Girl Vegans


This post is controversial because it's not fair. It's certainly not based in fact and I find it questions my own tenants of feminism, but it's what I feel in my gut.

I should say that I eat a lot of vegan dishes. Maybe even most of my meals. But not all.

I've developed a theory lately about veganism. Perhaps I should start with some anecdotal evidence. My brother recently went vegan (again) and has incorporated a raw regimen into his diet. I met a great pal at this year's MeSH Conference, Mark from Ottawa, who was also a raw vegan. Both these guys wear it well: the gauntness that is inevitable when one eliminates excess dairy, wheat and meat from the diet.

I remember being in health class in high school and learning about the proper essential fat ranges for men and women. Essential fat is the amount of fat that is necessary to stay alive and reproduce.

The range was greater for women (10-13%) than for men (2-5%). I was told this was because childbirth called for that extra cushion in women.

Having now written about boy vegans and differences in necessary body fat, I must now do the inevitable and write about what I came here to: girl vegans.

I used to do an energy exchange at Moksha Yoga Uptown where I would volunteer at the studio a few hours each week in exchange for unlimited use of the studio. I think it's fair to say that there are a lot more vegans in a yoga class than there are in most rooms.

I sometimes noticed this dull, lifeless complexion on some of the women in those classes. I used to look and them and think their bodies looked deprived. Gaunt and grey. Their hair lacked lustre.

I don't know what it is exactly that girl vegans lack in the way of nutrients. Iron traditionally is the mineral that everyone worries about so they probably eat spinach, raisins and a lot of molasses. Or take supplements.

I feel like it's a glossy mineral that they're missing: an Omega 3 or maybe a cousin 6 or 9. It might be the soul, the joy is gone from the food experience. No chocolate, no cheese, very little fat. I prefer more of a French diet.

Anyway, what do I have to say about girl vegans?

I remember being in health class in high school and learning about the proper essential fat ranges for men and women. Essential fat is the amount of fat that is necessary to stay alive and reproduce.

The range was greater for women (10-13%) than for men (2-5%). I was told this was because childbirth called for that extra cushion in women.

2 comments:

  1. Well said Jess. There are those of us who eat for enjoyment and then others for whom the ingestion of calories are a chore, a necessary part of inhabiting a human body. A life without the visceral pleasures of chocolate, cheese and wine, is surely a life not lived.

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  2. Thanks for the comment, Louise. You have a knack for commenting on what I perceive to be my most controversial posts. I suppose opinionated ≠ controversial.

    I'm glad to see that you also subscribe to a "French" eating philosophy.

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