4 Years Plant Based today!!!

Today marks 4 years since I quit smoking cigarettes and boldly transformed my life into a plant based lifestyle. Please read my one year anniversary of going vegan on my blog page on this site entitled, “11/11/15 One Year Plant Based Lifestyle Empowerment” to catch up as to how I got here and why.

First, I want to tell you that the decision and action I took 4 years ago is still the wisest decision I’ve made in my life for countless reasons. The most important being that I am healthy and between my plant based lifestyle, working out and running regularly, drinking Kangen alkaline water trying to focus on the positive, and cutting down on chemicals I will allow myself to be exposed to, I know that I am doing as much as I can to live the longest, healthiest life and limit the potential of disease and sickness to consume me. Can I say 100% I am immune to those things and will live forever? No. I am a mere mortal, but I can live content and with no regret knowing I’ve made my best effort to live my healthiest potential. The toughest part of this whole eye-opening transition is seeing how many of my dear friends and co-workers in music have died, had debilitating strokes, heart attacks and you name whatever other disease that I know 100% could have been prevented with a plant based diet. Yes, it’s true and I won’t be silent. I tried to influence some of them personally and it hurts the most knowing I wasn’t able to break through and make a difference and knowing maybe if my strategy was different maybe I could have helped save their life. However, I’ve had to let go of that attitude and accept life is about choices and everyone has to make their own choices and I’ve learned the best we can do is live as the example and try to inspire. That’s it. The sad reality is that most people, even when presented with scientific evidence of the health benefits of a plant-based lifestyle, won’t change their eating habits because they either don’t have the strength to change their routine/lifestyle and often they don’t have the confidence to stand on their own, be an independent individual taking control of their own life for their best benefit and can’t handle the peer pressure of society, their families and peers. Why? Because it’s not cool to be Vegan and most just want to fit into the popularity contest of life and do what everyone else is doing. I’d say death and disease aren’t so appealing and are rather costly. Guess what? Veganism is starting to become cool, profitable and top elite musicians, athletes and movie stars have gone Vegan publicly in bold ways in the last several years and the trend of new Vegan restaurants, grocery stores, clothing lines, documentaries, etc is growing and increasing exponentially. To be bold, Veganism is the future. Some of you may not see it, and that’s ok. The most successful entrepreneurs historically have always looked like crazy people to the masses, until their ideas break the mold and gain incredible success and that’s what is happening in the plant based world.

I want to take this time in full disclosure to be honest. The struggle is real and though I really don’t have any urge to smoke cigarettes anymore and don’t, the temptations to eat food that is not Vegan is constant and I’M NOT A PERFECT VEGAN. There I said it, it’s true. My first 2 years, I didn’t cheat once and eat anything non-vegan. Eventually, I had the mindset that, hey, if I’m on vacation at the beach, I can eat a little fish every now and then. In the last several years, my occupation(music) has had me traveling quite a bit and around parts of the world and all over the US. Not one of my band mates(there are many as I free-lance) are Vegan and when you are on the road in a bus or a van, you are on crunch time limits and often the majority of the musicians/artists are going to opt for eating at fast food restaurants. At first, I kept to my principal and ate only vegan. What I found is that at most of these “restaurants” I literally couldn’t eat enough food from what was actually vegan on their menu to give me the proper energy to get through a soundcheck and show. I started caving and eating non vegan things. It bothered me a lot, still does, but at least when I got back home, I would be back on track 100% to my Plant Based Lifestyle. I wanted to be honest about this because I’m not perfect in any aspect of my life and I see so many people that start a new diet/lifestyle and cheat once or twice, feel guilty and give up. DON’T GIVE UP!!! It’s ok to make mistakes, you are only human…. I want to say this clearly, every single time I’ve eaten non Vegan food, my body hates and rejects it, I feel sick and am reminded it isn’t good for me and I shouldn’t do it. When I eat vegan, I feel good, have more energy and when I don’t I am tired and don’t feel good. This may be too much information for some, but I think important; When I went vegan, my bowel movements became regular and soon after eating, everything came out like it’s supposed to. EVERY TIME, I eat something non-vegan, I am constipated and I know what stays in your body has the potential to create disease.

Dating is difficult when you’re Vegan. Though there are some amazingly attract vegans out there, I seem to date mostly non-vegans. Most women, I find are supportive of the fact I’m vegan and understand the health benefits and generally eat healthier than men(salad for dinner, etc) and love the vegan restaurants I take them to, but in a relationship with a non-vegan, eventually it becomes difficult to stay true to principal, whether you’re eating out or cooking together. It’s tough, I have to be honest about this. It’s hard to force anyone to eat in a way they don’t choose for themselves and so dating a non-vegan isn’t easy. I don’t have all the answers here. Though as a vegan, your goal is to influence your partner to make healthier choices, I don’t believe in judging and criticizing others for not making the same choices as you, and it doesn’t work. People have to make their own decisions and the best you can do is inspire and encourage.

It’s important to me as an activist to study my results and impact. How many people have been inspired to go vegan because of me? I’m happy to say, I have inspired several to go plant based and many to at least eat more vegan and consume less cheese and meat. I have learned first hand there are only two ways you can inspire people to choose the lifestyle/ideas you promote: 1) They have to see you’re a happy person. That is the greatest testament to the world that your ideas/lifestyle are good/positive and worthy of consideration. Are you happier because of the change you made? I believe in focusing on the solutions. The last thing people are attracted to is people that are trying to spread their ideas through judgement and persecuting those that don’t live like you. 2)You are kind to people. Kindness is the most contagious trait and people are drawn to it. That will attract more people to your ideas than anything else.

I found my fire again and am re-inspired to try to make a difference in influencing people to live a more compassionate, non-violent and healthy lifestyle. Be ready to hear soon about a project I’m involved in that is going to try to help promote this plant-based lifestyle on a much bigger scale. It has only begun!!!

11/11/15 One Year Plant Based Lifestyle Empowerment

veggiesOne Year ago, 11/11/14, I quit smoking cigarettes for good, started a Plant Based Lifestyle (no dairy, no meat) and started working out like a Beast.  It all started when my friend, Brandi MacLaren(Personal trainer, Plant Based Nutritionist) Brandi Maclaren Fly Fitness challenged me to a 30 day Plant Based Challenge. My Journey had been moving me in this direction my whole life, but it took a friend to push me into a Leap of Faith.  Leap I did, all the way in and decided to quit smoking cigarettes at the same time. I called it, “My Body is a Temple Plant Based Challenge”.  Little did I know at the time, I would find the strength inside to reach my Full Potential and remove the obstacles that kept me from that reality.

One of the things Brandi (Coach) told me, was when I wanted a cigarette, to do 10 pushups. I could do 10 in the beginning but was huffing and puffing a little. I kept pushing myself to go more and got to the point I could do 3 sets of 10 push-ups and then 15, 20, 25, 35, until I could do 3 sets of 75 push-ups.

Brandi has a degree in Plant Based Nutrition from Cornell University and took me shopping at Kroger, Trader Joes, Whole foods and taught me how to look at the ingredients so all the food I was eating was void of all meat and dairy products and that was mostly organic. I also took most all sugar out of my diet, stopped drinking all sodas and began using stevia(natural herb with no calories) for anything I wanted to sweeten(Tea, lemonade, etc). My morning meal became a grapefruit and organic cereal with almond or coconut milk. After my workout, ( lifting weights, running and later,  yoga) I would consume a Kale smoothie, that eventually included flaxseed, chia seed, organic oats, orange, banana, stevia, Kangen Alkaline water, cayenne pepper, turmeric, ginger and cannibas oil.

Every day I was loyal to my new lifestyle and did not cheat once, even though after 2 days of not smoking and with such a radical change in lifestyle, I was literally hallucinating. I was committed and there was no turning back. I’m an all or nothing guy. One of the things Brandi asked me when challenging me to the 30 day challenge, is “Are you strong, you say you’re strong, prove it”. I can’t tell you the depths to which I was willing to go to prove I was strong. I had no idea I was going deep into my past and facing things, relationships and feelings I pushed down and hadn’t dealt with. It was all exposed. The cigarettes and not great eating habits were masking the pain and keeping me from being the real me- FREE. So I faced it, I dealt with it and I began to grow in ways I’ve never experienced before all while going through a total mind, body and spirit transformation. In every moment, I realized I had the choice to live or die. To die meant to cave, give in and let the temptation beat me. To win meant to choose faith and bear the temptation at all costs to choose life and to be FREE. I have had so many friends die of cancer and many other forms of disease, and I was convinced I wasn’t going to be one of them; A victim, a statistic. I knew too much and though have tried to quit smoking and go to a plant based lifestyle before; I didn’t have the strength to follow through. I was trying to quit smoking every day. I would get through most of the day, but then cave in and buy a pack that night. This time was different, I was committed and there was no room for failure. I knew in my full potential I had envisioned myself since my youth, the old me was gone and the new me was a Peaceful Warrior, a champion that would NEVER give in to defeat.

I kept track of my weight loss and was quickly losing pounds. I lost at least 15 pounds of fat in those 30 days and was transforming the fat into solid muscle. I had much more energy and my attitude became better and full of gratitude. I began to appreciate every breathe and every bite of healthy food I was consuming. It wasn’t a diet, as I didn’t count calories and I ate all day, just healthy food and my body was pleased and quickly showing results.

I knew after 3 days into this transformation, it wasn’t going to end after 30 days. This was a radical, yet healthy change of my life for good.

After the first month, I began working out harder, running faster and longer and pushing myself every day to take it to another level. Yet, at the same time, I was facing some of the toughest challenges and most difficult times in my life. It was my faith in God that sustained me. 1 Corinthians 9:24 “Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize.” At the same time as my “Body is a Temple” transformation was happening, my prayer and meditation was getting deeper. I was going to the deepest parts of me, places I had never gone and God was healing me. I started forgiving everyone and all the broken relationships, I handed to God and decided they would no longer be an anchor holding my soul down. I released it all and loosened my load. My prayers became less about what I wanted and more just pure Gratitude for all I had and was able to see, I felt ONE with the Great spirit light inside of me and it became Powerful as my light had strengthened. I noticed music and playing the guitar had become absolutely effortless and I was performing live and in the studio at my greatest levels and all my friends noticed the difference instantly in my attitude, weight loss, healthier skin and my ability to play music on a higher level. Luke 11:33 “No one lights a lamp and puts it in a place where it will be hidden, or under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, so that those who come in may see the light.”

 

I can thank my mother, Carolyn Hagen, for building in me, a health foundation and instilling alternative/preventative lifestyle applications in my life at an early age. She was an herbalist, health advocate and activist since I could remember. My brothers and I hated it as kids, because we were different from the other children. We had to eat green spaghetti, carob instead of chocolate, had no sugar cereal in the house, would get food from the co-op and get/catch and bottle fresh spring water back in our Michigan days. Later, she became an herbalist and helped thousands with their health.

 

About 6 years ago, my brother, Michael Hagen’s life had been changed drastically for the better by discovering Kangen Alkaline water. He got my mother on the water at a time she was really sick and had low energy. It turned her life around, gave her more energy and the two began the beginning stages of helping thousands overcome major disease by drinking this magic water that is a registered medical device in over 200 hospitals in Japan. It uses electrolysis to convert tap water into alkaline water and raise the ph level in your body, to decrease chance of disease and sickness. As proven by Nobel peace prize winning Otto Warburg in 1931, disease and cancer can’t live in an alkaline environment.

 

I got my own Kangen alkaline water SD 501 machine and drank the 9.5 PH water all day. I lost all lifelong allergies and haven’t been sick once in the 5 years since drinking the water. It was life changing and I began helping hundreds of people get healthy. It changed my life forever. I was sharing the water and educating many on the positive benefits of an alkaline lifestyle. I told people that in an ideal world, we would all drink alkaline water and eat all alkaline raw fruits and vegetables. There was a problem, I felt like a hypocrite. My talk was greater than my walk as I still smoked cigarettes and my diet was far from alkaline. I was only halfway there and it ate at me.

 

Psoriasis- All my life I struggled with this disease with “no cure”. I had dry, scaly skin and big red blemishes in random places that embarrassed me to no end. It was a true thorn in my side. My parents took me to a doctor at an early age, but there was no hope and I was on my own to suffer most of a lifetime. There wasn’t even a name for the disease at that point and there was most certainly, no cure. Years later, I took every kind of prescription and homeopathic remedy and none of them made a noticeable difference and the list of chemicals on the prescriptions were toxic and no doubt, disease causing. I knew the problem had to be dealt with internally as the topical approach was hopeless. A couple years back, I started researching foods that dealt with the issue internally. All roads lead to a Vegan diet as the cure, as well as the fact I would have to quit smoking. I tried both, numerous times and failed over and over again.

 

I have cured my psoriasis now, 100% through quitting smoking and eating a plant based diet only. I have proven it is curable. I have so much more confidence now. It is Amazing!!!

 

I have lost over 25 lbs and feel and look the best I’ve ever felt. I decided not to do the standard photos before and after this lifestyle change, because I never liked the concept of diets and the presentation of them, don’t like to do things like everyone else, and the truth, I didn’t have the confidence to get the before photos taken out of embarrassment of my once huge beer gut that would never go down since my metabolism slowed down in college. I could do all the sit ups in the world and I would only have a big, tighter stomach, but could never lose the stomach. The plant based lifestyle is the only thing that got rid of the beer gut and that’s why I had the confidence to do a photo shoot(Courtesy of kohlphoto.com) this week to show the “after” photos of one year of a plant based lifestyle and working out/running the hardest and most consistent I ever have. What I realized, is my stomach used to be an “animal graveyard” and some things stayed there and wouldn’t go away or come out. I have learned everything should come out of you that you eat and anything that stays behind is potentially, eventually disease causing.

 

I’ve always been a huge animal lover my whole life. I am a man of principle and think we either believe in a principle 100% or 0%. There is no in-between with me. I am a big supporter of the non-aggression principle which means the only time violence is EVER justified is in self-defense of an individual or property. Never is pre-emptive violence acceptable to me. One of the biggest things that convinced me to make this leap of faith initially, is that my friend Brandi called me out on the non-aggression principle. She asked me why it didn’t apply to animals and said, “Why does your cat get a free, safe and protected ride in life, in your home, but not that cow, pig or chicken”? She was right and I couldn’t deny it. I realized making this choice in lifestyle would mean many innocent animals’ lives would be spared and I could no longer justify violence as a means of life, especially after I became educated and dispelled the “protein myth”. The myth, that we need animal protein or any type of animal product for survival. It is a lie and I get plenty of the right protein from the right vegetables (much research supports this scientific fact). Most people are consuming too much protein and getting disease from it. Our society has been totally and completely brainwashed altogether by powerful lobbyist groups that have interest in a mis-information campaign that began before we were born.

 

The other thing I’m happy about, is not participating in all the chemicals it takes to factory farm that go back into the earth and pollute our water supplies. The answer to so many of our problems is to “think green and eat clean”. I think the earth can re-create itself if it gets sick of our abuse at some point and start over. Humans, not so much. We have to choose to live here and to be healthy.

 

For over 20 years, I have envisioned the future of medicine, a combination of Eastern and Western concepts and practices. Eastern medicine, for its holistic, herbal and preventative medicine approach and Western, for life saving surgery innovation. If we look objectively at the fact that the US is #55(last I checked), in life expectancy and Japan #1, and then examine that Japan is much more true to a plant based lifestyle, it isn’t hard to see diet plays a huge part in health and life expectancy. We must choose to live and the quality of our life and being healthy matters. Who wants to be sick and die of disease? Not me.

 

I have come to learn and now experience firsthand, we are “what we eat”, and I choose to live and eat healthy. “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food” ~ Hippocrates

 

I used to think that the concept of “I wanted to change the world, so I changed me,” was a cop out and an excuse to not get involved and make positive change. I have now come to believe all we can do is change ourselves and if we do something positive and significant enough, that maybe we can inspire others. We can’t save everyone, people and animals, but we can inspire and save some, and every one of them is worth it. All lives matter!!

 

A couple resources I encourage checking out, that I have learned much from on alkaline plant based lifestyle: Watch the Documentary, Forks over knives(on Netflix) and read the book “The Enzyme Factor” by Dr. Hiromi Shinya. There is plenty of research out there on all these subjects and I encourage you to look into it. One thing I have learned firsthand and very unfortunately so, is that it is important to seek and learn this information and apply now, before you are a sick or have a disease. Watching friends go through having stage 4 cancer, at that point, the ability to have time to research and apply these concepts will be more difficult. Possible, but difficult, as the pressure from family, friends, doctors and most of the world will make it more difficult to seek the natural cures, that do exist. Knowledge is power and application is essential.

I leave you with a question; Do you want to live or die? Prove it. Do the research. Take the time. Invest in you and your body as your greatest investment. It is worth it. You are worth it.

 

 

Captain America Winter Soldier

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I went to see the new Captain America movie last night and I highly recommend you see it as well. I’m very selective the movies I support these days. If they support the people, educate, make people think, unveil the truth many aren’t able to see that affects all of our lives, I support them with my $ and time.
Going to try not to give too much away but the basic idea is the CIA is shown to be controlling all of government (like they do) only under a different name; it’s called “Shield”. They even mention that the program was created by Operation Paperclip. This was declassified program that brought Nazi Germany’s Elite Scientists into the US. This lead to the creation of the CIA, MK ultra experiments, the Police State and foreign wars/coups that have happened since and eroding our Liberty in a false sense of security. The CIA is the police force for the shadow government (Central Bankers) that run the whole show.

In the movie, psychopathic power hungry heads of Shield that are responsible for the police state surveillance and modern warfare weapons, plot to kill 20 million Americans(false flag) to justify the need for a weapons/surveillance state that could instantly kill anyone in the world “before”(thought crimes) they commit a crime. In other words, they use an algorithm program that inputs all of your data to predict you may commit a future crime and take you out ahead of time.
The movie also uses the words New World Order to show this is all a plot to usher in world government controlled by the authoritarian Elite. For their plans to succeed, the people must willingly give up all Liberty for a false sense of protection and security. There is a great quote in the movie by Captain America, “This isn’t freedom, we’re holding a gun to every citizen’s head and calling it security.”
Like every good movie, the solutions and hope are the main focus. Captain America realizes he has been used by the State as a soldier with good intentions serving a police state that is no longer on the right side of history. He shows that civil disobedience and not following orders and even standing up directly against those giving the orders is the answer.

Notes from the Directors themselves on the Liberty based message: Read the interview CLICK Here!

Captain America Winter Soldier Trailer: