Via Allure Magazine: 9 Things Your Vegan Friends Wish You'd Stop Saying to Them
The following is an excerpt from an article I recently wrote for Allure! Read the full piece at on the Allure Wellness vertical.
1. Wow, veganism seems really extreme.
That depends on your definition of extreme. The 135-mile Badwater ultramarathon through Death Valley is extreme. When vegan superathlete Scott Jurek broke the record for traversing the Appalachian trail (he hiked all 2,189 miles in 46 days, 8 hours, and 7 minutes), that was pretty extreme. In 2013, Janette Murray-Wakelin and Alan Murray, a raw vegan couple in their sixties, broke the world record for most consecutive marathons (366 in a row!). Impressive. Extreme. Nothing could be milder than sticking to fruits, veggies, whole grains, beans, nuts, seeds, and legumes and just skipping the animal products. Eating plants only seems intense and a little fringe because, frankly, the only thing stronger than vegan athletes is social norms.