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Forks Over Knives

January 4, 2012

Forks Over KnivesI love food.

I love to talk about it, I love shopping for it, I love to make it, I really love to eat it. This did not always make for a very healthy lifestyle for me, but I’ve made significant changes over the years – I got active, I lost weight, and I moved to a vegetarian diet. Today I am the healthiest I have ever been.

Since becoming a vegetarian I’ve had many discussions about the love of food, nutrition, and diet with a lot of different people. Some endurance athletes I know say they could never be vegetarians – they “need the protein”. Others say they are mostly vegetarian but could never give up their beloved dairy. Since going vegan a few months back, the discussions have shifted in tone. Most people I talk to get vegetarianism, we could all benefit from a more vegetable-rich diet, but some just don’t get why anyone would be a vegan. No meat? Fine, but no eggs? No Milk? No ooey-gooey cheese? No way. “Why should anyone be vegan?” they would ask, and I couldn’t always articulate a good answer to why I chose to be vegan. Until now.

“Forks Over Knives examines the profound claim that most, if not all, of the degenerative diseases that afflict us can be controlled, or even reversed, by rejecting animal-based and processed foods.” –

I watched Forks Over Knives recently and it has had a profound impact on my life. I see now in HD clarity why eating a plant-based diet is simply the best option for my overall health and wellness. I understand now how eliminating meat and dairy doesn’t just make me feel better, it can prevent and even reverse afflictions like heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. I don’t know about you, but my idea of good health does not involve pills, stents, or bypasses.

It’s only been a few months since eliminating dairy from my diet, but I can already see and feel the positive impact it is having on me. I sleep great, I have more energy, I no longer feel sluggish or bloated. I have never felt better in my life. I’ve simply changed the way I eat and thus changed my overall health for the better – forever.

“The doctor of the future will give no medicine but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, in diet and in the cause and prevention of disease.” –Thomas Edison

I am a marathon runner and a triathlete. I work out six-eight times per week and get all the nutrients I need (including protein) from a plant-based diet. Some world-class vegan athletes like ultra-marathoner Scott Jurek, Ironman Brendan Brazier, and Ultraman Rich Roll agree. These guys are at the top of their games and they’re doing it without eating animal-based foods.

My passion for food remains firmly intact, but now I get to create nutritious, great-tasting meals every day without worrying about the unhealthy consequences.

I love food now more than ever, and I love being vegan.

Interested in a plant-based diet? Here are some resources worth checking out:

Veganomicon – The ultimate vegan cookbook by Isa Chandra Moskowitz and Terry Hope Romero

The Post Punk Kitchen – Isa Chandra Moskowitz’s awesome website

The Engine 2 Diet – Triathlete and firefighter Rip Esselstyn’s plant-strong plan for sustainable health

VegNews – The premier vegan magazine

11 Comments leave one →
  1. January 4, 2012 11:35 am

    Yes, that is such an amazing movie! I don’t know how anyone cannot be changed from watching it–it truly made an impact. Congrats on eliminating dairy and going vegan!

    • January 4, 2012 4:40 pm

      Thanks! The movie was pretty eye-opening; it really strengthened my resolve to be vegan!

      btw, I love your blog!

  2. January 5, 2012 7:23 am

    Thank you for the resources. My wife went vegan in October after being a vegetarian for the better part of the year. She is trying to convince me, but I am still partial to my grilled chicken breast. But I am open to try things. I appreciate your outlook and for posting this.

    • January 5, 2012 7:59 am

      I would never tell anyone being vegan is the only way to go, but it is the best way for me. More and more studies find that high amounts of dairy cause certain cancers, and we just don’t need it in our diet. I think it is great that you are open to trying something new! What the heck, try it for a while, you might just like the way you feel!

  3. January 5, 2012 7:19 pm

    Hi Patrick,
    Thanks for the great post! I am inspired to check out the film you referenced. I recently did a seven day cleanse that consisted of raw food only, no sugar, dairy, caffeine, alcohol, etc. and it was truly life changing. I have never felt better…physically, mentally and spiritually. But how easy it is to fall back into certain habits; even with knowing and feeling the results these positive changes in diet have on your well being. After reading and watching the book and film The Omnivore’s Dilemma, I swore off store bought meats and gradually transitioned into a mostly vegetarian diet. I bet this film is just what I need to continue the evolution of my diet towards that of veganism. Thanks for bringing it to my attention!
    Happy New Year.

    • January 6, 2012 8:48 am

      Happy New Year Lauren!
      If you enjoyed Omnivore’s Dilemma and Food Inc., I think you will get a lot out of this film. It has lit a fire in me and I feel compelled to share my excitement and passion for this way of living. Because it really is a lifestyle, not just a diet! It’s so exciting to hear others share their positive experiences with this way of living, I also feel the effects daily and am just in a better place now – physically, mentally, and spiritually!

  4. March 31, 2012 10:06 am

    We’ve been vegetarian for 15 years . . . and we’ve cut out milk, eggs, and most processed foods. Now, it’s time to step away from the cheese. 😉

    Great article.

    We watched this film last night. Definitely a film worth promoting to anyone concerned about their health

  5. jillianmckee permalink
    May 15, 2012 12:12 pm


    I have a quick question about your blog, do you think you could email me?



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