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Interview with Catherine Divinigan – Vegan Personal Trainer

Dr. Catherine Divingian ("Dr. D.") is a true Spartan Diva. An accomplished scientist, professor, author, speaker, athlete, and wellness expert; she believes in leading from the front as an inspiring example of vitality for those who are over 40. Dr. D. leverages her extensive credentials to teach women how to attain a "Fierce Mind, Powerful Body" while maintaining their femininity. She also re-energizes the mental, physical, and spiritual performances of executives, athletes, and warriors, propelling them to new levels of peak achievement. She provides effective tools for accomplishing these remarkable goals through books, seminars, keynote addresses, coaching, and the line of TIER 1 and RegenX organic super foods.

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Why Vegan?
First of all, I believe in being compassionate. True strength comes from upholding the weak; and animals are at our mercy. It follows in a higher spiritual practice to care for animals.
Secondly, plant-based proteins are often much more bioavailable. Plants are super foods that are necessary for peak performance. They impose less of a digestive burden, which increases energy and vitality. Since I am over 40, I need to be able to sustain my energy and recover from the intense physical demands training places on me.

Training
What sort of training do you do?
I cross-train with weights, calisthenics, and cardio.

How often do you (need to) train?
My training schedule goes six days per week.

Do you offer your fitness or training services to others?
Yes, I am an ACE-certified personal trainer, and am passionate about teaching others how to maximize their mental strength, health, and wellness.

Strengths, Weaknesses & Outside Influences
What do you think is the biggest misconception about vegans and how do you address this?
Most people think vegans are weak. Every time I walk into the gym, I work to bust that myth.

What are you strengths as a vegan athlete?
I have a tremendous amount of energy, focus, and strength. My recovery is rapid.

What is your biggest challenge?
My biggest challenge is maintaining muscle mass.

Are the non-vegans in your industry supportive or not?
They think that I am out of my mind. In their opinion, there is no way to be an athlete that does not consume animal flesh.

Are your family and friends supportive of your vegan lifestyle?
They are frightened of illnesses that they think must accompany aging - ones that I have already overcome through a healthy 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?
Question: "How do you get your protein?" Answer: "You'd be surprised to find out how many new plant-based proteins are available: hemp, rice, nuts, spirulina, legumes, and more - and they are more digestible and bioavailable."

Who or what motivates you?
I am inspired by the people you have interviewed. However, I am internally motivated and love to challenge myself, and break personal records.

Food & Supplements
What do you eat for:
Breakfast
- sweet potato protein pancakes
Lunch  - RegenX bread with nut butter or veggie burgers and salad
Dinner - flat "bread" dish
Snacks (healthy & not-so healthy) - TIER 1 shakes and bars; fruit-and-nut trail mix

What is your favourite source of:
Protein
- sprouted, raw brown rice protein
Calcium - leafy greens
Iron - sprouted, raw brown rice protein

What foods give you the most energy?
Anything that's vegan and gluten-free

Do you take any supplements?
Yes, we're developing a line of whole-food supplements called TIER 1 and RegenX.

Advice
What is your top tip for:
Gaining muscle
- German volume training (10 sets with 10 reps each, 30 seconds rest)
Losing weight, improving metabolism, and toning up - circuit and high intensity interval training; lifting heavy weights with short rest breaks

How do you promote veganism in your daily life?
I promote it in my social media, books, and speaking engagements

How would you suggest people get involved with what you do?
Go to my website Spartan Diva for more tips, techniques, and secrets.

 

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