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.
Around 2009, 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 [Athletic] Nutrition
Is your bodies energy leaning towards a diet that is 100% plant-based?
The transition to a change in lifestyle diet can happen in many ways; gradually cut down on all animal products over months or years to the extreme of going all in. How you transition is all about your timing, where you begin depends on where you are right now.
Fundamentally; it’s not what you take away from your diet that is the focus but what you add in.
Wholegrain toast with nut butters, raw almond curd with blueberries or smashed avocado topped with toasted seeds
Oats topped with papaya, kiwi fruit, coconut yoghurt and hemp seeds
Granola with nut milk and fresh fruit
This is a bowl with an assortment of small portions of ingredients and simply put together with these tiers in mind; vegetables (raw, steamed, roasted, sautéed), complex carbohydrates (quinoa, brown rice, sweet potatoes), protein (beans, legumes, tofu/tempeh, nuts and seeds), healthy fats (olive oil, tahini, avocado, coconut chips, nuts and seeds) and flavours such as herbs, spices even a hemp seed mayonnaise dressing.
Loaded baked potato with a tofu, lentil or TVP mince, beans and coleslaw
Falafel wrap with sprouted lentils, salad greens, olives and hummus
From refried black bean topped nachos, filled tacos and bursting burritos, Mexican is often the flavour of day when it comes to a planted meal. The beauty about food from this country is the focus on vegetables; corn, capsicum, dark leafy greens and avocadoes not to mention proteins such as legumes, beans and tofu.
Creamy pasta loaded with greens; kale, spinach, Brussels sprouts feature at least once a week along with a super easy veggie fried rice which we highly recommend cooking your rice a day earlier for; it just cooks up better.
And who can go past noodle dishes which are complimented with Asian greens, garlic, ginger and dash broths.
Trail mix; nuts, seeds and dried fruits such as apricots or goji berries
Medjool dates; naked or filled with a nut butter
Fruit; mandarins, pears, apples, bananas (preferably fresh)