A 63-year-old vegan, John Machin was told that he must eat meat to stay healthy.
When John was only five, his doctor advised him to eat animals or else he would not live past the age of ten. John became a fitness enthusiast and decided to stop eating meat despite his doctor’s warning.
He trains for 2 hours every day and has remained bulked, energetic and strong on a vegan diet. Machin prefers to train using his own body weight instead of lifting weights, an exercise regime otherwise known as calisthenics.
John has a Facebook page where he promotes a vegan lifestyle, he said: “There’s a belief that vegans must be pale, weak and skinny; I’m hoping to show that the exact opposite can be true. Being 63, I can also demonstrate that a life eating purely plant food offers lasting and quite spectacular physical results.”
“I have been vegan since childhood. Back then, people like me were just known as fussy eaters. If my parents gave me anything from an animal such as meat or dairy, I felt disgusted; I couldn’t even consider eating it. I knew I’d be physically sick.”
“This caused some consternation and, at the age of five, I was gravely informed by our doctor that, unless I began eating meat and dairy, I wouldn’t live to see the age of ten.”
“I think he got that one slightly wrong.”
Although he abstained from eating animal products, his choice of foods wasn’t always healthy but as he reached his teen years, he moved towards healthy eating and nutrition. He added: “I evolved from lifting weights to using my own body weight to train. It is a functional and much more effective way of strengthening every muscle in the body.”
“Plant foods are ideal for health and fitness; they’re what we naturally thrive on. Now in my seventh decade, I have never been fitter or healthier. I love the vegan diet and training, and how they make me feel.”
He said: “It’s never been easier to be vegan with so many positive health and environmental studies and with such a wealth of fabulous vegan food on the shelves, there are no longer any reasons not to try veganism. Just excuses.”
“I don’t preach about veganism anymore; pictures speak louder than words, so I just show people what 63 years of plant foods can do. I hope I’m visual proof that being vegan long-term is beneficial for not just our minds and our bodies, but also for our self-respect as a species.”
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