Noel Polanco is a passionate vegan on a mission to spread the word that you don’t need to eat meat to build muscle. We spoke to Noel recently to find out more about his cruelty-free approach to fitness.
1. What prompted you to become vegan?
When I was little I saw a video clip about how animals are abused and killed. The images from that video clip have never left my head. So I became vegan because I love animals and didn’t want to eat them. If you look at a human, we were designed to eat fruits and veggies. Our teeth are not like a lion’s teeth. We are not built to eat meat.
2. Does the vegan diet provide enough nutrition for building muscle?
The vegan diet provides enough nutrition for building muscles. As you can see I prove everyone wrong. Most say vegans are skinny and aren’t strong. But if you take a look at my workout videos you can see how strong I am. I prove them wrong, I build muscles on a vegan diet. You can check out my workout videos at – http://www.youtube.com/da1sinister1
3. What is your typical daily food intake including any supplements you might be taking?
I dont take any supplements. I like to keep things simple and natural. As you can see supplements are expensive and I perform great without them. Typical meals would be, a banana smoothie with raw oats, peanut butter, or almonds, and water. A lot of salads – romaine lettuce, cabbage, with cucumbers, tomatoes, avocodo/raddish. I keep the meals simple – a lot of fruits and salads and nuts for protein.
4. Have you inspired others to try the vegan lifestyle? What has been the feedback from your videos and your blog?
Yes, I have inspired many friends and people from Facebook and You Tube. They are shocked when they find out I am vegan and I am able to perform all these bodyweight exercises.
5. Who is your greatest inspiration and why?
Greatest inspiration is myself. Seeing the change and things I am able to do keeps me inspired. Like one of my favorite quote says – “To dream of the person you wish to be is to waste the person you are”. So I dont try to be like someone else, I just be myself.
6. How did you learn about vegan fitness? Can you recommend any books or websites that have been particularly helpful to you?
I learned about being vegan with other people in person, and me being a vegan. I like a challenge so I decided to prove people wrong. No meat is needed to build muscles.
7. Any final thoughts?
Final thoughts I would leave you with is a quote and my links where you can check me out:
“Don’t go where the path may lead, Go where there is no path and leave a trail.” Anonymous.