Canadian figure ice skater Meagan Duhamel is no stranger to high-pressure, high-stakes competitions. She and her partner, Eric Radford, won two championship titles in 2015 and 2016. In 2014, she won silver in the Winter Olympics while also winning several Canadian National Championships. While it is true that Meagan is extremely talented, what also sets her apart is her dedication to a vegan lifestyle.
The talented athlete went vegan in 2008 after reading the book ‘Skinny Bitch’ and proves time and time again that people don’t need meat or milk or eggs to put on a show-stopping performance.
She told a MindBodyGreen reporter, “I am able to recover and train with more intensity than most of my training mates. I also managed to stay completely injury-free while competing at the highest level into my 30s, which is extremely rare (if not unheard of) in figure skating. I credit so much of my health and sports success to my plant-based lifestyle.”
She also told Shape her nutrition secrets. “There’s a lot of vegan food that’s not necessarily that healthy for you, so I encourage people to do their research and check out the nutritional density of the food they’re eating.”
This is an important tip for everyone, vegan or not. It’s easy to do when following a whole food vegan diet. She also urges the importance of getting the right nutrients, which can sometimes be tricky. Taking vitamins is very important as well as picking foods that give you vitamins.
She told Global News about her diet and how she fills her body whole foods like whole grains, ancient grains, chia seeds, tempeh, avocado, black beans, and overnight oats, all which give the body natural energy and endurance.
Fuel Up Like A Vegan Ice Skater!
Looking to feel energized, awake, and healthy from the inside out like Meagan? It doesn’t have to be difficult. Here are a few nutritious recipes from the Food Monster App.
There are plenty of tempeh recipes available right now, but this Tempeh and Spelt Bowl is one of our absolute favorites. It’s filled with plenty of earthy grains and roasted vegetables like parsnips, carrots, beets, sweet potatoes, and onions, for the ultimate power-packed lunch.
Overnight oats are a great way to prepare for an early start and a healthy breakfast. This Warm Blueberry Overnight Oat recipe is perfect for those days when you just need to run out the door but also need a bit of energy and sweetness. For a protein-packed oat dish, try this Chocolate, Banana and Peanut Butter Overnight Oats or these Anti-Inflammatory Overnight Oats.
If you need a boost of protein, why not have it in a delicious burrito? These simple Veggie Protein Burritos are quick and easy to make while providing you with filling quinoa, black beans, zucchini and shredded carrots. If you want more protein and fewer ingredients, opt for the Brazilian Style Black Bean recipe. Both will give you tons of nutrients and energy.
Meagan Duhamel is excited for the next Olympics and we’re excited to watch another vegan athlete take the lead. Ready for more plant-based wellness ideas? Download the Food Monster App, which is available for both Android and iPhone, and can also be found on Instagram and Facebook. The app has more than 10,000 plant-based, allergy-friendly recipes, and subscribers gain access to new recipes every day.
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