Will this 78-year-old vegan bodybuilder make you reconsider your diet?
Jim Morris was a competitive bodybuilder for 30 years. At 50 he was a vegetarian, and at 65 he was a vegan. He tells us his reason for going vegan for the past twelve years.
We are continually learning and our understanding of human health continues to evolve and change over time. It is a science that continues grow and and highlight the health benefits associated with eating less meat and more ‘earthly’ foods like organic fruits and vegetables.
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More and more people around the world are making the move to a vegetarian and/or vegan diet for many different reasons. One big reason is that a plant based diet can help prevent over 60% of chronic disease deaths.
Jim isn’t the only Vegan bodybuilder who displays enormous amounts of strength. There are many videos aimed to dispel the protein myth that commonly plagues vegans and vegetarians (check out Frank Medrano, another great strong man).
Over the past research has indicated that rates of heart disease and even certain cancers are strongly associated with animal-protein based diets. Plant based foods has plenty of protein and calcium and far greater amounts of other essential nutrients such as antioxidants and complex carbohydrates that you will not find in meat or dairy products.
Jim says “the protein in animal products is filled with fats and chemicals and all sorts of stuff that’s harmful to you. When I was competing and stuffing down all that stuff, I had lots of digestive problems, I was constipated and bloated, just miserable all the time. I don’t concern myself with protein anymore, because there is enough in what I eat. I am not only healthy, but I feel better about myself and how I relate to other creatures in the world.”
If you are interested in vegetarian and vegan diets, I hope this article will inspire you research the health benefits further. Studies have shown that vegetarians and vegans can live, on average, 6 to 10 years longer than meat-eaters.
They are also less likely to suffer from chronic illnesses. If you are considering a major dietary change please make sure you do your research.
Jim shared these wise words “Health and well being are a way of life. Not a certain diet or set of exercises or any other single area, but a combination of all the aspects of your life. Accept full responsibility for yourself, your health and your choices. The western civilization culture is anti health in that it is designed to produce profit not health. Read up on epi-genetics. You control more of the genes which differentiate you from other humans than you realize. You are your own creator and creation.”
Below is an interview with Jim and PETA, he talks about health problems he endured when he ate meat and dairy products. He explains that if he continued to eat unhealthy animal based products he wouldn’t be alive today.