Being active, many people ask me how I am so thin, so strong, and so on; but when I tell them that I am vegan they seem surprised! For those of you that are more active, you do tend to need more nutrients than the more sedentary people of the population. However, you can definitely pack on muscle and improve your performance by being vegan. In fact, getting the concentrated amounts of vitamins and minerals found in plants can give you even more nutrition to keep your recovery quick and your gains large. While there are too many vegan athletes out there to talk about all of them, I would like to mention three that I know the most about:
Scott Jurek, mentioned in the book Born to Run is an amazing athlete that competes in ultramarathons all over the world. Some of the races he has been in have been monster ultramarathons spanning 100 miles and have taken place is some of the harshest places in the world including desolate mountatins, dense jungles, and scalding deserts. His winning diet? Vegan food! Mac Danzig, a mixed martial artist who competes in the light weight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship, UFC. He grew up having dietary issues with dairy products, and so dropping the meat was the next step. This 1-2 combo proved to be a knockout enabling him to win Ultimate Fighter 6, win the King of the Cage Lightweight world Championship (and defend this title four times), be the Extreme trials national champion, and be a Gladiator Lightweight World Champion. Mike Mahler, he is one of the strongest and toughest athletes currently, in my opinion at least, and in addition he's a vegan. Having impressive size, which is backed up by even more impressive strength, Mahler is a strong point showing how effective a vegan diet is when paired with smart training to become stronger, faster, and more muscular. The bottom line here is most world class athletes are vegan! Yes, there are people who are strong and eat meat, but looking around at the serious dedicated athletes who train their bodies and minds to do amazing things, they all fuel up on vegan cuisine!