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Why Vegans Have More Energy Than Non-Vegans

Why Vegans Have More Energy Than Non-Vegans

| by Dave Sheahan

In this guest blog, vegan triathlete Dave Sheahan shares his insights and thoughts on a wholefood plant-based diet being an effective way of gaining more energy.

Dave will be appearing at the upcoming VegfestUK London vegan Consumer show on October 21st 22nd 2017. You can get advance tickets to the event at 


Food is our fuel.  Food to humans is as important as petrol or diesel to a car.  It is a necessity for the efficient and optimal functioning of both the body and mind.  But why is there such a contrast in the energy of one person to another?  Why for the most part, especially with those consuming a wholefood vegan nutrition plan, do vegans have more energy than non-vegans.  It comes down to what goes into your mouth each day.  Let me explain in a bit more detail.


As I said above food is our energy.  There are many different nutrients we need to get in daily, despite what many popular diets tell you about individual nutrients.  We need hydration from water (classifying as a nutrient as the most important substance to go into our body), carbohydrates, protein, good fats, vitamins and minerals.  A balanced intake of these nutrients is crucial to our energy levels daily.   From a strictly energetic focus, the most important nutrients are carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals.


The sole purpose of carbohydrates is for energy.  It is the body and mind´s petrol.  This is why diets promoting no carbohydrate and low carbohydrate plans, while effective short term strategies are illogical from a biological and energetic perspective.  We are designed to run off carbohydrates.  We need them and but solely for energy purposes.  This is why overconsumption often results in eventual fat storage.  Your goal should be a balanced intake of all nutrients.  You need carbohydrates but importantly the good kind - the kind with good sugars.  As I mentioned above many popular diets condemn carbohydrates as evil but they are a necessity for energy.  Once you eat wholefood sources and not processed versions, laden in refined sugars and worse, you will feel the benefits.


Before I explain why vegans have more energy than non-vegans I need to also speak a little about vitamins and minerals and the important role they also play in the energy levels of their consumers. You source these nutrients in any fruits, vegetables and salad type foods.  I would place more importance on the consumption of vitamins and minerals than I would protein. That is how important they are.  They provide huge amounts of energy as well as keeping our immune systems strong and also are crucial in the repair and regeneration of our cells.  The food sources which are particularly important in acquiring these benefits are the green based foods like kale, spinach, wheatgrass etc.  They contain chlorophyll which is the energy plants get from the sun.  It stands to reason that our energy levels will be higher with their consumption – agree?


Now I´m going to address the question of why, for the most part, vegans have more energy than non-vegans.  It´s quite obvious really when one thinks about it.  Vegans who follow a wholefood vegan lifestyle consume massive quantities of vegetables, fruits and salads daily.  They also consume large quantities of good carbohydrates like grains, pulses, seeds and beans.  These are all foods high in energy and particularly slow releasing energy for much of it.  Now non-vegans also may consume lots of these foods but rarely to the same quantity.  Also probably the biggest reason for lower energy is having rotting carcasses attempting to make their way through their digestive system which often is an impossible job as many colonics have shown.  If the digestive system is overworked, as it is with meat consumption, then a high percentage of your energy output goes into this digestive process instead of your general functioning of both body and brain.  


Another important reason for lower energy levels is that non-vegans consume dairy products.  These are mucus forming so impact the breathing capacity of the lungs and nasal passages and we need as much oxygen as possible to function optimally but this is impaired by dairy consumption.  Also the consumption of non-vegan foods leads to a mainly acidic environment in the body so the body needs to leech minerals from the bones to address this problem.  Again the body is having to work and focus on tasks it shouldn´t have to.  The more alkaline your nutrition plan the more energy output you will have and the more amazing you will feel.  


I hope this article has made sense and has given you food for thought.  I didn´t even address the consumption of processed foods, confectionery, sodas and such “foods” which have a detrimental impact on energy levels.  My reason is that both vegans and non-vegans are guilty of consuming such foods in vegan or non-vegan form.  Both are damaging to energy levels, hence why there are unhealthy unenergetic vegans as well as the majority that are super-energetic and alive and vibrant due to what they are putting into their bodies.


The next time you eat pause and look at what is in your hand or on your fork or spoon and ask yourself:

“Is this going to give my body and brain energy or is it going to decrease my energy?”


I hope you enjoyed this article.  I´d love to hear your feedback and feel free to contact me with any questions.  I am so excited to speak at VegfestUK London again this year and I hope to meet you there.  Keep eye on the schedule to see what days and times I am speaking and on panel discussions.

Remember whatever your reason

Go Vegan Grow


Dave Sheahan

Plant Based Triathlete & Founder "Go Vegan Grow"

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The content of this blog post is solely the views of the author and not those of the editor of the Vegfest Express – for further discussion and comments on this topic, visit Dave Sheahan’s Facebook page: 


More about VegfestUK London 2017

VegfestUK returns to Olympia London on October 21st 22nd 2017, bringing an awesome vegan experience to around 15,000 visitors for the 5th year running. 

The event will consist of up to 300 stalls, a Vegan Food Village with 23 global caterers, a Vegan Health Summit, a Vegan Athletes Summit, Easy Veganism sessions, an Animal Rights Summit, a Radical Veganism corner (Saturday only), an Environment, Food & Sustainability Summit (Sunday only), a Vegan Comedy Corner, a Cinema, an Activists Corner, Cookery Demos, a Living Raw Zone, a Teen Zone, a Mature Zone, a Kids Area, Live Music, plus VegfestUK's Award Ceremony for 2017 celebrating the vegan heroes and heroines of the year.

Advance tickets (day tickets) are £12 for adults and £8 for concessions plus booking fees - advance tickets are available to buy now at: 

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