Name: Deborah Bartlett
Year of Birth: 1972
Birthplace: Sunland, California
Current Residence: Quartz Hill, California
Sports: Yoga, Weight training, P90x, Les Mills Pump, Hiking
Tell us a little about yourself, what you do for a living, what hobbies / interests / passions you have.
I love weight training , learning and using about holistic , alternative therapies, meditation, yoga and cooking vegan and raw vegan recipes. I am an independent Team Beachbody Coach helping people get to their fitness goals using Beachbody programs like P90X and Les Mills Pump. I am also studying to test for my personal trainer certification and studying holistic nutrition & wellness coaching through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Fitness and nutrition have been a huge passion of mine for as far back as I can remember.
Why did you become vegan?
When I was about three or four years old I witnessed our neighbors dragging a very large pig behind their truck, it had a head injury (their attempt to kill it for slaughter) and it was still alive and squealing at the top of its lungs in pain and fear. I was very young but I realized at that moment that animals have feelings and suffer the same pain as any human. This was the day that changed my life. I went vegetarian at age fourteen and vegan soon after. Its been 26 years.
When and why did you become interested in fitness?
I started working out at home after the birth of my daughter in 1992 to get back in shape after gaining 85 lbs during my pregnancy. I got a gym membership and started yoga and weight training later that year and have been hooked ever since.
How would you describe your nutrition program?
I usually start my day with a glass of lemon water or Kombucha, then I'll have a super food bowl that has been soaked overnight with chia seeds, hemp seeds, shredded unsweetened coconut, Raw cocao nibs, Maca powder, goji berries, blueberries, Sun Warrior protein and almond milk. I eat a lot of green vegetables and stick to local organic seasonal produce for preparing meals.
How would you describe your training program?
Currently I do Les Mills Pump three days a week, cardio three days a week and yoga twice a week. I am also a huge P90x fan.
What kind of supplements do you use if any, and why?
I use Sun Warrior, Vega and Shakeology Tropical vegan protein powder for post workout protein shakes. I use a raw multi vitamin from Garden of Life and I also take B-12. I also use Vega recovery drink for post workout weight training days, it helps greatly reduce the severity of doms from my weight training.
How do people react when they find out you are vegan?
I'm a bit of a hippie so when people learn that I'm vegan they don't seem surprised. Then they usually have a ton of questions about vegan foods, diet and recipes. Of course I always hear the biggest question of all “Where do you get your protein?”
What are some common misconceptions about veganism?
That all vegans are scrawny pale sickly looking people or that vegans do not get enough protein with a plant based diet.
Have you had success in promoting veganism/vegetarianism to others?If so how did you go about it?
I have a couple friends and family who have become vegan or vegetarian with my guidance. I never push or preach about my lifestyle. I am proud of my lifestyle and I'm always happy to talk about it with others or answer their questions about it whether its nutrition or the ethical reasons why I am vegan.
What do you think the most important aspect of training is?
I feel that consistency is the most important aspect of training regardless of the program you're doing. As with anything if you're consistent you're going to have the best results.
What do you like best about being vegan?
I love living a cruelty free, guilt free lifestyle and I love the way I feel eating a vegan diet.
What do you like best about being fit?
The ability to cope with stress better and my immune system is stronger then it has ever been.
What advice do you have for people who are just starting out with training?
Never give up.We are all a work in progress... always changing,always growing and improving.
What advice do you have for people who are thinking of becoming vegan?
Don't be afraid to try new things and try not to compare or judge new foods based on your old way of eating. Be open minded and enjoy the journey.
What motivates you in life?
Living a compassionate and healthy lifestyle and helping others to learn about living a healthy plant based life.
What do you think of veganbodybuilding.com? Has it helped or inspired you?
I love veganbodybuilding.com . I've really enjoyed following some truly inspiring athletes through the years and learning some new things along the way. I love that it has been such a great source for networking , educating people who are just starting out on their plant based journey and so much training information. Such a fantastic site!