Saturday, January 26, 2008

The 247-pound vegan

The 247-pound vegan

'has long been the fringe diet of young rebels and aging nonconformists.'
I guess you get what you would expect from the Wall Street Journal.

1 comment:

Vegan Run Amok said...

Wow. Such a short article, yet my brain is just brimming with reactions.

- I suppose one has to have at least a non-conformist bone or two to go vegan in our culture.

- On the other hand, the fact that if I go vegan, I become an "aging non-conformist" but if a model or a football goes vegan, veganism becomes "more hip" just makes me feel like I'm back in high school. WTF. Couldn't everyone just grow up already?

- "Even the government recommends regular helpings of meat, fish and dairy." You know, you'd think a WSJ reporter of all people would be clued in to how a farm subsidy system that favors meat and dairy production + huge corporations that benefit from said subsidy system + a screwed up campaign finance system that allows lobbies representing these huge corporations undue legislative influence might - just might - have some effect on government dietary recommendations.

- How awesome that the guy on the plane took the time to tell this guy about the China Study. I lose faith in the power of casual education like this sometimes, but I guess I shouldn't.

- Bless Nancy Clark for not saying, "Go vegan if you're a pro athlete? Don't do it." I like her. I have her books. I would have hated to have had to compost them or something if she'd been an idiot about this.

- Then again, the main message of the article seems to be, "Sure, you can be a vegan athlete, but it's REALLY HARD! And getting enough protein IS REALLY, SUPER DUPER HARD!"

- Don't most sedentary people already eat as much protein as a person who's training needs? I thought that was one of the problems with the SAD (Standard American Diet), that most Americans are getting something like 30% of their calories from protein when really they should only be getting maybe 10-15%, ie. twice as much?

- I wonder how much of the teammates' negative reactions is really due to internalized myths about nutrition and how much is actually due to how the definition of masculinity in our culture is so bound up with meat-eating.

There's more, but I'll spare you. Mainly, I'm just so conflicted when I read stuff like this. I mean, I guess it's good that people who read the article will come away knowing that there are successful pro athletes who are vegan, but I hope they don't also conclude that it's more trouble than it's worth. :(