This should put an end for good to one of the most commonly asked questions toward vegans:
"Where do you get your protein?"
Here, now, in 2012, we definitely know for a fact:
1) Most Americans consume waaay too much protein, which can have detrimental health effects.
2) A balanced whole-foods, plant-based diet provides plenty of protein for a thriving life.
3) You can be vegan and you can be buff and you can be an elite athlete. At the same time. And here's the proof:
Robert Cheeke, vegan bodybuilder, President of Vegan Bodybuilding and Fitness, and author of the Vegan Bodybuilding and Fitness book
Jimi Sitko, vegan bodybuilder and certified fitness trainer
Brendan Brazier, professional Ironman triathlete, creator of Vega, author of Thrive: The Vegan Nutrition Guide to Optimal Performance in Sports and Life (and other Thrive sibling books)
...and many more peak performance experts and elite athletes who reached/are reaching the pinnacle of their sport, game, competition through a plant-based diet (find them here or here)!
Beyond food itself, we venture into the world of protein and nutritional products (supplements, powders, shakes, bars, etc.) and find many high quality vegan protein and nutritional product options.
I reached out to Giacomo of Veganproteins.com about trying out some new nutritional/fitness products. He set me up with some samples of vegan proteins from Vega and SunWarrior. Here they are:
Vega Protein Bars, Recovery Accelerator, Performance Protein, and (new!) VegaOne Nutritional Shake; SunWarrior Raw Vegan Protein
As someone who's been a big fan and user of Vega's Whole Food Health Optimizer just in my normal day-to-day, it was a blast actively using other products around workouts. All of them, it turned out, were fantastic. Gaining more muscle, my specific goal, has always been a bit tricky for me. Recently, I've put on a good few pounds and am noticing a distinct difference in my muscle tone, which is outstanding. During my times of consistent Vega use (in addition to "active" eating throughout my day, consciously planned for my workouts), including using the samples, I've seen the greatest change.
I noticed the Recovery Accelerators, in addition to tasting good, reduced soreness and fatigue in my body - taking them after more strenuous workouts than usual, I awoke the next day feeling fresher and lighter than expected. My personal favorite flavor is the Chocolate SaviSeed, and I do like their chocolate flavor overall (also in the SunWarrior). The VegaOne's flavor has gotten even better, and I love the variety throughout all of their products - from Vanilla Chai to more tropical flavors to chocolate variations... or just keeping it plain and simple with a natural flavor.
On that note: it's time for you to get the chance to experience some Vegan Proteins! KMIV and Ahimsa Life Coaching are raffling off one 16.3 oz Tub of Vega Complete Whole Food Health Optimizer (Vanilla Chai flavor) for all of you! All you need to do is follow the simple directions below and increase your chances to win some Vegan Proteins goodness!
For all those looking to get buff Vegan style, head on over to www.veganproteins.com and use the promo code "Ahimsa5" on any product(s) for 5% off the price (plus a free blender bottle on your first purchase)!
All the best and yummiest,