Daniel Caracciolo

I was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes and declined life insurance at 37 years old.

DATE OF
BIRTH

17 Aug 1980

YOUR
HEIGHT

5,9”

WEIGHT
BEFORE

350lbs

CURRENT
WEIGHT

195lbs

BECAME
PLANT-BASED

2018

DATE OF
BIRTH

17 Aug 1980

YOUR
HEIGHT

5,9”

WEIGHT
BEFORE

350lbs

CURRENT
WEIGHT

195lbs

BECAME
PLANT-BASED

2018

WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO GO PLANT-BASED?

Watching a TedX video Dr. Neal Barnard made shortly after I was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes and declined life insurance at 37 years old.

WHAT HEALTH BENEFITS HAVE YOU EXPERIENCED SINCE GOING PLANT-BASED?

Lost 155 pounds. Reversed Type 2. Reversed sleep apnea. Cardiologist says I’m in the minority now for heart disease.

DO YOU HAVE A PARTICULAR APPROACH TO PLANT-BASED EATING, I.E. LOW-FAT, HIGH-CARB, KETO, ETC.?

I eat whole foods and very little processed foods. I simply eat and do not track macronutrients.

Where do you get
your protein?

DO YOU COUNT CALORIES, AND IF SO, HOW MANY DO YOU CONSUME ON A DAILY BASIS?

No

Do you adhere to a particular macro nutrient split?

No

Give an example of a typical day’s eating?

  • Breakfast: Oatmeal with nut butter, seeds and various fruit. Coffee with oatmilk.
  • Lunch: Smashed chickpea avocado salad with tomato, sprouts, red onion on Ezekiel bread. Maybe a small lentil soup.
  • Dinner: Roasted sweet potato with quinoa, black beans, and roasted brussel sprouts.

What supplements do you use?

None

In your opinion, what are the key differences between achieving one’s ideal physique with plant-based eating comparative to an omnivorous diet?

No inflammation and amazing recovery from workouts.

What are your favourite beverages?

Water, coconut water, coffee, tea, kombucha, and oatmilk.

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Success

How would you recommend someone considering a plant-based diet starts out?

One meal at a time. You don’t have to be extreme, just consistent.

What exercise or sporting activities do you engage in?

Currently, I train with an ex CrossFit games competitor in her gym local to me. It’s HIIT based and we row a lot.

Do you follow a particular body part training split in the gym or at home?

No. Focus on whole body HIIT.

What does a typical workout comprise of?

Various Olympic weightlifting gym movements and rowing a lot on the concept2 rowing machines.

What’s your favourite post-workout meal?

I only workout completely fasted, so my oatmeal bowl is typically my favorite since I eat it afterwards.

No Gym,
No Problem!

What’s your advice to someone leading a sedentary lifestyle who wants to get fit and what motivational tools do you rely on to remain dedicated to exercising?

For me, a class setting really was the catalyst in my regime. Show up. Workout hard. Rinse. Repeat. I like not being able to think about the workouts right now. It used to be the reason why I never went to the gym. I didn’t know what to really do! Now I just listen. Eventually I will branch out on my own.

Have you used a personal trainer, coach or dietician that you would recommend to others?

Orangetheory Fitness is where I started. It saved my life and made me a fitness person. My personal goals changed so I left, but I highly recommend it to anyone not sure where to start.

How has your plant-based lifestyle influenced others?

I have definitely influenced others to adopt this lifestyle and begin their journey. It is very encouraging and I love to motivate people.