Happy Friday! Happy October! Happy autumn! Where did summer go?
Sunday was an oops day in regards to wearing my Fitbit. Actually it wasn’t an oops, I intentionally didn’t wear it because I was painting. The staircase to our upper deck needed a fresh coat of paint and I’m a really good painter. Why hire someone to do what you can do yourself, right? I didn’t want to ruin my Fitbit so I didn’t wear it. I was on my feet and did a lot of crouching, but didn’t take many steps. If I had to guess I’d say that I probably took about five thousand.
I played an hour and a half of doubles tennis, took the dogs on a two mile walk, and hosted a happy hour for my neighborhood friends. I’ve been promising them that I’d make them my pumpkin spice martinis for a year. I finally made good on my promise, and I’m happy to say that they were a hit. My friend, Lynette, is a martini connoisseur; she had two and asked for the recipe. Trust me, if she hadn’t liked them she would have told me.
I took the dogs for a two mile walk and I lifted weights. I also sat a lot because I needed to edit photos and write.
I ran four miles, took the dogs on their usual two mile walk, did laundry, and created a few recipes in the kitchen. In the evening I played an hour of tennis at a charity event.
I worked on the blog in the morning and then drove to Chicago to watch Alex’s pup, Hooper. I took the Hoop Loop for a nice long walk in Lincoln Park and then Alex and the hubby met me back at her apartment and we went out to dinner.
Okay, so I didn’t get the recommended ten thousand steps in every day, but in four days (I didn’t count Sunday in this because I have no idea how many steps I took) I took an average of 13,614 steps a day. Not bad!
Besides keeping track of my daily activity the Fitbit also tracks my resting heart rate. That’s important to me because a low resting heart rate means that your heart is working properly and you’re getting enough cardiovascular activity to keep it that way. I’ve checked my heart rate on my own and I’m convinced that the Fitbit is accurate because it’s usually between fifty-five and sixty-two. My goal is to get it below fifty within the year.
What I Ate on Wednesday
I started the day with a glass of lemon water and a cup of coffee, as usual.
For breakfast I had a bowl of oatmeal with a sliced honeycrisp apple, a few tablespoons of unsweetened apple sauce, and a tablespoon of chia seeds.
After my run I had a handful of salted cashews and a green smoothie with spinach, strawberries, hemp seeds, and pineapple.
For lunch I had two bowls of green vegetable and chickpea soup that was leftover from Tuesday night. It was so bright and beautiful the night before, but overnight the green veggies (broccoli, green beans, spinach) turned the broth into a not so appealing color; nevertheless, it was still delicious.
I drank the twelve ounce apple pie smoothie that I shared with you yesterday.
I had a scoop of hummus with four slices of pita bread at the charity event and a glass of white wine. I didn’t take pictures because my phone was in my tennis bag. For dinner I had a large taco salad filled with black beans, dark green lettuce, avocado, onion, bell peppers, salsa and cilantro. And a glass of red wine. The hubby insisted. 😉
Jeff Gordinier wrote an article for the New York Times about vegans going “glam.” It’s really about trying to bring veganism into the mainstream. Go ahead and read it then come back to me because there’s another article from the NYTs that highlights what their readers had to say about Gordinier’s article, and that’s what I’m going to ramble about today.
Vegan and vegetarian lifestyles are being promoted in the media thanks to celebrities like Beyonce, Ellen (although I don’t know about her anymore, read this if you haven’t heard), and former POTUS, Bill Clinton. There are also numerous studies and highly regarded physicians such as, Dr. Neil Barnard, Dr. Dean Ornish, and Dr. T. Colin Campbell, who are proving that a whole foods, plant-based diet can reverse some diseases and is the healthiest way to eat, and this are gaining traction in the media as well. And thanks to movies such as Forks Over Knives, Food, inc., Earthlings, and Cowspiracy, people are slowly beginning to realize just what they’re contributing to every time they purchase meat and dairy products. Slowly, but surely, people are taking notice and changing their lives.
But we still have a long way to go and the comments after Gordinier’s article shows that. I picked out some of my favorite comments from Gordinier’s article. Enjoy!
“Here in New Zealand, cows graze on fresh grass in the sunshine, then walk willingly to the sheds to be milked twice a day. I have visited a slaughterhouse here where the lambs are stunned with an electric shock then their throats are painlessly slit while they are unconscious. The chickens and ducks on my farm wander around eating bugs and kitchen scraps then lay eggs without coercion. My response: Those lucky cows. And the little lambs say thank you for the electric shock before slitting my throat. I’m sure the lamb in the back of the line must feel calm and at peace knowing that it won’t have to suffer as it watches the slaughter of his/her friends. Here’s the thing, eat what you want to eat, but don’t sugar coat the reality of pain and death to make yourself feel better.
“I appreciate the moral stance against the cruelties of factory farming, but I think it is also possible to be an ethical omnivore.” My response: Tell me more. How is that possible?
“Eek. Mr. Roll and Ms. Piatt may be vegans, but they sound so elitist. We muddy, hacky-sack, sometimes smelly vegans have more fun. I only kept reading because I was hoping that V-Street in Philadelphia would be mentioned. Which is my idea of an amazing vegan eatery.” My response: You, Mr. or Ms. muddy, hacky-sack, sometimes smelly vegan are sounding pretty elitist as well. Do you get the irony of your statement? Can’t we just get along?
“Yes, ut GET RID OF THE OIL!!!!!!!! Being a vegan/eating a plant-based diet will only get you so far. It is critical to eliminate all oil from your diet. I wish vegan cooks/cookbook authors & bloggers would get this. It’s rather easy to get a vegan meal in nearly any restaurant these days. But ask them to cook without oil and they look at you …well, like they used to look at vegans Why no oil? Why have heart disease when you don’t have to. Read Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn and any of his colleagues.” My response: I gave up eating meat and dairy for ethical reasons. I have a hard time believing that a whole foods, plant-based diet that includes a little oil now and then will cause heart disease.
“It really is amazing to eat a plant-based diet. Not that hard to switch if you do it all at once. And don’t let people con you. It doesn’t have to be expensive. In fact, you can live very inexpensively on a plant-based diet” My response: Absolutely!
“Everyone is delightfully entitled to eat according to the freedom of their own choice. My wife and I feel tremendously spoiled in the Pacific Northwest. In Portland, Oregon, we eat tons of local organic vegetables, fruit, cheese, dairy, chicken, beef, pork, bacon, wild caught salmon, we enjoy local wines and great coffee and we feel tremendously grateful to meet the local ranchers who raise the animals we eat. We have never been in better health with such a great bounty of food, I say let’s celebrate people’s choice, live and let live, (unless of course you eat animals like we do)….” My response: You’re correct, you are free to eat what you want, and I hope you’re as healthy as you think you are. Peace.
“How about this simple test:
Meat Eaters: go visit the factory farm where your meat comes from
Vegans: go visit the fruit and vegetable farm where your plants come from.
Now everyone describe their experience…” My response: I love this.
“I’m so glad the V-thing is finally being exposed for what it is: A lifestyle commodity driven by the capitalism of vanity and the personal politics of exclusivity. Doesn’t have a damn thing to do with the biology of eating. Never did. About as strong an organic argument as smoking cigarettes. So put down the Pall Malls and pass the cashew cheese. Whatever Baybee…” My response: Huh?
“I am 72 years old and in perfect health. I was raised Vegetarian. I have been vegan for 25 years. I am vegan because I do not want to contribute to the horrible suffering of animals. Humans are very selfish for the most part and will come up with all sorts of reasons to justify their habit of eating animals. Many think they are being cute with their comments. I don’t see anything cute about it any more than I see human suffering as being cute. The selfishness of meat eaters extends way into the realm of environmental destruction too. Meat eaters think that’s funny too and continue………..” My response: I bet you look fifty. Let’s be friends.
“How do these people ever travel to distant lands? Do they bring along their vegan chef or ? It’s very difficult to adhere to these types of diets when travelling abroad or even in certain parts of the US for that matter. And who can afford to eat all organic all of the time and buy oh so many specialized products? Nut ‘cheeses’ alone cost a small fortune. I am convinced that food/diet has replaced sex in its morality based dogma. I was a veg-head for ages and the superiority complex has been around forever. ‘We can’t be friends with them, they eat meat’. I have heard it all after working in the vegan cooking profession for many years. Please just ‘Live and let live’. P.S.-Many of the young kids of vegans are closet candy monsters and junk food junkies! They crave the stuff, all of it.” My response: Dude, what “veg” in “veg-head” are you reefer-ing (spelling intended) to? Alex traveled throughout Europe and ate just fine as a vegan. I’ve had no trouble eating vegan, even in the South. Nut cheese doesn’t cost much more than specialized dairy cheese, and it’s a whole lot better for you. And your food/diet/sex and “closet candy monsters” comments gave me a wonderful chuckle. Thank you.
“Eat whatever you want, but don’t claim you are somehow morally superior for your food choices.” My response: Well…… But seriously, I’ve never even hinted to my friends and family that I feel like I’m superior because I don’t consume animal products. That’s your issue.
This one made me laugh out loud:
“That “glow” or “new vegan high” — it’s cannibalism. The body is digesting its own muscle and fat reserves to get the nutrients it needs. http://www.gnolls.org/1596/vegans-are-cannibals-the-truth-behind-the-new…” My response: HAHAHAHAHAHAAHA! Another “veg-head” perhaps?
What do you think of the NYTs articles and the comments?
Do you have any athletic or physical goals that you’re working towards?
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