Jared Six Vegan Tranformation
My name is "Jared Six" and I became a vegan on the day that I turned 30. (Which was October 6th 2008.)
There weren't as many vegans back then as there are today (I had never actually met a vegan in real life before turning 30) and it was still strongly believed back then that vegan diets were deficient in protein and would cause you to become really skinny and weak. To make matters worse I was already really skinny and weak to begin with, and there were a lot of people in my life (including my doctor) who told me that vegan diets were unhealthy and dangerous, so I was scared to go vegan.
Despite the fears I felt so inspired by people who were sharing their amazing vegan transformations on-line that I decided to go vegan anyways, and within a month of being vegan I felt so much more energetic that I started walking to places instead of driving to them, and after a while I ended up just getting rid of my car. I then decided to try yoga (and fell in love with it) and even though I was the epitome of a "Hardgainer" and I had just switched to a diet that many believed was too low in protein, I also started lifting weights with the hopes of getting stronger and gaining some healthy weight.
Once a year on my birthday I take a photo to let people see how my body is changing and below are all of my annual photos from the first year that I was vegan to this most recent...
This was me during my first year of being a vegan at age 30 viewed from the front and the back.
And just to show that I had always been underweight
CLICK HERE TO SEE WHAT I LOOKED LIKE WHEN I WAS YOUNGER
"Muscles Starting To Sprout"
(When I first posted this photo on-line people who hadn't seen me for a while didn't believe it was real
and thought that I just photoshopped my head on someone else's body.)
"Back Double Bicep"
Exercising on my birthday.
(Because exercise is one of the greatest gifts that you can give to yourself!)
One of the unexpected benefits of going vegan was that I met some vegans on-line
who invited me to come and live with them in beautiful "Costa Rica"!
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36 years old and feeling blessed.
Vegan with a capital and muscular "V".
I am now 38 years old and I have been a vegan for 8 years.
Or as I like to think of it...
I am 38 years old in "Human Years" and 8 years old in "Humane Years".
"If you want to be healthy don't go a day with out sweating and don't go a day without dancing!"
- Jared Six
It's my 40th birthday today and it was exactly 10 years ago today that I became a "vegan".
I haven't eaten any meat, dairy, or eggs for the past 10 years, and I am happy to report that I also haven't taken any pharmaceutical drugs in the past 10 years. (Not even a cough drop.)
I haven't drank any caffeine in the past 10 years either and yet I wake up early every morning and do an hour of sweaty cardio first thing, and I still have enough energy to workout with weights, dance, and do lots and lots of yoga later in the day. (It has been years now since I last went a day without exercising, and heck, I don't even own a chair because I'm an active guy and I have grown to love the feeling of being on my feet all day!)
I also haven't used any soap, shampoo, deodorant, dish detergent, or laundry detergent in the past 10 years that I've been vegan. (I know that a lot of people think that it would be "impossible" to live without these kinds of products, but please know that keeping the inside of your body clean is the most important thing, and if you truly embrace "clean living" water should be enough to keep you clean.)
And lastly I want to say that I haven't taken any protein supplements in the past 10 years and I never pay attention to how much protein is in anything that I eat because I simply don't believe in the idea that it would be "impossible" or even "challenging" to get enough protein if you are a vegan.
The last 10,000 meals that I ate were all vegan and I am alive and well, so please don't be afraid to try 1 vegan meal every once in a while. (It could be as simple as just using "vanilla almond milk" instead of regular cow milk in your breakfast cereal, and you might even like the taste and the way that you feel afterwards enough that you actually want to keep using the vegan version anyways.)
After 10 years of eating this way I don't just feel "well" but I fell "on purpose", and I am determined to use however many more years that I am blessed to be alive to help make this world a better place. (In small ways, in big ways, and always!)
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