Plant-Based Power

guys-go-vegan_7Did you ever think there could be¬†such a thing as a vegan bodybuilder? ¬†What about vegan football players or vegan ironmen/women? ¬†The truth is, now that you’re vegan, you should know that you’ve just joined a massive group of vegan athletes that think, eat and train just like you did before you became a plant-based human.

There are so many dedicated athletes and fitness nuts who thrive on a plant-based diet.  So whether you want to be a bodybuilder, a marathoner or just a fit-conscious vegan, you can do it and plants can help you!

Once I decided to hop back on the workout wagon, the biggest obstacle standing in my way was TIME. ¬†Between working and commuting, I was exhausted when I got home and in no mood to workout. ¬†I didn’t know what to do until I went over to Whole Foods and combed through the wellness section to see if there was anything out there to get me through my¬†intense workouts.

I’d like to cut right to the chase – the product family that jumped right out and caught my eye was Vega! CLICK HERE to learn about this company and their amazing line of products. ¬†Vega was formulated by the innovative¬†Brendan Brazier;¬†among other¬†things, he is a marathoner and one of the most famous plant-based athletes. ¬†Through many years of trial and error, he was able to create his own¬†plant-based diet that propelled him to becoming one of Canada’s top Ironman Triathletes. ¬†If this is your first introduction to Vega and Brendan, I suggest you take a minute to read more about both¬†in the links above.

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Vega produces four major lines of plant-based nutrition systems.  This includes Vega One, Vega On-the-Go, Vega Supplements and finally, the focus of this article, VEGA SPORT.

Vega Sport

Vega Sport

What makes Vega Sport so incredibly effective is that they focus in on the three phases of your workout equally. ¬†Whether you’re preparing for a marathon, a century ride, or just heading to the gym, you’ll be sure to know that your plant-based body will be plant-based powered.

Want to hear from Brendan and learn about Vega? Click Here!

prepare-hoverI attribute great workouts to being able to intensely focus. ¬†When I first started working out on a serious schedule and regime, I noticed fatigue would set in much faster if I started a workout with my¬†mind flooded with distractions. ¬†So, I turned to Vega to help me out. ¬†Enter…my ever saving grace, the Vega Pre-Workout Energizer. ¬†As a borderline narcoleptic (I’m actually serious), I usually don’t have a lot of excess energy…especially after a long day at the office. ¬†I’m not going to sit here and list out the ingredients and try to explain to you the science behind the pre-workout energizer because I’m not a scientist. ¬†HOWEVER, I will swear to you that this stuff does exactly what it says it does. ¬†After I get done with my stretch, I am ready to go!!! ¬†I can tell you that my mind is 100% focused and my body is ready to move to the next level. ¬†I’m not exaggerating. ¬†When I start moving, I feel energy rushing through my body. ¬†It’s not that fake energy you get from energy drinks. ¬†Its harnessable energy that you control and put to work in order to improve your health. ¬†Check out the pre-workout energizer in lemon lime or acai berry (my favorite) and get ready for the next level.

 

sustain-hoverFor the longer workouts, rides and runs, you’ll need something to get you to the finish line. ¬†Depending on your activity, there are a few different options.

Since my current usual workouts range from thirty minutes to an hour, I tend not to use the Sustain products as much, but when I do they really do work. ¬†For those of you who don’t think a half hour to an hour is a hard work out, then talk to my man Shaun T. ¬†Like I said, you have three options when it comes to enduring through the sweat, cramps, and climbs. ¬†There’s the ELECTROLYTE HYDRATOR that you mix in with your water. ¬†This zero calorie/no sugar supplement keeps you hydrated throughout your work-out and you can even drink this during the day while you’re on the job. ¬†I use this one a lot especially when I’m preparing for longer workouts. ¬†I drink it during the day so that I’m properly hydrated for when I get home.

There are also the Energy Bars, which help you sustain strength and energy during your work-out. ¬†These taste really good. I’ve used them¬†on occasion and each time it’s worked well. ¬†They’re easy to eat most importantly…you won’t feel like your jaw is breaking when scarfing them down. ¬†Since they’re not very dense, you also don’t feel them sitting in your stomach as you continue your workout. ¬†You’ve got two flavor choices here: Apply Cherry and Chocolate Coconut Almond. ¬†You can’t go wrong with either choice.

The last item in the Sustain category is something I’d probably recommend for the triathlon athletes, marathoners and cyclists because its small and easy to ingest while on the go. ¬†The Endurance Gel is designed for quick digestion so you get a quick burst of energy, along with the benefits of being able to sustain that energy. ¬†I tried the Orange Zest (there’s Raspberry too) once during a workout. ¬†I’ll be completely honest with you so you know my review is genuine. ¬†This doesn’t taste nearly as good as the rest of the products that I’ve been using, but it’s not horrible and it works.

 

recover-hoverTime to recover and rebuild your muscles so¬†you’re ready for the following day and getting to the next level…to do this,¬†you’ve got:

I’ve tried¬†all of the Recovery products post work-out, but only the Recovery Accelerator consistently for the past year. ¬† I am completely hooked on this one. ¬†Still think you only get protein from animal based products? ¬†Think again. ¬†The Performance Protein packs 25 grams of complete protein! ¬†Also, the Protein Bar packs 15 grams and tastes awesome! ¬†These products will help you answer answer age-old question of, “Where do you get your protein from?” ¬†You know what, haters¬†gonna hate. ¬†Let ’em, knowing that you have this secret weapon in your back pocket helping you get leaner and meaner.

What I enjoy most about the Recovery Accelerator is how it reduces my recovery time, but also reduces any potential muscle inflammation and muscle/joint pain. ¬†I’m not in high school anymore, but at the same time, I’m not that old either. ¬†Fact of the matter is, I still get sore and after nine years of football, my muscles ache and this really gets me back on my feet in hurry.

There is so much more that can be said, but¬†talk is cheap. ¬†If you’re serious about this plant-based diet and you’re serious about getting back to the gym and becoming a healthier you, then you need to bring Vega into your life. ¬†In addition to the sport products, they offer a wide variety of all-in-one nutrition systems and snack bars that will help you maintain your health properly.

Know one thing. ¬†I continue to use these products, because they are consistent and they work every time. ¬†Even though I’ve been using¬†the pre-workout energizer for a year, I reap its benefits before and during each and every workout. ¬†That’s what I tell people when I tell them about Vega. ¬†People always ask me how much it costs, and¬†I always tell them the truth. ¬†The cost is the cost, and it is a bit pricey when you’re on a tight budget. ¬†To be honest, my wife and I tried cutting out the Energizer and Recovery drinks one month for budget reasons. ¬†However, we absolutely noticed a huge difference in how this affected our bodies, and we made the decision to never cut them out of the budget again! ¬†Honestly, you do get what you pay for with Vega. ¬†Do you want to prepare for workouts, get through them and recover properly? ¬†Do you want to reach the next level and the level beyond that? ¬†YES? ¬†Ok, then trust me! ¬†The products taste great, they are plant-based and they can definitely help you achieve your fitness goals. ¬†Need I say more? ¬†RESULTS DON’T LIE!

Still have your doubts about plant-based fitness? ¬†Not only do results not lie, but neither do these guys listed below. ¬†I can’t tell you that they all use Vega, but they are all incredible athletes who have decided to sustain their bodies in the healthiest and kindest way possible. ¬†Check these guys out and tell me you still think meat is where you get your protein from:

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That’s all for now. ¬†Next up is Movember and I’m working on an exciting project…Stay tuned and check out the track below for a preview:

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Guys Eat “Neat”

When I first starting eating a plant-based diet back in college, (back in those days, it was still just called a “vegan diet”) our cafeteria at Rutgers actually did serve some vegan-friendly options.  There were always great salads, crazy good french fries, soy-based turkey slices upon request and even soy “chick’n” nuggets from time to time.  It was very rare that I went hungry, to be completely honest.  But being a money strapped undergrad really limited my exploration of off campus options.  I remember my first experience going into Whole Foods at Columbus Circle in the city and being so intimidated that I think I left empty handed.  I really didn’t know what to do or where to look.  I felt like I was walking into the Soup-Nazi’s place from Seinfeld where at any moment I could be asked to leave for not ordering correctly or forgetting my reusable canvas bag.  NO TOFU FOR YOU!

Over the years, as I have evolved as a vegan or plant-based human, I have noticed this massive and positive shift in innovation including food, drinks, clothing…you name it, and someone has figured out how to make it vegan.  Come to think of it, thats one of the major factors that has helped me be able to stay vegan.

If you’re like me, you probably like any “meat” options on the shelf.  I don’t care what it looks like or how much it costs.  If it’s vegan, I’m interested.

I’d like to talk about Neat – a healthy replacement for meat, another innovative company that has taken the preconceived idea of meat and just flipped it on its head.  Neat had reached out to GuysGoVegan and asked if I wouldn’t mind testing out their new line of meat substitute products that they recently launched.  I am always happy to test out a new product, especially one as unique at Neat.  Within a few days, I had a package at my door and I was ready and excited to eat.

When you get a Neat meat, you are getting a 100% vegan product which is also soy and gluten free.  Right now, Neat offers four great tasting meat flavors…

  • Original Mix
  • Italian Mix
  • Mexican Mix
  • Breakfast Mix

What’s so cool about their products is that the base ingredients of these meats are actually pecans and garbanzo beans.  There are some additional ingredients to give each type their specific flavor, but Neat is a very simple product that is healthy, versatile and extremely tasty.

The next part is what makes Neat so damn cool. When you open a bag of Neat Meat, its not a crumble or patty. It’s actually a powder! Yup! Just a powerful little powder that you mix with water and your favorite vegan egg replacer (Neat now makes an Egg Substitute!), saut√© and you’re good to go!  You can make burgers with the original mix, top some pasta with the Italian, make tacos with Mexican and breakfast patties with the breakfast mix.  Those are some basic ideas, but the possibilities are almost endless.

I want to thank everyone over at Neat for sending me these samples to test out.  If you see Neat in the store, be sure to pick it up.  It’s super fun to cook with and watch how this plant based powder transforms into a protein packed vegan meat.  If you’re interested in checking out Neat’s story visit their website and watch their video,

I follow Neat on Instagram and Twitter.  Let me tell you…you can tell from their photos and tweets that these are some of the hardest working people in the vegan world.  No matter where you live, if there is a vegan event you can be sure to find Neat serving up some awesome concoctions.  If you need some help finding Neat, Click Here to find the nearest distributor.

Neat Original Mix

Neat Original Mix


Neat Mexican mix

Neat Mexican Mix


Neat Italian MIx

Neat Italian Mix


Neat Breakfast Mix

Neat Breakfast Mix-The Newest Mix!

 

 

 

 

 

One last thing I need to mention.  Neat just released their Egg Substitute.  I haven’t tried it yet, but I cannot wait to get my hands on it and test it out.  Keep your eye on Neat, from what they’ve given us already, I’m sure there are more innovations to come.

Neat Egg

Neat Egg

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