Jim Morris is an American former bodybuilder who has had an amazing career well into his elder years. He began competing in 1966 at age 31 and became Mr. New York City and one year later he won his first national title as Mr. East Coast.
He then went on to win more and more titles on both the East and West Coasts. In 1972 he came up 3rd in Mister America and won Best Arms, Best Back and Best Abdominals. The same year however he won Mr. USA and in 1973 he won the title of Mister America by the largest winning point margin to date. This record still stands to this day and he won it at age 37, making him also the oldest winner.
In 1996, at age 61 he won the Over 60 Mr. Olympia masters which was also his last competition. The thing is that Jim Morris turned vegetarian in 1985 and in 2000 he became completely vegan. This however hasn’t made him any weaker and now, well in his 70’s, he still has a body that most 20 year olds envy.
He explained in a later interview that making this life choice actually saved his life, but because he was to eager to win in competitions during his younger years, he continued to eating meat and other animal products.
“It was only after I retired from competition in 1985 that I started considering my health and eliminated what I had over the years identified as the cause of my digestive, respiratory and joint problems, namely all animal sources,(beef, fowl, dairy, pork and fish). I continued having fish on rare occasions as my “treat”.
At age 64, right before turning vegan, Jim Morris developed a medical condition that made him make the final leap into renouncing meat completely.
“In 1999 because of a nerve condition I consulted a cardiologist, neurologist, rheumatologist, hand specialist, acupuncturist, chiropractor and two pain specialists from Cedars-Sinai in Los Angeles. Had a brain scan, an MRI of my neck, another of my entire spine, had an unnecessary carpal tunnel operation, suffered Vertigo from interaction of medications prescribed by several of the above and continued to have the problem. A friend got me in to see the Chief of Neurology at the Norton Hospital in the USC Medical Center who advised me to try to endure the pain and the problem may clear up on its own. Which it did. The horrific nightmare of an experience so terrified me that I determined to do everything in my power to never again fall into the clutches of the Pharmedical Industry. I stopped eating fish and all processed and refined products.”
As a professional vegan bodybuilder for more than 30 years, Jim Morris offers us some inspirational life lessons: “Health and well being are a way of life. Not a certain diet or set of exercises or any other single area, but a combination of all the aspects of your life. Accept full responsibility for yourself, your health and your choices. The western civilization culture is anti health in that it is designed to produce profit not health. Read up on epigenetics. You control more of the genes which differentiate you from other humans than you realize. You are your own creator and creation.”