Landon Cassill became plant-based five years ago. Now, the 28-year-old American has opened up about living plant-based while racing NASCAR.
Cassill moved to a plant-based diet after reading Finding Ultra: Rejecting Middle Age, Becoming One of the World’s Fittest Men, and Discovering Myself, by Rich Roll. He say’s Rich Roll inspired him to make the change initially but after feeling the benefits was sold on the new lifestyle.
Cassill spoke to For The Win and discussed living plant-based:
“I’m a person with an extreme personality, and I’m a very addictive personality,”
“So some people can get themselves to eat healthy without going full-on plant-based or something like that. For me, I had to completely go extreme in the other direction to get myself to focus on food as a fuel and not as a pleasure source.”
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“I like spinach and almond butter, bananas – those ingredients,” he said. “I’m not afraid of green smoothies, so I definitely will drink that, whether it has kale or Spirulina or spinach. I’d rather drink a green smoothie that tastes like vegetables than eat a salad.”
“Take a bowl of spinach and two bananas and two tablespoons of almond butter, and set that on a table and tell someone to eat it, it would take them 20 minutes to get through it all,” he continued. “But if you put that in a smoothie and blend it and drink it, you can have it down pretty quickly, and it just fits better.”
NASCAR isn’t an environment you would expect that caters well for those on a plant-based diet:
“I’d say my biggest struggle is at the track during the day because you tend to snack a lot,” he said. “On the hauler, we have a lot of chips and crackers and things like that, and it’s easy to sit down with a cup of pretzels and eat pretzels for three hours straight. So I’ve had to change my habits of what I’m snacking on in the hauler.”