Matt is now the Sales Team Manager at Profile and still vegan 20 years later. Similar to what I do, he eats healthy at home, prepares a lot of his own meals but knows it's not always easy to eat healthy away from home. He admitted to relying on peanuts and potato chips from gas stations while traveling with Profile, but added that plant-based and healthy options are way more available today than ever. You just have to look.
In college I studied nutrition to learn more about diet and it turns out that what is good for the animals and the environment is also good for our health. I started eating plant foods because I didn't want to eat animal products but as I got older and learned more I started to think beyond where I was going to ride on the weekend and about my long-term health. Turns out that those who live the longest and have the lowest rates of diseases eat a predominantly plant-based diet.
Plant foods like beans, whole grains, fruits, vegetables, seeds, nuts are good for us not just because of the nutrients they have (of which they have lots!) but due to the phytochemicals they contain. Ever heard of lycopene from tomatoes? Or isoflavones in soybeans? These non-nutritive plant compounds may help prevent heart disease, stroke, type-2 diabetes all the other major killers of Americans. And what we eat now matters for our health when we are old. Not just because of the habits that we make we carry with us, but because these compounds help heal our cells every day.
There are many factors that affect our health; the environment, the risks we take and plain old luck. But we are fortunate that we can control some of these factors and reduce our risk for injury now and disease later. Nutrition and food choices are a powerful tool and most people simply don't know, don't care or don't know enough about food to let it be helpful.