The following article was written by PETA
intern Simone Wolf, who is also a cheer coach at Rhythm 'n Cheer Allstars in Mannheim, Germany.
There are plenty of vegan athletes who show that they are stronger and
healthier than their meat-eating competitors. I am a coach to more than 50
cheerleaders in Germany, and my vegan diet gives me the energy that I need to
stay active in the world of competitive sports. After all, a normal cheer
practice for my team consists of a combination of weight training, tumbling,
stunting, and dance cardio for four hours a day, five days a week.
Besides being the head coach of five teams, I am also an active member of
the senior team. Because of my strength, I am a "base," which means that
I have to balance, throw, and catch the top flyers during complicated—and
One of the most common misconceptions regarding being a vegan athlete is
voiced by the always-annoying question "Where do you get your
protein?" For me—and for many vegan athletes—getting enough protein is
never a problem. My favorite sources are soy milk, tofu, beans, and sprouts.
Unlike some of my team members, I am not tired after training—another advantage
of my vegan diet. And there are more: I feel better and my body is healthier, I
help save more than 100 animals each year, and I do something great for the
environment by reducing my carbon footprint.
To encourage my team members to eat less meat, I organized a vegan
dinner last summer. They all loved my meatless lasagne and egg- and dairy-free
desserts, including vegan cookies. I plan to continue this tradition by
organizing a vegan barbecue, and I'll invite all 58 of my team
members to attend!
Are you a vegan athlete who proves that vegans are strong, powerful, and
healthy? Share your story in the comments below.
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