The Game Changers' star and Australian Olympian Morgan Mitchell on how veganism has made her stronger
Stronger than ever
The lifestyle of veganism or rather going plant-based isn't so much of a novelty as it is now a religion. Culminating recent events of investigative work and exposé documentaries, it's hard to deny or defy the cause of adopting a plant-based diet — for the better good of our bodies as well as the environment.
While there are many advocates for this manifesto, one outstanding advocate is Australian Olympian sprinter Morgan Mitchell. Featured in the popular Netflix documentary The Game Changers, Morgan became an Olympian at the young age of 21 and propelled to greater heights during the 2016 Rio Olympics as a 400m runner.
Today, while still training for the 2021 Japan Olympic Games, Morgan has recently partnered up with global fitness training community, F45, as the first Olympian to be appearing on the F45 TV screens. On this platform, Morgan will be using her skills to encourage members to "train like a champion" and as well as to take control of their own health journeys.
You've been known for being quite a rule breaker when it comes to pushing the limits of your career. What is your approach to getting stronger and fitter?
Honestly, I just love trying new things and testing my limits. I live by the quote "you don't know if you don't try" and it's really cliche but it has helped me with a lot of things both on and off the track. Keeping a diary of daily goals both short and long term helps a lot and holds you accountable.
When did your journey to veganism start? And how long have you been vegan?
It started back in 2014, around Christmas time. This will be my 7th year as a vegan. Time flies!
What are some misconceptions about a vegan diet that you think most people still have?
That vegans don't get enough protein and are weak. It's kind of sad, because once you actually hash out a diet plan that works for you — regardless of your dietary choices — then that's when you excel. There are a lot of vegan athletes and fitness influencers out there who debunk that myth.
For someone who's working out constantly, how would you suggest the switch to a vegan diet?
I always, always, always tell people to go seek out a dietician. It's like anything, when you're sick, you go to the doctor. When you're sore or injured, you go see the physio. So wanting to change your diet and making sure you get everything out of it requires professional help. Don't be afraid! Something more accessible would be to buy a vegan cookbook, there are so many recipes out there that would blow people's minds!
What are some easy tips for meals if you would want to whip up your own vegan food?
Uber Eats... kidding! I would say think of your favourite meals and substitute the meat component with tofu, jackfruit or tempeh and for dairy there are vegan alternatives for everything. You'll find that any dish you love can be made vegan quite easily.
Burning question: How do you make a vegan meal healthy?
Most vegan meals are healthy. I guess just sticking to whole foods and making absolutely everything from scratch is the best way to go.
What plant-based foods do you derive most of your nutrients from when you're training?
Mushrooms, tofu, beans spinach (literally a life saver for iron). All are packed with protein and iron which are the main two nutrients I need.
For anyone who isn't a fan of running, do you have tips on how they can enjoy running more?
Run with a friend! It's nice having a partner to do it with you so you don't get in your own head about it. Also, start off by doing intervals, this is how I get back into it too. An example is: Run for 3 mins, walk for 1 min, and do this 8 times. It helps make time go faster and slowly helps the body adapt to the impact.