Around about September 2011, I had just come back from a trip to New York with my then girlfriend.
I remember she asked “Would you ever go back to New York?” and I said “Probably not”
A week later I was back home scrolling through facebook when a friend posted a film called Earthlings. At that time I was vegetarian but I had noticed that I was slowly moving away from the last remaining animal products in my diet.
I was ready to watch this film and it really shocked me. I decided to go vegan immediately.
This brought up a lot of questions. How do you go Vegan? What do you eat? How do you get enough protein?
I started to research on youtube and I came across a video with an intriguing title:
“The Protein Myth”
I had always been into conspiracy theories so the idea that our need to eat animal products to get protein being a myth was compelling to me. I watched the video and I was stunned.
It is just a short excerpt from a talk with US Masters Runner of the Year Tim Van Orden
He says that people always ask him “where do you get your protein?”. They assume it is from nuts and seeds, legumes or soy.
The he says that he doesn’t eat ANY of those. He DOESN’T eat protein. What he eats are fruits and vegetables and they give him the building blocks that he needs to make protein. If he wasn’t getting enough protein, how come he was able to build muscle without effort?
For me, this was like a light going off. It was like I was hearing an idea that I always knew was right at the back of my mind but no one had ever put it into words. It seemed so right to me as other apes ate just fruits and vegetables and they were super strong.
This opened the doors for me to start experimenting with the raw vegan lifestyle. Funnily enough, it took me almost a year from then to really “get it”.
In spite of what I had told my then girlfriend after leaving New York, I ended up going back a year later to attend the Woodstock Fruit Festival. There I met Tim Van Orden in real life for the first time.
I said “Tim your video made me go raw”
He replied “I’m sorry!”
You can check out more about what Tim is now doing at his youtube channel or website http://www.runningraw.com
You can watch the video that made me go raw here: