Name: Chris Lodge
Year of Birth: 12.06.86
Weight: 10 stone (140lbs)
Birthplace: Basingstoke UK
Current Residence: Basingstoke UK
Tell us a little about yourself, what you do for a living, what hobbies / interests / passions you have.
Part of world famous team 3RUN. www.3run.co.uk Passionate about my lifestyle Veganism/Freerunning
Why did you become vegan?
I woke up and took the wool from off my eyes. I love animals. I'm the kind of person who never really looked into 'diet' until finding veganism. Always thought I ate pretty well, fish for my 'omegas' milk for 'calcium' and chicken for 'protein' etc. At the age of 25 I was suffering with heart palputations bad exzema and generally feeling aweful. The main person to thank is a good friend Adam Frewer (Rawsome Living). He had been Vegan a few years before me, an amazing athlete doing the vegan lifestyle was very inspiring! After living with Adam for a month in Scotland 2011 and having a lot of vegan talks/foods It was from there on I would convert to where I am today.
I looked about for health/nutrition advise and came across a few great youtube channels like 'life regenorator' Dan McDonald, Durianrider and Freelee where I was inspired to the max! Once I realized what I was putting into my body in the form of dead animal flesh, chicken's periods, cows secretions etc I had an awakening about what we are all eating. (Yes most people that eat animals don't associate their food as that of a Dead animal). My health keeps getting better and better and am thankful for where i'm at today. Becoming VEGAN has changed my life in a dramatic way. I feel alive.
When and why did you become interested in fitness?
Always have done from a young age. Just keep pushing my limits now on the Vegan lifestyle
How would you describe your nutrition program?
VEGAN WHOLEFOODS FRUITS AND VEGGIES LOTS OF WATER FOR THE WIN! My general guideline for eating is 80/10/10 High Carb, Low Fat, Low Protein. I occasionally use more nuts and seeds like Hemp/Almonds/flax if I feel like it depends on how i'm feeling at the time .I'm not one for worrying about my protein as long as I get enough calories from plant food i'm good LOVE the sweetest ripest fruit I can get my hands on, go to the wholesale markets in London where I get good priced fruit/veggies. Usually start the day with a pint of water followed by 10-15 banana and date smoothie or add other fruit like berries if I have them, I use oatmeal if I don't have good quality fruit. Lunch varies from a mono fruit meal to a high carb cooked meal like steamed sweet potato quinoa/brown rice salad. Dinner normally a HUGE salad it changes from day to day depending on what we have, I like to use avocado or a good quality oil when I like. I like to juice a lot so get the mineral and nutrient dense greens in like cilantro/spinage/kale etc.
How would you describe your training program?
I am a Professional Freerunner part of world renowned team www.3run.co.uk I train most if not everyday the movement of Parkour/Freerunning. We have a specifically build Academy where we teach all age gropes www.3run.co.uk/academy. I like to incorporate parkour related movements into a warm-up before a session, Precision jumps, monkey crawls etc. With the team we would do different moves daily as to what we feel like so no real training routine or structure. I do body weight conditioning about 3 times a week after a session with the boys that is very intense! For the training we'd take it in turns to do different exercises and it normally turns into who's the last man going, or our hands are too blistered (we do a lot of swinging on metal bars). I get out on the streets in my home town Basingstoke for training and when i'm away doing shows ill find a gym if I feel the need to. Another passion of mine is riding Downhill Mountain Bikes, getting out into nature and spending time with Family Friends and Girlfriend. Keep your loved ones close and make others smile.
What are some common misconceptions about veganism?
The biggest myth is that being Vegan isn't healthy, It's quite the opposite from my experience. Always go with how you feel physically and mentally. Since cutting the death from my being I feel like a new born person. My aim is to help those that need it but not to preach and push people away (iv'e been in their shoes) People ask me the common question's like the classic 'where do you get your protein' or 'don't you need milk for calcium' etc. It's easy enough to find the answers but most people are not willing to give up their lifetime habits and look into it. I'm no nutritionist but how I feel now is enough to say it works for me! I'm all about helping the animals / planet / people / environment and debunking the Vegan myth!
What advice do you have for people who are just starting out with veganism or training?
Eat as much RAW fruits and veggies as you care for, low fat high carb FTW