Should All Surfers Be VEGAN?
Veganism has grown massively around the world in the last few years,
Let’s get the basics of being Vegan and Veganism, what even is it? A Vegan is someone who abstains from consuming, using and supporting the exploitation of animals, aiming to cause as little harm as possible. Vegan’s do not eat or use any animal products, this includes; meat, cheese, dairy, eggs and even honey. Vegans do not support animal testing and do not buy any products that have been tested on
You may be thinking, that’s a lot of things you can’t have, do, or eat, what can you eat?! Why would anyone want to
As surfers we are just like any other normal folk, we have jobs, families and friends but we like the action of surfing, because of surfing’s very nature. We spend time in places abundant with sea life, interacting with animals and experiencing first hand local
You may still be wondering what all this has to do with being Vegan?
Surfers like 11-time World Champ – Kelly Slater and two-times World Champ – John John both enjoy a vegan diet and both made the change after they “Became increasingly aware of food and its effec.ts on the human body. A lot of today’s research, including from studies all over the world and
The Benefits Of Being A Vegan Surfer
- It’s the Best Way to Help Animals & Sea Life
It’s fair to say we care more about the ocean than most
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Did you know that animal farming and the production
Did you also know that just one person going Vegan saves nearly 200 animals per year? That includes marine life like fish! The easiest way you can help your local community and marine life is as simple as reducing your animal
- Slim Down, Shred More, Become Energised
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A lot of pro surfers are finding the benefits of keeping body fat low and energy levels high, but remember this isn’t just a fad
- Be Healthier, Happier & Live Longer
If you’re looking to surf for as long as you can in this life. listen up! We’ve got the answer and no
Vegans are not only healthier and leaner but they are also more likely to get all their daily nutrient requirements, that the body needs to be healthy, such as plant protein, fibre, fats, complex carbs, as well as vitamins and minerals. They can get almost everything they need from plants, without all the nasty stuff in meat that may slow you down and make you sick such as; cholesterol, saturated animal fats and IGF-1 (Insulin Growth Factor-1 hormone).
All these things will put your immune system into
So if you want to be surfing well
- Vegan Food Is Better for Surfers + It’s Delicious
There is nothing like that post surf hunger, the intensity and the speed at which most surfers can demolish a post-surf burrito is incredible; what about if you could have all your favourite foods in the world and they were vegan. Meaning you could continue to enjoy all those delicious foods, whilst reducing your carbon footprint, therefore reducing negative impact on the environment you love so much.
Speaking of burritos these are a staple in the surf community, especially in places like California and they are so easy to
Most supermarkets now stock a good range of vegan brands, if not stocking their own branded
This shift will keep companies coming out with more delicious meat and dairy-free options that taste incredible.
Here are just a few that are dishing up the goods; Sainsbury’s, Waitrose, M&S, Tesco and even Iceland all have a huge vegan range now, with plant-based, meat substitutes that look and taste like the real thing, but are much healthier than their animal-derived counterparts and don’t hurt any living beings.
If you can get
- Meat Is More Likely To Make You Ill
If there is one thing surfers don’t want, it’s to be ill when an epic swell arrives at your local break. Going plant-based could be the better option to to improve your immune system, keep your gut healthy and limit you exposure to harmful bacteria. Animal products and meats are often contaminated with faeces which often contain some harmful bacteria , such as Salmonella and E-Coli to name a couple. This is why animal food is most likely to make you ill, or give you food poisoning, it’s not very often, hear of some one eating raw broccoli and getting food poisoning, but eating a dodgy chicken curry can definitely set you back a few days.
A recent inspection of chicken flesh found that 96% of Tyson chicken packages were contaminated with Campylobacter, a dangerous bacteria that causes 2.4 million cases of food poisoning each year, resulting in diarrhoea, cramping, abdominal pain, and fever. Now that doesn’t sound great! Recent studies in america also stated that eating animal foods such as; chickens, pigs and cows, as well as their by-products like dairy and eggs, was the cause of over 2.4 million illnesses and 5000 deaths in one year!
- Help Feed the World
If you want to see a better tomorrow you’ve got to act today! if you eat meat it doesn’t just affect the animals, it affects people too. Even in today’s super high-tech world there are still millions of people that go hungry and die because of lack of food available. Producing meat on an industrial scale takes tonnes of crops and grains to feed the animals that we breed for slaughter.
Did you know it takes up to 13 pounds of grain, to produce just 1 pound of animal flesh! The sheer volume of grain required to feed the animals would be enough to feed 1000’s of people. With the meat we eat only accounting for 18% of our overall daily calories, that 18% could be better spent on less environmentally damaging and ethically grown foods; like the grains and crops we currently feed to livestock.
The more people that switch to a plant-based vegan diet, the less of a negative impact we have on the planet and with less animals being reared for food, the more crops and grains we have to feed the hungry.
- Save the Planet
it’s the challenge of our lifetime and as surfers we see a lot of the negative effects of climate change and pollution first hand; dwindling sea life, poor water quality (bad enough to make you sick) and plastic pollution like never before. It seems like reducing our impact on the planet is no easy feat… However there is one way we can help, if anything it’s the best way we can create the most positive impact in reducing our CO2 emissions and it couldn’t be easier… Go Vegan.
Meat is one of the worst things for the environment, from the land needed to rear these animals, to the volume of crops grown and processed for the animals, to the actual amount of animals themselves, 70 billion are slaughtered each year. The amount of CO2 they produce and the byproducts that get into our water ways quite often create dead zones, poisoning so much marina life, not to mention the effect on your average surfers health.
The carbon emissions created simply by feeding 70 Billion animals and the production of the animal produce after slaughter on its own is unfathomable. It’s well documented that the animal agriculture industry is the single biggest causer of climate change. Adopting a Vegan diet is more effective than switching to a “greener” or electric car in the struggle against climate change.
Researchers at the University of Oxford found that cutting meat and dairy products from your diet, could reduce an individual’s carbon footprint from food by up to 73%. Meanwhile, if everyone stopped eating these foods, they found that global farmland use could be reduced by 75%, an area equivalent to the size of the US, China, Australia and the EU combined! Not only would this result in a significant drop in greenhouse gas emissions, it would also free up wild land lost to agriculture, one of the primary causes for mass wildlife extinction. Now that we know we have just 12 years to make some serious changes, going Vegan sounds like a pretty easy place to start!
- A lot Of Pros Are Switching To A Vegan Lifestyle
The list of surfers who are opting to choose a plant based diet for health and performance reasons is growing, aside from Kelly Slater and john john Florence you’ve got surfing power couple, Alana Blanchard and jack Freestone who live animal product free and are still performing pretty well. Other pros and influential surfers include Rob Machado, Rasta, Carissa Moore, Maurice Cole, Nikki Van Dijk and Tia Blanco all big names who made the choice based on health and compassionate reasons.
It’s not only the pros who can make the change though, big time Hollywood actors and keen surfer Chris and Liam Hemsworth, both adopted a vegan lifestyle for health and compassionate reasons and never looked back. Alongside other Hollywood A-listers that are also paving the way like; Natalie Portman, Ariana Grande, Alicia Silverstone, Casey Affleck, Woody Harrelson, Miley Cyrus, Neo and Carrie Underwood.
- More Energy = More Surf
As surfers we are always looking at any way to catch more waves and have more tube time. A recent study found that vegetarians and Vegans in particular tend to have more energy than their meat-eating counter parts, this is perfect if you’ve got a busy line up, having better energy levels might just add a few extra waves into your next session. It’s important to note that previous studies found higher levels of body fat and cholesterol in meat eaters when compared to vegans. The cholesterol and saturated animal fat found in meat, eggs, and dairy products eventually clog the arteries to your heart over time and for us guys that means they impede blood flow to other vital organs as well…
- Save The Whales But Not the Pigs
We as people have a weird thing when it comes to animals, we have a lot of favouritism in the UK when it comes to certain species; we love dogs and have them as our pets, we eat pigs and won’t think twice about, but in contrast are outraged when we see places like China eating dogs, the very thought of it causes distress.
We draw a line in the sand between animals considered ‘food’ and animals considered our pets, when in reality they all animals, through documentaries like Blue Planet we find out about whales and their dwindling numbers, we want to know what we can do to save them. On the other hand in japan whales are hunted and killed “for research” code name for – feeding japan. We have these double standards for these creatures, one we happy to eat, the other we would be horrified to even think about it. Think about it… Would you eat your own dog or cat? Maybe your guinea pig or rabbit? They’re exactly the same as pigs, chickens, fish, cows and in fact they are just as intelligent! They can feel fear and excitement, as well as pain and suffering and are even able to have complex relationships . Pigs are so intelligent in fact, they can even learn to play video games!
Now reading all this you might think it’s interesting, or you might think that a preachy vegan wrote it…. You might be right. As a surfer and someone who ate meat for 26 years of their life, I have now been plant-based for around 3 of the last years and living a vegan lifestyle for 2 years. i can see the stark contrast in my health and performance in surfing and ways of thinking. i no longer suffer from an array of gastro-intestinal/stomach related health issues, no more bloating, no more heartburn and acid reflux, no more feeling lethargic all the time and my surfing energy is higher than ever!
I’m probably in the leanest shape possible since becoming vegan and enjoy some of the clearest thinking, bye bye brain fog! i also have the lowest cholesterol levels and and visceral fat percentage i have had in 10 years. When you can see those positive health changes in such a short space of time, you really want to talk about it so other people can feel as good as you do!
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