Division you will compete in: Olympic weightlifting
Weight/Competition Weight: 63 kg
Current max lifts: Current meet PRs are 58 kg snatch, 71 kg clean and jerk.
City: Houston, TX
Years as a vegan: 8 years
Why you became a Vegan: I am vegan for the animals. I was vegetarian for almost 5 years before becoming vegan, because I was a clueless college student that didn’t understand healthy vegan nutrition. My one attempt to go vegan in those days involved living off noodles and salads (definitely not enough calories or vitamins for this girl!!). When I moved to a new city, I seized the opportunity to go vegan and to learn to cook, since I wasn’t going to know anyone and needed a new hobby.
History Competing: I’m a new competitor, but I have always had a strong internal drive to be my best at whatever I’m pursuing at that time.
What drives you to compete: I want to be an athlete, I want to be good at sports. Being vegan has been a part of my identity much longer than athletics, but it’s nice to surprise people at the box when they find out I’m vegan. “Oh, you’re vegan, but you’re so muscular? You only eat vegetables?”
What do you see as the biggest advantages of being a vegan athlete: I can enjoy my sports without harming others. I don’t have to eat nasty things like cottage cheese to be able to perform.
What types of supplements if any do you use?: I use protein powder, creatine, and sometimes BCAA and beta-alanine (this is a self-experiment). I take algae-based DHA/EPA and ahiflower-based SDA (this is converted to EPA in humans).
How would you describe your diet while preparing for a competition: I just #eatallthefood. I am not strict – if it’s vegan, I’m going to try it. I rarely track my macros or calories. I prefer to eat in patterns, knowing that making meals in these patterns will provide me with what I need.
Favorite food in your prep diet: Anything sweet!
How would you describe your training for a competition: I trust my coach (Mike Callely of Texas Strength Weightlifting) to guide me, we have periods of higher volume and periods of higher intensity. I do the Oly lifts every session, front and back squat multiple times a week, accessories over the course of the week (rows, presses, pulls, back extensions), and sometimes during the year, I bench more regularly.
Favorite exercises: Currently, the snatch, because I’m on the cusp of knowing what I’m doing, haha.
How many hours a week do you spend training?: 10-15 hrs
Today I am most proud of: Being invited to represent veganism with Plantbuilt. I’ve been a total fan-girl for years, so it’s going to be surreal to meet so many people I’ve looked up to over the last few years.
Personal website or blog: I help run Vegan Bodybuilding & Nutrition on Facebook. I have a personal Instagram with the username veganbbn.