Name: Erin Moubray
Weight: 95 lbs.
Birthplace: Penticton, British Columbia Canada
Current Residence: Prince George, British Columbia
Sport: WBFF Pro Fitness Model, Omega Sport and Nutrition Representative, Garden Of Life Representative, Sun Warrior Athlete
Why did you become vegan?
My parents were the ones who had an indirect influence on my path to becoming vegan. They switched their diets for health reasons and I started seeing them become healthier and happier individuals. I started doing a lot of research and looking up recipes...and one day I decided it was the best route for me as well. That was about three years ago now. I also got pregnant shortly after transforming my diet and I was so grateful I did and I knew I was nourishing my body and my unborn baby in the best way possible. I have been raising my daughter now as a vegan as well!!
Shortly after she was born I decided that was the time for me to fulfil a dream of competing on stage! I trained as a vegan and did very well! Following my first competition I was convinced by numerous individuals that a vegan diet would not let me reach further fitness goals and that I would need to be at least eating a vegetarian diet...which for me included fish. The entire time I did not feel this was the right choice for me, however continued eating the way I was told. I finally made a decision to take my nutrition into my own hands. I started doing a lot of research and decided to go RAW! It was the best choice I ever made. My body and mind were finally doing what was right for me. I competed at the WBFF World Chamionships as Raw Vegan...and proved that you can compete and succeed on a plant based diet! I placed 3rd in the Fitness Model category and was awarded my PRO card!!! There is no looking back now!! As individuals we need to look deep and choose what is best for us!!!
When and why did you become interested in fitness?
Well I have to say I was never the sports enthusiast!! I veered away from gym class and all group sports...not because of a lack of interest, but more so intimidation of not doing well enough. I got into the "social scene" where fitness did not exisit. I started hating feeling gross every morning and not having the energy to do things. I entered into a mini triathlon...which helped get my butt training! It wasn't until after I had my daughter that I hit the weights. I wanted to be a good role model and have the energy I was going to need to keep up to her! I have always been one to put "the cart before the horse"...so I entered my first competition knowing nothing about it...other than what I could youtube!
I hired a trainer and started hitting the weights! I loved the dedication and the results I started seeing. After that competition I realized I wanted to do more....which just prompted me to train harder and find new way to improve on my body. Getting up on stage was such a motivator not to miss workouts! Now I can't imagine a day without them!
How would you describe your nutrition program?
I follow a RAW plant based diet that consists primarily of fruits, greens and vegetables.
At the moment I eat 4-5 meals a day. A typical day looks like this:
Breakfast: 2 bananas, 2 apples, 1 cup strawberries
Snack: Banana and some dates
Lunch- HUGE spinach salad with 2 mangos
Snack- couple pieces of fruit
Dinner- spiralized zucchini w/ homemade marinara sauce from fresh tomatoes ad 1/4 avocado
**late night snack if still needed- a big bowl of berries
How would you describe your training program?
I train 6 days a week. I like to train one bodypart a day. As for cardio...I prefer HIIT training. I usually do sprints....15 minutes worth (30 seconds on 30 seconds off.) I find that is enough...when you eat a clean vegan diet you don't need alot!
What are some common misconceptions about veganism?
Where do I begin???? I have heard that we are sickly and malnourished. I have heard we are hippies. I am always asked where I get my protein and that I must be deficient if I don't eat ANY meat. What CAN you eat is another common one! People seem to think eating a plant based diet limits your options...infact I feel now I have a broader range of foods and meals!!!!
What do you like best about being vegan?
I love the networks of people I come across that are so compassionate and real! Sometimes a new vegan has a hard time finding their "place"...but with a little digging you find you are surrounded with millions of other vegans...and even those that are wanting to learn about a plant based diet!
What do you like best about being fit?
I love the fact that I have the tools and knowledge to keep me young for many many years!
What advice do you have for vegan athletes who are just starting out?
It IS possible!! Don't let any trainer or dietician tell you otherwise. If you are getting the answers that support your beliefs then look elsewhere! I promise there are tons of trainers and nutritionists who can help support you on your path to better health!!!
What advice do you have for people who are thinking of becoming vegan?
DO IT!!! You will feel better, look better...and have the knowledge that you are doing the right thing!
There are hundreds and hundreds of amazing vegan cookbooks out there. Buy a few and start playing around. You'll soon see that you aren't missing meat at all!
What motivates you to continue to be a successful vegan athlete?
Proving to others that you can succeed and thrive on a plant based diet. I love being on the stage knowing that I am a role model for the best possible lifestyle!
How has the website www.veganbodybuilding.com helped or inspired you?
It was actually the very first site I visited when I registered for my first competition. I found the articles so helpful! I also found it reassuring that my choice to compete was the right one as I read about others doing the same thing!
Is there anything else you would like to add about your vegan fitness lifestyle?
There is no looking back. I love the way I eat and what I eat. I love the way I feel and the energy that I have now. I hope more athletes and competitors see us and realize that you can be incredibly fit and healthy eating this way.