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by Michael dEstries
Categories: Eats, Healthy Living, Vegan.
Photo: Creative Commons

Daneil Bryan, a two-time champion under the World Wrestling Entertainment label, has dropped the vegan diet he’s embraced since 2009 due to a soy allergy.

“I became a vegan for health issues and then I developed a soy intolerance,” he said in an interview with WrestlingInc.com. “So, I’ve been getting really sick lately. it’s a very unmanly way to stop being vegan, to have a soy intolerance. [Laughs.] But I was getting sick all the time, and they were trying to figure out what it was and they found out it was the soy.

“Being on the road, being vegan and trying to get your protein in other than soy, there’s just nothing to eat. There’s soy in everything. Most of the vegan things you can eat are tofu dishes and whatnot, made out of soy.

“But, we did a food/blood/allergy test to found out what i can eat and whatnot. So, it’s not like I’m eating loads of meat or anything like that. I’m eating mostly eggs and stuff for my protein.

“But, I don’t know when this came out to people, but all of a sudden on Twitter, people have just been bashing me on Twitter. The vegan community has been very angry. [Laughs.]”

Bryan, who earlier this year was awarded a Libby Award from PETA for being the “Most Animal-Friendly Athlete,” also revealed that WWE Champion CM Punk dropped veganism over the same road issues.

Those in the vegan community that travel constantly can certainly attest to the difficulty in finding adequate sources of animal-free dishes. As journalist David Grossman writes on USAToday, it often requires some prep work and, more often than not, a trip to the local grocery store to stock up.

“Wherever possible, I book suite hotels with kitchens where I can prepare my own meals,” he writes. “I also seek neighborhoods where restaurants are plentiful, or rent a car if I anticipate having to travel far for vegan food.”

What are your tips while traveling to maintain a vegan diet?

via Vegetarian Star

About Michael dEstries

Michael has been blogging since 2005 on issues such as sustainability, renewable energy, philanthropy, and healthy living. He regularly contributes to a slew of publications, as well as consulting with companies looking to make an impact using the web and social media. He lives in Ithaca, NY with his family on an apple farm.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/karina.usach Karina Usach

    Seriously?! What a cop out! What about all the vegans who eliminate soy from their diets completely? If they can do it, anyone can.

    • Wiseguy

      Hardly a cop out. Think about it: the man is an athlete, so he needs to get protein in his system to rebuild the muscle he breaks down from the strenuous physical activity. While soy may not be a centerpiece for all vegans in their diets, for a vegan athlete it absolutely is. An allergy to soy makes for a very counter-productive diet for an athlete trying to live a vegan lifestyle.

      You can’t compare your average joe vegan to a vegan athlete that is on the road 250+ days a year. It’s amazing the man has been able to do it for the past 2.5 years.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=555341555 Sunny Songs

        ABUSING AN ANIMAL, OR PAYING SOMEONE ELSE TO DO IT BY BUYING IT, IS A COWARD’S CHOICE, NOT AN “ATHLETE’S”, IN MY BOOK ANY DAY, BUDDY.

      • Wiseguy

        Okay, I’d like to point out a few things to you. First of all, “TYPING IN ALL CAPS” does not do anything to enhance your opinion. If it’s the equivalent of shouting in an in-person conversation, then congratulations – You’re demonstrating your [lack of] maturity!

        Second, while I respect your choice to live a vegan lifestyle, that doesn’t mean you should crap on and bully someone else’s choice to no longer do so. You can argue against it until you are blue in the face, but the bottom line is that the vegan lifestyle is not for everyone. There’s no reason to shame someone because they realize it was negatively affecting their health and could no longer support their lifestyle.

      • http://www.facebook.com/saundersjan Jan Saunders

        Jaysus mate have you read ANY of the above posts from people who actually KNOW what they are talking about?? This dude is not even in the ball park for athleticism amongst hundreds of vegans.,. he wanted to eat animal product.. he found a good excuse. end of story.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/DHRGPLJN3AZYCPQQLO4VF5LMCQ Iam

      Who cares about your opinion, he can eat whatever the hell he wants. his diet ,his lifestyle.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=555341555 Sunny Songs

        HOPE YOU GET YOUR KARMA BACK FOR WHAT YOU ARE SAYING. THAT IS SICK. ANIMALS FEEL PAIN JUST AS MUCH AS PEOPLE DO.

    • CP_Munk

      You need to cop out of life. Get off your high horse.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=555341555 Sunny Songs

      WELL SAID, KARINA!

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000153200834 Darryl Dickens

      Do you.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ryan-Kittinger/731586792 Ryan Kittinger

    You cuts do realize that they ARE on the road avg 240+ days and do minimum 2 sometimes as many as four or five shows a week ? Wrestlers ARE professionals and athletes just because it’s scripted doesn’t mean it’s not real. Watch a few interviews withjohn cena about being in shape. Lots of talent has appeared in fitness magazines

  • http://www.facebook.com/athonwy Athonwy Doherty

    You were never Vegan in the first place Daniel. Eating a plant-based diet for your health is not the same as being Vegan. Vegan is a commitment to animals, to the non-exploitation of animals. If you did it for your health you were not Vegan. Please stop misusing the term.

    • William

      I agree. Daniel you were just being a fake pusy not a real vegan pusy

      • http://www.facebook.com/daniel.pearson.391 Daniel Pearson

        And people wonder why vegans are shunned alot. Maybe piss poor elitest attitudes have something to do with it…

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=555341555 Sunny Songs

        VEGANS CAN TEACH CARNIVORES AND OMNIVORES HOW TO GO VEG. IT’S A PROCESS AND EVEN VERY DEDICATED PEOPLE ARE NOT ALWAYS PERFECT. BUT HAVING THE ATTITUDE OF YES, I CARE, AND WILL TRY MY BEST TO BE AS VEGGIE AS POSSIBLE BC I DON’T WANT TO HURT THAT INNOCENT LOVING ANIMAL, IS THE BEST CHOICE. SAYING ‘I DON’T CARE’ OR ‘I LOVE MY MEAT’ DESPITE SEEING THE TRUTH ABOUT THE CRUELTY, IS A PSYCHOPATH’S CHOICE.

    • unethical_vegan

      most vegans agree that the goal is to do less harm. so WTF is your problem, ay-hole?

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=555341555 Sunny Songs

      EXACTLY. THOSE PEOPLE THAT ARE VEGAN BC THEY ONLY CARE FOR THEIR SELFISH SELF, OR THE ENVIRONMENT, OR THEIR HEALTH, ARE NOT REALLY ETHICAL VEG’S. THEY WOULD SELL OUT IN A SECOND AS SOON AS SOMETHING ELSE GETS PR. YOU WANT TO HAVE PEOPLE UNDERSTAND THAT HURTING AN INNOCENT, LOVING ANIMAL IS A GREAT SIN.

  • CP_Munk

    Animals are great!!! Nothing gets me hungrier than looking at a brochure of slaughter houses. Oh, and plants are alive also… Idiot vegans, and vegetarians.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=555341555 Sunny Songs

    there’s plenty to eat other than soy… that’s a bunch of b.s. DID HE CARE ABOUT ANIMALS TO BEGIN WITH is the question, or was it selfish reasons. THINK ABOUT THE ANIMAL, PEOPLE.

    • MrEFQ

      Actually he only became vegan because his body does not digest meat very well. His body was not healing well because of eating meat. It was never about the animals. It was always about his health.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=555341555 Sunny Songs

    GOD SEES ALL CRUELTY AND THERE IS A JUDGEMENT DAY.

    • Xbibleblack

      Ok standing up for animals is one thing but don’t start with this shit.

  • Xbibleblack

    I was bummed to hear this but think about it, dudes constantly on the road. Where is he gonna grab vegan friendly food at 1 AM in some hick town that only has McDonalds and other shitty fast food chains? It’s easy for most people to maintain a healthy vegan diet but not pro wrestlers. Most people have assistants or have time to prepare food at home. I doubt Danielson ever goes home more than twice a month.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=670735069 Tan Truong

      Real vegan food is simply whole foods. All you have to do is stay in the produce department. Daniel was likely eating mainly processed “vegan” food, so of course it’s more difficult to find this kind of food on the road.

  • http://twitter.com/WolfTempestas Nalani

    My dad who was the first in our family to go veg and is a doctor who cures people with diet is now allergic to genetically modified soy and finds himself avoiding it unless he’s in Japan. To a certain extent it sucks since our family loves tofu, but he’s been doing fine. Soy is healthy, but one does not need soy to be vegan, and to be honest, some vegans consume TOO MUCH soy.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=670735069 Tan Truong

    If he was allergic to oysters, would he stop eating animals?

    He was a vegan athlete and didn’t educated himself about nutrition, and also doesn’t understand that one (vegan or not) is supposed to consume mostly whole foods?

  • anttmanhbk

    you vegans think your better then everyone jesus hate fish dumb fucks

    • joeboosauce

      From your uneducated generalization its obvious who thinks who is better than others. The irony in your statement couldn’t be more obvious. Unfortunately, this arrogance of a majority view is commonplace. Necessary illusions, I guess.

  • alexb

    i’m whatever you call someone that eats a little bit of fish but is mainly vegetarian. ONly reason I even eat fish is because i eat with family twice a week and that’s what they eat. But when they’re out of town for months at a time I don’t feel the need. When I cook for myself it’s strictly vegan. Now I’m going to claim to be as athletic as Daniel Bryan, but I am a hell of alot bigger than he is. I’m 6ft and weigh almost 250lbs….oh and I eat 1 “large” meal a day. If I ingest anything prior to dinner it’s a vegetable juice with wheatgrass and sometimes soaked chia seeds before the wkt. My protein comes from various beans, mushrooms and either hemp protein shakes or other vegetable protein powders. Yeah, he didn’t do his homework. The only time I ever eat soy is when I go to a japanese restaurant and have miso soup, which comes with a tiny amount of soy. Soy is bullshit anyway it promotes estrogen in men…how does he not know that?