Having been involved in competitive sports, to varying degrees, for most of my life, and having done martial arts for 40 years and having run a mixed martial arts school for 30 years, I have developed a keen interest in performance, personal excellence and the effect of diet (including veganism) on achievement.
One of my early influences was the work of Dr. Robert Haas and the ‘Eat to Win’ concepts when I was in my early 20’s. Some of the concepts still apply but some things need to be adjusted. Also, with the change of climate and advances in nutritional science, among other things, the time has to come to make improvements in application and understanding, which really has been an ongoing process.
In 2016 Yoshinori Ohsumi won the nobel prize for describing the process of autophagy where Intermittent fasting can help with many functions including cellular repair and regeneration. Of course intermittent fasting has been practiced for spiritual purposes for many years. I have been practicing intermittent fasting now for about 2 years with various schedules and have come to a comfortable schedule of 20 hour fasts three times per week, approximately, and with some concepts of flexibility. I also practice prolonged fasting once a month, PF, for the last 6 months or so working up to consuming no calories for close to 3 days. This practice has been a gateway for me to make other changes, which I feel are beneficial.
Here is an article on Intermittent Fasting:
People turn to veganism or a change to more of a whole food plant based diet for typically some combination of three reasons, the health of the individual, the health of the environment and for ethical considerations. This has been a fascinating study and I am fortunate to have a fiancee who also enjoys learning and improving a healthy lifestyle. Cooking in this style together has been fun to learn, apply and get results. My experience of having 2 titanium joints replaced in 2005 and in 2006, has also lead me to consider that my diet likely contributed to excess inflammation and lack of healing. I was certainly consuming copious amounts of dairy and factory farmed meat products without any consideration for those years. My interest in Prolonged fasting has also been stimulated by many factors where one of them is the enhancement of natural stem cells that could help with the repair of my degenerated discs in my neck. There has been some improvement but it is still too early to make a distinct verdict. Regardless the practice does enhance thinking, consciousness, and more. On a simple level it has helped me be more aware of what I eat and what toxic hunger is and what real hunger is.
Another change I have made, which has contributed to becoming vegan in a gradual manner, is the practice of gardening and growing my own fruits and vegetables. As I approach my fourth year of gardening with increasing yields and success. I truly enjoy the zen of experiencing the interaction of soil, water, air and climate on the miracle of growth. I have been vegan for about 6 months now and I feel satisfied and I feel I have beaten the toxic food cravings which used to be challenging. I am not saying, if in the future, I ate a piece of fish or an organic egg, I would likely catch fire or bleed. It just so happens I have lost the desire for animal products. My energy is good and I feel veganism is extremely healthy and I have done plenty of research. I have studied the works of Dr. Colin Campbell, Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, Dr. John McDougall, Dr. Neal Barnard, Dr. Michael Klapper, and Dr. Joel Fuhrman, and more. I enjoy the learning. Gamechangers and Vegan 2019 are also good movies to help people learn. Of course Gamechangers came forth with the concept that not only is Veganism good for the environment and considerations of animals, they have put forth a very compelling argument that it is the most healthy alternative even for competitive athletes. I think people should take a look at that.
A whole food plant based diet is something I truly enjoy and feel great about on many levels. It has been a fascinating study where I enjoy learning about the advances in nutritional science and I encourage others to become knowledgeable and improve their own health, consider the consequences of factory farming and develop compassion for sentient beings. These are my opinions. If I can encourage someone to change gradually or rapidly, I am confident it will be a significant benefit.