My Story

Chris Swirski struggled with weight fluctuations for over 20 years. He was a “junk food vegetarian” fueled by an unhealthy diet of processed foods, caffeine and alcohol. With a full time desk job, increasing stress and depression in tow, he continued on a dark path until the age of 38, when he was diagnosed with obesity and a host of other health issues (including high blood pressure, high cholesterol, fatigue and inflammation). Doctors only provided test results, gave no real advice and were quick to prescribe drugs for almost anything. Chris had a sinking feeling that this was only contributing to his problems. After finally having enough, he decided to abandon conventional medicine altogether and began to research holistic therapies and nutrition on his own terms.

In January 2014, Chris became his own “test subject” while embarking on a 6 month experiment which would prove to transform his life completely. With a powerful combination of juice fasting, digestive detox and plant-based nutrition, his ailments were completely reversed. He shed 70+ pounds, shrinking down to the true frame beneath. Now filled with the energy, stamina and motivation which had previously evaded him, he added running, cycling and swimming to his weekly regimen.

Empowered with this new lease on life, Chris is on a passionate mission to help awaken others by sharing his knowledge on mental health, body detox and nutrition. “Dieting is bullshit!”, Chris says; “There is a dichotomy to living a healthy lifestyle. On one hand, the natural healing powers in whole plants create a condition in the body where immunity can thrive; but on the other, it can have no lasting effect unless the obstacle of the brain is dealt with first”. The takeaway: “We need to detox the mind before we can detox the body.”

Chris is a team blogger for Vega, a contributing writer for The Good Men Project and an outspoken animal rights advocate. Currently, he is working on writing his first book “Beeting the Odds: A rEvolution in Your Mind”.

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21 Comments

  1. Very nice website, I love juicing, and also got into it from seeing Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead a couple years ago. I am always looking for new juicing recipes (love golden beets too) and am excited to try some of yours. Congrats to you and your wonderful lifestyle change!

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  2. It’s inspiring to read other person’s weight loss. I have only 20 lbs to lose, high blood pressure to control, as well as high cholesterol and depression plus a severe sugar/carbs addiction. I would like to get rid of the medications. I lost 10 lbs on a partial one week juice reboot and felt great. Since then traveling with poor food choices has caused me to gain back 4 lbs. Getting ready to do another reboot aiming for two weeks. Unfortunately there is a wedding to attend in the middle of those two weeks. I do have one question: After you lost all that weight, what did you do about the excess skin?

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    1. thanks…awesome, sounds like your doing well. Don’t punish yourself too much over the 4 pounds, just shrug it off and resume your reboot as normal. Make an effort to do the wedding in “moderation” as well. Don’t think of big events and such as excuses to go too far off track either…its those types of things that will encourage one to eventually give up and go back to what they were doing. I treat birthdays, holidays, whatever…all the same. If I cant have juice, I will eat a very well proportioned plant-based meal, especially if on a reboot. As far as my story goes, I’ve done the juicing fasts, veganism, etc all over the course of this year…so the weight loss is still very fresh. That said, i still have excess skin which has not tightened up yet. They say at my age, it may even take up to 2 years for it to adapt to my new frame naturally. I have also been working out a bit more (planks, crunches, dumbell presses, etc) to try and also build more muscle, since i probably lost muscle mass on the fasts as well. The building of new muscle tissue will also help promote the “fitting” into the excess skin…i hope. I guess time will tell. I plan on being very patient and continuing to take it one day at a time.

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      1. Remember m7scle mas has luttle to do with what you eat but everything to do with what you eat.
        Fat Mass has everything with what you eat.
        Become a vegan and you will never have to “diet”.
        Great journey to you. I’ m a vegan almost 40 yeats no meds, no supplements, no dieting but optimal weight.
        Happiness

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  3. Didn’t occur to me that muscle mass would help the excess skin to fill in. Makes sense. I’ve started on a program to strengthen my core muscles so hoping that will take care of issue, however, I’m much older than you, of course, 72 yrs this month.

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    1. yeah, it helps but it won’t be the main solution. Most of it will happen over time. Especially, if (like in my case) you’ve lost a great deal of weight in a short time. Other factors are age and the elasticity of the skin. Be patient and keep up the good work!

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  4. Wow, this is incredible I must say! I live in CT and have had a rough go of it the past almost 9 and a half years since I moved here to CT from Mass. I had suffered from genetically caused kidney failure, did dialysis and was so lucky to have a kidney transplant just over 5 years ago. I did have to get both hips replaced due to the complications related to my kidney failure and then transplant and meds related to that. While I can’t get rid of all the medications in my life due to they are meant to reduce my odds of long term rejection, I have unfortunately seen my weight go up and down (more up) over the past 10 years largely in part to this and also periods of depression as well. I have determined that I am really need to make changes to my life. I have recently just discovered Vega One and just purchased my first (small) container a few days ago after some research and am starting with small, sustainable changes to grow upon moving forward and will be looking to change my exercising and work to shed my weight and increase my overall wellbeing to not only improve my long term health but also help to keep my kidney healthy, too. I had be poking around on the Vega Facebook page and noticed a lot of postings by you and read your story here and am truly in awe of all you have done and it does inspire me more to make changes to my life.I am currently between 218-220 pounds and felt truly healthy when I was around 180-185 pounds and my long term goal is to focus on living healthy and getting down to that weight once again and find ways to maintain this. Thanks for sharing your story and positivity for life!

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    1. Great, Nick, keep it up! Change is not as hard as we have built it up in our minds. Small steps are good. Tackle one bad habit at a time and before you know it, you will have flopped your entire way of thinking and doing. In my personal journey, I’ve found my changes to be much less about exercise (although I do keep up a steady routine of cardio everyday). It’s all really in the lifestyle of the manner in which we eat, drink and expel waste. When we eat clean and detoxify the body as much as possible, our entire internal make up functions in an amazing way. The fuel we put into our body is key in maintaining a well functioning body. My best advice to anyone in your position (I was there at 210 lbs only 1 1/2 years ago) is to not be afraid of trying things which way seem weird or odd to most. Juicing completely aided in the reversal of my bad eating habits. And hydro-colon therapy was also a large factor in loosening up and ridding old sickness from my body; once cleaned out I changed my eating to a whole food, plant based lifestyle which maintains the cleanliness and optimal functioning of my organs. This is how I made the change permanent. Never mistake any real change for a temporary “fad diet”. True change comes first in the mind and the body follows.

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  5. I am struck by your ideas of the revolution of your mind. Sometimes I feel like I am preprogrammed for self-destruction. Last night I was at a small get-together with coworkers. I mingled but ultimately felt alone in this bubble of self-depreciation. I really felt like everyone around me was more than me, more beautiful, smart, funny, thin etc. Is this my ego? I have felt this way before when I was in my 20’s but looking back at pictures of those days I realize I was lovely and wasted time in these thoughts and feelings. How to free our minds and love ourselves so that we make the best decisions for ourselves? Love is the answer. Thanks for sharing your story here. It’s a good one.

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    1. Thanks Pamela! You are 100% correct. And these are the first signs of your awakening. The simple fact is that the majority of people on this earth ARE programmed (whether they know/admit it or not). From birth we’re told what to say, believe, learn, watch, eat, etc…we just accept that “THIS” is how things really are. “I need to fit in”. So, we have everybody else doing and thinking exactly the same things. Around that we build up all of our perceptions of life. We begin comparing ourselves to everyone around us, in an effort to make sure we still fit in. But once we get over the insecurities of needing to fit in OR the fears around being alone…thats when the good stuff begins to happen inside of us.

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