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    Ebiye

    By Guest, in Profiles, from legacy VBBF website,

    Name: Ebiye
    Year of Birth: 1993
    Height: 6ft 1in
    Weight: 180lbs
    Birthplace: Los Angeles
    Sports: My long term goal is to win an olympic gold medal in the triple jump
    Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/user/CerebralPrince10
    Twitter: @GoldenChi1d

    Tell us a little about yourself, what you do for a living, what hobbies / interests / passions you have

    I am currently a Sports Trainer, Referee, youtuber (CerebralPrince10), and Sports Model.
    Interests include Philosophy, Logic, Rhetoric, Psychology, Meditation, Music, Sports, Coordination,, Ambidexterity, Health...I really could go on with my plethora of interests, but everything ultimately comes down to knowledge, growth, and happiness.



    Why did you become vegan? When I was 15 I went vegetarian after becoming enamored with the cartoon "Avatar: The Last Airbender". I resonated with the culture of the protagonist's native land "Air Nomads" whom were strict vegetarians and emphasized spirituality, peace, intuition, and freedom. So as childish as it may seem, my inspiration for vegetarianism came from a cartoon. I should note my transition to vegetarianism was driven by externally oriented concerns; the environment, animal cruelty, etc. As I progressed through my 15th, 16th, and 17th years I increased my study of nutrition, as well as other holistic health practices, and started making connections between the specific substances I put in my body and my well being. I started refining my diet and lifestyle practices more and more with my athletic aspirations in mind. This eventually lead me to fruitarianism, mono eating, and intermittent fasting. I never liked eggs or dairy and in an attempt to deal away with acid forming foods I removed whey protein from my diet. I guess when I went fruit based and added in fasting I noticed that I was, by definition, vegan. Unlike my transition from omnivorism to vegetarianism, my transition from vegetarianism to veganism was for internally focused reasons. I soon realized that what's best for myself and what's best for the greater good of man aren't mutually exclusive.

    When and why did you become interested in fitness?
    I couldn't give you a specific date, I have always been involved in sport. I got very interested in fitness and physiology around the time I went vegetarian as I had aspirations to compete in professional sport.

    How would you describe your nutrition program?
    “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication” is probably the best description. I should note that I don't eat vegetables out of moral concerns. To me, eating a root vegetable is no different than eating meat.

    How would you describe your training program?
    My training is catered to three principles. 1. Do something you enjoy. 2. Variety is the spice of life 3. Do something that will get you the results you desire (i.e. don't run 100 miles a day if you are trying to be big like Robert Cheeke and don't bench press heavy if you are trying to win a marathon).



    What kind of supplements do you use if any, and why?
    Does meditation, calisthenics, mental gymnastics, and music count? I don't consume pills, powders, injections, greens, or plain water.

    How do people react when they find out you are vegan?
    Depends on the person. Honestly, being vegan is not something I wear on my sleeve and people usually find out through other people or it just randomly comes up in conversation. Most people, well I should say most people in MY life, really don't give a damn what I eat. I am still the same guy on the basketball court, the dance floor, at work, etc.

    What are some common misconceptions about veganism?
    “You're missing out” seems to be the underlying mindset of non vegans. Common misconceptions include: You can't be athletic/ripped. You are instantly feminine. Your social life must suck. You are crazy for putting anything above the pleasure of eating animal products... l'll say the most prevalent one is that as a vegan, non vegans assume I have some resentment towards them when i do not.



    Have you had success in promoting veganism / vegetarianism to others? If so, how did you go about it?
    In a way, yes. Like I mentioned above it is not something I have actively done, until now. Being the example and using an indirect approach has worked. A group of my friends I played sports with found out I was vegan when I was hanging out at their house in the evening and they offered me dinner. I didn't even mention I was vegan, all I said was I didn't eat meat. One of our mutual friends, who is a non-vegan vegetarian, told me two days later that the guys tried a one week vegetarian trial. She thanked me because she was always ostracized as the "weird veggie" of the group and appreciated me helping with a little star power

    What do you think the most important aspect of training is?
    Variety! Commonly referred to as “muscle confusion”. Make things fun and not monotonous

    What do you like best about being fit?
    FREEDOM!

    What advice do you have for people who are just starting out with training?
    Rome wasn't built in a day, but it was built. Wherever you are work from there and find a way to enjoy every step of the way.

    What advice do you have for people who are thinking of becoming vegan?
    It may cramp your social life, it may cramp your wallet, heck it may just give you cramps. Being “vegan” isn't an end all, you have to keep learning, keep progressing, and keep growing as a human being.



    What motivates you in life?
    Growing up, I recognized just how fortunate I am and how much I have to offer humanity. There is a certain compassion you have for life and a certain compulsion to leave the world a better place.

    What do you think of veganbodybuilding.com? Has it helped or inspired you?
    VBB contributor Richard Blackman has been a great inspiration and source of knowledge being able to get tidbits of his journey. The fellow male in the models section, “Marcus Patrick”, has been another source of inspiration as I have similar aspirations for my own life. Whilst I am fairly secure in who I am and what I am doing, it is still nice to see all the bodybuilders, models, athletes etc on the site as an added assurance from mainstream conventional thinking.

    Do you have any other thoughts you'd like to share?
    "People that assume that organisms don't feel pain are basing their belief on their inability to communicate and relate with the organism who is experiencing the pain. Just because not all creatures can cry, scream, run away, etc does not mean it cannot experience pain. Anyways, since when was experiencing or showing pain an excuse for killing?" ß-- My rationale for not eating vegetables

    "Nature makes me a new body every few months, comparatively, if the billions of tissue cells are being perpetually renewed, if the oldest of these cells are, perhaps, rarely if ever, more than two years old, why should they appear to be sixty or seventy-five?" Orison Sweet Arden ß-- Always maintain a lifestyle and mindset of being “forever young”

    "If you were randomly assigned to be any person on the planet, odds are you would be living under 3$ a day. As much as you hate your life, millions would love it. Out of the billions that have lived, loved, and died in this world you have come to be quite fortunately. Any belief you have that says you are simple, average, ordinary, less than special, limited, ugly, broken, not capable, or anything ...less than extraordinary runs counter to the fact that nobody else, ever, has had your exact makeup, experiences, thoughts, talents, and ideas making you truly one in a trillion. Every molecule of your DNA, combined with every moment in your memory, has been precisely shaped and formed to give rise to something completely, utterly, amazingly, unique. If you can't look in the mirror and see the absolute beauty of a miracle that you are that's a damn shame." —Asmoday <----Recognize just how fortunate you are



    "People are often unreasonable, irrational, and self-centered. Forgive them anyway. People may accuse you of selfishness & ulterior motives. Be kind anyway. If you are successful, you will win some unfaithful friends and some genuine enemies. Succeed anyway. If you are honest and sincere people may deceive you. Be honest and sincere anyway. What you spend years creating, others could destroy overnight. Create anyway. If you find serenity, peace, enlightenment, and happiness, some may be jealous. Be happy anyway. The good you do today, will often be forgotten tommorow. Do good anyway. Give the best you have because ultimately, in the final analysis, it is between you and yourself. It was never between you and them anyway." Nothing causes anything so don't have some personal vendetta against non-vegans. You can't blame them for the environment they were raised in, the parents that raised them, or the grandparents that raised their parents. You can't blame them for the addiction the have, the pleasure they derive from compromised health, nor can you blame them for their ignorance. Be the best you that you can be and spread your abundance where it will be received.



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    Ed Bauer

    By Guest, in Profiles, from legacy VBBF website,

    Name: Ed Bauer
    Age: 34
    Height: 5'9”
    Weight: 180lbs
    Birthplace: Albany, New York
    Current Residence: San Francisco, CA
    Sports: CrossFit
    Website: www.plantfitstrength.com

    Why did you become vegan?

    I was originally inspired to become vegan because at that time in my life, I was ready to start being honest with myself. I knew where meat and dairy came from, but I didn't know from what method or if the reason was justified. Plus, I always knew that it was not right to kill. Up until that time, I did a pretty good job convincing myself that my hands were clean. With the help of some friends and music from hardcore bands like Earth Crisis, I reconsidered my dietary and lifestyle choices. Then, I read Diet for a New America by John Robbins. After reading it, I could no longer justify any other choice except veganism. The inhumane conditions that animals are kept in, the treatment of animals as if they were machines, the hormones and antibiotics that they are force fed, the vicious and brutal murder of these sentient creatures, all of this was just too much. I cannot truly be a person who believes in peace, health and happiness and support such a barbaric ritual that tortures, enslaves and murders innocent creatures. To truly have peace in your life, the answer is veganism. There simply is no other way.




    When and why did you become interested in fitness?

    I was always active as a child. From an early age, I noticed that when I was more active I had more energy. Unsurprisingly, when I was less active I seemed to have less energy. This fact was always present in the back of my mind. At the age of 12, my father introduced me to weight lifting. I learned a few exercises, but I was more interested in my other activity at the time, which was skateboarding. Around the summer of my 15th birthday, while still an active skateboarder, I voiced some more interest in weight training. I always admired big muscular builds like those of Arnold Schwarzenegger and Lou Ferrigno, and I wanted to have more muscle. My father put me on a solid 4 day a week weight lifting routine. I became vegetarian the same year and then vegan by age 16. When I made the switch to veganism, it made me think more about my body and what I put into it. With this new understanding of nutrition, paired with weight training for more muscle, my interest in fitness has never stopped. Veganism and fitness have developed into the most important elements of my life. Since then, I have pretty much forgotten about skateboarding. I can still do double kick flips though.

    How would you describe your nutrition program?
    The nutrition program naturally changes based on the fitness goal. Right now, I am beginning a bulking phase. Therefore, I pay close attention to how much I burn daily for calories and maintain a healthy number above that. I also ensure that my protein, carb, and total calorie goals are met for building mass. A typical daily meal plan may look like this:

    Smoothie with orange juice, a banana, frozen strawberries, kale, flax oil, 1 scoop of Vega, and 1 scoop of rice and pea protein 2 Slices Ezekiel bread with peanut butter and soymilk Vegan chicken strips in barbeque sauce, sweet potatoes, and broccoli Shake with hemp milk, a banana, rice and pea protein, and 1/4 cup of ground pumpkin and sunflower seeds Tofurky sandwich on Ezekiel bread with a pear or apple and one cup of green peas or two cups of broccoli Post workout shake with 2 servings of rice and pea protein, a banana, 30 grams of dextrose/maltodextrin, 5 grams of glutamine, 5 grams of creatine and digestive enzymes Tofu stir fry with vegetables and quinoa Pre sleep shake with rice and pea protein, 5 grams of glutamine, and 1/4 cup of ground flax seeds

    How would you describe your training program?

    Training phases should only last for four to six weeks before being altered in some way. After that length of time, your body has adapted to that specific stress stimulus (exercise) and will plateau. This will bring your goal to a screeching halt, regardless of whether your goal is fat loss, strength increase, or muscle mass increase. Providing a modification to your workout gives your body a new stimulus to adapt to, ensuring more lean body mass, improved performance, and less body fat. Some of the variables that can be altered are: exercise selection, rep range, number of sets, rest in between sets, exercise order, range of motion, isometric contractions, tempo, etc. With that in mind, my current training program for strength is:

    5 sets of 5-8 reps with 2-3 minutes between sets

    Monday - Barbell Clean and Press — Barbell Curls — Weighted Dips Tuesday - Rest Wednesday - Dead Lifts - Pull Ups - Barbell Rows Thursday - Incline Bench Press — Flat Dumbbell Press — Decline Bench Press Friday - Squats - Leg Press - Romanian Dead Lift - Lying Leg Curls Saturday - Rest Sunday — Smith Overhead Press — Barbell Upright Rows — Front Dumbbell Raises
    What kind of supplements do you use if any, and why?

    I consume a good amount of protein powders from brown rice, pea, soy, and hemp, simply to increase my protein throughout the day. I always take a multi-vitamin daily. I take the amino acid glutamine during heavy training cycles to assist in faster recovery. I also rotate creatine and tribulus in monthly cycles to assist in strength gains.

    What do you think the most important aspect of fitness is?

    I think the most important aspect of fitness is health. With health as the primary focus of fitness, one will establish better energy, increased blood flow, improved mental clarity, increased oxygen uptake, a longer life expectancy, more lean body mass, and less body fat. This naturally means a sexy, younger looking body.

    What do you like best about being vegan?

    I like knowing that I do not contribute to any innocent animal's suffering. I like knowing that I am making an impact on this world by thinking more compassionately, acting more responsibly, and living more humanely.




    What do you like best about being fit?
    What I enjoy best about being fit is the inspiration that I can provide to others. I like to see the spark in a person's eye when they realize the change that they can achieve. I like to be the bridge for people who know where they want to be but don't know how to get there. I also enjoy knowing that I am promoting veganism in a positive light through my fitness level.

    What advice do you have for vegan athletes who are just starting out?

    There is now a wealth of information out there, thanks to resources like this website, and there are no limitations. Most people in the fitness industry and athletic programs will tell you that you need animal protein to grow. They are simply repeating what those before them have told them. What research have they done? What research have they done that wasn't sponsored by the meat and dairy industry? And besides, if veganism is a limitation, I gladly accept that challenge, because living a life standing up for what I believe in and inspiring others to do the same is way more important than following the pack who consume without questioning.

    What advice do you have for people who are thinking of becoming vegan?

    Veganism is the best choice I have ever made. I feel great! I am living my life with honesty and compassion for all living creatures and the positive change of veganism seems to promote more positive change in other aspects of my life and those lives around me.

    How has the website www.veganbodybuilding.com helped or inspired you?

    This website has truly been an inspiration. Knowing that there are so many people out there pursuing their fitness goals while living a vegan lifestyle is amazing! It is a great resource and the community it is building just keeps on growing. Thank you to all of you who are showing what can be done in the face of adversity, and thank you Robert for being such a tireless promoter of veganism and great friend!

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    Ed Mason

    By Guest, in Profiles, from legacy VBBF website,

    Name: Ed Mason
    Age: 22
    Height: 6'0
    Weight: 170's - 180
    Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
    Current Residence: Houston, Texas
    Sports: Running, weight lifting



    Why did you become vegan?

    I worked in fast food for 5 1/2 years, and I'd notice people who came in constantly gaining weight, which really concerned me. I ended up cutting soda and red meat out of my diet in September of 2003. I felt a lot better, and I ended up becoming a vegetarian (though I had already drastically cut my meat consumption in 2004) in October of 2004. I kept feeling better and better and having more energy, so I went to a vegan diet and never looked back. Though originally for health, I became aware of all the other reasons as to why people choose to not consume meat and began to endorse those reasons as well.




    When and why did you become interested in fitness?

    Since I was a little kid. I used to love running and really getting my heart going and blood pumping. Living as a child in Philadelphia, we played what's called "Freedom", which is a variant of "Hide and go seek" with teams. It was what we did on summer nights, and it kept me active, and made me realize that I love doing things which really get my heart going.



    How would you describe your nutrition program?

    I'm a bit picky, in and of the perspective of all "foods" available to people today. I'm obviously vegan, but I'm allergic to wheat also, so my bread consumption is very low, but I try to minimize my canned food consumption, high fructose corn syrup is not allowed in my body, nor are hydrogenated oils. I try to eat organic when possible, and I try to eat lots of fruit and green smoothies, along with things like oatmeal, and anything made from hemp.

    Another aspect, though not tied directly with nutrition is sleep. Sleep is a form of necessary nourishment, and in taking care of myself and my body, I try to aim to get a full night's sleep each night.


    How would you describe your training program?

    I don't have a training program that goes by a set schedule, but I try to split up my workouts (when lifting) into 2 (sometimes 3) body parts, and try to work each of them at least once a week. I try to combine synergistic things (like biceps and back, chest, shoulders and triceps, etc), and workout anywhere from 45 minutes to 80 - 90 minutes, depending on the muscle group. I warm up with at least 5 - 7 minutes of cardio (jumping rope or a stair climber), and try to do at least 2 sessions of cardio a week, consisting of at least 20 minutes, in addition to everything else I do when on my feet.


    What kind of supplements do you use if any, and why?

    I take hemp protein, but I think of it as more of a "food" than just calories. Vega is another one I enjoy, but many people know it's far more than just protein. Maca, chlorella, spirulina and wheatgrass are in my cabinet (not constantly used, however), but other than that I try to eat a lot of food and get my nutrients that way.


    What are some common misconceptions about veganism?

    Ugh, there's too many, and many of them lack any kind of logic at all. The one that annoys me the most is the misconception that eating soy products will "feminize" men and turn them into women, despite study after study after study saying otherwise.

    Another is that people think vegans are scrawny and can't gain size, because when people think of what vegans eat, they think "iceberg lettuce and apples", and fail to realize that many popular bodybuilding foods (oats, rice & beans, sweet potatoes, peanut butter) are all plant based.



    What do you think the most important aspect of fitness is?

    Many people are content living their lives away in front of the TV with their hands in a bag of potato chips because "They only have one life and want to enjoy it.", but living an active lifestyle helps to keep you younger longer, makes aging more enjoyable when you stay in better shape than many others in their 50's & 60's, and that staying active and fit can be enjoyable in itself. There are so many ways to stay in shape and to get exercise, all you have to do is look around and find something for you.


    What do you like best about being vegan?

    There's so many things that I like about it. I always ate my vegetables growing up, so the food really is enjoyable for me and isn't a "Sacrifice" that most people think it is. I like not being overweight, having energy, never getting sick, and promoting a diet which is incredibly healthy for everyone, in addition to all the other reasons that people go vegan.


    What do you like best about being fit?

    Being fit is great because you have energy to do more things with your life, and being up on your feet doing things (as opposed to sitting on the couch) isn't viewed as a "chore". It's great to look in the mirror and actually feel good about yourself, especially living in a society where people are presented with images of "What they should look like".


    What are your strengths as an athlete?

    I find enjoyment in what I do, so going to the gym doesn't feel like a chore. I also really focus myself on good form and take things seriously. I take pride in the fact that I've been lifting weights since 1997 (on and off), but have never once been injured, though that's something I thank my father for.


    What advice do you have for vegan athletes who are just starting out?

    Make it enjoyable, and avoid the negativity of people who give you a hard time, you can do whatever you want to do, and there are many people who have proved that even bodybuilding is possible on a vegan diet (which, arguably is the hardest sport to prove that vegans can partake in).




    What advice do you have for people who are thinking of becoming vegan?

    Do it. There's so many benefits, and there's so much evidence that shows that we should put the hamburgers and steaks down.


    What motivates you to continue to be a successful vegan athlete?

    The fact that it allows me to enjoy life to the fullest.


    How has the website www.veganbodybuilding.com helped or inspired you?

    Robert is my pal, and has given me plenty of things to help with my lifting, or ways to represent what I stand for. I was also inspired to start lifting weights again and build some muscle after visiting this site. I was vegan for about 4 months, and lost a tremendous amount of fat after running 4 miles a day, and I got tired of my family joking about how I looked like a "Homeless crackhead".


    Is there anything else you would like to add about your vegan fitness lifestyle?

    It's something that I need about as much as air or water, it's a big part of me.


    Thank you so much!

    You're quite welcome, and thank you for inspiring others to adopt a healthier lifestyle.


    The Vegan Bodybuilding & Fitness Team

    Guest

    Eduardo Corassa

    By Guest, in Profiles, from legacy VBBF website,

    Name: Eduardo Corassa
    Year of Birth: 1984
    Height: 1,73
    Weight: 68 kgs
    Birthplace: Rio de Janeiro, RJ - Brazil
    Current Residence: Rio de Janeiro
    Sports: Weight lifting, tennis, surfing and running (when I find no other to do)
    Bench press: 84 kgs / 3 sets / 8 reps.
    Biceps curl: 16 kgs / 3 sets / 8 reps
    Tell us a little about yourself, what you do for a living, what hobbies / interests / passions you have.
    Nowadays I'm an English teacher, graduated in languages and I work with raw foods. I write about raw food, mainly about a low-fat raw vegan diet, aka, frugivore diet. I also give lectures, culinary classes and coach people. My hobbies are sports, read about nutrition, health and Natural Hygiene, go to the beach, enjoy friends, family etc. My greatest passion in life is to spread the modern Natural Hygiene word, that is health through healthful living with a raw fruit and vegetable based diet.


    Why did you become vegan?
    To make a long story short, I was a professional Counter-Strike Player from 17 to 22, an actual Cyber-Athlete. I had the dream job of any kid. I was paid to travel all around the world to compete in all the major gaming events. Sometimes, we would get upon stage and perform in front of huge audiences with thousands of people watching us through the internet.I loved my job, because I traveled a lot, was well paid, met everyday knew places and people. Also to compete is something really exciting and to do what I loved at the time and get paid was a big thing as well.


    But my performance in-game started to drop dramatically. Because I was scared of losing my job, like any athlete do when he doesn't perform well, I started to try to understand why I was getting worse. Then I realized that I gained a lot of weight, became sedentary, started to smoke, drink and was living mostly of junk food. So I understood the connection with health and performance and started to change my lifestyle habits. Although I got a lot of improvement, I still felt that there was something more to nutrition, than the healthy cereal bars, low fat animal products and supplements and pills that my nutritionists and medical doctors were prescribing to me at the time. Motivated by my lack of results with the common medical practices, I decided to study by myself about nutrition and health and started to research on the web. I fortunately stumbled upon raw foods, and right after upon Dr. Doug Graham's work. Because of him, I got to know about Natural Hygiene and the medical vegan doctors. After been ill for 22 years, feeling the biochemistry effects that a raw frugivore diet gives you, I decided to share my own research with Brazilian people, because there's almost no vegan literature in Portuguese, even less raw food literature and none Natural Hygiene literature.
    So I have spent more than 4 years now researching, writing my books, so I could share with others, the information that changed and saved my life.



    When and why did you become interested in fitness?
    I was a fat and sedentary kid. Grew up eating a lot of junk food and playing videogames. But I always felt the desire to be active and have the fighting skills I saw in Hollywood movies! So when I was 14, I started kickboxing and developed quite a taste for the felling that u get through intense exercise. I started to develop a nice physique, with really low bf digits, and I noticed that I became more attractive, more vibrant, healthier and had more energy. But I lost that when I started to play Counter-Strike professionally and noticed that with the new sedentary and junk food lifestyle, I felt a lot worse.
    When after a few years of terrible lifestyle habits, I started to lift weights because of medical recommendations, I notice how much I was losing because of not living a healthy lifestyle, how much better I could fell and look and for the last 8 years, I have been extremely active.
    Also, to have a beautiful body because of girls was always also a big motivator. Although people usually don't like to talk about it and think it's vain, a part of natural selection is beauty. Being more attractive means a higher probability of passing on your genes and getting more pleasure in life through dating, sex and a man/woman relationship. Although it's sad, it's true. Natural selection is competition, and drives us to be our bests, to be able to pass on our genes.

    How would you describe your nutrition program?
    For the last 6 years now, I have been eating a raw vegan fruit and vegetable based diet where most of my calories come from fruit. I eat around 4 kgs of fruits and vegetables per day. Like 2 kgs of fruit for lunch, more than a kg of vegetables for dinner, with a half of kgs of tomatoes and once in a while a few nuts in the salad, or a raw tahini home made dressing. I eat lots of watermelons, bananas, persimmons, plantains, oranges, mangos, jackfruits, lettuces, broccolis, cabbages, cauliflowers, celeries. Sometimes I make some nut milk or cucumber noodles with my favorite “pomodoro” sauce. I eat only twice a day, around 2500 calories.



    How would you describe your training program?
    When I started raw veganism 6 years ago, I did a lot of cross training. 3 times per week one hour and a half of tennis, 2 times per week of surfing and 2 times per week of weight lifting. But nowadays I have a tough schedule because I study nutrition at college in the morning, work selling and writing my books on the afternoon and I teach English at night, so I reduced a lot of my training schedule. Nowadays, I lift 3 times a week, run once a week, play tennis once a month, and walk around 45 minutes going to university and work every day. Whenever I can, I dance and do other sports as well. I miss training more, even more on open air like surfing and tennis, but I have my goals to reach, as an author and Natural Hygienist practitioner.


    What are some common misconceptions about veganism?
    That is a hippie, lunatic, weirdo thing. I think the biggest problem is lack of information. We teach children math, geography, languages etc. but we don't teach them the basics of ethics, comparative anatomy and the latest data of environmental and health research. So people grow up with the wrong misconceptions that to be a man or to be integrated on society, you need to eat animal products.
    The usual misconception is also that there isn't enough protein for athletes, for gaining muscle, for our immune system to function properly and those kinds of things. That worrying about the animal suffering or the destruction of the environment is silly. People are just unaware of the possibility of living free of disease and cruelty to themselves, to the animals and to the planet itself.

    What advice do you have for people who are just starting out with veganism or training?
    Read and get informed. Education is the true way to achieve freedom and the truth. When you sum reason with knowledge, you will have the motivation to become a healthy vegan and to get the body of your dreams. Stay focus and live healthy. When you acquire health and live in accordance to the laws of nature, you'll notice that you are more naturally more positive, motivated, determinate, focused and you have a lot more faith and goals in life.

    Do you have any other thoughts you'd like to share?
    If you want to check out my work, I suggest going to www.saudefrugal.com / www.saudefrugal.blogspot.com / www.flickr.com/saudefrugal or my new blog on construction www.healththroughhealthfulliving.com
    I am translating one of my books to English and I plan to translate all of them in a recent future. Or you can access my Portuguese sites and use the translator. I believe there is some excellent information there so you can be sure that by living a healthy lifestyle, you help yourself and everyone around you.
    I would like to say, GO RAW VEGAN! Don't procrastinate. Don't postpone the best things in life. Life is too short to be thrown away by some fake desire for animal products and junk food. We cannot cheat nature and when we try, we are the only ones to suffer.
    I truly believe that if we adopted a frugivore lifestyle, we would be creating once again the paradise, the Garden of Eden, the golden age that life on earth once was.


    Guest
    Name: Edward James Goins
    Age: 30
    Height: 5"10"
    Weight: 185lbs.
    Birthplace: San Jose California
    Birth Day: September. 20, 1980
    Current Residence: Washington D.C.
    Sport: Rugby, Surfing, Le Parkour plus Free Running, B.M.X and I dabble in Trials Bikes

    Why did you become vegan?
    My reasons for becoming Vegan was Animal cruelty. The fact that a country that prides itself on being innovators and people of peace yet who still choose to settle in their barbaric ways such as eating meat and treating animals cruelly eludes me. We have so many other options that are so much better for us and the environment.




    When and why did you become interested in fitness?
    I started keeping my health in mind at a very young age, I would always put my self in situations where strength and wit would have to come in handy to prevail, I think I just lived my life that way from there on.

    What kind of supplements do you use if any, and why?
    I don't use any, I have always been proud to say that I have gotten this far being 100% natural. Although, If I decide to rise above my weight level and find myself at a plateau in my workout I'm definitely going to go with VEGA, I trust it and all the great Vegans use it .

    What are some common misconceptions about veganism?
    The first one that comes to mind is, and I quote," all vegans are really small, almost sickly looking" I don't think I'll ever fit in that category. Another one is, "all vegans are depriving their body of the nutrient and protein by not eating meat". (REALLY?!) that just shows how small minded and uneducated some people are, Don't worry, I'm here to help.

    What do you think the most important aspect of fitness is?
    Cardio. . . If you can't keep up your wind you'll never make it though my fitness training, "stamina is key".

    What motivates you to continue to be a successful vegan athlete?
    The "WoW" factor,the look people give me when I tell them I'm Vegan or how long I have lived this lifestyle. They look at me all wide-eyed in disbelief and They always have the coolest questions. Staying an athletic vegan is just a way to keep the disbelievers I meet in awe. I do not want people to believe the rumors about vegans, whether it's the misconception of how we look or the fact people think what we do and how we live is unnatural. We have to always keep them guessing.



    How has the website www.veganbodybuilding.com helped or inspired you?
    "HOW HAS IT NOT" I love this site. I have met so many people on here who I'll keep in touch with for years to come who have great perspective on all kinds of things, Awesome workout schedules, meal plans, great restaurants and just fantastic conversationalist. I'm very grateful for all I have gained from this site and hope to contribute as much back.

    Is there anything else you would like to add about your vegan fitness lifestyle?
    I have so much I want to say, I do not know where to start. But if you have any specific questions just shoot me an email and I'll get back to you.
    [email protected]

    What do you like best about being vegan?
    There's so much I love about being vegan. My energy level is through the roof compared to Most people. I love the fact after going out to eat with friends, They feel stuffed and lazy and I'm just charged and ready to go, radiating pure energy. I love that I'm apart of something so great that's making a change for the better of all "life kind", Because as man kind we should always speak up for those without the ability to.

    What do you like best about bodybuilding?
    I like how its totally different for everyone. For me, Its about getting my self to work those awkward muscles the ones most people don't really think about. Finding a great routine and sticking with it until you fall in love with them usually everyone ends up falling in love with the results and it pushes them to do more.



    What are your best muscle groups for bodybuilding and strength?
    I would have to say my core. What ever work out I do my core and stabilizing muscles are activated, Some people would look at me and say my legs but that was just a natural given.

    What advice do you have for people who are thinking of becoming vegan?
    Ask questions. No question you have will go unanswered especially if you spend time getting to know all the awesome people on veganbodybuilding.com. We love people who are interested in knowing how to live a wise, long loving lifestyle.

    What are your strengths as an athlete?
    Rugby: Speed is my asset as a winger, Strength got me moved to inside center. Being able to power though opponent. Parkour: Flexibility and consistency, Its a very dangerous sport especially when you get to the level of rooftops and high drops. Trial biking: Stamina, hopping around on a back wheel stalling, I love when people see me doing it and tell me they think I'm great and then they find out I just started training for it. Its hard making the hard stuff look so easy.

    What are your favorite foods to eat?
    Fruit: Pomegranate and star fruit. Vegetable: Broccoli and asparagus. Meal: vegetable lasagna with shredded rice cheese

    What is your training like ?
    I have never had a real set training style, Most of my life I just followed my coaches instructions, whether it was when I played semi pro football for North Coast Outlaws or Rugby for Cleveland State or even Quantico Hooligans. I'm working on putting a solid workout program together. I do stick with my morning regiment because I feel that preparing the body is always a good idea. I start with 200 push ups changing the spread of your arms from diamond out to wide and also above your head and down to your waist. 100 crunches " not to be mistaken with sit ups". 50 pull up full arm extension and 40 air squats with three second pause in squat position. Then I workout or go on a 7- 9 mile run.

    Have you got any other sponsors?
    No sponsors but if (P.E.T.A, Vega, No Fear or Adidas) want to give me a call, I'm your man lol.

    What are your plans for the future?
    Live a long healthy life to the extreme and spend as much time as I can enlightening people who are interested in a ethical lifestyle.




    Guest

    Elana Titanium

    By Guest, in Profiles, from legacy VBBF website,

    Name: Elana Titanium
    Year of Birth: 1977
    Height: 5'1.5
    Weight: 144
    Birthplace: US
    Current Residence: Texas
    Sports: weight lifting, HIIT Cardio
    Tell us a little about yourself, what you do for a living, what hobbies / interests / passions you have.
    I struggled with weight and health issues my entire life. I believe fate brought me to meet Rip Esselstyn, Robert Cheeke and Chad Byers. After watching documentaries like Forks Over Knives and Fat Sick and Nearly Dead, I had tried to discuss with doctors and nutritionists and they did not support it. I actually had a Dr. try to convince me to go Paleo. Luckily, I met these three men the very next week, which was August 30,2012, and my life changed. I had never been exposed to fit men before who didn't eat meat- I was astounded! I have lost around 68 lbs. since last August, making a total 88 lb. weight loss since 2010. Seven years of cholesterol being in the 260's plummeted to below 200, diabetes and insulin resistance disappeared too. Not only that- I feel incredible every day, have a ton of energy and work out eight times a week!




    My passion is to educate others about the amazing aspects of plant based nutrition! I feel empowered and enlightened. I love giving my body what it needs with plant strong nutrition. I feel so much more alive not putting dead energy from dead animals in my body! I also obtained my certification on plant based nutrition from the T Colin Campbell Foundation. I am an aspiring vegan/plant based health coach. I attended the Get Healthy Marshall conference this past January and will be attending 2 Engine 2 weekend events this year. I am hungry for knowledge! I love meeting anyone and everyone involved in helping the world be a healthier place!



    I also have a company that manufactures natural skin care and hair care products for babies and children, providing safer ingredients for little ones! Why did you become vegan?
    Initially, I became vegan or plant based for health reasons. Now that I have become friends with so many other vegans, I have been enlightened on all the other issues regarding animal cruelty, and it just further solidifies my reasons.





    When and why did you become interested in fitness?
    I have to say my #1 inspiration is getting to work out with Chad Byers every day. Just being able to witness his strength is reason enough to keep me pushing my limits. My friend who works out with us Tricia Kelly also has had an amazing transformation and is becoming a personal trainer too. She is a huge motivator. I also have had the fortune of knowing Robert Cheeke and Big Bald Mike and following their awesome energy gets me pumped up!


    How would you describe your nutrition program?
    I follow a whole food plant based lifestyle. I integrate Engine 2 philosophy and 80/10/10. I steer clear from sugar, oil and salt.


    How would you describe your training program?
    Don't Stop, Won't Stop

    What are some common misconceptions about veganism?
    I think that a lot of people think as long as they aren't hurting animals, it's ok to eat refined, processed foods and they are not considering it from a health perspective. So I have witnessed a lot of people who are vegan, but are not a symbol of health and strength.

    What advice do you have for people who are just starting out with veganism or training?
    To adopt a whole foods plant based approach to feel the awesome energy of foods that were grown with the sun's energy, and it turn, that energy will be in you. For training, I really love Chad's methods of using your own body weight as resistance.


    Do you have any other thoughts you'd like to share?
    I am beyond thrilled to have been exposed to this whole new world of people! Every day my life has renewed meaning and purpose to push myself harder and educate myself more and more. My goal is to be the change I wish to see in the world, and to use my body as an example that this IS possible! I am still on my journey and wish to lose another 20 lbs and get more defined. I hope to help inspire others!

    Guest
    Name: Elena Kulakovska
    Height: 5'6”
    Weight: 118
    Birthplace: Skopje, Macedonia
    Current Residence: New York, NY
    Sports: pilates, yoga, running, snowboarding, hiking, tennis
    Tell us a little about yourself, what you do for a living, what hobbies / interests / passions
    I am a holistic health and wellness coach, speaker, writer and blogger at Kul Healthy YOU. My mission is to provide people the tools to reach optimal health through plant-based, whole-foods nutrition; and to empower them to experience happiness, fulfillment and prosperity in every sense of the word. I am also an avid runner, and huge pilates and tennis fanatic.


    Why did you become vegan?
    While reading the book The China Study, my dietary preferences immediately shifted towards plant-based whole foods diet. Given that this book was not just another diet fad but rather an elaborate study of nutrition and health, switching to a plant-based lifestyle for me happened overnight.
    When and why did you become interested in fitness?
    Fitness played an important role in my life ever since my childhood. Whether it is pilates, running, tennis or hiking, I am always trying to be physically active as I feel it is a necessity in my daily routine.


    How would you describe your nutrition program?
    My nutrition consists of plant-based whole foods. I try to make the majority of my meals raw foods, as food is most nutrient-dense in its natural state but also leave myself some room for deliciously prepared whole foods and occasional vegan treats, just because
    How do you describe your training program?
    I work out between four and six times a week, depending on my work schedule, but the bare minimum is four. My workout regimen consists of running, light strength-training and yoga or pilates and I play tennis recreationally.
    What kind of supplements do you use, if any, and why?
    Although I believe I am getting all macro and micronutrients from plant-based whole foods directly, I sometimes use Vega Performance protein powder immediately following my strength-training sessions. In addition I also take maca root powder, which is a natural adaptogen containing an array of minerals, vitamins, essential amino-acids and enzymes.


    How do people react when they find out you are vegan?
    Usually people are intrigued and become interested in what my diet consists of. I think that in today's day and age the vegan life style is widely adopted by more and more people so for the most part the reactions I get from people are pleasant or neutral.
    What are some common misconceptions about veganism?
    The most common misconception is that we are lacking protein rich-foods as well as missing out on delicious food. Meanwhile since discovering and adopting a plant-based diet, I've discovered a variety of foods which I had never even heard of before, which are nutrient dense and extremely delicious.


    Have you had success in promoting veganism/vegetarianism to others? If so, how did you go about it?
    I am an enthusiastic and joyful vegan and would like for others to experience all the wonderful things that come with living a compassionate and sustainable lifestyle. Primarily I promote veganism by means of sharing recipes and pictures of the vegan food I eat and cook. This has shown to be a fairly effective way as people do not feel forced as to why they should pursue a certain lifestyle, but rather see for themselves that vegan food can indeed be very delicious, along with being nutrient dense and healthy.
    What do you think the most important aspect of training is?
    I would say eating nutrient dense foods is the most important aspect of training. The reason behind this is simple: eating a well-rounded, whole food plant-based diet reduces inflammation which in turn allows for reduced recovery time between workout sessions, therefore allowing the body to train more frequently and with higher intensity.
    What do you like best about being vegan?
    The vibrant energy that a plant-based whole food diet provides can not be compromised. And the best part is that you don't have to choose between a healthy, fun, modern lifestyle and a fair, sustainable, compassionate lifestyle...you can have it all!


    What do you like best about being fit?
    Being fit feels like a well-balanced state of health. It gives me a boost of energy and increased mental clarity which in turn boosts my overall productivity, allowing me to do more in less time. Being physically fit also makes me feel better, probably due to the endorphins released from exercising.
    What advice do you have for people who are just starting out with training?
    The key to training is consistency and often times scheduling the training sessions seems to help people be persistent. I also recommend trying different fitness activities until finding the activity that is most enjoyable to the individual. Many people misinterpret feeling bored with an activity as a sign that they do not like to exercise when nothing could be further than the truth. Boredom is just an indication that it is time to try a new activity, or to add another layer of challenge to the current training program. Also be persistent; establishing a new habit does take time, but then it simply becomes a part of the daily routine.
    What advice do you have for people who are thinking of becoming vegan?
    I'd recommend that they have an easy transition using the “crowding-out” approach one step at a time. By adding more plant-based whole foods to their diet, they will “crowd-out” the not good for them foods.
    What motivates you in life?
    I am motivated by my passion for holistic health and wellness and supporting people find their healthy balance by achieving a mind/body/spirit connection.


    What do you think of veganbodybuilding.com? Has it helped or inspired you?
    The website is comprehensive and can especially be helpful for people transitioning to a vegan lifestyle. Also it is inspiring to see that people leading a plant-based lifestyle not only thrive in optimal health, but are also high level athletes.
    Do you have any other thoughts you'd like to share?
    It's simple => For tips on nutrition and fitness as well as plant-based recipes, head over to www.kulhealthyyou.com

    Guest
    Name: Elixandria Porru
    Year of Birth: 1975
    Height: 5'7''
    Weight: 136
    Birthplace: Queens, NY
    Current Residence: Westchester,NY
    Sports: Snowboarding and DH biking
    Social Media :
    facebook.com/elixandria
    facebook.com/OnTheRoadBeingVeganWithMyPittie
    ble.at/users/mtbporru
    pinkbike.com/u/mtbporru/
    Tell us a little about yourself, what you do for a living, what hobbies / interests / passions you have.
    I am a mom to a 6 year old son. Thanks to grandparents I get weekends to myself and hit the road with my dogs all across the east coast to bike and sometimes race. Winter time I snowboard all over the US. I am a pit bull advocate, an animal rights advocate, signing countless petitions all day on social media




    Why did you become vegan?
    Factory farming

    When and why did you become interested in fitness?
    18 but it took me years to eat right. I was on yo yo diets using dangerous weight loss supplements as many young girls are



    How would you describe your nutrition program?
    I make at least 2 protein shakes a day using organic juices, fruits and a switch off between 3 vegan protein powders including Plantfusion, vega sport or Raw vegan meal which is organic.
    I also am fortunate enough to dine out plenty at various vegan NYC restaurants including V-note, Blossom, Gobo, pure wine and Foods, candle79 and Peacefood cafe.
    I always grocery shop between Whole Foods and Mrs. Greens. Not a fan of Trader Joes and I avoid things non organic .
    Not a fan or veggie burgers but I favor seitan!
    I'm not a raw vegan although I have enjoyed several raw meals. I do this solely for animals and put flavor first.
    I don't count calories and eat as much as I want if its vegan!



    How would you describe your training program?
    I hate cardio but I know it keeps me lean and helps with definition but I hate it. I prefer lifting with weights.

    I weight train 2-4 days a week splitting up a list of exercises amongst the days.Each machine or exercise is done with 3 sets of 10-15 reps Lunges with a 65 lb bar across the basketball court
    Step ups used with two 30 lb dumbbells in hand while stepping up to a knee high platform and switching legs after each completed set
    Dead lifts three sets of ten reps with a 45 lb plate on each end
    Unilateral hamstring curl with 140 lbs in plates
    Rear delts on a pec fly machine. Assisted pull-ups and dips with 100 weight assist.
    Four types of an exercises, 3 sets of ten reps each
    Leg press 3 plates on each side Leg extension 100 lbs Hip thrusters 160 lbs on plates All 3 sets of 10
    Every weekend I'm traveling out of state to be on a chair lift to either bike or snowboard.


    What are some common misconceptions about veganism?
    That you will look anorexic and gaunt.

    What advice do you have for people who are just starting out with veganism or training?
    Lift weights. Eat more than just vegetables and salad.

    Do you have any other thoughts you'd like to share?
    We need to end factory farming in my lifetime



    Guest
    Name: Ellen Jaffe Jones
    Age: 58
    Height: 5'3”
    Weight: 125
    Birthplace: St. Louis
    Current Residence: Anna Maria Island, FL
    Sports: Running, Personal Trainer, AFAA Certified
    RRCA Certified Running Coach
    5K PR 27:50 at age 58 (faster than when I started running at age 28!)
    Frequent 5K Age Group winner
    1st Marathon at age 58, 5th oldest woman to finish Palm Beaches Marathon 2010.
    Florida Senior Games 2011, Bradenton/Sarasota (1st track meet ever!) 2 Gold Medals (1st PL)
    800 Meters 8:03 (Would have placed 8th in national 2009 games, the last time games were held)
    1500 Meters 8:03 (Would have placed 7th in national 2009 games)
    Have run 5 half marathons, many 10Ks, 5 and 4 milers. After training with a coach, PR'd in most races in 2009-2010.

    Ellen Jaffe Jones spent 18 years in television news as an investigative reporter and anchor. She has won the highest honors in broadcasting, including two Emmys and 1st Place for the National Press Club's Consumer Reporting Award. After leaving television, she earned high returns for her clients as a financial consultant at Smith Barney, where she was dedicated to socially responsible investing.
    As the only healthy person in her immediate family, Ellen's passion is helping others avoid the pain and suffering she's witnessed since early childhood. Her mother, aunt, and both sisters had breast cancer. After nearly dying from a colon blockage at age twenty-eight, Ellen was told by her doctors that she needed to do things differently to avoid her family's fate.
    The media have reported on the significant weight loss and improved health that Ellen's students have experienced after taking her cooking classes, which are affiliated with The Cancer Project, part of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, a national nonprofit organization. The media have also called Ellen's life "an experiment to beat the odds." She often places in 5K running races and ran her first marathon at age fifty-eight. She coaches adult running groups and is certified by the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America as a personal trainer. Ellen's weekly column, "Feasting on Fitness," appears in the Anna Maria Island Sun, and her monthly column, "Running Fitness," appears in the Running Journal. She wrote "Eat Vegan on $4 a Day" after watching too many news stories that said food stamp recipients could only afford Twinkies and mac & cheese. Visit Ellen's website at www.vegcoach.com.
    Ellen became vegan for health and ethical reasons. As a reporter, she saw some of the early undercover video of elephants being abused by trainers at circuses. She brought her young children to protests of circuses and belonged to some early food co-ops, aswell as encouraged her children to help in the backyard organic garden. As a reporter, Ellen saw that newsroom management didn't take animal rights seriously. Yet she continued to focus on other ways to get animal friendly stories covered focusing on animal shelters and puppy mills. While her current book is about the economics, environmental and health reasons to eat vegan, her heart has always been in all sides of the issue. Ellen is totally convincedthat a vegan diet enhances her current race running performances.


    When and why did you become interested in fitness?
    I have been going to gyms since jiggle belts and Jane Fonda. We used to have family reunions at hospital bedsides and joked about the hospital wings that the cost of our current family's illnesses had paid for. When my aunt died of breast cancer in our home when I was 5, I began the lifelong investigative reporting job of my life trying to dodge the family genes that not only gave all women except me breast cancer, but in addition, many got heart disease, diabetes, Alzheimer's, arthritis, osteoporosis and varicose veins. All my life, I've been told those conditions were hereditary, but I have not gotten a single one. I didn't get all the good genes. As the youngest in my family, I had plenty of time to figure out what worked and what didn't. Although my parents were active, especially my father, diseases prevented them from lifting my children, let alone baby-sitting them. As new vegan Bill Clinton is fond of quoting my lifelong mantra, “I want to be around for the grandchildren.”
    Every race I do is for my three daughters and in memory of those who could not be at the finish line.

    How would you describe your nutrition program?
    Low fat, plant based. When I need to drop a few pounds, I revert to my fav weight loss plan, Dr. McDougall's Maximum Weight Loss book. It is also similar to PCRM's recommendations, which I have outlined in my book.
    How would you describe your training program?
    Since I am a certified running coach, and am a volunteer running coach for our local high school girl's cross country and track teams, I have had many years of studying what works. As I have aged, I have followed some excellent senior fitness advice to drop running every day and run only every other day. So I run at least 3 miles 3-4 days a week, including a long 5-10 mile longer run. I also do speed work on one day at a local track or park. I cross train on the off days, and rest one day a week. Depending how much I'm working out weight training with my clients, I'll add more weight training once or twice a week.
    I'm a huge believer of anything core and try to hold a plank position 2-6 minutes once a week. I also do lots of crunches and medicine ball tossing. I incorporate dynamic stretching exercises into warm-ups before running, such as lunges, squats, twists and swings. I make sure I have a recovery protein/carb combo within an hour of exercise to promote good muscle rebuilding. I try to always do at least 10 minutes of stretching after any aerobic or weight training workout. I swim in the Gulf of Mexico at least once a week right after a long run during warm months. Local runners swear by it! Heaven!


    What kind of supplements do you use if any, and why?
    B12 most days. Sometimes a Fuhrman Vegan Gentle Formula multi, if I feel I haven't been getting enough variety or have a big race coming up. Occasionally I'll add a pea/hemp/quinoa powder to a smoothie post-run, just for fun. Mainly, I'm addicted to Larabars post race/recovery. Though just dates and nuts are a cheap, frequent recovery snack. Most post race food still has a long way to go to be vegan-friendly.

    What are some common misconceptions about veganism?
    The old, “you don't get enough calcium, protein, energy, or fill-in-the blank.” I was really annoyed to sit through my Road Runners Club of America certification class in which the instructor ranted about high school girls who asked questions about a vegan diet are a sure sign of eating disorders and poor health. I raised my hand and respectfully disagreed asking if she had any science/research to support it. She said, no that it was just her own experience. I said I worked with high school girls for years, and all the cases of eating disorders came from a long family history of meat eaters. I never knew any girl with an eating disorder who was vegan or who had expressed an interest in it. Despite my repeated attempts to change her PowerPoint slide through e-mails, including links to research, information and your website, she refused. As far as I know, she still continues this misinformation in the many certifying classes offered around the US.
    What do you think the most important aspect of fitness is?
    Remaining positive in a crazy world. Having energy and focus to deal with all that life throws our way. Beating disease. And it's just great fun!
    What do you like best about being vegan?
    Too many to list, really. But if I must, knowing that animals are being saved, human lives are being saved and so many diseases averted.




    What do you like best about being fit?
    Energy and disease avoidance. I've stared death in the face with too many friends and relatives. It is not easy, fun or convenient to have your chest cracked open from heart disease, take daily insulin shots for diabetes, or lose an eye or limb to diabetes. In my cooking classes, I've seen too many people get desperate on their death beds. My best friend, who died of breast cancer tried to change her diet the last year of her life. By then, it was too little too late. The last thing she said to me was, “take care of my kids.” This (keeping fit on a vegan diet) is how I have best honored that request.
    Inspiring others, especially children, and even more especially...my own. What are your strengths as an athlete?
    Compassion, keen sense of observing other's form which helps in my own performance as well as when I coach/train others, endurance, speed and incredible shoulders. I have only learned the latter in my plank-holding competitions and when I witnessed my daughter break her high school pole-vaulting record and place 15th in state.

    What advice do you have for vegan athletes who are just starting out?
    Listen to your body. Avoid the terrible “2s.” Too much, too soon.” Start slowly, learn and respect your body's limits. Find a good coach/trainer you respect, preferably someone older who understands that the high-impact class or tomorrow night's adventure run may not be in the best interest of your long-term fitness or injury prevention. If remaining fit throughout your lifetime or in my case, running until I'm 100, is your goal, then make each decision with that in mind. I love sprinting, but I also know there is more risk of injury than slower endurance running. I try to balance both, but I also recognize that it would be great fun to train and then break some records. Ultimately, you are only competing against yourself. The only real race is the race against time.


    What advice do you have for people who are thinking of becoming vegan?
    Be sure to get your eating information and research from reliable sources, such as PCRM, Dr. McDougall, the Essylstyns and others who have been singing from the same songbook for years. These are the most courageous doctors who have taken on big pharma and big business to do right by their patients. Much money is at stake and as a result, money has been poured into disseminating misinformation. I'm still in shock that a book with fried chicken on the cover and an Atkins book can be in Amazon's “vegetarian” cookbook section and on the bestseller list. Go figure. But always ask, “who stands to gain financially from this research, this medicine or this book?” Follow the money, then ask your doctor if veggies are right for you. I always tell a new doc, “I'm the broccoli rep.” Please quote me on this.
    What motivates you to continue to be a successful vegan athlete?
    My best personal records of my life in running have come in the height of my healthiest vegan eating. I also see how my clients have lost weight so easily. It is important for me to be a great vegan role model for them as they wrestle with their life-long beliefs about eating, whatever they happen to be. If they see me outperforming on a vegan diet, I know it will go a long way to encourage them to possibly change too.
    My children have had to struggle with many difficult issues in their lives. I know that my youngest daughter's venture into running two years ago was indirectly a result of my modeling. One of her friends came up to me and said, “oh you're the one who does all these races that your daughter talks about.” Yeah...
    How has the website www.veganbodybuilding.com helped or inspired you?
    It is my #1 link I refer people to, and have for years, when the questions come up about performing well on a vegan diet. I recognize most of my clients won't want to spend the time and effort it takes to look like Robert and others in body building competitions. However, as I always say, a pictures says 1000 words. Photos more than anything, show that you can have amazing strength, agility and ability in any athletic competition.

    Is there anything else you would like to add about your vegan fitness lifestyle?
    I hope that more people will use vegan eating to enhance performance, as I have.

    Guest
    Name: Emile Kuijvenhoven
    Age: 29
    Height: 1,80cm
    Weight: 63kg
    Birthplace: Amsterdam (The Netherlands)
    Current Residence: Madrid (Spain)
    Sports: Athletics (middle) distance runner.
    35,42min 10k
    Vegan since 1997

    Why did you become vegan?
    In order not to contribute to the suffering of animals in our society.
    After being vegetarian for 6 months I made the switch. Vegetarian was a small step I took when I was not yet familiar with veganism. Unfamiliar with the fact that you can be perfectly healthy being a vegan is one of the reasons why it took me so long.


    When and why did you become interested in fitness?
    From what I remember I always liked sports. As a kid I liked the gymnastic classes and the trainings I did with my local track and field team. After 5 years Athletics, followed by two years football (soccer for US), two years rowing, half a year taekwondo (yellow belt) I finally got back to my favorite sports; Athletics. Since 2000 I run again only stopped by one mayor injury in 2007 and expect to keep running for years to come.





    How would you describe your nutrition program?
    As food is concerned I eat pretty basic (no nonsense). Get loads of carbohydrates essential for endurance athletes (mainly in the form of bread or pasta). Most of my proteins come from (soy)beans. Have my soy yogurts every day. Best is to eat loads of fresh fruits and veggies. There is always room for improvement. Next to the food I eat I think it's important when we eat. Good breakfast decent lunch and moderate dinner and some healthy snacks.


    How would you describe your training program?
    My training plan at the moment is a 5/6 day routine.
    I run approximately 70k a week. Depending on the season I run 30-60min (summer), or 40-70 winter, further I do speed sessions on the track, hill sprints, running exercises, stretching 15min a day, abbs and back 3x50 reps. And 1 to 3 gym sessions.




    What kind of supplements do you use if any, and why?

    b12 essential for all vegans and some others. BCAA to replace lost amino acids during long runs. Don't use it really often, but think it's a nice one. (there are plenty of vegan BCAA's available)


    What are some common misconceptions about veganism?

    There are many misconceptions, most frequent are that we are all unhealthy and that there is no tasty plant based food. The first one is easy to tackle, just look at the many examples. The second one can only be broken by people who are willing to taste different colors and flavors.



    What do you think the most important aspect of fitness is?
    Think it's key to be fit. It makes you literally feel better, helps to use your brain more optimal and improves mental health.


    What do you like best about being vegan?
    Personally what I like most is the idea that you can enjoy your meals with a clear mind.


    What do you like best about being fit?
    I love to have loads of energy to be able to do more things and to do things better.



    What are your strengths as an athlete?
    My strength is that I'm consisted. This means that even when I don't feel like it I still go training. Afterwards this pay's out the form of mental and physical improvement.


    What advice do you have for vegan athletes who are just starting out?
    Choose a sport or discipline you like and if possible look for a coach a team that make you feel comfortable. Ask for feedback. As it's difficult to see yourself, the extra eyes alone can be a huge benefit for your training. Build things up slowly, but try to stick with it.


    What advice do you have for people who are thinking of becoming vegan?
    Try to think in nutritional values (protein, carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals...), rather than at food as apples, meat, soy etc, this will help you to get all ingredients you need and can directly benefit your health.


    What motivates you to continue to be a successful vegan athlete?
    Successful is relative, but what motivates me is self improvement and feeling good.


    How has the website www.veganbodybuilding.com helped or inspired you?
    VBB inspired me as a place with loads of people from all over the world who want to be healthy in a compassionate way.


    Is there anything else you would like to add about your vegan fitness lifestyle?
    Please don't hesitate to ask questions. There are many of us who had similar obstacles or doubts when becoming vegan or while entering a new sports or training program.

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