{Friday Favourites} The best reads in fitness, health and wellness

best-reads-teaserHappy Friday, friends! What are you up to this weekend?

With the Finlayson Arm 25K out of the way, I now have my sights on training for the Goodlife Fitness Victoria Half Marathon coming up on Thanksgiving Weekend. Which won’t actually involve much training since I ran almost 30 km last weekend. I figure I’ll do a 16 km this weekend, 20 km next weekend, 12 km the following weekend then race! My primary goal for this race is not to run a PR, but to create a good calorie deficit so I can handle a possible double turkey dinner feast that day, haha! Also, it’s one of my most favourite races (the first one I ever ran almost seven years ago now!) and I hate to miss out on it. It’s become my Thanksgiving weekend tradition!

I’m also running because Ange from Cowgirl Runs is coming to Victoria to race and will be staying with me for the weekend! I’m so excited to finally meet her IRL.

I don’t have a ton of best reads in fitness, health and wellness for you this week unfortunately as I didn’t have that much spare time to read awesome things on the internet, but I DO have a cool announcement and a documentary you absolutely need to watch.

Move freely: Back-to-basics exercises to increase your range of motion – The Liberty Project
This is my first article as the health and wellness contributor to The Liberty Project, the modern revival of the historic national Liberty magazine published in Dallas from 1924 to 1950. The digital magazine covers a wide range of topics, but is based on first-person perspectives and the idea that everyone has a relatable, engaging, thoughtful story to tell. It’s a super neat magazine with lots of great content, and I’ll be contributing regularly on topics about fitness and health.

Cowspiracy is now on Netflix!
Last night I finally watched Cowspiracy, a documentary about how hazardous animal agriculture is to our planet after hearing about it on the Rich Roll podcast about a year ago. It was just released on Netflix this week thanks to Leonardo DiCaprio joining the cause and signing on as an executive producer.

It certainly was eye opening, but not in a gross Earthlings kind of way; it was mind boggling in a numbers way. That this industry (and our desire to eat an animal product with almost every meal) is so destructive to our planet and yet not even the biggest environmental organizations are doing anything about it. Just take a look at some of these stats:


These stats just blow my mind:

  • It takes 3,000 litres of water to produce ONE HAMBURGER.
  • The meat and dairy industry uses 1/3rd of the Earth’s fresh water supply.
  • Livestock covers 45% of the Earth’s total land.
  • Animal agriculture is responsible for 91% of Amazon rain forest destruction.
  • 51% of our global greenhouse gas emissions is due to livestock and their byproducts, whereas transportation only makes up 13%.
  • It only takes 674 square metres of land to produce food for one vegan person for one year — it takes up to 18 times that amount to feed a meat eater.

And all because we like the taste of meat and think we need to eat it at every meal.

It’s obvious we can’t sustain our planet by eating this way. Even though I no longer eat dairy, beef or pork, I still eat chicken, fish and eggs on occasion. But after watching Cowspiracy and this short documentary about Penelope the Chicken (it’s sad but has a happy ending), I’ll be reducing my intake even further. Even though I buy my eggs from happy chickens, maintaining them still requires a ton of water use. And even though I LOVE the taste of salmon, I know it’s not the most sustainable protein source. It truly is an omnivore’s dilemma.

Have you seen Cowspiracy? What did you think? How do you try to reduce your carbon footprint?