How to Transform Your Body and Our Planet
What if I could show you how to Transform YOUR Body and OUR Planet just by changing the food choices you make?
My new book will do just that, but I need your support to make it happen. With your help in funding this book we can make a huge impact, not just on the health of an individual but on the health of the planet.
The global fitness industry is rapidly expanding and worth over $83 billion a year. Alongside the lust for the body beautiful, improved performance and optimised health, comes an ever-increasing need for protein - protein that is mostly derived from animals, 150 billion of which are slaughtered every year by an industry that creates 1/3 of all Global Green House Gas Emissions and uses 30% of the earth's entire ice-free land surface, turning our beautiful and naturally diverse planet into a gigantic animal protein factory. Yet we add more and more protein to man-made food products on our shelves. Do we really need it, or is this just clever marketing, capitalising on the belief that more equals better?
Transitioning to a Plant Based Diet can help to alleviate much of the destruction associated with eating a heavily animal protein-based diet, while providing us with all the nutrients we need, not just to survive but to thrive.
My book is part-memoir, part manifesto, with lots of recipes, nutrition and training advice. It shows you how you can quite easily eat a healthy, plant-based diet and how it can benefit not just our own individual health but the health of our planet. It’s essentially ‘philosophy for food and fitness’. Follow my journey from life as a professional model, through several life-threatening digestive surgeries, onto bodybuilding shows, and into hallucinogenic plant medicines, that took me on an enlightening adventure to the Amazon jungle and led me to realise that it is possible to transform your body and our planet with a plant-based diet.
It’s taken me 40 years of living to get to this point. Now, I want to help others get there too.
With the topic of climate change on everyone’s lips and an ever-increasing awareness and compassion for animals and the environment, it now feels like the perfect time.
But I need your help to do this, I have gone on my journey, I have collated my thoughts and I have crafted my message and written this book, but without you and your generous pledges it will remain inside me. So, by pledging to support my project you can help make a positive change and at the same time learn how to transform your body and our planet with a plant-based diet.
… I was lucky to have a couple of bonding and life changing moments with family when I was in hospital, which I’ll never forget.
Firstly, one with my brother which turned out to be especially important and life changing. I was having a ‘woe is me’ moment (to be expected really), commenting that I wouldn’t be modelling again, that was it and I’d have to give it all up, when my brother replied, 'Don’t let it control you Ad, you control it!' and it was at that moment my mindset shifted and gave me the strength to cope not only with that moment in my life but many others since.
The second bonding moment came with my father, who, after his divorce with my mother when I was 12, had felt less and less like an important and integral part of my life. Due to the kind of surgery I had I was given epidurals to block the pain from my waist up to the bottom of my chest. These failed epically on two occasions when the catheter (tube) came out of my spine and over the course of 30 minutes my pain went from 0-10, too fast for the nurses to get someone who could sign off and administer morphine. On one of these occasions my father was visiting and luckily by my bed side squeezing my hand, I think he felt he was getting in the way so he asked, “Do you want me to leave?” to which I resoundingly replied, “No, I need you!”. From conversations we have had since, that moment gave him back the feeling that his son needed him in his life. It was worth the pain just to give him that.
There is something very special and unifying when a family member goes through a health crisis. It really brings people together, transcending individual differences and situations, highlighting what and who is important in life. That’s why people say that they wouldn’t change a thing after going through a traumatic life experience: the experience itself is painful and one to forget but it’s what it teaches us about ourselves and life that is so precious and invaluable as we move forward with our journeys.
I was back in the gym six weeks post operation building my strength back up very slowly, having lost lots of weight and all the muscle I had proudly displayed only one month earlier when shooting the Healthy for Men magazine cover. I had never felt so weak and it was a real shock to the system to now find myself having to start all over again, but with the help of the Rocky soundtrack and a bit of ‘Eye of the Tiger’, I focussed on Progress not Perfection, a mantra that I now use throughout my life.
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