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PYP 137: Paul Kerton on harmonizing strength and compassion

I goggled at my Facebook feed, early one December morning, when I read that Arnold Schwarzenegger, of all people, was advocating for a plant-based diet at the Paris climate talks. The “You hit like a vegetarian” actor, bodybuilder, and politician was the last person on earth I would have ever guessed to make such a statement.

paul-kertonRight after that, I turned on BBC World Service radio and started making my oatmeal. The interview in progress was with a soft-spoken, articulate, and passionate vegan bodybuilder from Norwich, UK named Paul Kerton. Kerton was responding to the Schwarzenegger story, and sharing his own, and was reaching roughly 300 million people with this message of life and hope.

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I reached out to Paul, who runs a personal training business called Hench Herbivore, and he graciously agreed to a podcast interview. We had a wonderful conversation, including:

  • his early bodybuilding years consuming 500 grams of animal protein per day
  • the bodybuilding scourge of “bigorexia”
  • severing the link between strength and ego
  • how being vegan is a competitive advantage in athletics
  • how Paul is growing his plant-based personal training practice and creating a community of vegans
  • Paul's current diet (a lot more raw fruit than you might guess)
  • the courage shown by Mr Universe Barney du Plessis, the world's scariest-looking animal lover 😉
  • what shifting from fear to love does to quality of life
  • healing a species that spends 95% of its time at war (that's us, by the way)
  • why we have “pick your own strawberries” and not “slaughter your own chickens”
  • and much more…

Enjoy, add your voice to the conversation via the comment box below, and please share – that's how we spread our message and spread our roots.

Links

Hench Herbivore – website

Hench Herbivore YouTube Channel

Paul Kerton's BBC World Service Interview

Mr Universe Barnabas du Plessis (vegan) – YouTube channel

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The Plant Yourself Podcast theme music, “Dance of Peace (Sabali Don),” is generously provided by Will Ridenour, a kora player from North Carolina who has trained with top Senegalese musicians.

It can be found on his first CD, titled Will Ridenour.

You can learn about Will, listen to more tracks, and buy music on his website, WillRidenour.com.

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