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April 25, 2011

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I recently decided not to let the opinions of the fat-phobic get in the way of my relationship with my body. Just like I dont let PETA get in the way of me being a responsible consumer. Or let Pat Robertson tell me how to be a Christian (or that I'm not.) In any discourse, we have to fight to keep the assholes from the driving seat.

I agree totally with you. I grow a lot of my own fruits and veggies, eat eggs fresh-grown, frequent farmer's markets for stuff I don't grow, try to buy meat that is raised more sustainably and healthily, yadda yadda.....but I often feel alienated from the foodie types because they are always pushing the "this will fix the fatties" meme. UGH.

Um, just to put this out there...eating vegan one day weekly reduces your carbon footprint more than eating organic/local every day. Just sayin'. :)

I'm a pescetarian now, but I was a vegetarian for several years and a vegan for about a year--and I was and am very much fat. One thing that was frustrating and hurtful to me, and that made it difficult for me to connect with the larger vegetarian community, was the rampant fat hate. I saw a lot of non-veg*ns = fat people = bad people, and as somebody who could eat vegan and mostly maintain my weight that sucked.

OTOH, I ended up staying away from size-positive blogs as well because I was seeing a lot of "vegetarians are all skinny and don't enjoy food and are covering up for eating disorders." So it was like I didn't belong anywhere.

I'm not fat, but I am a foodie. And I'm sorry to hear that people have been alienated from the foodie community for being fat. That makes no sense to me because being a foodie isn't about calorie counting or low carbing it; it's about exploring, appreciating and savoring new tastes, textures and everything that we are lucky enough to have put on our plates. I've never heard of a true foodie ever asking for a low cal modification of a dish.. you eat it the way the chef intended it to be eaten, full of fat and flavor.

Like you, I have tried hard to eat organically and purchase only humanely raised and slaughtered meat. It was not so that I could lose weight; I also did not want to put pesticides or hormones into my body that did not belong there. I wanted to feel healthy. I also wanted to put my mind at ease when I eat a burger, making sure that the animal I was eating did not suffer for my pleasure. The fact that you are trying to do something good for yourself and the planet, and that it is being overlooked simply because you're fat, is ridiculous.

As a foodie too, it drives me up the wall when friends tell me they are now using margarines, almond butters, soy butters, flaxseed oil butters and whatever else in place of real butter, solely because they think it will help them lose weight. It's not as if they're doing it because their bodies can't process dairy or because they are vegan. I know some people who went vegetarian who gained a lot of weight, and I also know some who lost weight. Why? Because we are not all the same, and our bodies all react differently.

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