Austin Aries Becomes First Vegan to Sign With WWE!
Austin Aries, a vegan TNA World Heavyweight Champion, has officially signed a deal with World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) to join its NXT brand.
Aries has competed in Ring of Honor, Dragon Gate USA, as well as Total Nonstop Action Wrestling, and made his debut appearance with NXT at an event taping at the University of Central Florida, which is set to air on March 2.
Aries became a vegan in 2011, after over a decade of being a vegetarian. On the transition, he stated:
“At the core, eating other creatures doesn’t appeal to me. As I continued on my journey and became more aware and educated on the corporate food system, I’ve made better choices. Finally after seeing Forks Over Knives, I decided it was time to cut out all dairy and eggs as well. Being a decade long vegetarian at the time, the transition was much easier.”
In response to the multitude of inquiries about how a Pro Wrester is able to get enough protein and remain healthy on a vegan diet, Aries delved deeper into his eating habits:
“I eat a lot of fruits and vegetables such as bananas, blueberries, oranges, spinach, kale, sweet potatoes, broccoli, avocados and tomatoes. For my protein I eat tempeh, lentils, beans and vegan protein powders. I also enjoy quinoa, pumpkin seeds, walnuts, pecan meal, almonds, peanut butter and coconut oil.”
On top of focusing on furthering his 15-year strong career in wrestling, Aries stated that he also hopes to be seen as an example. He elaborated:
“I also hope to use my platform to educate and transform people’s perceptions on plant based diets, what plant based athletes look like, and can achieve, and to just encourage everyone, no matter what your lifestyle is, to be more mindful of the choices we have when it comes to diet and the impact those choices have on ourselves, our culture, and the environment.”
Glad we will be seeing and hearing more from Austin Aries, as he continues to break down stereotypes on what veganism is!
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