It’s hard to believe that 6 years ago, June 2014 I started my blog. Coming off of my personal trainer certification I wanted to pass on my knowledge and help spread the word of what to do to reach your goals. I wanted to take an unorthodox approach if you will. I was quite familiar with fitness blogs and I knew I wouldn’t be writing in the same style. I’m not knocking those blogs but it just wasn’t the voice for me. My goal was to write my blog in a way that resonated with people on a personal level. I wanted to incorporate personal experience, wanted my readers to feel like they are reading something from someone who understands why they are reading a fitness blog.
Not always sure
To me, it was not always easy. I find often that when I write, or when I teach I feel at the time that I am being concise, to the point, and that I have always included everything that needs to be included to get across the point of the blog. I’m not sure, no, wait, I know that doesn’t always happen. I have gotten better when I teach my students to pick up on this. Usually, I find this out by gauging the polite looks and quietness that translates to ‘I’m not sure what Sensei wants us to do’. But I do try to go back to my post the following day and read it again and fix up what I missed. This is one of the challenges I have when I write and teach. If you know anyone on the autism spectrum this may be familiar for you, along with other traits. Most times when I do this I do find areas where I could have been clearer, could have been more concise and I make the necessary edits and most times I feel good about the final product.
And then some things changed in my life. Someone who I respect deeply, someone who constantly inspires me for many reasons told me how she is vegan. I listened to the reasons why she is vegan and it was like a switch got turned on and when I thought of these reasons without biases it made sense.
It was shortly afterwards that I myself became vegan for ethical reasons. As I taught myself how to cook up awesome vegan recipes I looked into the other aspects of veganism. The lessening of the negative impact to the environment, and the benefit to our health (if it’s a whole food plant based diet).
By reading heavily on whole foods plant based diets I realized that we don’t need to harm and kill animals for health reasons. But how do I get this message out to my readers? If I start writing articles about nutrition and focus on whole foods plant based diets for sure people will call bullshit. Who is this guy to talk about nutrition?
But knowing what I know I had to write about this. I had to write about this because there is no difference on a conscious, sentient level be it a dog, a cat, a cow, a pig, a chicken, a fish. Do you know what a cow is? It’s a really big dog! Don’t think so? Spend some time at an animal sanctuary and you will see for yourself.
But I knew no one would listen to me without some credentials. So it was then that I decided to get myself certified in nutrition. And that certification had to be a whole foods plant based certification.
I looked around. I get inundated with course offerings from CanFitPro, which whom I have my personal trainer certification but they are like all the other companies offering certifications in nutrition, following the lobbyist funded programs.
So having already read the book The China Study by Dr. T. Collin Campbell and then finding out that Cornell University has an online course that he and his son is on the faculty it was an easy decision. After a bit of time, I then enrolled in the course.
An amazing course with content from top doctors and researchers in the health and nutrition field. And also the fitness field. I now had the information and scientific research to support my position that we can be healthy, extremely healthy and not harm animals at all to achieve this. This is the shift in my posts from focusing on exercises, exercising to including nutrition. Science-based nutrition and no animals are killed our hurt.
HERE we are
And here we are today. Six years later. Post number 300. I remember when I hit post 100 and could not believe that I achieved that. 100 articles. But now here we are at 300.
I hope you have enjoyed my writing, my passing on of knowledge in my unique way. Maybe you’ll stay around for the next couple hundred?
What does the next six months, the next year bring to us all? We are living in unprecedented times to say the least.
I’ll keep trying to write relevant, intriguing articles for you to read. And I continue to hope it helps you to achieve what you want to achieve, for you to be even more awesome than you are.
Yours in health,
PS: I want to thank someone who means a lot to me. Someone who opened my perspective on things. I think you know who you are. Thank you.