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About The Vegan Bodybuilder Site

The Vegan Bodybuilder.com was launched as a resource for those who are on a vegan diet, those who are interested in learning about the vegan diet and those who are simply interested in health, fitness and/or bodybuilding.

TheVeganBodybuilder.com is not just for bodybuilders. It is for anyone that wants to learn more about the vegan diet, vegan bodybuilding diets, vegan recipes, vegan meal plans, vegan weight gain, vegan proteins, vegan supplements, etc.

As it relates to fitness one of the biggest misconceptions about the vegan diet is that an individual on the diet can’t get enough protein and therefore can’t maintain or gain muscle or perform at a high level. This idea is absolutely false.

It is very much possible to achieve a vegan diet and live a vegan lifestyle that will allow you to not only achieve your macro goals but your performance and health goals as well.

About The Vegan Bodybuilder Founder

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Dan Sarao, Founder of TheVeganBodyBuilder.com

My name is Dan Sarao. First off, I am not an amateur or professional bodybuilder. I am a fitness and health enthusiast that happens to be a vegan.

My Story: About The Vegan Bodybuilder

I was diagnosed with severe juvenile, rheumatoid arthritis in the year 2000. I have suffered with chronic, debilitating joint pain for over twenty years. The severity of the condition has gotten worse as I have gotten older.

The disease robbed me of my ability to partake in hobbies that I love and enjoy, such as ice hockey. It continues to frequently take away my ability to do simple, everyday tasks. At many times I am unable to weight lift or exercise in any meaningful capacity. The exhaustion and pain are taxing on my body to say the least.

My Struggle to Find A Solution That Works

For years I relied on expensive medicines and steroids (prednisone), along with ibuprofen to get through the day. These effectiveness of the medicines were limited and they are also extremely expensive. The last few years their effectiveness has dropped off significantly. In turn, I was just miserable, almost every day.

I watched James Wilks’ documentary entitled The Game Changers in early 2019. This documentary was a game changer for me. It led me to do further research on the relationship between veganism and arthritis.

I came across research articles from reputable sources that supported the benefits of the vegan diet. An article published on the Arthritis Foundation’s website entitled Do Vegan or Vegetarian Diets Help to Reduce Arthritis Inflammation was on of these articles. The fact that the Arthritis Foundation supported the idea was important to me.

I have experimented with different diets in the past to see if they had any positive effect on my arthritis. These include the gluten free diet, the ketogenic diet and the bullet proof diet. In my experience limiting gluten has been the only dietary change that has had any positive effect.

Despite my limited success with dietary changes I was game to try anything that might help. Thus, I decided to try the vegan diet.

A Vegan is Born

When I commit to something I do not mess around. I went vegan overnight. I researched and built a list of foods to buy on a Saturday morning and went grocery shopping that same day. That was it; my vegan journey started that day. I have not looked back (its only been a short-time I know).

My Positive Health Effects of the Vegan Diet

The positive effects I have experienced so far have been tremendous. The diet has reduced my stiffness, swelling, soreness and aches. The mobility in my hands, although still limited, has improved. My level of fatigue, while still existent, has been reduced.

I have been able to measure the effectiveness of the vegan diet in quantitative terms. Although not lab tests the following measure is how I have always measured the improvement or worsening of my disease.

Before I started the vegan diet I took an injection of Embrel etanercept every single week. It got to a point where I genuinely had trouble walking, getting out of bed, and holding a cup with a single hand if I failed to take a shot within 1.5 – 2 weeks. I also needed to take 2-4 ibuprofen per day.

Since starting the vegan diet I have been able to go 6-8 weeks comfortably in between taking an Embrel injection. I also don’t need to take ibuprofen every single day. Sometimes I take it just as a force of habit, but its not truly necessary.

My result is absolutely remarkable, and the only thing that has changed in my life is my diet. The result is the reason I have a passion for sharing the benefits of the vegan diet with the world. Theveganbodybuilder.com was launched to spread the word.

Why Did I Launch TheVeganBodybuilder.com?

I launched TheVeganBodybuilder.com in 2020 as a passion project after seeing how powerful the vegan diet’s affects was on my health. I knew I wanted to spread the word of the benefits and help others.

It seems the majority of bodybuilders, athletes and those who are fanatics in health and fitness are scared by becoming vegan. The diet and lifestyle seem to have an undeserved reputation for weakness. Individuals don’t think they can accomplish their goals. Other individuals can’t imagine living a life without meat and animal products.

My goal in launching TheVeganBodybuilder.com was to help provide the info that individuals need to make an informed decision about whether they want to try the vegan diet. The other goal for this site is to help those who are vegans get the information they need to accomplish their goals in terms of diet, bodybuilding, fitness, health and wellness, etc.

Thank you and I hope you enjoy the site,

Dan

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