Eat more plants

About 30 years ago, I started a 30-day vegan diet on a challenge. (Thanks, Jack) I felt so fresh-organic-vegetables-fruitsgood at the end of the month that I was strict vegetarian for 10 years. During that time, I was a competitive athlete, winning Bronze medal in the Soviet Union and Gold medal in Korea for the US TaeKwonDo Team. Don’t let those die-hard carnivores tell you vegetarians are weak and scrawny. Eat more plants!

About 20 years ago, I started eating a little fish and am now considered a pescatarian. I still haven’t eaten beef, pork, chicken, turkey, or any other meat in 30 years. I added a little fish to my diet when I started doing more weight lifting and wanted to gain muscle mass. Having studied nutrition a bit, I knew that the best source of protein is not whey or soy supplements (they can create or aggravate nasty health issues), and since eating beans and rice wasn’t going to happen every day, fish was the best compromise. I still eat fish, maybe one meal a day, but not all the time.

Today my diet is still almost entirely plant-based. I exercise a little every day, stretch, and avoid junk food and drinks. Unfortunately, I watch with horror others of my age-group (AARP candidates) who don’t focus on health and, as a result, have multiple health issues and a pill or two for each.

If that is the way you want to down, then enjoy the trip. For me, I prefer to eat mostly plants, exercise a little, and really think about what I put in my body. It’s a lifestyle mindset that focuses on health being the most important priority because without that, what do you have? I am very pleased to say that I am in perfect health, take no medications, and have a reasonably fit body. Eat more plants!

Some people think that I must live on shakes and nutrition bars all day. Absolutely not! I prefer to eat real food and you should be very cautious about the ingredients in those factory manufactured food/meal replacements. Eat more plants!

To make sure that I get all the nutrients my body needs, because we can’t rely on store-bought foods to provide them, I take a fantastic vitamin regimen day and night. When you understand nutrition, you realize that your body needs different vitamins at different times of the day for optimal absorption and use. If you would like to know more, I’m always happy to share information.

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