Monday, February 14, 2011

Vegan Athlete Inspiration

There are amazing vegan athletes out there that are so inspiring and successful it makes it hard not to be inspired to keep going everyday towards my goal.  The best part is that not everyone came out of the womb born a vegan, so they all too had to take the steps to make the transition over.

Rich Roll, Brendan Brazier, Robert Cheeke, Mac Danzig, Scott Jurek, Carl Lewis, and the list goes on of just a few of the famous vegan athlete names that come to my mind.  The funny thing is, where are all the women vegan athletes?  There are very few and far between the male.  I have read that it may be due to the lack of iron women get compared to men and other vitamins or is that just an excuse that they can't perform at that level?  Or is it the fact that men still get more attention in the athletic world than women so they are not well known yet?  Either way, they are all vegan and successful vegan athletes that prove by eating plants can make you just as strong and even stronger than the carnivores.

It would be just an honor to be listed amongst the names above and hence being a female at that.  I know I have a long way to go, but it is possible.  Take the story of ultra endurance athlete, Rich Roll, who just four years ago was a 40 year old couch potato dad of four kids looking for a change in his life.  He went vegan and started working out and now look at him.  Just last year Men's Fitness magazine named him one of the "25 Fittest Guys in the World" and he made PETA's list of "Sexiest Vegetarian Celebrities."  Now tell me that isn't inspirational!?!?!


  1. I'm going to have to google Rich, I haven't heard of him.. I want Brendan Brazier's book "Thrive". Have you read it? I've heard great things about it.

  2. Michelle,
    I bought Brendan's book for my husband for Christmas and he read it in 2 days he loved it! I actually just started to read it and it is fantastic so far, but I am only through the first chapter.

    Rich Roll and his wife wrote an e-cookbook 'Jai Seeds' that we bought last week and have yet to try any of the recipes, but can't wait to try some of those. You will have to let me know what you think of Rich Roll when you Google him!