铁人三项赛选手声称素食是运动员最佳饮食

[美]Mac McDaniel

2011年2月18日报道

【作者简介】Mac是个素食主义者,作家、环保主义者。居住于美国弗吉尼亚州里士满。

布伦丹·布雷热(Brendan Brazier)说合理安排的纯素饮食是顶尖运动员的最佳选择。

布雷热是一名铁人三项全能赛选手,他在全世界均参加过比赛。你可能对铁人三项全能比赛并不太熟悉,铁人三项比赛包括:2.4英里游泳(编者注:约为3.86公里)、112英里公路自行车(编者注:约为181公里)和马拉松比赛(编者注:一般为42.195公里),在整个比赛过程中不允许休息。铁人三项赛是目前为止个人参加的最具刺激性和挑战性的运动。

布伦丹·布雷热(Brendan Brazier)

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布雷热除了参加铁人三项赛、马拉松赛和超长距离马拉松赛之外,他还写了一些被他称之为“兴旺饮食”(Thrive Diet)的书,其中的一本堪称加拿大的畅销书,(布雷热本人居住于加拿大)。根据多年来自己参赛时所选择的食物,他还研制出了一系列为运动员专用的饮料和能量棒。他还与如休·杰克曼(Hugh Jackman)(编者注:澳大利亚著名演员)等娱乐圈名人共事,让他们成为选择主要或者完全以植物为原料为饮食的“圈内”人士。

以上所说的一切,包括就素食对健康的重要性在美国国会大厦的演讲,布雷热成为了全世界拥护纯素饮食的领军人物之一。

《茁壮成长的饮食》或《兴旺饮食》

尽管他是全世界职业运动员中为数不多的完全纯素食者,布雷热声称据他所知,所有运动员吃的大部分饮食是以植物为基础,因为此类饮食是运动员能达到最佳竞技状态的最好选择。

布雷热说为了提高比赛成绩,20年前,他开始了严格的纯素饮食,说到这一点,他感到很不好意思,因为他选择素食的原因完全是出于私利。为了成为更好的运动员,他会尝试任何东西。

我们并不习惯于听说顶尖的职业运动员通过素食可以提高比赛成绩,但确实是有这样的人和事存在!布雷热、斯科特·尤雷克(Scott Jurek)(编者注:美国著名长跑运动员)、罗伯特·契克(Robert Cheeke)(编者注:美国著名健美运动员)、马克·丹奇格(Mac Danzig)(编者注:美国著名综合武术斗士)等都是将自己置身于“极端”的运动员,他们都是纯素食者。

著名长跑运动员:斯科特·尤雷克(Scott Jurek)

美国著名健美运动员:罗伯特·契克(Robert Cheeke)

美国著名综合武术斗士:马克·丹奇格(Mac Danzig)

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很难估计有多少运动员仅仅是因为认为纯素食者“不够男子汉气”,而对素食望而却步;也很难估计他们当中又有多少人因为笃信“传统”饮食而不愿意尝试非传统饮食。

但是,以植物为基础的饮食的传统理念逐渐在改变,当素食逐渐成为主流时,通过诸如布雷热此类非常成功的运动员及素食倡导者,我们期望人们能够尽快摈弃“娘娘腔的素食者”的刻板老印象。

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Ironman Triathlete Says Veganism is Diet Best for Athletes

by Mac McDaniel

February 18, 2011 4:00 pm

Brendan Brazier says that a properly planned vegan diet is the best choice for top athletes, and he would know.

Brazier is an ironman triathlete who has competed worldwide. For those of you who aren’t familiar, an ironman triathlon is a 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike ride, followed by a marathon, all without a break. It’s one of the most grueling athletic events a person can compete in.

In addition to triathlons, marathons and ultra marathons, Brazier has written books on what he calls the Thrive Diet, one of which was a bestselling book in Canada, where he lives. He also created a line of drinks and energy bars for athletes based on those he prepared for himself for years while competing. Brazier has worked with celebrities like Hugh Jackman to get them into shape for roles using primarily or entirely plant-based diets.

All this, plus addressing Congress on Capitol Hill about the importance of diet on health, makes Brazier one of the leading proponents of a plant-based diet in the world.

Although he is one of few professional athletes in the world who maintains an entirely vegan diet, Brazier says all the athletes he knows eat a mostly plant-based diet, because it is the best diet for achieving top performance.

Brazier says he’s embarrassed to admit that he went vegan twenty years ago strictly because it helped him compete better. His reasons were completely selfish and he says he would have eaten anything if it would make him a better athlete.

We’re not used to hearing from top professional athletes about how veganism improved their performance, but these people are out there. People like Brazier, along with Scott Jurek, Robert Cheeke and Mac Danzig are all athletes who push themselves to extremes and who do so on a plant-based diet.

It’s hard to say how many other athletes are deterred away from transitioning to a vegan diet simply because of the perception that vegans are not as masculine, and how many of them are unwilling to try unorthodox ideas because they’re committed to more “traditional” diets.

As cultural perceptions about plant-based diets change and veganism becomes more mainstream, we can hope to lose the“sissy vegan” stereotype very quickly thanks to people like Brazier, who are incredibly successful athletes and advocates.

If you’re an athlete or just someone who wants to live a longer, healthier life, take a page from Brendon Brazier’s book and transition to a plant-based diet. It might be the best decision you ever make.