My Inbox is flooded with comments, ideas and tips from all of you. Thank you so much for your insight and I will be sure to share as appropriate! It's so cool that we're all just trying to help each live our best lives! There are so many emails though, I don't know if I'll be able to get it all in before the month is over - but I will try!
Now, you are not going to believe this...Ted, our in-house Vegan, has written an anti-vegan report. Here it is:
Vegan or not Vegan - the argument can go on and on and I am sure it will.
Many scholars and doctors believe one thing, many believe the other and will argue it to their graves.
Just to show how easy it is I will argue against myself.
Arguments against Veganism by Ted
1. Vitamin B12 is necessary and can not be found in plant foods.
2. Historically there has never been a Strict Vegan society.
3. Saturated fat has been given a bad name. Inuit and Native populations have been shown to live very healthy lives on diets rich in saturated fats.
4. There is a symbiotic relationship between man and domesticated farm animals. We feed them, they provide food for plants and become food themselves.
5. There are very healthy nutrients found in meat and dairy when the animals are treated correctly
6. Dr. Weston Prices studies which took place between 1920-1930 showed that populations drinking whole, raw milk and milk products were essentially healthier than their counterparts.
7. If people suffer from conditions such as anemia, a vegan diet lacks iron and may not be ideal.
I think the real attack should not be on Vegan or Not Vegan. It should be on the Standard American Diet AKA S.A.D
Can a Vegan diet be healthy? I believe so. Can a non-Vegan diet be healthy - I also believe so. If you are a Vegan eating processed food, I do not believe that is a better option than a non-vegan eating whole foods, and vice versa.
We all just need to pay attention to what goes into our bodies and how it is not only effecting our health but the health of our planet. Because ultimately they will cross paths.
Ted, well said! Thank you for taking the time to share!
Okay, team, here was my meal plan for the day:
Breakfast: Organic orange, WW bagel with Soy-nut butter and jam
Lunch: Organic, non-dairy Tomoto soup, Toby's Tofu Sandwich, Veggies and Hummus
Dinner: Big Salad - Romaine Lettuce, Peppers, Cucumbers, Tofu Shredded Cheese, Red Tortilla chips smashed up to give it some crunchiness. Megan, are you happy?! Megan is one of my clients who suggested that I needed to eat more greens and salads. When does the client get to tell the trainer how to eat?! ;)
Snack: Tofu ice cream sandwich
Exercise: 35 minute run, 3:34 1000 meter row (Kara, read it and weep!)
Seize the day, not the couch!