The Vegan Eggs Substitute That’s So Good I Feel Guilty Eating It | Healthyish

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The egg: versatile, protein-rich, great at any meal, for a snack, and don’t even get me started on its power as a leavener, binder, and emulsifier. You’d think I’d be a two-egg-a-day woman, but the truth is I haven’t had the pleasure of cracking one in a decade. I’ve been a vegan since 2009, and I miss eggs more than anything. I’ve always been a savory- over-sweet breakfast person, but, without eggs, what’s left? I’m plenty familiar with tofu scrambles and chickpea flour omelets, decent visual doppelgängers that don’t really approximate the real thing. And don’t talk to me about savory oats.

Then, a few months ago, my favorite deli began churning out these amazing vegan breakfast sandwiches with something called a JUST egg. I had to know the deal, so I ordered some JUST for myself.

My « egg » arrived in a 12-ounce bottle, frozen and nestled in dry ice. Thankfully it was 100-percent gimmick-free: no carton or artificial shell. The color was the appropriate yellow. I pulled up a suggested recipe and started with a Sunday morning mini scramble. My pan was hot, greased, and ready. I put in a quarter cup and instantly it adhered to the pan just like an egg! The yellow liquid bubbled, changed color, and even stuck to the sides where I hadn’t oiled. I finished my eggs with a sprinkling of sulfur-y Kala Namak salt. How did it taste? Have you ever eaten an egg? I had to check the label twice to make sure what was on my plate didn’t come from a chicken.

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Vegans, rejoice: You too can make a soy-ginger dinner scramble.

Nope, the ingredients are all plant and 98-percent of them are water, mung beans, and canola oil. The real revelation here is that mung bean protein, when isolated from the rest of the bean, tastes and scrambles just like an egg. Welcome to 2019, a time when a vegan frittata is totally possible.

Okay, so JUST eggs could compete against any omelet or scramble but what about in secondary uses like French Toast or in a nice egg wash over a (vegan) turnover? Done and done. Perfectly bouncy, crispy, toasts emerged from the pan, and the turnovers I whipped up were golden brown. Another little bonus about this egg is that, nutritionally, it’s pretty close to the original chicken version.

JUST has yet to conquer a few of eggs’ greatest gifts. It isn’t advisable to go baking cakes, fussing with creme brûlées, or stirring it into salad dressings. But I have faith that day will soon come. In the meantime, I can look forward to working on my French omelet technique and resurrecting breakfast for dinner, which ten-year-old me was super-into. Scrambled JUST eggs, a side of (mushroom) bacon and (coconut) buttered toast. Don’t @ me; it’s delicious.

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Could eviction changes help fix a broken system or lead to good tenants being unduly turfed? Depends on who you ask

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Last year Mark Farquharson and his young family were almost evicted. After helping organize strikes against an above-guideline rent increase at his building in Parkdale, the landlord, Nuspor Investments, served him with eviction notices. He was accused of abusing staff and hindering the safety of other tenants. He denied the accusations, and instead accused the landlord of retaliating.

The case went through the hearing process at the Landlord and Tenant Board, and last November the adjudicator sided with Farquharson and dismissed the landlord’s application. Farquharson, who says his family had been under intense pressure throughout the lengthy process, was relieved but made an ominous prediction about the future of renters.

“With Doug Ford in power, it’s going to be even easier for landlords to force people out and raise the rents,” he said at the time of the decision.

Fast forward to Tuesday this week, the Star reported that the Ford government was already looking for ways to speed up eviction processes in Ontario — notably by reducing the waiting periods for eviction notices and using private bailiffs to remove tenants.

The news, which the province in internal government documents portrayed as an effort to make more rental housing available, has sparked strong reactions from both sides. Tenants are worried about being thrown out into the red-hot and increasingly unaffordable housing market, while landlords welcome the proposal as a step toward fixing a “broken” process.

While Farquharson can see the reasoning behind the proposal — “the more people that get evicted for their wrongdoings, the more available homes and rentals for better tenants,” he said — he’s concerned about the lack of protection for good tenants who could get caught in the “greedy” system as housing prices continue to skyrocket.

Farquharson said he pays about $1,200 for a one-bedroom apartment, and knows a similar room could go for around $2,000 in the current market. Generally, it is therefore in a landlord’s interest to try and evict longtime tenants in order to make more money on units, he said.

“It’s in their best interest to put applications out to evict people for very minimal situations,” he said, noting a lot of tenants just give up and leave instead of going to the board to fight the evictions.

“This is a vicious loophole and the tenants are on the losing side big time.”

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Ebony Menzies, a Toronto west-end resident who has been evicted twice, called the proposal to ease the eviction process “unfair and downright cruel.”

She said the practice of “renovictions” — in which a landlords pushes tenants out for housing renovations and increase rent prices afterwards — is already rampant, and the province’s new proposal to speed up the eviction process is only going to make the situation worse for tenants.

“It makes me very upset and angry,” said Menzies, who is also a member of affordable housing advocacy group ACORN Toronto. She said more evictions will send more people into homelessness and cause even more problems for a shelter system that’s operating at full capacity.

“I don’t think anybody is ready for that,” she said. “I think it’s a poorly thought out idea. They should instead invest more in community housing.”

In a statement to the Star, the Federation of Rental-Housing Providers of Ontario (FRPO) said it welcomes the move and will continue to consult with the province in addressing the housing supply crisis.

“The current Landlord and Tenant Board (LTB) process is fundamentally broken and does not work for either landlords or tenants,” said spokesperson Danny Roth.

He said the board often doesn’t meet its timelines to process applications, taking months longer than in other provinces. In places such as Toronto, even enforcing an order after the board has issued it can take an “additional two or three months due to capacity issues,” he said.

Joe Movassaghi, who owns a condo he rents out in downtown Toronto, said he welcomes the proposal and hopes it will help him get out of a situation he’s been stuck in for the past three years.

He said his tenant has been putting the unit on Airbnb, “sometimes to 20 or 30 people,” despite the contract stating subleasing is not allowed. He took the issue to court, but found out that there’s no law against it in Toronto.

“I actually have a lot of stress and anxiety because of it. My hands are totally tied as a landlord,” he said, noting he’s also been given rent cheques that have bounced.

He hopes the proposal can make it fair for him as an investor to have an option to evict a tenant if they misbehave or breach the rental contract.

“I respect the rules around rent control but it has to be fair for me as an investor,” he said. “Otherwise I want out now so I can sleep at night.”

At Queen’s Park, NDP MPP Suze Morrison expressed alarm at the revelations in the Star about the government’s proposal to expedite evictions.

“At a time when the rising cost of housing is making it harder for Ontario families to find a place they can afford, and keep a roof over their heads, Doug Ford’s Conservatives are focused on helping landlords toss tenants out on the street faster,” said Morrison (Toronto Centre).

“Everyday Ontarians need more affordable places to live — not more crackdowns on renters.”

With files from Robert Benzie

Gilbert Ngabo is a breaking news reporter based in Toronto. Follow him on Twitter: @dugilbo

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‘Nobody is feeling good about’ John McCallum’s departure, says PMO source

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John McCallum had two big jobs in Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government. First, as immigration minister from 2015 to early 2017, he managed the influx of Syrian refugees to this country; then, for the last two years, McCallum was Canada’s man in China.

On a day that both of those issues collided spectacularly in the news, McCallum lost his job as Canada’s ambassador to China — asked by Trudeau to step down after some extremely ill-advised remarks on Friday to a StarMetro reporter in Vancouver.

Even as attention was riveted on Kingston, Ont., and the questioning of a Syrian refugee in a terrorism take-down on Friday, McCallum was musing aloud in Vancouver about how it would be “great for Canada” if the U.S. dropped an extradition request that has entangled Canada in a massive, high-stakes dispute with China.

It was McCallum’s second verbal misstep in a week, and Trudeau phoned him late on Friday night to say that this latest outburst was one too many.

The firing throws a bucket of cold water over speculation all last week that McCallum was saying what the Trudeau government could not say publicly in what has been an escalating, high-stakes feud with China, kicked off by the December arrest and detention of Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou as part of the U.S. extradition request.

Since then, two Canadians, Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor, have been detained and another, David Schellenberg, has been sentenced to death.

This is, in short, not a situation that can tolerate freelancing, even by a man with a long history with this Prime Minister. (McCallum was dean of arts at McGill University when Trudeau and his principal advisor, Gerald Butts, were students there.)

McCallum, on two separate occasions in the past week, appeared to be saying that politics — not the rule of law — would get this whole mess sorted. That’s “completely offside” with what the Trudeau government has been saying, a PMO source said, about the need to keep the rule of law at the forefront.

“You can walk those comments back once,” the PMO source said on Saturday. “Not twice.”

Trudeau’s reluctance to jettison the ambassador was evident earlier in the week, when reporters asked him on Thursday about the outcry over McCallum’s remarks and demands — especially from Conservatives — that he fire him.

The Prime Minister, obviously annoyed, made clear that McCallum’s job had been saved for practical, not sentimental reasons: “Making a change would not help release those Canadians a day sooner,” he said.

The question now is whether McCallum’s missteps have prolonged the misery of those Canadians. This will be the top question in the coming days, as Trudeau wrestles with the question of who will replace the ambassador to China at a moment when every step seems perilous.

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One thing is clear — the next appointee will not be offering political opinions to journalists. It will be a surprise, in fact, if the next ambassador is allowed to speak to the media at all.

It is almost ironic that McCallum would lose his job for being too political. When he first came to elected politics in 2000, fresh from the Royal Bank of Canada where he served as economist, many thought McCallum was too academic for the rough and tumble of political life.

But he seemed to relish the job, and was repeatedly a good sport when Stephen Harper, then in opposition, did his annual impersonations of McCallum at the press gallery dinner. Once the Liberals were relegated to the opposition benches, McCallum was one of the happier warriors, appearing to enjoy the chance to pillory the Harper government at any opportunity.

So McCallum became one of the few, trusted “old hands” when Trudeau swore in his first cabinet, with all its emphasis on youth, women and diversity. Similarly, his appointment as ambassador was meant to send a signal to China that the Trudeau government was putting someone serious, political and trusted into the job of ambassador.

“Nobody is feeling good about this,” the PMO source said of the decision to axe McCallum. That is undoubtedly true — many times over — for the Canadians whose future hangs in the balance in China.

The questions over McCallum’s future have been settled this weekend. But the futures of Kovrig, Spavor and Schellenberg — as well as Meng in Vancouver — are as unsettled as they were last week, and perhaps more so.

Susan Delacourt is the Star’s Ottawa bureau chief and a columnist covering national politics. Reach her via email: sdelacourt@thestar.ca or follow her on Twitter: @susandelacourt

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Good Samaritans help tow Montreal transit bus stuck on slippery slope – Montreal

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A winter storm that slammed into Montreal Sunday made for difficult driving conditions.

And when roads become slippery, no vehicle is immune to the perils of driving — not even city buses.

A video making the rounds on social media shows a Société de transport de Montréal (STM) bus being towed up a slippery street in a somewhat unconventional manner.

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Three SUV-type vehicles, each strapped to the other, can be seen towing the bus up Pie-IX Boulevard.

Mathieu Grenon was one of the good Samaritans who stopped to help out, with two of his friends.

“We’re equipped to pull people,” he said, adding that when they saw the bus was stuck, they asked the driver if he needed help.

“He told us to go for it,” Grenon said.

WATCH: Winter storm making travel difficult in Montreal

Passengers on the bus were grateful for the help.

“Everybody was happy and they were cheering,” Grenon said.

He did, however, express worry that the good deed might backfire.

“We’re a bit afraid that we will get a ticket,” he said. “But all we wanted to do was help people.”


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In an email, STM spokesperson Isabelle Tremblay said she had been unaware of the video prior to being contacted by Global News.

She wouldn’t comment on whether the bus driver could face sanctions, only confirming that the weather did make for difficult driving conditions.

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Regina seniors with a passion for quilting sew for a good cause – Regina

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For a group of Regina women in their golden years, it’s not just the camaraderie that brings them together. It’s a shared passion for quilting.

Connecting Threads has been around for nearly 27 years and many are members of the Prairie Piecemakers Quilters Guild.

Every year, the women donate their final products to local organizations supporting women and children.


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Every Thursday morning from September until the end of June, the energetic bunch gathers at the Neil Balkwill Civic Arts Centre, sewing and showing off their final masterpieces.

“Our goal is to make as many as we have fabric and as many as we can possibly do,” said retiree Marlene Smith-Collins. “We could make 1,000 quilts a year and we would still have places to donate them to.”

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Last year, the ladies donated 620 quilts to places like the neonatal intensive care unit at the Regina General Hospital, as well as the Wascana Rehab Centre for kids with terminal and chronic illnesses and those in traumatic situations.

“When we take the quilts, they just marvel at how many we give, how beautiful they are and we get thank you notes from the organizations, sometimes from the individual that receives them,” Smith-Collins said.


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The quilts are also donated to 4 Directions and to women with advanced cancer, along with women’s shelters like Sofia House.

“When the women arrive, often it’s just with the clothes on their back,” said retiree Bonnie Racz. “When the women leave, they get to take the quilts with them and it shows that someone cares enough about you to make and donate a quilt.”

Like the quilts themselves, all material is donated or purchased through fundraising, which takes place every two years through a quilt show hosted by the guild.

“The only thing we buy is the batting for the quilts and the backing for the ones that go to NICU, which is flannelette and costs us between $2,500 and $3,000 a year,” Smith-Collins said. “All of our quilts are made from donated fabric. Either we donate it, members of the guild donate it, [or] the members of the public donate it.”

With every quilt hand-made with love, it goes to show that a little bit of kindness goes a long way.

 

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Emerald City Bagels Doesn’t Need New York Water to Make a Really Freaking Good Bagel

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You can’t find a decent bagel outside of New York City, they said.

It’s in the water, they said.

Well, guess what. Times have changed. You can actually find great bagels outside of the Big Apple. And that’s because chefs and self-taught bagel obsessives wanted better options in their hometowns and, after intense R&D, they’ve created just that.

Case in point: Deanna and Jackie Halcrow of Emerald City Bagels, a new bagel and appetizing shop in Atlanta. After moving around the country, the mother-daughter team landed in Georgia a few years ago. Neither could shake their obsession with the bagels they grew up loving in New York, so they started making their own.

Now they’re turning biscuit-loving Atlanta into a bagel destination, and showing the rest of the country that bagels aren’t just a New York thing anymore. Here the Halcrows explain how they got into the bagel business—and why they think more shops are popping up beyond the Big Apple.

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The bagel dream team at Emerald City Bagels: Jackie (left) and Deanna Halcrow

We’re seeing bagels everywhere. Why do you think they’re having a such a moment right now?

Jackie: “I didn’t realize it’s become a trend! My mom Deanna started making bagels at home—out of necessity. We couldn’t find bagel shops in Atlanta like we had living in New York. But personally, I think it’s catching on because people are returning to naturally handcrafted food items, like doughnuts. They like to know where their food is coming from.”

So how did Emerald City Bagels start?

Deanna: “I made them at home—it took 12 hours for Jackie and me to make a hundred!—and started offering them to my neighbors. I got a lot of feedback, and I realized that bagels were something people [who moved here] missed. That convinced us that something like this was needed, so we started wholesale baking.

Did the water question come up?

JH: “This is a passionate subject for us! We get told you can’t make a good bagel without water shipped from New York. First, that’s absurd, but it’s also insulting to us and our bagels that we can’t do what we do well without this one detail. If you’re passionate, you’ll make it really well no matter where your water is from.”

How do you make your bagels?

JH: “We get hard wheat from Michigan, which is milled in Massachusetts, then mixed it with sugar, salt, yeast, malt syrup, starter, and Atlanta tap water. They’re rolled then sit overnight, before they’re boiled in malted water and baked.”

I read that your favorite bagels are Absolute Bagels on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. What makes a great bagel in your opinion?

JH: “It should be dense and chewy with a crusty exterior.”

DH: “Not too big—about four ounces. My brother still lives in New York and he sent me an article about how big bagels are getting. Six ounces!”

How’d you end up opening a shop?

JH: “That was the dream. We envisioned the bagel shop of my childhood, with people in t-shirts and more of a deli atmosphere. The idea adapted over the countless hours we spent standing at our table rolling out bagels. It’s taken three years for us to design the shop. It’s weird to put it this way, but we wanted to be Russ & Daughters when we ‘grew up.’”

What’s the response been like?

DH: “Just the other day, a young guy told us he was so happy to find a bagel shop because he’s from New York. We get that a lot.”

JH: “Sometimes we get customers who question your New York–ness or want to prove their own. But to have people appreciate your bagels is the best compliment.”

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Ford government’s regional review could be a good thing — or a very bad thing

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Beware provincial Tories looking to help. If you’re a municipality, it’s a hard-learned lesson based on experience. And one that was top of mind on Tuesday when Doug Ford’s government announced the prospect of reshuffling of the regional governance system in the GTA and across the province.

Maybe the system could use some tweaking. Or more than tweaking. For instance, perhaps Mississauga, the sixth largest city in Canada and third largest in the province, has outgrown its place as subservient to the Peel Regional government, as Mayor Bonnie Crombie often argues.

Months after Premier Doug Ford's government upended the Toronto election, Ontario mayors cited that Tuesday as an example of how not to undertake municipal reform.
Months after Premier Doug Ford’s government upended the Toronto election, Ontario mayors cited that Tuesday as an example of how not to undertake municipal reform.  (Metroland file photo)

Perhaps there could be some standardization of how regional governments and regional chairs are elected. Perhaps, though it appears to be outside the purview of this review, the whole Greater Toronto and Hamilton area — even the greater Golden Horseshoe — could use some more formal regional co-ordination of files like planning transit and housing (as was first proposed almost 25 years ago by a task force led by Anne Golden).

Perhaps.

But then you have experience.

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It’s been two decades since Mike Harris’ Progressive Conservative government forced the amalgamation of the six municipalities that made up Metropolitan Toronto into the city we know today — alongside companion amalgamations of school boards, and a shuffling of which level of government pays for and delivers a host of essential services. It was a disaster. It was unpopular and locally opposed at the time, and it’s little exaggeration to say digging out from under the rubble these actions created has been a main preoccupation of the city’s government ever since. The promised cost savings never materialized (instead the city government became larger, more expensive, and arguably less efficient), the many service funding crises created by the restructuring have only been mostly resolved within the past year or two, and Toronto’s politics have often been dominated by resentments created by process.

This thorough fouling up of Toronto was followed by similar amalgamations across the province a few years later, that created controversy and urban-rural resentment and governance difficulties in Hamilton, Ottawa, Sudbury, and other haphazardly pasted-together municipalities across the province.

Fast forward to last year, when Premier Ford tossed a bomb into Toronto’s election by overruling a years-long local process of study and discussion to redraw the city’s ward representation, and instead slashed the size of council almost in half on a whim in the middle of an election campaign that was already underway.

It’s a record of creating chaos. Intentionally, many suspect, though the claimed motive is always the same: efficiency and effectiveness. The sum total of the historic arguments offered by people like Harris and Ford is that better and cheaper government is best achieved by putting ever-fewer people in charge of governing ever-larger areas. It’s just that the evidence they are correct about that is, to put it lightly, contested.

“We will be looking at ways to make better use of taxpayers’ dollars and make it easier for residents and businesses to access important municipal services,” Municipal Affairs Minister Steve Clark said in a statement Tuesday announcing the review of regional government structure, and of those municipalities inside regional government structures.

There it is again — efficiency and effectiveness.

The two people appointed to lead the review — former deputy minister and Metrolinx executive Michael Fenn and recently retired long-serving Waterloo Region chair Ken Seiling — may temper the fears of a hack job. Both men have long experience with municipal and regional government, and a glance at their resumés shows they seem likely to understand the issues on which they are expected to make recommendations.

If the consultation and study process is legitimate, they may pave the way for the kinds of tweaks and changes that are needed and avoid the kind of ill-considered, rushed, bold statement Ford and his party’s history may lead us to expect.

If. That’s an important if.

If there are some reasons for hope, they remain alongside anxiety about another possible result.

My colleague Jennifer Pagliaro, reporting from a press conference of GTA mayors held Tuesday after a meeting at Toronto City Hall, summed up, “One clear message from GTHA mayors here in Tory’s office is: Don’t drop a bombshell on us restructuring our governments the way you did in Toronto.”

As Brampton Mayor Patrick Brown said, “I hope that the municipalities and the region will be consulted sincerely as this process unfolds.”

Or as Burlington Mayor Marianne Meed Ward put it, citing Toronto’s experience as a “classic example” of what she hopes they will avoid: “You don’t do it with a hatchet, you do it with a handshake.”

Let’s hope so.

With files from Robert Benzie, David Rider, and Jennifer Pagliaro

Edward Keenan is a columnist based in Toronto covering urban affairs. Follow him on Twitter: @thekeenanwire

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Rare direct indictment for paramedics charged in death of ‘Good Samaritan’ Al-Hasnawi

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Two former Hamilton paramedics charged in connection with the death of Yosif Al-Hasnawi will head straight to trial after a rare direct indictment one of their lawyers describes as « extremely unfair. »

Steven Snively and Christopher Marchant were charged in August with failing to provide the necessaries of life when Al-Hasnawi, 19, was shot in the abdomen and killed on Dec. 2, 2017 — not long after he tried to help an older man who was accosted by two men outside a mosque. Witnesses, including his father and brothers, claimed the paramedics told Al-Hasnawi he was faking his injuries, and that he’d been shot by a pellet gun. Both paramedics have been fired by the city.

Police say when paramedics arrived, they didn’t take Al-Hasnawi to hospital for 38 minutes. When they did, they took him to St. Joseph’s Hospital, rather than Hamilton General Hospital, which is not only the region’s trauma centre, but closer to where he was shot. 

The direct indictment, which was filed by the Crown, is a « rarely used » provision typically seen in high-profile murder cases, according to Michael DelGobbo, who is representing Snively. It means there will be no preliminary hearing.

The lawyer pointed out that Dale King, the man charged with second murder for Al-Hasnawi’s death, was allowed a preliminary hearing, but noted the two paramedics have had that « right removed by the actions of the Crown. »

He said in this case the direct indictment also prevents the paramedics from having their case tried in the Ontario Court of Justice, meaning it must go to Superior Court.

« The Crown has taken away my client’s ability to elect the level of court to be tried in which is extremely unfair, » said DelGobbo, adding the Crown hasn’t given him any explanation for the unusual move.

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Hannah Bronfman on Ditching #BodyGoals and Doing What Feels Good | Healthyish

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If you could change anything about yourself, what would it be?

As I considered how our ideals of beauty and body image are formed, how we are all affected by other people’s standards and beliefs, I began initiating open and honest conversations with the women in my life (beautiful, smart, talented women, I might add) and asking them that one simple question.

Most of us went straight to the physical stuff—to what we imagine other people see when they look at us. Nobody wished for a stronger singing voice, the ability to run a marathon, or a higher salary—at first. In order to get there, to what we really wanted and what we were passionate about, we had to muddle through all of our insecurities about our physical forms.

It starts out small. It’s so easy to say, ‘I wish I was thinner’ or ‘I wish I was taller.’ ‘I hate my double chin, I hate my arms, I hate my curly hair or straight hair.’ All those minor imperfections, those ugly feet and stubby nails, are crazy-making, and it is crazy to me that we give away so much of our power as women in an attempt to conform to some ideal of physical perfection that is subjective and largely unobtainable. This is something we have to unlearn so that we can take that question deeper. What would you really change?

The thing is, unlearning is not so easy. It isn’t just personal. It’s cultural. It’s political. It’s bigger than we are, and we need to see it to rise above it.

One of the most-viewed articles on my website HBFIT was called “F*ck the Thigh Gap.” It was about how all these “beauty” standards swirling around us affect the way we see ourselves—and why we should give those misplaced, outdated attitudes the finger. Because that’s not the only gap that impacts how we feel in our lives and about ourselves every day. There are gaps in education and equality. There is a wage gap, where women earn less than men, and black women earn less than white women.

The thigh gap should be the least of our concerns. And yet these social and political issues are not entirely separate from the body issues. If you look at ads from the ’50s, you can see the standard so clearly—it’s all housewives with small waists and A-line skirts and men bossing them around in a way that screams “misogyny” today. Go back further to where women had to wear corsets. For so long, women have been asked to make themselves smaller.

I reject the idea that we are all supposed to look the same and that we are supposed to be uncomfortable or unhealthy in order to fit into someone else’s idea of what is beautiful.

In this era in this country, we are conditioned to think that a thin appearance is more beautiful than a curvy body. We are constantly fed images that show us that being thin will take us further in society. How many hours have you spent looking in the mirror trying to suck in and imagine what you would look like with a different body?

Then there’s the pressure of looking different. Because historically white people had the privilege and power, we have spent centuries watching women with lighter skin get ahead. Women whose skin is darker, who were not born looking like Barbie, have continuously tried to emulate those types of images. This is psychologically stressful, all of the time. How can you feel good on the inside when the world is always telling you that there is something damaged about your outside?

I’ll tell you this: It isn’t you who needs to change. It’s the ideas around you that need reshaping so that they can fit you, instead of the other way around. I reject the idea that we are all supposed to look the same and that we are supposed to be uncomfortable or unhealthy in order to fit into someone else’s idea of what is beautiful. I think we are supposed to look exactly like ourselves, and that we can adorn our bodies with whatever clothes, makeup, or style we like if it makes us feel good. It’s your right to stand out, to take up space.

We start to drown when we get swept up by emotional waves about other people’s perceptions of our bodies. We devote so much energy to what we look like on the outside that we barely have the energy or space to look inward, which is where we need to focus in order to thrive and achieve our actual goals, not just our #bodygoals.

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From the book Do What Feels Good: Recipes, Remedies and Routines to Treat Your Body Right. Copyright © by Hannah Bronfman. Published on January 8, 2019 by Harper Wave, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers. Reprinted by permission.

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How to Buy All the Ceramics in the Feel Good Food Plan | Healthyish

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Our Instagram DMs have spoken, and the people want to know: What are those ceramics making the Feel Good Food Plan look so damn good? Well, creative director Michele Outland worked with prop stylist Kalen Kaminski to source thoughtfully made dishes from ceramicists like Mondays and LRNCE that echoed the vibrant, plant-forward recipes. « Kalen pulled a wonderful selection of earthy yet modern ceramics, and we divided each week of the plan into a color palette—one with warm tones like mustards and oranges, and one with cooler tones like inky and watery blues, » says Outland. The result is a collection like you might find in your coolest friend’s home. But, hey, why not be your own coolest friend? Here’s how to buy the bowls, plates, and platters that brought the Feel Good Food Plan to life.

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