|Vegan Assassin, Alex Cuevas|
Alex Cuevas is a buff vegan, but it hasn't always been that way. Vegetarian for 24 years, vegan for the last 14, he met a guy named Nature at a raw vegan potluck in New York City in late 2009. It was then he heard the words that would change his physique and his life. "Never underestimate the power of greens," said Nature, a raw vegan with an imposing, rock solid musculature, all the while chewing on a celery stick.
Cuevas observed the muscle man with awe. At the time, despite working out like a madman, Cuevas still hung steady at a squishy 205 pounds. He slammed Red Bulls before hitting the gym and slugged down protein powders and scientifically engineered supplements by the gullet full. And here was this behemoth body builder who swore he didn't touch creatine or any other laboratory concoctions, extolling the virtues of sprouted almonds and chewing on an unadulterated piece of celery. "I couldn't believe it, no peanut butter, no anything. But I thought to myself, 'I can't just dismiss this guy, because he's strong and muscular.'"
Cuevas had always been invested in the ecological and ethical advantages of veganism. But this chance encounter with Nature was the push he needed to explore the world of super foods and shed the chemicals he'd been relying on for energy and muscle building.
"I started eating a lot of greens. I switched from all the tortillas and beans I had been eating," he says. "I would come home and eat all this crap and wouldn't be able to stop. [As I started researching], I realized it was because I wasn't getting the right nutrients."More »