Mixtapes + Mango

pairing vegetarian food and good tunes

Philosophy

My Thoughts & Feelings about Food

People choose what they eat based on a variety of factors. Since I went vegetarian the first time in college, I’ve been asked to justify my food choices by those who eat what they consider a “normal diet.” But there isn’t one singular food experience shared by all people. Each of us makes decisions daily about what we choose to nourish ourselves.

These are my five guiding principles of how this space is designed to be an informed and inclusive, safe space for all:

  1. Eating is political. We all have preferences, dietary restrictions, allergies, emotions, and other considerations to make when choosing our food. Every time we choose to purchase a food or food item, someone or something is going to be affected. The ecosystem, food workers, farmers, the food industry, animals, our wallets, our bodies, etc. In particular, I want to note that veganism is not “cruelty-free” just because animals may not have been harmed. Consider the violence or oppression faced by food workers who are underpaid and mistreated when they harvest our produce, organic or not. If you have the privilege and resources, consider learning more about your food before you purchase it. (Note: see #4.) 
  2. I believe in and support Health At Every Size. Learn more about Health At Every Size hereThis blog is fat-positive and is free of body-shaming. Vegetarianism and veganism are not weight-loss diets any more than choosing to eat things that only start with the letter “B” is a diet. It’s entirely up to you what you want to put in your body, and it’s up to you to decide what purpose you want food to serve in your life. My recipes are not developed with weight loss in mind. I make no claims about how my recipes will impact your body. My best recommendation is to learn what works and doesn’t work with your body, and do what it is you need to feel good. [Note that I’m not demanding that you love your body, either. How could I expect that of anyone when society teaches us to hate our bodies?]
  3. This blog is food guilt-free. Radical self-care and self-love includes food. It’s no less valid to make food choices that will nourish our soul or improve our mental health than it is to make food choices based on their perceived impact on our physical bodies. Guilt is not a helpful emotion, whether you’re trying to change your physical appearance or not. Identify why you choose your food: convenience, cost, emotional state, or otherwise. How do your cravings play into that? Perhaps it’s hedonistic to say “eat whatever you want,” because we know variety can serve our bodies well. My basic philosophy is to learn to care for yourself holistically, not just physically.
  4. Not everyone has the money, time, energy, privilege, or other resources to carefully consider every food decision. This is me acknowledging my privilege. I’m writing about food from my cozy apartment with a well-stocked fridge and pantry. I’m very lucky I grew up in a way that I was able to learn so much about food, and I’m lucky now that I’m afforded the time, resources, and comfort to cook just about anything. While this blog isn’t perfect, I try to be inclusive by being mindful of socioeconomic diversity and other oppressive systems in this space in 3 ways: (1) I select ingredients for my recipes for this blog. I will always try to provide alternatives when I can. (2) I also try to rely on very basic equipment, so you won’t need a fancy mixer or million-dollar blender to make these recipes. (3) Finally, I try to make recipes that don’t ask you to resign all your valuable free time, if you’re lucky enough to have any.
  5. This blog is a queer and trans friendly space. I’m a queer woman (she/her pronouns, please), and this space is designed with my community of queer and trans people in mind. There traditionally have not been safe spaces for queer and trans people to come together around food politics. Our community is disproportionately impacted by poverty, mental health, violence, and health issues. This space is designed to be informed by social injustices and is opposed to all forms of oppression and violence: racism, ableism, sizeism, sexism, misogyny, heterosexism, homphobia, transphobia, cissexism, classism, ageism, and others. Please keep this in mind as you interact in this space and share this elsewhere.

 

I don’t expect you to subscribe to each of these beliefs yourself. What I would like to ask of you is this:

  • Call me out! (I’ll probably call you out, too. Consider this fair warning.) When I say or do something you think isn’t okay, let me know. If I’m doing something you like or don’t like, please share that feedback with me. My contact form is open.
  • Please do not repost my content on weight-loss or thinspo sites or blogs.
  • Please try to keep this space safe for all people by being respectful of every visitor.

If you have other expectations for this space to be safe, please share them in the comments below.

Thank you for taking the time to read this, and thanks for visiting.

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