Plant Strong OR Plant Wrong, THAT is the question!

A great meal at Veggie Grill! This is a great example of a perfect way to eat some healthier foods that give that comfort food feel:) All hale kale top left with some mock chicken is the bomb and although mock meats are usually pretty bad stuff i've talked with owner Kevin Boylan and asked him about just this point and he said it's made from lots of veggies mixed with some soy protein...pretty simple:) Not bad! Plus what i really love about it is a meat eater would not know the difference and so for getting folks to transition this is a perfectly healthy meal! Other parts to this meal were a veggie burger (healthy? i'd say not too much but again for a transition meal...it's great! For a Plant Strong person it's a fun meal!:) and a lentil soup that's the bomb anytime, that is just pure tasty and healthy stuff!! Other restaurants that serve up similar plant based meals are native foods and they too offer healthy and not so healthy choices. Now why is this important? Because it's a start for some to taste veggie versions of comfort foods and that is a first step into taking more steps into the plant based world. For vegans, vegetarians or plant based folks you can choose from tons of really awesome / healthy choices and you're great to go!!
BUT THE BIG QUESTION IS STILL PLANT STRONG OR PLANT WRONG?:
I feel one of the biggest reasons why more people do not eat plant based is simple....most (not all!) of the people from the 60's up to today who were vegetarians, vegans looked like crap!
LACK OF GREAT ROLE MODELS!! The people who said 'i'm eat plants only" generally ate all processed, high sugar, high fat, high oil, high salt foods....which if plant based or meat based are not good for you. The result is the same as anyone from today who eats any diet poorly >>> un-healthy & sick, overweight, poor looking skin and eyes appearance.
WHAT ARE 8 THINGS WE CAN DO DIFFERENT TODAY TO CHANGE THAT VIEW AND SHOW A GREAT ROLE MODEL THAT INSPIRES FOLKS? 
  1. Eat Plant Strong over Plant Wrong
  2. Eat Real foods from the earth over fake foods from man
  3. Eating foods for their taste over the taste of all the additives (fats, sugars, salts)
  4. Eating only when hungry over eating at set times we feel we're suppose to eat at
  5. Eating only til satisfied (smaller meals) over eating huge western portions
  6. Eating for energy over eating to put us to sleep after
  7. Drinking alot of pure water over soda, fake juices or carbonated drinks/waters
  8. Training to be strong and athletic over not doing anything
HERES SOME NEW ROLES MODELS FOR YOU THAT ARE ALL PLANT BASED SUPERSTARS!
Jessica Rucker (my wife:) - Jessie is amazing, super strong in bodyweight, kettlebells, you name it and she walks the walk and can show you how too! Now doing online training!!:)
Mike Mahler (my good friend) - Mike's crazy strong, been a vegan alot longer than i have, crushes the kettlebells, knows more than most doctors about hormone optimization and is just a very cool conscious being!!:)
Brendan Brazier - world class athlete, author of THRIVE diet and developer of Vega supplements (probably the best plant based protein/supplements on the market)
Robert Cheeke - probably the most recognized vegan bodybuilder in the world and author of vegan bodybuilding and fitness.
John Joseph - lead singer for Cro-mags, long time vegan, amazing energy and shape...badass!!!!
Myself:) - turning 49 in june and can beat every physical feat i could ever do at my best in my life except hitting head on bball rim! Plant Strong is no doubt the path! Helping people and planet is no doubt where it's at! So i say to you all if hedging...you can do it, you can eat plant based and become strong or stronger and better than ever, we're all here to help you change YOU for the better AND in doing so we change the PEOPLE and PLANET for the better as well and that is all of our goals!!
80% of MBG'ers - YES most Monkey Bar Gym members eat plant based, maybe not at first and that's okay, but they learn to transition, maintain and then gain athletically from the transition:) THEY make a difference in their own lives, then in their families, business associates...their circles.
Do you see the affect? THAT is powerful and has been the goal since starting...change the fitness world for the better and this is the MBG way of doing that and it's working! JOIN US!
SO What is Plant Strong? Eating foods from the ground....simple & strong: greens, beans, nuts, seeds, roots, grains, fruits. Eating strong when hungry and only til satisfied!
HOW do i make this change? Transition foods are the easy way:
Rice, Almond milks over cows milk is a good first step
On meats just vary some simple substitutions instead like beans, quinoa, plant protein powders or even mock meats like veggie grill and native foods do so well...Gardein also makes a very tasty one:) Although i dont depend on them, i think they make for a good transition choice.
WHAT ELSE do i need to do? READ AND FOLLOW THOSE THAT HAVE DONE WHAT YOU WANT TO DO!! China Study, THRIVE, Engine 2 Diet, Meat is for pussies! Follow the writings, books, articles, blogs from those listed above.....you can do it!
THEN YOU BECOME THE ONE THAT INSPIRES TO CHANGE PEOPLE & PLANET FOR THE BETTER!! Now that is Powerful!!
Plants, People, Planet! STRONG:)
peace my friends!
Jon

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  1. Great stuff as always Jon. For the endurance set you
    could add Scott Jurek (7-time Western States 100 champ, 2x Badwater champ, Hardrock 100, US 24 hour record holder...), and Rich Roll, multiple Ultraman ( double Ironman) champ. Both have new books out or coming out soon. "Eat and Run", Jurek. And Finding Ultra" , Roll. Both vegan!

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