WWE Athlete Daniel Bryan Drops Vegan Diet Over Soy Allergy
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