Where to start? My name is John. I'm 32 years old. I've been eating a plant based whole food diet for about 7 months now. There, that gets the basics out of the way
Here's my story: In May of 2012 I watched the documentary "Fat, Sick, & Nearly Dead" by Joe Cross (I'm sure most of you have heard of it). My wife had been bugging me to watch it and just to get her to stop bothering me, I watched it. Five minutes in I was thoroughly engrossed; even though I still had no intention of going on a "juice cleanse" the documentary was well put together and Joe has a charismatic personality. Then came the second half of the documentary where it shifted focus from Joe to Phil (the truck driver). By the end of the documentary I said to myself, "if Phil can do it, I can." And I did. I started juicing the next day and did so for the next 60 days, loosing 67 pounds and 8 inches from my waist (along with other more important things like my blood pressure, blood sugar, triglycerides, and cholesterol dropping like a rock). Oh, and when I started the juice cleanse, I weighed in at a very bloated 265 pounds at about 6 feet tall.
With the juice cleanse behind me, all I knew was that I didn't want to ever go back. I started eating a "balanced" diet that included what a typical American considers to be healthy, non-fat greek yogurt, chicken and fish, egg whites and goat cheese, rice, beans, and a decent amount of greens, fruit, and veggies. I started running a lot and continued to loose weight, loosing another 10 pounds over the next few months. All the while I was reading and searching out other like minded people (the ones I used to call health nuts). Eventually that led me to read "The China Study" near the end of 2012 (another one I'm sure you've all heard of). After finishing the book, I couldn't go back to eating a diet heavy in animal based products. So I decided to convert to a plant based whole food diet. Shortly thereafter, I stumbled upon this website (and others like it) and decided I wanted to put on some muscle (I had always been an athlete growing up, so it made sense). But I've found that "body building" is much like "eating healthy;" there's a lot of misinformation out there that's presented as truth.
So i'm 7 months into my plant based whole food diet and body building lifestyle and I'm still trying to find what works best for me (which I'm beginning to suspect will be a lifelong pursuit). I'm happy eating the way I do, and I enjoy the challenge of transforming my body.
Oh, and for the record, it's been a little over a year since I finished my juice cleanse and I am sill under 200 pounds. I'm trying to add muscle the smart way, without adding all the fat that most people do when they bulk up. It's going to be a long journey, but I'm glad there are others I can share it with.