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Community Voices: Leon Beggs

Community Voices: Leon Beggs

In honor of Vegan Month, we interviewed some of the athletes in our community about their plant-based lifestyles. You may recognize our first interviewee, Leon Beggs, since he also occasionally models our gear!

1.  Where are you from?
I grew up in a small town in New Jersey.

2. How long have you been a vegan and what inspired you to embrace veganism?
I have been vegan for almost two years, however, I wish I was vegan from birth. I transitioned to a vegan diet after learning about the cruelties in animal agriculture. I then became an animal activist and started to inspire others to become vegan as well. I will always be vegan for the animals and their right to live free from harm.

3. How has a plant-based diet impacted your workout regimen?
With a plant-based diet every aspect of working out has improved. I recover much quicker even after doing two or three workouts in a day, I build muscle easier and feel lighter doing it, and my stamina has increased. I think it has a lot to do with the amount of whole foods I eat daily and the fact that my blood vessels are less clogged up with bad foods.

4. What’s your go-to post-workout meal?
My go-to post-workout meal is a berry smoothie. I do not use any protein powders or supplements, so my smoothies are always packed with oats, peanut butter, and chia seeds to get the important post-workout protein.

5. What question do you hear most about being a vegan athlete?
Most people ask me if I can compete at a high level and be vegan. I can honestly say that I am in the best shape of my life and continue to get better every day. Other athletes are also switching to a vegan diet, such as Kyrie Irving and Damian Lillard, because it is the best diet for athletic performance. 

Our Vegan Month celebration continues! Follow along for more insight from our community.
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