Being vegan and still strong

Vegan and strong

SCOTT Jurek, 40, is an ultramarathoner and is the US record holder for the 24-hour run, fitting 266.7km into a single day. He won the Badwater race twice - a 217km track through California's Death Valley. He has won the 100-mile Western States Endurance Run seven times.

And he is a vegan, a diet he is on since 1999.

He said the decision to become vegan was gradual and mentally, it was a really tough move to take.

Before that, he was eating fast food four times a week, hated vegetables and despised running.

In college, his diet began to improve. When he was working as physical therapist in hospital he saw how disease is lifestyle-related and began to make the transition to eat less meat and more fish, then eventually stays off dairy and other animal products entirely.

When he became vegan in 1999, he won the Western States 100-mile run for the first time. He claimed that all his major wins happened after he changed his diet. He was quoted as saying that the diet is one of those things that really impacted his health and recovery and training, and it's a big reason for his consistency with race results.

"A lot of people think ultramarathoning has long-term damaging effects on your body. That's where I feel the diet has played a huge role. As a result, my body is able to withstand all the demands I put on it. It's longevity in the sport."

Jurek focused on eating whole, plant-based foods. These include healthy fats, whole grains, legumes, soy protein such as tempeh, tofu, and miso, nuts, seeds, fruits and vegetables. He also eats organic foods as much as possible. Usually, 80 to 90 per cent of his diet comprises organic foods.

He also co-wrote a memoir-biography with nutritional advice and recipes titled Eat and Run: My Unlikely Journey To Ultramarathon Greatness.


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