Easy Bean Burritos With Kiwi Guacamole – Plus some thoughts from Greta on body image and illness

2 Aug

Content warning for discussion of disordered eating and medically induced weight change. 

 

Hello lovely Naked Vegan Cooking readers!

This is Greta, I am one of the founders of this blog and have spent a lot of my time and energy over the last few years campaigning and teaching around body image issues. When I started Naked Vegan Cooking just over two years ago I felt reasonably accepting about my body and wanted to share that with people. As a teenager I had had really bad body image and the type of eating patterns that border on disorder but are characteristic of many teenage girls. However when I left school and home for a gap year I discovered feminism and critical analysis of the media and an amazing group of people who didn’t think there was one ‘right’ way to look. I began to accept my body as it was and lose the desire to diet and alter the way I looked.

Things were on a good track, then just over a year ago, everything changed. I became very very unwell with a mystery illness that wrought havoc with my digestive system, I went into hospital, out of hospital, into hospital again. In all I was an in-patient for 4 months last year before being diagnosed with a rare stomach condition for which I am now having treatment. Meanwhile my weight went all over the place, first I dropped to under eight stone and was put on a 5,000 calorie a day weight gain diet. Then I was put on medication that caused rapid weight gain as a side effect, at the same time as a restrictive low fiber diet and needing to use a wheelchair due to my condition. This time I went up to over thirteen stone and also gained huge stretch marks. The changes to my body brought back up a lot of the body image problems I had started to get rid of, despite my initial dangerous weight loss being caused by illness, there was a small voice in the back of my mind telling me that this was the body my teenage self had been aiming for. Conversely the weight gain that followed made my body image plummet. It was not so much that I didn’t want to be larger as that it was not my choice, I couldn’t exercise and was unable to cook, so I felt an aching lack of bodily autonomy.

Looking to the present, my health and feelings about my body are slowly improving. I am back on a normal healthy diet and seeing small improvements to my health following treatment. I am also starting to cook again, with help from my housemates and the other lovely people from Naked Vegan Cooking. I have lost a small amount of weight and am feeling better about the rest of it now my life and health are more under control. Hopefully you will be seeing much more of me back on the blog, pushing for positive body image and tasty vegan food.

I want to share with you this easy burrito recipe that I cooked recently. It’s really delicious and doesn’t take too long to prepare.

Greta cooking bean filling.

Easy Bean Burritos With Kiwi Guacamole

Makes about 4 small burritos

Ingredients

1 can mixed beans (drained)

1 and a half white onion (one cut into rings and half finely chopped)

4 cloves garlic (finely chopped)

6 mushrooms (sliced)

5 tomatoes (finely chopped)

A few good shakes of tabasco sauce (to taste)

A glug of olive oil

2 handfuls of fresh coriander (roughly chopped)

2 mild chillies (finely chopped)

Small gem lettuce (roughly chopped)

2 kiwis (finely chopped)

2 ripe avocados (chopped)

4 wraps (recipe is gluten free if corn tortillas are used)

Salt

(Optional extras to serve: vegan yoghurt and vegan cheese)

Open Buritto

To make the guacamole mix together the kiwis, avocado, chillies, half the coriander a third of the tomatoes, the finely chopped onion and a pinch of salt.

Fry the remaining onion and the mushrooms in the olive oil on a low heat in a big pan for a few minutes. Next add the beans, garlic and remaining tomatoes and continue to stir and cook for about 10 minutes until everything is soft and well done. Add the remaining coriander and the tabasco sauce and salt to taste.

Gently heat the wraps under a grill for about 30 seconds until warm and then serve with the bean filling, kiwi guacamole and lettuce, plus the vegan cheese and yoghurt if you have them. It’s usually good fun to bring all the components to the table separately and let people assemble their own.

Closed Burrito

Closed Burrito

10 Responses to “Easy Bean Burritos With Kiwi Guacamole – Plus some thoughts from Greta on body image and illness”

  1. nomibear August 3, 2013 at 11:33 am #

    delicious looking food :) and be proud of who you are for inspiring body confidence in so many others through your blog :)

  2. Sharon Overy August 3, 2013 at 4:57 pm #

    You look gorgeous Greta. Such a beautiful soul beaming at us. Glad to hear your health and life are more in your control again. xxxxxxx

  3. Ladyanarchy August 3, 2013 at 8:20 pm #

    You look lovely in this picture! I enjoy your blog and recipes quite a lot, thank you. My own story with body image has had its up and downs, and goes to show how often its not based on”rational “ideas”.

  4. Stewart Lever August 4, 2013 at 8:21 am #

    found your writing today very helpful. I am fortunate in being happy about my body and never really understood people who worried about theirs. Thanks to your article, I have some understanding now. x

  5. Paul P August 5, 2013 at 5:42 am #

    You’re not a plus size person, you’re a plus person (size is a non issue). Beauty is from within, so the cliche goes. We can see it in your eyes and smile.

    Sharing your experience in an open forum like this has to help, both you and the followers.

    While not a vegan myself, I am a nudist who loves food. I have vegans in my family, so the recipes you and your cohorts post are an invaluable inspiration.

    Keep up the good fight, so to speak.

  6. Zach Jendro August 8, 2013 at 4:10 am #

    Thank you for being brave, open, and honest about your body image. It is a tough thing to do. I have problems with being sick and eating, so I sympathize with you. I hope you feel better. And, if I may be so bold, you look lovely. Cheers from the US!

  7. Stuart August 14, 2013 at 6:52 pm #

    Hi ! Love reading your monthly updates. I am a keen naturist and although I do eat meat ….. sorry !…. the more I read and try your recipes the more I could quite easily give up the meat thing ! Keep up the good work !

  8. andrew August 24, 2013 at 11:28 am #

    Hi Greta,

    Glad to hear you are getting better after the year you have had and good to hear you are starting to feel better about your body again. This site clearly brings support to a lot of people and i look forward to your future events -the valentines event was great and i still can’t believe how good vegan ice cream is :)

  9. Lily October 11, 2013 at 11:49 pm #

    Hi Greta, I’m watching a rerun of the Teenage Nudist show on TV and decided to check out your blog. I love what you’re all doing.

    Also, in response to your comments above – I’m sorry for your health troubles and hope your wellbeing improves. Good health is not to be underestimated and is certainly more important than how you look. I hope you get back to a place of feeling at relative peace with your body. Hang on in there!

  10. David October 26, 2013 at 2:58 pm #

    Oh, dear Greta, you are SO beautiful! Don’t let a stone here or a stone there change your attitude. You are YOU! And you are magnificent!

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