Gloria Steinem summed up one of the challenges of life very well when she said, "The first problem for all of us, men and women, is not to learn, but to unlearn." This is particularly true of our knowledge of food and diet.
"Walk into any gym... and ask someone lifting weights if he or she has heard of all the benefits of a plant-based diet. Odds are, you’ll get a confused stare in return, or perhaps a “What’s that?”. In the fitness industry today plant-based nutrition is seldom the first thing that comes to most people’s minds when they think of proper sports nutrition, despite the mounting evidence illustrating that a vegan diet fuels performance, enhances recovery, and prevents/reverses many chronic diseases. More often than not, the gym rat and the athlete alike will assume that a perfect meal for pushing their performance should be centered around skinless chicken breasts, eggs whites, and low fat dairy products."
Common Benefits Athletes Experience When Switching to a Vegan Diet
Sure, you have probably heard that same old hoopla all your life that in order to build strong bones and to stay fit, you need to drink plenty of dairy and eat plenty of meat – and nothing could be further from the truth. Yes, even athletes can thrive on an entirely vegan/plant based diet!
"Evidence that vegetables – the more the merrier – are good for you is legion. And here’s more: Researchers who analyzed studies of people put on vegetarian or vegan diets found that they lost more than seven pounds regardless of calorie counting or exercise plans.
The study published Thursday in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics comes as many people are trying to stick to – or already have abandoned – New Year’s plans to lose weight with the dozens and dozens of plans on the market."
"As a plant-based ultra-endurance athlete, if I had a dollar for every time I fielded this inquiry, I could put my four kids through college. So let’s address the elephant in the room, once and for all." - Rich Roll, Vegan Ultra Athlete
Protein In Plant-Based Diet: A Vegan Bodybuilder's Perspective
"The most common questions a vegan gets, upon sharing that he or she follows a plant-based diet, are: Where do you get your protein? How do you get enough? Do you have to combine plant proteins? These questions will often come from individuals who, prior to their concern that your plant-based diet will lead you to die of protein deficiency, never gave a thought to nutrition in their life. This can frustrate the most docile vegan into belligerence, but it is an important question to a lot of people, so it deserves a thoughtful answer."
Click Here for the article by vegan bodybuilder Derek Tresize.
My Top 7 Sources Of Plant-Based Protein
“I say it all the time. Contrary to popular belief, it’s not only possible to optimize your health on a plant-based diet; when done right, I actually recommend it. “
Click Here for the article by By Vegan Ultra Athlete, Rich Roll.
Plant Based Power
Can a vegan diet nourish a serious training regimen? Endurance athlete Brendan Brazier considers himself proof.
"In the fitness industry today plant-based nutrition is seldom the first thing that comes to most people’s minds when they think of proper sports nutrition, despite the mounting evidence illustrating that a vegan diet fuels performance, enhances recovery, and prevents/reverses many chronic diseases."
5 Ways to Gain Strength and Stamina on a Vegan Diet
"Many people might assume that those eating a vegan diet aren’t able to get high quality proteins and iron, given the absence of meat and other animal-based proteins. This is a fear that has been put to rest years ago... plant-based foods also contain either vitamin C, iron, protein, or a combination of those nutrients for even more benefits."
Never Mind the Meat - Worry About Eating Enough Plants
"For many, the notion of eschewing — or significantly cutting back on — meat, eggs, and dairy brings up nutritional concerns... not only are those concerns usually unfounded, they should pale in comparison to the question of getting enough plant-based foods."
"If you’re an athlete, you need complex carbohydrates and protein from foods like oats in your diet from specific sources to provide you with energy without causing a blood sugar crash, and to repair and refuel your muscles."
"Maca puts a new meaning behind the benefits of root veggies; this root from Peru is commonly referred to as a superfood, but due to its benefits, it’s much more useful than just making trendy recipes."
Plant-based diets appear to decrease inflammation via a variety of mechanisms, including boosting our adrenal gland function due to the consumption of potassium rich foods.
“Striking Lack of Evidence” to Back Up Claims for Popular Sports Brands
"A joint investigation by the BMJ and BBC Panorama has found that there is “a striking lack of evidence” to support claims about improved performance and recovery for many sports products like drinks, trainers and protein shakes."
What To Eat, Look & Feel Like A Pro Athlete? Go Vegan
As the research in support of a plant-based diet continues to pile up, athletes are making the switch and seeing the positive results in their performance. Track star Carl Lewis attributes his best performances in his career to making the switch to a vegan diet. Tennis star Venus Williams who was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease, has adopted a vegan diet to improve her health and help combat the symptoms of her disease. Her sister Serena has also gone vegan.
"In 2004. Mac Danzig remembers grabbing some chicken breasts from the freezer, cooking them up and chowing them down. It was a milestone moment, signifying the last time the conscientious consumer would taste any meat or fish."
Champion Boxer David Haye “The Hayemaker” Goes Vegan
“I watched a TV documentary about how animals are farmed, killed and prepared for us to eat,” Haye states. “I saw all those cows and pigs and realized I couldn’t be a part of it any more. It was horrible. I did some research to make sure I could still obtain enough protein to fight and, once satisfied that I could, I stopped. I’ll never go back.”
Major League Baseball star Glenn Braggs is feeling stronger than ever before. He hasn't felt this fit since his days breaking bats in the world series. Find out how switching to a plant based diet made all the difference.
Phil Neville: Why I Gave Meat the Red Card
Manchester United coach and former England footballer Phil Neville talks about health, happiness and going vegetarian. He shares his distress at the thought of the millions of animals slaughtered every day for food and explains how easy it is to get all the nutrients and protein that he needs from plants -- and how much better he feels, physically and mentally, now that his diet is meat-free!
Carl Lewis: Olympic Medals through the Vegan Diet
Olympic gold medal winner Carl Lewis describes how his best athletic performances came after he eliminated all animal products from his diet.
Jim Morris Vegan Bodybuilder Interview
Jim Morris, a 77 year old bodybuilder, talks about why he is a vegan.
You Can Be a Vegan AND a High-Performing Athlete
"My muscle definition got better when I became a vegan...I've started eating less protein, but the foods I'm eating are giving are better protein and better iron. Plant-base iron is the best for your body to absorb." - Meagan Duhamel, Canadian figure skater won the silver medal at Sotchi.
A Vegan Athlete Ran The Entire Appalachian Trail Faster Than Anyone Ever
"Ultramarathoner Scott Jurek summited Mount Katahdin in Maine in the fastest-ever hike of the Appalachian Trail, according to Runner's World. The 2,189-mile journey took him 46 days, eight hours, and seven minutes to complete.
He broke the previous record, held by Jennifer Pharr Davis, by a little more than three hours."
"There’s a stigma, particularly for men, that being vegan is somehow less “manly” than following a carnivorous diet... This is clearly a misconception that needs to be addressed, so we’re doing our part to show that there’s nothing wimpy about vegans. In fact, there are plenty of examples of strong, studly, masculine dudes who abstain from animal products, and we’re here to prove it. So, without further ado, we present our choices for the top 10 brawniest vegan men, with a vegetarian bonus."
How I Overcame Crippling Arthritis & Returned to Elite-Level Fitness
"The time was August 2000, I had just won a Gold Medal in two of the biggest Brazilian Ju-jitsu tournaments in the world and opened my first Monkey Bar Gymnasium. Needless to say I was feeling pretty darn good!
Three years later and things had changed dramatically. Although my gym was doing great, I could barely train ju-jitsu anymore or workout. Why? I had severe pain in my hands and feet, plus severe knee and back pain! I never had a problem like this before. Why would this happen to me? I ate the perfect athlete diet: oatmeal, raw nuts, whey protein and a banana for breakfast; whey protein bar for a snack; chicken breast sandwich on whole wheat bun with veggies for lunch; smoothie with whey protein for an after workout recovery drink; and salmon, broccoli and potato for dinner. Perfect!
"Who doesn’t want a beautifully sculpted stomach? As a fitness trainer and nutrition coach, I hear it from my clients all the time: “How do I get rid of this,” they ask, as they grab and pinch belly fat, “and get abs like yours?” Well, I have compiled a list of what it takes to achieve the toned tummy that you are longing for. If it were easy, everyone would have a shot at the cover of Fitness Magazine! Although it’s not “easy,” it is definitely doable … and YOU CAN DO IT! Just take the following steps:"
Click Here for article written by expert vegan trainer Ella Magers.
The Painful Truth About Trainers: Are Running Shoes A Waste Of Money?
"Thrust enhancers, roll bars, microchips...the $20 billion running - shoe industry wants us to believe that the latest technologies will cushion every stride. Yet in this extract from his controversial new book, Christopher McDougall claims that injury rates for runners are actually on the rise, that everything we've been told about running shoes is wrong - and that it might even be better to go barefoot... "