Nicknamed “Tofu Joe,” Ironman athlete Joe Gambles was raised vegetarian and has never eaten meat. He’s now entirely vegan for ethical reasons. “I couldn’t get my head around why you would eat an animal. I can’t see the difference between a cow and my dog. I can’t see why you would eat one and call the other your best friend. I just have a lot of respect for animals and treating them well.”
While some athletes are just discovering the benefits of the plant-based diet, Romero has been vegan for 15 years. She made the switch about a year after joining the Canadian National Team in 2002 at just 15 years old, making her the youngest woman to join the team. As a teenager, she attended the Vans Warped Tour and picked up a DVD from a PETA booth. She watched it on the plane return home, and after viewing the slaughterhouse footage, she said, “I decided I would never contribute to that cruelty and suffering again.”
She continued, “You can’t un-see that kind of horror and abuse. Once I was aware of what it takes to get animal products on my plate, I just knew it wasn’t worth the suffering.”
"I’ve recently gone vegan. In the beginning, it was definitely a health thing, I did a bit of research, had some intolerance tests and cut a few things out of my diet before I went full vegan. I decided to give veganism a go and I haven't looked back since. My diet is all taken care of with meals at the club, and when I'm at home we shop specifically for a vegan diet. Some people think it's some crazy diet but the food still tastes great and I get all the nutrients I need on a day-to-day basis to help me perform well and that’s the most important thing."
Dana Glowacka holds the women's world record for the longest plank. (FYI: It's 4 hours, 19 minutes, and 55 seconds, according to Guinness World Records.) To make it even more impressive, Dana is a vegan athlete. "Vegan diets are the best to prepare for endurance and recovery—I am absolutely convinced!" she wrote on Instagram.