Check out a recent interview with the ultramarathoner, Rich Roll, author of a newly published book, Finding Ultra: Rejecting Middle Age, Becoming One of the World’s Fittest Men, and Discovering Myself.
In summarizing his transformation, as chronicled in his book, he spoke about his realization that as he was approaching 40, he was out of shape, barely able to climb stairs without catching his breath, and some 50 pounds overweight. Concerned about his health — a history of heart disease in the family coupled with his concerns about longevity as a father of young children — he knew he had to take action.
And what action! Losing fifty pounds and getting fit would be an accomplishment but as we know Rich Roll has become one of the world’s most fit athletes competing in ultramarathons including the Ultraman race.
It’s a short interview, but in just a few minutes, he communicates the compelling case for making the transition to a plant-based diet, whether one does it quickly or gradually. Feelings of fearfulness and deprivation and/or a lack of knowledge about a vegan diet lead some to think it is somehow impractical, daunting, or would be an intolerable life of “rabbit food” and yearning for comfort food A or comfort food B left behind. It’s helpful to know these foods — dairy (especially cheese) and certainly the sugary beverages, the cakes, the candy are addictive. When we let go of them — and it may mean withdrawal and agony, but it only takes about a week to recalibrate and be free from these self-destructive urges to eat the foods that lead to such human suffering — heart disease, diabetes, and, of course, excess weight, even obesity. Yes, we can make that transformation to a diet that supports our weight loss, health and longevity.
Rich Roll is an inspiring example of what is possible when we set goals for ourselves and we are not dissuaded by cultural messages we may have received whether about what to expect (or not expect) about growing older or about how what we need is a diet with “everything in moderation.” Well, not for a smoker — there is no moderate amount of cigarettes he or she can smoke. As time passes, it is my hope for a shift in public consciousness as there was with tobacco that these destructive foods are killing us before our time.
Visit Rich Roll’s Web site richroll.com to learn more and/or pick up the book Finding Ultra: Rejecting Middle Age, Becoming One of the World’s Fittest Men, and Discovering Myself and read his inspiring and motivating story.
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