Name: Patrick Goebel
Year of Birth: 9-11-1987
Birthplace: Cleveland, OH
Current Residence: Fort Lauderdale, FL
Tell us a little about yourself, what you do for a living, what hobbies / interests / passions you have.
I am currently in graduate school for Marine Biology at Nova Southeastern University. I have always dreamed about becoming a shark biologist and earning a masters degree is just one step closer to the ultimate goal. I also have my own personal training company as well.
When I am not studying or tagging sharks you can find me doing some kind of outdoor activity. I love the ocean and spend a lot of my time beneath it or around it. A new hobby of mine is paddle boarding. I get to exercise and be on the water at the same time. I always bring a mask and snorkel when I ever go out.
Why did you become vegan?
During my sophomore year of high school I went through an experience that I will never forget. After an emergency flight home from Florida to Cleveland Clinic in Ohio, I was in and out of the hospital for weeks at a time. Each time I was admitted, I was sent a home a week later because the doctors could not identify the problem. After several painful months and one surgery to remove 12 inches of my intestines, I was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease. For the next 6 years of my life I found myself taking numerous pills a day, while still feeling the effects of this disease. After doing research and support from my family, I knew I had to make a change. My lifestyle change was an organic plant based diet. I stopped polluting my body with processed foods and dairy. These changes have allowed me to be pill free and the healthiest I have ever been.
When and why did you become interested in fitness?
I have always been interested in fitness. As a division one college athlete fitness has been part of my life ever since I can remember. Hockey is a very demanding sport where fitness is crucial to the success of the athlete.
My knowledge and experience of fitness lead me to start my own personal training company. I started Live Longer Fitness when I moved to Fort Lauderdale for school. With my previous knowledge on lifting and working out combined with my new knowledge of food, I can educate people on the benefits a truly healthy life.
How would you describe your nutrition program?
I have a very strict diet due to Crohns disease. I have avoided nuts and seeds since my diagnoses. However, I have started to incorporate some nuts and seed back into my diet. I eat and eat and eat. I have a very high metabolism and eat as much as I can. Grains are legumes are the base of my diet. I eat them with almost every meal. I will eat a big salad with lunch and dinner and try to incorporate green vegetables with every meal. I try to stay away from soy as much as possible because of GMO’s. I will have two Vega Sport protein shakes a day, one after workout and one before bed.
How would you describe your training program?
My training program is seven days a week. I will perform a full body circuit on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. During the course of the year I will change the set and reps but will keep the same tempo. On Wednesday and Saturday, I will perform some type of cardio along with yoga. Sundays usually consist of some sort of out door activity or workout. If I don’t have an outdoor activity planned for the day, I will go to the local park and develop a short body weight workout.
What are some common misconceptions about veganism?
I think the biggest misconception about veganism is the lack of protein in the diet. I get asked on a daily basis if I get enough protein. We have been brain washed for so long, everyone thinks you need animal products to get protein. This is when I go into all the different source of protein that many individuals have never heard about. There is protein in leafy green, lentils, grains, vegetables and etc. They are amazed from all the different sources of protein.
What advice do you have for people who are just starting out with veganism or training?
This process is challenging at first. You are not going on a diet you are changing your lifestyle. Do your research and develop a plan. Everyone is different; some people are better off slowly incorporating a vegan diet while others are able to go cold turkey.
There are numerous cookbooks and websites that will help you along the way, use them. A cookbook is an essential piece in a vegan diet. You will be using new ingredients and products that you have never used before.
Do you have any other thoughts you’d like to share?
Changing my diet has completely changed my life.