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#1 Old 01-31-2018, 09:05 PM
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Vegan Athletes Unite!

Hey, everyone!

I'm a new-ish vegan Spartan racer and college student, studying Environmental Studies and History.

A little background: I grew up on a typical Midwestern farm. Working hard, playing in the mud, climbing trees, exploring the outdoors, and of course, eating meat from the animals that we raised. I've always had a sort of connection with animals. I have vivid memories of crying my eyes out when the animals that I had raised since they were babies were hauled away on a trailer, headed for the slaughterhouse. I couldn't bear to eat the bacon that came from my sweet pig, Daisy. To this day, two of my best friends are my Black Sumatra chicken, Sumi, and my free-range Angus cow, Kayla. Kayla had a calf last week (named Hazel), and she's adorable!

I've always known deep down that going vegan (or at least vegetarian) was the right thing to do. For a while, I pushed it off because I knew that my family would think I had lost my mind. When I got to college and started learning about the horrible impacts that the American meat industry has on the environment, I decided that it was time to make the change, and I am SO happy that I did! I feel much healthier, recover from workouts faster, and handle stress better.

The most interesting part about becoming vegan has been the social aspect. At the cafeteria, I get asked at least once a week, "are you vegetarian?" This doesn't bother me, I have good reasons (environmental, health, and ethical reasons), and it's a way to spread the word about living without meat. The hard part about this comes when I want to get pizza with friends (I can't) or I go to someone's house and they're not serving anything that's vegan (such as roast with buttered mashed potatoes). Any suggestions on how I can handle these situations without ruining my college social life? That said, it's hard to have much of a social life when I'm always in class, at work, in the gym, or studying, but my friendships are still important to me and I don't want to be a pain for someone!

Also, I'd love to chat with any other vegan/vegetarian athletes out there!
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#2 Old 02-01-2018, 06:32 PM
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Amen brother, amen
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Amen brother, amen
Haha, thanks, dude!

By the way, I'd love to hear from any other vegans, not only athletes. Your stories matter!

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I'm not vegan, but I am a vegetarian athlete (equestrian)


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#5 Old 02-08-2018, 02:04 PM
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I'm not vegan, but I am a vegetarian athlete (equestrian)
Vegetarian and horses? That sounds amazing! What events do you participate in?

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Vegetarian and horses? That sounds amazing! What events do you participate in?


I compete internationally in show jumping and harness racing ^-^ Most people in the racing industry here in Norway treat their horses well, it's definitely nothing like the callous gallop racing industry. My horses are the most spoiled fatties I know XD


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Vegan dyslexics, Untie!
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