Researchers found that unhealthy workplaces can affect mortality.
Not a newsflash, but another study confirming what we already know…Stress Kills. Or put another way….
Who doesn’t like infographics?!?!
They reduce complex concepts into pictures, and well, “pictures are purty!”
So here’s one that hopefully leaves an impression. It’s all about how sitting down, something most of us do all frickin’ day long at work–only to follow up with a few hours in front of the tube–is killing us.
Okay, Okay, Okay.
I’m back from my quick trip to Argentina and time to get back to the blogging thing. So, let’s dedicate this post to the trials and tribulations of traveling abroad while trying to maintain a plant-based diet. All in all, not a huge problem, even in Argentina, the land of the cow. Despite being the largest consumer of beef per capita, Argentina is also home to a rather attractive and vain population of Italians and Spaniards who stress “It’s not how you feel, it’s how you look; and as such, there is a plethora of health food stores, fitness clubs, and of course, the requisite makeup, perfumaria’s and 1960s era girdles, and assorted “slimming” paraphernalia. Emerging out of this vanity is also a new crop of vegetarian and vegan food options, particularly in Buenos Aires, which to be fair is one of the world’s Mega Cities, and where locals claim anything’s possible, even Veganism. Case in point, a quick search on the Internets yielded a relatively long list of vegan and vegetarian establishments on the Happy Cow web site. As I mentioned on my previous post, I came across this place, “Mas Natural,” on its second day of business (although it’s a second location of a longer established eatery (Esquina de Las Flores).
Mas Natural is located at 993 Esmerelda, Buenos Aires (Phone: 4312-5257)
But vegetarian or vegan restaurant aside, the major lesson of my trip is that eating a plant-based diet on the road was relatively easy and that was with absolutely no planning or preparing on my part. I’m simply not the type of person that packs a lunch. I have enough trouble keeping up with my supplements. I also love to travel and prefer the “When in Rome,” attitude. With that philosophy in mind, I went anywhere with my son and my friend Raul and regardless of the cuisine on the menu, managed to find something healthy and “planty,” to eat. Most notably at a local Parrilla, around the corner from our hotel in the Recoleta district. “Parrilla,” means grill and despite my plant-eating ways, my 18 year old son is not quite ready to give up meat, so I treated him to a genuine Argentine steak house. I figured I just get a salad and some Papas Fritas, which became my “go-to” meal when there was little else on the menu, but to my surprise, the restaurant had a Veggie Grill dish that not only was delicious but huge.
Don’t ask me the name of the place, as we actually thought we were going to Cumaná – Northern Argentine Cuisine (Rodriguez Peña 1149, Recoleta), but ended up at the place next door. Hey! They both looked identical, they both were grills, and they both had long lines. Whatever. Point is, I ate at a trendy place surrounded by beautiful people; I stuffed my face, and I stayed healthy and plant-based. Pretty much a tri-fecta for a guy.
A Guy’s Guide to being Vegan …ish
Why the change?
Lot’s of reasons, but best framed by the following quote.
“The sheer novelty and glamor of the Western diet, with its seventeen thousand new food products every year and the marketing power – thirty-two billion dollars a year – used to sell us those products, has overwhelmed the force of tradition and left us where we now find ourselves: relying on science and journalism and government and marketing to help us decide what to eat.” Michael Pollan, author of The Omnivores Dilemma