I have a story to inspire ‘Mr. Average Joe’ whose health and well-being needs a change in direction, who wants a lifestyle shift or is just curious about veganism and its benefits.
The photos attached show the progress I have made in only three months due to hard work in the gym, but mainly a new approach to my diet. I currently live and work as a teacher in Dubai and the nature of my job allows me to make the most of the long holidays. One of my main passions in life is travelling and last summer, having had one too many BBQs and spending ten days away in carb-fueled Italy with my girlfriend, we were both feeling bloated and unhealthy, with increasingly disruptive sleep quality. She was convinced this was related to the amount of meat and dairy we had consumed on our travels.
In addition, a friend had recently turned vegan and boasted the difference he was seeing and feeling in his health as a result. He had suggested I should try it but I was skeptical. What on earth do vegans actually eat? Where would I get my protein? One of my main hobbies is going to the gym and bodybuilding. There was no way I could get that high level of protein in a vegan diet in order to improve my physique… or was there?
After a bit of research, questions I previously had related to plant-based dieting were answered. I began to wonder, was implementing a vegan diet a viable solution to suppressing my girlfriend’s health issues and my own ever-increasing weight gain? It was time to change my diet to improve my health and get to that next level, in terms of fitness and physique.
A common misconception among many men and women is that you have to go to the gym every day and train relentlessly in order to get a fit and muscular physique. Like many others, I work long hours and that time commitment is just not practical. Fast forward three months, writing this now, I honestly feel like I am at a stage where I am breaking through that barrier of reaching the next level of my overall fitness and physique.
In all honestly, it really hasn’t been that difficult! I have lost my puppy fat gained in the summer, I have added muscle mass and I feel ten times healthier than I did. I am still a ‘work in progress’ but I believe that I am testimony to the idea that you can still live a ‘normal’ life and be in good shape by simply adjusting what you eat and embracing the plant-based culture shift we find ourselves in.
A note from the realist in me; I am never going to be a world famous fitness model but I genuinely believe sharing my story I could inspire others in a similar position with both a busy working and social lifestyle to achieve their goals.