There’s nothing like a weekend of debauchery to get you inspired to be ultra-healthy.
I was in Atlantic City all weekend being a complete idiot with friends at a bachelor party. I did a nice job of avoiding caffeine, a gambling-weekend staple for me, but something tells me that the double-digit beers each day may have offset whatever benefits that brought me.
So, having scratched the gambling-and-mass-drinking itch for a while, I’m feeling particularly excited about being healthy and doing cool things unrelated to gambling and mass-drinking. I figured today would be a good day to pass on a few links that I’ve found inspiring over the past week or two. Enjoy them.
7 Simple and Healthy Links
21 Simplicity Tips from the World’s Most Popular Bloggers – from livesimp.ly.
This might be the first time I’ve been called one of the “World’s Most” anything, so of course I had to share it with you.
Lots of good stuff here from big names in the blogosphere, like Leo Babauta, Chris Guillebeau, Everett Bogue, and Glen Allsopp. In other words, I have no business being on this list. My contribution, though, is something that really has helped me get the most out of the time I spend exercising, so check it out.
Stress-Free Vegan Travel (or How to Stay Sane While Traveling on a Vegan Diet) – from Ridiculously Extraordinary.
1) This is a really useful guide to eating well on the road, which is hard enough when you’re not vegetarian or vegan, and becomes ten times harder when you are.
2) There’s a cool Buddhism theme to it, that of not rejecting any food that someone else prepares for you. It’s strikingly similar to something I read in Anthony Bourdain’s new book, Medium Raw, where he trashes vegetarians for having the nerve to turn down dinner at a friend’s house because it contains meat. Bourdain is actually an animal lover and isn’t totally anti-vegetarian, so it’s interesting to consider this perspective.
Cook a Super Healthy Meal in One Pot in Twenty Minutes – from Tynan.
Just a neat, oh-so-simple meal with endless variations, from a perpetual traveler with lots of inspiring posts (and he’s vegan). Depending on the grain you use, 20 minutes might be a little optimistic, but this recipe is a nice reminder that with just a tiny bit of planning, you can prepare extremely healthy food simply, quickly, and dirt-cheaply.
The Best Goal is No Goal - from Zen Habits.
Since I’m a big fan of goal-setting, I thought I wouldn’t like this one. But then I read it and found that I agreed with a lot of the points Leo makes.
10 Essential Food and Fitness Habits – from Zen to Fitness.
The headline reminds me of the type of article that Men’s Health and similar magazines manage to regurgitate every single month, but it’s not that. The tips here are more Michael-Pollan-esque, sort of alternative but very appealing in their simplicity and soundness.
What Alicia Silverstone Feeds Her Dogs – from the Kind Life.
Actress Alicia Silverstone has a new vegan diet book called The Kind Diet (Amazon affiliate link). It’s actually really good, making “vegan” seem a whole lot less scary.
This post from her blog is one of those inconvenient truths: Most dog food is junk. I’m guilty of still feeding my dogs Iams, turning a blind eye to the ingredient list and even accusations of animal cruelty, instead of doing the research to find a healthy, animal-friendly dog food that I can afford. Alicia gets a little more involved with it than I can imagine doing, but her post has made me want to change brands, at the very least.
Sweet Potato Chickpea Burgers – from Choosing Raw.
Can’t say whether these are good or not, but my sister (and now-famous inventor of homemade vegan bacon) says the use of chickpea flour to keep the burgers from being mushy is genius. So we bought the ingredients and are making them this week. Most of Gena’s food is raw, so I’m excited to try a non-raw meal that meets her nutrition standards.
Start your week with these posts and feel better about whatever stupid stuff you did this weekend!