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Interview with a Nutritarian: Peter Max

Posted Jan 25 2013 8:00am

“I’m positive and optimistic. It’s all about brightness. We are living in a euphoric world all we need to do is see it. I paint that.” ~Peter Max

This week I had the pleasure of interviewing the world-renowned artist, pop culture icon and enthusiastic nutritarian, Peter Max. Famous for his artwork since the 1960s, he is known for his use of patriotic American icons and symbols in his artwork. Max has painted for six U.S. Presidents and he has been the official artist at major events such as the Grammy Awards, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Super Bowl, just to name a few. In addition to his artistic pursuits, he is a fervent defender of environmental causes as well as human and animal rights. Max is the epitome of a passionate individual and it is evident that he exudes just as much enthusiasm for health and wellness as he does towards his artwork.

Were you always interested in nutrition and wellness?

My interest in nutrition and the “we are what we eat” mindset kicked into high gear in the 1960s when I met Swami Satchidananda in Paris in the 1960s.  It was this one encounter that changed my diet forever and I became a vegetarian immediately afterwards.  He really captivated a group of us and each one of us stopped doing drugs and took an interest in yoga, self-awareness and how what we eat influences our well-being and long-term health.  I didn’t learn about Dr. Fuhrman until a decade ago, but once I read Eat To Live I was hooked and haven’t looked back since.  I went from being just a vegetarian to a committed nutritarian.  I have to say that Dr. Fuhrman has been one of the biggest guiding lights in my life and I recommend his books to everyone I meet.  That is how much I believe in the power of his nutritional program. 

What is your diet like now?

Each day I drink a green smoothie and I make sure to eat large salads, beans, berries, nuts and seeds.  There is a big difference between being a vegetarian and being a nutritarian.  I haven’t eaten processed foods for years and eat grains rarely now. Seeking to optimize the nutrient per calorie ratio of the foods we eat makes so much sense and it has become my way of life.   

How do you feel now that you’ve been a nutritarian for a decade?

I can honestly say that I have never felt better in my entire life.  I feel 25-30 years younger and have enough energy to work all day as an artist and travel without limitations. I do pushups every morning and walk up the steps instead of taking the elevator. The nutritarian diet makes me feel light and never weighed down. 

In a nutshell, what has nutritarian eating done for you?

I love that as I am getting older, I don’t have to worry about health problems that may have otherwise left me incapacitated and unable to pursue my artwork.  Being a working artist is important to me and gives me such joy. I’m grateful that I feel as healthy as I do and am able to continue doing what I love. There is nothing better than the gift of health because without it we can’t enjoy life to the fullest and participate in the activities that give meaning to our lives.  Thank you, Dr. Fuhrman! I really cannot express how thankful I am to know you and see how much you are helping people take control of their own health.

And thank you, Peter! It was an honor to interview someone who not only contributes beautiful artwork to the world, but has a kind heart to go along with it.  What a fantastic role model to look up to.  We wish you continued success with your artwork and only the best of health in the days to come.

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