A Plant-based Diet Changed My Life | Pat McAuley | TEDxBabsonCollege

A Plant-based Diet Changed My Life | Pat McAuley | TEDxBabsonCollege

NOTE FROM TED: While some viewers may find the nutrition advice provided in this talk to be helpful, please do not look to this talk for medical advice. We’ve flagged this talk, which was filmed at a TEDx event, because it appears to fall outside TEDx’s content guidelines. This talk contains strong assertions about a specific diet that lack sufficient scientific evidence for general prescription. TEDx events are independently organized by volunteers. The guidelines we give TEDx organizers are described in more detail here: http://storage.ted.com/tedx/manuals/tedx_content_guidelines.pdf

Pat McAuley describes the impact that food has on his life and why he is an advocate of the health and environmental benefits of plant-based living. Pat McAuley is a Boston-based serial entrepreneur, author, speaker, and startup consultant for ethical/plant-based companies. He has started and successfully run companies in the tech space and food and beverage industries and has extensive experience building brands from scratch. After a plant-based diet changed his life, Pat shifted his focus to building and supporting businesses in the plant-based space. He is now an outspoken advocate of the health and environmental benefits of plant-based living. Pat is the host of the popular Eat Green Make Green Podcast and is currently working on opening one of the nation’s first fully plant-based beer halls, Rewild. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx


  1. I liked your first points, the emotional aspect was a stretch for those who basically believe in the circle of life. I’ve had evangelical experiences with vegans and it makes me cringe because many assume everyone grew up getting food from the grocery store when many of us even in urban areas still eat fresh/farmed/hunted food. Yours was purely on the transformation so I did love that. It’s a physical change inside your body and it’s inspiring! I’m trying out plant based and I hope it brings back that sweet empathetic person I was before the pain (of course coupled with therapy and coping skills 🥰)

  2. We’re lied to because it’s all about MONEY to them. MONEY = POWER. Try even looking up the author Allen Carr even with drinking alcohol and smoking cigarettes. It’s propaganda. Alongside the Netflix documentary, “What The Health”

  3. Vegan for 6 years! This man is doing diligence for telling his story & being authentic to himself! Thank you for sharing❤️

  4. The oldest living people on the planet are meat eaters,and the animals that have died from him to eat plants suffered, but he’s still eating.

  5. Can some man tell me how much meals he eats on a plant based diet cause Im eating 3 big meals and cant for the life of me stop myself from losing too much weight ?

  6. If you live long enough you see the people around you getting sick. heart attacks, high blood pressure, stroke, burst colons, gallbladder disease, thyroid, bypass surgery, Diabetes, obesity, The last 10 yeas is the worst.

  7. Is this guy in transition because his voice is higher than most women 🤔. I think the animal protein was interacting with his estrogen shots

  8. We’re lied to because it’s all about MONEY to then. MONEY = POWER. Try even looking up the author Allen Carr even with drinking alcohol and smoking cigarettes. It’s propaganda. Alongside the Netflix documentary, “What The Health”

  9. I can attest to this 100%. I suffer from an early onset of arthritis, allergies and weight issues, 2 weeks into my plant based diet, my energy levels improved & my health issues started disappear as my body begins to respond positively to my new diet

  10. I am now close to three full months of living a pescatarian lifestyle. My diet is based on vegetables, fruits, nuts, seafood, and dairy. I try to cook almost every day and have been intermittent fasting for more than six months.

    The main benefits (of IF and pescatarian lifestyle) I can enlist here are:

    – slowly getting to optimal weight. Went from 98 kg to now 92. I’m 187 cm
    – tons of energy (my workouts are really better as well)
    – qualify of sleep has improved dramatically. I was basically suffering from insomnia and super poor sleep for years. For this one reason alone I strongly encourage ppl to try at least intermittent fasting
    – way lower anxiety and ability to calm myself down.
    – my skin feels cleaner and smoother and my face is not as oily as it used to be.
    – i don’t know if my testosterone levels are higher but I am pretty sure they’re optimal

    Going through an amazing ayahuasca ceremony a while ago helped a lot with these choices and changes too.

    I stopped eating meat only for ethical reasons, rather than the improvements that I’m actually experiencing, which makes all of this even more amazing. My goal is to transition to a vegan lifestyle. I will do that as I learn better recipes and keep my health in check. Living in Albania, means I can enjoy one of the best diets in the world. Albanian cuisine, however, is strongly focused on recipes that include meat, so I need to be as creative as I can in the kitchen.

    My advice to any omnivores out there who are contemplating about this, but are afraid about their health or missing out on “delicious food”: Just go for it, try it out, get creative and do it one step at a time. Once you start seeing the benefits, you will never go back.

  11. Great Experience I had with u Dr Osunmeh
    YouTube Channel. After using your herbal medication as
    prescribed by you, My Herpes Disease became a thing
    of the past. All thanks to u Dr Osunmeh channel. .

  12. Yoga teaches sattvic living which includes plant based diet along with other wellness lifestyle.

  13. Any tips on being vegan and gluten free?? I want to try to change. How do I make sure I’m getting all of my vitamins/minerals and such?

  14. Only vegan about two weeks. Cannot get over the change in myself. Calmer , no more brain fog, way more level energy all day. Happier.

  15. As a pland based diet addicted i can say with no doubt that changing your diet can powerfully change your whole life for better !!! i´m completely another person after changing my eating habits

  16. I remember a teacher that told me once that when we kill an animal, that moment the animal’s body release adrenalin and then we consume it we actually harm ourselves due to this procedure

  17. Oh, the irony……we kill the livestock & it kills us when we eat it. When humankind’s actions are out of equilibrium, (like killing animals for FOOD) our mind & bodies become out of balance; therefore, leading to sickness & disease. The Law of "Cause & Effect" shows that when we are out of balance with ourselves, the earth & all of nature, we will reap what we sow. So, it is with all Universal Laws. It is known by many, that Galactic Laws looks at eating other sentient beings (beings that have a spirit, have feelings & emotions, can feel pain), as unlawful. Now, there is something to think about!!!

  18. Same here, I eliminated foods that made me feel bad and kept and promoted ones I knew made me feel good and bam I am plant based no oil. My joint pane is virtually gone except if I eat large amounts of white flour or sugar. First to go was red meat back in the 80s, I pat myself on the back for that one. Then dairy. excellent choice. then oils by circumstance, then later I experimented with part time plant based eating until that didn’t make sense anymore. Not many people have what it takes to do that.

  19. From the 11 minute mark on he is wrong on so many different levels. He spends the last r minutes virtue signaling and finger-pointing. Oh yeah, and crying.

  20. Well for my experience my body works absolut best, if i eat only redmeat and salt. I don’t have any health issues, an immense musclegain, if i do more physical work, need to sleep way less. Maybe 4-5 hours a day. Need to eat once, maybe twice a day to feel absolutely amazing.
    I tried being wholefood plantbased for several months and it failed my health terriblely. Couldn’t sleep at all, was tired most of the day.
    My conclusion is: my body works best on a pure animalbased diet. Period.

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