Vegtosterone, as I hope you would have surmised, is a blog to help other men like me (middle-aged, overweight, former meat eaters) learn to live longer, healthier and happier via a vegetarian, if not vegan lifestyle. I started Vegtosterone because when I decided to go Vegan at the beginning of 2012, I had a lot of questions and found most of the answers were dedicated to activists, women, or narcissists.
I’m rather narcissistic myself, as a blog like this would suggest; but I also consider myself very, extra “normal,” and I wanted to build a resource for like minded individuals to help educate and motivate them to adopt a lifestyle that I have found not only more healthy, but also more simple, more sustainable and, quite frankly, more gracious.
Because for me, it took two trips to my death-bed to understand how stress and diet were killing me; and for others, I thought it ought to be easier. I wanted to build something that was educational, informative and entertaining without being too pedantic, preachy and self-important.
True story, quick version.
About half a dozen years ago, I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. It was a bad case that’s in remission, for now, but it left me with significant nerve damage and constant pain. My doctors prescribed all sorts of drugs that did nothing but make me pass out, so I took matters into my own hands. I went onto the Internets!
Here’s what I found out: Most of my pain came from inflammation around the lesions on my spinal cord. That much the doctors knew. But what none, not one, told me was that the food I ate was the number one cause of my inflammation. And by the way, I had great doctors who saved my life, but when it comes to nutrition, most doctors are just as stupid as all the rest of us. So, after my initial struggle with MS, I learned to eat less red meat, less sugar, and more fish and other foods full of Omega 3 fatty acids. Sounds simple enough, but actually, it was rather hard. I am a first generation Argentine, after all. We eat more steak per-capita than any other country in the world.
Fast forward a couple of years.
If you ever thought one almost terminal illness was sort of trump card against more terminal illness…well, guess again Doctor Wrong!
Last year, I found myself in a hospital room diagnosed with Stomach Cancer, approximately 24 hours from bleeding to death, and scheduled for emergency surgery.
Seven days later after successful surgery, I was determined to learn how I found myself back on my death-bed.
Back to the Internets!
Here’s the first thing I found: Study Links Meat Consumption to Gastric Cancer
Then, this: Risks: More Red Meat, More Mortality
In fact, just Google “Meat & Cancer” and you’ll find a plethora of data connecting meat consumption and cancer.
And while not everyone agrees, facing death tends to help you to make black and white decisions. So, I decided, finally, to become a Vegetarian.
Months later, I decided to go a step further and adopt a Vegan diet and lifestyle because there are studies and first hand accounts of people who have actually reversed the impact of heart disease and cancer by adopting a full-vegan diet. I also found that once you go the Full Vegan, you reach a network of people who are committed to not just a diet, but a lifestyle that is simpler, more sustainable, and more ethical; and that network provides vital support to help you keep to your commitments.
So far, here are the results.
- I’ve lost 20 pounds, so far.
- My cholesterol levels have dropped significantly.
- My historically high blood pressure is now normal.
- My pain is diminished.
- My energy is increased.
- And my last CT Scan showed absolutely no spread or regrowth of my cancer, much to my doctor’s delighted surprise.
Now, it’s important to note that my experience is only mine, and that diet is NOT a substitute for professional and competent medical care. However, there’s plenty of evidence to suggest that a diet free of meat and dairy proteins can be can ward off the onset of heart disease, cancer and other illnesses.
No, I’m not a doctor, much to my mother’s chagrin, but I am a sick person, so there! And I can’t help but believe that diet has made a positive difference in my life. This blog is dedicated to researching how big a difference diet can make in our lives, while also helping others learn how to live a healthier, and hopefully, longer life.
Cheers,Paul Paez firstname.lastname@example.org