Brian Hetrich’s chronic sickness and fatigue from his job sparked raw determination. Mother Nature helped reclaim his health and his purpose.
Brian Hetrich – Vital Stats
• Height: 6ft 1in
• Weight: 270lb
• Body fat: 43%
• Height: 6ft 1in
• Weight: 170lb
• Body fat: 17%
Q. What about your health made you realize you needed to change?
A. I was 100lb overweight and had high blood pressure, high cholesterol, backaches, headaches, infections – everything, all the time.
I finally got sick and tired of being sick and tired. I stumbled across a nutritionist who looked and acted 20 years younger than he was.
He was very inspirational, so I went vegetarian and then vegan, then raw within three years.
Every step of the way I was losing weight and gaining energy and getting sick less often.
Q. What challenges were you presented with initially?
A. The biggest challenge was the social impact. When I changed my eating habits virtually all my friends became uncomfortably focused on my plate. The peer pressure was significant.
I did not realize how much eating is a very social activity.
Eventually, I learned that many other vegans and raw foodists feel the same way.
I decided to host my own raw vegan potlucks and other health-conscious events to create my own social circle.
Q. How did you stay motivated to eat in a new way?
A. I learned about and used many different motivational tools like goal-setting, vision boards and affirmations, to name a few.
Plus, I attended as many raw vegan events and lectures as I could.
Eventually, I began hosting the same events and found my passion is in natural healing.
Q. How did you adapt your diet for this transformation?
A. I now aspire to eat only foods that have a high enzyme and high water content. This means more fresh, ripe, raw, whole, organic, local, plant-based foods on my plate at every meal.
Q. What changes have occurred as a result of your new lifestyle?
A. I lost 100lb and all of my sicknesses mentioned above are gone. my energy is through the roof.
My senses got remarkably better. I began to feel something I never felt before – me.
This is my greatest reward. My sense of awareness mindfulness. My mental clarity dramatically improved.
I began to connect with my purpose and my passion in life. it was like getting a whole new body and life.
Q. What are your current goals and future plans?
A. My current goals are to continue being 100% raw vegan for the rest of my life.
I’d like to focus more on building extra muscle, becoming fitter and sculpting my body. Natural health is my passion and I plan to do some health coaching, host retreats and open up a natural healing center.
You can learn more about me at www.brianhetrich.com
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