Auf Wiedersehen to RAWK-toberfest (So Long, MoFo!)

October 31st, 2011 - filed under: The Food » Food and Health

But Before We Begin:

From a Baby Owl and a Freudian Slip, to all you ghosts and goblins out there . . .

Alright, now with that out of the way, I can finally say, “Auf Wiedersehen” to MoFo 2011, the 5th annual Vegan Month of Food. “You were fantastic and I loved you!

For me, this MoFo brought some major successes (I actually blogged Every! Single! Day!) and some major FAILS (there are, at this moment, 441 messages in my Bonzai inbox. Oh, so screwed), but most of all it was majorly fun. On the 1st day of October I said “Willkommen!” to MoFo, and I made a list of topics I hoped to cover. Let’s see how I did:

  • Recipes! That tahini dip I’m addicted to? yup. Those pulp crackers I’m always on about. Uh-huh. xGFx sugar-free pumpkin muffins??? err, not yet . . .
  • Photos from the Farmer’s Market (done and done)
  • Photos from my garden & the 2011 micro-farm (check!)
  • A series of essays explaining the food experiments I’ve been conducting on myself this year, as well as a discussion of self-experimentation in general, and potentially touching on disordered eating/orthorexia in the food blogging world. (off to a great start, and excited to continue!)
  • Answering your questions – so please ask them! Are you curious about anything vegan- or raw-related? Lay it on me, and I may just feature it in a post! (This didn’t really go as planned; no “question posts”)
  • Pictures of vegan kids enjoying vegan eats. (yes, lots and lots and birthdays even!)

Plus there was so much more! So now I’d love to hear from YOU! What did you think of MoFo? Which topics did you like best, and which were not your cup of tea? Did you enjoy the daily posting, or too much? Any complaints? Suggestions? Lay it on me!

I’m going to take it reeeal easy on blogging this week, as I try to catch my breath and work to tame this mountain of email. Oof . . . wish me luck!

  • Sara Ann

    So cute!!!!!!!!! Also love the freudian slip, where did you get that?

    So here is my question…I’ve been listening to Jillian Michael’s podcast per your suggestion and I love it. Its uplifting. Though, I always get sad when she bashes veganism…I’ve been vegan for a while and I feel great so it really can’t be as complicated as she makes it out to be right? And she bashes soy A LOT. So I would like to hear how you feel about soy. I’ve heard from other sources (ahem T. Colin Campell) that soy has been proven to be OK. I know you do a lot of research so I trust your opinion.

  • Katie

    I loved Rawktoberfest! I also loved the daily posting, but no pressure. :) It was just nice to have these sunny, lovely pictures while the Northeast slammed straight into winter from summer.

    Mostly, though, I enjoyed the posts about your personal food experiments. I think it really started conversations that aren’t had as often as they should be, and what’s more, the conversations were really thoughtful and compassionate, and it’s great that you created a space where I wouldn’t even really expect anything other than thoughtful compassion. MoFo success!

  • Annie

    Love the Freudian slip pun costume. A friend wore a shirt saying “I love ceilings!”… Ceiling fan!

    Also, a question / point of interest. I’ve been doing some reading on Borax (and the use of it in home made laundry liquid etc) and apparently, it’s not so great. It’s not grey-water safe and it’s pretty poisonous and irritating, especially in the instance of animals and little ones. It’s also been known to interfere with male reproduction. In the case of my city, it flushes out into the Gulf of St Vincent and high traces of boron have been found in species of sea grasses. The Gulf is already at risk due to the desal plant (BOO!), so I’m not going to use it any more. Several places have noted that you can use baking soda in it’s place with very similar results, so that’s what I’ll be doing from now on.
    How do you feel about it? Do you think it’s safe?

  • Kathryn Papoulias

    Haha, I was definitely a Freudian slip my senior year of high school, I had a black slip on and a little finger puppet of Freud pinned to one strap!
    Just made the tahini dip this afternoon for snacking on…umm, delicious? YUP!

  • Rande McDaniel

    I’m new to your blog but I really loved the daily posting! Keep it up!

  • Laura Agar Wilson

    I loved your daily posting! Can I just also say that your Halloween outfit is probably one of the best and most original ever!

  • Stacy Short

    I like the daily posts, although I realize that pace may not be feasible to maintain.

  • Fran@BCDC

    Waits is adorable and I LOVE your Freudian Slip!!

  • Greenfeatherherbs

    i lovvved the daily posting, but totally understand that it’s alot to maintain :)

  • Kathryn B

    LoVe Mr. Owl!

  • Amanda J

    Great costumes! I loved the daily posting, recipes and of course the pics are always great. Farm market pictures always make me hungry :D

  • Kaitlyn@TheTieDyeFiles

    As a MoFo blogger, I had a blast and learned a ton! As far as a reader, I loved “meeting” you. While I had seen your blog through WIAW, I truly discovered it during MoFo and you’re one of my new favorites!!

  • Amanda

    You are one of my favorite reads, so it was a treat to see you every day! I particularly loved hearing about your health journey and healing through foods. I’m going through my own personal journey at the moment (thyroid issues and have learned that I will have to have a LEEP procedure in December). Wake up call! My body is not the healthiest I want it to be, though I do pick up my produce from the farm directly, etc. I know there are changes and better choices I can make in terms of what I’m putting in (sugars, etc). Anyway, all that to say, I would love to hear more of what you’re doing/have done to heal yourself. Any sources on your research would be awesome, too. Any thoughts on Joel Furhman?

  • natalia

    I loved your daily postings; I give major props to you for finding time to do so while chasing after your spirited little one. The pictures were great and fun and your posts about micro-farming make me want to start planting. But what was truly awesome was your posts on candida. I have been having issues similar to yours and especially tummy trouble, but could not figure out why. Because of family history, docs have been screening for gallbladder issues, celiac, etc, and put me on medicine for GERD but still I felt yucky and everything was coming back negative. I was not a happy camper (you know you have problem when even oatmeal make you bloaty and miserable) . After reading your posts I started wondering if i had candida problem so I started od-ing on the fermented food (mmmmm tempeh!!) etc trying to get as much probiotics into this body of mine as possible. I have definitely started to notice a change in my body to where I am feeling better than I have in a really long time. My tummy isn’t so finicky, I more energy, and people are saying they have never seen my skin so nice. I know its very early into candida war and I still have a long way to go to get back to “normal” and it will be a constant balancing act to keep that candida in check, but there is light at the end of the tunnel. Thank you Sayward! You sharing your personal struggles and triumphs have made a major difference in the quality of life of this faithful Bonzai reader! <3 Cheers to an amazing month!

  • Bittofraw

    Did you make that baby owl? So cute. I liked all your posts. I am not sure I saw the orthorexia post. Do you mind linking to it? It is an interest of mine. Thanks.

  • Rachel

    Congrats on completing the whole month. Love the Freudian slip…I will have to keep that in mind for next year :)

  • Monika {windycityvegan}

    Baby owlie costume!!!! You know how much I love owls. =D

    I loved that you posted every day – I wish I had been able to read all of your posts! Still catching up. But two things: 1) The copy of Counterclockwise I requested through the campus library system *finally* arrived TODAY, so I will be joining the BBC next week, and 2) I was hoping to see a raw nut cheese recipe on here, and one on raw cupcakes, too. Hoping you post them before the holidays!!

  • Sayward Rebhal

    Thanks so much for all the feedback, guys! So it seems like most people enjoy the more frequent postings. I wonder though, and maybe I should have posed the question like this: is it more important to have more posts, or to be more interactive. When I post more, I have less time to really thoroughly answer comments. So it’s sort of a trade off . . .

    Anyway, I will do my best to keep up the heavy posting while balancing my other responsibilities. Starting NEXT week, of course. ‘Cause right now, I need a rest, and I’ve got a lot of catching up to do. =D

  • Sayward Rebhal

    I made the Freudian Slip! Just sharpie on an old slip (from my honeymoon, HA!)

    Here’s what I think about Jillian and veganism: she has said in the past that veganism can be perfectly healthy (Bob is vegan and she supports him), but I think the problem is that Jillian is trying to help a different set of people, and she is afraid that veganism is too “out there” for people coming from a SAD diet with absolutely no nutritional background. Really she is trying to reach people who are just beginning their health journey. And I think she is afraid (probably overly-paranoid) that a person without proper knowledge and resources, would have a really tough time eating a balanced vegan diet on their own. I don’t necessarily agree with her, but that’s the sense I get as to where she’s coming from.

    She has said in the past that she eats VERY little meat, and she promotes coconut milk over dairy milk. But she is big on supplements and can be a bit reductionist when it comes to nutrition, so I think she’s just worried about people who are not nutritionally educated and who are coming from a difficult economic place, being able to manage to get all their vitamins and minerals and protein. Does that make sense?

    Regarding soy . . . man, I need to do a post on that. My general thoughts are: organic simple soy foods (tofu/tempeh/edamame/soy milk) in moderation. No non-organic soy (it’s GM) and no highly processed stuff (TVP, soy protein powders, soy protein isolate as an ingredient, etc). If I wrote an article on soy, it would read a LOT like this one:

  • Sayward Rebhal

    I love the ceiling fan!

    Regarding borax, oof, I have read similar things, and then I’ve also read conflicting reports. I’ll say right now that I have not completely educated myself on the specifics, so I can’t really speak from a place of understanding. However, I think to be on the safe side I’m going to phase it out. I’m working on a new borax-free (and completely cruelty-free) laundry detergent recipe . . .

  • Sayward Rebhal

    Hi Amanda, I will definitely be continuing the series on my healing journey! As for sources, honestly I’ll read anything, though i view *everything* with a skeptical eye. But i take it all in, from the primary research and straight up nutrition science, to the woo-woo raw gurus who have no official qualifications, to the Weston Price Foundation . . . from Atkins diets to low-fat-vegan diets and everything in between. I think my training as a scientist has made me pretty good at scrutinizing information, and my bullshit detector is nice and sharp. I always cross-reference and cross reference and look to the science. But yeah, I look *everywhere*! I think that makes me a better student – I don’t only read the stuff that reinforces my preconceived notions.

    I adore Dr Furhman and I think his work is stellar. His book “Disease-Proof Your Child” is one of my favorite resources for feeding my bubs. =)

  • Sayward Rebhal

    I love this comment! Congratulations to you – I can’t tell you how happy this makes me! Probiotic foods really are so incredible, and I’m SO happy to hear that the word is spreading. =D

  • Sayward Rebhal

    I did make the owl! Though I can’t take credit for the design – it was an Instructable

    For the orthorexia stuff, the introductiont to my Great Grand Diet Trial is here, and that’s where I mainly talk about orthorexia in the blogosphere.

  • Sayward Rebhal

    Ooh, thanks for the reminder lady! I’m going to try to make some raw cheese this weekend (and photograph the process, of course!)

    The raw cupcakes will be a book review so I won’t be able to share a recipe. However I can say unequivocally that the book is AMAZING and WORTH BUYING. I gave my good friend a cupcake a few weeks ago. She took one bite and went out and immediately bought the book. She brought some of the cupcakes to the Halloween party yesterday, and people kept coming up to her and asking about them. They seriously don’t taste raw. AMAZING! okay, end rant/

  • Sonja

    honestly? I really enjoyed reading new posts on a daily basis on bonzaiaphrodite! My favorites were the recipes (I’m eating the tahini dip every single day since you posted the recipe), the essays about your diet experiments and the cute pics of Waits:-) Enjoy your week and take a rest!

  • Minna Toots

    I think varying between posting more often and therefore being less active at answering comments and posting less often and thoroughly answering comments is the best. And I think that’s just what you’re doing. It’s different every week as I’ve noticed and I like that. Isn’t it the same with readers? It is with me, some weeks I just scroll through the photos and some weeks I thoroughly read all posts, think and generate important questions :)

    I really enjoyed your Vegan MoFo posts, it was awesomely full of yummy food photos. Of course that is my personal opinion and it might be very energy-consuming to do but I might have enjoyed a couple of simple vegan recipes for some of the stuff on your plate.

    PS! <333 BABY OWL!

  • Annie

    The borax-free modified one I use is a liquid/gel, which is all over internet.
    ½ cup grated [Castile] soap dissolved in 1 litre of simmering water. Leave to cool for a little bit and stir in ¼ cup of Washing Soda and a ¼ cup baking soda. Stir in 3 litres cold water (I do this in a bucket) and a few drops of Tea Tree Oil (optional for scent, substitutable) and leave to cool and set into a gel. Once set, stir it so it becomes more fluid. I use an old home brewing spoon as it’s big enough, some people find using a ‘stab mixer’ (hand-held blender stick thing) helpful. Transfer to desired container, shake it well before use and use a ¼ cup for a full, not too dirty load.
    Note: 1 litre = a splash more than a US quart, or 4 cups.
    The recipe is able to be doubled, halved etc.

    I prefer using liquid as we mostly cold wash, as hot washing wastes power and is generally unnecessary, and powders sometimes don’t dissolve so well in cold washes and leave a residue. Also, because I rent, our grey water system is pretty makeshift/non-structural, so it means the grey water can go on the fruit trees straight away. I made a small amount of this for a trial run, and it works pretty well in my opinion. You can also pre-soak with it for really grubby stains. And a baking soda paste helps with those stubborn stains, especially on whites.

  • Anonymous

    I wish every month was Vegan MoFo.

  • Sara Ann

    Thank you so much for the reply! What you said about Jillian definitely makes sense. A post on soy would be great :)

  • Monika {windycityvegan}

    Wunderbar! I just added the book to my holiday wish list. And if I can’t wait that long, I’ll order myself a copy.

  • SwissRena

    I will miss your daily entries accompanying my morning coffee. It was my (first) treat of the day. But, I’m sure, I will get even more exited about every new post from you. Keep going! (Weiter so! Staying with the German context :-))

  • Moira

    I have to say that I will also miss your daily entries. When I don’t see a new one, I totally get ansy. But in those cases, I find myself rereading old posts, and I end up discovering comments/discussions that I had not read before that are also TOTALLY interesting.

  • Sayward Rebhal

    You’re totally right, I do sort of naturally go back and forth like that. I guess I’ll keep it up! =D

  • Sayward Rebhal

    Aw, this is a really nice comment, thank you! It’s crazy to me that I’ve been blogging for so long – there really is a HUGE backlog od material on Bonzai! Sometimes I go through it just for fun, and there’s so much stuff I’ve completely forgotten about, ha!