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Let’s Talk About Vegan Male Athletes

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vegan man workout muscle proteinThere 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.

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Scott Jurek running on the King Lake Trail, Indian Peaks Wilderness

Photo: 123rf.com, Scott Jurek

 

Juhea Kim
Originally from Portland, Oregon, Juhea now lives in NYC with her Oreo cookie cat, Zeus. When she is not writing, she enjoys running in Central Park, yoga, and teaching Barre classes. Follow Juhea on Instagram @peacefuldumpling, Google+ and Pinterest.
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