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Interview with Jeff Golfman: Vegan Exercise Enthusiast

Jeff Golfman has been an eco-entrepreneur for the last 24 years, is an Honours Graduate of the Ivey School of Business and the Co-Founder and President of Prairie Pulp & Paper Inc. His blog The Cool Vegetarian is a lifestyle site providing inspiration and tools on how to live a healthier more sustainable lifestyle.

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Why Vegan?
How and why did you decide to become a vegan?
Health reasons. I was overweight and had chronic fatigue.

How long have you been vegan?
Vegetarian for over 23 years, Vegan 15 and raw vegan 9 years.

What has benefited you the most from being a vegan?
Improved health, fitness, energy, skin, hair, eyes .

What does veganism mean to you?
Healthy body, healthy mind, healthy planet.
 
Training
What sort of training do you do?
Run, Walk, Bike, Weights and Yoga.
 
How often do you (need to) train?
Run 5-6 times per week, upper body weights 1-2 times per week, daily yoga, walk 2-3 per week.

Do you offer your fitness or training services to others?
Not officially but on my website, I feature many athletes for inspiration and advice for others at no cost

What sports do you play?
I Run in races for fun.

Strengths, Weaknesses & Outside Influences
What do you think is the biggest misconception about vegans and how do you address this?
The Protein myth is the biggest misconception. It is easy to get enough protein by eating enough fruits, vegetables, seeds, nuts and seaweeds.

What are you strengths as a vegan athlete?
As an amateur, non-elite athlete I try to do my best to achieve my athletic goals by performing well in my age category. My raw vegan diet gives me lots of energy, great cardio capacity and quick recovery times.

What is your biggest challenge?
Juggling full time career/work, 120 airplane rides per year and training.

Are the non-vegans in your industry supportive or not?
They are very curious, inquisitive and playful. Not negative but often poke fun.

Are your family and friends supportive of your vegan lifestyle?
Same as above.

What is the most common question/comment that people ask/say when they find out that you are a vegan and how do you respond?
The protein question is # 1 by a landslide. I give the facts and do not judge or cause any discomfort for the person asking.

Who or what motivates you?
I am motivated by making the world a better place through a plant based diet, exercise and environmental stewardship.
 
Food & Supplements
What do you eat for:
Breakfast - Fruit & smoothies
Lunch - Fruits, salads & juices
Dinner - Salads & juices or smoothies
Snacks (healthy & not-so healthy) - Fruits

What is your favourite source of:
Protein - Greens and seeds
Calcium - Seeds
Iron - Seeds and greens
 
What foods give you the most energy?
Fruits & Chia seeds

Do you take any supplements?
B-12, E3 Live and probiotics/enzymes when I travel
 
Advice
What is your top tip for:
Gaining muscle - Increase calories and do weights
Losing weight - Increase calories, decrease fats, increase cardio, increase water
Maintaining weight - Eat goods fat sources, exercise, get enough calories
Improving metabolism - Eat low fat, eat often, and consume raw vegan, local, organic, non-GMO foods
Toning up - All of the above and do lighter weights with more repetitions
 
How do you promote veganism in your daily life?
Through my actions, attitude and website.

How would you suggest people get involved with what you do?
Go to the “Give Help” of my website.
 
 
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