10 Mind-Blowing Vegan Transformations

One-of-a-kind stories of lives transformed on a vegan diet
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It's no
secret that going vegan can have a massive impact on those who choose to do so.

Stories of
major vegan transformations are as abundant as they are diverse.

For some,
veganism brings physical change - including weight loss, bettered health, and
improved athletic performance.

For others,
the transformation goes well beyond the physical.

Featured in
this PBN exclusive are ten amazing stories of people who have changed their
bodies, and who've changed their lives - from the inside out. 

10. Nina
and Randa Nelson

Nina and Randa Nelson

Twins Nina
and Randa Nelson
share a similar, and unique transformation story.

Despite
being vegan since birth - the pair experienced significant emotional and
physical change driven by their plant-based diet, after developing sever cystic
acne which derailed their careers as well as their personal lives.

While
doctors recommended medication, the Nelsons turned instead to their lifestyle
for a solution.

Following
the advice of acclaimed plant-based physician John McDougall - who also gave
life-saving advice to their mother years before - they decided to switch to a
low fat, oil free plant-based diet to heal their skin.

Finding
great success through a change in diet, not only did they regain their confidence
and happiness - but they released a book aimed at helping others to do the
same.

9. Josh
LaJaunie

Josh LaJaunie

(Photos: Facebook)

An equally remarkable transformation is that of Josh LaJaunie.

From
Lousiana - an area notorious for its super rich, animal-product laden foods - LaJaunie
found himself in 2009 weighing in at 400 pounds as a result of a junk food diet and
sedentary lifestyle.

Confronted with
his weight and upcoming college graduation, LaJaunie decided it was time to
make change - and completely transformed his lifestyle.

He switched
to a plant-based diet, became a runner, and lost a whopping 230 pounds in just
a few years.

Seeing the
risk diet-related ailments posed to others - LaJaunie then went on to start a
Facebook support group which has empowered countless other obesity sufferers to join him.

Since then,
not only has he appeared on The Today Show and the cover of Runner's World
magazine - but the ex-hunter has found a place in his heart for animals. 

8. Will.I.Am

Will.I.Am

(Image: Instgram)

Hip hop
superstar, musician, actor, and newly-initiated VGANG member Will.I.Am has had
a transformation difficult to miss.

The Black
Eyed Peas member made headlines early this year when he took to social media
with a rapid-fire promotion of veganism that hasn't stopped since.

Now he says
he’s lost weight, improved his health, and lowered his blood pressure and
cholesterol, all on a plant-based diet - but his transformation goes beyond
health and his body.

Now calling
himself a 'militant vegan', Will.I.Am has become an outspoken advocate for
animals, veganism, and the environment. 

7. Bianca
Taylor

Bianca Taylor

(Photos: Instagram)

Instagram
star, animal advocate, and fitness guru Bianca Taylor has also experienced major
change on a vegan diet.

During her
body-building career, Taylor found herself eating chicken multiple times a day
and started to question the effects of her diet on the world around her - which
ultimately led her to a vegan lifestyle.

Before
long, she'd healed her relationship with food, transformed into an outspoken animal
rights advocate, and a became explosively popular on social media - giving her
a voice she now uses for environmental and animal advocacy.

6. Fiona
Oakes

Fiona Oakes

(Photos: Instagram)

Fiona
Oakes,
another amazing woman in fitness, has a transformation story not easily
forgotten.

While she
has been vegan since childhood, she's experienced extraordinary growth, given
her life to others, and overcome unthinkable obstacles - all on a plant-based
diet.

Having
developed major health issues as a child, multiple surgeries led to the loss of a kneecap for Oakes when she was just 17.

Doctors said
she would never be able to walk properly again and nearly declared her disabled.

Refusing to
accept the prognosis, not only did she walk, but she went on to become an all-star
athlete.

Now, Oakes
holds a number of records in extreme endurance races, and is a two-time finisher
of Marathon des Sables - an ultramarathon which takes place in the Sahara Desert.

On top of
all of this, she owns an animal sanctuary, where she works tirelessly every day
to help the 400 animals in her care - while still finding time to train and
promote the vegan message.

5. Hannah
Howlett

Hannah Howlett

(Image: Facebook)

In spot number
five is a person nearly impossible to miss in the vegan YouTube scene - Hannah
Howlett, of explosively popular YouTube channel High Carb Hannah.

Perhaps the
most obvious aspect of Howlett's transformation is the 70-pound weight loss she experienced
on a whole foods plant-based diet - but she too has changed in more ways than
one.

The social
media maven has released a series of ebooks, switched to a sustainable off-grid
lifestyle with her husband Derek, and worked to heal her relationship with her
body and food on a whole foods plant-based diet - all the while inspiring
others to do the same.

4. Derek
Simnett

Derek Simnett

(Photo: Instagram)

Filling
spot number four is a prime example for fitness-inspired vegans everywhere -
YouTuber Derek Simnett of Simnett Nutrition.

Simnett has
been able to build serious muscle on a vegan diet - and his story is a
particularly unique one.

As a certified
nutritional practitioner who was promoting plant-based eating, he was criticized in the
early stages of his work for the lean physique he'd acquired as a cardio
focused athlete.

Noticing a
trend in the commentary, Simnett opted to switch up his vegan diet and training
regime to overcome objections and show that building muscle on a plant-based
diet is possible.

In just two
short years he transformed from a super-lean cardio athlete, to the ultra-muscular strength trainer that can be seen promoting the benefits on a vegan
lifestyle today. 

3. Chef AJ

Chef AJ

(Image: Facebook)

One of the
most tremendous stories of overcoming obstacles on this list is that of Chef
AJ.

Having
struggled with emotional eating, obesity, and eating disorders for over 50 years
- despite being vegan for the better part of her life - she became depressed
and eventually attempted suicide.

During
these trying years, the professional chef experimented with weight loss
medication, binge eating, smoking, and over-exercising - all in a bid to regain
control of her body and mind.

Nothing
worked - until Chef AJ made the transition to Dr. MacDougall’s whole-food
plant-based diet, and found her life totally transformed

Having
regained control of her body and mind, she has since gone on to inspire
countless others to do the same.

2. Rich
Roll 

Rich Roll

(Photo: Facebook)

Rich Roll
is a vegan with a transformation so remarkable, and is such an extraordinary
athlete, that his story has appeared in both vegan and mainstream media.

Named the
World’s Fittest Vegan by Men's Health Magazine earlier this year, Roll became
an author, podcast host, and ultra-endurance athlete, all on a plant-based
diet.

A recovered
alcoholic, Roll hit his rock bottom in his thirties with the dissolution of a
relationship that sparked an emotional decline.

While this did
force him to check himself into rehab and quit drinking, his next nine years
were not exactly the picture of happiness.

Addicted to
food and working himself into the ground as an entertainment attorney, Roll
found himself unhappy and overweight by the time he hit 40.

So, he
threw himself into a healthy vegan lifestyle - and became a massively successful athlete as a
result of the health, energy, and zest for life he gained on a plant-based
diet.

1. Joey
Carbstrong 

Joey Carbstrong

(Photo: Facebook)

In spot
number one is passionate ethical vegan, animal advocate, and friend to many -
Joey Carbstrong.

This
Australian activist has experienced tremendous growth in and out of the public
eye, despite the many hurdles he's encountered in life.

A former drug
addict and violent gang member, Carbstrong spent six months in prison as a
result of his lifestyle and choices - but came out determined to change.

When he was
released on parole and newly sober, he had a major ethical breakthrough that
led him to go vegan, and altered the course of his life forever.

Coming out
of the gate, Carbstrong's radical activism and controversial approach brought
criticism - but as the years passed, his approach evolved.

He's since become
an advocate who has not only grown more articulate, peaceful, and effective
with time - but who hasn't quit despite attempts of mainstream to cast him in a
negative light.

Carbstrong
is now a mentor for other activists, an accomplished public speaker, and a
tireless advocate for animals, who sparks change in the hearts of many.