- I finished reading The Maffetone Method by Philip Maffetone recently and I'll have to start off this list with a "not recommended." The book is rather dated, and while a lot of the "fitness in moderation" advice is helpful most of the book relies on myth, opinion or is simply outdated (especially around nutrition). If you've heard of the Maffetone method just know, there is better, more current information out there in 2017.
- A friend of mine is creating a documentary called Equus, Healing Through Horses and is fundraising her private effort to get the film made. Equine facilitated Wellness is fascinating, I hope you'll go look at the site and help to get this documentary made.
- "There are two types of cardiologists, those that are vegan, and those that haven't seen the data." That comes from Dr Kim Williams, the President of the American College of Cardiology. His fascinating interview on the Rich Roll podcast will convince you that a whole foods plant based diet low in saturated fat is the only sensible reaction to curbing heart disease.
- I love it when people bust the soy myths that are so pervasive on the internet, in books and mainstream media. Check out this video if the idea of soy making men grow breasts gets under your skin.
- The CBC in Canada has put out a story emphasizing that parents should steer clear of plant based milks. The fear is that children shouldn't be on a low fat/protein diet and that most almond, rice and coconut milks aren't fortified, have zero protein and are low fat. They also comment that many are high in sugar. The article suggests that full fat milk or fortified soy milk are better choices. While the facts on the nutritional value of commercial nut milks are true, it's hard to imagine any parent that would rely on boxed nut milks for the sole source of fat and protein in a child's diet. There are of course unsweetened versions of all of these milks and sweetened versions of cows milk (strawberry milk anyone?). Nut milks are free of trans fats, cholesterol and hormones. Soy and hemp milk are great sources of protein and even though I'm not convinced that the added vitamins in all milks (including dairy) are all that absorbable or useful, you can get fortified versions of all of them. D2 in particular, which is used most commonly in dairy and nut milks has been shown to absorb poorly. The article fails to mention how allergenic dairy is, how poorly calcium from milk is actually absorbed or whether its a good source of calcium or the devastating environmental impacts of dairy production. Not to mention the rates worldwide of lactose intolerance or cultures that drink no milk at all and yet still are super healthy. The article from the CBC is poorly balanced, misinformed and designed to instil doubt and fear. Dieticians, and the CBC, should know better.
- My wife recently ran the Live it Up 8km run in Parksville, Vancouver Island. The event was almost entirely made up of female athletes, was full of great prizes and really good swag. The post run buffet and gala are much grander than I'm used to. I ran part of the course earlier that day so I could pass along information to my wife and I can attest to it being absolutely gorgeous, mostly groomed trail and largely along the ocean. This super well run event is getting more popular every year, so if you're looking for a race that pampers as much as it challenges you, then I highly recommend it. Btw, men are welcome, and I may run it next year.
I really like the idea of sharing with you interesting things I've read/watched or come across from time to time. I know the world is full of information and it can be hard to curate that, but if you're interested in plant-based eating, fitness and self improvement then these little updates may be helpful to you.
"Realize Deeply that the present moment is all you ever have. Make the Now the primary focus of your life." - Eckhart Tolle