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  • So as he said I am Josh.

  • I grew up in a family of meat and potatoes.

  • I had a gourmet chef grandmother,

  • a deli daycare where I would be dropped off everyday

  • eating amazing food.

  • So if you take a look at my family background,

  • it's not really surprising.

  • So on my mom's side, they grew up in Argentina,

  • this is the place where you have a lot of dairy farmers

  • including my family.

  • You add to that my dad's side of the family,

  • Fort Worth Texas born and raised,

  • myself as well.

  • This is a place where you literally still have

  • cattle drives through the middle of town.

  • So you put those two together and what do you get?

  • Not surprisingly,

  • pretty much every meal that I ate was a giant pile of meat.

  • At one point in my life I really would literally brag,

  • that I ate steak, every day, for forty days.

  • And I thought that it was an accomplishment.

  • So it all changed, on a very fateful trip.

  • I like going up to lake Tahoe,

  • one of my favorite things to do.

  • This is a trip that normally takes 4 or 5 hours,

  • We got stuck in a really bad snowstorm,

  • so about 10 hours,

  • into what should be a 4-5 hour trip.

  • We are all really stir crazy in the car,

  • and we are having lots of crazy conversations.

  • At one point we were making animal noises

  • to keep ourselves entertained.

  • We got the car turned off,

  • everyone was basically sleeping in their car.

  • and we got on the subject of nutrition.

  • So a very good friend of mine up in the back of the audience, Brian Robin,

  • was really the man with a plan.

  • He started talking about a plant-based diet,

  • and you had a car full of extremely skeptical people,

  • myself included,

  • we had you know, four other people in the car besides Brian,

  • we are peppering him with questions,

  • saying there's no way this is possible,

  • there's no way you can be healthy.

  • You know coming from my perspective,

  • you know all I really knew,

  • I learned a lot about cooking from my grandmother

  • and I really enjoyed cooking,

  • I enjoyed cooking for my friends,

  • but the foundation of everything that I would cook was really meat,

  • and so I may make a side dish,

  • but it's a side dish it's a second thought.

  • So, you know after this long conversation with Brian,

  • I think he did a very good job of inspiring the rest of the group.

  • So those four others of us in the car,

  • all decided to go seven days, no meat whatsoever.

  • So we were all a little bit of a support group in each other,

  • challenging each other to try seven days no meat.

  • I think if you were to ask those who knew me at all,

  • they would say: "Josh,

  • going seven days,

  • with no meat?"

  • Not only no meat, but no animal products whatsoever.

  • They'd have told you that it's absolutely impossible.

  • And so after the seven days,

  • day eight,

  • the first thing I did

  • A - I ate a giant pile of pulled pork,

  • and then B - I sort of reflected,

  • it was actually very easy for me to go seven days with no meat,

  • no animal products whatsoever.

  • And I took a look at my own family history.

  • I have two grandfathers who had quadruple heart bypasses,

  • not very surprising given

  • what I have been talking about my family history.

  • I have a grandmother who passed away from diabetes,

  • I have lots of cancer in my family.

  • And so all these things together,

  • really said well maybe I can try thirty days,

  • and so thirty days quickly turned into more than a year and a half,

  • on a purely plant based diet.

  • And so I didn't go into it lightly,

  • when I took a look at my own situation,

  • I spent 10 or 12 years really bulding my body.

  • I really enjoyed physical fitness,

  • I really enjoyed bodybuilding,

  • and I had a major concern that I would waste away,

  • I would be skinny and sickly,

  • and all this work that I put in would just completely disappear.

  • So after more than two and a half years now,

  • of doing not only plant-based but then maybe mostly vegeterian,

  • totally a non issue.

  • I actually found that not only was I able to continue

  • increasing my strength and my performance,

  • but also saw massive gains in endurance as well.

  • So the other big concern,

  • one of my favorite things to do is to eat.

  • It's one of my favorite ways to interact socially.

  • And so I was concerned that you know,

  • this is going to be a very difficult thing for me to do.

  • It's going be a battle, day and day out resisting things.

  • So for me it was much less about what I was giving up

  • and much more about what I was actually coming to learn.

  • So rather than feeling I got missing out on foods,

  • I really felt,

  • that I was opening my mind to so many different things

  • that I would have never put on my plate.

  • I haven't been focused still on that giant pile of meat.

  • The results,

  • you know unfortunately I didn't get younger or taller

  • as a result of this experiment.

  • I did precipitously drop my cholesterol,

  • and this is a level that maybe some people,

  • wouldn't say that was extremely dangerous,

  • but pretty high level cholesterol,

  • that cholesterol drop happened extremely quickly

  • as did the weight drop.

  • I didn't think I had 35 pounds to lose.

  • But I lost 35 pounds, I dropped my cholesterol precipitously,

  • noticed massive improvements in:

  • my performance, my ability to function

  • in my work and in my job.

  • Some mental improvements,

  • as well as physical improvements.

  • And so I think this all really started with my friend Brian

  • and a lot of literature that I read,

  • and my own family history inspiring me,

  • to take about, you know, 30 days

  • to make this change.

  • And hopefully, my inspiration,

  • these things that inspired me,

  • can also be an inspiration for you,

  • to believe that this is possible for you as well.

  • Thank you.

  • (Applause)

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