Hello all our Mindful Friends!
How’s your #Veganuary going?
We’re so happy to see so many of our friends in the industry giving
#Veganuary a go this year and plant-based protein is most definitely on
We thought we would reach out to one of our fellow health and fitness
enthusiasts and founder of Awesome Supplements, Ben Coomber to hear
his experience. Ben’s authentic voice in the world of training and
nutrition is one we’re happy to take notice of and spread his message.
At Awesome Supplements he has created a range of products that tastes
amazing, has the right ingredients and are produced to the highest quality
possible – that’s our kind of product!
For the first time this year Ben has decided to participate in Veganuary,
for many reasons we love this but particularly because:
- He’s never done it before! We applaud this willingness to try
- Ben trains seriously hard and has a diet that is extremely rich in
protein… how will he fare without animal produce?
- Ben is totally awesome and we’re always happy to hear from him!
We decided to catch up with him and see how he was getting on so far:
When it came to choosing to participate in #Veganuary this year, what was your WHY?
“I decided to do Veganuary to see what living a full vegan diet was like. I often find
you cannot experience something completely unless you go ‘all in’, so I decided to
go all in this January and follow a strict vegan diet. I’m interested to see how
challenging it is to get a broad range of nutrients and namely protein, keep my diet
interesting but also quick (I’m not one for spending more than 30-40 minutes in the
kitchen per day) and to see if it has any affect on my health as I feel I already have
a very good nutrient dense diet”.
One week in, how are you finding it?
challenge to stay full and feel fully satiated from eating, even when having very
large volumes of food, which I am. I have brought in a few more meat replacements
this week which I am trying to avoid as I don’t want meat to just be replaced with
meat substitutes, that’s not my intention and I don’t see these as healthier
replacements, just more, in theory, sustainable replacements. But I am getting
there and I am getting more creative in the kitchen this week so I am hoping more
Every time we embrace a change, there’s fear and anxiety that comes with it. What were you most afraid you would miss? And has it come true?
“The only thing I really miss is the satiation I get from animal protein. I find it a very
filling and satiating food to eat and I am missing that feeling, that’s the only feeling
because I am not connected to the food experience as much as some are, I see food
primarily as a food source, to bring me nourishment to be my most awesome self, so
it’s me missing the feeling of a complete meal at the moment that is my struggle.
Otherwise I feared social situations and eating out but this has been fine as I’ve just
stuck to my guns and ordered the vegan option on the menu”.
You work out a lot, specifically weight lifting – how do you think this will affect your performance? Any tips for guys and girls who lift on a vegan
“So far I have only seen a negative impact to my exercise. Due to me feeling under
satiated this has left me feeling a bit empty when I have worked out, especially
when playing sport, like I did at the weekend. Food timing has become even more
important for me, maybe getting a snack closer to my workout time, even if
something light like an Awesome Vegan Shake and a Mindful Bites Crunchy bar or
apple or similar. So because I am feeling less full timing has become more
important. As active people we need to ensure we are getting enough protein (it’s
likely one is getting enough carbohydrates, fat and fibre on a vegan diet), so being
aware of the sources, timing and amount is key when transitioning over to a more
A lot of celebrities have recently announced they are now vegan – any fave vegan celebrities? Anyone you look to for inspiration?
“Not really no. I have started to look through a little of Deliciously Ella’s work on the
food and recipe front, but at the moment I am still getting to grips using my own
knowledge, experience and a few coaches I already know that are vegan. As a
nutritionist I also have plenty of vegan recipes and diet plans myself, so I’ve been
using that so far. I do see many celebs going vegan, I just hope it’s for the right
reasons, too many see it as a fix or to join a movement, that’s fine, just ensure it’s all
for the right reasons and you do it with the right knowledge to do so in a healthy
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