A Vegan Ultrarunning Champion Talks Nutrition
As an ultramarathon champion and former professional triathlete, Brendan Brazier had to learn what to eat to fuel his ambitious goals. In the process, Brazier became a passionate vegan and now dedicates his life to raising awareness about plant-based eating. Brazier is the author of the Thrive book series and free online program, and creator of Vega—a series of plant-based nutritional products including supplements and energy bars. He also works with elite athletes and people of all ages and fitness levels to help them reach their goals.
In a recent interview with Greatist, Brazier talked about training for elite events, motivation and how he made the switch to eating only plant-based foods.
I was never trying to become a vegetarian or a vegan. I just wanted to be a great athlete, so I was going to do whatever it took. A properly put-together plant-based diet is based on whole foods, nutrient-dense foods, and high net gain nutrition. Eating plant-based can really help speed recovery and that can allow you to train more and reduce inflammation, which makes your muscles more efficient. It can also reduce the energy it takes to digest food so you have more of it.
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