The Vegan Athlete Uprising

There are many misconceptions about the affects of a vegan diet on the body. Most people assume that a person who consumes absolutely no animal products would have problems summoning enough energy or strength to tackle even the simple tasks required in daily life, and certainly not enough to be a successful athlete.

Despite the alarming amount of people, misinformed about veganism, who believe the diet will leave the body weak and depleted, more and more vegan athletes are turning heads entering the field, stadium, ring, track, and court.

Regardless of the sport, or player’s diet, an athlete needs to pay close attention to the following in order to maintain optimum health and fitness: vitamins and minerals, protein, fats, and carbohydrates. All of these things are found in a responsible vegan diet of vegetables, fruits, grains, legumes, nuts, and seeds, most often in a healthier form than receiving them through animal products.

The public often attempts to ignore or discredit the exorbitant amounts of data continuing to conclude that veganism is the healthiest diet, however, vegan athletes are irrefutable proof that a vegan can be energetic and well-nourished enough to compete with and often beat, athletes who swear by a meat based diet.


There are hundreds of vegans, including Scott Jurek, Weia Reinbound, Pat Reeves, Peter Burwash, and others, have pushed their bodies to extremes in a healthy way and become Olympic or world class athletes. Many of them have set records still unbeaten by the more common omnivorous athlete.

It may seem that there are few vegan athletes because the prospect of doing these incredible physical feats on an animal free diet is so improbable to many people, but the truth is that there are few athletes who are true herbivores because we live in a time when less than 1% of the world’s human inhabitants consume a cruelty-free diet.

As veganism becomes a more prevalent diet and life-style, more vegan athletes will appear, and continue to do amazing things, most likely eventually being known for their general level of ability higher than their peers of different ways of eating.

Not too long ago the idea of a vegetarian professional athlete seemed preposterous to most. Now non-meat-eating fitness gurus are becoming common and the new unusual thing is the vegan champion. Vegan athletes are starting to make their mark though, and raw foodists and fruitarians are entering the picture as well.

While some vegan athletes advertise their diet and are known for it, others are not well known as vegans. Some make an activist stand with their vegan approach to fitness, while others simply live a vegan lifestyle or eat a vegan diet because they are aware that it will improve their abilities if done correctly. The following are some of the most famous vegan athletes you might have heard of:

Jane Black, Brendan Brazier, Robert Cheeke, Mac Danzig, Robert Hazeley, Keith Holmes, Scott Jurek, Georges Laraque, Carl Lewis, Jack Lindquist, Mike Mahler, Martyn Moxon, Patrick J. Neshek, Feona Oakes, Pat Reeves, Weia Reinboud, Amanda Riester, Mary Stabinsky, Ed Templeton, Ted Trendy, Keneth Williams, Salim Stoudamire, Alexander Dargatz, Kenneth G WIlliams, Joel Kirkilis, Joni Purmonen, Willie Austin, Jim Morris, Rich Roll, Jeff Eggleston, Adam Myerson, Jason Sager, Bob Harper, and Robert Cheeke.

These people and many more have stepped up to the plate and shown the world that a diet of animal products is not necessary in order to have an fit, elite, and healthy body. Hopefully in the future the majority of athletes will have plant-based diets, in order to benefit not only their own athletic performance, but also their health and the planet.

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36 comments

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Rich Blue3 years ago

Great Info! thank you for sharing :) I hope more people read this and realize that you dont have to kill and abuse to be healthy...

Patricia H.
Patricia H.3 years ago

thanks for sharing

Sheri P.
Sheri P.3 years ago

just goes to show you...it can be done...

Sarah M.
Sarah M.3 years ago

Thanks

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beba h.3 years ago

Also cut out out the poisons and it is a double bonus. Out the window---- monosodium glutamate,floride,aspartame just to name a few.

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beba h.3 years ago

Becoming vegetarian is the best thing I have ever done in my life. It helps make me look and feel 20 years younger than my years. I am conscious and passionate about sharing this with everyone. If you do one thing in your life that will matter do this. It opens a new door in your reality to a different kind of life.

Sherri G.
Sherri G.3 years ago

The key to a vegan or vegetarian diet - is eating responsibly!

This isn't rocket science people. The ones who are weak and run down are the ones who simply eliminate animal protein from their diets and do not replace it with plant protein.

I've been a vegetarian for 10 years...and I run and work out and am the healthiest one in my circle of friends and family.

Because I did this diet change sensibly. If you do your homework and read labels when you first make the change...you will find a huge amount of food products that contain far more protein than that steak you're eating.

And the upside is - plant based protein is actually what our human bodies were meant to eat. From our teeth to our intestines - we were designed for plant based protein - not animal based protein.

From the high cholesterol med's that many older American's take to the high blood pressure med's - what more proof do you need.

Get off your butts - stop eating meat - start eating plant based protein - and all these med's will no longer be needed.

James S.
james S.3 years ago

Still no answers as to how these athletes, and all the other thriving vegans are so healthy when some say that this just can't be. Their bodies need far more energy, strength, endurance, health..., than those who say that it's impossible to be healthy without eating animals and animal products. Any answers? Kim W.?

Victoria S.
Victoria S.3 years ago

Great info

mark g.
mark gillono3 years ago

CC C,

please do share the video. it is things like this that the AG GAG bills are trying to prevent so they can keep the atrocities hidden from the public. i wonder how many people would still contribute to the horrendous pain and suffering if they knew the truth of the matter?

“On profit-driven factory farms, veal calves are confined to dark wooden crates so small that they are prevented from lying down or scratching themselves. These creatures feel; they know pain. They suffer pain just as we humans suffer pain. Egg-laying hens are confined to battery cages. Unable to spread their wings, they are reduced to nothing more than an egg-laying machine. . . . The law clearly requires that these poor creatures be stunned and rendered insensitive to pain before [the slaughtering] process begins. Federal law is being ignored. Animal cruelty abounds. It is sickening. It is infuriating. Barbaric treatment of helpless, defenseless creatures must not be tolerated even if these animals are being raised for food—and even more so, more so. Such insensitivity is insidious and can spread and is dangerous. Life must be respected and dealt with humanely in a civilized society.” - Senator Robert Byrd