring abundant Americana exists around most every corner. But the American way is not succumbing to the pressures of the status quo. The American way is establishing your own criteria that fits your character.
So, yes, I know, the pressure to eat crappy crap is power because many people are doing it, but don't let other people's norms dictate yours.
First, take a small red onion, chop it up fine, and fry it up in some oil. I like adding something sweet, like a little maple syrup or mirin, to help caramelize the onions (but wait for the onions to brown some before you do this, if you dare). While that's gettin' good, mash up a can of black beans (drain the beans first) in a separate bowl with a fork or spoon or whatever you like to mash stuff with. Throw some minced garlic in with the onion for a couple minutes. While that heats up, dice or grate a carrot. Then, toss the onions and garlic in the bowl with the beans, add the shredded carrot, a tablespoon of sunflower seeds, a half cup of oatmeal (ground or not), and some tamari and the nutritional yeast and whatever herbs and whatnots you want to include. Turn that into a patty. If it's too dry, add some water (or soy sauce). Too wet, add some more oats. Toss those patties in an oiled pan, and fry 'em up. Keep in mind, you can add anything you want: zucchini, flax, liquid smoke, cacao powder, or coffee for all I care.
Working Class Vegan Man will be present at today's Big Love Fest. The event is held at the Well on East Market St.
I'll be there to talk health and energy from 1pm to 1:45pm. All dudes (and lady peeps) are welcome, no matter your diet—even carnivores.
My focus for today is menus and shopping lists. How can we get you to cook at home and cook for energy and health?
Chew food not bombs.
The bacon craze has hit the vegan community. But we make our bacon with coconut! Here's how.
Heat oven to 350.
Combine liquid ingredients.
Put coconut flakes in a medium-sized bowl and pour liquid ingredients over the top. Mix well.
Spread coconut onto a baking sheet. You can line it with parchment paper if you want.
Bake for 6 minutes, stir, and bake another 7 minutes.
Remove from oven and allow to cool.
Try not to eat all of them at once.
It’s difficult to keep a lifestyle energized by healthy foods if your surroundings suck.
You can try to keep your portions reasonable, design a menu centered around whole foods, or cut sweets from your diet, but if the forces around you hiss and scowl and wear you down, then you’re likely to reach for comfort, either in the shape of larger portions or processed foods or an entire package of Oreos.
Is your boss a drag? This might just be the pressure that sets ya over the edge. Is your job stressing you out to the point of driving your fingernails into your arm? Are you tossing and turning at night, unable to sleep? Is there that one friend who’s not really a friend and more of a pile of barf that needs to be cleaned up by you on a regular basis?
Enter what some call Primary Food, the essentials in your life that contribute to positive energy.
Many of us, on our quest to become healthier (whatever that means) focus on the food part and the exercise part, which are important parts to healthy living, no doubt. However, it will be very difficult for you to remain committed to a particular food diet if there are negative distractions orbiting around you, annoyingly poking at your head like an older brother in the back of the car.
If you’re finding it difficult to carry on with that healthy New Year’s resolution, than take a moment to evaluate the world around you. Perhaps there is another change that needs to be tweaked.