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Plant-based Diets for Athletic Performance

Plant-based diets have been associated with potential benefits for athletes, including enhanced recovery. Our plant-based and vegan dietitian can help you with personalised nutritional support to meet your goals. 


I'm Monica, Vegan & Plant-Based Dietitian 

With more than 8 years of clinical experience as an Accredited Practicing Dietitian, I am proud to be the founder of Plant Based Family Nutrition. From infancy to adulthood, I am dedicated to helping individuals incorporate more plant-based foods into their diets. My true passion lies in motivating clients to embrace a wholesome and well-rounded approach to nutrition.

As an online vegan dietitian, I extend my services across Australia via Telehealth, making professional guidance easily accessible to individuals nationwide.

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Can plant-based diets help with athletic performance?

Plant-based diets can be beneficial for athletes when well-planned to meet their nutritional needs. Here's how they can assist.


Improved Recovery: Plant-based diets rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, seeds, and legumes offer an abundance of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties. These can aid in reducing inflammation, supporting faster recovery after intense workouts or competitions.


Enhanced Heart Health: Plant-based diets are generally low in saturated fats and cholesterol, which may benefit cardiovascular health. A healthy heart is crucial for athletes to maintain endurance and overall performance.


Weight Management: Plant-based diets tend to be lower in calories and higher in fiber compared to omnivorous diets. This can assist athletes in maintaining a healthy weight or managing body composition.


Increased Nutrient Density: Plant-based diets can provide ample amounts of essential nutrients, including vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Properly planned plant-based meals can ensure athletes receive adequate nutrients for optimal performance.


Improved Digestion and Energy Levels: Plant-based diets, due to their high fiber content, can promote better digestion and sustained energy levels. This can be advantageous for athletes during training and competitions.

However, athletes on plant-based diets need to pay attention to certain nutrients. Careful planning, including choosing a variety of plant-based foods and considering supplements if necessary, is essential to meet their increased energy and nutrient demands.

Consulting with a sports nutritionist or dietitian who specialises in plant-based diets can help athletes develop a well-rounded meal plan that meets their specific nutritional requirements for optimal athletic performance and overall health.

A Plant-Based Dietitian can help enhance athletic performance by 


Dietary analysis &

meal planning


Pre & post workout 

meals & snacks


Supplement review 

& recommendation


Culinary skills


Motivation & accountability

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