Torre Washington, a bodybuilder who’s been vegan since 1998, spoke to the Insider about building muscle on a plant-based diet. Washington has been speaking out about how he gets protein from a vegan diet and uses it to thrive in his career.

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Source: Torre Washington/Youtube

“I don’t use the word diet. I’m not here to die — I’m here to thrive. It’s a lifestyle,” he told Insider recently. A competitive bodybuilder since 2009, he was inspired by Arnold Schwarzenegger to swift from simply lifting weights to bodybuilding. He said people doubted that he could compete with a plant-based lifestyle.

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“Some people didn’t think it was possible with me being vegan, but by my second show I went pro,” Washington said, “They’ve seen me look the way I look, and I kick their butts onstage. I’ve had some judges say they’d like me to try eating meat to get bigger, but I’m not interested. I’m doing just fine putting on muscle.”

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So what does Washington eat to keep his physique? He told Insider that he eats a lot of lentils, oatmeal, tofu, pea protein, and rice and beans.

To complement protein, he eats Japanese sweet potato, greens, and fruit smoothies.

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