TOP 3 Inspiring Female Vegan Professional Athletes

It’s that time again! 

Time for 3 more inspiring stores of incredible woman in athletics and veganism. 

Lets get to them! 

1. Steph Davis, Pro Vegan Rock Climber

Steph is an incredible rock climber, base jumper, and vegan!

She has completed some of the most difficult climbs in North America. A climb called El Capitan in Yosemite National Park is a famous climb that she championed in 2003. This is a 900 meter vertical climb. She climbed in one day, only one other woman has done so ever! 28-e1384997529819-550x537

She went back and free climbed the route called Salanthe Wall. She was the first woman to ever free climb (no harness or ropes).

Among accomplishing a number of other difficult climbs around the world she went vegan in 2002 (except for organic milk in her coffee). But, she later gave that up in 2008 to which after she testifies she was feeling…

Stronger and healthier than ever before…. overall feeling more fit than ever.

She initially went vegan for the health benefits as she calls herself…

Endlessly interested in nutrition and performance effects.

Now though she says she’s conscious of animals and tries to cause as little harm as possible.

Note. She is on the cover photo of the Vancouver Plant Powered Athletics Facebook Page I creates. Check it out! www.facebook.com/groups/vancouvervegan.athletics/

2. Christine Varderos, Cyclocross Pro & Vegan Advocate

A healthy vegan diet consisting of whole plant foods has profound benefitsA happy girl cropped head by Hesham Sweed for endurance athletes because of the low fat, high carbohydrate, nutrient dense qualities of whole plant foods and this is no exception for cyclist Christine Varderos.

Christine has been competing at the top levels of road and cyclocross racing at a national and international level since the early 2000s. She went completely vegan in 2000 and since has been making a statement for vegan athletes.

InstagramCapture_d9ea0a15-2df9-4e9e-ba03-70ed15cb0b29In 2004, as a member of the US national team, won Santa Cruz Classic Criterium. This was the first win since her broken leg plus it was her first criterium win ever. She has placed well in a number of other international races since. Recently, in 2014 she won her age group and finished third overall in the Paris to Ancaster race.

She is also quite the advocate for animals too. Alongside writing for cycling press she is a representative for In Defense of Animals.

“I am a professional athlete so I may prove by example that top sport can be successfully accomplished on a completely plant-based diet…. It is especially important to me that everyone knows eating vegan is simple and easy and requires only basic foods that can be found in any supermarket around the world. Go Vegan and No Body Gets Hurt!”

3. Catra Corbett, Ultra-Running Extraordinaire

This woman… just WOW! Catra Corbett

She has run over 250 ultra marathons! Talk about endurance! She has seriously has some big accomplishments that put to rest of whether any other endurance athlete can go vegan. 

In 2013 she place 1st overall, beating out all male and female competitors at the Razorback 100 miler. This was her 86th 100 mile race. 

She holds the womans record for the fastest time completing the John Mir Trail out-and-back. A total of  424 miles. She also has the second best womans time completing it one-way, 212 miles.

Her counted total record is 65, 914 miles as of the end of 2011, that being her biggest year with a total of 4, 154 miles.

A very important note is the hasn’t always been active, nor did she always eat extremely healthy. She actually come from a alcohol and substance abuse background. Perhaps this is why she is known to be the most colorful character in ultra running. 

She using her example to inspire others to believe they can achieve what they don’t think is possible. 

“I am not fast but love to run I love motivating others to attempt what they believe is impossible. I believe anything is possible as long as you want to do it. “

Thank You

Thank you for reading and allowing me the time to share these incredible stories with you.

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Carson McQuarrie

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My Journey to a Vegan Diet (& Lifestyle) Part 2

Welcome, 

In this part 2 of my story on my journey to a vegan diet and lifestyle I will be going over my actual transition. 

Previously I’ve written about my Pre-Transition Diet. The 3rd and final part of this series I will cover my ideal diet of the future so stay tuned. 

My Transition

I remember meeting a new coworker, Courtney, where I work at Mountain Equipment Co-op. I heard she ran ultra marathons which are races longer than a marathon and can be hundreds of kilometers. This was something I had never heard of, even more out of my consciousness was a vegan diet. 

I literally barely had an inclination of what a vegetarian was! In fact I have one vegetarian friend and had previously never asked why and thought it was weird. 

Note. A vegan diet is one that completely abstains from any animal products for food consumption.

A vegetarian diet is typically one that abstains from meat and poultry but still contains eggs, dairy, and fish. 

Lacto-vegetarian abstains from all animal products for diet except for diary.

Pesco-vegetarian abstains from all animal products except for fish. 

And finally, ovo-vegetarian abstains from all animal products except eggs (chicken periods). 

Even less known is a raw vegan or fruitarian diet which contains simply and only fruits and vegetables. Yes, a raw vegan/fruitarian diet is also inherently vegan. 

I of course wanted to know about theses races Courtney was running and just as naturally as people ask me, I asked what she ate which is when I learned she has been vegan for 6 years all while completing these races. 

This literally blew my mind. I wish she took a polaroid of my face when she said she doesn’t eat any animal products haha

At this same time I was training to complete my first triathlon, just to say I did one. But, I remember about a month leading up to the race my performance during training was getting progressively worse. My energy was plummeting, especially after swimming.  I was determined to complete this race though but I secretly hid the fact that I was feeling borderline lethargic at times. 

I remember on mornings that I had to remember to eat toast and jam instead of peanut butter because if I didn’t have that sugar from jam I was gonna be falling asleep at work. Literally, at lunch time sometimes I’d finish eating my turkey patties, feel full, but ABSOLUTELY no energy and especially had no idea how I was going to go on the work to floor help members. 

If this is what the Atkins, The Zone, or Paleo diet feel like then I wouldn’t wish this on my worst enemy! 

The problem was that I was restricting carbs and now I feast on carbohydrate rich plant foods and have ran/hiked for 10hrs over Revelstoke Mt. in B.C. Canada for 55km and will cycle 5500km across Canada under 30 days this summer on fruits. 

Moving on, I finished the triathlon knowing that something was wrong with my diet and it needed to change, but how? 1947843_10153923379517646_5528479915708150612_n

After telling Courtney this she challenged em to go two weeks without dairy. I used to drink 3-6 medium/large glasses a day. I didn’t tell her at first but I decided to take it on. I began researching it and could tell that there was something to this diet and lifestyle. Testimonials from youtubers such as Durianrider & Freelee the Banana Girl got me interested, science from nutritionfacts.com got me intellectually reasonable, and animal welfare from the film Earthings got me compassionate.12079471_10154197878302646_3188347098311797273_n

I recognized health benefits and decided that it was worth making the rest of the switch overnight. Which mark the day of a vegan diet July 20th, 2014.

Upon consulting Courtney on what to eat I began eating comfort foods to fill me up. Reading that most people fail on a vegan diet because they don’t eat enough calories I began eating more toast with jam, rice crisps with peanut butter, wedge fries, and more rice with tomatoes sauce or white pasta. Whatever I could get my hands on I would eat but I still didn’t like avocados. These habits lasted for about a month. Why-should-you-eat-a-Full-Ripe-Banana-with-Dark-patches

I continued and began to learn more food options to which I began buying bulk bananas and making banana smoothies. This was a milestone. The rich hydrating carbohydrate has had a big effect on my energy and awareness in a way that  has allowed to me grow in other positive ways. To this day I feel so much better starting the day with a fruit smoothie. 

I was fortunate to do science based research from the start and knew that even though some of the foods I was eating had more fat a predominately carbohydrate rich diet was healthier. I was feeling better too. images20160120_164050.jpg

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After being vegan for almost 2 years at this point my diet is predominately fruits, but I also eat a variety of other plant foods such as grains, vegetables, legumes, starches, and juices, milks, and sometimes more processed bread spreads, snacks, and junk foods.  I find these do change in proportion to each other from day to day and a bit season to season. 

Conclusion 

Well thank you for reading my story. 

This was a long one but probably the most revealing. I look forward to telling you what my ideal diet of the future would be. 

Don’t forget to like, share, and subscribe. 

Thank You,

Carson McQuarrie

 

 

 

My Journey to a Vegan Diet (& Lifestyle) Part 1

Hi There,

I’m glad to share this story with you. As part of a series of 3 posts I want to share bits of my story in posts on my Pre-Transition, My Transition, and My Ideal Diet of the Future.

This first edition will be focusing on my Pre-Transition Diet.

Pre-Transition Diet

My diet the year prior is something that I don’t often think about but I can sure be reminded by my coworkers what I used to eat. I’m sure they’d say I’ve gone from one extreme to the other.

I remember just a couple months prior I was training to race my first triathlon. As most people think, I will admit that I thought my diet of mostly turkey burger patties was healthy. They were a good price so they must have been right?

Yes, that’s right! I would get turkey patties by the 12 pack from Coopers Foods.

I can’t even believe it!

I would eat toast with jam and peanut butter in the morning, turkey patties in the afternoon for lunch and for dinner was sometimes more turkey or whatever my mom made. At the time dinner could be ribs, soup, chicken, or again turkey burgers.

All meals were very animal based, unfortunately.  And I just didn’t know better or much at all about nutrition.

I did end up finishing that triathlon, thankfully. But I knew my diet needed changing because I was feeling tired all the time, fatigued, and borderline lethargic at times. I remember  thinking that I needed jam as opposed to jam or peanut better because if I didn’t have that little bit of sugar I was going to have trouble functioning at work.

I just didn’t have that mental alertness and overall life passion I have right now!

Reflection

So I hope that was interesting. I’ll give a more detailed chronology of what my transition was like and what my diet is like now in those future posts, so keep your eyes out.

I wanted to share this with you in hopes that I may not forget where I came from and to confidently say that if I can make the change you can to!

Thanks for reading! Please share and subscribe!

Carson McQuarrie

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