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Vegan Revolution

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Everyone knows “that one vegan” who cannot stop talking about their veganness and who posts incessantly on FaceBook and Instagram about their vegan life. And no one likes that vegan because it gets pretty old pretty fast (although I can totally understand the excitement now that I’m one too). I don’t want to be that vegan, but at the same time, I’m so passionate and excited about it that sometimes it is hard to hold myself back. I am trying to find a balance between taking over my friends’ lives with veganness and functioning as a normal human being, and so far this balance has resulted in me keeping my mouth closed a lot of the time until I can let my vegan thoughts fly free in my vegan friend circles, which mostly consists of me, my roommate Audrey, and my friend Bridger.

However, I recently received two pieces of information that have caused me to decide to open up and start my little part in the vegan revolution:

  1. My mom sent me an email claiming that Tioga Pass (which is an entrance to Yosemite in the Sierras) is at SIX PERCENT of normal snow pack. Six percent, people!
  2. I got an email asking for any students interested in doing a talk for our annual Westminster Thinks BIG event which happens in the fall.

Can you believe that Tioga is at 6% of average? Climate change is real and it is happening now! There is no time for us to sit around twiddling our thumbs and calling climate change a “myth.” Climate change is impacting our lives as we speak, and it is our duty to do what we can to decrease our atrocious impact on Earth and to slow this whole process down.

So, with that alarming kick in the pants, I applied to do a talk at Westminster Thinks BIG, which is basically Westminster’s version of TED Talks, where students and professors and alumni give a short presentation on their big ideas and passions. I am pretty passionate about this whole environmentalism through veganism thing, so I think it is time to start spreading the word as much as I can to at least get people thinking about the consequences of their diet. I can eat a clean vegan diet all I want, but that alone will not return Tioga Pass to average snow pack. This has to be a group effort, and by group I mean a national and international effort, so it’s time to start doing my part right here on my little liberal arts campus in the middle of Utah. Changing the world is a pretty daunting task, but with each new person who cuts back on meat and animal products, we get one step closer to that goal.

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Banana French Toast & Spring Skiing (in February)

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This morning we had breakfast at this shack called The Stockyard. Definitely off of the beaten path, but definitely worth it. Not vegan friendly at all unfortunately, but still quite vegetarian friendly, which is good enough for this weekend I have decided. After about 3 cups of coffee I dug into a delicious, steaming plate of Banana Bread French Toast. Holy cow, why had I never considered such an idea before?? It was a beautiful moment, even though I did note that I was consuming milk and eggs and contributing to global climate change with every scrumptious bite. However, it seems that vegans always manage to make excellent replicas of delicious foods, so it is now on my list to figure out how to: 1. make vegan banana bread, 2. make french toast in general without the two essential ingredients of the operation (eggs and milk), and 3. combine the vegan banana bread and the vegan french toast process into a vegan version of this beautiful, beautiful breakfast item. (If you can’t tell already, breakfast is by far my favorite meal of the day).

Aside from breakfast, we actually did do other activities today such as skiing! I know this is a food blog, but a lot of food people are also skiing people, right? Anyway, we got up to Bridger Bowl, where a mountain full of heavy mashed-potato-crusty-topped-slushy-with-ice-patches snow awaited us, around 11am. The weather has been so warm lately that it rained on the mountain a day ago, but the mountain was also blasted by 90mph winds two days ago as well! There were many fallen trees, and all of the snow was covered by a nice dusting of pine shrapnel. Today was a great time to practice the mantra: “There is no such thing as bad snow, only a bad attitude.” And luckily, we were all pretty positive about the whole deal and had a great day, because hey, we could have been stuck at home doing homework all day instead. However, the poor skiing conditions in February served as a firm reminder of why eating vegan is so important to me. We cannot continue to treat our only mother earth so poorly if we want to continue enjoying such fun things like skiing. This year’s winter is a preview of what every winter could be, and even what a “good” winter could be in the future as our climate continues to change.