She’s ranked in the top 50 female surfers in the world by the World Surf League, took the first place Gold medal at the 2015 International Surfing Association (ISA) Open Women’s World Surfing Championship in Popoyo, Nicaragua, and came back in 2016 to successfully defend her title by winning the 2016 Championship in Playa Jacó, Costa Rica.
Fair to say, she’s pretty big news.
Tia decided to turn vegan in 2013 after being a vegetarian her whole life. She said,
“Growing up, my diet was pretty easy and simple — I was raised on a vegetarian diet. My mom has been vegetarian strictly for ethical reasons since she was 12, and she never forced a vegetarian diet on us, but that was the food she was cooking at home. So as a result, we all just ate vegetarian together because my dad ate what my mom ate and I ate what my parents ate.”
“When I was 11 or 12 I started to get the questions — ‘Why are you vegetarian? Meat is good for you!’ ” she says. “And all I could say was, ‘Shoot, I have no idea.’ Then when I was 15, I watched the documentary Glass Walls and read The China Study, and then it became quite clear to me why I wanted to be vegetarian and why I wanted to adopt a vegan lifestyle. After doing my research, I chose to go vegan and have been dedicated to a vegan diet for four years now.”
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Tia chooses to base her diet on whole foods and says “I feel healthier on a clean, whole foods diet that is very simple — especially during competition. And since a plant-based diet is less calorically dense than other diets, I need to make sure I’m eating enough food so I up my portions a lot. I think of veggies as nutrition and water, not a food where I can get energy so I don’t even count veggies when I’m counting calories and nutrition. For energy, I go to potatoes, whole grains, and starchy veggies. I’m obsessed with carrots and sweet potatoes.”
Good to see she’s smashing in the carbs and reaping the rewards in her surf career.
To some, it might appear travelling around the world on a vegan lifestyle would have it’s problems but Tia thinks otherwise. “Ten years ago I don’t think anyone knew what veganism was and now you can find and eat anything that’s not vegan in a vegan form. There are burgers, mac n’ cheese, cakes, tacos — options everywhere it seems.”
It’s great to see a vegan surfer and Tia Blanco joins a long list of athletes turning to a vegan diet to improve their health and their sporting ability. Eating vegan certainly improves energy levels and helps to save as many animal friends as possible.