MY VEGAN TRANSFORMATION

My name is Jared Six and I became a vegan on the day I turned 30. (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 age 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.

The problem was that I was already underweight to begin with and had always been really skinny no matter what I ate. (For anyone wanting to see what I looked like before I went vegan you can click HERE to see pictures of me during different stages of my life.)

Within a month of going vegan I noticed that I had a lot more energy than usual and that I also suddenly wanted to be outdoors more often so I started walking to places rather than driving to them and eventually I decided to go ahead and just get rid of my car. I then decided to give yoga a try (and fell in love with it) and despite the fact that I was the epitome of a "Hardgainer" and had just switched to a diet that was believed to be too low in protein I also started lifting weights with the hopes of gaining some healthy weight and getting stronger.

A lot of people told me that it would be "impossible" to get bigger and stronger this way and many who were close to me worried that I would end up weighing less than 100 pounds, so once a year on my birthday I take a photo to let people see how my body is changing and below are all of the annual photos from the first year all the way to the most recent...

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YEAR 1.



This was me during my first year of being a vegan at age 30 viewed from the front and the back.
(As you can see I didn't start this diet with a lot of pre-existing muscle.)
In these photos I am showing off the flexibility and strength that I was starting to get thanks to yoga and weightlifting.

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YEAR 2.



When I first posted this photo on-line people who hadn't seen me for a while thought that it had to be fake.
Once they realized that it was real the concerns that they had about me started to turn to curiosity
about what I was doing.

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YEAR 3.



Back Double Bicep

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YEAR 4.



Celebrating my birthday by giving my future self the gift of exercise today.
(Really wishing that I had started this diet and lifestyle a lot earlier.)

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YEAR 5.



Front Double Biceps

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YEAR 6.



Me on October 6th 2014.
The day I turned 36

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YEAR 7.



Vegan with a capital and muscular "V".

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YEAR 8.



Me on my 38th birthday / 8 year vegan anniversary.
Or as I like to think of it...
I am now 38 years old in "Human Years" and 8 years old in "Humane Years".

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YEAR 9.



Better than birthday cake!

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WHERE DO YOU GET YOUR PROTEIN?

I want to mention that I haven't taken any protein supplements since going vegan and more importantly I have never gone out of my way to eat something just because it is supposed to be high in protein. (I honestly don't know how much protein is in the foods that I eat and I kind of like it that way because I don't want to start looking at foods as being "good" or "bad" based solely on their protein content.) So if you feel that you would need more protein than someone my size all you would have to do is use a program like Cron-O-Meter or Nutridiary to keep track of your protein intake and you could probably get 2 or 3 times as much protein as I do with very little effort.

And even if you are a bodybuilder and you want to consume 500 grams of protein a day you could definitely do it on an all vegan diet. Would it be easy to get 500 grams of protein a day on a vegan diet? Probably not, and I'm guessing that In order to do it you would have to drink a lot of protein shakes, eat about 10 times a day, and be closely monitoring the protein content of everything you eat, but isn't that the same strategy that bodybuilders on non-vegan diets use to get their desired amounts of protein?

It seems that people have been convinced that they need so much protein that it would be a challenge to get enough of it on ANY diet without taking protein supplements. (Protein supplements are a HUGE multi-million dollar a year industry and almost everyone who take these supplements aren't vegan, yet the vegan diet is still viewed by many as the diet that is too low in protein and would require protein supplements if you wanted to be healthy and strong.)

As someone who has actually been following a vegan diet for a while I can tell you that not only is it possible to get enough protein on a vegan diet, but protein is something that you don't have to spend a moment of your life worrying about. (And if you do want to worry about it, fortunately we are living in a time where it has never been easier to find plant based protein supplements.)

The meat and dairy industries can't survive or thrive without us as consumers, and convincing people that they can't live without a product is a marketing ploy that businesses of all kinds resort to regardless of what they sell. (Make-up, clothing, cars, electronics, etc.) So please don't fall for it. Make the switch to a plant based diet and start your transformation today.

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