017 STFU About My Gluten Intolerance!
In This EpisodeGluten is a controversial topic, one bound to stir up rude comments and rolled eyes. Nichole has had to go gluten-free, much to her pasta-loving Italian heart’s despair, and has been shocked by how brutally mean and judgmental other vegans can be about it. She and Callie discuss gluten, what some new research has suggested is the cause of people’s intolerances to it, and more importantly, how even when research shows that something isn’t the way people think, you can’t offhandedly dismiss a mountain of anecdotal evidence. Also discussed are long-term, chronic illnesses, and how disheartening it can be to struggle with one and also have to deal with other’s opinions about what may or may not be causing them, and that we need to find compassion for each other and not attack each other for simply trying to find an answer to our health issues.
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Nichole nominated the Oakland Veg Fest and it’s organizer, Katie Cantrell, as the Vegan Warrior Princess of the Week because of their focus on multicultural representation in this year’s festivities. Oakland Veg Fest has been going for four strong years now, and this year they decided to make sure that other cultures, particularly those in the African-American community, were showcased to highlight that veganism is not solely comprised of white people, but is a movement of gorgeous and wide-reaching diversity. People of color and non-heteronormative sexuality are frequently under-represented at vegan events and in the media, so we think it kicks ass that Oakland Veg Fest made an attempt to right this imbalance. Events featured a hip-hop show, and presentations by prominent African-American health and food experts, as well as a Vegan Soul Sunday kick-off event. We hope to see other vegan events follow suit!
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