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Here are a couple of great websites I want to share - vegan mainstream, and the "Eat This" section of Men's Health. The Men's Health section really puts a microscope to all that we eat and drink and the calories associated with them!
I will say that Sunday I met friends to watch football at a Mexican restaurant bar. It was significant because I thought I was going to try to eat healthy Mexican and drink a few beers. Well, it was not exactly as planned and I was sick to my stomach afterwards, as well as this morning! I actually reveled in this discomfort because my body is so conditioned for healthy food, that my once iron clad stomach lining totally rejected two tacos with refried beans.
Tonight I am heading to Central Park (shunning a client industry event at a pub) for our team training. Oh, that reminds me. I popped into a bar with a client recently and saw a friend I had not seen in a while. He is about 10 years younger than me and had the same lifestyle I used to have. Well, the lifestyle is catching up with him as he certainly looks heavier, and puffier. Now in his 30's he seems to be heading down the same perilous slide as I once did.
Also, Saturday night I visited my friend who was bartending at Landmarc Tavern in TriBeCa. I visited there weeks into my vegan quest and the grill, just steps away, was hissing with thick steaks beckoning me to crack. Well, I came a long way because those steaks did nothing for me now, and I was hungry too! Zero temptation. Those are the little changes that I relish. The crowd was a steady stream of vacationers and locals, mostly foreign born - English, New Zealanders, Russian. And as we chatted, diet was a big part of the discussion, and what everyone ridiculed at first, veganism or vegetarianism, all agreed in the end it is so much better for you.
I love having these conversations from a position of confidence. It's a shame, but the "Meat is Murder" crowd really seemed to put many in the mainstream off, and only now are serious omnivores admitting the benefits of a plant-based diet, and problems with animal flesh diets.