- Interview with Tero Isokaupplia on the Rich Roll Podcast. Normally with Rich's podcast I listen to the first few minutes (pro tip, skip ahead 10 minutes to get past the adverts in the beginning) and judge whether the topic resonates with me. Rich goes very in depth with people and if I'm not captured I don't invest the time. My initial judgement was that Tero wouldn't grab me as I'm not that into mushrooms but give this one a chance, it's a great conversation.
- As a natural consequence of that podcast I ordered some cordyceps and ashwaganda from Harmonic Arts. If you live in British Columbia I highly recommend them.
- My wife ran the Cowichan Classic 10K race in October and I went to spectate. It's mostly gravel, but through beautiful country and a very well run race. I plan to add it to my race wish list, I think you'd like it if you're into that sort of thing.
- I finished Sid Garza-Hillman's book Raising Healthy Parents. I love the message in this book where we can't take care of the people and things that matter in our lives if we don't nurture ourselves. Sort of like the airline wisdom of putting on your oxygen mask first before you help a loved one. Plus Sid's humour really appeals to me, but that could just be me. If you're a parent then this book is for you. I highly recommend it.
- The documentary What the Health is getting the typical backlash any popular media will get when it gains fame. It's an interesting debate but I'll say this, anything that brings light to the topic, whether criticism or applause, is a good thing. Anyway this YouTube video was fascinating. You can witness for yourself discomfort of these media doctors. A great deal of people have approached me after seeing What the Health on Netflix asking about eating a plant based diet. In fact the last person I interviewed was influenced by it. For that reason alone, it's done a great service to people's health.
- Soy has hit the news this week with the FDA revoking industries right to claim on packaging that soy reduces cardiovascular disease. I often find myself calming people and their unfounded soy fears, mostly as a result of the myths perpetuated by the Weston A. Price Foundation (a Dairy lobby) and CNN did a good job or presenting a balanced story on the news. In the meantime, go ahead and keep eating (organic) soy foods, you will not as a result become overwhelmed with estrogen (soy contains phytoestrogens as do a lot of foods, it's not the same thing and can actually block estrogen, fear not).
- Speaking of the Weston A. Price Foundation and their ongoing lobbying efforts against a vegan diet, I've had one of their books thrown at me more than once (they publish a lot of books to sell their nutritional philosophy of raw milk bone broth and high protein/fat diets). Finally someone did a rebuttal of their book "The Vegetarian Myth" which you can find here. It's very well done.
- A training update: I'm not running a lot since my marathon, just four times a week, and nothing overly strenuous. I've started a journal tracking symptoms of nausea that I had while marathon training, but they haven't cropped back up since my mileage dropped. The idea is to try and find a pattern that causes nausea. I've been mixing in some rides on Zwift, but haven't gotten back to yoga or the gym yet. You can follow my training on Strava if you like, I'll follow you back.
- My next race: A popular fun run called the Cinnamon Bun Fun Run is on my calendar in December. Money raised goes to the food bank (as well as food donations) and this local event sells out fast every year. The cinnamon buns always run out early, but since they aren't vegan I signed up for the 10K so all the 5K people can have them finished before I'm done! I thought that was a solid strategy. I don't plan to run very hard, and the unique thing about this race is tracking devices aren't allowed. You predict your time (I think I predicted 42 minutes) and the person closest to their predicted time wins. It should be a nice shakeout run before the next races in January.
I thought it would be nice to have an occasional post where I share links, news stories, podcasts, YouTube videos and other bits of information I come across that people may find value in. I'll do my best to keep it up. Below you'll find a list of what media I've come across that was super interesting in some way or another.
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