I’m Amanda Meggison – founder of Planted Life (formally Tarian Pantry), passionately plant-based and aspiring crazy cat lady!
I created Planted Life to change the perception that a vegan lifestyle is for tree-hugging hippies who graze on lettuce leaves. I wanted to prove that an active vegan lifestyle is achievable, sustainable and utterly nutritious. I wanted to support others who are looking to include more plants in their diet or who are ready to take the plunge and become vegetarian or vegan.
It’s my mission to motivate and educate those who don’t yet believe in their physical abilities, and to support and inspire those who already thrive with an empowering plant-based fitness approach.
A few years ago I was stuck in my car in a peak-hour traffic jam on the Sydney Harbour Bridge, when it struck me that I could be walking or running instead of driving. I’d get to my destination faster, I’d be reducing my carbon footprint and I’d be getting fitter at the same time…
So I did. I started running at the age of 34. I went in fun runs. I built up to a half marathon. The change in my life was profound.
As I got fitter and fitter, I kept hearing from friends and others that I ought to start eating meat so that I’d have the energy I needed to fuel my workouts. They said that on a totally plant-based diet I’d be lacking in protein. They told me I’d end up sick.
I set out to prove them wrong. And I did.
I am now in the shape of my life. I enjoy competing in marathons, half marathons, fun runs, triathlons (including 70.3km distance), endurance bike rides, trail runs and I most recently found my zone in ultra marathons (100km and over). And yes, I am totally powered by pure plant energy.
As a fitness enthusiast, I live and breathe a plant-powered lifestyle and I wanted to show that not only is this an ideal nutrition plan for a modern busy lifestyle, it’s also a powerful philosophy for athletes, sportspeople and fitness fanatics. When you embrace a vegan lifestyle, you consume foods that are rich in life force and they transfer their energy straight into your body.
I’m also a trained Food Coach so I know a thing or two about getting the right mix of carbohydrate, fat and protein in a vegan lifestyle, both for workouts and for daily life.
An Inside Look at Plant-Based Fitness Nutrition
Here’s a sneak peek at my nutrition regime when I’m training and competing:
Porridge or bircher muesli with coconut yoghurt & blueberries
Sautéed spinach, roasted tomatoes, avocado on a slice of sourdough
Maca and chia pancakes topped with maple syrup and berries
Endurance training fuel
Raw superfood bars
Vegemite sandwiches (yep!)
Brown rice & sweet potato balls
Long distance race fuel
Date and walnut loaf
Salad sandwiches with beetroot
Black rice and coconut pudding
Nutra Organic Thriving protein
Magnesium flakes, salts & oils