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#1 Old 02-01-2010, 06:41 AM
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Feb 1 last year I gave up meat and dairy for "one month" in order to clean up my diet. I had finished an Ironman in '08 and my post race "feeding" had gotten out of control. I figured one month of a vegan diet would fix me right up.



I felt so much better on a vegan diet that I never gave it up. So here I am, one year later, still an endurance athlete (I did a 50 mile run in fall '09), still not eating meat or dairy.



This year, 2010, I plan to do another Ironman. Currently my diet is low-gluten, high-raw... loving it!
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#2 Old 02-01-2010, 06:48 AM
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Holy mackeral!! That's impressive! Congrats.



and Happy Anniversary
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#3 Old 02-01-2010, 09:35 AM
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#4 Old 02-01-2010, 09:40 AM
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Way to go!!!
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I'm glad you stuck with it!

Your body thanks you!
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#7 Old 02-01-2010, 10:37 AM
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I was a vegetarian for 8 years when I was young but I never really got the health benefit until I got off dairy too. I was super surprised by how I felt. I figured it would be the same as being veggie, but it was so much different... I can't imagine going back.



Thanks for the support here on VB.
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Congratulations!!!! That's incredible and inspiring!





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Feb 1 last year I gave up meat and dairy for "one month" in order to clean up my diet. I had finished an Ironman in '08 and my post race "feeding" had gotten out of control. I figured one month of a vegan diet would fix me right up.



I felt so much better on a vegan diet that I never gave it up. So here I am, one year later, still an endurance athlete (I did a 50 mile run in fall '09), still not eating meat or dairy.



This year, 2010, I plan to do another Ironman. Currently my diet is low-gluten, high-raw... loving it!

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#9 Old 02-02-2010, 09:44 AM
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That is amazing. A co-worker here is vegan and an Ironman triathlete. I don't know how long she's been vegan or a triathlete, but it's been longer than I have been a vegan and that's about 3 years. From what I have heard, she's really really good...makes top 3's on a regular basis. I am always amazed at triathletes! You ppl are crazy (in a good way)! One of my best friends did the Hawaii Ultraman and came in fifth. I would be really really interested to know how your vegan diet effects your training and race outcomes....maybe I can talk my friend into trying a vegan diet to enhance his race outcomes too!

Congratulations on your veganniversary!!
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#10 Old 02-02-2010, 01:24 PM
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As far as vegan & endurance sports, I haven't tried the iron distance on a vegan diet yet, but I ran the 50 with no GI problems which is unusual for a full day of solid exercise. Also, I did a 6 mile swim last season with no GI issues. No energy loss, ether. On the 50 I ate dates and bananas with Hammer Endurolytes supplements as needed. Did the trick.



Last night I had braised eggplant with tofu over brown rice and later had a giant smoothie with banana, strawberry, orange, spinach, flax, and hemp protein. mmmm.... that's a celebration right there.
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Congrats!! That is so exciting..



Oh, and I think the drink in your avatar looks delish!
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#12 Old 02-02-2010, 09:39 PM
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i was wondring do vegans get the same glow as rawfoodis
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#13 Old 02-04-2010, 09:40 AM
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IMO, raw foods forces you to eat a "clean" diet whereas there are plenty of processed/junk options that are vegan. I know when I am eating a clean vegan diet (all whole foods/ some cooked) or a raw diet, I feel great. French fries and Oreos, while being vegan, don't make me feel very good at all.
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#14 Old 02-05-2010, 07:47 PM
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congrats! I had my 8 year vegetarian anniversary on the same day, and to celebrate I went vegan
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