The Friday Feedback Forum

February 26th, 2010 - filed under: Furthermore » Feedback

First and foremostly, I want to say THANK YOU to Cary M, who was so sweet to leave a little something in my tip jar! As you all know I work for tips here, and your support means so, so much to me. So thank you!!!

And now, on to the weekend! Oi!

So gimme your comments, critiques, thoughts, support, and suggestions. Lay it on thick! Lemme have it!

As usual, the Feedback Forum will remain here at the top of the page all weekend, so if you’ve got an idea or a question or you just want to introduce yourself and say ‘Oi!’, you can stop back by any time. This is your community, so get involved and have your say!

I’m designating this weekend for extra celebration . . . so get ‘er done! Have some fun!


  • Shana

    Good evening (or morning depending on how you look at it)! I know I don’t often leave feedback but this weekend is all about making up for lost time and getting things done. My car completely died on me last week and I had to sell it to a junk yard. This left me almost completely stranded and there has been about 5″ of snow on the ground here, so walking has been tough. My boyfriend is coming to help me make up for lost time and I am looking forward to being super productive.

    P.S. Thanks for letting me rant. I love your blog. Thanks for all you do. <333

  • Neko

    I hope this isn’t a commonly asked question (I don’t usually read all the comments on the FFF), but it’s something I’d been meaning to ask you. I’m a veg*n nursing mama and I need ideas for healthy but satisfying snacks that are easy to prepare or grab on the go. Meals are easy, but I get hungry in between (and of course, milk makin’ is hard work after all), and I am getting kinda sick of munching on nuts/dried fruit/apple slices and nut butter. I know there are a lot of other snacks out there, but I definitely need something that will satisfy me for at least an hour or two, and things like veggie sticks with hummus tend not to! Any ideas? What do you reach for when you’re hungry but in between meals?

  • erosan

    @Shana: wow… I don’t own a car… so I walk a lot. and I love walking… I don’t know what would I do if I couldn’t walk… Good thing it doesn’t snow here!

    Hang in there! things will get better! Winter is ending and all…

  • Sara

    Hey everybody!

    First of all, Sayward, have you heard of Vegan Freak Radio and the Vegan Police?
    Both are podcasts and although I’m sure you already know about them, you may not, so I’m telling you now.
    I checked out your pregnancy pictures and I have to say, holy cow! Your tummy is MASSIVE! I’m so happy the baby is healthy but how do you walk?! I mean really it must be sorta hard. I’m very happy you’re at term though, and you’re going to have the healthiest most adorable baby! With hair! :)
    And in other news, I just had to share that I did really well at my art school interview yesterday! I auditioned at OCAD in Toronto ( and I was really worried, but I think I may get in (!!!) to one of the three top art schools in Canada! Goodness! :)

  • Cary M

    Wanted to share, I’ve been no-pooing since I read your post on it. My hair looks fantastic! I have dry thick curly hair and I wasn’t sure it would work very well, especially as I usually have to lather on tons of conditioner just to get a comb through my hair. But it works wonders.

  • Kaye

    Ever since I saw your post on the TP roll flower pot, I’ve gotten it in my head to plant a garden. :p Unfortunately, I don’t have a garden or anything. Do you have any ideas for those of us who might be temped to start some sort of miniature indoor garden?

  • Abby

    Hello! I just wanted to say that I really enjoy your posts. I wanted to say that reading some of your information has been incredibly helpful in helping me make the decision to go vegan. However, I am still in college and spend the summers living at home and am in the difficult position of convicing my parents that veganism is not an unhealthy option. This is especially difficult, as I generally have had low iron in the past and my mother is worried that veganism will be severely detrimental to my health. Do you have any suggestions of links to which I could refer her to reassure her that veganism is, in fact, a healthy, viable, dietary option? I have done some research on my own and have attempted to explain to her what I’ve learned, but I believe she would be more likely to listen if I could point her directly to some credible sources. I’m sure you have a lot to do, but if you have anything that comes to mind, I would love to pick your brain on this issue!

    Thank you again for all of your blogposts. I appreciate your comments and ideas and your subtle wit and your excellent sense of style. Yours is one of the only blogs I read with any sort of dedication :)

  • Laura O

    Is there a difference between “vegan” and “veg*n?” I see both on your blog but don’t get the distinction.

    - Baffled in Ohio

  • Cassie

    my (currently indoor) garden is growing so wonderfully! little sproutlings stretching their way to the ceiling. now to make sure they’ll survive these louisiana summers…

  • Sayward

    @ Shana – Please rant anytime, whatever helps to blow off steam! That *sucks* and I’m so sorry you’re going through it. Hopefully it will lead to something better in the long run. Luck!

    @ Neko – Well, nuts, nut butters, and hummus would have been my first responses! Whoops! =D But disregarding those, Im thinking . . . beans on ww toast is a common British breakfast/snack that’s healthy and high in protein, also non-dairy yoghurts are great and have probiotics which are important, or, one of my favorites is half an avocado with some soy sauce mashed into it (it’s so calorie dense, it will fill you up and the fat will keep you filling full) (avocados are also really great healthful foods for veg*n little ones). Hope that helps!

    @ Sara – I listen to Vegan Freak (well I did before they stopped updating) but not Vegan Police. I’ll check it out! I am such a podcasting fiend. Have you listened to Vegetarian Food For Thought? Or Animal Voices? Both of those are great (especially Food For Thought).

    As for my mobility, haha, it is becoming restricted but you’d be surprised how I can get around. I wield the belly well! ;-)

    Congrats on the interview, that’s SO exciting! I’ll be thinking good thoughts for you!

    @ Cary M – (THANKS again!) I know! Isn’t no-poo amazing? I’ve always hated my hair and now for the first time ever I love it! So amazing.

    @ Kaye – Yes! Indoor gardening is super easy, you just need a sunny windowsill and in lieu of that, a nice bright full-spectrum lamp. You may want to read my post on container gardening, and adapt it to the indoors. Also the first post on starting seeds indoors has some good info on indoor gardening.

    @ Abby – Firstly, thank you! I’m so glad you like the site. And secondly CONGRATS on making the decision to go vegan. That’s awesome and one of the very best things you can do for your health and for the world. =)

    As far as nutrition information, I totally understand. Veganism is still ‘fringe’ and many people, especially in the older generations, are skeptical of its adequacy. I can offer some resources but I think that ultimately, time is your best ally. When your mother sees you not just surviving, but *thriving*, is probably when she will finally stop worrying. You say you’re in college which means you might have student health insurance. Take advantage of that! After you’ve been vegan for 6 months or so, go in and get your blood work done, a full metabolic panel. Then you can take it to your mom and show her the actual numbers that show how healthy you are.

    In the meantime, I think the best nutritional resource is the book Becoming Vegan, which is written by 2 dietitians and is heavily researched and cited. But it’s also an easy read and really straightforward. I recommend it all the time because it’s just SUCH an excellent resource.

    If you want to offer online sources as opposed to hard copy ones, I’d send her links to, and this information sheet form the Vegetarian Society. This is also a fun page, as it profiles healthy and thriving vegan-from-birth children. Finally, you can remind her that the American Dietetic Association recently released a position paper stating that a balanced vegan diet is healthy at any stage of life (article here).

    Hope that helps. Good luck, and remember to take your B12! =D

    @ Laura O

    haha, “Dear Baffled in Ohio”

    Yup, there is a difference. Vegan refers only to 100% vegans (no dietary animal products, no lifestyle animal products), while veg*n with the star is a way of saying ‘vegetarians and vegans and everything in between’. So that may include ovo-lacto vegetarians, or strict vegetarians who ‘eat vegan’ but still buy wool/leather, or ‘beegans’ who are like vegans but eat honey. Veg*n is just an inclusive term that covers all the shades of grey. =)

    @ Cassie – Yay! And I’m jealous!!! Mine is still in seed packets . . . hee hee