Weekend Reading, 11.23.14
November 23, 2014

Weekend Reading | The Full Helping

Happy weekend, all. I want to thank you for taking time to read and consider Emilia’s awesome green recovery story. If you haven’t seen it yet, I do recommend checking it out; it’s incredibly powerful.

I’m still on a holiday recipe kick, so here are some of my additional Thanksgiving ideas: 3 entree ideas, two sumptuous desserts. For more inspiration, you can check out the Thanksgiving recipe roundup post that I compiled earlier this week!

Green-Bean-Casserole-3-682x1024

Kristy has veganized a perennial Thanksgiving favorite, green bean casserole with onion ring topping, and the results are marvelous.

butternut-squash-apple-fennel-galette6

Another fabulous Thanksgiving centerpiece option: McKel’s butternut squash, fennel, and apple galette.

chickpea-scramble-featured

This savory mushroom, spinach, and chickpea scramble would be equally good for Thanksgiving dinner or breakfast the day after.

Sweet Potato Caramel Pecan Cake 1

Amy has utterly outdone herself with this raw sweet potato caramel pecan cheesecake.

Spiced-Apple-Tart-GF-Vegan-4-731x1024

Finally, I am drooling over Rachel’s spiced apple tart.

Reads

1. Disturbing, but pretty groovy looking: NASA has created a visualization to show CO2 clouds swirling about earth.

2. A totally charming profile of Tofurky, in honor of its 20th anniversary. I honored the company myself a week ago!

3. A good article about milk, via The New York Times. In spite of the fact that I’m vegan, I don’t claim (as I once upon a time did) that moderate amounts of dairy are necessarily deleterious to health. But I do think that the health benefits of dairy, especially its role as a calcium source, have been vastly exaggerated in this country. This article breaks that phenomenon down nicely, citing incredibly comprehensive studies that suggest, for example, that milk consumption is not associated with decreased risk of hip fracture in women. Other studies have suggested that milk consumption is associated with no protective effect against fractures in men, and that it’s actually associated with an increased risk of fracture in women–not to mention higher mortality rates.

It’s good to see that more and more research is breaking down milk’s time honored reputation as a food that growing kids need desperately for bone health.

4. What does being “well fed” mean to you? In this lovely post, Rachel Cole compiles some womens’ responses to the question, “what is a well fed woman?” I liked all of the responses, but this one was my favorite:

A well-fed woman is an empowered woman, immersed in self-care and receptive to nourishment from others and the world.”

5. Lovely post on Margarita Tartakovsky’s blog called “Dear Body: A Letter of Apology.” I’ll share a short excerpt:

You know that I love a challenging workout. I love how empowered I feel after doing many push-ups. It is a reminder that I am strong. Every push-up shatters the stories my brain has spun for years of not being an athlete, of being awkward, of being weak.

You also know that I can get carried away. Feeling the dumbbells in my hands, the music pumping through my body, I start to feel invincible. Feeling the heaviness of my breath, my feet meeting the pavement, I feel energized, awake…

And so I push you. I push you hard. One more set. One more rep. One more step…

Body, I’m so sorry. I’m sorry for ignoring your gentle whispers, for beating you up. I’m sorry for neglecting your needs, for pretending you didn’t even have any.

I’m sorry for getting frustrated with you and wishing you’d work harder. I’m sorry for comparing you to others, and measuring your worth by the actions you perform.”

So many of us can relate to this in some way or another. At so many moments during recovery I was struck with an overwhelming, poignant sense of sorriness for my body, a desire to apologize to it. Nice to see another blogger putting it into words so aptly.

On that note, I wish you a lovely Sunday, friends.

xo

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

    9 Comments
  1. Hi Gena,
    I just wanted to tell you that your book is absolutely incredible. I bought it a month ago when I was visiting my boyfriend in the US, and I have been reading and rereading it so many times. & the recipes are so good! I have tried many of them already but I still have so many left to try. Also your blog is such a grat blog. I am in recovery from an ed, and reading your blog helps me. By reading your blog I realize I am not alone, and there is a way out. & I also love your honesty. That is probably what I like the most about you blog.

    • Heidi, what a phenomenally kind note. Thanks for letting me know you love the book! I am so grateful.

      Yours,

      Gena <3

  2. Great recipes and thought-provoking articles as usual! I had that NYT article on milk in the pipeline for my weekly roundup and still may post it next week. I thought it was fairly balanced, which was nice because after that meta analysis published in the BMJ I’ve seen a lot of extremism on both sides of the argument. I read the meta analysis and was disappointed by it (especially since it came from my alma mater at the Karolinska Institute). Having worked for the last year on a similar study I know the rigours that should go into it, and I’m astounded that they extrapolated 20 years of data from a single FFQ. Anyways, I don’t think that dairy should be pushed as something that desperately is needed for good health, and nor do I think it should be demonized. Every thing in moderation!

  3. Those excerpts were lovely. The apology to the body is very touching and worth a good thinking. Thanks for sharing. AND that raw cheese cake looks absolutely unfathomably amazing

  4. Thanks Gena–loved the “Dear Body’ excerpt. Happy Thanksgiving! Thanks for all the good work you do.

    Maria

  5. I am totally digging McKel’s recipe as I am planning a one stop dish, that looks amazing. Thanks for sharing the lovely dear body letter, I know I can relate and it’s a good reminder to be kind to ourselves. Happy Holidays:)

  6. Great recipes. I’ve got my eye on that apple pie!

    I also saw the milk study/research outcome the other day. I’m glad it got some good cover. Now here’s hoping more people give plant-milk a try instead.

You might also like

Whenever I write about my experience of eating disorders, I make a point of saying that the healing process isn’t linear. It’s full of odd, surprising twists and turns, realizations and moments that take one by surprise. Still, it’s natural to hope that a linear trend will emerge. After all, it’s the promise of change, of transformation, that keeps us going when the process is at its ugliest. When recovery was at its worst for me—when I was feeling the most robbed of…

Hello, hello, and happy Sunday. It’s been a week of highs and lows here: September’s customary temperature swings, some ups and downs in mood, and some recipe testing triumphs followed up by a couple of spectacular fails. It’s all keeping me on my toes. On Monday evening, a friend invited me to check out a new play, called Aubergine. It’s the story of a chef, Ray, whose father has recently entered hospice care. In nursing his dying father, Ray is forced to confront…

I remember being introduced to the concept of anavasthitatva the first time I read the yoga sutras. I’ve seen this word translated as “regression,” “backsliding,” and—my favorite—”slipping down from the ground gained.” I was struck by the concept because I wasn’t far into anorexia recovery at the time, and discouragement at my own regressions, even minor ones, was one of my biggest challenges. It’s hard to say what was a bigger problem: the fact that I still got tangled up in old habits, or the…

I’m perched upon my sofa right now in a sea of pre-holiday mess: as-of-yet-unwrapped gifts, Scotch tape and scissors on the floor, a Christmas tree that needs watering and has been shedding needles without subsequent vacuuming from me, a countertop covered in flour for the bread that probably needs longer to proof than I have time to give it. There are unwashed dishes in the sink, work emails I meant to send before Christmas and didn’t, cards I wanted to mail to friends…