Monday, April 30, 2012
How to Go Vegan: The Transitive Property of Coffee
I decided that it's time to commit to heading in a vegan direction, if you will, after knowing for years that this is the diet my body needs and my heart wants. Dairy does bad things to my digestive system and skin, and it triggers my asthma and allergies. I'm not even touching the animal compassion thing with links or statistics because all we'll hit is pETA websites with sensationalist, tabloid looks and blatantly biased research. Suffice it to say that I personally believe domesticated (or, um all of those which haven't got icky exoskeletons) animals should be treated with dignity and compassion and that we humans are mammals; ergo we wean and then we eat healthy foods. We do not, biologically, have any business messing with fatty, highly caloric milk after maturity. So, yeah... to the funny now?
The tone of my 'How to Go Vegan' posts probably will be more irreverent than most people who'd write such things. There's such a purist element in that community, but a huge part of this diet transition is, for me, all about being less purist and more mindful and intentional. Going to a place of eating less animal foods consistently is more important to me than getting obsessive and then breaking down with a pizza binge.
You can pry my sushi out of my gnarled, dead hands. Because I've vowed to The Great Dionysian Forces of Delight that always in my life there will be occasional sushi treats.
Onward to the actual content: I've discovered a great law of foodieness: The Transitive Property of Coffee. This rule reveals that all those foods I've always thought of as eternally married to milk are also great coffee foods! I stumbled on this rule while snacking on peanut butter one morning as I made Molly's lunch. I washed it down with my morning coffee, and had the epiphane. It was suddenly so obvious that all those sweet things I "need" milk for dunking or mitigating richness and sweetness were so beautifully paired with coffee instead.
What's your favorite coffee food?
Are you doing any diet changes you want to share?
Any vegan tips to contribute?
Do you use milk or cream in your coffee? Because grow up, dude.* I kid- what's you're favorite non-dairy substitute?
Image credits: Coffee photo by Amanda28192, Milk photo by Mowie Kay. Used under terms of the Creative Commons share & attribute licence.
*Heh, OK, I am a purist. I believe strongly in plain, black coffee.