Plant-Based Power Houses: Trending Vegan Athletes

Thanks PETA!

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.

I did a Tough Mudder earlier this year. I look way more bad ass here than I actually am.

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.

Venus Williams

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. 
Scott Jurek


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.

Tim Bradley

Holy abs!

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?

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6 Responses to Plant-Based Power Houses: Trending Vegan Athletes

  1. Paul Valdes Jr says:

    Ok just as a disclaimer ( or my 2 cents) all of these athletes are new to the vegetarian/vegan/raw lifestyle so I like to make sure that folks understand the physiques they have are not bcuz they lead a plant based lifestyle as that is their new norm. I am sure the individuals will improve vastly in leaning out their bodies as well as getting healthier over the long run but they are all mostly new to this lifestyle. Just saying

    • SexyTofu says:

      Thanks Paul! Good point. BUT new or not, Venus killed it today, and that is performing on her vegan diet. Also Carl Lewis, who I mentioned, was a long time vegan with an amazing Olympic record.

    • Brittany says:

      I don’t know much about the other athletes, but Scott Jurek has been vegan for quite a long time and he talks extensively about it in his book “Eat & Run”. I highly recommend giving it a read – it’s truly inspiring and very clearly illustrates some of the amazing things that can be accomplished on a vegan diet!

      If you need more proof, check out Nick Diaz. He’s an MMA fighter in amazing shape. In preparation for his fights, he also runs sprint/olympic distance triathlons and marathons. He has been a RAW vegan since he was 16 years old and is thriving! =)

      • SexyTofu says:

        Awesome! Yeah, athletes have been onto the veganism thing for a while, before it became so “trendy,” because they know that what you put into your body directly affects its performance!

  2. Kinenchen says:

    I didn’t meet vegetarians and vegans outside of our farmers market here in Miami until we started training Brazilian jiu jitsu. Master Gracie has been vegetarian for over 30 years… until he told me that I thought he was a 30-something. He’s 49!? Thank you for sharing this!

  3. NICK says:

    The running through fire picture is SO EPICCCCC and amazing. Treasure it forever.

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