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...
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.
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.
Back Double Bicep
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.)
Front Double Biceps
Me on October 6th 2014.
The day I turned 36
Vegan with a capital and muscular "V".
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".
Better than birthday cake!
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 "vanialla 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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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
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