Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Vegan Vacuity



This is sad...

Woman Trying To Prove ‘Vegans Can Do Anything’ Among Four Dead On Mount Everest

... and a completely preventable death.

10 Comments:

At May 25, 2016 12:37 PM, Blogger Jan said...

I'm beginning to read that fat is good for us after all and we should drink whole milk, eat butter and meat if we want to stay in the optimum health. Forget all that nonsense from the last 20 or so years about low fat diets. Glad I didn't pay much attention to it.

Eat what we enjoy in moderation and exercise.

 
At May 25, 2016 12:58 PM, Blogger cube said...

Some fat is necessary for vital metabolic processes. We've been eating butter for years. I gave up eating white bread back in the '70's, but still eat Cuban bread. Does that qualify as white bread? ;) I do make sure that any wheat bread I buy isn't full of unnecessary sugar.

I do believe that everything in moderation is a good starting point, including moderation in moderation at times. Life is short, some days it's OK to live it up.

 
At May 25, 2016 1:33 PM, Blogger Sandee said...

You are correct about moderation. A well balanced diet should have some of all the food groups. It's just what the body needs to function properly.

It's a shame that people believe they have to prove their way is the right way. Unnecessary death indeed.

Have a fabulous day. ☺

 
At May 25, 2016 9:10 PM, Blogger Kid said...

Sad, yea, but that's a dangerous place. Imagine the lack of oxygen at 27k feet. And it's not like you just walk up. Can you even haul enough oxygen with you? I got dizzy at the Grand Canyon North Rim once - 8000 ft.

I read today that two amputee veterans went to the top in a week along with some other service members. That's some folks in some good shape.

 
At May 25, 2016 10:19 PM, Blogger Z said...

Did the article elucidate on the veganism? I didn't see that. Seems to me something else was going on.... it's horrible, isn't it. That poor woman...

 
At May 26, 2016 7:08 AM, Blogger messymimi said...

Since she and her husband were experienced climbers who had summitted all the other majors, i'm not sure veganism was the cause. They got stuck in the death zone for too long, and it looks like it happened to several other people in the same time period who were not vegans.

Being vegan (and i am) doesn't mean not eating fat. It means choosing fat sources like nuts and seeds and avocadoes. Done properly, it can be a very healthy lifestyle choice. No, i don't tell other people they have to do it, it's what worked to help me lose the weight, and i enjoy eating this way. If it doesn't work for you, i'll gladly make you a gumbo with plenty of chicken and sausage, and not flinch!

 
At May 27, 2016 1:36 PM, Blogger cube said...

Sandee: I don't know if the vegan diet was responsible for the demise of these people on the summit, but it is definitely a question worth asking. A vegan diet is very restrictive and it takes much effort to make up the proteins, carbohydrates, et al, nutrients to keep up one's metabolism. I don't know how well they kept up with their metabolic necessities.

 
At May 27, 2016 1:44 PM, Blogger cube said...

Kid: It is a dangerous place and you go there at your own peril.

I've never been at the Grand Canyon, but I've managed to hold my cookies atop the Statue of Liberty and the Empire State building. The Canyon is on my bucket list.

I did read about the amputees climbing Everest and find it very uplifting. They are braver men than I am because I'm no Gunga Din.

 
At May 27, 2016 2:19 PM, Blogger cube said...

Z: This article didn't elucidate on their particular form of veganism, but I believe it focuses on not eating anything with eyes and any of their products. IMO it's a very restrictive diet. Climbing Mount Everest is a daunting task even with the best of nutrients.

 
At May 27, 2016 2:28 PM, Blogger cube said...

Messymimi: I didn't know that you're vegan. Do you eschew milk, cheese & seafood? Not prying, just curious.

I'm glad that you've enlightened us about your eating style and also helped us with our gumbo
preferences ;)

 

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