Last Night’s Vegan/Raw/Macro Potluck
My friend Lynn, of Healthy Adventure, a travel company specializing in vegan and raw vacations to non-touristy areas, invited me to a potluck last night. I brought a Coconut Creme Pie that was the first dish to disappear. I can’t believe I didn’t take a picture of it. It never crossed my mind. It was, however, quite attractive, if I say so myself. First, the ingredients (modified, from the Candle Cafe Cookbook):
- Macaroon Crust (cooked): Spelt flour, organic coconut, maple syrup, organic almonds, organic carrots, arrowroot, almond extract, sunflower oil, egg replacer, lemon zest
- Filling (raw): organic coconut, organic avocado, organic coconut milk, arrowroot, agave nectar, vanilla extract
The party was held at a beautiful historic home near downtown West Palm Beach and there were at least 75 people there when I left at 8:30 (I hadn’t felt well all day; I barely made it there), just as many more people were arriving.
Here are some observations:
- Lots of PETA T-shirts, hats and literature.
- Meet Your Meat was playing on a continuous loop.
- Many big cars outside.
- At least 80% of the cars had leather interior.
- With shoes, these days, you can’t tell, so I cannot say anything but TEVA.
- I have long hair (it was in a ponytail). Many of the guys had longer hair (also in ponytails).
- I was wearing the most make-up, by far, which is pretty funny considering I don’t wear much.
- Very stereotypical "grassroots activist-" looking people.
- Several people asked if I was a new vegan. One asked if I’m a flexitarian. I find this fascinating and I suppose it means I don’t look like a vegan. I was wondering how to interpret that. Is it an insult? I was clearly the chunkiest person there at 5’1" and 107 pounds, so maybe that was the supposedly telltale sign.
- There is evidently some kind of hierarchy, with the raw vegans at the top (not all raw is vegan, as some uses honey and other bee products). Truth be told, I aspire to raw veganism. I’m maybe half way there, just by virtue of eating one fruit meal and one salad meal each day. But it’s the second half that’s the difficult part.
- There is subtle infighting among the various contingents: macro, vegan, raw (vegan).
The evening reminded me of animal rights (of which there was no organized discussion). There is a spectrum of ways you can involve yourself, and some people in a certain group ridicule others for their lack of purity (read: they’re not helpful to those whom they might be able to convert, or to their own mission). Everyone’s doing their best, according to the information they have. Maybe if they had more or better information, they’d change the way they eat and shop. Maybe if they were supported for making better food choices than most Americans, and for being vegan, they’d be more receptive to taking their food activism to the next level.