Last Saturday Demond Johnson, AFAA, AFPA, IFA Certified Personal Fitness Trainer and I provided an informative and interactive session about training on a vegan diet. The talk was done at A2 Fitness Professionals in Ann Arbor and the turn out was great! We had mostly vegans in attendance, although there were some vegetarians and even some omnivores who came out to learn about eating a plant-based diet to support training needs.
During our hour talk we gave a general overview of the benefits of consuming a plant based diet and discussed:
- Pre-workout/competition nutrition for fueling purposes,
- Post-work/competition nutrition for recovery,
- Fluid intake for hydration,
- Importance of consuming the appropriate distribution of carbohydrates, protein, and fat,
- A few specific micronutrients: Vitamin B12, Iron, Vitamin D, and Calcium.
In general, athletes should consume a diet that is high in complex carbohydrates and low- to moderate- in fat as well as adequate in protein, vitamins, and minerals for optimal performance.¹ What better way to do this than consume a plant-based diet? Whether you eat vegan or not, a diet that includes a wide variety of fresh vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, whole grains, beans, and legumes will give you the necessary energy, protein, and micronutrients needed for peak performance and aid recovery from exercise.
If you feel like nutrition is your missing link consult with a sports dietitian who can help you develop a winning nutrition plan that supports your level of training and fitness goals. To find a sports dietitian near your click here.