David Verburg on the track
Reading Time: < 1 minute David Verburg has followed a plant-based diet for more than two years Credit: Instagram/ David Verburg
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American track and field athlete David Verburg credits a vegan diet for ‘increasing’ his energy.  

The star, who holds gold medals in the 4 × 400m relay from the 2016 Olympics, has been vegan for more than two years now.

He says his journey started when working with rescue animals – where he questioned why he was eating animals if he ‘loved them’.

‘Health benefits’

“I began reading about the health benefits and figured that it would be possible to do, even as an athlete,” Verburg told Runner’s World. “I eased into it—I became pescatarian then vegetarian. 

“Within six months, I made the full transition to vegan. Once I tried it, I noticed an increase in my energy, and it’s been great so far.”

What David Verburg eats in a day

The athlete also shares what he eats in a day, featuring foods such as avocados on toast, tofu, kale salad, and plant-based meat from Impossible Foods.

He adds: “I don’t eat a whole lot before I race, a lot of times I’ll do apples with peanut butter…. It helps me get my fuel in, but it’s not super heavy on the stomach. I always have oatmeal in the morning.

“After a race, I love anything barbecue. I have barbecue seitan, oyster mushrooms, or fries.”

You can read the full interview here

Liam Gilliver

Liam Gilliver

Liam is the Deputy Editor and Social Media Coordinator for Plant Based News. He has written for a number of top publications including Gay Times, Attitude Magazine, Oh Comely, and The Huffington Post - and is the author of 'We're Worried About Him'.