Most nutrition information running around the internet gears itself towards people who are trying to lose weight or become the next Arnold Schwarzenegger. But what if you just want to eat more consciously, have more energy, and understand what fuels your body best?
I turned to professional movers to find out their answers. These are people who’s income and livelihood is determine by how well they can fuel and maintain their bodies.
Meet Harold David (known as HD) and Layla Luciano. Two plant-based eating machines who fuel their passion for dance, weightlifting, Muay Thai and more… one leafy green at a time.
Layla and HD, what inspired you to become a vegan/plant-based eater?
HD: Curiosity surrounding the effect eating differently would have on my body! I like to experiment with my diet a lot.
Layla: I was born and raised a vegetarian so I’ve never had meat or fish! I was never a heavy dairy eater but I cut out dairy 4 years ago and I feel the best I have ever felt!
What do you think is the biggest myth about being a vegan/plant-based eater?
HD: THAT WE DON’T GET PROTEIN. My gosh… there is protein in veggies! Beans! Nuts! Soy!
Side note: Mac and Cheese is a complete protein. Mmm!
What is the biggest change you’ve seen in your athletic performance?
Layla: I’ve always been called the energizer bunny and my vegan diet definitely has a lot to do with it. Animal proteins are dense and take time and energy to break down. Plant-based proteins from legumes, greens and seeds take less time to digest and are packed with fiber! I view my food as fuel for my body to power through my workouts, my Muay Thai training, training my clients, and teaching group fitness.
Is there anything we should know if we want to transition into based-based eating?
HD: Make sure to move slowly. The game changer is ADDING to your diet rather than REMOVING. This mindset and practice is important to overcoming any mental blocks or aversions you may have to becoming more plant-based.
Do you take supplements? If so, which and why?
Layla: The only supplement I take regularly is protein shakes! They are the best post-workout /post-training snack on the go. I usually use a blend of pea protein and brown rice protein, chia seeds, almond milk, and bananas.
Final Question! Do you have a favorite vegan athlete?
HD: Yes! Its a man named Roberto (@tattedvegan) because he’s down to earth, strong and fit as fuck. Also awesomely humble about his journey. Huge inspiration to me.
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