“I always had a healthy diet because of my mom. She put me on that path. One of my best memories as a kid was going to the Giant supermarket with her. She would always buy salad from the open salad bar and I’d reach in and try a crouton, some new type of bean, or something. Trying new foods, hanging out with my mom, and having fun together must have built some sort of emotional bond to vegetables for me.
My diet was always very balanced. My friends would even joke with me back then because I’d be the guy at the cookout who would always have the salad on the side with my hamburger. I wouldn’t say I was the healthiest eater, but I was health-conscious long before I decided to go vegetarian."
"When 2011 rolled around, it was my 30th birthday. I was listening to a book by Russell Simmons about eating a plant-based diet. My girlfriend at the time was having a difficult time deciding what to eat so we just decided to start together. We did our research, and then we moved fully into the vegetarian diet together. We had the support of one another which made our decision much easier. That’s the year I became a vegetarian. I haven’t looked back. It almost doesn’t sound real, but I just knew that being a vegetarian would work for me. It was a gut feeling."
I was the only person in my circle of friends who ate that kind of diet so I'd get a lot of questions. I started posting photos of the smoothies and shakes I’d make and people started asking me for recipes. This was back in 2012 when the NutriBullet was just released. Not many people were aware that you could make these types of beverages at home. Looking back, sharing my diet, and love for holistic nutrition was really the genesis of Good Part & Co. years before we opened."
"The biggest question I get now is, “How do you get protein in your diet?” Everybody asks me that. To be honest, there aren’t many people in America who are protein deficient. It’s not something that happens very often. It is true that vegetables or fruits may not seem as fulfilling as a hamburger, burrito, or something like that, but there is still no lack of protein in a well thought out vegetarian diet.
Now that I have been eating plant-based food for so long, it's very easy for me to pick up on when something isn’t working well with my body or mind. That’s what keeps me on track. I don’t like feeling bad too often. I prefer feeling good.
I believe a journey toward self-improvement starts from within, therefore what we eat is of extreme importance. Our products heal and optimize our bodies to achieve all levels of improvement and to live life to the fullest.”