FFF 092: Sports Nutrition For Vegetarians & Vegans – with Emma McCrudden


In this episode of the Food For Fitness Podcast we’re chatting about nutrition and sports nutrition for vegan and vegetarian athletes with dietician – Emma McCrudden.

Leaving university, Emma was honored to walk down a very rare path where she was instantly able to work with not only Olympic athletes, but also with a professional rugby team! It wasn’t without hard work and commitment however, as she commuted between England and Ireland for three years!

Nowadays you will find Emma working and teaching in Vancouver and continuing to work with Olympic athletes. With many of the athletes following a vegan or vegetarian lifestyle, we get all the details on what this means in terms of influencing their performance and how they keep on top of their nutritional needs.

We ask Emma about some of the common challenges to consider when programming nutrition for vegetarian/vegan athletes, how deficiencies of key nutrients can directly impact performance , the best supplements and protein powders for vegans and whether  they have a positive influence on the diet, top strategies for hitting protein targets and lots more.

  • The very many different classifications of vegetarian and vegan diets and common nutrition challenges and mistakes of these types of diets.
  • Social media’s influence on dieting types, labelling, unachievable expectations and the factors that influence you to embark on a certain lifestyle path.
  • How to make vegetarian meals more exciting and cooking tips.
Quotes & Take-Aways

“A lot of people don’t know that there are two different types of iron and the absorption of iron types can be affected by the fiber content of the iron source”.

“Seeking expert advice is really important if you’re considering vegan or vegetarian lifestyles”.

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Scott is the owner and founder of Food For Fitness. He is a fat loss coach, speaker and fitness writer with a masters (MSc) degree in Applied Sports Nutrition.