What A Vegan Surfer Eats In 1 Day

What A Vegan Surfer Eats In 1 Day

With the growing movement of veganism in the UK and the rest of the world, we wanted to explore what it means to be a vegan surfer in the UK. as our video above shows one of our team rider JACK and what he eats in a day as a vegan surfer in the UK

Veganism has quite literally skyrocketed over the last few years with more people than ever choosing to enjoy a plant-based lifestyle.

If you were unsure of what it means to be vegan don’t worry we have all you need to know. Choosing to eat vegan means you would not eat or use animal products so no meat, cheese dairy honey or any other parts of an animal that are incorporated in food. Vegans not only avoid animal products but they also avoid any exploitation of animals for any purpose, with compassion for the animals health and well being the key reason most chose to eat vegan. many other vegans also refrain from buying products that have been tested on animals such as makeup, cleaning products and most bathroom items. Vegans would also refrain from buying any clothing or products that have animal body parts in it so, for instance, most gelatine sweets, leather sofas, shoes or belts 

But you’re in luck as a surfer in the UK there has never been an easier time to become vegan and you won’t be alone veganism has taken off in the UK as now almost 3.5 million British people call themselves vegan out of the 66,590,551 British total citizens which equates to around 5% of the Uk population.

Awareness of slaughterhouse practices as well as influential documentaries like what

the health and forks over knives have really shaken peoples core beliefs about food and the benefits of eating a plant-based diet. 

Going vegan doesn’t have to be hard tho with over 22,000 register vegan services and products registered with the vegan trademark it’s so easy to do

As a surfer, you might think about going plant-based not only for the animals but for a whole host of other reasons we looked at in our blog

WHY EVERY SURFER SHOULD BE VEGAN .

Reasons like a plant-based diet can be healthier for us and improve our overall physical performance and as a surfer who doesn’t want to surf better and for longer maybe it’s your diet holding you back.

As Surfers that might hit close to home like reducing our carbon footprint on the world as the most up today scientific evidence suggests reducing the impact we have on the environment is essential in the future progressions of the planet most scientists suggest that a change in diet would be more environmentally friendly than most other eco friendly measures like buying an electric car or not using planes and minimising petrol and diesel car usage.

scientists estimate that the production of meat dairy and cheese can be accountable for over 35% of our overall greenhouse emissions,”

Its estimate if animal food production s was to stop and all meat eaters switched to a vegan diet  it would roughly half the overall greenhouse gas emissions currently produced by the planet.

check out some great videos of professional athletes who use a vegan diet to get better performance or check out our TOP6 VEGAN SURFERS ..

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WHY KELLY SLATER WENT VEGAN

WHY KELLY SLATER WENT VEGAN

The King Of Surfing Goes Vegan “Kelly Slater”

 

Kelly Slater the 11-time world champ of surfing has always been known for eating pretty healthy, and if you watch any interview with him talking about food by god he knows a lot about health and nutrition. But more recently on Kelly’s social media channels, he has been talking about his adoption of a vegan (plant-based diet) in the videos the 11-time world champion said: “I haven’t had milk for probably 20 years now.”  And for good reason for those of you that follow Kelly he talks out about the ethical problems with drinking milk and eating other dairy products and has always been opposed to eating most animal products and prefers getting his protein from things like chia and plants.

What was the real reason Kelly slater went vegan why now and why at this point in his surfing career. Well Kelly touches on a few points that are critical to his change in his diet as well as him looking to stay at a very high-level kelly is also trying to fight off injuries as well as old age and sticking to a plant-based diet is one way he’s upped his game. Kelly is well known for his surfing performance but out of the water has a fierce ambassador for environmental change and reducing greenhouse gases and all in all trying to help the planet.
  • Eco Warrior

Helping to reduce carbon footprint -through reducing his meat consumption and the production of meat is the easiest way any of us can help reduce co2 production more than any other action.
  • Healthier

Kelly being super into his nutrition from a young age has developed a nutrition knowledge to envy the top nutritional scientists. since his farther death from cancer, Kelly has made a conscious choice about food and what he puts into his body, eating a more plant-based lifestyle over the last 15-20 years with the rare occasion for meat or dairy. science show a whole load of health benefits of going vegan here is just some of those benefits
  • 1. Reduced saturated fats.

  • 2. Carbohydrates.

  • 3. Way More Fiber.

  • 4. More Magnesium.

  • 5. More Potassium

  • 6. More Folate Vitamin B

  • 7. Higher Antioxidants.

  • 8. More Vitamin C

  • 9. More Vitamin E

  • 10. Get You Phytochemicals

  • 11. Plant Protein.

  • Disease Prevention

  • 12. Decreased Cardiovascular disease.

  • 13. Lower Your Cholesterol.

  • 14. Lower your Blood pressure.

  • 15. Minimise your risk of Type 2 diabetes.

  • 16. Prevent Prostate cancer.

  • 17. Reduce the risk of Colon cancer.

  • 18. Reduce the risk of Breast cancer.

  • 19. Slow Down Macular degeneration.

  • 20. Reduce the risk of Cataracts.

  • 21. Stop Arthritis.

  • 22. Prevent Osteoporosis.

  • Physical Benefits

  • 23. Lower Body Mass Index.

  • 24. Lose The Weights.

  • 25. More Energy.

  • 26. Healthier skin.

  • 27. Live a longer life.

  • 28. Improved Body odour.

  • 29. Less Bad breath.

  • 30. Healthier Hair.

  • 31. Stronger Nails.

  • 32. PMS Become less intense.

  • 33. Less frequent/ intense Migraines.

  • 34. Fewer Allergies.

If all of those aren’t good enough to at least give the plant-based diet a go then I don’t know what is
  • Environment

as a pro surfer on tour for over 20 years, Kelly has seen his fair share of oceans and the pollution caused by humans that end up there. All of our waste usually end up in the ocean and making that connection with what you eat and consume and how it affects the environment around you is incredibly eye-opening. Kelly defiantly trying to limit his impact on this earth by taking meat off the table. Take a look at a few other pro athletes who extending their careers and thriving at the top of their sport on a vegan diet  
  • Improved Surfing Performance

Kelly heading in the later part of his career isn’t just phasing out he’s still trying to go for world titles. with his last year on tour, looming keeping his body in good condition is a top priority to keep his energy levels high and injury risk low. A vegan diet can help reduce chronic inflammation as well as stabilise blood sugar levels. A plant-based diet can also give you a really steady supply of energy and help keep the PH of your body at a lower level. younger guys had fallen off tour with injuries and just lost there way and with Kelly looking to make his final year that elusive 12 world title we can only hope that the plant-based diet gives him the superhuman strength to compete at the highest level.  

Whatever your thoughts of kelly slater turning vegan if an 11-time world surfing champion and someone as smart as Kelly himself see potential benefits especially in a competitive surf arena then what it can do for the average jo could be incredible. let us know if you think you would go vegan to improve your surfing.

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4 Reasons Going Vegan Can Help Your Surfing

4 Reasons Going Vegan Can Help Your Surfing

4 Reasons Going Vegan Can Help Your Surfing

 “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” ~ Hippocrates

Whether you’re a pro surfer or your average joe we all want to get better at surfing, improving is name of the game and having a blast whilst you do. Eating food as any surfer know is possibly the best feeling post surf devouring everything in sight but is that food fuelling us or slowing us down and holding us back in the water can going plant-based help your surfing, we have seen the research its a “yes”.

When you think of the word vegan you might just think it means a shorter word for vegetarian. Well, that’s not quite right, Vegan is actually a lifestyle choice to eliminate any animal-based product and foods from your life and mostly eat a plant-based diet consisting of grains, legumes, nuts, beans, fruits, fungi and veggies which is considered by science to be one of the healthiest on the planet. Vegetarians still eat animal by-products such as milk cheese and eggs. So how can the vegan diet help you as a surfer

4 Reasons a Vegan Diet Can Help Your Surfing

(1) Less weight to carry

Probably the number one reason a lot of people might try a vegan diet is to lose a few pounds and get leaner and cutting out those high-calorie foods like meat, eggs, cheese, and dairy really start to get you those lean surfer abs.  Add in surfing to the mix and you got a recipe for a lean muscular body that power to weight ratio is incredible. the less body fat you have the better when it comes to power to weight ration as well as make planning a lot easier and even allow you to go smaller boards or leas foam which can help with performance. If you are carrying a few extra doughnuts in your stomach you will probably find that your overall weight affects your performance in paddling and planning speed a lot of vegan athletes including some of the world’s best claim that a plant-based diet has allowed them to become faster in the water and use far less energy due to their decreased weight and leaner phasic. This is really beneficial if you trying to improve and can quite hit that next turn the way you want maybe your diet is holding you back. 

(2) You Will Have More Energy

many vegans who compete in sport or exercise talk about the increase in energy levels, professional endurance runners Rich Roll talks about the incredible energy you got from going plant-based and how his body was running on jet fuel instead of the normal (petrol) he had been feeding his body for years. Olympic weightlifter Kendrick Farris went vegan and got stronger and put on more muscle and he got energy levels they haven’t experienced since childhood. You may be asking why are these top-level athletes getting better well plant-based foods contain all of the essential vitamins and nutrients we need to perform at our best not only this they have an incredible amount of fibre which is hugely important for overall health and detoxification of the body. Also eating more plant-based give you just the raw ingredient without a whole load of preservatives, additives, sweeteners, and other artificial ingredients you can’t even pronounce. When you remove these from your diet you allow the body to digest and process food way easier allowing more energy to be used for other thing giving your body the function better closer to 100% rather than the 60%-70% most people are accustoming to. 

(3) Recover Faster After Surf

if you’re lucky enough to surf a good few days a week then you will know that post surf feeling of exhaustion if you seriously committed you might even be doing 1-2 surfs a day plus working which will mean you going to be Real tired and that next day you going to want to still be performing at your best. Well, this is eating plant-based comes in as plants are known as nourishing foods. Plant foods do just that Nourish our body’s allowing the muscles to heal after the work of surfing, replenishing lost vitamins minerals nutrients and micronutrients lost in the surf.  If you have ever had a longer surf of 3-5 hours you will know the lower and upper back ache after a surf as well as joint pain for hours of prolonged exercise this is due to the body being inflamed, the body’s natural response to protect itself from injury or infection. Plant foods to the rescue as pretty much all plant-based foods contain incredible anti-inflammatory properties that release and alleviate this pain and reduce inflammation helping you to recover and heal quicker after your surf. So rather than going for some fast food fix or a fried feast maybe have a smoothie ready with some fresh fruits and veggies in it with some walnuts, garlic, turmeric, and you will notice you recover is a lot quicker and you will be back in the water before you know it

(4) Sleep Better

If you looking to improve performance, then a lot of it comes down to sleep if you look at top level altheas they always ensure they got good quality sleep the night before their event. British Olympic gold medallist Sir Chris Hoy and Ronaldo famously have sleep coaches that look at the quality of their sleep and how diet affects it. Sleep has a direct link to performance as well as your body’s ability to recover. As we said before about Inflammation and muscle soreness isn’t great for your recovery but it can also change your sleep quality. If you’re eating a large amount of meat and animal-based foods, your digestion could also be keeping you awake at night when it should be in repair mode. We know Eating plant-based foods requires less energy to digest but eating animal-based foods such as meat, dairy, eggs and milk can take double (sometimes triple) the amount of time to digest. Animal products can also increase inflammation markers in the body known as C-reactive proteins. These are what we talked about before contributing to inflammation, muscle soreness, and even an unhealthy heart.

If you eat plant-based foods you might know that they are Hight in fibre as well as, vitamins and minerals like magnesium, potassium, B vitamins, vitamin C, and vitamin E  which all help to reduce inflammation and improve your overall health and function. Most veggies are also natural sources of complex carbohydrates that help the body produce serotonin and melatonin (making you feel happy and relaxed) which helps the body go into a deep sleep and your body to get to work repair and replenish glucose in the muscle cells. So if you having a restless night and looking to get a better night sleep for that big swell tomorrow cut out the animal foods and add in the plant-based ones you will wake up with a real zing in your step due to better, deeper sleep and less achy muscles!

These are just a few ways in which a plant-based diet can help to improve your surfing performance but don’t just take our word for it check out or other blogs about why professional surfers and athletes are going vegan.

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