Meet some vegans who can kick anyone’s ass!

May I present two examples of vegan pro-athletes who could make cauliflower puree out of any skeptic giving you a hard time about your diet? Make friends with them! Ask them to be your bodyguards! Let’s start a set of vegan athlete trading cards!

Exhibit A: WWE superstar Daniel Bryan
When “superstar” is your for-real job title, there’s not much else to say. Bryan shows off his bad acting skills in the above video for Peta, but you gotta love him. Earlier this year, he told peta2 about how he went veg:

“With WWE, just being on the road all the time, your immune system just gets worn down. In 2009, I ended up getting three different staph infections and two different other skin infections. I went to the doctor…. He gave me a couple options of what we could do but one of things he said that helps out his patients a lot is trying to go vegan. I said I’m open for anything at this point….

So, anyway I started going vegan then, and this whole year my energy levels have been great, I haven’t gotten any skin infections. Right now I’m 198 lbs. which is the heaviest I’ve weighed since 2003…. I’m stronger right now than I’ve ever been…. I’m dead-lifting more than I ever have before.”

Exhibit B: Tour de France cyclist David Zabriskie
Starting Saturday, this dude’s going to be the first person ever to try the world’s premiere bike race on a “vegan” diet. [Scare quotes are because he’s going to eat salmon twice a week to “help with iron absorption” which is obviously lame, but I’m giving him points for trying.]

Tour riders need 8,000 calories a day, which is spectacular because think how much FOOD you get to eat! Seriously, close your eyes and imagine that. Here’s what Zabriskie plans to eat on race days, according to the Wall Street Journal:

Oatmeal with black strap molasses; whole food optimizer; cacao nibs; nuts; cinnamon; two tablespoons of coconut butter; an apple; hemp seeds and flax seeds

On-the-bike snacks
Six Clif Bar Z bars (vegan); two Clif Bar shot blocks (vegan); two Clif Bar gels (vegan); dates; six to eight bottles of special team race drink

On the bus, post-race
White rice with maple syrup and cinnamon; vegan protein shake; two bottles of special team recovery protein drink; goji berries

Before dinner
Vegan protein shake

White rice or pasta; salad with leafy greens; vegetables—including broccoli, spinach, carrots and beets.

Fresh fruit and a vegan protein shake before bed

Wow, no donuts or anything. Dude’s got willpower. I guess that’s what it takes to go pro. I’m off to eat a popsicle now—strictly amateur here. Go vegans!

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