Name: Lindsay Wolf
Division you will compete in: Kettlebell long cycle
Weight/Competition Weight: 115
Years as a vegan: Over 25 years meat free, the last 11 have been vegan.
Why you became a Vegan: For the animals! Health benefits are an added perk. I became vegetarian as a little kid when I realized animals were being served as food. Animals were my friends and I was not ok eating my friends. Inherently, I believe that all kids make the connections to animals that I did, but it’s something we lose when growing up in a society so disconnected from our food system. For a long time (ignorantly, I admit), I didn’t realize that cows had to be pregnant to produce milk. I never really thought about it and I think that most people don’t. I didn’t know that their babies are taken from them at birth and I certainly had no idea how horribly they are treated. In the egg industry, I didn’t know that male chicks are ground up alive. Since they cannot lay eggs, they are deemed useless. Once I was exposed to the systemic mistreatment that takes place in the egg and dairy industries, it was an easy switch to veganism.
History Competing: I’m a newbie!
What drives you to compete: I’ve grown up with all of the negative stereotypes surrounding veganism and I’m so proud to be part of a team that helps to prove otherwise.
What do you see as the biggest advantages of being a vegan athlete: Energy, faster recovery time, and you don’t get sick.
What types of supplements if any do you use: Very few. Vegan B-12 and protein powders occasionally – mostly because they taste delicious. Here’s a plug for Vega Sport Protein Performance.
How would you describe your diet while preparing for a competition: I eat what I like (sorry bodybuilders). A lot of veggie stir-fry’s and potatoes, nuts and super dark chocolate. Honestly, I just try to eat healthy year round, but if it’s vegan, I’m in. I pretty much eat the same thing every day. Breakfast is waffles or a bagel. Snacks are fruit/nuts/vega bar. Lunch is a Tofurky and Vegenaise sandwich. Protein shakes on lift days. Dinner is generally some sort of veggie combo and then chocolate ☺
Favorite food in your prep diet: I assume pizza and/or donuts would be the wrong answer here…so I’ll go with fruit and veggie smoothies. I can only eat so much kale, but in smoothie form it’s like it’s not even there!
How would you describe your training for a competition: MWF: KB days (snatch/long cycle). Tues, Thurs, and Sat: running with pushups, pull-ups, ab work, and yoga. Sunday is day off.
Favorite exercises: Anything working bis and tris.
How many hours a week do you spend training: 8-10
Today I am most proud of: Dedicating my life to bettering the lives of animals. One day we will read all about the horrible things we’ve done to animals. The world is changing and I want to be part of the change.
Personal website or blog: I currently work with Mercy For Animals. MFA is dedicated to preventing cruelty to farmed animals and promoting compassionate food choices and policies.