About Robert

Robert Paugh
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I’m Robert Paugh, a retired university professor. I taught at the university level for 35 years until officially retiring in 2006.

In my later years at the university, diet and exercise became very important parts of my life. After retirement, I continued to study as much as I could about the plant-strong, vegan lifestyle.

I now follow a whole food, plant-based lifestyle. I am interested in helping others who want to get healthy by following a plant-based lifestyle. If you are interested in making the transition to a plant-based diet and to living a healthier life, I can help you. Come on, let’s get healthy!

My background

I became interested in health while working as an associate professor at The University of Central Florida. I watched my co-workers, staff and even students struggling to stay healthy in the university environment.

I was overweight, and I had poor nutritional habits, and rarely got any exercise.  In 2010, I decided to make some changes in my life. I was suffering from an array of health problems – problems that could be solved by taking better care of myself.

This meant I had to eat better and start exercising.  So, that’s what I did! On the path to living a healthier lifestyle, I started running. It ended up becoming a true passion of mine. I even participated in multiple 5K and 10K races, including six marathons.

I became committed and learned all I could about nutrition and health. This is when I found the vegan lifestyle. I realized it was something that could help me to live better and healthier, which is what I wanted for myself.

In 2010, I studied as much as I could about the plant-strong, vegan lifestyle. I attained my Plant-Based Nutrition Certificate from eCornell and T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies in July 2016.  The certificate addressed many of the questions I had about health and nutrition. I learned the key to living a healthy life without medication involves eating better and getting exercise regularly.

Since then, I’ve decided to continue my healthy lifestyle, and I’m convinced that turning to the plant-based lifestyle has helped me live longer.

Current state of our health

Today, we have higher rates of obesity, cancer, Alzheimer’s, type 2 diabetes, and chronic illness than any other population that’s ever lived on this planet. (It really is that bad.)

But instead of being trained in how to keep us healthy, our doctors are ONLY taught how to treat symptoms with drugs and surgery. The truth is, less than a third of the medical schools in the United States require a SINGLE course in nutrition.

Meanwhile, our diets are getting worse and worse, and more people are getting sick and dying—needlessly! Most of the people who think they’re eating all the “right foods” are dangerously misled by pseudo-scientific fads and industry-fueled propaganda.

But the truth is, you can beat disease and step into great health, starting with the food on your plate!

It’s time to eat like your health depends on it, because it does!

Why live a plant-based lifestyle

It is my goal to share knowledge with others who may be looking for the answers like I was. In this blog, I share what I’ve learned about the plant-based lifestyle. I want to provide you with the information needed to stay healthy and to stay away from doctors. The information is current and accurate, with the intent to provide issue-solving content, so you make the right choices for you and for your health.

Real-life examples are provided to ensure you truly understand what a plant-based lifestyle is like. Another one of my intents is to get YOU to understand that you – and you alone – are responsible for your health, and changing how you eat, drink and live is essential to a healthy life. Even seemingly insignificant lifestyle changes can make a world of difference to how you feel.

This blog is here to provide you with jargon-free, easy-to-understand information about health, nutrition, and how you can transition to a plant-based lifestyle.

Moving forward

We are so busy living our lives that we fail to take notice of the most important things in life – like family and friends. We go on living our everyday lives until we are forced to make a change.  Someday, you will get a wakeup call, like I did, which may require you to make a lifestyle change.  But why wait until then? Start now while you can!

Nutrition plays an important role in understanding plant-based diets. What is good nutrition? There’s a lot of truth in the adage, “You are what you eat.” Good nutrition means getting the right amount of nutrients from healthy foods and in the right combinations. Nutrition is the building block of life.

It never too late to begin making a transition to a plant-based lifestyle. Take a look at one of my favorite posts, Is The American Diet Killing You? to see the real state of affairs in nutrition.

It is always interesting to read the stories of others who decided to participate in the plant-based lifestyle.  Another favorite post is Personal Stories of a Better-Life through Real Food. In this article, several individuals describe their transition to a healthy life through diet and nutrition.

Anytime we think of healthy eating, the concept of GMOs comes into the discussion.  GMOs are everywhere, and now even more so! This sounds like a strong statement, but it is true: GMOs are wherever groceries are sold. Many processed foods contain GMOs, in the ingredients as well as the produce that is directly genetically modified. The chance of you entering a grocery store to find no GMO products is pretty low. Take a look at this post Stay Healthy by Avoiding GMOs and read what is going on with GMOs and regulations.