Tia Blanco is a vegan surfer who loves animals and yoga. She is a member of the USA surf team, who surfs with power and style, and took 3rd overall in the 2014 World Juniors. At just 17 years old, Tia became one of the most talked about amateurs in women’s surfing, winning both the NSSA Southwest Women’s under 18s and Surfing Prime America Women’s under 18s seasons. Also an outspoken vegan athlete, Tia has become an ambassador for PETA2 and is frequently featured in vegan, vegetarian and health media as a role model and athlete.
How and why did you decide to become a 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?
What do you think is the biggest misconception about vegans and how do you address this?
What are you 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?
When I see that veganism is trending it inspires me to keep the ball rolling. Every time I look at the hashtag #vegan on Instagram it goes up 1,000,000... Crazy. When I saw Ariana Grande’s Twitter post about veganism it made me want to re-post, and to inspire and be inspired.
What do you eat for:
Breakfast - Green Smoothie with any kind of leafy greens like kale, any kind of frozen fruit like berries, chia seeds, bananas, coconut milk, spirulina, mint, sage, parsley, and hemp seeds.
Lunch - Stuffed bell peppers (stuffed with quinoa )
Dinner - Lentil soup
Snacks (healthy & not-so healthy) - Snack on fruit throughout the day.
What is your favourite source of:
Protein - Quinoa
Calcium - Almond milk
Iron - Leafy greens and chocolate!
What foods give you the most energy?
What is your top tip for:
Gaining muscle - Yoga
Losing weight - Vegan
Maintaining weight – Eat until you’re full, and no more
Improving metabolism - Eat throughout the day and never deprive your body
Toning up - Yoga
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