Just because someone looks strong, or has muscles, does NOT mean that they are healthy. Last year when I did my first competition I saw up close and personal how much “smoke and mirrors” can effect someone’s look. It was crazy, as I was sitting backstage looking at the competitors, I was thinking to myself, “these people do not look good up close.” AND “tanner and oil can really do wonders for someone’s look.” I would NOT strive for the look of most of those women. And after doing the typical “bodybuilding diet” last year, I knew that that was not something that I could live with. So I decided to go a different route…
Last year’s competition was not the complete reason I went vegan, but a big reason. Last year I ate sooo much chicken and fish that I feel like I killed my own chicken farm and depleted a fishery. (I had already stopped eating beef and pork.) After a while I was just so burnt out on animal flesh, that I would look at my cooked meat and cringe, and make a smoothie instead. After reading a few books, learning how most of the animals in the country are raised (with antibiotics, hormones, and in unsanitary conditions), and what meat and animal products do to our bodies I just gave it up…cold turkey (pun intended.) I did not become vegan to save the planet…or to protest animal cruelty, but my actions will inevitably help the cause. Almost overnight I became a tree hugging bodybuilder hippie…who wudda thunk it? Certainly not me!
Sometimes you have to question the status quo. There is no reason why every single bodybuilder alive has to have the EXACT same diet. And all vegans/vegetarians are not all frail and skinny. I plan on showing people what PLANT POWER can do!