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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 also train in a Muay Thai, and enjoy yoga and roller hockey.
In 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!
- Eat Kind Be Strong -
Founder, Meat Free Athlete