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The Unbound Project  Profiling women on the front lines of animal advocacy around the world. A project by @weanimals.

Vegan powerlifter Pat Reeves, age 73, is a registered Nutritional Therapist, author, and competitive sports person of multiple talents – competing in everything from marathons and triathlons to bodybuilding and powerlifting!
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"I was already vegan before I embraced multiple sports (competitive keep-fit, triathlons, racing at all levels though with particular success at marathon distance, bodybuilding and powerlifting). Whilst I have no comparison as of sporting success following a mixed diet, as seventy-four in 2019, I'm pretty pleased to still be increasing my World deadlift record - lots of work to do for that next year for sure!"
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Initially turning to the benefits of a plant-based diet to assist her body with healing brain cancer, Reeves now uses the power of plants to fuel her sporting passions, and has held the all age/weight National, Commonwealth, European and World records with two powerlifting Associations for more than 20 consecutive years!
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Reeves believes the future is brighter than ever for veganism within the sporting arena, as more athletes are choosing to adopt plant-based lifestyles and use their platforms to speak out about the related issues - from personal health, to the environment and animal rights.
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Find out more about this remarkable woman at foodalive.org 🌱🏋️‍♀️

"Never underestimate a vegan hippie chick with a race car" is the motto of professional American race car driver, @leilanimunter, a biology graduate and passionate environmental activist.
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Listed among @sportsillustrated's 'Top Ten Female Drivers in the World', Münter’s tenacious attitude and racing brand "Vegan Strong" is bringing plant power to @nascar fans and highlighting the benefits of vegan living to new audiences around the globe. Her race car even runs on renewable energy!
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Münter sits on the board of three non-profits: @oceanicpreservationsociety (OPS), @empoweredbylight, and @earthxfilm. She believes it is essential for humans to adapt and evolve our ways of living to avoid destroying the planet. Münter’s dedicated environmental advocacy efforts have seen her named '#1 Eco Athlete in the World' by @discovery's Planet Green.
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Find out more about Leilani Münter’s vision for a cleaner and kinder world in 2015 documentary @racingextinction. #RacingExtinction
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(Münter's quote courtesy of @livekindlyco)

22-year-old competitive trail runner, Monique Sapla (@cleangreen.veganmachine) is a big believer in leading by example. Her focus and determination to succeed, coupled with a pragmatic attitude and personable character is breaking down barriers for plant-based and female athletes alike!
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"You can give people all the facts and figures, but people can only make significant changes to their life when they're ready. I use my social media to show people what is possible to achieve on a plant-based diet, and also as a female athlete. I'm very aware that social media is often one big highlight reel that can make things feel out of reach, so I'm always honest, open and approachable with those who follow me."
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This week we're highlighting female athletes who are fueling their sporting achievements with a plant-based diet and highlighting the benefits of a vegan lifestyle to a global audience! See more in our Instagram Story 🌱💪

Monique Sapla (@cleangreen.veganmachine) is a 22-year-old competitive trail runner and obstacle course racer (OCR) from London, UK who is embracing the benefits of plant-based living to fuel her sporting passions.
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"I've been plant-based for two and a half years now, and as cliché as it sounds it's the best decision I ever made. I actually used to have quite a negative attitude towards the vegan lifestyle, and definitely didn't believe that I could thrive on plants alone as an athlete. Whilst I knew people who were plant-based, I didn't see any athletes in the media to demonstrate that you could be strong, fast, AND plant-based, not either or. As soon as I made the switch it became apparent pretty quickly that a plant-powered diet was the best thing I could possibly do for my health and fitness, and I feel better than ever before. I'm thrilled to see how many athletes have already come to the same conclusion, with more making the connection all the time!"
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📷: Maverick Race @inov_8 X 2018 Snowdon. Sue Hill / Ben Lumley

Meagan Duhamel (@meaganduhamel), 33, has been a competitive figure skater for almost her entire life and a dedicated vegan and animal lover for the past ten years. Her achievements include two World Titles in 2015 and 2016, seven Canadian National Titles from 2011-2018 and three Olympic Medals: silver in 2014 and gold and bronze in 2018.
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"I went vegan during my sporting career and noticed the benefits immediately. I started sleeping better and my energy levels increased. I was also never injured; nothing minor or major for the past eight years of my career. I put this down to the foods I eat. Eating animal products creates inflammation, which in turn creates injuries for athletes.

I would advise other women in sport who want to adopt a plant-based diet to absolutely give it a try! Just make sure you are eating nutritiously dense foods, foods that are giving something back. Fruits, vegetables, wholegrains, legumes, nuts and seeds, tofu. Be sure you do some research before jumping in and ask lots of questions if you have contact with a nutritionist or vegan and vegetarian friends."
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For more plant-based inspiration from Meagan, check out @lutzofgreens! 🌱⛸️

Record-holding Icelandic powerlifter, Hulda B. Waage (@huldabwaage) draws her inspiration from being a mother and is proud to be a role model to her two daughters 😊
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Waage’s advice to other women in sport who are considering shifting to a plant-based diet: "Take your time to adopt. Focus on fruits, veggies and beans and with time you can try out new foods like tofu, seitan and soy products. Talk to those sportswomen who are making great progress on a plant-based diet. I always take the time to answer questions, so please don’t hesitate to reach out."

Born and raised in Iceland, leading female powerlifter, Hulda B. Waage (@huldabwaage) started competing in 2011 and has since set 32 national records, including National champion and Cup holder 2016, 2017 and 2018 — all fueled by plants! 🏋️‍♀️
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“To make veganism BIG we need to talk about it and be proud of it. I’ve been working hard towards my goals in my sport and I use social media to show what I am doing and how it is working. Every chance I get I use it to talk about subjects that are important to me in a calm and respectable way and I always take the time to answer questions. I hope I get more opportunities to do my fair share of activism using my sporting talents.”
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For the next two weeks, we’re featuring female athletes who are fueling their sporting achievements with a plant-based diet and highlighting the benefits of a vegan lifestyle to a global audience! Be sure to check in to follow their inspiring stories.
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📷: Borbjörg Eva Magnúsdóttir / European Powerlifting Foundation

What’s Team GB duathlete, @lisa_gawthorne's advice for other sports people interested in going plant-based and inspiring others to join them?
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"Going vegan is the best thing you can do for yourself as it will improve your health, it’s the best thing for the animals to reduce senseless suffering, and it’s the best option for protecting the future of our planet. If you have kids just take a look at them – let them be your motivation – if you want to build a better world for them to live in, then adopting a plant-based diet is the most effective way of achieving this.
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Take every opportunity to shout about it – it doesn’t have to be a race win, it doesn’t even have to be a personal best, it can be something as simple as communicating how good you feel after a workout, how strong you feel, or how much better your sleep is. Even mentioning how energetic you feel is a big win and worth shouting about – people love positivity. You are more likely to gain a credible platform with people who are curious and will come to you with questions – embrace this and enjoy helping others on their vegan journey!"

Team GB AG duathlete, @lisa_gawthorne's positive, can-do attitude is inspiring others both on and off the track to embrace the power of plants!
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“It is really important to show people the great things you can achieve on a plant-based diet and how you can utilise veganism to really go far in sports and fitness. The world of sports is certainly taking it more seriously now. In the past, I definitely think there was a lack of sports coaches and personal trainers who specialised in plant-based fitness and diet plans but this is changing and I am seeing more and more of these pop up to cope with the rising demand. There has been a notable increase of high profile sporting celebrities that have been adopting a vegan diet such as @lewishamilton, @serenawilliams and @djokernole – all of which are doing very well and showing that a plant-based diet can help deliver sporting success and achievements.”
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Alongside her sporting successes, Gawthrone co-owns and runs vegan food business, @bravura_foods_limited and is author of "Gone in 60 minutes" – a bite-sized vegan health and fitness saviour of a book that can be read in just 60 minutes! Find out more at: gonein60minutes.co.uk

Meet Lisa Gawthorne (@lisa_gawthorne), a Team GB AG Duathlete and passionate vegan and animal advocate.
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“I turned vegan 15 years ago. I am a huge animal lover and I have never been comfortable with the reliance on animals to provide food, clothing or any other materials. I found out what a factory farm was at a very young age and once I made that connection I never touched meat again. It was always my aim to go vegan and as soon as I did all the research to make sure all the relevant alternatives could be provided, I made the change and I've never felt better. I have definitely improved in running and cycling since adopting a plant-based diet and my strength and conditioning work come on in leaps and bounds too.”
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Over the next two weeks, we’re featuring plant-based female athletes who are showcasing the power of plants and highlighting the benefits of a vegan lifestyle to a global audience! Be sure to check in to follow their stories ✨

Over the next two weeks, we’ll be featuring female athletes who are fueling their sporting achievements with a plant-based diet and highlighting the benefits of a vegan lifestyle to a global audience!
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Stretching their influence beyond the dinner plate, these fierce and compassionate women are blazing trails both in and outside of the sporting arena and amplifying the voices of vegan and female athletes alike.
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Follow their stories from tomorrow to find out more about their achievements!

ICYMI: Seble Nebiyeloul is co-founder of Ethiopian-based organization International Fund for Africa (IFA). IFA's work serves humans and animals alike and continues to evolve seven years after its founding, working alongside communities to find sustainable solutions to Ethiopia's poverty.
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"I always respect people’s space. I start discussions only when people express an interest."
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Read her full story on Unbound: link in bio.

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