Interview with Tumeria Langlois: Vegan Personal Trainer
Written by Leigh-Chantelle
Created Thursday, 04 April 2013
Tumeria Langlois became interested in fitness and nutrition at the age of 14, when, following major surgery, she gained 65 pounds. Through diet and exercise Tumeria was able to lose the weight within 1 year. In addition to weight loss, exercise improved her body image, self-esteem, general health, endurance and love of life. It helped her maintain a positive attitude and gave her a feeling of accomplishment. Upon graduation from high school, Tumeria enrolled in the Exercise Specialist/ Physical Education major at the University of New Hampshire, graduated Cum Laude and obtained her Bachelor of Science degree. For over 27 years she has dedicated her life to helping others make fitness a part of their lives.
How and why did you decide to become a vegan?
How long have you been vegan?
What has benefited you the most from being a vegan?
What does veganism mean to you?
What sort of training do you do?
How often do you (need to) train?
Do you offer your fitness or training services to others?
What sports do you play?
Strengths, Weaknesses & Outside Influences
What do you think is the biggest misconception about vegans and how do you address this?
What are your strengths as a vegan athlete?
What is your biggest challenge?
Are the non-vegans in your industry supportive or not?
Are your family and friends supportive of your vegan lifestyle?
What is the most common question/comment that people ask/say when they find out that you are a vegan and how do you respond?
Who or what motivates you?
Food & Supplements
What do you eat for:
Breakfast - Oatmeal with walnuts and a banana. I will add to the oatmeal some ground flax seeds, cinnamon and date sugar to sweeten it some.
Lunch – Vegetable soup with beans and red rice mixed in, a handful of nuts (cashews or pistachios), and fruit like pineapple.
Dinner - I always make a grain - red rice, brown rice, barley, millet or quinoa. Then add any and all kinds of veggies into a big pot - carrots, sweet potato, broccoli, mushrooms, tofu, zucchini, summer squash, kale, spinach, Swiss chard - you name it!
Snacks (healthy & not-so healthy) - Usually fruit: cherries, pears, apples and bananas. Once a week a sweet indulgence is allowed like a vegan whoopie pie.
What is your favourite source of:
Protein - Tofu, beans and nuts
Calcium - Dark green leafy vegetables, beans, almond milk
Iron - Spinach, beans
What foods give you the most energy?
Do you take any supplements?
What is your top tip for:
Gaining muscle - Strength train and be consistent. Don't be afraid to push yourself.
Losing weight - A combination of strength training, cardiovascular exercise and diet- eliminate processed foods, refined sugars and eat a whole foods, plant based diet.
Maintaining weight - find your balance. Monitor your weight and note fluctuations. I have a weight range of 5 pounds that I keep within. If my weight sneaks up to the higher end of the range, I cut back a little. If it goes to the lower end of the range I can indulge a little more.
Improving metabolism - Strength train is a must- Muscle is metabolism.
Toning up - Strength train. Women do not have to be afraid of it - you won't build bulky muscles.
How do you promote veganism in your daily life?
How would you suggest people get involved with what you do?
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