Vegan Athlete – Justin Grissom

Name: Justin Grissom

Location: Fort Worth, Texas, USA

What is your diet/lifestyle? My diet is 100% vegan. I try to minimize gluten, processed foods, all artificial sweeteners, and any other “junk”. I eat raw whenever it makes sense for me and my training schedule.

Personal Blog: endurancevegan.blogspot.com

What attracted you to eating that type of diet? I consider the vegan diet a high performance diet, as it allows me to maintain a low body fat percentage and recover from hard efforts very quickly. I also sympathize with the social, political, and environmental aspects of the vegan lifestyle. There are serious implications to eating animal products that everyone should consider when choosing their diet.

Which sports & activities are your passionate about? Running is my first love, but most of my time is focused on triathlon. I enjoy competing in anything from sprint and 5k distances to full Ironman and ultra marathons.

What is one of your greatest athletic moments? I consider becoming a vegan, in Fort Worth, Texas nonetheless, my greatest athletic moment. I cannot pinpoint any other single item that has had the biggest impact on my ability to race and train.

What goal(s) do you currently have, and how do you plan on achieving it? Short term, I am training for the Rocky Raccoon 50 mile trail run in February. I am going to attempt to qualify for the Ironman World Championship in Kona during the 2014 triathlon season.

What is your favorite fuel before activity? That depends on the distance, but it is very hard to beat medjool dates and cashews in my opinion.

What is your favorite food for recovery? Recovery for me usually consists of a smoothie. I like a vegan protein, like hemp or brown rice, plus spinach, strawberries, and a non-dairy milk. If the workout was over 2 hours, I usually like to add some carbohydrate as well.

What/Who inspires you? It is hard for me not to get motivated when I read the latest Rich Roll, Scott Jurek, or Jason Lester exploit. It’s always great to see people who blaze their own trail with disregard for the status quo. People told Sir Roger Bannister a 4 minute mile was not possible, but he forgot to listen. Now kids in high school run that fast.

What is a random fact about you that people might not know? My Ironman tattoo was featured on the “Ink of the Week” page a few weeks back. My disembodied calf is now forever a part of the internet!

Describe yourself with the first 3 words that come to mind!: Stubborn. Anxious. Curious.

What advice would you give to an athlete looking to go vegan? I always tell people to start slow. The Meatless Monday movement is a great way to try it out; one day a week isn’t that hard, is it? Don’t get discourage either. Growth and development can be painful at first, but it is usually worth it.

Complete this sentence: I am a Meat Free Athlete because it is something I can feel good about.

Thank you Justin for sharing your journey!

Anne-Marie Campbell

Anne-Marie is the Founder of MeatFreeAthlete.com (est. 2012), and is a vegan athlete and animal rights activist. A competitive athlete for over 20 years, she is a former gymnast and hockey player, and is currently a Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do. Anne-Marie went vegan, for the animals, in 2011, and her mission is to help people go (or stay) vegan by sharing her personal journey, and creating this free vegan lifestyle resource.

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