Hi all! :) 16 years mostly plant-based, over 7 years vegan

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I've made a few posts here already but I've yet to properly introduce myself... 😊

My name is Matt, I'm 34 years old, and I live in the UK. I'm not new to the vegan diet, I've been vegan for about 7 years now, and even before that, I was eating a vegetarian diet from 2007 to 2012. And before that, when I was 18 years old, I switched to a diet which was largely plant-based with a little bit of fish, while doing something called CR, which is known to slow aging.

Changing to a vegetarian diet was initially for health-related reasons (I thought it would be better) but over time and the more I learned, the ethical reasons were just as important to me. I would never go back to eating meat now!

The switch to a vegan diet was in part because of my GF at the time but also because I wanted to lower my protein intake and going vegan was a good way to do that (to help lower igf-1). It was a fairly easy transition to make and never experienced any issues until later on and it was my own fault for being a bit complacent. Rather than ditching the vegan diet, I examined my diet more carefully and figured out what the issue was (zinc deficiency) and everything resolved quite rapidly. I've not even been sick once in years since I started supplementing.

I'm not the most perfect vegan out there and never claimed to be. About 98-99% of the days out of each year my diet is strictly vegan. The odd day in the year I might accidentally eat something that isn't vegan (something with dairy or egg) while eating out. I try to do my best and don't purposefully go out to buy anything that is non-vegan.

I'm not very judgemental about other people's eating habits, I regularly eat with people who eat meat. Maybe it did bug me at first but I live with it. I try to live more by example, but as I'm also a Blogger, I have an outlet to help people stay healthy on a vegan diet and to promote veganism. I've learned a lot over the years and have a lot to share...

I haven't really got any vegan friends here where I live, so I wanted to get involved here and make some vegan friends and help people. Even though I've been eating this way for a long time, I've not been that active in the "vegan community."

But here I am now lol... 😊
 
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to your official introduction I give you an official welcome welcome!

It is so interesting to see all the different journies we have made to where we are today. We did have a thread on that a while back.

Congrats on taking control of your health and for helping others too make the transition to veganism as well.

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Welcome! BTW you look kinda like Axl Rose in your avatar pic. :D
 
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I've made a few posts here already but I've yet to properly introduce myself... 😊

My name is Matt, I'm 34 years old, and I live in the UK. I'm not new to the vegan diet, I've been vegan for about 7 years now, and even before that, I was eating a vegetarian diet from 2007 to 2012. And before that, when I was 18 years old, I switched to a diet which was largely plant-based with a little bit of fish, while doing something called CR, which is known to slow aging.

Changing to a vegetarian diet was initially for health-related reasons (I thought it would be better) but over time and the more I learned, the ethical reasons were just as important to me. I would never go back to eating meat now!

The switch to a vegan diet was in part because of my GF at the time but also because I wanted to lower my protein intake and going vegan was a good way to do that (to help lower igf-1). It was a fairly easy transition to make and never experienced any issues until later on and it was my own fault for being a bit complacent. Rather than ditching the vegan diet, I examined my diet more carefully and figured out what the issue was (zinc deficiency) and everything resolved quite rapidly. I've not even been sick once in years since I started supplementing.

I'm not the most perfect vegan out there and never claimed to be. About 98-99% of the days out of each year my diet is strictly vegan. The odd day in the year I might accidentally eat something that isn't vegan (something with dairy or egg) while eating out. I try to do my best and don't purposefully go out to buy anything that is non-vegan.

I'm not very judgemental about other people's eating habits, I regularly eat with people who eat meat. Maybe it did bug me at first but I live with it. I try to live more by example, but as I'm also a Blogger, I have an outlet to help people stay healthy on a vegan diet and to promote veganism. I've learned a lot over the years and have a lot to share...

I haven't really got any vegan friends here where I live, so I wanted to get involved here and make some vegan friends and help people. Even though I've been eating this way for a long time, I've not been that active in the "vegan community."

But here I am now lol... 😊
Hi! I'm new here too, nice to meet you!
 
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Welcome! BTW you look kinda like Axl Rose in your avatar pic. :D
@Whoa182

Is that you in your Avatar?

I thought maybe it was someone famous.

I thought maybe I should know who it was and I was too embarrassed to ask.
 
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And before that, when I was 18 years old, I switched to a diet which was largely plant-based with a little bit of fish, while doing something called CR, which is known to slow aging.
Hello and welcome! Curious - what is CR? Whatever it is it must be working b/c you don't look a day over 24 :)
 
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Welcome! BTW you look kinda like Axl Rose in your avatar pic. :D
Lol you're not the first person to say that. :)

@Whoa182

Is that you in your Avatar?

I thought maybe it was someone famous.

I thought maybe I should know who it was and I was too embarrassed to ask.
Yes, of course! haha =)

Hello and welcome! Curious - what is CR? Whatever it is it must be working b/c you don't look a day over 24 :)
Thank you you for your kind words xD.

People usually think that I'm in my early 20s when they meet me. Although, my brother came back here with his date a couple of weeks ago and she thought I was 18!! That photo is a few months old now, maybe I should update it :p But anyway, it convinced her to go vegan and she wanted to know all my secrets lol.

CR just means that I restrict my calories to a certain amount. I do provide information on this on my blog about this but I don't really encourage others to restrict calories. Just eat healthily. :) I'm part of a life-long experiment and I have a lot of tests done by my doctor to make sure I'm healthy. It's the most consistent thing known to slow aging and extend life span in a lot of animals.

Thanks for the welcome, everyone! =)
 

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Back in the early 80s, I had a biology teacher in college who said that. That we eat to much and to frequently. I think it's all marketing - the whole "3 meals a day" thing. He was a very lean, fit, and seemingly healthy older gentleman.
 
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