TURNING OVER A NEW LEAF AND EATING IT. My transition to a Plant Based Whole Food Nutrition plan.

THE BACKSTORY

Over the past 4 weeks I have been experimenting with my nutrition. You see, since April of this year I have been itching to change the way I eat because of where our agriculture is heading. I have become more educated on what foods are best for the human body, how food affects different blood types, hormone production and the power of super foods.

Many of you know that during this past summer I had been producing Video blogs of my training and nutrition in preparation for a fitness model competition (WBFF). By early May I was already in contest shape, I had shot with various photographers, was fortunate enough to be sponsored by VEGA (Sequel Naturals) and by June I accomplished a goal of mine to appear on the cover of Maximum Fitness magazine.

Maximum Fitness magazine Sept/Oct 2009 issue
I had sought out and researched VEGA after the past year of changing to only consuming organic foods. The reason for the research was that the protein powder I was using was the last non organic substance I was putting into my body. At the time I was purchasing a Natural product that only contained one ingredient but even then I was not convinced and I knew I could do better. I had remembered a time when a colleague of mine once gave me a VEGA Energy bar because I was heading to a football game on an empty stomach and how just a few days before I had sat down with a second colleague and found out that she was a VEGA Ambassador athlete. I had no choice but to listen to the Universe.I had started using VEGA’s Health Optimizer powder for breakfast during my contest prep and quickly started to feel the benefits. I was strength training in the mornings during the summer usually two hours after my breakfast and within days I could tell I had more energy and focus. Maybe it was in my head or it was a stimulus I was hoping to feel but either way I knew I felt better. By the time I shot the cover of Maximum fitness magazine I was well on my way to making the switch to a plant based nutrition plan. However, I was still consuming chicken, eggs (both organic of course) and fish at least once a day. I had passed on eating beef for the most part even though it was organic, but this was because it was getting closer to my competition and eliminating red meat was what I did two months out form being on stage.

It was nearing the end of July and the only thing I could think about was how I could change completely to a plant based approach. The urgency was sparked after going to see FOOD INC. with my girlfriend and leaving the theatre disgusted with the food industry, not to mention questioning the chicken stir-fry I ate a few hours earlier. (Shivers)

The problem I was faced with was as follows. Last year before this very competition I changed my style of eating to what is known as the Anabolic Diet. In short I would consume high amounts of protein and dietary fat Monday through Friday and then refuel with large quantities of carbohydrates on the weekend while cutting the total protein and fat consumption in half. This plan was refreshing as it allowed me to eat different foods that for so long was a no-no for me as a top fitness model and competitor. In the end, I did not do my homework and I ate way too many carbohydrates a day or two leading up to the show which caused me to spill over (bodybuilding term). This error on my part gave me a placing out of the top 3 for the first time in my career. I was extremely disappointed in myself and because of this I was extremely hesitant in abandoning what I knew worked for me and changing the way I ate so close to the competition.

This story could have been so much more “Hollywood-like” if I had made the switch to a plant based plan, won the WBFF Fitness Model competition and retired on stage in the way Arnold did back in 1975. However, this was not the case as I was unable to compete due to the passing of my best friend and mother on September 2nd. Within a week of deciding not to compete I threw myself into the Plant Based Whole Food approach and here I am today about to blog about my transition. I am nearing the end of week #5 without meat.

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Coming up,Part 2- I will explain how I transitioned almost cold turkey to a plant based nutrition plan and by doing so how it affected my body on a few different levels.

Part 3- For the meat eaters out there asking why, I respond!

Until next time,

Train Mind, Body & Spirit

Nathane L. Jackson cscs & kbts
WBFF Pro & VEGA Ambassador
www.nathanejackson.com

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