your favorite foods

your favorite foods

Post by LANCE WILLIAM MUZSL » Fri, 26 Mar 1993 09:03:24


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>>I understand that many of the top triathletes are vegetarians (actually,
>>vegan, they eat nothing of animal origin), most notably Dave Scott.
>>Some of the track-and-field athletes who compete in shorter distances,
>>and have had remarkably long careers, are also vegans, most notably
>>Carl Lewis and Edwin Moses. Any comment anyone?
>>G. Bonvicini


Unfortunately I was away last week and missed any previous discussion on this
topic.  I would like to make some comments.  I have been a vegetarian for 3
years now and believe this diet has been a big contributor to any succes that
I've had in triathlons.  I have experienced significant improvement each
season.  I am almost positive that my endurance would be lower if I still ate
meat but I am unwilling to change my diet to test this theory.  I competed in
the Ironman last year for the first time and had a great race.  I don't
believe I would have been able to achieve that if I ate meat.
At this time of the year I am lifting weights with my legs and find that I can
get plenty of protein through my vegetarian diet.  Many people don't think
that a vegetarian diet can provide an adequate amount of protein when someone
is training very intensely.  I believe my diet allows me to train more
intensely than I would be able to if I weren't a vegetarian.  I realize that
these comments are brief and not well organized.  I just want people to know
that many popular conceptions about vegetarianism are untrue.  If anyone is
thinking about quitting their meat eating habits, I strongly encourage them to
do so and to follow a balanced vegetarian diet.  It is important to eat a
balanced diet especially if you train very hard.  By the way, when I say that
I am a vegetarian I mean that I eat no flesh of any kind (not even fish,
crabs, or clams, etc.).  It is funny how many people think that a vegetarian
diet includes fish and chicken.

I would be happy to discuss this topic further with anyone who is interested.

Lance Muzslay

 
 
 

your favorite foods

Post by Eric Praetz » Fri, 26 Mar 1993 22:21:07


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>Unfortunately I was away last week and missed any previous discussion on this
>topic.  I would like to make some comments.  I have been a vegetarian for 3
>years now and believe this diet has been a big contributor to any succes that
>I've had in triathlons.  I have experienced significant improvement each

Food is food.  There are plenty of animals that do quite well with meat.
They tend to have short digestive tracts and spend a lot of time sleeping.
The rest of it is doing interval training that would put two legged animals
to shame.
  Don't go for ***that meat is "high quality" protein.  Protein is protein
but when you eat meat you tend to get a lot of fat with it.  Personally I
hate the lingering taste of meat and so I am mostly vegetarian but I don't
think that it will help anyone get faster unless their diet was poorly
balanced to begin with.
  Aside from that there is nothing wrong with meat.  There is plenty of land
that would be of little use except as forage for cattle/sheep/... and so we
might as well use the oportunity.  But there are many benefits to be had
(for the earth and us as animals) by eating more grains and fruits.  But
that is the stuff of flame wars and I don't believe that either side has
claim to the truth.
  - Eric