january 22, 2014. 165 lbs. 20 years old. this is 7 years after I started my first weight training class. I was vegetarian from the time I first smoked weed at age 13 until I was 20 years old, and VEGAN (😳) from age 18-20. i started lifting when i was 14 and i was talking to this girl a year older than me and all the boys in her grade were way bigger and i never really had a chance to win her. i ended up falling in love with the sport and just doing it for me, but initially that first year in the gym was all about not being called a pussy and bullied by older dudes. I couldn’t make shit for size gains until I started eating meat again though, and by the time I was 19 I was deadlifting 315 at a whopping 145 lbs (wtf?!) my body is DEFINITELY genetically omnivorous and I will defend that until the day I die, but I have found some very rare clients who respond decently to a vegan diet, and some who do great with pescatarian — what are your genetics like?
i’m super excited for humanity to figure out lab grown meat and end cruelty and reduce toxin amounts and pollution in our food supply, but it’s also good to take into account that during my biology studies at University of Washington I discovered that we simply cannot currently feed our country with complete vegetarian nutritional profiles - there wasn’t enough landmass/agricultural technology to produce all the vitamins without animal protein when I was researching this, which was around when this photo was taken.
correct me if i’m wrong and things have changed someone! but I still strongly believe we have not listed necessary micronutrients for optimal human performance - the FDA is corrupt and ignorant
one example is that creatine is proven to improve the IQ of vegan test subjects.. don’t even get me started on carnitine and carnosine and DHA and EPA.
i’ll post more well thought out stuff on this subject later but my hands are tired and I need to put my phone down and do some yoga. #vegetarian #lifting #startedfromthebottom #vegan #meatismurder #butitsalsohealthy #conflictions #gains #abs #honesty #yoga #deadlifts #hardwork #committed #vain #selfcare #science #questionsofbiology #limitlesshumanpotential