Interview with Ramona Cadogan: Vegan Personal Trainer
Written by Leigh-Chantelle
Created Thursday, 08 August 2013
Ramona Cadogan is a science teacher, tutor, personal trainer, pilates teacher, hula hooper and a raw vegan chef who enjoys a healthy holistic organic raw vegan lifestyle.
I became raw vegan in 2006 and have been off meat since 2000. I did it to protect the animals.
How and why did you decide to become a vegan?
I decided to go vegan because I wanted to protect the animals and for a cleaner diet. I became vegan based on an influence from my friends who had opened the first raw vegan restaurant in Queens NY called Exotic Super Foods
How long have you been vegan?
Over 7 years.
What has benefited you the most from being a vegan?
My benefits are protecting the environment, not harming animals and eating a plant based diet lifestyle.
What does veganism mean to you?
Veganism means respecting animals - not just about the diet.
What sort of training do you do?
I do a crossfit and circuit training. I also sprint on flat and incline surfaces. I enjoy pilates, hula hooping and yoga.
How often do you (need to) train?
I train 5 to 6 days a week.
Do you offer your fitness or training services to others?
Yes as a personal trainer, pilates teacher and a hula hooper
What sports do you play?
Strengths, Weaknesses & Outside Influences
What do you think is the biggest misconception about vegans and how do you address this?
The biggest misconception is where do I get my protein. I do not let misconceptions get to me. I consume protein by eating nuts, seeds but mainly tons of greens.
What are your strengths as a vegan athlete?
My strength as a vegan athlete is my power and strength.
What is your biggest challenge?
My biggest challenge is to realize that I must not over train.
Are the non-vegans in your industry supportive or not?
Are your family and friends supportive of your vegan lifestyle?
Yes, I have supportive friends and family.
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 most common question is how do you get all your nutrients? I tell them I get all my nutrients from greens, fruits, nuts, seeds and taking raw vitamin B12 and D3.
Who or what motivates you?
I motivate myself by my daily affirmations.
Food & Supplements
What do you eat for:
Breakfast - I have a fruit smoothie
Lunch - large green salad with dulce, pine nuts, lemon, tomatoes, sprouts, avocado, gogi berries
Dinner - raw zucchini
Snacks (healthy & not-so healthy)- berries, dates, apple or a raw vegan sprouted trail mix
What is your favourite source of:
Protein - tons of greens
Calcium - again tons of greens, bananas
Iron - even more greens
What foods give you the most energy?
Do you take any supplements?
B12 and D3
What is your top tip for:
Gaining muscle - add spirilina, sun chlorela or raw almond butter to my smoothie
Losing weight - exercise your large muscle groups like back and legs using resistant and aerobic combo training.
Maintaining weight - yoga, meditation, water, being happy, raw foods
Improving metabolism - lemon in water first thing in the morning
Toning up - use light weights with more reps and plenty of squats.
How do you promote veganism in your daily life?
Friends of the Animals
How would you suggest people get involved with what you do?
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