I’m Amanda Meggison – founder of Planted Life, passionately plant-based and equally as passionate about movement in nature.
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 planted lifestyle, you consume foods that are rich in life force and they transfer their energy straight into your body.
What I do…
I’m a daily meditator (and teacher), a planted run coach and a trained nutrition advisor.
I have lived a Planted Life for over 30 years so I know a thing or two about the MIND | BODY | FOOD and daily share my knowledge and life experiences with my growing tribe guiding one and all on their journeys to be mindful planted athletes and beings.