The Best Stuff I’ve Read this Month (plus, NMA Stickers)

“The Best Stuff I Read Last Week” was supposed to be a weekly chance to link out to the awesome stuff other people are doing on the web as it pertains to vegetarian/veganism, fitness, and general ass-kickery.

Except this month, I haven’t been reading all that much.  But that’s because I’ve been busy doing, so it’s cool.

So today I’ve got not just the best stuff from the past week, but rather the best stuff I’ve found over the entire month.  And trust, me these four articles are worth the wait.  But first…

NMA stickers!


After many, many requests and “they’re coming soon”-‘s, No Meat Athlete stickers are finally here.

I think they’re great.  I’m really pumped to get these out on the roads, where many more people can be exposed to this crazy idea we all share that you don’t need meat to be an athlete.

The stickers are five-inch, glossy, durable bumper-sticker types, and you can get them by scrolling down to the bottom of the shirts page.

Get yours now, because you know we suck and keeping things in stock.

Four must-reads for your Monday

Alrighty, here we go.

An epic post from Leo Babauta at Zen Habits, whom I had the great pleasure of having a few beers with at the World Domination Summit earlier this month.  In this very well-researched article, Leo challenges the ubiquitous “soy is terrible” doctrine by pointing out that all the negative soy-talk stems from one place on the internet, the Weston A. Price Foundation.  I know it’s not fashionable to be pro-soy, but this is worth a read.

If you don’t know Matt Ruscigno yet, you should.  Matt’s a friend of mine and a vegan registered dietitian, and I suspect he’ll become a superstar in this field, both for the amount of knowledge he has and the enthusiasm and clarity with which he conveys it.  (Matt contributed an interview to the Marathon Roadmap which has been one of the most popular of the bunch.)

Anyway, Matt put together a new video series called “A Day in the Life,” in which he spends a day with a vegan athlete picking his or her brain to find out how they eat, exercise, and think.  The first in the series features endurance athlete Brian Davidson, who also shares a bunch of recipes in this post.  I hope you check this one out and subscribe to Matt’s blog so you can catch the rest of the series.

A short but powerful article emphasizing the point that while buying and eating only “humane” meat might feel good and distract us from what’s really going on (“…buying humanely-raised animal products unwittingly encourages us to consume more animals with a lighter conscience”), it won’t do anything to bring about large-scale change in the way animals or the environment are treated by human beings.

I have no idea why they chose this title, because it’s not a debate, it’s an interview.  But it’s a fascinating one, with a vegan paleotologist who writes a blog called PaleoVeganology.

I really like this guy’s point of view.  I love that he doesn’t just say “veganism is good for everyone,” and he even admits that for some, maybe there are better diets out there.  And yet at the same time, he has a more pro-vegan take on evolution than any other I’ve yet read.

For the longest time I’ve considered dietary approaches that look to the past to determine how we should eat today to be mostly incompatible with vegetarianism.  This article gives you the ammunition to rethink that.




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  1. Great links! I’ll check out the bottom 3.

    I had read the soy article when it was published (like half the interwebs, I subscribe to Zen Habits) and couldn’t agree more with it.

    As an aside, I dug online quite a bit after reading The China Study and found the same thing: every critique, except one, could be traced back to the Weston A Price Foundation.

  2. Thanks for linking to my blog!

  3. Thanks for your recommendations. I had already seen the Zen Habits article and I think it’s very well written. Now, when people want to tell me that soy is bad for me, instead of arguing the point I’m just going to hand them a copy of his article.
    I’m looking forward to reading your other recommendations (when I have a spare moment).

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