Top Pro Surfer Tia Blanco Speaks Out About The Benefits Of A Vegan Diet

The 20-year-old athlete also believes 'Beyond Meat' will change the world
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Blanco is committed to a vegan lifestyle (Photo: Facebook)

Blanco is committed to a vegan lifestyle (Photo: Facebook)

U.S. professional surfer Tia Blanco has spoken out about how a plant-based had benefitted her career.

In an interview with Men's Fitness, the 20-year-old athlete attributed her energy and clarity to veganism.

A vegetarian since childhood, and a vegan for five years, Blanco also said that she believes plant meat burger brand Beyond Meat 'will change the world'.

Vegan

She says: "Veganism has benefitted me in many ways, including my energy and clarity."

The pro surfer also acknowledges the increase in the number of plant-based food choices: "When I was vegetarian five years ago, I remember how hard eating out was, but things have evolved tremendously to where now as a vegan I have no problem."

Blanco, whose signature meal after training is a Hawaiian Beyond Burger, said: "I think Beyond Meat will change the world—for vegans and meat eaters alike."

Blanco's go-to meal after surfing is a Beyond Burger (Photo: Instagram)

Blanco's go-to meal after surfing is a Beyond Burger (Photo: Instagram)

Whole foods

And it's not the first time the athlete has endorsed a vegan diet; Blanco told media outlet Men's Journal earlier this year that she focuses on consuming whole foods to get in shape for a competition.

She said: "I feel healthier on a clean, whole foods diet that is very simple — especially during competition. 

"And since a plant-based diet is less calorically dense than other diets, I need to make sure I’m eating enough food so I up my portions a lot. 

"I think of veggies as nutrition and water, not a food where I can get energy so I don’t even count veggies when I’m counting calories and nutrition. For energy, I go to potatoes, whole grains, and starchy veggies. I’m obsessed with carrots and sweet potatoes."

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