The shamelessly straightforward title of this section is admittedly a media experiment on my part. That said, it’s oddly appropriate in it’s simplicity, as being a vegan athlete trainer is the easiest thing in the world.
A brief breakdown of my background/history in this area. I’ve been strictly vegan now since 2012. Before that I dabbled in vegetarianism to varying degrees for a long time. My acupuncturist (Dr. Raul Ramirez of Neijing Eastern Medicine) kept bothering me to stop consuming animal products of any kind, specifically from a health perspective. Much like the title of this page, I decided to adopt a solely plant based diet as an experiment to see if what the Doc was saying had any value (why would I trust him, he’s only saved the most amazing physician in the world?). Short story is he was right. And I’ve never looked back. Also in the recent years, I tend to do my continuing education in the field of plant based nutrition, so I’m coming to understand it more and more.
The most common question I get when people find out I’m vegan is that face-punchingly stupid question. You all know what question I’m talking about. “Where do you get your protein?” For the sake of brevity, I won’t fully address this here, but it is truly pathetic that we are in the 21st century and people somehow have a knee-jerk ignorance on the presence of protein in anything but flesh and dairy. I have to believe it’s more of a nervous tick than true ignorance of the fact that protein is in plant based foods of all kinds (realistically, it’s technically in everything living). On a “gram of protein/calorie” basis, broccoli has a higher concentration of protein than beef. Also, and this really is the only response ever needed to point how how amazingly dumb the protein question is…“Where do you think the cow gets their protein?”
Let me just skip to some of the stuff that relates directly to training. And in fact, I’ll bullet point them just to make them easier to skim through.
As a vegan athlete/trainer I have definitively found that I…
– have significantly more energy
– recover/repair faster than ever (even than at a much younger age as a meat eater)
– have more muscular endurance
– am stronger than ever in my life
– lean/shred out far easier
– get to carb up pretty much at all time (drops microphone, walks off stage)
All of these are what athletes and workout peeps around the world strive for. There’s a multi-billion dollar supplement industry fueled by people desperately looking for a magic pill that will give you what’s in that above list. Little do most of them know, it’s all in the produce section of your local supermarket.
If you’re already vegan and looking for a trainer who’s of the same mindset and won’t keep telling you that you need to starting “at least eating chicken, bro”, then you’ve come to the right place. If you’re curious about “the whole vegan thing” and want to give it a shot, I would love to help you out with that and can be a great resource for fitness/vegan questions and concerns throughout our training together. And if you’re a tried and true meat eater, I challenge you to do what I did. Have an experiment. Try going vegan for 30 days. And I’m talking about the “easy vegan”. You don’t have to eat raw, organic vegan for a month. I’d never suggest anyone to make that big of a leap. Come talk to me and we can discuss what 30 days of vegan can be like that won’t make you go crazy or broke (another myth, by the way). I know you’ll like the results you see and feel. I know I did.