A few years ago I began thinking about doing ultra marathons. There is something intriguing about distance running and last year I thought I was ready to make the leap to trail running and ultras. Turns out I was wrong or at least my body decided it wasn’t the right time, but I still have a fascination for people who run extremely long distances.
I stumbled upon Rich Roll’s book Finding Ultra. It was an interesting read about Rich’s foray into ultra running and his life story from a promising collegiate swimmer to a desperate alcoholic. He found his way out of addiction and eventually into a plant based lifestyle. He rediscovered his love of swimming and took on new interests in biking and running. He went on to compete in the Ultraman World Championships in Hawaii. This is an exclusive competition which is comprised of a 6.2 mile swim, 261.4 mile cycle and 52.4 mile run over 3 days.
Now you can find Rich Roll on his podcast by the same name. His podcasts have inspired me, motivated me and taught me to think big, dream and keep striving for more. I first heard about Healthfest on one of his podcasts. It sounded interesting and it was a great opportunity to hear speakers with a message that resonated with me.
I must admit I was a little star struck in Marshall, TX. I know most of the people in my life don’t even know who I’m talking about when I refer to the likes of Rich Roll, T. Colin Campbell, Dr. Garth Davis, etc. What struck me instantly was how generous the speakers were with their time. They all seemed very open to meeting their audience and chatting with them.
I tend to feel minimal in most social situations. I was very reluctant to approach the speakers. However, about 20 minutes before Rich Roll’s talk on day 2 of Healthfest I went outside for a short walk and coming straight towards me on a deserted street was Mr. Roll himself. I knew I had to say something. So I outstretched my hand and introduced myself. He was kind, shook my hand and chatted with me for a few moments. As I’ve said attending Healthfest was really about getting outside of my comfort zone and exposing myself to a new experience. I definitely did that in more than one way.
The last talk I attended on Day 2 was Rich’s. Since I’ve been following him for a while his talk was not really new to me.
How To Live More Sustainably & Thrive
Some take away points from Rich’s talk:
- 108 million dieters in this country have yielded a $20 billion/year industry
- We are addicted to foods that fail us, medications that treat symptoms not the problem and lifestyles that lead to illnesses.
- Everyone has the time to live a healthy lifestyle. It’s a question of priority.
- Stop trying to hack the journey. The journey is the destination. Invest in the journey.
- One industry is destroying the planet more than any other and it is industrialized livestock agriculture.
- It requires 660 gallons of water to develop 1 hamburger.
- It takes 1000 gallons of water to produce one gallon of milk.
- 110 animal species are lost daily in the rainforest.
- Vegans produce 50% less CO2