09 April 2012

Part-time vegan: Lance Armstrong goes plant based two meals a day

He swears he’s only in it for two meals a day, but former Tour de France champ and now neophyte triathlete Lance Armstrong, has begun eating the Engine 2 diet and he says he’s feeling more focused and energetic than ever.

“Even when you’re training really hard, it’s normal that you would have certain things for lunch or certain things for breakfast, and then have this dip, or almost like a food coma … I don’t experience that anymore. My energy level has never been this consistent, and not just consistent, but high,” Armstrong said recently in a Huffington Post interview.

The father of five has been swimming recently with Rip Esselstyn, author and creator of the Engine 2 Diet and son to Caldwell Esselstyn, M.D., famous surgeon and star of the movie, Forks Over Knives. Armstrong and Rip Esselstyn both live and train in Austin, Texas where Rip originally started the now “gone viral” no oil plant based diet in the fire station where he works.

Armstrong is training for the August Iron Man triathlon which will take place in the New York/New Jersey area for the first time ever. Even though he finished a disappointing 7th place in the recent Memorial Hermann Ironman 70.3 Texas, he is hoping that less body weight will improve his time in the brutal upcoming August race.

He said he’s impressed by former President Bill Clinton’s plant based eating and subsequent reversal of heart disease and is hoping the diet will give him the athletic edge he’s looking for in his new triathlon pursuits.

“It’s basically whole grains, different types of beans, kale salad with creative alternatives for dressing. They’ll bring out something that looks like a brownie, but it’s not a brownie … though it tastes a bit like a brownie. So I did it for one day, then two days. Then I branched out and started doing it at breakfast and lunch. I still insist that I get to do whatever I want for dinner. But it’s made a significant difference in just in a month,” Armstrong said.

He may be just another celebrity going plant based to some people, but if this uber athlete is down for two vegan meals a day, we’ll take it. It’s only a matter of time before he realizes he feels too good to “cheat” at dinner.

Kathryn Lorusso | O'Neill 365 | Twitter | Blog | Bio
Dallas, TX Kathryn is a former journalist and English teacher who now counsels and mediates teenage drama on a daily basis in the Dallas, Ft. Worth metroplex. Time away from school is spent cooking up new macrobiotic/vegan specialties, writing various blogs and newsletters and taking as many bikram yoga classes as possible. She gives vegan cooking classes at the Arlington Bikram Yoga studio, mentors a vegetarian/vegan student group and has just been chosen as one of six fitness icons for O’Neill Clothing Company.

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