Name: Kelly Hanner
Year of Birth: 1987
Birthplace: Toledo, Ohio
Current Residence: Toledo, Ohio
Sports: HIIT Workouts, hiking, swimming, fitness instructor, lifting
Tell us a little about yourself, what you do for a living, what hobbies / interests / passions you have.
Do you have any other thoughts you’d like to share?
I am a fitness instructor and a health/fitness coach with a degree in dietetic technology. I enjoy blogging, cooking, tree hugging, animals (especially my border collie Zoey and German shepherd Nya), being outdoors, working out and helping others reach their goals. I am also very passionate about the fight against GMOs and Monsanto.
Why did you become vegan?
I read Skinny Bitch, which was my gateway drug into researching about the vegan diet and looking up the benefits of a vegan diet. I also read the China Study and did a final on the benefits of a vegan diet for my dietetic technician courses. I later ended up watching documentaries like Hungry for Change, Food Inc., Vegucated and Genetic Roulette.
When and why did you become interested in fitness?
I became interested in fitness after my 22 birthday, by doing the P90X videos. One day in the midst of working out, I heard my mom scream and went into the room where she was at. My dad was having a heart attack. He thankfully survived but that incident reinforced the idea that I needed to make fitness and not just nutrition, something that would be unwavering in my life. Up until that point, I used to be someone who would start working out and if I didn’t lose 10 pounds in the first 5 days, I would quit. I had unrealistic expectations.
How would you describe your nutrition program?
I have anorexia and bulimia in my past. I find that in order to help keep my demons at bay, I need structure in my nutrition plan or else I crumble and let old habits creep up again. So my eating plan is structured around clean eating principles- which include no processed foods, no unfermented soy products, no GMOs and mostly foods made from scratch.
Here is what I eat on a daily basis:
Mixed fruit dish of organic cherries, blueberries and kiwi
1 cup water
1 scoop protein powder (usually Vegan Chocolate Shakeology)
100g frozen banana
1 scoop powdered wheat grass
2 cups spinach
1 organic sweet potato with 1 tbsp peanut butter or coconut butter and .5 oz cacao nibs
3 oz block of tempeh topped with tomato paste, 1/4 of an avocado and kale, wrapped in a nori sheet
2 protein balls and a small handful of nuts or protein ice cream
Vegetable stir fry of eggplant, purple cabbage, napa cabbage, tomato, kale and portabella mushroom topped with nutritional yeast, a 1/4 of an avocado, dulse, tomato paste, fresh lemon juice, Bragg Liquid Aminos, Himalayan salt, tumeric, cayenne pepper and cracked pepper
Pea Protein Mousse
How would you describe your training program?
I lift 5-6 days per week and include two-a-days of HIIT cardio, in the comfort of my own home. No gym membership here.
What are some common misconceptions about veganism?
That we are malnourished, not strong, have a hard time building muscle, don’t take in enough amino acids and we don’t get enough iron, calcium or B-vitamins.
What advice do you have for people who are just starting out with veganism or training?
Find other vegans on Facebook or Instagram to reach out to and mentor you. If all else fails, please reach out to me, I would surely help. Also, the more you immerse yourself into information that comes from legit sources, the better you will be equipped to set the record straight when other people question your vegan lifestyle.
Stay plant strong and know that they compassion you are showing towards animals and the world will be rewarded someday.