And now, for anyone who thinks that you can't fuel an athletic lifestyle with a plant-based diet, meet Santa Monica College track coach Joshua Garrett. This vegan virtuoso contends that his record-setting travels over the 2,650 mile Pacific Crest Trail couldn't have been done without his tofu-fueled food plan.
Joshua averaged almost 45 miles a day, beginning June 10 and ending Aug. 8. The result for this sturdy vegan: A new trail record of 59 days, 8 hours and 14 minutes. And for those who don't want to bet their steak against his soybeans, trail information specialist Jack Haskel said: "I have no reason to doubt Josh when he says he did what he did. ... It's a really incredible achievement, hiking that fast."
So how did Joshua get enough protein? "I get my protein the same way a gorilla does, or a wild mustang or an elephant," he said. "A plants-based diet gives us everything we need for strength and endurance. We don't need to eat meat in order to be strong and healthy. During the hike I ate a lot of Pro Bar vegan energy bars. [Pro Bar was a sponsor.] I also ate a lot of peanut butter packets and vegan jerky ... which is high in protein. ... I found I recovered quickly from each day's beating. I burned about 8,000 calories a day, and I lost about 15 pounds. But I felt strong as I went along."
Joshua credits the documentary "Forks Over Knives" for making him convert to a vegan lifestyle. :Even humanely raised animals still suffer. For those who say they are not going to change, that quitting meat cold turkey is not an option, I understand that. Maybe [they could] not center every meal around meat, maybe go meat-free once a day. I would ask them to consider other options for protein. ... Seitan and tofu. Hemp proteins. Pea proteins. Rice and beans," he suggests.