For those who want to inject a little variety into how they eat; those desiring to lean into a new dietary practice; or those planning to make a change for good to a new way of eating or feeding their families, No Meat This Week (NMTW) offers some inspiration and cheer for doing something different, one step at a time.
Over the years, I have always wanted to approach my eating habits more consciously but other things have always taken priority. As I continued on my life’s journey, however, and did other things in my life with more awareness and intention, it became clear that embracing consciousness in other areas of life while allowing myself to be herded in the area of my nutrition was a stark contradiction. Consciousness for me means being aware of what I do and the consequences of my actions; it means doing this willingly, knowingly, and with intention. So, imagine applying this concept to the practice of eating!
If you keep an eye out, as an informed consumer, you may notice that things are changing as it relates to what we eat, how it affects us and where we get our food from. Every now and then one of those topics make the headlines in our newspapers or on television – our interest is piqued for a while and then the topic loses its appeal and we forget about it.
There are lots of reasons for change in how we eat – no matter how small; and when you decide to make a change it can be difficult. It helps if you have someone to say, “I’ve done it, and it can be done! I’m where you’re at! I’m cheering for you! Try this!”
This blog is my platform for sharing with you what I did, why I did it, how I did it and how I’m doing right now. I will share with you my strategy and journey for embracing a plant-based diet, and if it appeals to you in part or in totality, maybe it can help you too.
This blog is in part fulfillment of requirements for a New Media Literacy class, and as a result, I will share my activities and my experiences enough to build a “relationship” to the extent that we can, having never met. Over the next little while we may become friends, and if I am successful, you will be interested in what I have to share, look forward to my new posts, and come here often.
I am anticipating that as I share, you visit, and you share, this “practice of online social networking can be seen as empowering, as it is a way to voluntarily engage with other people and construct identities, and it can thus be described as participatory; because participating in online social networking is also about the act of sharing yourself – or your constructed identity – with others (Albrechtslund, 2008). Implicit in these words is an understanding that we have no way of verifying each other’s real-life identities; however, I will share with you real-life experiences that you can verify by your own research or your own experimentation.
Turkle (1999) states, “We can use the virtual to reflect constructively on the real.” At TED1996 she also said: “Those who make the most of their lives on the screen come to it in a spirit of self-reflection” (Turkle, 2012). You, I, and however many others that invest any amount of time on my blog, can use this experience to reflect constructively on what is happening in our real lives, as it relates to the subject matter. I have engaged in self-reflection already and come to this forum to express that, in hopes that what I share will have the same effect on you.
Our exchange here, though personal, is not private. It is based on our shared experiences and expressions on the subject. However, as a student of New Media Literacy, I am aware that our exchanges, “thought to be something of the moment and tied to a certain situation, is made into the opposite, that is, something asynchronous and accessible. What is thought to be of the present is now forever a potentiality of the future” (Albrechtslund, 2008) So, do share knowing that what we say here, may be told to our grandchildren.
Albrechtslund, A. (2008) “Online Social Networking as Participatory Surveillance.” FIRST MONDAY. 13,3
Turkle, S. (1999) Cyberspace and Identity. Contemporary Sociology. Vol. 28, No. 6, pp. 643-648. Retrieved on May 17, 2013 from JStor.
Turkle, S. (2012, March 1). TED Blog [Web log post]. Retrieved May 27, 2013, from http://blog.ted.com/2012/03/01/places-we-dont-want-to-go-sherry-turkle-at-ted2012/