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What are the ethnic foods that you eat on a normal basis?

saag, guac!

  • 30 years old
  • From Illinois, United States
  • Currently in Auroville, India

India! What's up!

Please enjoy my serious musings about Sadhana Forest in Tamil Nadu, India. The program is a three-week long study abroad in an ecovillage, where I will live and study reforestation practices and earth-friendly living.

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India Auroville, India  |  Jan 03, 2011
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Hey He-aay :) 

I was hoping to buy all my xmas gifties here. For this year and next year... all my cousins and nephews and such. We'll see. We've gone into Auroville once so far for a workshop. This workshop (dadada-da!) is called Peas vs Pills, and it was about how we can adjust our diet to cure our health issues. The vegan diet is based on whole, plant-based foods, with plenty of Vitamin D and B12. The doctor who presented cooked some AMAZING food for us. She made a vegan cashew cheese that I am so jazzed about. I'm gonna make that asa I get home. She primarily presented the health benefits, and then rounded out the argument for veganism with not supporting cruelty to animals, not ingesting that cruelty, and the global effects of meat and dairy eating. I won't go too much into the details, but I am very strongly considering carrying on such a diet when I return home. Hazelnut latte with soymilk? We'll see how that goes. I'm not craving, but I daydream often of lattes and cappucinos, pizza, chocolate. That's it. The good thing is that they have lots of vegan replacements for these kinds of foods. 

The workshop was held in a paradise-setting: hand-woven hammocks everywhere and no piles of garbage. Every street I have seen so far in India has its own pile of garbage. The cows that roam freely graze on these piles. Very sad. Sometimes they die because they consume so many plastic bags and then can't fit anything else in their stomachs for nourishment. Back to the setting, it was right on the beach! And the water is so warm. Goh geous dawling, goh geous. 

We've watched a few movies lately. "No Impact Man" we watched for Eco Film Club on Friday night where the local community is invited for free dinner and a movie. Yorit and Aviram like to keep it free, they don't even ask for donations. It's taken me a while to accept their perspective. I think that having this night be free for people is a great gift, and this gift sometimes inspires generosity. The generosity is never coerced. Their philosophy reminds me of Dorothy Day's style of raising money. For her homeless shelters and food lines, she never saved any money. She spent it right away for supplies and then quickly had nothing again. Aviram has said a couple of times, "It is nice when there is no money in the bank. It only makes room for more money." Sounds same same! (head bobble) Being the recipient of such generosity allows the opportunity for un-coerced generosity (donations) for Sadhana Forest. 

Um, "No Impact Man." I thought it was a really sexy movie. Guy in New York and his wife and daughter take on a no-impact life for a year. See it, it's just hilariously American and sweet. And lots of good ideas for how to lessen impact at home. The other movie we saw was "End of the Line," a movie about the fishing industry. I cried a few times during this film. Industrial fishing boats "plow" the bottom of the ocean seven times a year. Everything within a two mile band is scraped up into the nets. Life doesn't have a chance to regenerate. Only 0.6% of the world's oceans are protected under wildlife preservation sites. Let me just throw in something quickly that America didn't look that bad in this movie. There is a lot less America hating here than in America. It's a relief to not feel like poop for being an American so much of the time. Back to movie, Mitsubishi is fishing the Bluefin Tuna to extinction. They have frozen thousands of tons Bluefin probably so they can set the price when they run out. Shame shame shame. 

Veganism? Sounds pretty good. But I live in Colorado, I don't live in India where fruits galore grow all year round. I may find that it is more sustainable for me to do a vegetarian diet or a vegan diet with a little bit of meat every now and then. Local-free-roaming-go-and-visit-the-farm-where-it's-made kinda stuff.

That was a long one. Thanks for bearin with!


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    Anne Fraser aka schmam wrote: Wed Jan 5, 2011
    Way to go gurrl! Love ya, schmam