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Quips From The Leaf Junkie: Ralph Go

Ralph Go – Superfood Grocer Philippines‘ Superman aka Vegan Jiu Jitsu International Champion I had the blessing of knowing Ralph back in 2011 in one of Asha‘s raw food workshops–and now, he and his partner, Carmela, are now KNL’s partners in promoting plant-based lifestyles. At the time, I found it extremely fascinating to find male vegans/vegetarians, particularly the athlete type. Curiosity getting the better of me, I asked for an interview and he was more than gracious and willing to oblige… 1)  What was your inspiration/reason for pursuing Jiu Jitsu as your craft? How did you get into it? I started out doing Jiu Jitsu at the end of my first year in college, I was intrigued by the art of it as I saw its applications where the weak can defeat the strong. What I loved the most is the creativity involved, it is like a human chess match with endless moves and transitions. I started training a few times a week, but I was very passionate about learning and I wanted to be the best I can be so it ended up bringing me to compete all over the world, from Southeast Asia to Japan to Europe to Brazil and to USA. I ended up training with the very best in the world. 2)  As an athlete, what are the 3 most important things in life (in reference to what you do)? As an athlete I think it is very important to be dedicated 100%, to work hard and to have an open mind. The people I see who succeed in the sport and in life are 100% dedicated. They take a leap of faith based on a burning desire in their hearts regardless of social implications. What Do Vegan Athlete’s Eat? Beet and lentil salad Chia Pudding with Granola 3)  What inspired you to follow a vegan diet? How did it affect your overall performance? I first heard about this lifestyle when I watched a UFC match on television where a fighter named John Fitch started talking about how he used it extremely well in his preparation. He recommended books to read such as “The Skinny Bastard” and “The China Study”. After reading these books I was upset how the meat/dairy industry has been destroying our health, our planet, contributes to poverty and tortures billions of animals a day. All I could think about was my family’s health and how so much other people are suffering... read more

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