I know during this time we are supposed to stay at home, isolated from others, but that doesn’t mean we can’t go outside and have our fun in the sun. The question is, what is there to do while outside? Well, there are plenty of activities to do alone or in a group, so here is a list of activities to do outdoors.
I have been plant-based since before “plant-based” was a commonly used label. I was eating this way before veggie burgers changed colors while cooking, before there was a plethora of vegan milks other than soy, before chain vegan restaurants. Don’t get me wrong, though, I welcome most of those changes.
The first time we visited a restaurant 8 or 9 years ago, my children distrusted everything. They all prefaced their order with, “Is that vegan?” We now visit that restaurant several times a year and it’s an outing that we continue to enjoy. In the beginning of our journey we were a soy milk family. Of course, that was all that the major grocers were selling at the time. We’re now regularly drinking almond milk. My point is that we embrace change, but this new plant-based burger boom frightens me. I’m still trying to figure out if it is real food.
I don't know what happened. I was making stir-fried tofu on my messy stovetop (because I still needed to clean my kitchen), and I randomly began singing Marvin Gaye. I ran through a few songs off of the What's Going On album, one that my mom played a lot when my siblings and I were younger, and was suddenly filled with emotion. The album spoke about so many things that felt so relevant today such as environmental destruction, sickness, war, hatred, the power of spirituality, etc. I grabbed my phone and pulled up the album, and played the songs back to myself. I cried...Hard.
As a vegan and a "tree hugger", I find vegan and green fashion important for numerous reason. One being that chemical clothes, like acid-wash jeans, are harmful to the earth. Due to global warming, I believe that we should do all that we can to decrease chemical use.
We were all kids at some time, right? At certain points in our childhood, our peers became very important, and their opinions even more so. I’m sure that I’m not the only one who was tempted to do something that my mom explicitly told me not to do, or tempted to not do something that I knew I was ordered to do. At the time, it definitely seemed worth whatever consequences I would face. Oh, how wonderful it would’ve been if someone had given my mom some tricks to get me to follow her rules!
Well this is your lucky day. I’m going to give you some pointers on how to keep your children vegan in a non-vegan world. Getting them to obey you in other situations is up to you.
Looking Through Vegan Colored Glasses is a vegan lifestyle blog curated by a Black mom and four of her vegan raised kids, covering their opinions on health, food, and fashion.