Can fitness expert Jorge Cruise chill out about skinny veganism?
I’ll admit it, the title of fitness trainer and plant based health nut Jorge Cruise’s book, Tiny and Full, grosses me the fuck out. When I wrote six weeks ago my parody piece about size-ism and the mainstream vegan movement’s tendency to tout weight loss as a huge benefit to going plant-based, I was only half joking. It was a labor born out of hearing “but why aren’t you skinny?” a hundred times too many, and I’m giving Jorge over here a major side eye in regards to being one of too many vegan health touters who equate size with healthiness.
That being said, Mr. Cruise took to the kitchen this week with the Wall Street Journal to cook an few meals and answer the obvious: “can a vegan breakfast help you lose weight?” Yes, it absolutely can, just like any other balanced diet will, vegan or not. Of course, before jumping in to the chef’s position, Cruise doesn’t hesitate to call veganism “extreme” (???) and lament the loss of animal protein and B12. Cruise also encourages a little bit of cheating by munching down a “little meat, a little cheese” here and there. He’s pretty hype, however, that vegans “lose weight extremely quickly,” and if you listen closely, you can hear me cringing all the way from Washington, DC as I drink a latte loaded with sugar.
What do you think, Ecorazzi’s fine readers? Is stressing weight loss and leaving ethics out of the conversation helpful or harmful to veganism?