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November 27, 2014

Can A Vegan Diet Meet An Athlete’s Needs

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For any athlete, diet plays a major role in their health

With great athletic prowess comes a host of perceptions about what these people are like and what fuels their abilities. Most people would often think piles and piles of meat – they need to fuel all that muscle, after all. Well, as surprising as it may sound, many incredibly successful athletes are actually following a plant based diet and dominating in their field.
Whether you are a boxer, swimmer, cyclist, dancer, snowboarder, basketball player, bodybuilder and whatever other sports, it is possible to thrive on a vegan diet.
venus williams playing tennis
Venus Williams
Venus first turned vegan in 2011 to battle chronic fatigue and full-body inflammation caused by the auto-immune disease Sjogren’s Syndrome.
“Changing my diet has made a big difference” she said, “I’m not perfect, so I forgive myself if I make mistakes. I do a lot of juicing as well, a lot of wheat grass shots, a lot of fresh juices.”
black male athlete running on track
Carl Lewis
World famous track star Carl Lewis wasn’t always a vegetarian. But he eventually adopted a vegan diet to prepare for the World Championships in 1991.
Carl Lewis earned a total of 10 Olympic medals over his career, nine of them gold.

Vegan high protein foods

– Pumpkin seeds: pumpkin seeds are a great grab-and-go snack or topping for salads and soups.
– Dried beans: dried black beans, kidney beans, lentils, chickpeas, and pinto beans are all delicious choices for low-fat, fiber-filled protein.
– Soy milk, but also tofu and soybeans, are excellent sources of protein.
– Almonds… Go nuts over almonds 🙂
– Quinoa. Most grains contain a small amount of protein, particularly quinoa seeds. It also contains all nine essential amino acids that the body needs for growth and repair.
– Sesame, sunflower and poppy seeds

Learn more about Sports Nutrition

Dietary planning for a sporting event is now becoming just as important as psychological and physical preparation.

The information in our Sports Nutrition Training Course can be applied to numerous professional roles as well as your personal life. Whether you are a personal trainer looking to enhance your knowledge base, a triathlete hoping to improve your performance and endurance, or a parent who wants to give their child the best nutritional support through their active life, this course will give you the necessary knowledge and understanding essential to effectively fuelling your body for sports.

Why going Vegan?

Diet can aid recovery, or help in the maintenance of all conditions of ill health. The vegetarian and vegan diets are at the cutting edge of nutritional therapy, and an invaluable aid to all involved in health.
Our Vegetarian & Vegan Nutrition Consultant Course gives a solid foundation into the principles and values of meat-free nutrition. It will aid therapists of all camps to improve their treatment plans effectively.
Areas such as sports nutrition and bodybuilding are also covered. All therapists, as well as those involved in sports, medical and food areas, will gain much from this course.

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