I am a graphic designer and web designer based in Connecticut. I was obese for much of my 20’s and 30’s after I graduated from college. I received my BFA in Graphic Design from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY. Back in the beginning of 2012, I had the first physical I had in years. The physical was the result of then new requirements from State of Connecticut that all state employees must have a physical or face higher premiums. This was a blessing in disguise. It opened my eyes to my health problems. I found out I was morbidly obese (I had denied that things were that bad prior to the physical) and that I was hypertensive. I also found out my cholesterol was elevated. The doctor was going to put me on meds for blood pressure until I discussed with him how I wanted to try to lose weight first. Amazingly, he agreed, and since then, I’ve never needed the prescription.
When did you go plant-based?
My plant-based journey started in 2012. I researched how to lower my blood pressure and everything led to plant-based diets. I wasn’t 100% plant-based at the time, but was probably 70 or 80%. I gave up foods like red meat first. I didn’t become 100% plant-based until September of 2016. This happened as a result of a book by Robert Cheeke called Shred It!. There was a companion workout journal that lasted 13 weeks. I thought, I’m going to do a 100% plant-based diet for 13 weeks to see if I can build muscle better, in my effort to tighten the skin. During that time, I became an ethical vegan, and there was no going back after the 13 week challenge.
Why would I go back? I felt great and had even more energy. In fact, I became a runner a few years ago. I attribute the plant-based diet to my newfound sport. I did my first half marathon last year. I plan to do a marathon next year, once the pandemic hopefully ends.
What improvements did you have?
My skin improved. People often comment about my healthy glow. I rarely get sick, and if I do, it doesn’t last long. I used to get colds that would last weeks at a time. Now, they last a few days the most. I am always talking about the benefits of a whole food plant-based diet to family and friends. I frequently blog about my journey as well, in hopes of inspiring others. I figure that if I can do it, anyone can.
I am in the process of writing a book about my weight loss journey. My goal is to have it released sometime this year. As a vegan, I also use social media to discuss issues with the planet and animal abuse. Plant-based eating is the best way to prevent another pandemic, and I make sure others know it with my blog and posts.
Find out more on Richard’s website here.