Greetings and salutations to all of you and an extra special hip-hop-hooray and hello to my 5 -Day Vegan Challengers. How are we feeling on day 1 of this goodness eating challenge? Excited? Inspired? Energized? Gloom and doom and off to the nearest greasy spoon for bacon and eggs? Have no fear- your Vegan Cheerleader is here!
Since you all know what needs to be done, what you need to be eating or more important, what needs to not be eaten, I will spare you any more preaching on the bennys (short for benefits) of giving veg eating a go and instead turn my attention and nose up to soy. Consider this part 1.
This past weekend I rocked it out veg style at the Toronto Vegetarian Food Fair. The largest of it's kind, apparently. I did an hour long Cooking Demo/Circus Performance where I cooked and chatted and laughed and totally spazzed out and had a grand old time. After the spectacle, I was famished. My beautiful assistant Ashley and I went on the hunt for some lunchy-lunch and realized very quickly that there was nothing to eat. We were at the Veg Food Fair and couldn't find anything to eat. It was all soy. And not soy in usual soy forms. There was no tempeh to eat, not even tofu, which would have been fine. No.
We were a couple whole foods, healthy girls that were being swallowed up by the land of Plastecine soy foods that had been configured into all manner of quote surrounded "meat" foods. You could get tofurky, tofham, tofacon, and teese (see pic above). This was a faux-cheese food-like product made from soy, soy by-products and other sorts of nitrates and preservatives and carried an expiry of Jan 2010. Good thing too because if anyone were to eat this any faster than that, I am pretty sure they might grow an extra breast or more likely drop a testicle. The scariest bit of all (aside from the faux-cheese in the plastic tube) was that this was the last one! Apparently there had been a run on Teese!
Ashley and I left the Veg Food Fair starving after inhaling a cookie (we at least knew what was in it), sucking back a coconut each and munching on some left over Quinoa from Marni Wasserman's cooking demo. The best snack we had was when we were driving away from the veg fair and a bunch of Jehovah's Witnesses surrounded my car and gave us bags of peanuts and raisins (and you know how I feel about peanuts).
The challenge I have with the Veg Fair is that it is designed as an event to help expose people to the veggie way of life. My intention with 5 Days Vegan was in part to expose peeps to a meat-free way of eating, but also to do so in a healthy way. Healthy veggie eating does not include 'tofham' and 'teese' sandwiches.
Check back tomorrow where I get down and dirty on why I say No-fu To Tofu! And if you are participating in the Vegan Challenge- be sure to follow me on twitter to get coaching through the day!
Here are some more pics from the fair!
They say it's good to make an audience laugh. I don't know about them but I was making myself laugh a whole lot. I kinda felt like I was on an infomercial. And I totally dug the microphone. I want to get one to wear around my kitchen at home so I can chat and once in a while give the old "Is this thing on?"