The following article
was written by Ashley Palmer.
Ever think an active lifestyle that includes regular
exercise and eating right can help make you an even better advocate for
animals? That's been the case for Noel Polanco. He is living proof that vegans
can be fit, healthy, and strong. After all, I bet no one ever badgers Noel
about getting enough protein! Check out his exclusive Q&A to learn more:
When and why did you
first decide to go vegan?I was vegetarian mainly in the past years, but after seeing
so many people overweight in NYC and in my family, I decided to go fully vegan.
I said to myself, if I truly love animals, I shouldn't eat them, and I don't
support the abuse and suffering animals go through just for the pleasure of
humans. I also said to myself, if eating meat or following the standard American
diet is healthy, why are so many of these people overweight or suffering with
health problems. That right there answered my question that the standard
American diet isn't healthy.
What was the biggest
change that you experienced when you switched to a plant-based diet? I became lean and strong by following a plant-based diet and
exercising daily. I feel more happy and connected to the planet and animals
knowing that I am not part of the cruelty that goes on. My energy increased,
and my body cleaned out.
What is your favorite vegan meal? My favorite vegan meal would be quinoa with mixed veggies
and avocado. Favorite breakfast would be my banana peanut butter smoothie with
How frequently do you
work out, and what do these workouts usually entail? I work out on a daily basis. I made exercising a daily
routine of my life. Just how you eat, brush your teeth, and shower daily. I do
the same with exercising as well. That way I am always consistent with my
workout and don't get lazy …. My workouts are mainly bodyweight training and
gymnastic training. I work out with gymnastic rings and now recently started
using a weighted vest on some days to make the exercises more challenging. You
can check out my workout videos here at my personal YouTube page.
What advice do you
have for other people who want to lead an active and healthy lifestyle?My advice … would be to start right now. … When you eat
unhealthy, you only enjoy the food for a few minutes and then suffer for years
in the future. That's why you should avoid food that harms your body …. You
only have one body—might
as well take care of it. Treat it right so it can treat you right. Exercise
like your life depends on it. Don't worry about what other people do or how
they look. Worry about yourself, making yourself a better, stronger, and
healthier person. If you want to see a change, the change starts with you.
For more about Noel, check out his blog or Facebook page.
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