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Today isn’t going so well for my first day of raw summer. First of all, I realized I can’t do this cold tofurkey. I have a lot of food in the house that is canned, cereal and stuff that I don’t want to waste. So I figured it might be better for my body anyway if I gradually go more and more into raw food only. So, this morning I had a banana and 2 packets of Nutrition for Women instant oatmeal.
I found a priceless quotation by Carol J. Adams in her book Neither Man Nor Beast about the stuff you just have to do: “The moment when I realized that maintenance must be valued as productive was while I was cooking vegetarian food; thus I was doing what we generally consider to be maintenance. The problem is to escape from maintenance to produce these or any ‘productive’ thoughts. Seeing maintenance as productive is the other side of recognizing the ethical importance of the consequences of our actions.” I often think of her words when I am doing chores or errands or things I don’t want to do or things I feel don’t make a difference, but must be done anyway.
Another thing I kind of feel bad for doing on the first day of raw summer is getting a couch. I do give myself some credit, however since it was free and would have gone to the landfill if I hadn’t saved it. It was by the dumpsters in the dorm parking lot. It is a small couch and very comfy which makes taking it feel okay too. I also decided that since I brought it into the house, I am going to give my folding chair to my mom for her classroom. I feel that is a good trade. Today I am going to take all of the extra clothes and things that I sorted out during move-in to the thrift store.
I also decided to make a few rules for my minimalism. I think books should be excluded. Not all books, of course. I have a stack to trade on a paperback book swap website. I think books supply knowledge that can help me in this endeavor as well as through life. I will, however, get rid of books that I’ll never use or which are not good references. I think a good way for me to get rid of things with sentimental value might be to give them as gifts to people I know will appreciate them.
For dinner I had some dark vegan chocolate (2 pieces) and the rest of my Japanese leftovers and more oatmeal. I am trying to use it up.
The other book I ordered I have been meaning to read for a while. I have had it checked out from the library but now I will own it. The Sexual Politics of Meat: A Feminist-Vegetarian Critical Theory by Carol J. Adams. I read her other book Neither Man Nor Beast and it was very informative. I liked how she wouldn’t use the term “meat” because it was a “mass term” meaning that it ignored the individuality of the animals and didn’t recognize the amount or source of the “meat.” So instead she would say “dead flesh” or call it the “corpse production industry.” It was full of sarcasm and wit. She used it at every opportunity so one could tell that she was stubborn and strong-willed. Reading time and then bed.