About Meat Free Athlete

Hey, I'm Anne-Marie Campbell, the founder of Meat Free Athlete. Welcome!

MFA is the result of my passion for sports, fitness, nutrition, and veganism. My goal is to show by example the advantages of plant based nutrition and how it's beneficial to athletes. It's also my goal to show what a compassionate lifestyle looks like, and help guide others to either become vegan or stay vegan.

MFA is a free online resource for all things related to an active, vegan lifestyle! Articles, recipes, tips/advice, reviews, food, motivation, featured athletes, health and nutrition information.

A little about me:

- Name: Anne-Marie Campbell - aka AMC
- Hometown: Toronto
- Vegan since May 2011
- Animal Rights Activist
- Tae Kwon Do Black Belt
- MMA practitioner
- Enjoy yoga and roller hockey
- Former competitive gymnast
- Mommy to rescued furbaby, Mr. Shenanigans
- 9 tattoos, and working on the next
- Huge Star Trek fan (Voyager and TNG are my favorite ST series)

My Journey

I have been a competitive athlete since I was 9 years old, where I trained and competed in gymnastics. When I was 16, I started playing ice hockey. So, i dropped the spandex for skates. During this time in high school, I was on a lot of teams; ice hockey, field hockey, basketball, track and field, and baseball. I started to take my athletics seriously, and began thinking about nutrition and performance. So, when I was 16, along with other healthier choices, I stopped eating beef, pork, and lamb. At that time, I didn't know about the horrible conditions in factory farms, or that veganism even existed.

Early in 2008, I started training in Tae Kwon Do and found that I absolutely love it! Maybe it appeals to the younger gymnast in me because I love how it allows me to challenge my physical limits without equipment, just my body. I have been in 8 tournament fights (8 wins - 0 losses), and I am a Black Belt. Currently, I'm working towards earning my 2nd Degree Black Belt, and enjoy yoga and roller hockey.

In late 2010, I started seeing posts online about factory farms and the cruelty that comes with it. Before that point, I never thought about where my food came from. I didn't know any vegetarians or vegans, or anyone that spoke about animal welfare issues that concerned those raised for food. For the first time I was seeing terrible pictures and reports of cruelty, and that marked the beginning of my personal journey to making the connection. I started seeking out information online and I was horrified. I didn't want any part of it. Soon after, I received an information package in the mail that I had requested online. I looked at it before laying down for bed and when I woke up I decided I was going to try being vegetarian (also cut out eggs and milk). It wasn't long afterwards that I became vegan. For my mind, body, and soul, going vegan is one of the best decisions of my life!

Don't be shy! Reach out if you have any questions, or if you've got suggestions of what you'd like to see more of on the site!

- AMC xo

Anne-Marie Campbell
Founder, Meat Free Athlete
"Eat Kind Be Strong"

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