SPICEGALS: INTRO

shalja soni

14|05|18

I want to start by saying that I’m not an expert in any field, specifically not in nutrition. I’ll tell you what I am though, and I’m aware this may come across as controversial but I hope you’ll be able to recognise my bravery...I am a foodie.

 

Coming from a Hindu-Punjabi family, food has always played such a massive role in the way we socialise and *~connect~*. I grew up in a vegetarian environment so I’ve never viewed meat as food. As I got older, my family began to expand their diet to include meat, however it still didn’t appeal to me. Even after moving out of the family home, I remained vegetarian. Mainly because I had become more aware of the ethicalities surrounding meat consumption and I literally have no clue on how to prepare meat/fish/eggs and I thought I would end up poisoning myself.

Between the ages of fifteen and twenty one I dipped in and out of veganism. Mainly because I had cystic acne and was told that dairy maybe the cause and also I became a lot more invested in trying to be kinder to animals and the environment. My longest run lasted two weeks over Christmas break. I stopped because I wasn’t getting enough of the right nutrition and felt super lethargic. Then, at twenty four I was determined to do it “properly” and I haven’t looked back since. I’ve always loved food but after becoming vegan seven months ago, my relationship with food became a lot more exciting and varied. I feel like a child discovering things for the first time - different ways of preparing food, fruits and veggies I had never even heard of before and new places to eat!

 

However, whilst I’m out here trying to live my best life and eating food that makes me happy - there are often so many issues with the way veganism is practiced/portrayed in the west and on social media. On twitter alone, I’ve seen numerous statements and interactions that are entirely dismissive of people’s experiences and also lacking basic human decency? Also, western veganism generally sits well within the white middle class as the idea that ‘everyone should be vegan’ completely fails to recognise cultural and social practices whilst simultaneously dodging discussions regarding the gentrification of the food that is made and consumed by those ethnic groups.

 

Things you can expect from me:

 

  • Discussion regarding the political, cultural and religious repercussions and experiences with food. (E.g: what’s the deal with tuesdays? and some Hindus eat beef?!)

  • Food reviews.

  • Sharing relevant resources.

 

Let’s get into it!