June 07 2007

Those Darn Vegetarians

By Mark Sisson
5 Comments

I am not a vegetarian and I do espouse responsible meat consumption: organic, free-range, and emphasizing fish and poultry. However, I have plenty of family members, friends and staff who are vegheads, and while I’d sooner die than return to Vegan Island, I get where they’re coming from and I respect their choices. I’d love to hear your thoughts, whether you agree or disagree. I would say let’s get into a “spirited” debate, but I think Dubya owns that one.

I believe in nutrition and fitness from what can best be understood as an evolutionary biologist’s perspective, and I therefore support animal protein in the diet. My background in biology, years in pro sports and my own personal experience and research support my view, which I’ve tagged Primal Health.

Here’s a list of great folks with whom I disagree but really dig. If you have a suggestion for the list, let me know. If you like mock meat, well…you’ve got my pity!

The (Growing) List

Vegan Porn

Don’t shoot the messenger. Weird name, even weirder cartoon-cow-on-carrot action (yeah, I know) but still a great site and vegan-friendly health news resource. Totally unoffensive, entertaining content. UPDATE 6/09/07: This site has been relaunched in a blog/podcast-friendly platform as TasteBetter. Check it out.

SoulVeggie

I don’t tend to agree with Mark’s views (and I’m not referring to myself here…SoulVeggie is run by one Mark Sutton). But for guys who think vegetarianism is a “girl thing”, or for noodle-armed wimps, you’d be wrong. As I always say, real men eat lettuce. Vegetables don’t meow, guys. Try them out sometime.

A Veggie Venture

Every day, a new veggie basks in the spotlight of the Veggie Evangelist. A simple, useful, tasty site proving that vegetables are about a lot more than iceberg and baby carrots.

Veggie Chic

One of my staff’s favorite veg bloggers (I confess, it’s mainly because she eats a salad for lunch every day and insists, like us, that this habit is anything but boring). Veggie links, news, recipes and anecdotes with a personal touch.

Vegan Lunch Box

An excellent blog from a health-minded SAHM that includes book reviews, nutritional advice, and usually-healthy vegan recipes. It’s worth a look.

Super Vegan

Live in New York? Follow a vegan or vegetarian lifestyle (or just like healthy food)? You best be gettin’ to Super Vegan. A Zagat guide for the minus-meat group.

What the Hell Does a Vegan Eat Anyway?

A lot of Tuno instead of tuna. If you like mock meat, you’ll love this blog. Aw, hell, even I love it.

Vegan Doc

I’m biased – this doc is a runner. A very cool personal blog from a vegan M.D.

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  1. I recently saw a snippet of an interview with Alicia Silverstone who is a vegan. She claims that she has cleared up so many of her ailments by being a vegan. I would love to know what your thought is on this. Her skin cleared up, and she stopped having issues with her asthma. I am starting to eat more primally now that my girls and I tested sensitive to almost all grains, and your view makes sense. I just want to make sense of the disparity between diets and supposedly feeling fantastic on a vegan diet when I truly believe that we were made to eat meat.

  2. I grew up a meat-eater, but gave it up 8 or 9 years ago because meat just started to disgust me. I’m successful b/c I absolutely do not crave flesh. The meat “substitutes” hold no allure for me either.

    But, I’m not in the camp of those who have a moral objection to eating meat. I have no problem with people making that choice.

    I do, however, think that vegetarianism gets a bad rap in the sense that many view it as a poor or inferior choice. This viewpoint is sometimes used to pummel vegetarians into feeling they are somehow not clued in.

    Of course, I totally disagree with that view. Meat, by its very nature, is merely dead and decaying flesh. No way that description is associated with the most nutritious food source on the planet.

    The problem I see, especially in America, is that we’re such a meat-based culture that we have little idea about how to combine plant-based sources for optimal taste and nutrition. If chefs can make dead flesh mouth-watering delicious, surely they _could_ do the same with plant-based sources.

    Watch the Food Network? Most shows are meat-centric and when they “attempt” to cater to vegetarians, it usually pastas and salads. No wonder folks view being a vegetarian as unhealthy and boring!

    Want to see what’s possible in vegetarian cuisine? Try Greens in NYC! Marvelous.

    Anyways, thanks for the opportunity to soapbox a bit on what is really my entire lifestyle. I AM vegetarian. Proud of it. Plan to be one the rest of my life.

  3. As a child I cried when my mother made me eat meat. I didn’t understand how people could eat cows and pigs and lambs and chickens. To me it felt as bad as eating another person. As an adult, when it hit me that my mother wasn’t making me eat meat anymore, I instantly stopped eating flesh. I don’t think it’s a moral thing as much as the thought of eating a living (once living) being. Well maybe that is the moral issue. I don’t know. However, I don’t have that same feeling about eating fish. Maybe because they are “cold blooded’ or lower on the food chain?I don’t eat a lot. Wild salmon, and halibut in fish and chips once in a blue moon.