Name: Eric Therkilsen
Current city: Saint Michael, MN
Occupation: Quality Supervisor
What inspired you to switch to a plant-based diet?
My love for animals, the love of my body/mind, and the need to be sexy and desirable to my wife! Falsely justifying my decisions to eat what I was eating was no longer an option. I needed to be accountable for my choices and lifestyle.
What's one piece of advice you would offer someone who is interested in transitioning to a plant-based diet?
Do your research, stay disciplined, and remember the bigger picture. Give it time to benefit your body and soul and eventually you’ll shine.
Did you notice any changes (mentally or physically) when you switched to plant-based?
Absolutely! Right away, my face began to clear up of acne. After a couple months, my spells of depression became less and less and not as dark or extended. That has been the most amazing benefit.
One more biggie; the Cajun Jerky from Herbivorous Butcher combats my headaches. When I feel one coming one I eat a strip and my headaches rarely worsen, often times improving or flat going away. No joke!
Are you a member of any vegan-related organizations?
One Green Planet and HFA (An organization that fights factory farming)
What do you do to stay physically active?
go to Anytime Fitness 4-5 times per week, balancing cardio (elliptical, jogging) with weights and core. I also like to run 5K’s, but only if they are sponsored by a brewery!
Is there a book or film you'd like to encourage people to check out regarding veganism?
I recommend the magazine VegNews, or any of the following blogs: The Vegan 8, Thug Kitchen, Oh She Glows, or the Minimalist Baker. They're all good and inspirational sources.
Favorite restaurant: Pizza Luce
Favorite place to buy groceries: Whole Foods, combined with the Herbivorous Butcher.
Tell us one thing on your bucket list.
I don't really have a bucket list, but I would love to be paid to work for a non-profit, or have enough money to volunteer full-time. There is no greater high or reward than helping people and animals!