Charles Johnson has been an avid body builder for 35 years. Being health conscious, he got into the sport to improve his health. However, James didn’t feel that he was doing enough, so at age 50 he became a vegetarian. He had read how science had proven that eating less meat and more organic vegetables can improve your health, so the move was a natural one for him. However, James didn’t stop there: about ten years ago when he was approaching his mid 60s, he made the transition to a full-fledged vegan.
James isn’t alone: Several years ago I wrote an article on another senior body builder, Ben Carson, who, after switching to a vegan diet, displays amazing physical strength. Hopefully, Charles and Ben’s story will dispel the myth about the necessity of protein based diets.
Evidence linking certain chronic diseases like cancer and heart disease with animal protein is overwhelming. On the other hand, there is substantial evidence that fruits and vegetables contain sufficient protein for a healthy body. In addition, fruits and vegetables are loaded with the antioxidants and complex carbohydrates that are lacking in meat protein.
“Meat protein is loaded with fats and hormones that can be harmful when ingested. When I used to eat meat, I had a lot of digestive problems like constipation and bloating and I felt miserable. Now, I no longer concern myself with eating meat because I get everything I need from my vegan diet. Not only do I feel better about myself, but I also feel good knowing that my survival doesn’t depend on the slaughter of animals (Charles).”
If you’ve been curious about vegan and vegetarian diets, hopefully you’ll find something in this article that’ll inspire you to make the switch. If not, then maybe this little tidbit will be enough to sway you: Vegetarians and vegans, on average, live anywhere from six to 10 years longer than their meat-consuming counterparts.
What do you think?