|Scott Jurek, famous ultra-marathon|
Scott JurekScott Jurek made me super proud through two statements in his recent Runner's World article, "Eat Vegan and Run." First, he makes the connection between diet quality and physical performance:
Second, thanks to Jurek for the shout out to my professional organization, the Academy of Nutrition of Dietetics, and touching on the nutritional adequacy of vegan/vegetarian diets:
|Lance Armstrong, who has recently returned to his|
triathlon roots with recent victories at Ironman
70.3 Florida and Ironman 70.3 Hawaii.
Lance ArmstrongAs previously mentioned, Lance Armstrong has also adopted a 'mostly vegan' diet. That is, he is eating vegan two meals a day: breakfast and lunch. In a recent Huffington Post Interview, Armstrong touted the energy benefits of his recent dietary changes:
"My energy level has never been this consistent, and not just consistent, but high...The other thing -- I expected to get rid of that dip, but I didn’t expect the mental side of it, and the sharpness and the focus that I’ve noticed."
Armstrong is following what is called the Engine 2 Diet, something I had not heard of until recently. It's a "plant-powered" eating plan based on a diet of whole foods, including whole grains, fresh fruits, vegetables, legumes, nuts, and seeds. (Update: looks like doping-allegations were brought against Armstrong today...impeccable timing on my part!)
So why are some top athletes following a plant-based lifestyle? In my next post I'll address the benefits of adopting a plant-based, whole foods approach to fueling your life and your workouts!