Sometimes Comments Are Out of Line

Even though I might sometimes disagree with some of the items they publish, I love the WSJ. Check my blog; dozens of posts I have written over the past five years have been based on something I've read in the Journal. Just ask my students. It's usually how I start off each class, talking about … Continue reading Sometimes Comments Are Out of Line

Dear Fellow Vegans: I’m Sorry

I've been a committed vegan for the past 13 years, and I've written a few blog posts about why I made such a choice. During those 13 years, I could probably count on just one hand the number of times I may have slipped up and purposely eaten something that was not vegan. Such slip-ups … Continue reading Dear Fellow Vegans: I’m Sorry

Think You’re Good at Holding a Plank? Trust Me, You’re Not.

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.

Veganuary Can Be a Game Changer

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

I Guess I Don’t Like Change

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

Woody Allen Predicted This Week’s News Story about Red Meat, 46 Years Ago

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

These Endurance Guys Are Literally Fueled by Plants, Part Two

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

These Endurance Guys Are Literally Fueled by Plants

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

The 11 Things I Miss Most Since Becoming a Vegan

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

My Cognitive Dissonance and Confirmation Bias Are Kicking in Again

(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