Interview with Andrea Berman: Vegan Exercise Enthusiast
Written by Leigh-Chantelle
Created Thursday, 10 October 2013
Andrea Berman is a P90X and INSANITY Certified Beachbody Coach in addition to being a Certified Life Coach. Her day job is a software engineering and she also enjoys writing, travel, and numerous geek loves including science fiction and fantasy. She blogs at Confessions of a Tea-Addicted Geek about her fitness journey, philosophy, and personal life, and can be reached for fitness coaching at FitGeek Fitness.
Since February 2006, so over seven years now.
In addition to health, mindfulness about the world around me and how my actions affect both it and others.
It means to aim to harm none.
What sort of training do you do?
I run, walk, and do workout programs such as Les Mills Combat and Les Mills Pump.
I work out 5-6 days per week.
Yes, I do. I have a variety of clients both local and long-distance whom I coach and offer my help to.
Not into sports, actually. I'm into other forms of fitness instead.
Strengths, Weaknesses & Outside Influences
What do you think is the biggest misconception about vegans and how do you address this?
That we are all crazy, religious fanatics. Too many people see this as a religion with lots of emotionally strung out, militant people involved in it. I address this by being rational and mentioning my concerns with the abuse and corruption within the food industry and my desire not to support it, not to mention the environmental impact. By taking myself out of the system, I am casting my vote for a better world.
Better health, better recovery time, less likely to drop dead of a heart attack while jogging. Too many people out there who think you can out-exercise a bad diet and some can get away with it.
Being told things such as I "need meat" and all sorts of very inaccurate statements about nutrition in general. It's very frustrating and I can only do so much to educate. We need more people out there to combat the nonsense that's out there. Nutrition and food should not be political, but unfortunately they are, which does not help the situation one bit.
Some are and some aren't. I'm very happy to see Tony Horton and Shaun T (creators of P90X and INSANITY respectively) encourage people to drop meat and dairy. I absolutely love seeing that whenever they post to their pages.
Extremely, yes, I'm quite blessed to have a great family, which despite its meat-and-potato leanings, loves to make sure I'm fed "Andrea-friendly food". Not even my mom worries about how much protein I get, which says it all.
"Where do you get your protein?" My answer is usually "Food." Every source of natural food contains protein.
Prominent vegans in the fitness world such as Robert Cheeke, Giacomo Marchese, Scott Jurek, Brendan Brazier, all fighting the good plant strong fight.
Food & Supplements
What do you eat for:
Breakfast - I usually do a quick fruit and protein smoothie, as I am frequently pressed for time. Typically it includes 1 scoop chocolate vegan Shakeology, 1/4 cup frozen strawberries, 1/2 banana, 1-1.5 cups of unsweetened chocolate flavored almond milk, and 2 TB of unsweetened cocoa.
Protein – Tofu - I love tofu, especially pressed and marinated. Second favourite would have to be quinoa. Third would be lentils.
Anything that's tasty and healthy!
Usually just Shakeology. On heavily active days, ones where I'm apt to burn 3000+ calories or more, I'll tack on Vega One and VegaSport products. I also love PlantFusion and Sunwarrior.
What is your top tip for:
Gaining muscle - Eat lots of nutritionally dense, healthy food.
Living by example.
Just DO IT! Small steps over time can snowball. Don't be crazy and try do be perfect and do everything all at once, get a motivation/support group going and/or find one, and talk to others who have been where you're at!
Also, stay motivated. It's something you have to work on daily, and like all muscles needs a good workout. It's often said that motivation doesn't last but hey, neither does bathing.
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