Tips from Vegan Ironman Brendan Brazier

You're almost a week into the Kickstart! Do you feel so good that you want to enter a triathlon? Today's celebrity Kickstart message may get you there. Fuel up before your workout! Then get outside for some exercise will also give you the vitamin D your body needs.

Great Seal of the Navajo Nation
Welcome Vice President Jonathan Nez of the Navajo Nation and the Diné Power Plate Healthy Eating Challenge Participants from Window Rock, Arizona!

Today's Meal Plan:
  • Breakfast: Oatmeal or cereal with plant-based milk of your choice
  • Lunch: Leftovers from yesterday’s lunch
  • Snack: Frozen mango pieces
  • Dinner: DIY Dinner Bowl
  • Dessert: Chocolate mousse


At 15, I decided I wanted to be an Ironman triathlete. This led me to look at the importance of a plant-based diet for athletes. Many people associate the word “diet” with a restrictive way of eating. It doesn’t have to be. A vegan diet is one of inclusion, not exclusion. When you include only healthy plant-based foods in your diet, you’ll find there won’t be room left for the unhealthy ones. Considering what you are gaining, taking this time to transition is a positive investment. The payback is higher-quality living—and possibly winning Ironman triathlons, like I have.

For a few of my nutrition tips, visit my Kickstart page >

PCRM 21-Day Vegan Kickstart: Complete Nutrition

Susan Says:

Because vitamin D can be synthesized in the body and is not necessary in the diet, it is more of a hormone than a vitamin. However, you need moderate exposure to sun for this synthesis to occur. Because typical humans are indoors all day and have moved away from the equator, vitamin D is often fortified in various foods. Supplementation may be advisable as well.