In the words of Laurel Weaver, here is a short bio on this amazing UCLA athlete:
Could you explain just a little
about how you became vegan and why. What do you like about having that
lifestyle and being an athlete?
Anyway, I decided to go vegetarian in my junior year of high school. Within a pretty short amount of time, I felt my energy level go up and I began to develop a deeper passion for health and nutrition. Moving into college, I became passionate about the raw vegan lifestyle. Although I support it as a long term diet, I have now evaluated that it was very hard for me to maintain as an athlete. Keeping my calories at the right numbers was extremely difficult and it was also rare to feel fully satisfied after a meal. I will probably return to that diet following my professional career, but for now, I focus on eating a mainly high carb vegan diet. When absolutely necessary, or if I feel that my recovery is suffering, I will supplement with a piece of wild caught fish or a some free range egg whites, but fruit and veggies are the key to my success. I feel that it is the right decision for my physical performance and ethical views, and although people think that I have limited options, I am continuously being creative with my meals and fuel for success.
Ex. Breakfast: 1 cup oatmeal, 1 cup almond milk etc.
What do you eat before and after working out?
Before I workout I always have a banana. My bigger meal is always post-workout, which now consists of a smoothie from the Fueling Station with coconut water, chia seeds, Raw Warrior Protein (cranberry protein), a banana, and either strawberries/blueberries.
Are you taking any supplements (protein powder, multivitamins etc.), if so please state the brand and name of the product.
Are you able to prepare your own meals?
Do you think you eat enough calories for your workouts? Is there anytime during the day you feel more fatigued than normal?
I could use some help with tournament-day food options to keep my calories and hydration up.
If you are thinking about becoming vegetarian or vegan, talk with your UCLA Sports Dietitians- Emily Mitchell or Yasi Ansari
Remember, use Nutrition to Improve Performance and get the FACTS before making a change to your current fueling plan!