Not So Mainly Running

22 Apr

The point of this blog will be to mainly talk about running.  Unfortunately, I am having knee surgery on Friday, so for the time being the blog will be mainly about jonesing to start running again and the major overhaul I’ve made in my diet lately. 

I have converted to an entirely plant based-diet by cutting out all animal products (flesh and dairy). In addition to that change, I’ve cut out processed foods, foods that contain things I can’t pronounce, or that I can pronounce but wouldn’t eat by itself (i.e. Red #40). Oh, and alcohol. And coffee.  A positive side effect to all of those changes is that my fat, sugar and caffeine intake will drop significantly as well. 

I don’t consider myself a vegan.  While I do eat vegan food, I feel that veganism is bigger than that.  I am following a plant-based diet for my health and wellbeing, not for the ethical motivations that fuel most vegans diet.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m happy that another positive side effect of this diet is that more animals get to live; it’s just not my motivation.  I’ve always been more of a human person than an animal person. That being said, I recently read a quote by Peter Dinklage (I hear he plays an awesome part on Game of Thrones), “I like animals, all animals. I wouldn’t hurt a cat or a dog – or a chicken or a cow. And I wouldn’t ask someone else to hurt them for me. That’s why I’m a vegetarian.”  While I can’t say that I like all animals, I know that I wouldn’t kill one, so why would I ask someone else to do it for me?  Which reminds me of the unethical treatment of slaughterhouse employees, now that is an ethical motivation I can get behind, but that is a story for another day. 

So this is how I am choosing to live my life, and while I imagine that I might engage in some mild activism surrounding my new lifestyle choice, my goal here (and in general) is not to be preachy or try and push people to “do things my way.” You eat how you want to eat, and I’ll eat how I want to eat.  We do have free will after all. 

Unfortunately, I cannot put off those grad school papers any longer, so this is where I will leave you for today.  Tune in next time for more ponderings on my path to full on hippie-hood.  

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