Oh my, oh my, oh my, have I ever been sick. People often say that this is the worst time to get sick or that they can’t afford to be sick, but I ask you, when is a good time? I have been burning the candle at both ends getting our house ready to sell, getting knocked out of my socks when it sold right away leaving us scrambling to find a new abode. All done in less than a month and now we are moving the first week of May. We will be doing some renovations at the new house before we move in, so decisions about and shopping for said renovations need to be accomplished pronto.
So, of course, I got sick one week ago and still am a little bit sick. To answer the age old question, “Do vegans get sick?”, I say, “Indeed they do.” Even vegans like me who follow a low fat, high carb plant based diet with minor indulgences. But, I must say that I get sick much less often and have much more energy than I used to. I am sure that many vegans don’t get sick at all and some non vegans, too and my hat is off to them, but I don’t seem to be one of the lucky ones.
All these sniffles, congestion, sore throat and barking cough led to a lot of sitting around. One does get tired of the stream of dumb shows on TV, so I decided to read the paper, which I must admit, I don’t do very often. I spend much more time researching AR issues and don’t have a lot of time left over. So, picture this – a red nosed lady wearing a nightgown and a sweatshirt and slippers with a box of Kleenex by one side, a vat of water by the other, a blanket and a cat sitting on my lap while I peruse The Montreal Gazette, looking for anything that might be interesting. Not pretty, right, but I do need to set the scene. LOL!
I stopped really looking at the Food Section years ago because, quite frankly, the recipes for Pig Tenderloin, Roast Cow and Desserts made using chickens’ eggs and the milk of cows leave me appalled, saddened, frustrated and discouraged. But, I was desperate for a distraction. Lo and behold, nestled amongst the regular carnistic authors and their cruelty filled recipes, I find, on the front page no less, an article about a recipe developer who features plant based food. Her name is Reveena Rothman-Rudnicki and she is from NDG of all places. I live 20 minutes from NDG. How cool is that?
She is a sweet young thing who overcame a diagnosis of Crohn’s disease and the medication that further compromised her health by giving up refined sugar, dairy, caffeine, alcohol, and gluten. She was already a vegetarian, so meat had long been out of her diet. Reveena manages her disease with plant foods. What a concept!!! And, the good news is, she is sharing what she has learned with us. She has a website and a YouTube Channel on which she demonstrates her recipes.
In her own words, Reveena states:
I want to cook and eat in a way that’s good for my body and for the environment. And I want to help others learn to eat in a better way, too.
Oops! This is where she loses me a bit. Her statement is perfectly fine and has great value, but does not fit in with her use on her website of the words vegan food, rather than plant based food. I am sure that it is an oversight or a misunderstanding of the ethics of veganism. It is a common occurrence these days. But, in my humble opinion, it sends out a wrong message-the message that one becomes vegan to benefit one’s health and that of the environment. This is simply not the case. Veganism is about the 65 billion non human beings who die annually in our death for profit industries. We must not forget about these beings or lump them in with a food, health or environmental cause.
That having been said, I am delighted to see anything that raises awareness about plant based eating and hopefully, veganism. Her recipes are a breath of fresh air in a sea of cream, butter, eggs, pig, cow, lamb (horror!), veal (more horror!), fish, seafood, and the list goes on….. Be aware that some of Reveena’s recipes are not 100% plant based.
Annie’s Vegan View
Making it to the front page of a mainstream news rag is golden.
I encourage my readers to send a polite, congratulatory e-mail to Reveena complimenting her on her work and suggesting that she redefine her use of the word vegan on her website. If you do, be kind.
Clarity, not condemnation paves the road to a vegan world.
May all beings be happy and free.