Meet John AKA Bad Ass Vegan!
So excited to bring you another interview from another fabulous vegan! I stumbled across John a while back via Instagram and then found his site and loved his mission so I definitely wanted to share! I had the pleasure of meeting John in person a few weeks back at a meet and greet he did here in L.A. at Native Foods! He is a true sweetheart and so happy he agreed to let me pick his brain about his vegan journey! Get the goods after the jump!
How long have you been vegan and what led you to the lifestyle?
I have been meat free for over 8 years now. I had just moved to south Florida and I was starting to notice a change in my body that was hard to ignore. Basically I was a little too “Regular” if you know what I mean. So I took a visit to the doctor to have a check up and see what may be the problem. He asked me question that I will never forget… “John, do you eat a lot of meat?” I responded “Sure, but I don’t think it is out of the ordinary, look at how big I am.” The Doctor told me that he wanted me to try not eating meat for 30 days and see how I felt after that 30 days. Well let’s just say that would not have been my first choice (I was a fan of a good Philly cheese steak). I did figure that he was the Doctor though so I would try it.
What do you think is one of the most important things someone should know about physical training as a vegan?
When training as a vegan one of the most important things to remember is that as a vegan you are actually able to train longer and harder and have faster recovery time. Meat and dairy are very acidic and slow down your recovery time.
Is training different for you as a vegan? What do you typically eat on any given day?
Yes, very different I am able to eat more and not worry about what I am eating for the most part. By eating raw and incorporating more greens and fruits it fills me up but cuts down my fat. I use nuts and seeds rarely so I don’t have a huge amount of fat intake. I would say that I am close to the 80/10/10 form of eating but I don’t have a meal plan per say. I have finally come to the point where I only eat when I am actually hungry and it keeps me from over eating or indulging.
Please tell us about Raw Fit and how you got into coaching and do you only work with vegans or those transitioning into veganism?
Raw Fit came about with the vision of a fitness company that was not about pills and potions and formulas that do more damage in the long run than they do help in the short term. I had a vision of a company that promoted the holistic approach to health that would unveil the truth to the people so that they could see that eating a plant based diet is all you need to get the body that you want for a longer healthier lifestyle. I actually do work with people that are not vegans, but all of my clients and potential clients understand that if they want a meal plan from me… it will be vegan. No questions asked.
What made you start Sexy Badass Vegan?
I honestly started Bad Ass Vegan before I started Raw Fit, and it honestly was meant to be just a hobby that turned into a career. I wanted to show the world that being vegan was cool and that we can have fun, enjoy life, be healthy & Be Bad Ass… all why being compassionate and following a plant based lifestyle. Sure we may hug a tree from time to time but that is not the only thing that we do.
One funny and interesting fact about me is that I didn’t learn how to swim as a child, so I am currently enrolled in swimming classes with the children. It is quite a sight to see me at 6’6” learning how to swim with the kids.
What is your best piece of advice to anyone about fitness?
Make time for fitness, in a day and age in which we take hours out of our day to look at facebook, instagram, youtube and reality t.v., we also have to take the time to also have to make time for our health. One great way to do that is to become more active and MAKE time for yourself. Also, cut out processed salt, sugars and syrup, this will really make a difference in your body. Cut out foods that have it as well.
Thank you so much John for sharing! If you want to keep up with BAV, head over to the website here. You can also follow John on Twitter and keep up on Facebook!