This is not an April Fool’s Joke! I repeat this is not an April Fool’s Joke!
So here goes!!! I am fully committing to a plant-based lifestyle….. Yep I am a celibate, sober, plant-based, yoga loving, endurance athlete!!! LMAO this literally makes me a complete outlier and paradigm breaking freak!!! I’m ok with that!
I have been flirting with being a plant-based athlete for quiet some time now. But today, 1 April 16 I am committing to being Plant-Based! No more flexetarian which means no more seafood and no more cheese. Oh pizza I am sorry but our love affair is over! (Note: I decided to eat one on the 30 Mar for lunch just to say goodbye!!! Breakup lunch if you could call it that.)
In the past I have had a lot of people question where I was going to get my protein from. So for those that think being plant-based athlete is not doable and I need to get my protein from meat sources check out these guys and girls:
Rich Roll By the way Rich’s Podcast has many other plant based athletes including a NFL player and a NASCAR driver!
http://www.nomeatathlete.com/ Matt Frazier is an absolute legend that has helped plant-based being accessible to everyone.
Brendan Brazier No words!! This man is a machine and a very intelligent one at that!!
Great Vegan Athletes SO MANY athletes here!
Now I might be an endurance athlete but I also love Crossfit so to all the Paleo freaks that might not like this next link but not my problem! Vegan Crossfitters do exist! Vegan Crossfitter
Aside from cheese and some fish I did the Davao 50km Ultramarathon (where I came first in my age group and 4th female overall) without other animal proteins! The only reason I had the fish was because I was staying with friends and felt it would have been unfair to ask them to cook 3 different meals. My friend eats fish and eggs but no other animal proteins and his wife and remainder of the family ate a standard Filipino diet. I felt it was not my place to ask for her to cook me special meals!
I am well aware that sometimes I will have no control over what I am consuming. I might order a curry dish in Malaysia and not realise it has fish sauce in it. I am not going to get overly concerned while I travel but I will do my very best not to consume animal products.
That said I am still going to have honey. Strict vegans wouldn’t eat honey but in all honestly I have an emotional connection to honey that runs very deep. My father was a bee keeper so I understand the practice of bee keeping and honey production. I also feel my fathers presence every time I put a spoonful of honey into a cup of tea or a bowl of porridge. I am not giving up that feeling!
I also in contrast to strict vegans I still have some leather products. I purchased them long before my plant-based journey started and I feel it would be irresponsible of me to simple discard them. I will no longer purchase leather products were possible.
I have recently discovered you can buy Vegan Birkenstocks. I am really praying they bring out a few more different styles before my current ones finally are unwearable. I’d like to purchase a Vegan pair but at present honestly the ones they have now are pretty ugly! I still want to be stylish… that said I am a backpacker at the moment and there is nothing stylish about my current look!
I may change my mind at some point and revert to another type of eating lifestyle but it will come, as going plant-based did, with informed self research and mindfulness.
Are you plant-based? I’d love to hear your story!