I've been a vegetarian for about 10 years now, after watching a video on factory farming. There are a lot of reasons of why I think vegetarianism is the tits, but I won't go into that right now (that's for another post). Now, what I don't always think about are the food items that are blatantly not red, raw meat: eggs & dairy. The one thing I love on all my sandwiches and burgers is mayo. Freaking mayonnaise with all of its delicious glory. But I don't know if you heard: mayo is ehhh, not the best thing for you. A few months back, I was looking for healthier alternatives on the web when I stumbled upon this raw & vegan recipe. Yes! I tried it, I loved it.
I don't want to take the glory away from Gena's recipe--I just want to repost my thoughts on it. I love it because it's so simple--so, here are my suggestions:
- This is a good recipe to start on the night before. Or, if you're like me and impatient you can also soak the almonds for an hour or so and just get a chunkier consistency.
- if you want to mix up the nuts, you can throw in cashews or macadamias. Macadamias cost you your firstborn per pound, so you may want to use those bad boys sparingly.
- I add more garlic to it that called for.
- Since I used lemon juice from the bottle, I put a couple of tablespoons in, one at a time as to not overpower the taste.
- Keep some water handy to pour into the blender as you see fit. The mixture can get a little tough to blend if the nuts are still too hard to get chopped up by the blade, so the water helps.
Drain the nuts and chuck all of the ingredients into a blender and blend until you have a smooth consistency. That's it. The apple cider vinegar, garlic, and lemon juice give the mayo taste to the nut mixture. I found this mixture lasts almost two weeks in the fridge... although I eat it way faster than that. Don't let the name fool you! So tasty on crackers, as a dip, with veggies and more. Head over to choosing raw to read the whole recipe!
|photo from weheartit.com|
What happens? Well pollution runs off into the water and causes a "toxic cocktail" of disease carrying organisms (called pathogens), and makes the water filmy and disgusting. SURFER is quoted saying,
"In coastal California, when rain falls onto an urban landscape it flows through the streets and drainage systems and is flushed into the sea untreated. The very same principle that allows rainwater to carry sand and soil into the lineup also allows for storm drainage systems to carry the discarded detritus and wayward pollutants of mankind. This untreated rainwater, pollutants and all, is known to experts as urban stormwater, and as you can imagine, it’s f-ing filthy.
Allowing the untreated urban run-off into the ocean is like letting your neighbor hose down his driveway, wash the bathroom floor, spray out the bottom of his garbage pails and then dump the dirty water into your pool. It’s bad circumstance, and this winter it made for some seriously disgusting ocean water quality in California."Guh, how discouraging. It's so sad to understand that having clean water is such a difficult feat. And Surfrider says,
"The Surfrider Foundation has always advised the public never to swim or surf after a rain. The coastal waters are polluted with urban runoff and sewage from leaking water logged sewer pipes. In most places, and especially in Southern California, ocean water quality after a rain is dangerous." - Chad Nelson, SurfriderMy roommate and I went out after the first or second rain of the fall season (back in November, I believe) and the water was so evident of pollution. My board was covered in a brownish film and I'm afraid to confess that I took a few tumbles into the water and DEFINITELY got into my mouth. Yuck. I have also finally realized why the Southern California/El Segundo break is called "Shitpipe." I was expressing my concerns to a guy at ZJ surf shop in Venice, CA and he said that with the amount it has been raining, it's hard to stay inside anymore. So alas; if you gotta go surfing, you gotta go. We all realize that in the end.
You're going surfing anyway, so what can you do to keep yourself from getting those pollutants in you? The most obvious choice is to have to patience and wait those 72 hours (but we have stated that you're going anyway), but if you can't you can always drink lots of orange juice or start consuming echinacea with your morning glass of water. If you're already sick, my Polish mother had a crazy home remedy if you were really sick with a cold or flu. Prepare to be grossed out:
- cup of *HOT* milk
- tablespoon of honey
- crushed garlic clove
Seriously. And surprisingly, it worked very well. Granted you about gagged up your stomach drinking this concoction, but it works! If not then may I suggest some Zubrowka to heal your surfing sorrows away? And while you're healing up to go out on your next session, try help in anyway you can with cleaning up your ocean through Surfrider or following these 10 steps from Heal the Bay.