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Hello all, I am a 26 year old fireman currently living in South Florida. I have been an omni my entire life, until about 5 days ago....a friend told me about this site, and I am looking forward to using it for support. I have 2 converts (at least for the next 28 days) on my fire crew at work, all of us going full vegan starting last week. For me, it is all about health; the animal welfare part is the nice add-on....but for me, it is not dire. I am a workout fanatic and always have been.<br><br>
For one of the men I am working with though, it is a little more serious. He is 44, the fire engineer at my station, and has a young family. In short, he was recently mandated to stay off the job for a month to get his health in order, all after weighing in at 262 lbs, cholesterol of 320. I am hoping the new diet will keep him off medications, on the job, and most importantly to be there for his family. I look forward to posting more soon.
 

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Hello and welcome to Veggieboards.<br><br>
Have you been inspired by former firefighter Rip Esselstyn and the Engine 2 Diet?
 

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To Vincent, actually yes, but in the opposite order.....I do Triathlon, and work with another Triathlete that is a vegan and has met Rip. I did not know this originally. In short, my friend and I trained together for 6 months, and he waxes me regularly in events, all despite the fact that I am faster than him in most training events. We had a big Tri in California, and I got torn up again by him, and the whole flight back he inundated me with his diet with books to read, websites (like this one), and told me how much it has changed the game for his training....it was only THEN that I read Rip's book, along with many others, and made the switch.<br><br>
I find that firemen are a receptive group for veganism. When I told a few people I work with what my friend and I were doing, gave them Rip's book and 2 others, there were onboard. I think the challenge of it, along with what my 6 year vegan friend looks like, all helped to convince them....and when I read about the man in Rip's book that had even higher cholesterol and higher rank (even harder for Rip to bring it up), I thought immediately of our fire engineer.<br><br>
Rip's book is pretty much required reading here now....it's almost like once someone in our profession has written or done anything, we all are required to listen. If a dental hygienist had written that book, it would not have the credibility with men that it does. (No disrespect of course, just obvious) I find it to be very useful....almost as useful as my co-worker.
 
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