There was once a time when people thought that vegan males consisted entirely of tie-dyed hippies and sensitive comp lit majors with skinny arms. Now, it feels like there is a new type of vegan man archetype on the rise, as the hardest-core male athletes are crediting their vegan diets for their performance. There is the godfather of vegan athletes, Brendan Brazier, a former Ironman, a two-time Canadian Ultra Marathon Champion, and creator of the mega-successful, all-vegan supplement Vega brand. There are vegans even among the most macho team sports. Arian Foster, a Houston Texans running back famously went vegan in 2012, and when fans and teammates criticized his decision, he coolly tweeted, “People feel so strong about meat and milk. I wish they felt this strong about peace.” I couldn’t agree more.
Then there is the incomparable Scott Jurek, a vegan ultrarunner who won the Western States 100 Mile Endurance Run–a record-breaking seven straight times (what the what?!). In between running the highest hills and deepest valleys, he also found time to write a NYTimes bestseller, Eat and Run. And help cure blindness in Ethiopia. Gee, what a slouch.
Here are some tips from Scott Jurek on becoming vegan. Listen up, you manly men, you.
1. Keep it simple – Scott recommends that you pick just 10 food ingredients, and stick to them for 1-4 weeks. Diet is easier to stick to if it’s easy to follow! Add variety by changing the preparation or spices.
2. Get cooking – cooking is the best way to know what you are putting in your body.
3. Use technology – Scott, like most endurance athletes, loves keeping track of his athletic performance using technology, and recommends that you take the same approach to eating. Keep a record of your food intake, nutrients, and calories to help you keep track.
Scott Jurek running on the King Lake Trail, Indian Peaks Wilderness
Photo: 123rf.com, Scott Jurek