Jared Six Vegan Transformation
MY VEGAN TRANSFORMATION
Hello, my name is "Jared Six". (Although I sometimes go by my fitness nickname "Jared Six Pack" or my vegan superhero name "Vitamin J6".)
I became a vegan on the day that I turned 30 (which was October 6th, 2008) and I am currently 43. (Or as I like to think of it, I am 43 years old in "Human Years", and 13 years old in "Humane Years".)
Back when I first went vegan, there weren't as many vegans as there are today. (I had never actually met a vegan in real life before turning 30, and it was strongly believed back then that vegan diets were deficient in protein, and that eating that way would cause you to become really skinny and weak.)
To make matters worse, I was already really skinny and weak to begin with. So I was nervous about going vegan, and my friends and family members were also worried about the thought of me going vegan.
But after watching the documentary "Earthling", I decided to go vegan anyways.
Within a month of being vegan, I felt so much more energetic, that I started walking to places instead of driving to them, and I found that I enjoyed walking so much, that I ended up just getting rid of my car altogether.
I then decided to try yoga, and I fell in love with it!
And even though I was the epitome of a "Hardgainer", and even though I had just switched to a diet that many believed was way too low in protein, I started lifting weights with the hopes of getting stronger and finally gaining some healthy weight, and below are some pictures documenting my vegan transformation over the years.
This was me during my first year of being vegan (viewed from the front and the back) showing off how strong and flexible I was getting thanks to yoga and weightlifting.
As you can see, I was very underweight when I first started this diet. And just to show that I had always been underweight, to see pictures of what I looked like earlier in life CLICK HERE
ABOUT A YEAR LATER
"Muscles Starting to Sprout"
When I first posted this photo on-line, people who hadn't seen me for a while didn't even believe that it was real, and they were convinced that I just posted my head on someone else's body.
"Back Double Biceps"
Even I was starting to wonder if what I would see when I looked in the mirror was really me, or if it was just my head on someone else's body.
VEGAN FOR 8 YEARS
No regrets about going vegan.
(Except for not starting a lot sooner in life.)
VEGAN FOR 10 YEARS
10 years would be a long time to go without something that we "can't live without".
Why was I taught in "Health Class" at school that we "needed" 2 - 3 servings of meat and 2 - 3 servings of dairy per day (which is basically at every meal) to be strong and healthy?
I just ate over 10,000 meals in a row without any meat or dairy whatsoever, and yet I feel a lot stronger and healthier now than I did 10 years ago.
VEGAN FOR 13 YEARS
They don't call me "Jared Six Pack" for nothing.
WHERE DO I GET MY PROTEIN?
For the last 13 years, I honestly haven't consumed any meat, dairy, or eggs.
I also haven't taken any protein supplements since going vegan, and I never pay attention to how much protein is in the foods that I eat, because I simply don't believe in the idea that vegan diets are deficient in protein.
The truth is that not only is protein found in all plant foods, but even the protein that is found in meat, dairy, and eggs originally came from plants which were consumed by animals. Therefore, the words "Plant" and "Protein" are synonymous, and not polar opposites as many of us were led to believe.
WHERE DO I GET MY ENERGY?
For the last 13 years, I haven't consumed any caffeine, and yet I wake up early every morning, and am far more physically active now in my 40's than I was in my 20's.
High energy was something that I started to experience almost immediately when I changed my diet, and my energy levels have remained high over the last 13 years.
It requires energy to digest the foods we eat, and eating natural foods that are light and easy to digest will = less energy spent on digestion, which will = more energy that can be spent on other things.
WHERE DO I GET MY HEALTH?
For the last 13 years, I haven't taken any pharmaceutical drugs, and I've been fortunate to have not needed any surgeries either. (Not even any dental work.)
And just so everyone knows, my dad and his dad both had heart attacks, and not only did my mom have cancer, but both of her parents died from cancer before I was even born.
So you might say that heart disease and cancer "run in my family" and that I should be worried about that. But instead of spending the rest of my life worrying that I am going to get cancer or have a heart attack, I will instead spend the rest of my life eating a HEALTHY and WHOLE FOODS version of the vegan diet, and do all the other things that I believe will help protect me from illness, such as getting enough exercise and getting enough sleep.
I want to stress that I am not "against" drugs, doctors, and surgeries, but I do believe that if you can find a way of living which results in you rarely (if ever) needing drugs, doctors, and surgeries, then you have found a priceless treasure!
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