The recently concluded Veganpalooza 2012 had me glued to my chair for hours at-a-time. Co-hosted by Dr. Will Tuttle, author of World Peace Diet, and Steve Prussack, host of Raw Vegan Radio, the tele-summit was the largest vegan educational event ever, with 12,000 listeners.
Distinguished speakers included well-known vegan authorities Dr. John McDougall, Dr. Neil Barnard, Rory Freedman, Cherie Soria, Kathy Freston, T. Colin Campbell, Rip Esselstyn, as well as others previously unfamiliar to me, such as Dr. Gabriel Cousens, Dr. Brian Clement, Dr. Milton Mills, Gabrielle Heaver, and Rich Roll, dubbed “One the 25 fittest men in the world” by Men’s Health Magazine in 2009.
Whether the information is familiar or you’re hearing it for the first time, Veganpalooza awakens you to just how much there is to learn about vegan living, from animal rights and diet to ecology and spiritual and physical vitality. The positive energy fed my feeling of optimism there is growing momentum for shifting to a plant-based diet.
As a long-term vegan, I didn’t need convincing that a plant-based diet is the healthiest for humans, for animals and the planet. Veganpalooza’s numerous medical experts reiterated that nobody needs animal foods to be healthy, and anyone and everyone can thrive on a vegan diet.
The most inspiring speaker for me–as a marathoner and would-be triathloner– was the 45 year-old Roll, with amazing athletic achievements since turning vegan following a “health-scare” five and-a-half years ago, including completing the Epic5 Challenge consisting of five Ironman triathlons on 5 Hawaiian islands within 7 days.
Of course, that Roll is vegan had nothing to do with my being impressed, as I never doubted vegans have as much if not more strength and endurance as omnivores–and this is backed up by more and more vegan high-performing athletes–tennis players, runners, cyclists and boxers alike.
Not only is Roll an elite-athlete, he is also parent of four, author and outspoken advocate for veganism, and an attorney by occupation. Roll also produces cooking videos and other services with his wife at their site.
After hearing Roll’s presentation, I immediately placed an order for his book (“part how-to and memoir”), Finding Ultra: Rejecting Middle Age, Becoming One of the World’s Fittest Men, and Discovering Myself.
While Veganpalooza has ended, if you want to check out Roll’s story, or that of dozens of other captivating speakers, you can purchase their “Veganpalooza Inspiration Package” containing complete MP3 replays, digital transcripts of the event and bonus gifts to enjoy at your convenience.
Here’s hoping you find your vegan-inspiration, start taking positive steps, and feel better and better everyday!