“After 11 years of being a vegetarian I watched a documentary called Vegucated and I realized I could no longer stick my head in the sand.”
I have done a couple of posts here already but I thought I would formally introduce myself and share my story with you all. My name is Kirsten Mitchell and I am thrilled to be part of the Sexy Fit Vegan family. I am a 44 year old mother of two, and while I am neither a chef nor a fitness professional I am very passionate about both food and exercise.
I became a vegetarian in 2002 but was hesitant to switch to vegan because I was uneducated regarding the horrors of the dairy industry and I believed that I needed dairy for protein. After 11 years of being a vegetarian I watched a documentary called Vegucated and I realized I could no longer stick my head in the sand. If I truly considered myself an animal lover (which I do) then vegan was the only way to go. Along with this dietary change also came a change in my activity. For many years I had been a runner…running 5 days a week and racing often (from a mile to the marathon) and while I was physically fit, my body was just not looking the way I wanted it to. So at around the the same time I put down the dairy, I picked up the weights. Magic happened! Now after two years of being vegan I am stronger and in the best shape of my life. And more importantly, I feel great! I truly believe that a vegan diet and a balanced exercise schedule that includes cardio, strength training, balance and stretching is the fountain of youth!
Now my passion is creating protein forward recipes that can fuel the athlete in all of us. It is very easy to become a junk food vegan (believe me, I had a phase where my major food group was Oreos) so it is my hope that I will be able to give you all some helpful exercise tips and recipes to add to your Vegan repertoire. You can also find me on Instagram @veganfueledfitness.
Thank you Ella for this opportunity and I look forward to spreading the vegan love:)