Name: Brayden Green
Year of Birth: 29/12/1992
Birthplace: Albury, Australia
Current Residence: Cranbourne, Australia
Why did you become vegan?
I became Vegan for the animals. First year out of school I got a job at the meat works because of my Dad and I thought it was disgusting, cruel and just insane, so I saw the season through and never went back. It made me think so much about humans and animals living on this planet, we all deserve the same rights and why can’t we live as one, they are meant to be our friends there is no difference between them and our pets. They have feelings, thoughts and emotions just like us so I couldn’t imagine what sort of life they must go through in the slaughter industry and I wouldn’t like it if that were me so how could I support the industries that do that to them.
When and why did you become interested in fitness?
Ever since I was 16. I tried for the 1st XV Rugby team in my college in Year 12, I was told I was good but to small. I wasn’t going to take that for an answer so I joined the 2nd XV school Rugby team, joined the gym and worked my butt off. Half way through the season there were injuries in the 1st XV team and my efforts worked off and they asked me to come in and I played till the end of the season for them. The next year and was also my last year at school I made it straight into the team in the starting line up. Ever since leaving school I have kept it up and Been playing Premiere Rugby, which is the top level of Rugby in my town. I am also trying to get into modelling, fitness modelling or even better a Vegan Representative, that would be my dream!
How would you describe your nutrition program?
I am very strict on my diet even with vegan products because not all are healthy like soy products for example, so I try to cut back on them. I don’t ever have a weak moment for dairy products because I always think of the animal that had to suffer for that product. I still have sweets but it is not hard to make your own healthy sweets and on the plus side you don’t feel guilty afterwards! I always want to be at my best so I always try to give the nutrition that my body craves for to keep it at its peak and healthy.
How would you describe your training program?
Very intense. Always working hard, always changing it up. If I am not walking or crawling out of that gym in pain and sweating I haven’t worked hard enough. No pain no gain right!
What are some common misconceptions about veganism?
That we have nothing to eat and can’t get the nutrition our body needs to live and grow. Its crazy when the proof is out there!!
What advice do you have for people who are just starting out with veganism or training?
For people who are wanting to go Vegan, most people find it easiest to build there way into it because its not that easy to go off the foods they love straight away. I went straight Vegan because for me personally I knew it was what I had to do for me and the animals of the planet, it just felt right. Training is the same, build your way into it. Don’t go kill yourself on the first month or you will just be thrashed and loose your motivation to keep going. Most importantly just do what is right for you!