Always happy to have a returning contributor to VBU! One such blogger is Brandon Frye, a plant-based, long-distance runner from Winston-Salem, NC. Brandon’s blog Forks to Feet is inspirational to say the least. This post is specific to how the movie Forks Over Knives helped him and changed his life. You can see Brandon’s previous post Vegans and Protein here. Follow Forks to Feet on social media: Facebook, Twitter, Blog Lovin, Pinterest, and Tumblr. Welcome back Brandon!
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[First off, I am in no way compensated for sharing this testimonial. I have no affiliation with Forks over Knives. I just happened to come across the movie and it changed my life]
runners were eating. I knew that there must be a correlation between a runner’s performance and the foods that he/she was consuming. I saw that runners were on some of the healthiest diets I had ever seen. Some ingredients that were mentioned: whole wheat bread, whole wheat pasta, bananas, bagels, berries, oranges, quinoa, broccoli, peanuts, almonds, sweet potatoes, leafy greens, and almond milk. Honestly, I didn’t see myself eating half of that stuff; I ate meat, like the tough guys. I drank milk, because it made my bones strong. I enjoyed the smell of flesh as it cooked on the grill, juicing up to provide me with that next dose of protein.
By the end of 2011, my joints were achy, muscles tender, and ankles weak. I was dead set on taking in
as much protein as possible, whether it came from eggs, tuna, chicken, pork, or beef. It didn’t appear to help, but I had always heard that protein repairs damaged muscles. Didn’t I need the extra protein? I mean… I had to be running 20 miles a week.
that it had changed his life. I was extremely skeptical, knowing that he was vegan. I shared the view of many – that vegans were strange people. I’m all for learning new things, so I popped in the video (figuratively). I was glued to the screen, taking in all of the information that I could absorb. Upon finishing the film, I decided it was time to try something different. I was going completely plant-based, for good. Immediately, I
noticed results. Within two weeks, all of my aches and pains were diminishing; my hips and legs felt brand new again! I also noticed a substantial increase in energy.
train without the setbacks of injuries. I continue to run for competition and fun, logging anywhere from 20-60 miles a week. Now, wouldn’t you think that I would need a staggering amount of protein to compensate for all of this mileage? Thanks to Forks over Knives, I have learned the facts about plant-based
nutrition. I no longer buy into the same old sponsored advertisements that the meat, milk, and egg industries have thrown at us for years. I continue to research plant-based nutrition through the Forks over Knives‘ website and Facebook page, as well as from blogs around the internet. Unfortunately, media does not cover the topic of “nutrition as medicine” because there are few sponsored advertisers who would support it. Money makes this world go around, but may bring it to a screeching halt if we don’t take back control of our health. It is up to us to spread the knowledge, and it all starts within our own homes.
sustainable life. I will continue to spread the information which was freely given me, through every resource that I have available.
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