Once again, my “weekend post” comes at the very tail end of the weekend… only three hours to spare!
It was a busy weekend, but I’m not complaining — “busy” comprised a 9-mile trail run (my last of any real difficulty before Boston next Monday), brewing beer (a dunkelweizen) and grilling up some vegan sausages, and cooking a big vegan Spanish tapas menu for a little family celebration of my son’s first birthday (we’ll be in Boston for the real thing).
Not too many links today, but a few stellar ones. I’ll get right to them while it’s still the weekend.
The Other Side of the Paleo Coin — Get Fit Slowly
This is a must-read for vegan/vegetarian athletes. It’s a guest post from Mac’s wife, Pam, whom I had no idea was an elite ultrarunner (she just ran a sub-8-hour 100K). And guess what? She’s vegetarian!
Recently, a reader emailed me asking how she might justify being a vegetarian, when so many strong and successful athletes are advocating the Paleo diet these days — Pam’s post is the answer that I didn’t have the knowledge to write. While I’m not sure I agree with every point here, it’s the best set of counterarguments from the vegetarian perspective I’ve yet read.
The Human-Animal Connection — Mark’s Daily Apple
Former pro triathlete Mark Sisson isn’t Paleo, but he’s close: He’s Primal.
There is a difference. I’m not totally clear on what it is, but both still depend on consuming large amounts of meat — which is why I was pretty surprised to see this potentially compassionate headline in my feed reader.
Anyway, the post is a departure from Mark’s normal content, and it’s a nice read. He displays an appreciation for animals’ roles in our lives, but seems also to consider hunting a part of our “connection” with them. Overall, it’s a fair and thought-provoking post, neither anti- nor pro-vegetarian, from what I can tell.
The line that I keep thinking about is one Mark cites by someone else, regarding domestication of animals: “In groups without domestic animals, both human and non-human animals are viewed as having an intellect – that is, sentience, sociability, and intelligence.”
Screw You, I Quit! — Illuminated Mind
It wouldn’t be “The Best Stuff I Read Last Week” without at least one post to make you want to go kick ass, right? Here it is.
What I like about this one is that it’s not just ra-ra, go-get-it stuff, but a few slighty more-concrete steps you can take to change your situation.
And the “screw you” is a more subtle one than screaming at your boss as you burn every last bridge with your current employer — it’s more about giving the finger to the cultural expectations so many people feel pressure to meet, and end up wasting their time living the life someone else designed for them.
Have a great beginning of your week.