Name: Jennifer Moore
Division you will compete in: Figure
Age: 38-39 by competition
Weight/Competition Weight: 115
City: Southaven, MS- Suburb of Memphis, TN
Years as a vegan: 8
Why you became a Vegan:
As an intern in nutrition at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, I had a preceptor that taught a class on vegetarianism as she was vegetarian herself. Having grown up in the south, this was the first time I had ever considered eliminating animal products from my diet. She encouraged us to read Diet for a New America by John Robbins. I read it and began the change. I became vegetarian but phased in and out for several years. As I pursued Masters Degree in nutrition, all the research I read strongly supported plant based nutrition for health. After the birth of my third child I knew it was time to be serious for my health, the planet, and the animals. I became vegan. He is now 8 years old. Though I was eating a “healthy” diet, my cholesterol was still elevated. As a vegetarian it was 220. As a vegan it is 145. As a vegetarian I was a size 4 to 6. I am now a size 0 to 4. I have more energy, my skin is clear, and I am at peace with how I steward God’s planet and my body.
History Competing: International Natural Bodybuilding Association Southwest Regionals: First place in Figure Novice and Figure Jr. Masters
What drives you to compete: Competing has been a dream of mine since I was a teenager. With the support of my husband and trainer in Las Vegas I finally accomplished this dream as a mother of 4. I want to be a role model to my children. I want other women to see they do not have to give up on their body after they have children. I want people to know that animal protein is not needed to build strong, healthy bodies. In fact, it is quite the opposite. Animal protein promotes disease.
What do you see as the biggest advantages of being a vegan athlete: I do not see disadvantage. I believe being vegan is the best kept secret for athletic performance. I used to run several half marathons per year. My finish times improved as a vegan. Being lean is less of a challenge. Diets of figure competitors can become very unhealthy, especially close to show day. This is not the case with vegan nutrition.
What types of supplements if any do you use?: I use SunWarrior protein powder and SunWarrior Ormus Greens. These are vegan, raw products. Additionally, I take Garden of Life digestive enzymes/vitamins, PB 8 vegan probiotics, Spectrum vegan omega-3s, vegan vitamin D, B12, and turmeric.
How would you describe your diet while preparing for a competition: Several months out from the competition I ensure I consume enough calories and protein to maintain/increase muscle mass. This includes a variety of beans, tofu, SunWarrior protein shakes, Gardein products, sweet potatoes, salads daily, juicing daily, green vegetables, and peanut butter (my favorite food). Closer to competition I remove any meat substitutes and stick to tofu, green veggies, and clean carbs. I drink ½ to 1 gallon of water all year round.
Favorite food in your prep diet: SunWarrior shakes and peanut butter.
How would you describe your training for a competition: Several months out I lift heavy to build muscle. For cardio, I take 1 spin class per week, run 1 day per week, and complete 2/20 minute interval sessions per week. Closer to competition I lift heavy 3 days per week and complete intense circuit type workouts 3 days per week to lean out. I walk in the evenings for less intense cardio to preserve muscle while cutting my diet.
Favorite exercises: Shoulder flyes and biceps curls are my favorites. I love working shoulders. They make women’s arms beautiful. I like curling 30 pound dumbbells next to the guy in the gym who is curling the same amount.
How many hours a week do you spend training?: 6 to 8 hours per week
Today I am most proud of: I am most proud to be the fit wife of an Air force veteran and the mother of four wonderful children. I am proud to be an example to other wives and mothers as I teach my family about health through plant based nutrition and fitness.
Personal website or blog: www.vegwell.com