Name: Dalila Eshe
Year of Birth: 1984
Current Residence: Florida
Sports: Basketball, beach volleyball
Social Media: Instagram: dalilaeshe twitter: deshe2
Tell us a little about yourself, what you do for a living, what hobbies / interests / passions you have
Im a professional basketball player.. Going in to my 8th year pro. I played college ball for the University of Florida and was a WNBA draft pick in 2006 to Seattle Storm. I have played 7 years internationally… I am very passionate about fitness, nutrition and coaching. I love adventure sports and anything where the beach is involved. I have aspirations to retire from pro-basketball and venture in to professional beach volleyball.
Why did you become vegan?
(What were the contributing factors was there anything in particular which made you aware or changed your way of thinking etc?)
I was born and raised vegan until I was about 9-10.. When we moved to Florida from California I think honestly the southern stereotypes and pressure made me want to fit in a little more. (smh) I have only ever eaten fish and chicken. And recently, although over the years I have barely eaten much meat, something finally set in and I was completely done without a second thought. My heart literally hurts for the animals that are abused in our culture and around the world. When I actively think about it, it truly saddens me. I could not longer be a part of that. In addition to any contribution I can make to cleaning up our world.
When and why did you become interested in fitness?
I have been an athlete all my life. Played basketball, volleyball, and ran track. And before then was always a very active kid.. It’s been a part of me since I can remember. I love the human body in all shapes and forms and find it quite amazing how when can sculpt it they way we want.
How would you describe your nutrition program?
I limit my processed foods. So for me breads and sweat potato chips (which I loveeeee) lol. And try to incorporate as many whole raw foods as possible.
A typical day for me is
Warm lemon water first thing in the morning to aid in digestion
Then about 32ounces of green smoothie
My favorite is:
Spinach, kale, celery, 1banana, ½ cup blueberries, and a cup or 2 of water and some ice
About and hr later I have a cup of steel cut oats with a tbsp. of maple syrup, walnuts, and cinnamon
Maybe also some scrambled tofu with veggies depending on hunger level
Then I go workout, if I’m hungry at all during workouts I have a date or 2
Immediately after workouts I have an apple
If I’m really hungry I will add in a rice cake with almond butter
30minutes to an hr .. Post workout meal will be:
Quinoa and edamame mixed together so good
a salad I add avocado on the salad squeeze a fresh lemon and add some apple cider vinegar
A sweat potato, ¾ cup black beans with steamed veggies and a salad
Before bed I typical have a protein shake with hlf rice milk/ hlf water.
Vega brand …. Love Bredan Brazier and his products
How would you describe your training program?
Depends on the season:
In the off season: I lift 6 days a week diff muscle groups and do 45mins to and hr of cardio a day.
Each day it is different sometimes I just do cardio machines other days I ride my bike or go for a trail run (I cant run on pavement)
Once every couple weeks I will swim laps for cardio
My lifting concentration in the off-season is bulking up because I loose muscle mass during the long stretch of a basketball season
About a month before I had back to play I’m on 2-a-days schedule. So typically cardio and weights in the a.m. and then at night I do a 45minute court workout.
During the season we practice 2xs a day the entire season and I lift full body 2-3 times a week concentration on maintaining the best I can..
I will do a lot of core work and a little extra cardio here and there depending on how I’m feeling.
What kind of supplements do you use if any, and why?
I just learned I should be taking possibly B12 and I’m going to research that a little more.
I don’t take any supplements. Supplements cause acidity in your body and if you’re eating a balanced diet you don’t really need them.
I do drink protein shakes specifically from the Vega line.
How do people react when they find out you are vegan?
In the basketball world my teammates just tell me I’m weird lol. Then they come around later and start asking me questions about it. Typically I think they are curious just their initial reaction is a little off. After a while they admire it and I think they try to be a little more health conscious around me lol.
What are some common misconceptions about veganism?
You don’t get enough protein
You can’t maintain your energy level and perform well on the court
Or my favorite lol… Your going to become too thin.
Have you had success in promoting veganism / vegetarianism to others? If so, how did you go about it?
Yes.. I think mostly to friends and teammates because they watch me and ask a lot of questions. It is so rewarding when I see some of them adopting good habits. I know it’s a process for a lot of people. It’s important to remember the first step is progress. I always tell my friends to first just add a tone more veggies to their diet.
What do you think the most important aspect of training is?
Clean eating first and form most..
And then as an athlete I’ve been training for so many years it’s easy for my body to go in coast mode. So its very important to switch things up. Keep it interesting and continue to push outside of your comfort zone.
What do you like best about being vegan?
I like feeing l light and energetic.
What do you like best about being fit?
There is something so powerful about being strong and in particular being a strong female.
What advice do you have for people who are just starting out with training?
Just be consistent.. On the days you don’t want to workout those are the days you have to push the hardest.
What advice do you have for people who are thinking of becoming vegan?
Your body will thank you.
What motivates you in life?
Loving the pursuit.. I love the pursuit of goals and challenges.. You can not only want the end product or just the results. You have to enjoy the journey otherwise you will never make it to the end.
What do you think of veganbodybuilding.com? Has it helped or inspired you?
I love reading other athletes and bodybuilders pages and bios. There sample meals always give me new ideas. And there are some gorgeous bodes that are plant powered its great to see!
Do you have any other thoughts you’d like to share?
There is a new wave in fitness and sports with Vegan athletes and it’s a stepping-stone I think to making society more aware and conscious. Trends start with athletes and this is one trend I hope sustains.