Ron Donatelli talks about his conversion
As a competitive body builder, Ron trained and competed for years on blocks of cheese, drinking raw eggs in a glass, three to five whole chickens and protein-rich meats like chuck steak and canned tuna. Greens were not really seen. That was until a serious car accident, the passing of his 54 year old father to cancer and some other health issues halted his training.
“It started me on a search in my life, physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually. Then I met a group of people that were vegetarians. Something about their lifestyle just looked intriguing to me. And finally I woke up one day and I realized that my health was supposed to be from the inside out, not from the outside in. It didn’t matter if I had a 17 inch arms and a 45 inch chest if my heart was all plugged up and I was a heart attack waiting to happen.” In Ron’s new quest for better health – his doctor suggested he take a look at the Adventist Health Study.
“So I got a hold of this study to find out why they had less cancer, less heart disease, less diabetes and I started reading it and decided that I was going to try this; I was going to become a vegetarian.”
The result? “My strength and endurance went through the roof. I had energy galore, got ripped without dieting and I was healthier than I had ever been in my life. Had I had not experienced this first hand – I would have never believed it – no matter who told me or what I read – it was crazy. So my wife actually joined me. We became vegetarians, then vegans had four kids and raised them that way, too.”
Ron is Silver Hills’ longest full-time employee and believes in sharing the health benefits of vegan nutrition. “I switched from eating up to five chickens to five slices of Silver Hills bread a day. I’m working for a company that has genuine values. You have to be passionate about what you do, and I could not work like this for Kraft dinner. When you’re helping to changing peoples’ lives like I have the privilege to do, its like a second paycheck! and that’s pretty cool.”
Promoting a Vegan lifestyle is one of the six core values we’ve built our company around.
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