Interview with Janette Murray-Wakelin & Alan Murray Athletes
Written by Leigh-Chantelle
Created Thursday, 23 May 2013
Janette Murray-Wakelin & Alan Murray are Internationally-acclaimed Raw Vegan Ultra Endurance Athletes and Motivational Speakers. They are originally from New Zealand, have travelled and lived worldwide and now live a conscious raw vegan lifestyle in Australia. In the year 2000, to promote A New Environment for a New Millennium, Janette and Alan ran the 2182.2km (1355.9 miles) length of New Zealand, 50 marathons in 50 days at beyond 50 years of age.
This year, to inspire and motivate conscious lifestyle choices, to promote kindness and compassion to all living beings and to raise environmental awareness for a sustainable future; Veteran Raw Vegan Athletes Janette and Alan will be Running Raw around Australia (approximately 15,500km), 365 marathons in 365 days at beyond 60 years of age.
How and why did you decide to become a vegan?
Having been vegetarian for several years we made a conscious choice to eliminate all animal products for our own health, the health and wellbeing of animals and for the health and sustainability of the planet.
How long have you been vegan?
We have been vegan for over 15 years and 100% raw vegan for over 10 years.
What has benefited you the most from being a vegan?
We have benefitted from being vegan by attaining optimal health and physical fitness, but the conscious choice to be vegan has been as important to us mentally and spiritually.
What does veganism mean to you?
Veganism to us is not a means to an end, but rather, a beginning; a beginning of conscious awareness for a kinder and more compassionate life for all human and animal kind, and for the earth that we share.
What sort of training do you do?
We run every day, currently running a marathon and running 42.2km (42.2 miles) every day for a year. We run both barefoot and in Vibram
5-finger toe shoes as a conscious choice to step lightly on the earth. We also do strength training and yoga on a daily basis.
How often do you (need to) train?
Do you offer your fitness or training services to others?
Not during RunRAW2013
, but will be offering health & fitness retreats in 2014.
What sports do you play?
Ultra Endurance Running
Strengths, Weaknesses & Outside Influences
What do you think is the biggest misconception about vegans and how do you address this?
The biggest misconception is that vegans may experience a health deficiency (i.e. protein, B12, calcium etc). We do not experience any health deficiencies by consuming sufficient fresh, ripe, organic fruits and vegetables, which give a highly nutritious balanced ratio of nutrients essential for optimal health and fitness, without harming animals or the planet.
What are you strengths as a vegan athlete?
Our strengths as vegan athletes are being optimally healthy and physically fit, having unlimited energy, clarity of mind and a positive attitude.
What is your biggest challenge?
Convincing others that what we are able to do physically and mentally is also available to them.
Are the non-vegans in your industry supportive or not?
Are your family and friends supportive of your vegan lifestyle?
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?
A positive response is usually "I've always wanted to try it" and our response is "then now is the best time!"
A negative response is usually "Aren't you worried about getting enough protein?" and our response is "No, we're too busy enjoying life to be worried about anything, because we know that we're getting enough nutrients and our health and physical performance and endurance level attest to that."
Who or what motivates you?
We are motivated by the knowledge that by being vegan athletes we are living proof that the lifestyle we lead is the best for our health, for the health of the animals and for the health of the planet."
Food & Supplements
What do you eat for:
Breakfast - Green Smoothie of blended raw fruit and greens including bananas, pears, apples, berries and green leafy vegetables
Lunch - Large raw salad including greens, tomato, cucumber, etc with squeeze of lemon for dressing
Dinner - Whole Raw Large fruit (i.e. melon, papaya or paw paw, pineapple) or multiple amounts of one fruit (i.e. banana, orange)
Snacks (healthy & not-so healthy) - fresh raw fruit or vegetables and/or freshly juiced fruit or vegetables, always healthy.
What is your favourite source of:
Protein - fresh dark leafy greens and juiced grass
Calcium - fresh dark leafy greens and sesame seeds
Iron - fresh dark leafy greens
What foods give you the most energy?
Fresh, ripe fruit and fresh dark leafy greens
Do you take any supplements?
No, not in the form of capsules etc. We eat only live foods.
What is your top tip for:
Gaining muscle - use them
Losing weight - by eating only fresh ripe fruits and greens, you will regain the perfect weight for your body structure. Maintaining weight - same as above, the body will maintain the perfect weight for body structure given the perfect diet. Improving metabolism - eat nutritiously and exercise daily
Toning up - strength training
How do you promote veganism in your daily life?
By example of how we live and what we do, especially during RunRAW2013
How would you suggest people get involved with what you do?
Support the cause, Go on our website
, Facebook Page
, follow our blogs and YouTube videos - be inspired, be motivated.
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