There are only a few people who muster the courage to change their life completely. Popular athlete, Rich Roll is one of them. Here we learn about how he misspent his youth by indulging in the wrong things and how switching to veganism changed his life. We also get to have a look at the diet plan, he is following currently.
The Potential and the Mistake
Rich had a very good academic record as a young man and he was working towards a successful life. He was also physically active and did a lot of activities such as swimming. But, he made many mistakes in his 20s. He got attracted towards drugs and alcohol. This bad habit made him lose his home, go for a downward slide in the career and lose touch with family & friends. He made poor diet choices, relied heavily on junk food and didn’t exercise at all. He even had to go to a rehab for 100 days.
When he reached 39 years of age, he was professionally successful, got a pretty wife, started family planning but still, he was also 50 pounds overweight and faced an existential crisis. He was not sure about what he was doing with himself. One night, he went up a flight of stairs and went out of breath. Even his chest felt tight, he was winded and there was sweat on his brow. It was then, he realized that he may be a victim of a heart disease which unfortunately ran in his family. He then decided to change his life by seeking a new way to eat and live in order to ensure he became his healthiest self.
A Perfect Diet
After trying scores of diet plans in a year’s time, the bestselling author started a whole food vegan diet. It changed his life and filled him up with energy. It also motivated him to take better care of himself and even exercise. While switching to this diet, he took the help of an old swimming friend who donned the role of a mentor so that the sports star would make the diet transition responsibly, intelligently and by using the right tools.
Being Attracted to Racing
The ultra-endurance athlete lost 22 kilos of weight, thanks to his better lifestyle. It motivated him to test the outer limits of his potential which eventually led to his participation in ultra-endurance races.
Currently, the former lawyer has given up law and his life revolves around health & fitness. The secret of his success is his plant-based diet because plant-based foods are less anti-inflammatory. Less inflammatory responses also allow his body to bounce back quickly after a hard workout along with reducing the chances of an injury and overtraining.
Some people believe that plant-based diet can result in a lack of protein, but the father of four denies it. He has been sticking to this diet for 10 years but has not faced any problem in building lean muscle mass. In his opinion, eating a plant-based diet is optimal for all athletes and sportspersons from various sports like basketball, MMA, soccer, hockey, triathletes, runners, ultra runners and football like it. Even the most decorated and celebrated ultrarunner of all time, Scott Jurek is a long-time vegan.
Let’s have a look at the diet plan of the LA-resident.
He wakes up at 5 or 6 am, has some water, a small cup of coffee and starts training. Post workout, he has a large smoothie that includes dark leafy greens such as chard, spinach, kale and beets, berries, pineapples, beet greens, etc. He also throws in some superfoods like chia seeds, spirulina, ground flax seeds and hemp seeds. Citrus, banana and coconut water are also included. If he is very hungry, he has some gluten-free toast with almond butter or berries and coconut milk with cold quinoa.
During the workout, he fuels with sweet potatoes, dates, and bananas. When running, he likes having almond butter or drinks coconut water.
Post Training Meal
After training, he has another smoothie that contains all of the aforementioned ingredients and some protein powder. He does it once or twice a week only.
A big salad is his preferred lunch option. He likes munching on nuts, fruits, salad throughout the day.
Dinner usually includes great items like burgers, burritos and vegan enchiladas. He likes eating Mexican foods.
The runner just likes to take a B12 supplement.