Austin Aries recently spoke with Marriot Traveler to promote Wrestlemania 33, and their conversation was heavily based on his diet. Aries, who is very open about his vegan diet, spoke about being prepared when traveling, favorite places to eat, sights to see when traveling, and how eating a plant-based diet can still produce muscle. Below are some highlights.
On his choice to be vegan:
“There are so many ways to answer that, right? Long answer: Because of health reasons and benefits, environmental benefits, and the compassion aspect of the animals. Short answer: Because I give a damn! When it comes to the food industry and the realities of what I was eating, the more I learned the more I kept looking for info.”
On how he feels physically:
“I think for my age I feel good, especially considering what I do for a living. If you think about it, as a society we put more emphasis on our outsides than our insides. I live a healthy lifestyle overall so it’s part of the way in which I take care of myself. The knowledge of food and what you put in your body is very important.”
On what many people find surprising about a vegan diet:
“Yes. You can build muscle and be plant based. Not only myself, but there are guys much bigger and stronger than me that follow plant based diets. (Aries packs 202 pounds on his 5-foot-9-inch frame). You don’t need animal proteins to build muscle; you need quality nutrients and amino acids. Those are often easier and cheaper in plant based products. There’s a misconception that it’s expensive to eat healthy. Not true. It’s expensive to eat conveniently. You just have to make smart choices and put a little work in the kitchen.”
You can read the entire interview at Marriot Traveler.