Vegan Ironman Triathlete & Ultra Endurance Runner Tells His Vegan Story
Today’s Unlikely Vegan is Joel Craddock (Instagram = @joel.craddock)
“I went vegan after reading The China Study. I am very much into health so I went ‘cold turkey vegan’ about halfway through the book. I went out and purchased everything I thought vegans would eat:
Goji berries, quinoa, kale…. I had absolutely no idea!
After 3 years vegan, I have learnt a lot, especially about animal rights – and am proud to call myself an abolitionist vegan. I would like to call myself a competent vegan cook now too. 😉
I suppose I don’t fit the ‘mould’ of what people think vegans should be like as I feel I’m just a normal guy doing normal guy things (which is what vegans do, I suppose, haha). I hang out with mates, drink beer at times and play most sports.
I’ve found the ‘alpha male mentality’ is very intimidating when first starting out going vegan.
Eating meat is unfortunately considered ‘manly’ in Australia and even marketed that way.
But the more people that break the mould; the easier it becomes for others, as it’s normalised and education is dispersed about the benefits of the lifestyle.
Since being vegan I have completed a self organised, semi-unsupported endurance run for charity (Sydney to Brisbane ~ 1000km) for the McGrath Foundation; and also my first Ironman triathlon (9h 51min).
I suppose most non-vegans would not consider that the norm. It’s glorious seeing people’s faces and questions after getting good results being vegan. ;)”
Joel’s Instagram is full of ‘Veggiescapes’, similar to the ones shown above. Veggiescapes are memes that he creates, using fruits and vegetables. Go check out his Instagram to see more of his comedy!
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*Note: The stories & opinions in the Unlikely Vegan series are those of the participants themselves, and do not necessarily reflect my own personal journey.*