Derek Tresize Making Gains with Vegan Diet

Raw diet at work!

Derek is truly inspiring, taking two contradictory ideas, vegan diets and bodybuilding, and paving a healthier way to excel in the sport of bodybuilding. With biceps the size of cannonballs, bodybuilder Derek Tresize placed in the top three of his class at the NANBF Championships here in Seattle. Bodybuilding for the past 5 years, he converted to a plant-based diet at the age of 19, and saw his overall performance in sports like football, cross country, powerlifting, and kayaking improve across the board.

Having a diet requiring 6000 calories a day, it’s astounding to know that Derek earned his muscle mass through a raw vegan diet. It is a common prenotion that vegans have a protein deficiency, but as Derek proves, plants provide all the protein anyone would need. “Animals consume massive amounts of resources and essentially convert plant protein into its own muscle tissue, so why not just skip the middle man?”

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Serena Williams Wins Tennis Title on a Raw Food Diet

Serena Williams supercharged from that raw diet!

 

Who says athletes need “animal protein” – it’s a MYTH. Serena Williams, American tennis champion and raw-vegan food dieter, beat the world’s top-ranked player, Victoria Azarenka, last Sunday to win the US Open women’s singles title. I truly believe that her raw diet that she had switched over to in support of her sister, Venus, earlier this year has helped play a role in her success.  It’s exciting to see professional athletes starting to come out and talking about their choice to convert to a raw food diet. “Even though I’m 30, I feel so young,” Williams said. “I’ve never felt as fit and more excited and more hungry.”

 

Scott Jurek excels on plant-based diet

Scott Jurek on a run

 

(Photo from ScottJurek.com)

Believe it or not there are a ton of athletes who thrive on a plant based diet and think it’s important to highlight these people and their accomplishments.  Ill be featuring these individuals from time to time, hoping to inspire and break down any misconceptions about plant based diets and performance. – Priscilla

Words like “ultra” should not be used frivolously, but ultra runner Scott Jurek fully deserves the descriptor. His resume of races is crazy, including 24-hour runs and over-100 miles in length. In 2010, he set a U.S. all-surface record in the 24-Hour Run with 165.7 miles. He was named Ultra-Runner of the Year three times by Ultrarunning Magazine. With the publishing of his acclaimed book “Eat and Run,” Jurek extends his accomplishments off the trail.

What could fuel such feats? For Jurek, a big source of his success has been a wholesome plant-based diet. As a graduate student, Jurek noticed how a diet in high-quality food benefited those living active lifestyles. Adopting a plant-based diet in 1999 was the needed element to spark his astounding career. [Read more...]

 
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