What Robert Cheeke Has to Say About Vegan Bodybuilding and Fitness


What Robert Cheeke has to say about vegan bodybuilding and fitness; his views about bodybuilding nutrition, his morning ritual, what he sees about the future of plant-based fitness in the next five to 10 years
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FOUNDER OF VEGAN BODYBUILDING AND FITNESS SEES BRIGHT FUTURE

“A few years ago, I changed my viewpoint on a number of popular and controversial topics, including protein consumption, supplement use, and my overall views about the sport of bodybuilding.”

Robert Cheeke is responsible for creating one of the first plant-based fitness websites in history, and has over 20 years’ experience as a vegan athlete. It’s pioneers like him that have made it possible for bodybuilders, athletes, and gym rats like me to wake up to a healthier path of fitness.

Robert and I agree almost entirely on the topic of bodybuilding nutrition.

We both believe that a supplement-free, whole-food, plant-based diet is optimal.

The only difference between in our philosophies is that he advocates a low-protein diet across the board.

“Whereas, I think some individuals may need more protein based on genetics, fitness goals, etc.”

That said, I try to stay open and remain willing to learn more.

Hell, I used to think that eating exuberant amounts of meat was the only path to packing on muscle and now I own a website called VegetarianBodybuilding.com.

It’s nice knowing that a guy like Robert is traveling the globe, spreading the good word about our lifestyle, and bringing us together.

Our tribe is much stronger because of him without question. I also share and respect his belief in consistency and creating positive habits.

You will certainly have an opportunity to learn a lot from him in this interview!

Q: What does your morning ritual look like (first 30-60 minutes)?

When I wake up, I cuddle with my little Chihuahua, Benny, for a few minutes before using the bathroom and brushing my teeth. I then check my email, Facebook, and Twitter from my phone as I wake myself up. Once I’m up, I take Benny out for a walk and then make my way to the kitchen for some fruit.

I usually grab a handful of bananas and a bottle of yerba mate or glass of water, and fire up my laptop and start working for the day. My girlfriend, Karen, makes a bowl of oatmeal with fruit and walnuts and checks for book and clothing orders that came in during the night to prepare packages to be shipped out.

I sign books if necessary and then settle into social media work, promoting my Vegan Bodybuilding & Fitness brand from my laptop in my home office. That covers my first hour upon waking.

Q: What key rituals/practices do you try to maintain at all costs, even while you travel?

One of the rituals I am very proud of is my daily commitment to completing more than 100 push-ups and crunches per day. I have not missed a day performing at least 100 of each since August 16, 2013. I average about 145 push-ups and 285 crunches completed per day.

“Regardless of where I am, what time zone or country, I do these exercises every single day. I believe in consistency and creating positive habits, and this is my longest-running current daily practice.”

Q: Who were/are your mentors in life? Tell us about them and why.

When I look back at my mentors over the years, the people who stand out are my high school psychology of success teacher, Eric Dazey; my high school soccer coach, Jon Bullock; America’s Greatest Running Legend, Steve Prefontaine; my older sister, Tanya; and most recently, Dr. T. Colin Campbell.

Mr. Dazey helped me create formulas for success, and his leadership transformed my academic performance during an important time in my life, when I was a freshman in high school struggling to adjust academically.

I just bumped into Mr. Dazey in my hometown in July 2015, and it was one of the highlights of my summer.

“Coach Bullock taught me to demand excellence and work hard to achieve meaningful goals. He challenged me to become a leader on my team and in my community.”

I just saw him in a TEDx video a couple of weeks ago, giving a motivational speech about creating a compassionate world. I’m proud to call him a friend and mentor.

“Prefontaine showed me what the human body is capable of when you give everything you have to your sport and follow your passion fully.”

Steve “Pre” Prefontaine was the athlete I looked up to above all others. He died before I was born, but his legacy impacted me more than anyone else and shaped the way I would approach my own athletic performance for the rest of my life – with reckless abandon and disciplined hard work.

My older sister, Tanya, introduced me to the vegan lifestyle back in 1995 and has been a continual role model for me ever since. It was her leadership that changed my life forever and influenced the paths I would take and dreams I would pursue.

Lately, Dr. T. Colin Campbell has been one of my greatest role models, impacting the way I look at food, health, and the intellectual honesty that is part of a public discussion I now have about the whole-food, plant-based lifestyle.

I am honored to be an annual featured speaker on the Holistic Holiday at Sea Vegan-friendly Cruise with Dr. Campbell and other leaders.

Q: What is something you believe in that other people usually think is crazy/different (besides vegan-related topics)?

One thing that is a little different about me is that I still write handwritten thank you cards on a regular basis.

When I offer online contests, giveaways, and incentive prizes, I include a handwritten thank you card with each package I ship out. I sent out more than 500 personal thank you cards in 2014.

I leave handwritten thank you notes for the cleaning staff in motels and hotels, along with a cash tip, and I even include thank you cards when I pay bills via check in the mail. I feel like handwritten notes are a lost art these days, but it is something I enjoy doing.

“Based on the feedback I’ve received over the years, the thank you cards are greatly appreciated by the recipients, and it brings a smile to their face and joy to their day. That’s ultimately why I do it.”

Q: What have you changed your mind about in the past 10 years?

A few years ago, I changed my viewpoint on a number of popular and controversial topics, including protein consumption, supplement use, and my overall views about the sport of bodybuilding.

For many years, I was an advocate and promoter of a high-protein diet. I believed it was necessary for muscle growth and synonymous with the sport of bodybuilding.

In 2012, I took Dr. T. Colin Campbell’s Plant-Based Nutrition Certification Course through Cornell University, and based on what I learned, I adopted a relatively low-protein diet. As a result of that course, I also decided to give up use of all supplements aside from vitamin B12.

My views of the mainstream sport of bodybuilding had been waning for years, and the obsession with animal-based supplements among the mainstream bodybuilding community was another turnoff.

As a result, I became a lesser fan of the sport of bodybuilding than I had been for years.

“I appreciate the art of weight training and building one’s physique and all the hard work that goes into it, but supporting mainstream competitive bodybuilding is becoming more challenging for me since I disagree with the animal-based diet and supplements that are so prevalent in the sport.”

I am now into my fourth year on a low-protein, supplement-free, whole-food, plant-based diet, focusing on promoting vegan bodybuilding within a mainstream bodybuilding culture.

“I’m in my 20th year as a vegan athlete, and I am as strong now as I ever was when I was using supplements and consuming copious amounts of protein.”

Today, I follow a 70/15/15 approach, consuming approximately 70 percent of my calories from whole-food carbohydrates and 15 percent of each proteins and fats. I prefer to promote the general fitness lifestyle over competitive bodybuilding, as fitness appeals to far more individuals.

I have also become an expert on fat loss and muscle growth with a high-carbohydrate, low-protein, whole-food, plant-based diet from my years of experience following this approach and writing about it extensively in my latest book, “Shred It!”

Q: What would your friends/colleagues say you’re really good at?

My friends and colleagues would probably say that I am good at leading by example:

As a result of those efforts, I believe many friends would say I lead by example from putting in the work to create projects I believe in.

Q: What would your naysayers say you’re bad at?

I believe naysayers would say I’m bad at building muscle as a vegan by comparing me to mainstream steroid-using bodybuilders. They might also say that I am bad at running my website and that I’m not very good at responding to emails.

I have 700 unread emails in my main email account, and I run an out-of-date-looking website, so I would agree with the criticism, and I actively work hard to improve in many areas that I currently struggle to thrive in.

Q: What would you tell your 18-year-old self?

If I could go back in time, I would tell my 18-year-old self to spend more time in school. Though I have become successful in many areas, both personally and professionally, I never went to a traditional college or university, and I don’t have a degree in anything.

I relied on hard work to get where I am today, but I think I would have enjoyed college, learning and becoming smarter, as well as developing life-long friendships during those post-high school years in my late teens and early twenties.

Q: What are your three favorite books?

My three favorite books are:

1. “How to Win Friends and Influence People” by Dale Carnegie
2. “The Thank You Economy” by Gary Vaynerchuk
3. “Made to Stick” by Dan and Chip Heath

Q: What was the hardest part of writing your book? Tell us about the events that led to the decision to write it.

The hardest part about writing “Shred It!” was creating a 300-page book following my 300-page “Vegan Bodybuilding & Fitness” book released in 2010.

Coming up with new material covering a similar topic is always a challenge.

Fortunately for me, I have had a dramatic change in my views about protein consumption, supplement use, training, and other related topics, so I was able to write about a lot of completely fresh and innovative ideas.

Following my completion of Dr. Campbell’s Plant-Based Nutrition Certification Course, I was determined to write a plant-based fitness book. One that contained the fundamental principles of eating real, healthy whole plant foods combined with enjoyable exercise.

Perhaps the aspect that I am most proud involving my latest book is the endorsements I received from many of my biggest role models, including Dr. T. Colin Campbell, Dr. Caldwell B. Esselstyn, Jr., and the producer of “Forks Over Knives,” Brian Wendel.

It took nearly two years to write “Shred It!” when factoring in my initial drafts, hiring and working with an award-winning professional editor for six months, doing the photo shoots and book layout, and recruiting 28 world-renowned experts to peer review and endorse the book.

I am very proud that “Shred It!” is one of the bestselling vegan books of 2015 and has inspired thousands of people to achieve their health and fitness goals.

Q: What are the three biggest changes in fitness you’ve observed over the past decade?

Over the past decade, the biggest changes I’ve seen in the fitness industry are the trends that include CrossFit, the use of kettlebells, and the growing popularity of calisthenics and Parkour, or bodyweight training.

Programs such as P90X and other DVD training programs seem to be at an all-time high, as well. In general, I view these changes to be a good thing, because there are now more options available to the mainstream public, which appeal to mass audiences.

This, in turn, gets more people to become active, and should result in improved levels of health for this and the next generation if the fitness lifestyle is supported by healthy eating practices.

I believe changes and trends in fitness come and go, but as long as people are active and enjoying themselves doing physical activities, I think we’re on the right path.

Q: How did you become the founder/president of Vegan Bodybuilding & Fitness?

When I became vegan, I was a 15-year old, 120-pound sophomore in high school in 1995.

I was a five-sport athlete, finding most of my success in endurance sports such as cross-country, soccer, and track and field.

As a skinny teenage athlete, I wanted to be bigger and stronger.

It wasn’t until 1999 that I decided to start lifting weights. I wasn’t even familiar with the sport of bodybuilding, but I knew I wanted to build muscle.

The following year, I discovered there was an actual competitive sport of bodybuilding and embraced it, adding 30 pounds in one year, peaking at 185 pounds in 2001.

In 2002, at age 22, I founded Vegan Bodybuilding & Fitness, a brand designed to share my vegan bodybuilding lifestyle with others.

My website, http://www.veganbodybuilding.com, went online in early 2003. By that year, I weighed 195 pounds and had been featured in FLEX Magazine three times.

The vegan bodybuilding lifestyle was put on the map in a major way when I started competing and winning bodybuilding competitions in the mid-2000s.

I shared those experiences in newspapers, on TV, on the radio, in books, and all over the Internet.

“My vision behind creating Vegan Bodybuilding & Fitness was to lead by example to show that you can successfully build muscle on a vegan diet and achieve fitness goals without having to compromise ethics to excel in athletics. Ultimately, I wanted my actions to inspire others to lead to a more compassionate world.”

I went from weighing 120 pounds when I became vegan to weighing 195 pounds eight years later, and felt like I had a compelling story to share.

That story is still relevant today, as I am a keynote speaker sharing my transformation from skinny farm kid to champion vegan bodybuilder to audiences around the world.

Q: Next big plans for the site and you personally?

One of the exciting things that is part of my role in the vegan fitness industry is that I really never know what is next. I work hard to create opportunities by writing books, setting up speaking tours, and completing other projects, but there is also a lot of spontaneity and unique opportunities that arise on a regular basis.

For example, I take off to Australia for a three-week tour in October 2015, and I’m still piecing things together. I also plan to take a trip to Thailand in the New Year and possibly relocate to Venice Beach for a couple of months in early 2016, but these are just possibilities in the broad scope of life to be determined as time goes on.

Professionally, I plan to write more books in the near future, and I will continue to tour and speak to audiences around the world. Personally, I plan to do a lot of traveling to exotic places to explore the planet while sharing the compassionate vegan lifestyle with people all over the globe.

As for Vegan Bodybuilding & Fitness, we’ll be improving our website, growing our social media communities, releasing some companion books to “Shred It!,” producing more vegan fitness clothing, and writing more content for many publications.

Q: What does the future of plant-based fitness look like in the next five to 10 years?

The future for plant-based fitness is a bright one.

I was a plant-based athlete before the Internet came of age, and a whole lot has changed over the past couple of decades. The awareness of the vegan lifestyle is at an all-time high and growing rapidly, as is the acceptance of vegans in the athletic industry.

“There are more successful vegan athletes from all walks of life than we have ever seen, and this will only continue to perpetuate throughout all sports for years to come.”

I predict that there will be big stars in all major men’s and women’s sports who publicly adopt and promote a plant-based lifestyle within the next decade. This will truly be exciting to watch.

My latest book, “Shred It!,” can be found on http://www.veganbodybuilding.com.

Wishing you all the very best. Follow your passion and make it happen!

To get more ideas about vegan bodybuilding and fitness, watch this video – FULL GUIDE TO VEGAN BODYBUILDING

Author Bio:

Chris Willitts (creator of V3), is the founder and owner of Vegetarian Bodybuilding.

V3 Vegetarian Bodybuilding System is a mixture of science and author’s advice, providing users with optimal diet and exercise. This system is designed for vegans and vegetarians only.

A lot of research has been put in this program. Furthermore, a lot of professional bodybuilders and athletes tried and tested the program, praising its progressiveness and efficiency.

The program is about taking control of your own body and health according to your potential and needs. And worry not; you’ll get plenty of proteins with this system. It will boost you with energy, and you’ll feel just a strong as any carnivore would (perhaps even stronger, depending on how much you invest in your exercise). It avoids vitamins deficiency and provides you with a lot of proteins, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. 

Instead of saying things like “I think a plant-based diet is good for athletes and bodybuilders,” the V3 Vegetarian Bodybuilding System claims “I know a plant-based diet is good for athletes and bodybuilders, and I have results to prove it.”

To find out more, visit the website at V3 Bodybuilding – Vegan Bodybuilding and Fitness

What Torre Washington Has to Say About Vegan Bodybuilding


What Torre Washington has to say about vegan bodybuilding, his vegan bodybuilding diet, his 3 primary sources of vegan protein, his views about new vegan protein powders and what supplements he uses
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TORRE WASHINGTON, VEGAN BODYBUILDING CHAMPION

Torre Washington picked up his first weight while living in Jamaica with his grandparents.

In 2008, the seed was planted as he witnessed his longtime friend win his pro card as a natural bodybuilder. Reading magazines and watching Arnold Schwarzenegger movies led Torre to want to compete on stage.

Today, he is a four-time vegan bodybuilding champion.

You can find more information about Torre Washington on his website: thavegandread.com

Q: Tell us about your journey as a natural bodybuilder, and how many competitions you have entered:

All my life I admired the physiques of comic book characters (Wolverine, Superman) and cartoon characters like HE-MAN.

Real life heroes like Arnold Schwarzenegger developed my attention to detail in terms of my physique.

I watched his movies and read every article or book he had.

The more I dug into this new passion, the more it ignited a strong desire in me to start my journey toward my first competition.

Fast forward to 2008, when I supported a close high school friend’s competition in Atlanta, GA.

He won that show after competing in numerous shows, which was just the motivation I needed to choose a show and get ready.

In April 2009, I got on stage for the first time and placed third out of eight guys.

“This was confirmation for me because I was not sure how I would fare against meat-eaters.”

This outcome was a defining moment to see this journey through to the very end.

I competed again in October that same year. I placed first and earned a Pro card in that organization. Since that time in 2009, I have done a total of 16 competitions so far, placing in the top three every show except one.

Q: Do you observe a disadvantage between vegans and your meat-eating peers?

I have to admit that there is a slight disadvantage, if you want to call it that, when it comes to putting on huge amounts of muscle mass. Although I tend to put on mass slowly, it is definitely lean quality muscle.

“I hope it helps others who are considering a vegan bodybuilding lifestyle to see that they can still put on mass and build a great physique.”

In the strength department, there is no difference, as it is built based upon your training regimen. If anything, I am at an advantage being vegan, since plants expedite the recovery and recuperation.

Q: Do you think it’s possible for a vegan bodybuilder to compete at the level of a Mr. Olympia competition?

This is a very interesting question. I say that because just recently I was asked this on social media. Of course, I have even pondered this question myself. There needs to be a test done to see if this is possible.

“At times, I get pointed out as having used performance-enhancing substances to attain my physique, and I find this as a compliment. I say this only because my hard work suggests steroid use even though I’m natural.”

So do I think that it’s possible for a vegan bodybuilder to compete at the level of a Mr. Olympia? Yes. And I say that because I think anything is possible; we now fly to the moon on a regular basis, so who needs limitations?!

Q: Do you think one day we may see a vegetarian bodybuilding competition equivalent to the Mr. Olympia?

YES, and as a matter of fact, I am working on one right now. Keep your eyes peeled for this.

Q: When you are competing, how many times a day do you eat, and what does your daily nutritional intake look like?

Whether I am competing or not, my eating frequency doesn’t change much during the year.

What I mean is that I make sure I eat my total macro nutrients for the day, which could be every three hours, four hours, or five hours.

I eat the same consistently throughout the year.

This is because I understand that my physique development is based upon total nutrition consumption for the day, not restricted to every certain amount of hours.

“Unfortunately, I am not a person to track my nutrients; I go off of look and feel.”

Q: What does your vegan bodybuilding diet look like off season?

I don’t understand the term “off season.” It is not a term that I use personally. I eat about the same all the time, and when it comes close to a competition, I just cut back on the sweets and treats. I also significantly increase my water.

I like to stay very close to my competition weight so I am always in striking distance.

Q: What are your three primary sources of vegan protein?

My three primary sources of proteins are beans in the form of tofu and tempeh, lentils, and seitan.

Q: What do you think about the new vegan protein powders coming out and what supplements do you use?

I think it is great that vegan protein powder is making an impact on the mainstream supplement scene; variety is the spice of life. I also use vegan BCAAs.

Q: In your view, what does the future of vegetarian bodybuilding look like in the next 10 years?

Wow, that is a loaded question!

“I believe that vegetarian bodybuilding will grow astronomically because the fitness industry is moving more toward a natural look versus a performance-enhanced physique.”

As a vegan bodybuilder, our food is becoming easier to come by; we are making an international impact on mainstream fitness. We will also witness great vegetarian competitions become common in the bodybuilding industry as well.

The next 10 years will also be an exciting and promising journey for Torre Washington.

To get more ideas about vegan bodybuilding, watch this video – What a vegan pro bodybuilder Eats in a Day VEGAN BULK | Workout with Amanda Bucci

Author Bio:

Chris Willitts (creator of V3), is the founder and owner of Vegetarian Bodybuilding.

V3 Vegetarian Bodybuilding System is a mixture of science and author’s advice, providing users with optimal diet and exercise. This system is designed for vegans and vegetarians only.

A lot of research has been put in this program. Furthermore, a lot of professional bodybuilders and athletes tried and tested the program, praising its progressiveness and efficiency.

The program is about taking control of your own body and health according to your potential and needs. And worry not; you’ll get plenty of proteins with this system. It will boost you with energy, and you’ll feel just a strong as any carnivore would (perhaps even stronger, depending on how much you invest in your exercise). It avoids vitamins deficiency and provides you with a lot of proteins, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. 

Instead of saying things like “I think a plant-based diet is good for athletes and bodybuilders,” the V3 Vegetarian Bodybuilding System claims “I know a plant-based diet is good for athletes and bodybuilders, and I have results to prove it.”

To find out more, visit the website at V3 Bodybuilding – Vegan Bodybuilding

What Ella Magers Has to Say About Achieving Plant-Based Fitness


What Ella Magers has to say about achieving plant-based fitness. Ella Magers shared with us about the path that led you to plant-based fitness and the decision to compete in your first bodybuilding competition and her advice to those who are struggling with the decision to try going plant-based
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THE WOMAN BEHIND THE SEXY FIT VEGAN BRAND

“I figured doing well in a show would be a great way to promote plant-based eating. I was competition ready in just three weeks and ended up winning the bikini division and receiving second place in the fitness and fitness model categories. Plant strong!”

Name: Ella Magers
Occupation: Vegan Diet and Fitness Expert, Published Author
Location: Miami Beach, Florida, USA
Age: 35
Height: 5’8″
Weight: 122lbs.
Type of Training: Functional Fitness, Muay Thai, General Strength and Conditioning, Bodybuilding

Q: How did your career in plant-based fitness start?

Fitness has been a part of my life since I was just five years old.

I feel so fortunate that my parents got me into sports so early. I started with gymnastics and swimming.

By the time I was in fifth grade, I could out-pull-up the guys at my school on field day!

“I loved the feeling of being strong and energetic. I got into the fitness industry because I wanted to help everyone get to that place of feeling strong and unstoppable physically, as well as mentally.”

I also have a clean, plant-based diet to thank for all the energy I had from such a young age.

My journey to adopt a vegan diet began when I was seven years old. We learned about Daniel Boone in school, and I came home and told my mom what a mean guy Daniel Boone was because he shot and ate animals. Her reply changed my life forever. She told me that we were just fortunate that we have grocery stores now, so we pay someone else to kill the animals for us to eat.

It was at that point that I connected the food on my plate with the animal it came from and I told my mom I would never eat an animal again – and I haven’t!

My deep sense of compassion for animals led me to seek out information on the meat industry at a young age. When I learned that the dairy and egg industries were equally as cruel, I became fully vegan. I was 15. I felt so strongly, I organized groups and led protests and campaigns to educate people about the truth behind the closed doors of factory farms throughout my teenage years.

“I even won the Bill Rosenberg Award given by F.A.R.M., which honors a young person under the age of 18 who has made a substantial contribution to ending abuse of animals raised for food.”

Given that my two deepest passions were fitness and animals, I began researching the health aspects of a vegan diet and I was thrilled to find all the hidden research showing just how healthful a whole food, plant-based diet really is! “Why isn’t this information more accessible to people?” was my next thought.

It was then that I decided I wanted to spread the word and help as many people as possible take their fitness to the next level with the right exercise and even more importantly, a better diet. My vision brought me from North Carolina to Miami Beach, where I fell in love with the warmth, the sun, and the sexiness of the city.

One of the best things that ever happened to me was a major heartbreak I had shortly after moving to South Beach, when my fiancé and I broke up. I became depressed and was basically just going through the motions to get by every day. It was at that point that Muay Thai found me!

WEC (World Extreme Cagefighting) champ Patrick Assalone shot straight from the hip and told me to get my ass to class. This was exactly what I needed – someone to crack the whip and snap me out of feeling sorry for myself. I’m not exaggerating when I say that he kicked my ass. I was black and blue the whole time we trained together.

He didn’t believe in shin guards, so there was no padding for protection from kicks. It may sound sadistic, but the physical pain forced me to take control of my mind in order to push through training sessions – as they say, “mind over matter.”

“Muay Thai turned out to be a form of active meditation that gave me my emotional strength back and allowed me to take charge of my life direction and eventually develop my own brand, Sexy Fit Vegan®.”

Q: In September 2013, you were featured with a spread in BodyBuilding.com as the Personal Trainer of the Month. Also, in 2014, you were named in Shape magazine’s Top 50 Trainers in America. How did each of those opportunities come about?

My boyfriend submitted me for a shot at BodyBuilding.com’s Personal Trainer of the Month. I had no idea until I got the email that I had been chosen. I was honored!

And to be honest, I have no idea how I got on the Shape Magazine’s Hottest Trainers in America list, but I’m very lucky to have been featured.

It was because of the recognition in Shape Magazine that I was invited by the Sheraton to lead a workshop at their largest hotel in Macao, China, which was super awesome!

Q: What is your greatest achievement? What are you most proud of?

I would say that my new book, The Six Weeks to Sexy Abs Meal Plan, is what I’m most proud of. Not so much because having a book published is a great achievement, but because of everything I overcame to get to a place where this book became a reality for me.

“It’s like my entire life, through all the ups and downs and twists and turns, was building up to this chance to have something tangible to share my passions, experiences, knowledge, and excitement with the world … something that can help people look and feel their best while helping save animals and the environment.”

Q: Who has inspired you the most in your life?

Wow, there is a long list of people who have played important roles in my growth as a person and as a woman.

My parents come first, because they have always given me the unconditional love, freedom, and support I’ve needed to be myself and stand up for what I believe it.

They not only had my back when it came to my strong and passionate side, they have been there for the troubled side of me, too.

“I struggled with anxiety and depression starting in my teenage years and compensated with drugs, put myself in dangerous situations, and dated abusive guys from the time I was 15 until I was 21.”

If it weren’t for my fitness addiction being stronger than my addiction to drugs and bad boys, and the tough yet unconditional love from my parents, who knows where I would be right now.

As for inspiration, my first Muay Thai coach, who believed in me and saw me for the strong woman I am, and Ingrid Newkirk and President of PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals), who I saw always standing up for what she believes in with conviction, were some of my earlier inspirations.

At this point in my life, I feel especially inspired by John Salley (four-time NBA Champ turned vegan), who wrote the forward for my new book; Brendan Brazier, Ironman triathlete and founder of Vega; vegan bodybuilders Torrie Washington and Robert Cheeke; vegan calisthenics phenom Frank Medrano; 87-year-old Dr. Fred Bisci, who is my favorite speaker of all time; detox specialist Dr. Gil Jacobs; Dr. Michael Greger of NutritionFacts.org; and so many more people who have devoted their lives to promoting a healthy, fit, vegan lifestyle.

Q: Tell us about working toward your Doctorate in Holistic Sports Nutrition.

I actually have my Master’s in Social Work, which I earned in my mid-twenties in order to have more skills working with people and helping change lives. It was through my social work education that I learned it’s essential to take people from where they are at that moment; as the awesome Dr. Fred Bisci says, “You can’t take people from penthouse to outhouse.”

“Everyone is at a different point in their journey and has a different level of awareness and openness, and tuning into that as a fitness trainer and nutrition coach is how to find success with clients.”

As for the nutrition degree, I thought, “I do research on nutrition all the time anyway and have a lot of knowledge, why not learn even more and get a degree to back it up?” I’m in a go-at-your-own pace program and have a way to go. Getting a book deal last year and having success with my website, ebooks, and blog have kept me incredibly busy the past year!

I’m in no hurry though; getting the information out there to as many people as possible takes priority over putting “Dr.” before my name.

Q: Tell us about the path that led you to plant-based fitness and the decision to compete in your first bodybuilding competition.

Two of my best friends when I was a teenager were competitive bodybuilders, so I know all about the traditional “chicken and broccoli” dieting and how to make “protein powder pudding.” I also witnessed the effects steroids and supplements can have – from gynecomastia to death.

“One of these best friends was found dead in his apartment earlier this year; the cause technically unknown, but I’m sure it had to do with toxemia from all the supplements he was taking.”

Hanging out with bodybuilders and being as fit as I am, I heard the comment, “You should compete” for all of my adult life. I had no desire until finally in 2007, I saw that FAME World Championships was coming to Miami, and it had a more playful vibe than NPC competitions.

So I said, “What the hell!” I figured doing well in a show would be a great way to promote plant-based eating. It was also a great goal that I needed at the time to push myself harder at the gym. I was competition ready in less than a month and ended up winning the bikini division and receiving second place in the fitness and fitness model categories. Plant strong!

Vegan bodybuilding and fitness is gaining popularity these days. However, vegan fitness is definitely not just a trend, it’s a lifestyle change that’s here to stay!

Yoga and meditation, even for bodybuilders, powerlifters, and MMA fighters, is also a trend that will stick around. Balance is key when it comes to a healthy body and mind. The two are connected, so strengthening one will help you strengthen the other. It may be cliché, but it’s true!

Q: What are the three biggest trends you see in bodybuilding and fitness right now?

1. Cross-training is huge right now. One common misconception is that you have to lift as much weight as possible, because, watching the CrossFit Games, you can easily get that impression. I love watching the XFit games by the way – wow.

Cross training is just a method of training that is highly variable in the ways you move your body, the muscles you use, and the amount and type of stress you place on your body. It’s a great way to get in shape fast and maintain a high level of fitness. I teach a class that combines Muay Thai (heavy bags), spinning, and bodyweight exercises that can be considered cross-training, for example.

2. Vegan bodybuilding and fitness is gaining popularity these days. However, vegan fitness is definitely not just a trend, it’s a lifestyle change that’s here to stay!

3. Yoga and meditation, even for bodybuilders, powerlifters, and MMA fighters, is also a trend that will stick around. Balance is key when it comes to a healthy body and mind. The two are connected, so strengthening one will help you strengthen the other. It may be cliché, but it’s true!

Q: How do you unwind and relax?

I am working on unwinding and relaxing – not my strong suit! But I do enjoy taking my dog (rescue Chihuahua) paddle boarding and to the beach as healthy ways to chill. I love watching UFC, football Sundays, eating vegan wings, and drinking strong dark Belgium beer as my “cheat” time.

Also, I started doing yoga consistently several years ago, and it is definitely an activity that not only stretches my tight muscles but also expands my ability to “let go” and breathe, which relaxes me.

Q: What one piece of advice can you give to those who are struggling with the decision to try going plant-based?

“Don’t worry about making the decision to become plant-based for the rest of your life. Make the commitment to go vegan for six weeks and then you can re-evaluate. In the grand scheme of things, six weeks out of your life is a blink of the eye.”

We are capable of anything we put our minds to. Plus, after the six weeks, when you feel and look better than ever eating delicious plant food, you won’t even want to go back!

I actually wrote my new book, The Six Weeks to Sexy Abs Meal Plan for the purpose of helping people get through six weeks of healthy, plant-based eating successfully.

The plan is easy to follow, and there are 100 simple, delicious recipes to go with it. I also talk about what you can expect, and give you guidelines and shopping lists at the start of each week for convenience.

There is a bonus workout program to go with the plan, but the focus is on diet, because what you put in your mouth will mean the difference between a flabby and a sexy midsection! I’m excited for this book to get in peoples’ hands because it really does give you the tools you need to have an amazing vegan experience.

To get more ideas about plant-based fitness, watch this video – WHAT I EAT IN A DAY | Plant Based

Author Bio:

Chris Willitts (creator of V3), is the founder and owner of Vegetarian Bodybuilding.

V3 Vegetarian Bodybuilding System is a mixture of science and author’s advice, providing users with optimal diet and exercise. This system is designed for vegans and vegetarians only.

A lot of research has been put in this program. Furthermore, a lot of professional bodybuilders and athletes tried and tested the program, praising its progressiveness and efficiency.

The program is about taking control of your own body and health according to your potential and needs. And worry not; you’ll get plenty of proteins with this system. It will boost you with energy, and you’ll feel just a strong as any carnivore would (perhaps even stronger, depending on how much you invest in your exercise). It avoids vitamins deficiency and provides you with a lot of proteins, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. 

Instead of saying things like “I think a plant-based diet is good for athletes and bodybuilders,” the V3 Vegetarian Bodybuilding System claims “I know a plant-based diet is good for athletes and bodybuilders, and I have results to prove it.”

To find out more, visit the website at V3 Bodybuilding – How to Achieve Plant-Based Fitness

2 High Protein Pumpkin Bodybuilding Vegan Recipes for Your Post Workout


What is the perfect spread for a hearty sandwich before or after a workout that demands serious fuel? What to eat for a power-packed breakfast or a post-workout reward? Here are 2 high protein pumpkin bodybuilding vegan recipes for your post workout.
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PROTEIN-PACKED PUMPKIN ALMOND BUTTER

This protein-packed pumpkin almond butter is the perfect spread for a hearty sandwich before or after a workout that demands serious fuel.

And let’s be real here, it almost feels like cheating, because of the creamy flavor. In fact, this recipe is: vegan, no bake, sugar-free, gluten-free, low carb, and low calorie.

Pumpkin and cinnamon is a sublime combination alone, but the addition of almonds and maple syrup really set it off!

I used cinnamon not only for the taste, but because it is loaded with powerful antioxidants and is well-known for its anti-inflammatory and blood sugar-lowering effects.

Chia seeds are used because they are nutrient-dense and have energy-boosting power. They are also protein-rich and loaded with fiber and omega-3 fats.

Makes: 4.5 cups
Serving Size: 2 tbsp*
Protein: 10 grams
Calories: 110

*I tend to use 4 tbsp on my sandwich because I can’t help myself. I also like a thicker sandwich, and it gives me over 20 grams of protein depending on the bread I use (quinoa bread has a lot of protein).

Ingredients

  • 2 cups raw almond butter
  • 2 cups pure pumpkin puree, canned
  • 2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 2 tsp organic maple syrup
  • 1-2 tsp cinnamon (or to your liking)
  • 1/4 cup ground chia seeds

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, stir together all of the ingredients well. Add vanilla almond milk to adjust the consistency if it’s too thick.
  2. Taste, and add flaky sea salt if desired.
  3. Put the pumpkin almond butter into sealable jars, and refrigerate.

This creamy pumpkin almond butter tastes so good, you wouldn’t guess that it’s sugar-free and has half the calories of other nut butters. To put this in perspective, two tablespoons of natural peanut butter will have 160-220 calories.

I like to put this protein-packed pumpkin almond butter on carrots, celery, pancakes, waffles – you name it.

PUMPKIN SPICE PROTEIN PANCAKE RECIPE

Why wait until fall to have pumpkin spice, this protein pancake recipe will treat you right any time of the year.

You can easily make this into a vegan recipe if you use an egg substitute and a plant-based protein powderThe nutritional profile will change according to egg and protein powder choice, however the figures below are a reliable estimate (give or take).

Carbs: 65.5 | Fat: 9.5 | Protein: 23 | Calories: 397

Yield: 4 servings*

*serving is 2 pancakes (4 tbsp of batter = 1 pancake)

Ingredients

  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 6 large organic egg whites
  • ½ cup canned organic pumpkin
  • 1 servings of protein powder, Garden of Life (vegan option) or BioChem (mixes the easiest)
  • 4 tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 2 cups almond milk
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 2 tbsp of coconut sugar (can also use organic raw sugar, Stevia, or honey)
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • coconut oil for coating the pan

Directions

  1. Mix* canned organic pumpkin, organic egg whites, coconut oil, and protein powder together with a spatula.
  2. Stir in the baking powder and wheat flour.
  3. Slowly add 1 cup of almond milk.
  4. Continue to stir as you add in the pumpkin pie spice, sea salt, vanilla.
  5. If you want to sweeten it up a little, add organic raw sugar, coconut sugar, Stevia, or honey.
  6. Slowly add more 1 cup of almond milk. You can add a little more if needed, just be sure the batter stays thick.
  7. Turn your stove on medium heat.
  8. Coat your pan generously with coconut oil using a spatula.
  9. Pour in the batter and cook for three minutes.
  10. Flip your perfect looking protein pancake, and lower the heat a little. Cook until desired fluffiness.

*Mix by hand with a whisk for a slightly lumpy batter or use a blender to for a smoother consistency.

I use this protein pancake recipe a part of a power-packed breakfast or a post-workout reward.

To get more pumpkin bodybuilding vegan recipes, watch this video – 3 SAVORY Vegan Pumpkin Recipes (in One Pot!)

Author Bio:

Chris Willitts (creator of V3), is the founder and owner of Vegetarian Bodybuilding.

V3 Vegetarian Bodybuilding System is a mixture of science and author’s advice, providing users with optimal diet and exercise. This system is designed for vegans and vegetarians only.

A lot of research has been put in this program. Furthermore, a lot of professional bodybuilders and athletes tried and tested the program, praising its progressiveness and efficiency.

The program is about taking control of your own body and health according to your potential and needs. And worry not; you’ll get plenty of proteins with this system. It will boost you with energy, and you’ll feel just a strong as any carnivore would (perhaps even stronger, depending on how much you invest in your exercise). It avoids vitamins deficiency and provides you with a lot of proteins, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. 

Instead of saying things like “I think a plant-based diet is good for athletes and bodybuilders,” the V3 Vegetarian Bodybuilding System claims “I know a plant-based diet is good for athletes and bodybuilders, and I have results to prove it.”

To find out more, visit the website at V3 Bodybuilding – Pumpkin Bodybuilding Vegan Recipes to Build Muscle and Burn Fat

3 Easy Vegetarian Recipes to Build Muscle and Burn Fat


What is the best post workout snack? What to eat to foster pain relief and healing after workout? How can a vegetarian lose weight and gain muscle? What do vegetarian bodybuilders eat? Read on here to learn about the 3 easy vegetarian recipes to build muscle and burn fat.
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EASY 5-INGREDIENT VEGAN MEATBALLS

These vegan meatballs are super-easy to make and are good for a hearty meal or post-workout snack.

You can either smother these in your favorite pasta and marinara, or if you’re going low-carb, eat them individually without the pasta and dip them in marinara.

Carbs: 26 | Fat: 13 | Protein: 14 | Calories: 245

Yield: 10 meatballs (a serving is two meatballs)

Ingredients

  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 flax egg
  • 8 ounces tempeh* (or substitute 1 heaping cup rinsed and drained chickpeas for similar result)
  • 1/2 cup vegan bread crumbs
  • 2 tsp. Italian seasoning
  • Flaky sea salt to taste (add pepper if desired)

*Coconut oil for sautéing

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Prepare flax egg (or other vegan egg substitute) in a small dish.
  3. In a large, deep skillet, sauté garlic in 1/2 tbsp. coconut oil over medium heat until soft (3 minutes). Set aside.
  4. Add tempeh to blender and pulse to break up. Then add sautéed garlic and remaining ingredients (except coconut oil) and mix. The goal is a moldable dough.
  5. Taste and adjust seasonings as needed. The tempeh will come across as a little bitter, but once coated, baked, and served with marinara, it’s not nearly as apparent.
  6. Scoop out 2 tbsp. amounts of dough and roll into balls (should make about 10 meatballs). Heat the skillet you used earlier to medium heat.
  7. Mix remaining bread crumbs and add tempeh balls one or two at a time and roll to coat.
  8. Add enough coconut oil to form a thin layer on the bottom of your hot skillet, then add your coated tempeh balls in two batches, so as to not crowd the pan. Brown for about 5 minutes total, shaking the pan to roll them around to brown all sides.
  9. Add browned meatballs to a baking sheet and bake for about 15 minutes, or longer if desired for a crispier result.
  10. At this time, prep any pasta you want to serve with your meatballs, as well as your favorite marinara sauce.
  11. Once meatballs are deep golden brown and fairly firm to the touch, remove from oven.

 BUTTERNUT SQUASH TOFU JAMBALAYA

This spicy vegan butternut squash dish has 17 grams of protein per serving.

Like veggie chili, you can easily make this hearty vegan recipe in much larger batches to help alleviate some of the cooking throughout the week. I added two possible modifications at the bottom.

Carbs: 53 | Fat: 7.5 | Protein: 17 | Calories: 338

Yield: 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 4 cups butternut squash
  • 2 cups of organic firm tofu
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • ½ cup red pepper
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 tomato, diced
  • 1 tsp vegan Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tbsp hot sauce of choice
  • 2 cups brown rice, cooked
  • 2 cups organic vegetable stock (Emeril)
  • 1 cup tomato sauce (Hunts)
  • 1 tsp paprika and oregano
  • 3 tsp cayenne pepper
  • flaky sea salt and pepper, as needed

Possible Modifications

You can add some broccoli for some greens or you can swap the brown rice with quinoa for added protein.

Directions

  1. Get out a large bowl for the veggie prep. Dice the tomatoes. Peel and cut the butternut squash into ½ inch cubes. Cut the tofu in ½ inch cubes, as well.
  2. In a large skillet, heat coconut oil over medium heat. Add garlic, squash, tomatoes, and tofu.
  3. Continue to cook for 2-3 minutes then pour in the vegan Worcestershire sauce, hot sauce, and rice. Cook rice in mixture for 1-2 minutes before adding liquids.
  4. Finally, add remaining ingredients, bring to a boil, and reduce to let it simmer. Keep stirring off and on until the rice absorbs most of the liquid (approximately 20-30 minutes). Remove from heat and serve.

POWERFUL PINEAPPLE GINGER TURMERIC TONIC

Three potent anti-inflammatories join forces to foster pain relief and healing.

Pineapple has been used for centuries to reduce pain and inflammation. The science behind this is a mixture of enzymes called bromelain. Studies have shown that bromelain reduces swelling, bruising, healing time, and pain.

According to the University of Maryland Medical Center:

“Bromelain is a mixture of enzymes found in pineapples (Ananas comosus) that digest protein (proteolytic). Pineapple has been used for centuries in Central and South America to treat indigestion and reduce inflammation.

Bromelain, which is derived from the stem and juice of the pineapple, was first isolated from the pineapple plant in the late 1800s. The German Commission E approved bromelain to treat swelling and inflammation after surgery, particularly sinus surgery.

“Bromelain can be used to treat a number of conditions. But it is particularly effective in reducing inflammation from infection and injuries.”

Two more potent anti-inflammatories added to this tonic are ginger and turmeric, whose analgesic properties have been proven stronger than ibuprofen. If you train as hard as I do, this can come in handy!

To amplify the nutritious kick of those ingredients, let’s introduce celery into the mix. Celery is an excellent source of vitamin K. It is also a good source of folate, potassium, fiber, vitamin B2, copper, vitamin C, vitamin B6, calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, and vitamin A (in the form of carotenoids).

Seriously folks, this tastes pretty damn good:

  • 2 cups ripe pineapple
  • 1 cup ripe mango
  • 4 stalks of celery
  • 1 knob of ginger
  • ½ inch turmeric root (also add 1 tsp. black pepper, helps absorption)
  • 1 cup of coconut water (not from concentrate)
  • 1 tsp. fresh vanilla

*Add your favorite vanilla-flavored plant-based protein powder to make this a potent healing protein shake.

To get more ideas about vegetarian recipes to build muscle and burn fat, watch this video – EASY HIGH PROTEIN MEAL PREP 2020 | LOSE WEIGHT & BUILD MUSCLE!

Author Bio:

Chris Willitts (creator of V3), is the founder and owner of Vegetarian Bodybuilding.

V3 Vegetarian Bodybuilding System is a mixture of science and author’s advice, providing users with optimal diet and exercise. This system is designed for vegans and vegetarians only.

A lot of research has been put in this program. Furthermore, a lot of professional bodybuilders and athletes tried and tested the program, praising its progressiveness and efficiency.

The program is about taking control of your own body and health according to your potential and needs. And worry not; you’ll get plenty of proteins with this system. It will boost you with energy, and you’ll feel just a strong as any carnivore would (perhaps even stronger, depending on how much you invest in your exercise). It avoids vitamins deficiency and provides you with a lot of proteins, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. 

Instead of saying things like “I think a plant-based diet is good for athletes and bodybuilders,” the V3 Vegetarian Bodybuilding System claims “I know a plant-based diet is good for athletes and bodybuilders, and I have results to prove it.”

To find out more, visit the website at V3 Bodybuilding – Vegetarian Recipes to Build Muscle and Burn Fat

What is the Best Way to Avoid High Cholesterol Problems Completely?


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Avoid High Cholesterol Problems Completely – Eggs and High Cholesterol – Myth Buster

Eggs have certainly had their moment in the spotlight.

Decades ago, health experts claimed eggs constituted a healthy breakfast.

Come the noughties, eggs were turned into the villain. The same health experts who’d once recommended consuming more eggs for breakfast started an egg witch hunt claiming eggs were full of unhealthy cholesterol.

Now eggs seem to be back in fashion. So, what’s the truth?

Recent studies, including one from Harvard Medical School, show that one egg per day has no effect on the risk of cardiovascular disease or stroke.

They examined dietary and health information of 37,851 healthy male and 80,082 female adults.

They found no increased risk of heart attacks, strokes, or coronary heart disease in the participants that ate 1-6 eggs per week and those that had one a day; however diabetics were found to be at a slightly higher risk.

So why do eggs have such a bad reputation?

Egg yolks are quite high in cholesterol, which led scientists to believe that they could not possibly be healthy.

But thanks to the other healthy characteristics of eggs, the higher levels of cholesterol in eggs don’t contribute to the cholesterol epidemic amongst healthy people.

Avoid High Cholesterol Problems CompletelyCutting out cholesterol actually does NOTHING to lower plaque build-up in your heart. It’s another sneaky ingredient that has been proven to be the real devil, one that usually goes unnoticed. Learn the details here…

Avoid High Cholesterol Problems Completely – This Popular Drink Causes High Cholesterol

We have known that these drinks are bad for our health for a while. During the last decade medical professionals have hammered home how they increase the risk of diabetes, but that is where the research ends.

Now, The Journal of the American Heart Association has published an even more worrying link related to these popular beverages – they cause unhealthy cholesterol profiles as well.

This is serious business. Especially since having high cholesterol drastically increases other health-related problems, namely strokes and cardiovascular disease.

Sugary drinks are the offenders. These, of course, include sodas, but also other drinks with added sugar like fruit punches and sweetened fruit juices.

Researchers examined the data of 3,146 participants who joined between 1991 and 2014, and 3,584 participants who joined between 2002 and 2011. The first cohort was in their 50s, 60s, and 70s, while the second cohort were in their 40s.

The data included information on cholesterol at enrollment and at subsequent examinations every four years over a 12-year period.

In the older cohort, they discovered that those who drank one or more sugary drinks per day were 98 percent more likely to have low HDL cholesterol and 53 percent more likely to have high triglycerides.

High triglycerides are unhealthy because they are fats in our blood that might become trapped in our blood vessel walls with LDL cholesterol.

Low HDL cholesterol is bad because this type of cholesterol is meant to remove unhealthy LDL-cholesterol to our livers where it is broken down and excreted.

If you have both high triglycerides and low HDL cholesterol, you have a condition called dyslipidemia that causes heart and blood vessel damage over some years, suggesting our attachment to sugary drinks gradually worsens our cholesterol profiles the longer we drink them.

There was no conclusive evidence found with natural fruit juices and diet soda, but the authors suggest drinking water to remain hydrated instead.

Drinking water instead of soda is a good start, but to avoid high cholesterol problems completely, and reverse its effects, you need to cut out this ONE ingredient you didn’t even know you were consuming…

Avoid High Cholesterol Problems Completely – How Dentist and Heart Procedures Kill

You wouldn’t think that a seemingly simple dental procedure could result in an untimely death, but it can.

Previously, doctors strongly advised any patients needing this dental procedure before undergoing cardiac surgery to get it done without hesitation.

But now they’re backtracking, because new evidence published via a press release in Medical News Today states there’s a 10% chance of dying during surgery after visiting the dentist.

The American Heart Association has long stated the importance of removing infected and abscessed teeth before any cardiac surgery, as the risk of infection was high.

They estimated that the risk of dying from having teeth removed prior to surgery was less than 1%, and the risk of not having it done was much higher.

However, the latest research puts the death rate at 8% after the dental treatment but before the heart surgery has taken place.

The key to avoiding this problem altogether is to take care of your oral hygiene and keep heart disease at bay, especially since tooth decay has already been linked to cardiovascular problems.

For more ideas to avoid high cholesterol problems completely, watch this video – 15 Foods to Avoid If You Have High Cholesterol

Avoid High Cholesterol Problems Completely – High cholesterol doesn’t have to be a life or death sentence…you can avoid it completely, and even reverse its effects, by cutting out this one ingredient you didn’t even know you were consuming

And if high blood pressure is causing you problems, you can easily cure it by following this simple 3-step plan that I explain here…

This post is from the Oxidized Cholesterol Strategy Program. It was created by Scott Davis. Because he once suffered from high cholesterol, so much so that he even had a severe heart attack. This is what essentially led him to finding healthier alternatives to conventional medication. Oxidized Cholesterol Strategy is a unique online program that provides you with all the information you need to regain control of your cholesterol levels and health, as a whole.

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What is the Best Natural Cure for High Blood Pressure?


Natural Cure for High Blood Pressure - New research carried out by scientists at Queen Mary University in London states that the answer to lowering your blood pressure by a whopping 11 points naturally lies in your salad. Researchers have stated that there are certain types of vegetables that contain a natural chemical that controls high blood pressure. The study involved 15 participants – 8 women and 7 men – all of whom suffered from systolic high blood pressure ranging from 140 to 159mm Hg.
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Natural Cure for High Blood Pressure – This “Brain Treatment” Cures High Blood Pressure

You wouldn’t think that a blood pressure score of 320/150 mmHg was even possible, let alone that a person with such a score could survive so long.

However, scientists from the University of Bristol and the University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust discovered people just like this.

But luckily for the patients, the researchers have found a natural cure for high blood pressure, meaning that they had to rely on conventional high blood pressure treatments that don’t even work.

The scientists used a procedure called deep brain stimulation, a common treatment typically used on people with Parkinson’s disease and obsessive-compulsive disorder.

The neurostimulator works like a pacemaker. It sends electrical impulses through a wire straight to the targeted area in the brain.

After two years of treatment, one subject’s blood pressure, whose systolic score started at 320 mm/Hg, dropped to over 150 points.

In theory, if scientists can identify the area of your brain responsible for your disease or its symptoms, they can target it with deep brain stimulation.

This is yet more proof that high blood pressure is caused by some kind of stress – and that stress can be managed by your brain.

But there’s an easier way to drop your blood pressure than being hooked up to wires.

Natural Cure for High Blood PressureAll you need to do to drop your blood pressure down to 120/80 starting today is to follow these simple exercises that I explain here…

Natural Cure for High Blood Pressure -This Vegetable Lowers Blood Pressure by 11 Points

There’s nothing worse than swallowing a cocktail of pills to try and control your high blood pressure only to find out they’re not as effective as doctors once said.

Let’s also not forget the plethora of dangerous side effects that come with them.

But new research carried out by scientists at Queen Mary University in London states that the answer to lowering your blood pressure by a whopping 11 points naturally lies in your salad.

Researchers have stated that there are certain types of vegetables that contain a natural chemical that controls high blood pressure.

The study involved 15 participants – 8 women and 7 men – all of whom suffered from systolic high blood pressure ranging from 140 to 159mm Hg. They were not suffering from complications as a result of their condition nor were they on blood pressure medications.

After drinking a glass of nitrate-containing water or beetroot juice, the participants’ blood pressure was taken, and the results were astounding – there was a whopping 11.2 mmHg decrease on average. The biggest drop was measured after 3-6 hours, but it was still significantly lower than the baseline after 24 hours. Thus, proving the hypothesis – optimal choices in diet and lifestyle can positively affect blood pressure.

The amount of nitrate used in the study was equal to consuming either two beets or a bowl of lettuce, showing that just ONE meal high in nitrate is enough to lower your blood pressure.

Remember, when it comes to high nitrate foods, you aren’t limited to beetroot – you can also eat carrots, fennel, lettuce, radishes, cabbage, spinach, or green beans for the same results.

Natural Cure for High Blood PressureSalad is great, but if you want permanent results to lower your blood pressure and see results starting today, you need to do these simple exercises that take no time at all…

Natural Cure for High Blood Pressure – This Natural Resource Cures High Blood Pressure

Forget the awful and endless side effects conventional blood pressure drugs cause, there’s something even more shocking about them – in most cases they don’t even work and fail to reduce blood pressure to a healthy level, leading us to believe that doctors have been misleading us this whole time.

But could it be that a cure to high blood pressure has been staring us in our faces this whole time? Could it be we’ve been taking these dangerous drugs in vain?

Apparently so according to new research released from Sao Paulo University in Brazil that states there’s a readily natural resource that can help us.

Hot aquarobics is what doctors have prescribed those people suffering from high blood pressure who don’t respond well to the drugs.

The study included 32 male and female participants, all of whom continued to experience high blood pressure above 90/140 mm Hg despite trying out three different medications.

They were split into two groups. One group did normal exercise routines while the other group was prescribed a ‘hot aquarobics’ treatment three times a week in water heated to about 90 degrees Fahrenheit (32 degrees Celsius).

Throughout the study, they continued taking their medication.

The people that didn’t experience a drop in blood pressure even though they took prescribed drugs all responded positively when they did aquarobics in warm water.

For this to be effective, the water should be considerably warm. Water at around 27 degrees Celsius or lower was found to be less effective. The heat of the water causes blood vessels to expand lightly, allowing blood to flow more freely, thus bringing down blood pressure.

To get more ideas about natural cure for high blood pressure, watch this video – Natural Ways to Lower Blood Pressure

Natural Cure for High Blood PressureAquarobics alone won’t cure your high blood pressure. To drop it below 120/80, starting today, you need to do these 3 simple exercises…

This post is from the High Blood Pressure Exercise Program. It was made by Christian Goodman Blue Heron health news that has been recognized as one of the top-quality national health information websites. 

This program will provide you the natural high blood pressure treatments, natural recipes to cook healthy meals and useful strategies to build a healthy diet with the aim to help you to maintain, stabilize and get your blood pressure down in minutes permanently and naturally.

To find out more about this program, click on Natural Cure for High Blood Pressure Starting Today

What is the Best Natural Method to Cure Erectile Dysfunction Permanently?


Natural Method to Cure Erectile Dysfunction Permanently - You don’t want to exchange your ED for liver disease, kidney disease, or other consequences of toxic drugs, do you? So instead, why not rid yourself of ED, using natural, plant-derived substances that cause no side effects. Because they work better than drugs.
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Natural Method to Cure Erectile Dysfunction Permanently – New ED Study Reveals Bigger is NOT Better for Men

People have often said “the bigger the better”, but this is not always the case for men with ED.

According to research published in the journal Medical Archives there is one body part that grows in men as they get older, which negatively impacts their ED even more.

And since this condition, according to The National Kidney and Urological Disease Information Clearinghouse, affects half of the men over the age of 60 and a whopping 90 percent of men over 80, it should be a big deal.

Urine and semen have to flow through the urethra in your penis before they can exit the body. But as you get older, these seemingly simple everyday acts become more difficult because your prostate glands multiply, causing swelling in the urethra. As a result, the urethra narrows, making it difficult for urine and semen to pass through.

And because your bladder never empties completely, and because it contracts, you always feel like you need to urinate.

Researchers gave participants the five-question version of the International Index of Erectile Function scale (or IIEF) to assess their level of ED.

The higher your score on the IIEF, the better your sexual function and the lower your score, the worse it is.

They found the larger a man’s prostate, the worse his score was.

Because the prostate produces semen, it’s always been thought that if it’s “bigger”, it produces more semen – the study found this not to be true – what matters is how easily the blood flows through it.

Natural Method to Cure Erectile Dysfunction PermanentlyTo solve your ED problems starting today, you need to do these simple home exercises that just take a matter of minutes each day

Natural Method to Cure Erectile Dysfunction Permanently – Suffer ED? Be Aware of “All Natural” Remedies

If you take over-the-counter treatments for ED you may be getting more than you bargained for, according to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

In fact, these “natural remedies” maybe even more dangerous than prescription medications and could land you in the emergency room or dead after just one dose.

Random testing of ED supplements touted as “natural” and “herbal” has revealed that many are laced with common pharmaceutical ED drugs, including Viagra, Cialis and Levitra.

ED Drugs and Their Cousins

Even more disconcerting is that chemical manufacturers are producing dozens of close chemical variants of these drugs, almost none of which have gone through any sort of safety testing, and if they have, there’s a chance they were scrapped during development by reputable drug companies due to safety concerns.

Because of lack of oversight by the FDA for products sold as over-the-counter supplements, unscrupulous manufacturers are able to sneak these drugs into their products without disclosing the active ingredients.

Side Effects and Complications

In some instances, the supplements have been found to contain higher than the recommended doses of the pharmaceutical drugs. When taken improperly, these drugs can cause potentially severe or fatal reactions, including blood pressure fluctuations, passing out, and even stroke. Men who take prescription drugs to manage high blood pressure or heart disease are especially vulnerable to adverse drug interactions from taking the pharmaceutical-laced supplements.

Additionally, if you unknowingly take a supplement that contains one of these drugs and then take other drugs or over-the-counter products such as alcohol, aspirin, allergy medications, antibiotics, antidepressants, Parkinson’s drugs and others, the dangers are compounded. For Viagra alone there are more than 450 drugs known to cause potential adverse reactions.

These drug-supplement cocktails have also been known to contain a diabetes drug that can be fatal if used improperly. In fact, as recently as 2009 in Asia, one of these products claimed the lives of over a dozen men.

What to Look Out For

Most of the tainted supplements are manufactured in China. With thousands of marketing companies and only 6 prosecutions so far, the FDA is doing almost nothing to stop the unscrupulous marketing companies except to issue warnings to consumers.

While it is not possible to know if a supplement contains illicit ingredients, the FDA offers a list of worst offenders. For the sake of your health it is best to avoid taking any of the following types of products:

• Anything that claims to be a natural alternative to a prescription drug.
• Supplements that promise results within 30 minutes.
• Contain warnings in language similar to those seen on FDA-approved products.
• Products that are sold in convenience stores or in single-serving packages.
• Product ads that are sent as spam email.
• Products that have labels in foreign languages.

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Natural Method to Cure Erectile Dysfunction Permanently – 7 Natural ED Substances That Work Better Than Medications

You don’t want to exchange your ED for liver disease, kidney disease, or other consequences of toxic drugs, do you?

So instead, why not rid yourself of ED, using natural, plant-derived substances that cause no side effects. Because they work better than drugs.

The best part, they’re all available in your local health foods store.

While there is nowhere near as much evidence for the effectiveness of these substances as for Sildenafil (brand name Viagra), many scientists have verified that they are effective against ED and cause no side effects.

Remember that ED has many causes, so if one substance does not work for you, try another.

1. Pomegranate juice, blueberry juice, cranberry juice, and even red wine (if the alcohol doesn’t spoil the effect) may promote your erection because of their antioxidant effects. Some experts believe that oxidative stress plays a role in the inability of smooth muscle to relax.

A research team under. Dr. Kazem M. Azadzoi at the Boston Veterans Affairs Medical Center proved that these substances worked for rabbits with ED, and when researchers later tested it on people, as published in the International Journal of Impotence Research, they concluded that more men benefited from pomegranate juice than from other juices.

2. Korean red ginseng has even more research behind it, but the reasons why it works still remain a mystery. In a scientific literature review published in the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology, the authors concluded that the majority of the seven studies they surveyed showed that it was effective to treat ED.

3. Yohimbine from the bark of the Pausinystalia yohimbe tree is commonly used as a fat burner, a stimulant, and an ED treatment. In a systematic review of the literature that appeared in 1998 edition of the journal Clinical Urology, University of Exeter academics found that most of the seven properly scientifically controlled studies they surveyed proved that it could restore the ability of men to have successful erections.

4. Pinus pinaster is derived from the bark of the pine tree. One brand-name supplement that is based on it is pycnogenol. Several small studies have found that it can boost nitric oxide, antioxidant activity, and improve cholesterol and other cardiovascular markers, and thereby improve your ability to have and keep an erection. One such study appeared in the journal Nutrition Research in 2003.

5. L-Arginine is an essential amino acid, a building block of protein. It improves your nitric oxide levels that can resolve ED. In one study, 40 percent of men benefited from an L-arginine supplement alone, but in a more impressive one, 92.5 percent benefited after three months of taking pycnogenol and L-Arginine together. The studies were published in the International Journal of Impotence and the Journal of Sex and Marital Therapy, respectively. Both are available as commercial supplements.

6. Ginkgo biloba has been found to be 84 percent effective at helping men whose erectile dysfunction is caused by antidepressants, as a study in the Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy concluded in 1998.

7. Maca is a root vegetable that helps rats and mice with erectile dysfunction. The only study conducted on humans, published in Andrologia, was promising. You can obtain it as a dry powder supplement.

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Erectile problems can be physical or emotional. If your problem is physical, you need to exercise the muscles around the genital area. If your problem is emotional, then you need to learn relaxation techniques. Erection Master will teach you steps that can help get rid of your erectile dysfunction for good. As long as you’re willing to commit 30 minutes of your time, 3 to 7 days a week for 1 to 2 months, they’ll work for you. You can practice the steps alone or with your partner. 

These techniques are far more effective than Viagra, Cialis or other drugs for erectile dysfunction. The drugs only help about 40% of men who use them and can also cause very serious side effects. 

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Bikini Bodybuilding Prep Guide – Tips from a Bikini Competition Winner


Bikini Bodybuilding Prep Guide – Danette “Diz” Rivera (Personal Trainer and Lead Coach at CrossFit Los Angeles), shared her experience in transiting to plant based nutrition, her staple vegan post-workout meal, training routine and her favourite exercises
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A LOVE-HATE-LOVE RELATIONSHIP WITH BIKINI BODYBUILDING

“Deep down, it felt counter-intuitive to stop doing something that I thought about daily. The reality too is that my bikini comp journey inspired more women to pick up a weight than me preaching hard about the beneficial endocrine response.”

Name: Danette “Diz” Rivera
Occupation: Personal Trainer and Lead Coach at CrossFit Los Angeles
Location: Santa Monica, CA
Age: 48
Height: 5’7”
Weight: 138 (competition weight: 130)
Type of Training: CrossFit and bodybuilding

Q: What were the steps you took to transition to plant-based nutrition?

Over 12 years ago, after I shut down a business I owned, I proceeded to participate in an emotional escapade I like to call The Holiday Gorge of 2003.

I ate everything in sight from Thanksgiving to the Epiphany. It wasn’t pretty, and when all was said and eaten, I felt like living hell.

I had been a semiconductor broker, which was impossibly volatile and stressful like a constant kick in the guts, so when I took my next job, I wanted something as far from that as possible. I became a cashier at a health food store.

“Every day from my register, I stared at the produce section, which was illuminated like a stage by hanging halogen lights. I thought, ‘This is what perfection looks like.’”

I knew fresh food had to be part of my healing and ultimately, my plan for optimal health. A few of the young cashiers I worked with were vegan. I asked a ton of questions and decided to try being vegan for one month.

Though I went cold-turkey vegan then, I had been weaning off animal products most of my life.

In 1980, at age 13, I stopped eating red meat, a choice made from a very limited knowledge I had of the meat industry then. Foods like chicken, fish, eggs, and milk were already a bit gross to me. Eating vegan, even in the beginning, never felt difficult. It felt natural and right. I didn’t feel depraved.

During that first month, as I felt increasingly better physically and mentally, I read in detail about the ethical side of being vegan. When I learned exactly how living beings were treated for overproduction and overconsumption, my stomach hurt. My heart hurt. That month, February 2004, became a lifelong dedication.

“Though I’ve never had a desire to go back, my advice to those starting on a vegan (or simply a more meatless) journey is to explore the science, read up on anecdotes, and then put on your own lab coat to find what works best for you.”

There are so many vegan options now, and there are many philosophies within being vegan; it will be hard not to find something that fits you personally.

Q: Staple vegan post-workout meal:

Immediately after I workout, I usually have a scoop and a half of chocolate Plant Fusion protein powder with coconut water. The first meal I eat after I workout is usually lunch. Sometimes, I’ll have a huge salad with lentils or riced cauliflower with black beans.

Today, I had a baked sweet potato with a Field Roast Apple Sage Vegan Sausage with greens thrown on top. Yum!

Q: Tell us about CrossFit Los Angeles and your role there.

I’ve been a lead, full-time coach at CFLA for over three years.

I coach eight classes a week, including the Women’s Program, which are amazing classes created to provide a safe environment for women to be true to the athlete they are in the exact moment, no matter the level.

I’m dedicated to the empowerment of these athletes. I also have about 12-15 private clients.

What I love about CFLA is that because we’ve been around 11 years (the ninth CrossFit gym to open), we’ve evolved a lot.

Though the basic principles of CrossFit are still pretty spot-on, the way CFLA executes them is relatively different.

We don’t throw clients against the wall every workout in typical CrossFit fashion.

“We ‘practice’ the majority of time: honing technique, working strength, and staying at – or under – 85 percent perceived rate of exertion.”

Believe me, we still get a great workout on practice days, and we definitely have competition days too, but we’ve found this type of training is more sustainable mentally and physically.

It’s the brainchild of our head coach and CFLA owner, Kenny Kane. He calls it Contextual Training. I think it’s brilliant, and it works amazingly for our everyday-athlete clientele.

Q: What does your training look like these days?

I just began training for my second Bikini Bodybuilding competition, so though I still do CrossFit about three days a week, I’ve now incorporated more isolated bodybuilding work. I do a couple days of cardio, which I love, and I do yoga once a week.

Mainly, I love the grind of training. It’s my meditation. Training is my house of discovery. I feel I can explore the entire universe within the context of movement.

Q: Favorite Three Exercise/Movements:

1. Weighted Glute Bridges. I started these when training for my first bikini comp last year to build bigger, stronger glutes, but what I discovered is that stronger glutes meant I got better at everything else physically: CrossFit, running, and so on. I also realized with my clients that most everyone’s glutes could be stronger.

2. Snatch. I am a relatively weak static lifter, but the dynamic lifting takes more coordination and trust, really, which are more my strengths. I’m not breaking records by any means, but I really enjoy the rhythm of Olympic lifting.

3. Double Unders. Again, the rhythm thing. Double unders are a perfect balance of tension and relaxation and finding a rhythm.

Q: Favorite Three Forms of Exercise:

1. CrossFit (How CFLA does it!). I love the variety. I love my community. I love the mental-toughness aspect.

2. Isolated bodybuilding. I love the solitude and dedication this takes. I feel incredibly empowered lifting this way.

3. Riding my bike. Though, I really don’t think of this as exercise; I think of this as a way to commute. Also, being on my bike is pure joy to me.

Q: Tell me a story of the mentor who played a key role in building confidence in yourself.

I’ve definitely experienced glimpses of encouragement and interactions with amazing people throughout my life, but I’d have to say that I’ve been my own best mentor.

“I’ve had to rely on my gut instincts even when they didn’t seem popular or when the road seemed difficult.”

I’ve had to shake off mistakes, and bob and weave through a lot of bullshit, and fall down, and crawl, and get back up, and get angry, then let it go. And forgive – myself, mainly. But I never gave up hope in myself. I still haven’t.

I found that after all the hurt and knock-downs, if you can still be kind to yourself and be your own best caretaker and best cheerleader, nothing can really touch you. Nothing builds confidence more than that.

Q: What would your friends/colleagues say you’re really good at?

I think my colleagues would say that I’m nurturing but still kind of a hard-ass. My clients would say that I’m really good at connecting to them personally and that I have the ability to hone in on what they need in the exact moment.

Q: What unpopular opinions do you hold?

“Currently, I’m exploring the contrast of how my feminism works within the world of bikini bodybuilding. I’ve had a lot of inner conflict about it, honestly, and had some pushback during my last competition, like what I was doing was antifeminist.”

That pushback felt oddly familiar, though historically, the pushback and the tsk-tsking came from conservative sources, not the radical ones!

I was taken aback, frankly, and suddenly, I felt embarrassed that I had enjoyed it all so much.

Last year, I decided not to compete again. Yet, I continued to think about it every day. I missed the training. I missed the dedication. I missed how invincible I felt from lifting that much.

I missed working toward a muscular and athletic aesthetic even though I was still conflicted about the pageantry of the actual competitions and the subjectiveness of judging.

“Why was I so into a sport that is based on aesthetics instead of performance? I’m still not sure.”

Getting on stage – with the tan and the heels and the hair and the makeup and the harder-than-it-looks posing – is only a fraction of the whole process, and as odd as that felt at times, I dug the glamour aspects, too. Then I thought, fuck it. Eff anyone who has something to say.

Deep down, it felt counter-intuitive to stop doing something that I thought about daily. The reality too is that my bikini comp journey inspired more women to pick up a weight than me preaching hard about the beneficial endocrine response.

Lastly, I realized, like anything else, my decisions and my feminism are not up for debate. I do what I like. Anyway, it’s been interesting sorting through all these complicated issues that have come up during the process, and I look forward to writing more in-depth about it in 2016.

Q: What have you changed your mind about in past 10 years?

I’ve finally realized that judgment is the worst kind of poison. And I’m done with it, man, as much as I can consciously be aware.

I wondered why I saw the same exact behaviors and attitudes toward women that I experienced when I was younger still existing for girls and young women my daughters’ ages, even if certain forms of it have shifted.

“We still get judged constantly by the usual suspects, but why are many women still so shitty to each other? And I realized that we’re all trained to judge women no matter what.”

We’re all too something or the other, and it doesn’t even matter what side of the cause we’re on: if you’re a rebel or conservative, some woman is doing something wrong somewhere, in any sector, in any culture, the fitness world being right up there at the top.

“I’m sick of the bulky conversation and the thin conversation and the thick conversation.”

I’m done with the fact that what we do with our bodies is constantly up for debate. And don’t get me started on our own systematic levels of self-judgment. I don’t let other women, especially my clients, talk shit on themselves around me. That conversation is tired and dated.

I make one client do five burpees any time she starts in on herself. She did a lot of burpees in the beginning, but now the story she tells herself is starting to change. The ridiculousness of not holding oneself in the highest regard is starting to become apparent to her. Anyway, I renounce judgment to the best of my current ability; I reject it all now.

Q: Fun fact most people don’t know about you?

In the early 90s, I was hired to be a dancer in the movie “The Mambo Kings.” I turned down the role because I was working three jobs then, and filming would be “indefinite.” It’s my only regret in life.

Q: What three pearls of wisdom would you tell your 18-year-old self?

Since I’m raising daughters 20 and 16 years old, I’m dolling out those pearls left and right!

Everything I say to them, I would tell my 18-year-old self – as well as repeat to my 48-year-old self.

The main things:

1. Always trust your gut, in good and bad situations. Barge ahead when your instincts say “Love!” no matter what others say. And bail the eff out when your gut says “Whoa – no.”

2. Don’t let anyone squash your power. Not a boy/man/partner, not critics, not friends or family. That’s not to say don’t express kindness, compassion, love, generosity, humility, gratitude. We do these things because they are beautiful, human qualities, not because it is our place as girls/women to be demure and modest and selfless, especially if that’s not our nature. Be truly you and be a beautiful human, however those two show up. They can – and do – coexist.

3. You are inherently worthy. Your weight, thigh size, the length of your skirt, your hair color does not determine worth. You’re already great. Now that that’s out of the way, go do some cool shit that makes you happy, which will probably make the world a better place.

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Author Bio:

Chris Willitts (creator of V3), is the founder and owner of Vegetarian Bodybuilding.

V3 Vegetarian Bodybuilding System is a mixture of science and author’s advice, providing users with optimal diet and exercise. This system is designed for vegans and vegetarians only.

A lot of research has been put in this program. Furthermore, a lot of professional bodybuilders and athletes tried and tested the program, praising its progressiveness and efficiency.

The program is about taking control of your own body and health according to your potential and needs. And worry not; you’ll get plenty of proteins with this system. It will boost you with energy, and you’ll feel just a strong as any carnivore would (perhaps even stronger, depending on how much you invest in your exercise). It avoids vitamins deficiency and provides you with a lot of proteins, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. 

Instead of saying things like “I think a plant-based diet is good for athletes and bodybuilders,” the V3 Vegetarian Bodybuilding System claims “I know a plant-based diet is good for athletes and bodybuilders, and I have results to prove it.”

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Plant-Based Fitness – “MAKE PROGRESS” ARE THE ONLY TWO WORDS THAT MATTER


James H. Hatchel, III, a personal trainer, shared about the path that led him to plant-based fitness, his sample meal plan for building muscle, training regiment, tips for success in fitness and advice for someone who wants to try a vegetarian diet.
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“Around that time I ran into an old gym buddy who told me about his son that was playing football at a major Division I school as a vegan with no signs of losing strength or energy. Once I heard that I decided to try it for 28 days, and by day 10 I was in love.”

Name: James H. Hatchel, III
Occupation: Personal trainer and online training
City/State/Country: Marietta, Georgia, USA
Age: 30
Height: 6’0″
Type of Competing: Circuit Bodybuilding
Weight: 224 lbs

Website: www.goefitness.com
Instagram: instagram.com/jamesgoefit3
Facebook: facebook.com/goefitness

Q: Who is your hero?

My hero is Lee Haney. Lee Haney is my hero for a couple reasons. First obviously his consecutive Mr Olympia victories are incredible, and the time period when did it was a time when bodybuilding was blossoming into the industry that it is today.

Secondly, he was the first Christian Bodybuilder. I used to watch his workout show every morning on TBN as a youth try to mimic him.

Q: What are your personal passions outside of fitness?

Self-development and church-related activities are my other passions. Self-development includes reading books, getting advice from successful people, and always being willing to learn. Church activities include community service and going to church.

Church is my first sanctuary and the gym is my second.

Q: What uncommon activity do you schedule into your daily routine?

Cartoon time is essential. For at least twenty minutes a day I like to laugh at mindless entertainment.

Q: Tell us about the path that led you to plant-based fitness?

I have been exercising since I was six years old. Some children learn how to play an instrument, some do flips, I learned how to do perfect push-ups from my father. I read every issue of Flex magazine during high school trying to figure out how my muscles worked, what they needed, and most importantly how to make them grow.

I have always had a love for fitness and exercise. Around 23 years-old I decided I would become a vegan when I was around 45 years old just to prevent cancer. After my last bodybuilding show I grew to 265 lbs. I wanted to lose the weight with doing hours and hours of cardio.

Around that time, I ran into an old gym buddy who told me about his son that was playing football at a major Division I school as a vegan with no signs of losing strength or energy. Once I heard that I decided to try it for 28 days and by day 10 I was in love.

Q: Sample meal plan for building muscle:

  • Meal 1: 8 ounce sweet potato, 3 cups of broccoli, 1 cup of brown rice, 2/3 cup of beans
  • Meal 2: 3 cups of spinach, 1 cup of avocado, 8 ounce sweet potato, 1 cup of quinoa
  • Meal 3: 8 ounce sweet potato, 3 cups of broccoli, 1 cup of brown rice, 2/3 cup of beans
  • Post-workout meal: 3 cups of green peas, 1/2 cup of quinoa, 1 cup of brown rice, 1/2 cup of pinto beans

Q: Philosophy on supplements and which ones you take?

Supplements are awesome. I do not think everyone needs them. I think most people don’t exercise as frequently, or intense enough, to warrant supplementation. Most people can get the nutrients they need in sufficient quantity through whole food.

Athletes such as bodybuilders, football players, and any person that endures rigorous training may want to consider taking supplements.

I take amino acids, creatine, L-glutamine, and protein powder on occasion.

Q: Describe your training regiment (favorite exercises, weekly training schedule, etc.):

My training is regimen is compilation of everything I have learned over my lifetime. I would call it GOE Fitness. GOE Fitness is high volume and high repetition. My training weekly schedule just changed to:

  • Sunday: Quads
  • Monday: Back
  • Tuesday: Shoulders
  • Wednesday: Hamstrings
  • Thursday: Chest
  • Friday: Arms

I switched training my back to Monday to see if it will help it grow in density.

“I constantly switch something about my training and start a new chapter to my training journal.”

Being in the fitness industry, I feel I should know how theories will affect clients from experience. I would say picking a favorite exercise is like a mother picking her favorite child. There is no way I could pick just one. I do have a favorite per muscle group:

  • Quad-day: Leg press
  • Back-day: Pull-ups
  • Chest-day: Incline barbell press
  • Shoulders-day: Barbell shoulder press
  • Arms-day: Dumbbell biceps curl
  • Hamstring-day: Lunges

On any given day I will do from 5 to 10 sets of my favorite exercise.

Q: If you have to pick only three exercises, what would they be?

I would say:

  • Front lat pull-down
  • Incline barbell bench press
  • Barbell back squats

Q: What tips can you share about your particular method of training?

My method of training goes with the rhythm of your body. Sometimes your body needs to lift light and double the repetitions or your body wants double the reps and the sets. GOE Fitness knows no limits. GOE Fitness is leaving the gym different everyday.

“‘Make progress’ are the only two words that matter.”

Q: What 3 fundamentals would you tell a beginner if you were to start training them?

Pick a time to exercise that fits your regular schedule, not a time that only works when the stars align and the moon turns into a rainbow (be realistic).

Your goals won’t happen overnight so try not to get frustrated. All good things come to those that wait and all better things come to those that work harder than everyone else. So be patient.

Always be truth seeking. Everyone has their own fitness journey and strategy that will work for them. Being truth seeking means to not be afraid to try new methods of exercise and research new ideas.

Q: What tips can you share that have led to your success in fitness?

Being consistent is what I attribute to any amount of success I have had. With exercise I try to only take one week off a year. For instance, in college I tried to study everyday to keep the information fresh on my mind. Every study session was not extensive but served as a quick refresher.

Q: What are the three biggest trends you see in fitness right now?

  1. Being conscious of your fitness level is more pervasive between every generation and socioeconomic status.

  • The addition of the Physique category and Bikini category plus increased fitness consciousness, more people to participate in bodybuilding competitions.

  • Supplement abuse is growing. When people that should be real food for their primary source of nutrient are taking supplements.

Q: What advice do you have for someone who wants to try a vegetarian diet?

I would tell them to try it for at least twenty-one days minimum before you make a final decision. Twenty-one days gives you time to adjust and try an assortment of dishes.

For more ideas about plant-based fitness, watch this video – Plant Based Diet What I Eat in a Day | Plant Based Diet Workout

Author Bio:

Chris Willitts (creator of V3), is the founder and owner of Vegetarian Bodybuilding.

V3 Vegetarian Bodybuilding System is a mixture of science and author’s advice, providing users with optimal diet and exercise. This system is designed for vegans and vegetarians only.

A lot of research has been put in this program. Furthermore, a lot of professional bodybuilders and athletes tried and tested the program, praising its progressiveness and efficiency.

The program is about taking control of your own body and health according to your potential and needs. And worry not; you’ll get plenty of proteins with this system. It will boost you with energy, and you’ll feel just a strong as any carnivore would (perhaps even stronger, depending on how much you invest in your exercise). It avoids vitamins deficiency and provides you with a lot of proteins, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. 

Instead of saying things like “I think a plant-based diet is good for athletes and bodybuilders,” the V3 Vegetarian Bodybuilding System claims “I know a plant-based diet is good for athletes and bodybuilders, and I have results to prove it.”

To find out more, visit the website at V3 Bodybuilding – Benefits of Plant-Based Fitness