The Giraffe Paper – 01.21.18

I’m sitting here watching the NFL Playoffs and reflecting back on such a great week. How can a week not be great when you are about 15 feet away listening to T. Colin Campbell, Biochemist and author of The China Study, for two hours? Well, I was that fortunate yesterday afternoon. Most of today’s blog will be on the Nutrition front and that experience. But before I start there, I am celebrating two years this week, January 15, of being on a whole foods plant-based diet. Never felt better…..


T. Colin Campbell and his son, Nelson Campbell, hosted an event in St. Petersburg and discussed various topics around plant-based living, the challenges we face and some things for us to consider moving forward. I found T. Colin Campbell incredibly engaging and he can make really complex concepts easy to understand, even for me. They both emphasized the uphill battle with government and industry (pharmacy and animal products – meat and dairy). Dr. Campbell shared how their ability to confuse the masses and control on information has slowed the progress in the plant-based movement, but it is still making significant strides.

One thing I was not aware of was how the U.S. is one of two countries in the world to allow Direct-To-Consumer Pharmaceutical Advertising (DTCPA) and we will be the only one shortly. What does that say about the priorities about health? It’s not about prevention unfortunately….

When asked if there were two things he would do the change things, Dr. Campbell  shared:

  1. Require nutrition in medical school. How can that not be a part of medical school?!??! But it isn’t…
  2. Reward/reimburse doctors for providing prevention advice.

They also shared statistics regarding the cost of healthcare which I have seen before, but it’s startling that we have created this large of a mess with healthcare costs by how we feed ourselves. We now have 70% of Americans either overweight or obese….staggering statistic…

Wow, a bit of a downer but does show what we are up against. I’ll try to pick this up a bit by sharing what happened prior to the event. I met my sister and friends at Love Food Central for lunch. Not my first time there but certainly the best. I had the soup of the day, a cauliflower blend, Roasted Veggie Wrap, and capped it off with a chocolate peanut butter pie. If in St. Pete, check it out, it’s good stuff.

Thank you Linda Graff for sharing that Forks Over Knives, the documentary, will be streaming for free next weekend. If you don’t have Netflix, this is your chance to watch the film for free. Coincidentally, T. Colin Campbell is a star in that film.


Triathlon training continues to build with increased volume on the bike and in the pool. I’m starting to get my feel back on both and still tweaking the right mix and sequence of the three disciplines. I want to continue high volume running but now adding in the other two elements to the mix.

I am tweaking the order this week based on my quads not having enough freshness on the bike post track work and as the week progressed to have great rides. It’s a lot of fun trying to figure this out and listening to the body is incredibly important when navigating through the week. This will be another high volume week before tapering next week in anticipation of The Best Damn Race (5k for me) on February 3.


As I continue to be challenged with consistency in meditation, I heard a great explanation from Dan Harris, author of 10% Happier and ABC News Anchor, about the challenge of meditation and his view on the act of mediation being an exercise of the mind. He explains that expectations of trying to be perfect at it, whatever that means, is not possible.

It’s exercise for the brain just like I would exercise the physical body to perform in run and triathlon races. Being productive in races only comes from exercise so it makes sense that getting better at meditation would only come by consistent exercise.of the mind/brain.

– Add Health to Your Life

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  1. Great post Alan. Campbell is great to listen to, and must have been a treat to see him in person. Definitely think Forks Over Knives is a great watch for anybody interested in learning about how a whole-food, plant-based diet really is the best medicine you can take. I bought the Forks Over Knives Cookbook recently after watching the movie, and can’t wait to try some of the recipes, I’ll have to let you know how it goes. This post also helped me be a tiny bit less mad that the Patriots won the game, still mad, so ready for baseball season. Thanks, Alan, looking forward to your weekly posts, Glenn

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