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Introduction time!  I’ll save the suspense, you’re reading a health blog.  If at the first mention of the word “health” you’ve prematurely decided this isn’t for you; you’re free to excuse yourself.  For the rest of us, welcome!  I have become very passionate about healthy living.  Fortunately, or unfortunately depending on your viewpoint, I love talking about what I’ve learned and spreading the word for all you lovely people to test out on yourselves.  We’re going to go ahead and assume that’s why you’re here.

A little about me… My name is John.  I’m a 26 year old male living in beautiful Santa Monica California; home of the hipsters.  I wouldn’t consider myself a hipster, but I may have recently sealed the deal with my very first purchase of a pair of Tom’s shoes.  Reeeallllyyy comfortable if anyone out there is still on the fence. I talk with a lot of excitement and I write how I talk so don’t be surprised if you see more exclamation marks in this blog than letters.

I love cooking, eating new dishes and playing with new healthy ingredients, watching hockey, and I’m always up for a good adventure. I have been running competitively most of my life and am currently training for the Austin marathon.  I also just started training for my first half Ironman and then a full Ironman in December 2014.

I’ve always considered myself health conscious, but when I fell in love with a vegan I realized my idea of health wasn’t even close to where I could be.  My girlfriend (Layla) showed me a few documentaries about animals, our food, and how its actually produced.  I learned that companies have sued people for exposing their practices to the general public without their consent.  Did you get that? If I sneak onto a chicken farm and film the way they are producing poultry for consumption by American citizens, the company can sue me for everything I’m worth.  That’s insane.  At this point I was very interested… somethings gotta be bad if they don’t want us to know.  Ill spare you all the baby birds getting ground up while they are still alive and cows shitting all over themselves kinda details and let you pick up the documentaries for yourself if you want to know the truth.  If you’re happy being oblivious and don’t want to know what you’re putting in your body then keep eating that double double.  I was there not that long ago!  I love double doubles.  I love double decker tacos…apparently if it had the word “double” I was all for it. We finished watching the movie and I looked at Layla and said “I’m done” and I haven’t looked back since.  I became vegan overnight. Do I miss the beef? Eh not really.  Cheese is a bitch to get over though not going to lie.  There are ways to cope with the cravings, but cheese is one of those things that can’t really be replicated.  I’ve tasted some really good nut “cheeses” but it’s not like eating the real thing.  Missing that moldy goodness.  Just being honest with you…

I call this blog “A recipe for a healthier life” because if you follow and hopefully adopt some of the things I’m going to be talking about you will undoubtedly increase the health of your life and the lives of the people and the environment around you. We’ll talk about recipes, food products, exercise techniques, and anything else that’s appropriate (mostly).  I’ll be doing a 30 day challenge a little later after we’ve laid the foundation to encourage people to actually put into practice some of the things we’ll be talking about.   Not-So-Fun fact… Did you know there’s more pollution created by the livestock industry than all the transportation systems combined?

I hope you stick around 

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