A common argument to beef out the “meat is muscle” theory when it comes to vegan eating and athleticism is that it’s hyper-difficult for a plant-based eater to get enough protein to really excel in training and strength building.
If we take a quick squizz at the animal kingdom, we can debunk that theory fairly quickly. Sure, the king of the jungle might fancy a meaty morsel, but let’s not forget the speed of the springbok, the strength of the buffalo and the might of the rhino.
When people say that they feel like they’ve been run over by an elephant, it isn’t really to point out how weak the beast is. Even the great gorilla has ‘vegone’ the plant route.
And if the animal argument isn’t strong enough, we can look at some of the top athletes who treat themselves to the vegan life:
Formula 1 champion Lewis Hamilton, marathon runner and fitness guru Rich Rolls, and pro-wrestler with muscles-for-days Austin Aries are all well-known athletes who munch on the planty good stuff, and this is just the beginning of the list.
Star tennis player Venus Williams was diagnosed with an autoimmune disorder that nearly crushed her pro-sporting career, and when she switched all animal meaties to planties, it saved her on the court. When queried whether the food change made a life change, she confirmed.
“It definitely changed my whole life. It changed the pace that I live at. It changed everything… So, it has been wonderful to still do what I love. And even though I still have issues, it doesn’t mean they’re going to stop me.”
So, meat equaling athletic success is much the same as claiming that a bowling ball might float in water. It’s just not true. Tasty plants can give tasty muscle development just the same when done right.
And Fria? Well, she does it just right in providing us with delicious delights to treat our taste buds as much as our muscles!
Vegan. More like Ve Gainz, am I right?
– Words by Becky Leighton