A few years ago I decided to test myself to see how long I could hold a plank. I remember getting to about four and a half minutes (yes, minutes) before I finally collapsed to the ground. I also remember being kind of proud of myself, since I didn't know anyone who could hold a … Continue reading Think You’re Good at Holding a Plank? Trust Me, You’re Not.
It's that time of the year when people are starting to set goals for the New Year. One popular goal is to be healthier, so I thought I'd share some information on one initiative that focuses not only on being healthier, but also more compassionate, and more environmentally friendly. Veganuary is a UK-based non-profit organization … Continue reading Veganuary Can Be a Game Changer
A story in the Wall Street Journal this week indicated that Americans are staying in their houses much longer than they used to. Homeowners nationwide are remaining in their homes typically 13 years, five years longer than they did in 2010, according to a new analysis by real-estate brokerage Redfin. According to data from the … Continue reading I Guess I Don’t Like Change
Bradley Johnston, an epidemiologist at Dalhousie University in Canada, is the lead author of a new study that is challenging the near-universal recommendation to cut back on red meat for health reasons. The research was published Monday in the Annals of Internal Medicine and contained a controversial accompanying recommendation from scientists, suggesting that adults continue eating … Continue reading Woody Allen Predicted This Week’s News Story about Red Meat, 46 Years Ago
Last week I mentioned the autobiographies of Scott Jurek and Rich Roll, two incredible endurance athletes who realized their success while eating a plant-based, vegan diet. Their books were two of the five books that I had reviewed as part of my first attempt at blogging, Sportsographies. Part One from last week featured my original … Continue reading These Endurance Guys Are Literally Fueled by Plants, Part Two
According to Wikipedia, confirmation bias is the tendency to search for, interpret, favor, and recall information in a way that affirms one's prior beliefs or hypotheses. It's something we're all guilty of, and this post is an example of me indulging in confirmation bias. I've been a vegan for nearly 13 years, and I'll admit … Continue reading These Endurance Guys Are Literally Fueled by Plants
I've been a vegan for over 12 years, and at this point, I assume I'll be one for the rest of my life. The book that opened my eyes and led me to completely change my eating habits was John Robbins’ “The Food Revolution”. The book highlighted the many positive impacts that a vegan/plant-based diet … Continue reading The 11 Things I Miss Most Since Becoming a Vegan
(please note - this is one of my longer blog posts - you've been warned!) As a vegan, there are certain beliefs I hold about which foods are good for me and which foods are not. When the results of new studies are announced that reach conclusions that are not consistent with my beliefs as … Continue reading My Cognitive Dissonance and Confirmation Bias Are Kicking in Again
The City of Brotherly Love is on a roll right now. First there was the announcement that Pope Francis would be visiting the city this September. It's the first visit papal visit to the U.S. since 2008, and he couldn't have chosen a better city. Hotels within a10-mile radius to the city have been sold out … Continue reading Philly for the Win!
When presented with the opportunity to save money or to make money or to live a healthier life, why do so many people, myself included, often ignore such opportunities? Hidden Benefits in Your Employer's Health Insurance One that always gets me is the opportunity to join Planet Fitness. $10 a month, $30 annual renewal fee. … Continue reading Why Don’t We Do Things That Are Good for Us?