KL: How long have you been vegan?
JR: I made the switch to a vegan lifestyle in 2013, it will be 7 years this July.
KL: Why did you Decide to become Vegan and did you find the transition difficult or easy?
JR: In 2012 my mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. After seeing Mum's first round of chemo I threw myself into researching the powers of nutrition & how to best support her treatment. The research seemed to conclude that eating a whole food plant-based diet would give the best health outcomes.
We found giving up cheese the hardest, that was the last animal product to go. After seeing the cruelty of the dairy industry it did make that final decision one we had to take.
KL: How long have you been training for & have you been vegan that whole time?
JR: I have been weight training now for 11 years, with 7 of them as a vegan.
KL: What are some of the physical differences you felt in your training since turning vegan?
There are 3 main differences that I have experienced since making the change to vegan:
My recovery is so much better, I am able to train for longer and not need to have as many rest days due to not having anywhere near the amount of inflammation
I have so much energy to the point where I always feel like I need to channel it into doing some sort of activity
I physically feel lighter even though I have a lot more muscle
KL: Did you notice any mental differences since your transition?
JR: The the main thing that I notice is that my mind is always clear. I am able to have a clear mind and not experience that brain fog that happens when your body has to divert blood to help digest food.
KL: What would a typical day’s diet look like for you?
KL: Do you use supplements, if so which ones?
JR: Protein Powder
BCAA - only when I am in contest prep as I am strict on meeting calorie and macro goals
Herbs - Ashwagandha & Siberian Ginseng
Cat’s claw (tree bark)
Turmeric & black pepper
KL: What is your favourite vegan meal?
JR: Any Asian dish. Pad thai or salt and pepper tofu would be my favorites.
KL: What bit of advice would you give someone looking to turn vegan?
I recommend they stick to their regular meals, but get the plant based options of that food. The next step would be to slowly reduce the amount of processed food and keep moving towards a whole food diet. I would also tell them to make sure that they are eating enough calories, due to plant-based food being larger in volume and more nutrient-dense. A way to make sure that they are eating enough is to track calories using MyFitnessPal or Chronometer or to seek out someone that is able to help them with a meal plan.
KL: What does the future hold for you?
JR: I will continue to compete in bodybuilding, to show people that you can build muscle by eating plants. I am building my personal training business, with my vegan wife Ulana, and will continue to be a role model to our 2 children.
KL: What is your favourite quote?
JR: “When you help yourself, you feel good. But when you help somebody else get back on their feet, it’s a high that no chemical drug can ever match. It’s the greatest high in the world. It’s addictive, it’s contagious, and the world needs more of it.” – Greg Plitt
KL: How can people get in touch or follow you on your journey?
Facebook : Jay Reimann Bodybuilder
Youtube: Reimann Fitness and Nutrition