Until recently, calling yourself a “vegan bodybuilder” might have got you laughed out of the gym. Now the movement is taking the fitness world one weight at a time and proving that green gains really are possible.
One girl who’s made impressive ve-gains since ditching meat and dairy is Stefanie Moir, or @naturallystefanie to her copious Insta-fans.
Since becoming vegan a few years ago, Stefanie has taken on changing vegan fitness perceptions and shared it all with the world through her blog and Instagram – if you’re a lover of mouthwatering meat-free meals and stunning travel snaps, you should seriously take a look.
Her commitment to healthy living has inspired hundreds of her followers to go green, while the array of exciting eats has helped to make meat-free mainstream and vegan bodybuilding attainable.
Sick of the same chicken and rice with no results? Or simply captivated by Stef’s abs of steel? We caught up with Stefanie to find out how she fuels her fitness lifestyle, which treats make her tick and, most importantly, why being vegan works for her.
First, why did you become vegan?
Growing up, I never liked meat products, so I naturally became vegetarian really early on. Once I was about 18 years old I really got interested in nutrition and started looking at what foods were really the healthiest. I watched documentaries, read journals and followed informed YouTubers and social influencers at that time that were raving about plant-based living. For me, the switch to remove dairy and eggs was easy — I would never look back.
When did health and fitness become an important part of your life?
I’ve always been into fitness, plus I grew up a competitive swimmer until I was 18 years old. Once I started university, I transitioned from the pool to the gym and absolutely fell in love with weight training!
What’s your favorite breakfast to fuel your day?
I love porridge. A big bowl of oats mixed with raw cacao powder and almond milk, topped with runny almond butter, chia seeds and maple syrup. It’s like dessert for breakfast.
What keeps you motivated with your workouts and healthy eating?
My own progress. I love to look back and see how far I’ve come, I know what makes me feel good and look my best so I always keep that in mind.
What does being vegan mean to you?
Being vegan means living as cruelty-free and as compassionately as possible. For me, I love to eat plant-based foods, I avoid animal materials in my clothing, I avoid products that have been tested on animals and currently, I’m trying my best to reduce plastic consumption where I can. For me it’s about being the best version of yourself. No one’s perfect but trying your best in all of these areas is what being vegan means to me.
How do you make sure that you get your nutrition right on a vegan diet?
Eat a wholefood, plant-based diet rich in lots of different colors, make sure to eat a balanced plate of protein, fats and carbs and you will get everything you need and more.
What 3 things would we find in your gym bag?
Chalk, earphones and a booty resistance band!
What’s your favorite pre- and post-workout snack?
My favorite snack is definitely my cacao chocolate shake. I make it using banana, almond milk, lots of ice, Vegan Blend protein powder in Chocolate flavor and raw cacao powder. Yum!
What’s your favorite supplement?
My favorite go-to supplement is the Vegan Blend in Chocolate flavor.
How do you maintain a healthy balance between having fun and fitness?
This took me a while to find. I used to feel like I couldn’t go out and party, out to eat or drink while maintaining a fitness lifestyle and it’s not true. I realized that this was a lifestyle and that I had to eat healthy and go to the gym 90% of the time as that’s what really matters. 10% of the time is down-time to go out to restaurants, drink cocktails, eat cake — that 10% really won’t damage your 90%.
What advice would you give to people wanting to try veganism?
I would say go for it. Start off simple and easy, and don’t try go all in all crazy all at once. Start off with what foods you do like and go from there. Look up simple healthy recipes online and prepare in advance what you will be making for the week. Preparation is key.
What’s your favorite Friday-night foodie indulgence?
I love love LOVE eating out, and I love to go out to vegan restaurants or I love to grab a pint of dairy-free ice cream and scoop it onto a Baked Cookie (which you MUST melt in the microwave for 10 seconds first for ultimate gooey-ness!).
There’s no doubt that Stefanie’s got it down for both saving the planet and working on her plant-based gym progress. Plus, she makes it sound like a piece of (vegan) cake!
Nothing but commitment is the answer to abs like that, but the pure personality behind them is what makes her our favorite plant-based blogger. She’s definitely got us motivated for meat-free Monday and a date with the weights — you’ve got to start somewhere.