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Return of killer diseases blamed on ‘WholeFoods mums’ who refuse to vaccinate their children:

“It’s the WholeFoods mums; you’re trying to be organic, you’re trying to do the right thing for your kids and all of a sudden you’re like, ‘Well, do I need to inject these things? Is it really a risk?”

Hey, I resent that. I’m all for whole foods. I’m also all for following my kids’ vaccination schedules and twice-yearly visits to the dentist.

Here’s where I could get really preachy

I got to sit down and watch a bit of What the Health while nursing Eliza down for a short nap this afternoon. Here are some thoughts from other people over the claims made in the documentary.

I had a lot more to say about this and our mostly plant-based, real food diet at home, but it’s too preachy, and I hate being preached at (ask my born-again mum). It’s like there’s a Church of Vegan and while I regularly attend, I don’t want to say too much about it because evangelical vegans really annoy me.

Just eat real food, mostly plants. Your gut will thank you.

What shall we eat

A recent conversation with a friend has been centred around food and meals, as she has realised that her daughter has a number of food allergies. Having dealt with this already with Eliza (they do not have the same allergies), and with our push to maximise plant-based whole food at home, I was telling her as much as I could remember about diet and plant-based sources of protein, calcium, etc.

And I then realised, Hey, I actually know a lot about food. Not I-can-answer-questions-on-Mastermind knowledge, but it’s a buttload more than before, when my only interest was how it tasted.

Well, I feel virtuous

Four things we could do to make the biggest impact, as individuals, to combat climate change:

“We found there are four actions that could result in substantial decreases in an individual’s carbon footprint: eating a plant-based diet, avoiding air travel, living car free, and having smaller families. For example, living car-free saves about 2.4 tonnes of CO2 equivalent per year, while eating a plant-based diet saves 0.8 tonnes of CO2 equivalent a year.”

If you can (you know, based on where you live or work), you should give up the car. Just hire one when needed. It’s completely doable.

The WTF-am-I-going-to-do-with-this pesto recipe

Anne wanted a fairy garden a couple of months ago. We sowed some chia seeds because we have loads. It didn’t sprout for days, then they suddenly appeared, and now we have a bloody forest of the stuff. Neil quite liked it, but I found it a little too bitter as they got bigger. So I made pesto.

Ingredients
Spinach (I used frozen as that’s what I’ve got)
Chia sprouts
Extra virgin olive oil
Mild-flavoured oil
Salt
Nutritional yeast
Pine nuts

There are no quantities as I just bodge everything. This pesto is dairy-free and vegan. Pine nuts are seeds, so it’s also nut-free (Eliza is allergic to nuts).

Start by putting the spinach and chia sprouts in the food processor and turning it on. Slowly add the rest of the ingredients to taste.

Aside

If you enjoy watching people who think they’re being oh-so-clever metaphorically self-immolate, does that give you a) dictatorial tendencies; or b) a massive case of schadenfreude?

Serious question