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VegUp Podcast | Transform On A Vegan Diet (THE PLAN) | SEASON 2 - EP. 49

Where do you begin? 

We're almost on episode 50 of the VegUp Podcast. There are so many episodes and so many key points within these previous episodes that we've talked about.

At a high level, we do one-on-one coaching called Peak Veg X. That's where we work with high-level individuals who really want to perform and further optimize on a plant-based diet so that they can completely transform their productivity, their energy levels, their relationships, their body, their branding, and all that cool stuff. We help transform everything. 

But we also recognize that there are people listening to us that are just starting out or are just curious about these things and don't want to go all in yet. 

What do you do? 

Where do you begin? 

We talk all about that here!




  • How do you figure out what is the best entry point when it comes to adopting a vegan diet and making it work for you no matter what your motivations are?
  • If you feel like you’re not really going anywhere, part of that is because you have a high friction experience that is causing you to have to put in more work to get the same speed out.
  • If you can reduce the friction in your experience, you can sustain it long-term.
  • If you've been trying to go plant-based and you're getting a lot of bloating, how do you get results without the excessive grind and tediousness that comes with conventional fitness coaching?
  • You don't have to be obsessed with calories and macros to have a good result. A good transformation is much more multifaceted than that.
  • You need a distilled process that understands your context.
  • You can have a good physical result outside and still feel terrible, but you can't have a really good internal result and not look good.
  • Lastly, we have something very special for you in this episode!




Speaker 1 (00:01):

Time to transform on eight V vegan diet. Where do you begin guys? Good morning. First of all, I wanted to say, please forgive me if I cough or snot sniff or any of the above. In this episode, I've had a little bit of a cold, but I wanted to get this done. I still want to get these things done. So I'm pushing through. So forgive me for the, for the Husky voice. Anyway, there are so many episodes. We're almost on episode 50. There are so many episodes and so many nuggets and key points within these previous episodes that I've talked about, whether it's from biofeedback around digestion, energy levels, mental clarity, brain fog, skin conditions, acne rashes, all the way to water retention, strengthen the gym recovery. If you've actually seen fat loss or muscle building everything, right? So I've talked about all these different things.

Speaker 1 (01:06):

And obviously at a high-level one-on-one I do a coaching called peak vege X that's where I work with, uh, high-level individuals really want to perform and further optimize on a plant-based diet so that they can completely transform their productivity, their energy levels, their relationships, their body, their branding, and all that cool stuff. We're just helps transform everything. Right. But I also recognize that people that are listening to this, maybe you're just starting out or you're curious about these things and you don't want to go all in. What do you do? Like where do you begin? What do you do? How do you figure out what is the best entry point when it comes to adopting a vegan diet and making it work for you? No matter what your motivations are. So, you know, for me, early on, my motivation was sort of an ethical slash spiritual one and I'm, and I figured the nutrition out after the fact, right?

Speaker 1 (02:03):

And in other people, it might be opposite. Other people might come to a vegan diet because I've heard the health benefits. And then as they're walking the path, they learn about the environmental aspects or the ethical aspects of things. Um, and for that reason, it, and cause them into, uh, valuing many pillars within this lifestyle. So when do you begin? Right. So first of all, the first thing I will say is go back and listen to as many of these episodes previously, as you can, and take notes because there is so much gold within these episodes that will provide you with a really good substrate around how to proceed. So that's the first thing,

Speaker 1 (02:46):

Let me get a thing of water. And we're just going, we're not going to cut this or this or anything. So it's, it's, it's like guys, you know, like, there's way just rolling with this, you know what I mean? We could make this all fancy. Um, but you know, I want to get this information to people and I want to help people and that's more important than me having a cough. So there we go. Anyway, some of the commonalities that I've found when it comes to transforming or the barriers for people, uh, when it comes to transforming on a plant based diet and really maximizing their, the benefits of this vegan lifestyle is that they have a really, um, high friction experience. It's the, it's the antithesis to a frictionless experience. I think of, um, think of your body, your mind, and body as that drag con it's racing down the strip, you know, the ones that Egypt, the parachute at the end of the race to slow down, because there's so much thrust.

Speaker 1 (03:48):

You're that, you're that race car going down the strip, like, you know, and you're really putting in the work or you're trying to anyway, and you feel like you're red lining. You feel like man, like my foot's to the ground, that the speed movement is redlining. The engine is overheating, but I feel like I'm not really going anywhere. Part of that is because you've got the parachute partially ejected. So you have a high friction experience that wind friction, that, and friction is causing you to have to put in more work, to get the same speed out, to get the same lap time than someone else who understands how to pack that parachute away and put their foot down and get a more frictionless experience.

Speaker 1 (04:35):

So that is the first part of it. And that, and why does that matter? Because if you can reduce the friction and your experience, it means that you can sustain it. Long-term the reason why you've done plans, done things before that worked for a while. And then didn't as, because it was, there was too much friction involved too, if too much friction eventually causes too much heat, low heat, that heat causes burnout. Whether it's an engine or it's your brain, the same thing applies. Now, what this means is that how do you generate a good result? Whether it's increasing energy levels, optimizing your blood work, um, getting off medications, seeing really good long-term fat loss, building muscle, feeling confident, reducing your digestive issues. If you've been trying to go plant-based and you're getting a lot of bloating, that type of thing. How do you get that result without the excessive grind and tediousness that comes with conventional fitness coaching?

Speaker 1 (05:41):

I'll be the first to tell you there's a lot of fitness trainers vegan or not. That will just make you do excessive amounts of workouts and excessive amounts of cork restriction. And sure, it's going to get you some quick results, but it's not going to sustainable. And it's going to be progressively more and more difficult to get that result every time, because you're just going to slowly start to wreck your body. And I'll be the first to tell you that a lot of the people that a coach is, and this is not nothing against them, but it's just an observation that many of them eat a single don't have children, the, the younger. And so you can combine either being younger, not having children, which is a huge thing and, or being single. So they don't have a lot of relationships to tend to, they can life into fitness, that the model for them probably just will not work for you. If you're a busy parent, busy business person, a busy professional, and you have a lot of things to do in your head, you're wearing a lot of hats. It is not ideal to be doing what most people do.

Speaker 1 (06:56):

The next thing is this obsession with calories and macros. So all you have to do is go into some of these, uh, fitness groups, whether it was vegan fitness groups or not. And there's such a pedantic goodness about calories and macros. Now I'm not here to, uh, criticize you a fats being new to this point. It can work if you understand the basics well, but I'm here to tell you that it's not required either. Like you don't have to be doing that to have a good result. And I would argue that a good transformation as much more multifaceted than that. And that's one part of an equation. So at least at the very least, if you understand that, and you still factor in the other aspects that I'm going to share with you, that could compliment. But if you're only focused on that, that might get you a physical result, but I'm here to tell you that when you just focus on calories and macros, you w you can potentially get a physical result, but your cravings will be much higher.

Speaker 1 (07:56):

Your energy levels will be much lower. So you'd be using a lot of caffeine and stimulants to try and get you going. It will, your brain fog will be much higher. So you won't be as productive. You will probably be much more irritable and moody women very likely will experience, um, uh, menstrual cycle loss or changes, which is not a good thing. Guys will experience symptoms of low testosterone. All of these things come when you're just excessively dieting without consciously focusing on these other pillars that I talk about in all the episodes around micronutrients, um, the quality of vitamins and minerals, nutrient timing, all that stuff. So that's really important to understand there were so many missing pieces to this.

Speaker 1 (08:39):

And the challenge is that there's so much conflicting information within the nutrition and fitness space that it just leads to massive decision fatigue. All it takes is you to go into one of these groups and you'll see 50,000 different angles and points of view, um, all based on someone's context, not factoring in the person's context, that's asking the question and it'll all be different. And then you left thinking, oh my God, you know, what is the truth here? Is it, is it high carbs at low Cub is fruit, goodness, fruit bad? Can I do juices? Can I not do users? Can I do smoothies? Can I not do something like what is going on? I've done episodes on that. And season two, where I've talked specifically about those things, context, very important, but I'm here to tell you, that's why that decision fatigue can really wreck you.

Speaker 1 (09:29):

You need a distilled process that understands your context. And the hardest part is that when you hit those burnout points from trying and quitting, and you get that sort of unsustainable process, that just sucks the life out of you, it becomes very demoralizing, right? And so like, I'm here to tell you in closing, before I really dive into the meat of this that often, and I'll be honest with you. People who look in shape visually often feel terrible. I'll repeat that people who look in shape, they have ads. They have that sculpted body you want, they often feel terrible. The energy sucks. They're pounding caffeine and pre-workout supplements. And they're taking sedatives and sleeping pills. They are getting digestive problems. So they're taking antacids and reflux medications. They do not feel good. And they won't tell you that. They're trying to entice you with the six pack, not letting you know that you're going to feel like a hot mess when you get there.

Speaker 1 (10:37):

And I'm here to tell you the reason why I know that to be true is because that used to be what I suffer through in my early years within the fitness space, because I used to just follow conventional people. And I didn't understand. And I, and I, and I was still learning myself. And it took me years and years to walk through those processes to understand this is not good. And I don't, I don't need to be doing this to get a good result. Now I actually do it the other way round, completely, where I focus on optimizing someone internally, making them feel good, improving their blood work, improving their by feedback. And you know what? The beautiful thing about that is usually in pretty much all cases. When you optimize someone's biofeedback and internal Kim, Kim chemistry, the by-product is you optimize them physically, visually on the outside too.

Speaker 1 (11:31):

So you can, you can have a good physical result outside and still feel terrible, but you can't have a really good internal result and not look good. Most people don't know this guys. They don't, you don't need to be doing hours of cardio, multiple training sessions per day. You don't need to be spending your life working out, but I know that you want to great like a fitness model, but you want more from your life as well. You know, if you have kids, grandkids, if you have a business you're running, you need to be smart and strategic with your time. You can't just be like doing everything and all the things and completely channeling your entire focus into this. Cause it's just not going to last. And you know what happens with that? These site, these rinse and repeat binge purge cycles, just keep going on and on and on.

Speaker 1 (12:16):

And it leads you nowhere, right? And you just throw money into this black hole that this stuff I'm telling you about with the hormone crashes, the gut issues, the stimulant and sedative use the up and down as the brain fog, the lack of mental clarity, loss of productivity and chronic connectivity with your family and friends, the poor psychology around food, not understanding your life underlying triggers, you know, the biofeedback stuff that there's more to an insane transformation than just calories or workouts. We reveal the stuff to you in our brand new fetch up 14 day challenge. I'm telling you 14 days, the first stepping stone in a stepping stone that is going to change the trajectory of your life. It is all the knowledge, all the strategies that we have synthesized over years and years, and years, and distilled them and compressed them down into this carefully curated process that starts with 14 days.

Speaker 1 (13:22):

It starts with 14 days recognize it's a stepping stone, a progression along a M O a series of stepping stones about that is the start point. My friend, it's the stop point. And the point of this podcast was to talk about this because we've been building this out for a long time. It's been a long time since we've had a, a mainstream program on the market, really for you guys, because we wanted to make sure that the next time we did something, it was really cutting edge and way ahead of everyone else, way ahead of everyone else. You know, I mean, I'm not here to bad mouth on the coaches. There are some coaches out there that are decent, but I often get people who will come to me and they will show me the programming from other coaches, because obviously if they're coming to me and they need help, I need to see what they've been doing.

Speaker 1 (14:17):

And I don't divulge or share any of this information with anyone, but I see what other people are doing in this space. And it's, it's not good. I mean, it's very average at best majority of it. And that's why I'm so confident in what we do, because I truly feel like we are the leading experts in this space for vegan plant-based transformations to really truly optimize someone's physical appearance and the internal workings to give them the best transformation possible. So the unique aspects of this vigil 14 day challenge. Let me break it down a little bit for you, and I'll give you some key points as to why this stuff matters so you can grasp it. And then you can go back and listen to the previous podcast. If you really want extra convincing, if you don't already trust that I know what I'm talking about, right?

Speaker 1 (15:03):

So we focus on biofeedback. So whenever we structure out these programs and we're looking at, okay, what are the nuances of, what are the things that people are going to need to know? We'll factor in. We focus on what I call by feedback. Meaning we want you to feel amazing. We want you to have really good energy, a bit of mood, less bloating, and less cravings during this process. And so if we can give you indicators and things to look for within your experience, it's going to help you pinpoint the bottlenecks. It's going to help you pinpoint the areas that are causing issues. That's the started of this process. So you might be consuming a trigger food, or you might be doing something that you've been told is ideal, and it's just completely not. And it's giving you massive energy dips, or it's creating excessive fat gain or giving you bloating, which things affecting your energy levels, or you're consuming things that are then spiking your cravings even more.

Speaker 1 (16:06):

And you're constantly fighting yourself, Al smart process demystifies. A lot of that, that mystery within the fitness space that people just don't understand. It's looking at a transformation as a multifaceted system, not just calories or workouts, the calories are one part of the workout, another part, but there's many parts to this equation that people are missing. I would say that out of those two pillars, there is another 3, 4, 5, even six pillars that people miss that block them, or at least massively minimize the potential result. Again like that drag car racing down the strip, the parachute partially ejected, as you not understanding that there's other pillars and other things affecting your result. And so you're pushing your foot down. You're training is how did you, can you follow in the calories, but the results not necessarily coming, or it's coming at such a cost you're burning out.

Speaker 1 (16:58):

And you're feeling like crap. That's that drag car racing on the strip with a parachute ejected and your foot to the floor. And you're like, why is everyone else going past me? Well, they've got a more multi-faceted system that's factoring in all these nuances. What we've done here is the main thing is that we understand nutrition on a much deeper level than your average coach. And I think you probably know this already. If you've listened to enough of my podcasts, you probably understand that we truly understand things on a much, much deeper level. Uh, and why nutrient rotation, nutrient timing, the colors of foods, micronutrient variety of foods, living foods, sprouts, lagoon, sprouted, legumes, all these different types of living foods while they all tie into a level of result that most coaches cannot engineer or understand because it's not just about tofu and broccoli or be on burgers or say, and broccoli, like a lot of Excel spreadsheet, coaches will give you, it is much deeper than that again.

Speaker 1 (17:55):

So you've got to start somewhere, right? There's nothing quote, unquote, wrong with that, but I'm telling you why it's not them. When you can start with a process like this and get 10 times the result with much more efficiency and less friction, right? So that's important to remember, well, you knew it and you need to understand guys is that the time and effort required doesn't change. What changes is the efficiency of the process, the strategy of the process, which under the same amount of time and effort generates you a 10 X better result. And that's the beauty of this is that a lot of people are like, wow, what should I have the time? The time doesn't change. And in fact, I would argue in many cases, I actually reduced people's training time down things reduce because the people do a lot of fluff and a lot of things that don't contribute to the maximum result.

Speaker 1 (18:44):

You know, for example, like they're, they're trying to, they're worried about their, uh, rear vision mirror or their window wipers on their drag car. They're worried about the window wipers on the drag car, but the parachute's still out and I'm like, forget the window wipers. That's some extra fluff that might look like extra fluff in the form of like different supplements they're taking or, you know, the special little cardio sessions they're doing, but the parachutes ejected pack the parachute away first. Don't worry about all that extra fluff. And that's what this program entails. So it's 14 days of nutritional supplementation training strategy alongside all our other key pillars that are engineered towards the most efficient, optimal transformation start point of your life. I promise you that the things that we focus on and have laced into this process are understanding hormone changes, optimizing hormone levels, rather than seeing hormones crash.

Speaker 1 (19:42):

Like a lot of, like I was mentioning to you, a lot of females when they diet, they, their menstrual cycles get completely wrecked. And that is a really key indicator that things are off. Um, with guys testosterone levels tank, again, key indicator that things are off. Those things will affect your mental health. Your anxiety and depression will increase when those things tank that is not good. I see a lot of people get gut issues because they're just pounding a ton of the same food. They don't understand nutrient rotation. This the stress on their nervous system is so high that they are not able to activate parasympathetic nervous system function actually help digest and assimilate food properly. So they start getting a lot of digestive issues. And rather than actually understanding nervous system, they will just take, uh, antacids or they'll take some type of over the counter medication to try and suppress the signal, which is not good.

Speaker 1 (20:35):

Pre-workouts caffeine increase because your energy levels are tanking because either your sleep is not good, cause your a stress hormone responses is so high. And then you need that extra stimulant, which isn't great. That's going to put you in more of a catabolic state, which is not good for muscle building and not good for insulin sensitivity. And if you're not insulin sensitive, it's going to be very difficult to lose body fat. Most people are insulin resistant as hell, which we focus on increasing your insulin sensitivity in this program. And then most people will use sedative sedatives like alcohol, sleeping pills, um, tons of melatonin, those types of things to try and fall asleep, which again, trying to artificially engineer quality of sleep is not good because you'll never get the same quality sleep cycles as you would. If you optimize things the proper way, all this stuff contributes to brain fog, right?

Speaker 1 (21:25):

And that transfers over to loss of productivity. Remember if you have brain fog and you're feeling really lethargic, you're just not going to do good in your job. You're not going to be patient with your kids. You're going to be patient with your partners, your friends. You're not going to feel creative or ambitious. How is that a good life if you have abs, right? So that's, that's my whole point. The psychology around food. It's time that people recognize that doing these rapid challenges. Like, you know, I've seen people talk about, oh, you know, screw the long-term results. Like you, you're in it for a quick result. You just want to get ready for your wedding or your, you know, that beach vacation it's well, let's just get a quick result. Yeah. That's great. In the moment. How do you feel after the fact, how do you feel after that wedding or after that vacation?

Speaker 1 (22:08):

When you put it all back on and you feel fluffy and useless, right? And you don't have to feel that way anymore. I'm not here to criticize you for that. I'm here to say, feel what that remember what that feels like and know that you don't have to do that to yourself again. Right? We can break that pattern. So I'm here to tell you that if you have ever been interested in anything we do, and you truly feel like you can hear the conviction in my voice, understanding that I've been in this game for years. And I have a deep understanding of biology, the biomechanics around food and how it affects our physiology and transformation start with our VegUp 14 day challenge. It is the first stepping stone in a new trajectory in your life. You will learn a lot. It's the first point. It's just the start.

Speaker 1 (23:00):

It's just going to get you in the door, but it could completely change everything for you. If you know someone who has been interested in the vegan diets, but you're unsure where to tell them to go. This is it for them. Share this with them, share this with your family, share this with your friends, share this with your colleagues, help us get this out there to people, because I'm here to tell you that I want people to come into veganism and have massive success with this. I don't want them to come into this lifestyle. Feel bloated, have low energy, quit, go away and say it doesn't work. And then tell their friends that it doesn't work. That sucks. And I've seen it happen to people. And it's not good. That is why we created this. So guys, take home point, go back, listen to all my other episodes in these pockets.

Speaker 1 (23:44):

I always say that anyway. Go back and listen to them by a feedback around nutrient rotation, around nutrient timing, around low-hanging fruit protocols, all these different things. If anything, stuck or resonated with you in this act on it, click on the link within this podcast for the vigil 14 day challenge. Get on board. You've got nothing to lose and so much to gain. It's not even expensive. Get on board, share it with your family. Share with your friends, share with anyone who's been interested. If you're in any of the, uh, vegan groups online, and someone has been asking, where do I begin to share this with them? I'm telling you this will help them the most. It's going to give them the best experience to get them down the right path today. So remember guys, you don't have to be that drag car racing down the strip or redlining to try and get a physical transformation with your parachute half rejected. It's time to trim the friction and have a more efficient experience and understand that transformation, calories, macros, protein, carbohydrates, fats workouts. They are two pillars of a very multi-faceted system. And if you can understand all these other pillars that come into play here, you will create the transformation of your life. And it begins here. My friend, with the VegUp14 day challenge, sign up today and get on board with us.

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