If I have to start out one more blog post extolling the virtues and wonders of the Seattle vegan scene, I may have to personally gag myself. Oh, but lo! I can’t help it. It’s our city’s fault for being so wicked awesomely full of vegan people doing radical things.
What’s next? Oh, just that a local Seattle vegan, Ben Greene, has co-written a new book: “The Vegan Athlete: Maximizing Your Health and Fitness While Maintaining a Compassionate Lifestyle.” It’s true. I hope this is the next big vegan book hit, not just for Ben’s sake, but for all those folks who still believe that veganism is incompatible with health and fitness. It is so ridiculous, when you consider all of the incredible athletes who are vegan, but the myth persists.
The Vegan Athlete won’t be out until January – but the good news is that you can pre-order it. This is the best way to reserve your copy and support vegan books. If you love Vegan Haven (formerly Sidecar), I’m sure they’ll carry it as soon as it is available too. And I hope, hope, hope that Ben will do some sort of book tour starting in Seattle.
And that isn’t all folks. Turns out Ben is a totally rad guy: he has just finished is SECOND Ironman Triathlon on November 10th. That’s right, not a marathon. Not a triathlon. A freaking IRONMAN – we are talking about 17 hours of straight endurance. But he isn’t your average athlete – he has had to work twice as hard and twice as long to overcome the challenges with his legs, hips, and ankles caused by cerebral palsy. He didn’t jump out of this world a perfect athlete and knows that we all have our own challenges to overcome.
In addition to being a vegan book author, Ben also owns his own fitness company here in Seattle: Greene Multisport and you can hire him as a personal trainer. He can help with triathlon training programs, prepared vegan meals, strength training, weight loss programs, 1 on 1 coaching sessions, and more. He also helps with nutrition – including his “5 Day Smoothie Reset” service which is pretty awesome. His services are pretty affordable considering he will probably be famous in just two months. Heh.
You might see Ben around town. If you are into sports or veganism in anyway, follow him on Twitter at @Vegan_Trainer. Lastly, someone should start some sort of vegan athlete crew around town. Imagine a gang of mega healthy sporty champions who are also sweet as pie to animals. I’d like that.