I don’t know about you, but I have always been an avid eater of meat, and on top of that, I eat a lot… Like a lot a lot. Pre-vegan my diet was 50% protein, and that meant my consumption of meat, dairy and supplements made up most of my calories. As you can probably guess, that’s not necessarily good for you. Initially I was going into the whole vegan thing as a 30 day cleanse of sorts. Something to try and reboot my system and maybe cleanse me of all the chemicals and grease I’ve been devouring in large quantities for the past two years or longer. But then as more people found out what I was planning to do, I was being told “you will lose all your muscle mass.” Or “you won’t be able to maintain your physique.”
Suddenly, I was presented with a challenge. A challenge I intend not only to uphold, but hopefully to learn something. This blog is designed to help someone out there who might be trying to achieve something incredible, without shedding blood. Or maybe even to just look like a meathead, without eating any meat.
I decided to deactivate all my social media recently to give myself some time to rest/think bla bla bla. Upon doing this, I found myself with an unruly amount of free time to think, read and pursue other ideas.
One such idea was to become a vegan, and before you jump to any conclusions about my motives, hear me out. What started out as an experiment to see if I could maintain my current fitness lifestyle on a plant based diet, ended up becoming more of a challenge to the current stereotype of vegans. While researching how I was going to do this I realised that there really wasn’t much out there in terms of resources for someone like me. A young adult who is perhaps looking to eat a vegan diet but also maintain an athletic lifestyle and great physique on a 22 year old’s salary.
I’m not saying there aren’t resources for people looking to be fit and vegan, but when it comes to young male ‘gym junkies’ who want to stay muscular and fit on a plant based diet while living on minimum wage, you’d be surprised at the lack of easily accessible guidance. Which is why I decided to be that. I will be posting on this blog every day showing you the best way to be a vegan athlete, without losing all your hard earned muscle and cash.