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WWE Athlete Daniel Bryan Drops Vegan Diet Over Soy Allergy

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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

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  • 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.

    • jcos74

      Um… they aren’t professional athletes, on the road every day, who need protein? Seems to me like he’s pretty much saying he isn’t eating meat but the soy allergy necessitates him eating egg whites for adequate protein intake – so he’s no longer vegan.

      • https://www.facebook.com/app_scoped_user_id/555341555/ Silvi Ven

        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.

        • Alana Cicchi

          You are an ignorant moron for saying that.Everyone in the damm Bible consumed fish and meats,including Jesus. Youre full of it. Eating meat is fine.if you choose not to the reason doesnt matter. Health reasons ARE legitimate reasons,no it does not have to be just abt.animals,and eating egg products does not make a person bad a liar or stupid.or evil or anything else.who the hell cares?I mean really?eating an egg somehow hurts your precious animals?Hardly. Animals were meant for food,food for one another,as well as for us.If someone decides to stop consuming animal products,okay cool.If someone tries to complain,annoy,type big capitals and think it makes anyone care,and preach,then not ok. Or NOT OK,for those who do not understand proper lettering. Bunch of morons. You know whats really selfish?Doing something for the animals only,then pubilicly preaching abt.what a great human you are because of it,and acting holier than thou and selfishly trying to force opinions. I dislike meat so I rarely eat it.But I like liver and bacon,and egg yolks,so I eat them sometimes,I never feel bad abt.it either,and screaming in all capital letters just makes me think your opinion is sillier,I consider the source,and the source is clearly mental.personal health reasons are perfect reasons,especially for an athlete. Get over yourself.

    • 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.

      • https://www.facebook.com/app_scoped_user_id/555341555/ Silvi Ven

        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.

      • Lifematters

        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.

      • https://www.facebook.com/app_scoped_user_id/555341555/ Silvi Ven

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

    • Wrestling Survey Inc.

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

    • https://www.facebook.com/app_scoped_user_id/555341555/ Silvi Ven

      WELL SAID, KARINA!

    • Darryl Dickens

      Do you.

  • Ryan James

    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

  • 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

      • Daniel Pearson

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

        • https://www.facebook.com/app_scoped_user_id/555341555/ Silvi Ven

          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?

    • https://www.facebook.com/app_scoped_user_id/555341555/ Silvi Ven

      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.

  • I love animals. For dinner.

    Vegans are weirdos.

    • ME

      That’s because you ignorant to why people are vegans.

  • Animal murderer

    No disrespect and I hope this doesn’t offend you but you’re a idiot. God forbid he worries about his health without having to quit his job. Here is a better idea, why don’t you deliver the man the essentials he needs every day since you are so damn worried about what he eats? If not then shut up.

  • martinek

    Tips: buy nuts, seeds and beans. Shouldn’t be difficult to find anywhere, even on the road. You can eat lentil and bean dishes in restaurants too, especially indian, mexican etc. Not very difficult. There are hundreds of raw vegan athletes that are doing just fine without soy.

  • Danielle

    Sad day

  • https://www.facebook.com/app_scoped_user_id/555341555/ Silvi Ven

    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.

  • Laura

    Mr. Bryan, you need to better inform yourself on all the protein sources there are out there for people eating a plant based diet. I suggest you speak to experts like Brendan Brazier and Rich Roll who are elite athletes and have been successful in their athletic careers whilst being vegan.

  • 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.

    • Tan

      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.

    • RickJ

      How does the soy allergy affect your dad? Just curious. I hope I never develop a soy allergy.

  • NYC Mike

    This article is confusing. So is he now a lacto-ovo VEGETARIAN (because he says he’s eating eggs)? Or is he eating meat?

    Being a lacto ovo vegetarian is still a lot better than nothing so long as you get your dairy and eggs from humane farms where the animals are free to roam and never fed hormones.

    Yes, they are still sent to slaughter after they stop producing eggs and milk but at least they lived out good lives at the farm and they live much longer than farm animals used for meat.

    I hope he’s at least a lacto ovo vegetarian if he can’t be a vegan.

    • AshleyannNews

      If he’s not allergic to gluten either then someone needs to introduce this guy to BBQ flavoured seitan. I believe you can now buy gluten-free vital wheat flour now. Restaurants need to get into that.

  • Chris Kendall

    Blessings Daniel n Michael :)
    I flow as RHN n Raw Food Lifestyle Coach, focusing on Athletics, Peak Performance and Optimal Health.
    Nearing a decade vegan and 8 1/2 years fully raw vegan and a athlete my whole life my blood work (tests years 5 6 and 7) have consistently had Dr’s, naturopaths n trainers telling me that the results are the best they have ever seen in their careers. Excelling in all ways, feeling better n better n clearer n clearer was all i needed ahah :)
    From experience and tons of research I can say that the thought of a Need for high levels of protein is simply a media and industry perpetuated myth. While there are reason’s one could feel that way ( under consuming calories, poor food choices, detoxification.. as a few) and validate it with mainstream mis-information and worry there is in fact no scientific name for running into “a lack of protein” with a balanced vegan diet. More clearly there is no medically established name for falling ill from a Lack of Protein unless one is also Starving, eating highly processed “foods” for the mainstay of calories, and/or eating from very very limited Food choices.
    All Whole plant foods contain Essential Amino Acids, the Building Block of Protein in high quality form. By simply consuming enough whole plant foods to sustain body weight and exercise we are guaranteed enough protein. When you do the math and run the experiment even as a athlete, a bodybuilder or if we were to only eat fruit we can easily meet our needs. Fruit ranges from 4 – 8 % protein per calorie, Veggies 15 – 20% making it more than easy to get enough especially when you consider the most conclusive studies on out protein needs show 3% total calories is more than adequate. There are no whole plant foods under 4%!
    The real trick is getting enough calories from whole plant foods, the best choices as staples for the bulk of our calories being Sweet Raw Fruit and/or simply cooked carbs such as rice, sweet potatoes, squashes, quinoa etc while on a lower fat approach. Adequate amounts of Leafy greens, Other Veggies, with Smaller amounts of nuts and seeds / fatty foods make up the best choices for a really healthful easy to maintain vegan diet.
    High Carb Low fat plant Based Nutrition, simpler the better focusing on the food you love the most!
    I travel often, did before being a raw food vegan as well, and can really say its not very hard with a bit of experience/knowledge and purpose.
    While you may be happy with your new flow if you wish to grow in the direction of optimal health with a Vegan diet and or a raw based vegan diet (saves a lot of Kitchen time) I offer my services solely via donation.
    I also do live in coaching, cant in the states right now but do while traveling too, perfect for training :)
    Hope you find your path, happy to share the fruits of mine.
    Much
    Peacelovenseasonalfruit Chris Kendall TheRawAdvantage.com

  • Tan

    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?

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