So you may have noticed vegan athletes are all up in the news lately, with the Olympics going on.
Vegan Olympians have always been kicking ass. Nine-time Olympic gold medalist Carl Lewis who was munching tofu and killing it on the track when I was running around in diapers. He was often noted saying his vegan diet undoubtably helped his performance.
Many people don’t understand how athletes burning hundreds of calories a day and on extremely intense training schedules can get the nutrients they need on a vegan diet. But considering that Olympians have to put all of their faith in their bodies and the way they perform, then the fact that they are choosing veganism should be a testament to how incredible a plant based diet can be when done right.
I’m not an athlete, as I’m about as coordinated as baby giraffe who just lost a game of dizzy bats, but I am a fitness junkie. So keeping my body primed for long runs is important, and as a result, I keep my eye on some vegan beasts.
Here are some of today’s trending vegan athletes, in and out of the Olympics.
Earlier today, this botanical bad ass began her bid for a record fourth gold medal in Olympic tennis by beating Sara Errani of Italy, 6-3, 6-1.This super star eats not only vegan, but raw vegan! She picked up the diet to battle Sjogren’s Syndrome, an autoimmune disease. She is super fierce and gives me major ass envy Phew! Check out an interview with her personal chef, Lauren Von Der Pool, over at iEatGrass.com.
You guys, Scott Jurek once ran 6.5 marathons IN.ONE.DAY. Plant-based power to the max. He also has a new book, Eat & Run, about his ultramarathon madness and veganism. He is currently the American record holder in 24-hour runs.
In June, this botanical boxer won the welterweight championship. He has an incredible 29-0 record. Seriously…this guy is a freakin’ rhino. I DARE someone to ask him where he gets his protein.
So, any vegan athletes you have your eye on? Who is watching the Olympics?