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Elite Vegan Endurance Athletes

Lately I’ve found a lot of excellent endurance athletes who describe themselves as vegan or plant strong. Here is a YouTube playlist in which some of them talk about what they do.

One common thread these elite athletes share is the conviction that a vegan diet with a lot of fresh fruit and vegetables helps them recover quickly from training and competition. I just want to underscore that. They aren’t just managing despite being vegan, they’re doing better because they’re vegan. Interesting.

Check back. I’m sure I’m going to add to it.

Famous Vegetarians: B.B. King

On losing 40 pounds:

I don’t eat sweets, no sugar,” he says. “I don’t smoke, haven’t since I was 25, and don’t drink: I had a small bit of cognac for Christmas, hardly a thimblefull. I’ve hardly had a drink of any kind for five or six years or more. I’m also a vegetarian, so I don’t have any real bad problems.

Blues Access, “Talk to the Boss: His Majesty Mr. King” (1999).

Empirical evidence: meat means more mortality

Three large studies from Harvard, Oxford, and the Cleveland Clinic have recently demonstrated that vegans and vegetarians have less cancer, less heart disease, and generally live longer. As the Baltimore Sun summarizes it: “Meat consumption raises the risk of heart and cancer mortality.”

As I’ve mentioned before, I get tired of what I’ve termed meat FUD. And so it’s nice to see studies continue to back up the health of vegetarian diets.


My Prototype Standing desk

Standing desk prototype by Theodore Tollefson

This is a prototype standing desk that I made

Sitting all day was becoming a real pain: bad posture, occasional back pain (when I stayed too focused too long), and general feelings of sedentariness. When I learned that it was likely horrible for my health, if not fatal, I decided to do something about it.

This is my prototype standing desk. It goes on top of my regular desk, but I plan to make a taller one that stands on the floor once I have the ergonomics tuned. This desk is made from lumber, wood screws, and lag bolts I already had. The next version might be prettier.

Then again, I hate wobbly furniture. This thing isn’t wobbly at all. Maybe I’ll stick with the same general specs.

Quitting #4: Strike at Pressure Points

Jiu-Jitsu for Women on Flickr Commons

Jiu-Jitsu for Women — George Eastman House on Flickr Commons

Sometimes the thing you want to quit seems like a vein that ramifies throughout a huge part of your life, and influences many behaviors. It can feel impossible to root out every list bit of it.

Maybe it will be, but I doubt it. People overestimate what they can do in the short term, and underestimate what they can do in the long term. You don’t need to instantly succeed to reap significant benefits.

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