Pro Snowboarders Gabi Viteri and Kimmy Fasani on raw and vegan diets

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(Above: Priscilla Levac 2010)

The number one benefit in eating a plant-based diet is digestion; by having proper digestion we’re able to absorb nutrients better and therefore recover a lot quicker from workouts and injuries. Not to mention the energy and vitality we get from the absorption of all the minerals and vitamins from living foods. And by eating Whole Foods (verses processed foods), our body recognizes the food and knows exactly what to do with it. It also takes an enormous amount of effort for our body to digest meat and it creates a highly acidic environment, which can lead to serious problems and diseases.

It means so much to me to see these two celebrated Pro Snowboarders Kimmy Fasani and Gabi Viteri thriving on this diet. They are both such positive role models and they impact so many young girls out there. This is more than living a healthy lifestyle, it’s about living a “responsible” lifestyle.

Of all the different dietary options out there today, why did you choose to go Raw/Vegan?

           KF: The saying, you are what you eat is something I truly believe in. I choose to eat healthy because that’s when my body performs at its best. I don’t maintain a fully raw or fully vegan diet year round but I do believe in incorporating raw foods and eliminating dairy at each meal. Not every body is the same, but for me I find that the more whole foods I put in my system the better it operates on and off the hill. During the summer I love experimenting with raw recipes and find that my digestion works way more efficiently with fresh veggies, fruits, and nuts.

       gabi_screen_grab   GV: The reason I chose this route of health is after some friends had brought to my awareness of what exactly was in the food we were eating, and the whole industry behind it. Its horrific and it is easy to play the whole out of site out of mind game. But after I saw enough of what was happening I became more conscious of where exactly this was coming from that I am about to put into my body, what animals have suffered and what bad energy I am about to put into myself. I also found that after I went vegan for a while my body felt different, and I had way more energy. I actually realized how sick and low energy I use to feel when I would eat dairy products per say.

What is the biggest misconception you’ve heard/read about being raw/vegan?

           KF: The biggest myth about eating raw and vegan is that nothing will taste good prepared this way. When the food is made with love, care, and the proper ingredients, it can be more flavorful that most processed foods.

           GV: The biggest farce of course is people telling me how I am an athlete and need more protein, how our bodies need these foods to survive etc. etc. What is actually amazing is I can say now that I don’t get nearly the amount of grief I use to, its almost like the population is actually growing into this new way of eating and more people are becoming aware, I am starting to relate more to people rather than having to explain myself and the benefits and actual facts and not just what people think to be true. I feel people are actually starting to find out the true facts and become aware, and it is now getting so much easier to find food to eat even while traveling. [Read more...]

 
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