Pat McAuley is a Boston-based serial entrepreneur, author, speaker, and startup consultant for ethical/plant-based companies. He has started and successfully run companies in the tech space and food and beverage industries and has extensive experience building brands from scratch. After a plant-based diet changed his life, Pat shifted his focus to building and supporting businesses in the plant-based space. He is the host of the popular Eat Green Make Green Podcast and is currently working on opening Boston's first fully plant-based cafe and beer garden.
In the summer of 2015, broke and defeated after two years of failing at my first startup, I moved out of my Boston apartment and back home to Mom & Dad's. I had poured my life into a dating app company called Hint, and after some initial success we ran out of money. I tried hustling on the side, building other apps for local entrepreneurs, but I couldn't make enough to sustain both my business and living expenses. It was back to my parents' basement.
That summer, with the pressure of rent and food no longer plaguing me (I'm extremely lucky to have such a safety net), I had time to reflect on the previous years from both a business and personal standpoint. I was determined to turn my previous mishaps into learning experiences. Where did I go wrong? What could I have done better? I decided to start reading and experimenting more with diet and exercise, maximizing productivity, improving my relationships, and bettering myself as a whole. I soon found out that one of those (diet!) drastically impacted all the others.
Through trial and error, I learned that eating whole plant foods and avoiding meat, dairy, and processed foods had me feeling invincible. As I gradually made a transition to becoming plant-based, my life started to change. I noticed I had more energy, I slept better, I lost weight, I performed better mentally and physically, I was happier, my allergies, acne, and other bodily issues began to disappear, my relationships improved and so much more. As a result, my productivity and confidence began to soar and positive things started to happen.
At the end of 2015, I sold the majority stake of Hint to a venture capital firm in Singapore. I literally went from living and running Hint in my parents' basement to selling my business to an entity on the other side of the world. I truly believe that adopting a whole food plant-based diet was the catalyst for it all to happen. That’s what made me think clearer, that’s what made me work more efficiently, that’s what made me feel so good, that’s what made me more confident, that’s what made it happen.
A whole food plant-based lifestyle continues to change my life in miraculous ways, and over the past few years I have immersed myself in learning everything and anything about it. I'm now aware that eating this way not only improves my appearance and abilities, but it also can prevent and reverse all the diseases that plague us today (including heart disease, diabetes, & cancer!) and save the planet at the same time (meat & dairy production is the single largest contributor to global warming on earth)!
Equipped with my new knowledge, I can't help but wonder, why didn't I know about this before? Why didn't a doctor, coach, or parent tell me about it? Why did I have to find out on my own? Why isn't the healing power of eating plants and the harms of eating meat and dairy common knowledge? Why are we all so poorly educated about food?
I'm sick of seeing friends and family struggle with weight and health issues. I'm sick of seeing my loved ones taking medications for problems that are caused by what they're eating and are easily preventable. I'm sick of seeing people of all ages work their asses off in the gym only to see little results, because the problem is, in fact, their diet.
I feel a deep responsibility to tell my story and educate people about the importance of what they eat, in hopes that I can make a difference in their lives. My goal and the purpose of Eat Green Make Green is to inform all of you, so that with your new knowledge, you can make a positive change in your life, your friends’ lives, your children’s lives, and the many others around you. A change that will allow you all to become better versions of yourselves and succeed at whatever it is you strive toward.
Eat Green Make Green.