Becoming Raw:

Wow, where to begin… Well how about this, I once weighed 315 lbs as a freshman in high school.  Yes believe it or not that was me.  Through hard work and determination I was able to lose that weight and remain an athlete. Even though I was able to lose the weight and appear to be in better shape, I still ate most of the junk that was out there on the market..  I just had rammed up my cardio level so high that my body was able to burn the mess off faster then it could stick. As Time went on through high school I was still excelling within basketball and had earned a full scholarship to a Division I university in my hometown of St. Louis, Mo.  There I actually got into weight lifting and started to learn more about my body.  By my senior year of college I was 6’5” 225 lbs and only had 7% body fat.  Even though my physical appearance was intimidating I still was not at ease internally.  I had actually had thoughts of dropping the meat from my diet but due to the fact that I grew up in a meat eating family and was surrounded by meat eaters wherever I went… it was not easy to entertain the thoughts of being vegetarian or vegan.

Fast forward to my graduate school days when I started my first master’s degree.  I had just moved to south Florida and I was starting to notice a change in my body that was hard to ignore.  Basically I was a little too “Regular” if you know what I mean.   So I took a visit to the doctor to have a check up and see what may be the problem.  He asked me question that I will never forget… “John, do you eat a lot of meat?”  I responded “Sure, but I don’t think it is out of the ordinary, look at how big I am.”  The Doctor told me that he wanted me to try not eating meat for 30 days and see how I felt after that 30 days.  Well let’s just say that would not have been my first choice (I was a fan of a good philly cheessteak).  I did figure that he was the Doctor though so I would try it.

Even though the Doctor suggested that I complete 30 days of this meat fast, I did not make it to the full 30 days.  I noticed that only after 2 weeks of avoiding the meat that I had become completely regular and that my stomach felt a million times better.  At first I was torn between the fact that I loved meat so much and the fact that I had healed myself by avoiding meat all together.  So I had to make a call, and my health won that battle.  And even though I gave up the meat, I still did not give up the cheese, milk  & eggs.

My career in health and fitness was taking a turn for the better and my research into the human body and nutrition made me look more and more at my own health.  I was a vegetarian for 4 years before I finally realized that I was in an “unfaithful relationship” to my health and finally made the commitment to drop the dairy and eggs.  Even though I had felt so much better I was shocked at how much growth my body and mind was able to show when I went all out vegan.  I was so impressed at how well I felt, I wanted to share with the world and my first website was born I wanted to show people about how being a vegan is not a bad thing and that we can be cool, healthy & dispel the myth that we just sit around all day and hug trees J. Not only am I just a vegan in what I eat, I do not wear leather, nor do I have leather furniture.  I believe that all living creatures have a purpose and furniture and clothing is not one of them. Yes I get it all the time about animals being here for us to eat… and I respond all the time.  “We are not carnivores, we do not even have carnivorous teeth… and if you think we do I want you to go up to a cow and try to rip the meat off of the cow with nothing but your teeth and if you are still conscious after the cow kicks you I want to know if you still think we are carnivores.  I have also done countless hours of research on what animal protein does to our “human” system and have seen the effects of how changing to a plant based diet has reversed various ailments and diseases.

John’s Raw Body

Now that I have been working in the health and fitness field I have done countless hours of research on the benefits of not only becoming vegan, but also the numerous accounts of eating a raw plant based diet.  I, myself, have now been a raw vegan for  over 6 months and going strong with no intentions of going back.  Like Sherif I have seen my body go through various changes and have learned to listen to my body and how it will always tell you what it needs and what it does not need.  Through my adventure in transforming into a Raw Vegan I have started a non-profit organization to assist individuals with weight issues.  The name of the basis of the organization is holistic fitness through plant based nutrition. This organization is known as NOBESITY

I love helping people and seeing people develop the confidence within themselves to listen to their bodies and understand that nutrition is the key to optimum health.  Since becoming Raw I  am able to train harder than ever and recover in half the time.  I have a clear train of thought and my memory is great considering the million things that I am involved in on a daily basis.  I am currently still educating myself about the human body and how nutrition is the key to a healthy life (not pills or magic potions) .  I am currently working on a Master’s of Science in Health Education so that I can develop educational programs to help people learn the skills necessary to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

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