well what really converted me was back in 2007 my 6'3" 205lb father had a heart attack and the doctors put stints in his artieries and told him to quit smoking and caffiene, but never did they once tell him that he needed to adopt a plant based diet to help cure him. So my father literly took a crap ton of pointless/useless heart medication that just had horrible side effects. At this time I was around 330lbs and I ate the same diet as my father did. In December of 2009 I unfortunatly found my father dead in his bed due to another heart attack and I broke Down hardcore, I then decided to move back to southern california with my wife at the time and I lived out there and thats when I adopted a organic foods diet to help better my wife and I health. After spending hundred even thousands of dollars on organic animal based foods, we felt a little better but something still felt off to me. Well after about 9 months in california we were struggling financially so we opted to move back to missouri and buy a house, which we did. About 2 weeks after we moved into our new home to start our family, we had complications and decided to get divorced. I then fell into my deppression and had sucidal thoughts and I could not literly eat for about a week and i dropped 20lbs (unhealthy). So to help me get my depressed mind busy again, I decided to join the gym and try to get back into shape. I dropped another 15lbs but on pretty much a 1200 calorie crash diet which I hated. Then I came across Joe Cross' documentary Fat, Sick And Nearly Dead, and it inspired me to go on a juice fast to cleanse and lose weight. I did the fast for about two weeks and dropped down to 270lbs, and I was doing this not even relizing I was pretty much vegan that whole time lol. I then saw forks over knifes and it gave me the ammo to refuse consuming any animal based foods so I was able to fight the addiction of meat and dairy. I then started to notive Mass Improvements after about a month and the fat just started melting away, and I no longer counted calories and Freelee the author of 30 bannanas a day really helped me understand calories and carbs and our countries way of dieting has been so wrong from the get go. Thats why so many americans struggle with weight cause there destroying the metabolism with these strict crash diets thats pretty much starving them. I now can say Im a morning person, I no longer need any caffiene what so ever, I now work out 5 days a week for 2 hours a day. I also can run a full mile with out stopping, which is a first for me EVER in my life and I actually run a mile 8:49 now which Is my life best lol. I now adopted the Engine 2 Diet and I cut out added oils and processed foods, and Im on a Whole Food Plant Based diet now for the past week and I now eat 3000 calories a day and I still lose weight and Im starting to deffinitly see vascilarity, deffinition and High energy levels. My blood preassure is now 65/105 and my cholestrol is now 127 and I have yet to get any kind of headache, or any health issues that I used to fight alot in the past. I literly feel like I have woke up from a bad dream and I NOW FEEL MORE ALIVE AND CONNECTED BACK TO MOTHER EARTH MORE THEN EVER. My body is loving me for this and my immune system is insanly good, and my brain feels like its alot more clear and focused more then ever, I feel more intelligent then ever. So I strongly suggest getting your ducks in a row and change your eating habbits and be able to live A long healthy, pain free, sick free, and stay looking youthful all the way into your 70's and 80's. Just remember Real Men Eat Plants.