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Year of Birth: 61
Height: 6 1
Birthplace: Santa Barbara CA
Current Residence: Concord CA
Sports: Muay Thai, HIIT, power lifting
Tell us a little about yourself, what you do for a living, what hobbies / interests / passions you have
I am a 51 year old, 12 month vegan standing 6 1 at 195. I was 290 before veganism; 60 lost in the last year. I am a software solutions archtecht for a 4 BN dollar company. Single. Straight. Smart. Food and fitness and knowledge and sharing these are my passions. I am an amazing chef.
Why did you become vegan?
It started with my learning that I was Celiac. I started reading the research. Then I met Dr. Robert Lustig of UCSF and Sugar — The Bitter Truth fame. I gave up sugar. Then I learned about aracadonic acid and role of dairy, eggs and chicken in the COX C - reactive protein cycle (I got a BS in Bio from UCSB so I think I know something ) I saw FOK, decided to try for a week. My pain just stopped — I have had 26 surgeries — fractured neck, multiple stab wounds, fractured pelvis, yada yada, and was on a huge dose of Norco and Morphine. After 2 weeks I was off all pain meds. All BP meds. All meds. I was sold. I was done with animal foods.
When and why did you become interested in fitness?
I grew up on a small ranch, riding horses, running, playing, and being very active. When I was very young my sister married a Japanese karate master, and they lived with my family. I started Karate — serious, 6 days week stuff — at age 7 and just never stopped. I had some knee issues at age 15, and my doc suggested Nautilus. Never looked back
How would you describe your nutrition program?
Pristine. No processed foods. 90 percent raw. ALL fresh local organics — 40 pounds a week delivered to my door from a CSA. I am very lucky, and very spoiled.
How would you describe your training program?
I have a really insane workout that literally draws spectators. When I was coming back from the broken neck, I was introduced to the Yoga ball by a wonderful and gifted trainer, Rebecca Joy Schwanda- Clem. She saved my life. Now I do a non-stop HIIT workout which is 95 percent kneeling on or standing on the 30 inch ball, with weights or cables. It is described as nuts. I also do Muay Thai at UFC 5 days a week, so to support that I do very very heavy leg presses and hammer strength incline, bench and declines. Very. Heavy..
What kind of supplements do you use if any, and why?
I use Sun Warrior and a multi, as well as niacin and hi dose c. At my age, and with the extreme abuse I do in Muay Thai and during my 20 hours a week in the gym, I tax my body.
How do people react when they find out you are vegan?
It is hilarious. I am the strongest guy in my gym and I am pretty big, and people trip balls. It is a wonderful vehicle to tell my story, which is the plant story, which is as much a spiritual as much as a physical catharsis.
What are some common misconceptions about veganism?
That we are all weak, unwashed, bearded annoying anarchist hippies.
Have you had success in promoting veganism / vegetarianism to others?
If so, how did you go about it? Facebook, and by wearing I am Vegan shirts. HUGE success. I get email every day, and have over 20 converts, and dozens of life changing stories of remarkable turns in health, day after day.
What do you think the most important aspect of training is?
What do you like best about being vegan?
I feel good mentally, physically and spiritually. I SHRED 20 year olds, all day, every day. I am alpha in a gym of MMA alphas. And I am FULL of love. And happiness.
What do you like best about being fit?
Honestly? Besides feeling great, I love the attention and the opportunity it gives me to tell the plant story. If vanity is the vehicle, then God bless Narcissus.
What advice do you have for people who are just starting out with training?
Be patient. Go slowly. Love yourself. Focus. Break a sweat. Stay with it and make small moves. Small moves.
What advice do you have for people who are thinking of becoming vegan?
Start small. Start with 1 day a week. Then 2. Then try a week. Do not rush. The rest will follow — the love for the planet, the respect for all life, the whole beautiful thing. It is easy, and fun, I am a PIG and I get to eat all day, as much as I want, and I have NEVER eaten better, I was the guy with a 3 pound tri-tip eating over the q, six pack, and not a veggie in sight. I was 290.
What motivates you in life?
Spreading this message. Helping teach others about food and health. I would have settled for one life changed. Now I want to change 100 thousand, and I will get there.
What do you think of veganbodybuilding.com? Has it helped or nspired you?
I love seeing like-minded individuals and knowing I am not some dilettante extremist obsessive freak
Do you have any other thoughts you'd like to share?
Tens of thousands.
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