Nutrition Secrets of Plant-Based Athletes (VZ 59)

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It is a widely-held misconception that the terms “vegetarian” or “vegan” and “athlete” don’t belong together.  Plant-based athletes? What is that? Isn’t it true that athletes need a lot more protein than other people, and that animal protein is the best (or only) viable source?  And what about calories?  How can a person possibly consume enough calories to support a highly active body if they eat only plants?

Quite easily, actually!  A diet free of animal products can provide plenty of protein without the added fat and cholesterol found in meat (and it’s cruelty-free!).  Eating a range of healthy plant-based fats, such as those found in avocados and nuts, will help ensure athletes are consuming enough calories.

In this episode of the podcast, we discuss various aspects of being a plant-based athlete.  We offer an overview of what a balanced vegan diet really is and talk about protein, calories, and carbohydrates.  We also review some of the challenges vegetarian and vegan athletes face and offer tips to overcome them.

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Vickie and Larissa