The numbers of people choosing vegetarian and vegan diets seem to have sky rocketed over the last few months and there are many different reasons behind people making this choice such as environmental, ethical, cost, or simply striving to improve health. There are numerous advantages of adding more plants into your diet, especially all those vitamins and minerals. For an athlete going plant based it is possible, but it should have some careful consideration and planning.
Certain nutrients like protein, iron and calcium are universally important to all athletes, and if left to chance, could be lower than recommended amounts which has implications on factors like recovery, strength, bone health and immunity. Vegetarian and vegan diets can often be low in total energy so for athletes competing in endurance sports or those involving a lot of high intensity work, you may be left feeling more fatigued than usual.
If you're interested in plant based eating but unsure if it's right for you or, if you need some guidance then you're in the right place! We have lots of experience in both vegetarian and vegan diets for athletes and non-athletes so come & chat with us for some tried and tested advice.