MotherJones has a fantastic article about the famous vegan bodybuilder Kenneth Williams. Here’s an excerpt:

it was at 3 a.m. five years ago that, while fixing a middle-of-the-night meal, Williams “had the awakening.” “I had two pieces of fried chicken, rice, and salad,” he recalls. For some reason, he couldn’t stop glaring at the chicken. “I was thinking about all the killing and the destruction going on in the world. And I looked down at that chicken and said, ‘I’m eating death, and I don’t even know why.'” He scraped the meat off his plate and went back to sleep a changed man.

He had never heard the word “vegan” before. All he knew was, “The spirit told me, ‘Nothing from an animal. You don’t eat nothing from an animal until you find out what’s going on.'” He entered the 2004 Natural Olympia to prove a point to his meat-loving gym buddies, “not knowing,” as he puts it, “that the stardom was just around the corner.”

It’s a great read, so check it out.