Deadlift PR 420lbs.

Day 7 of the (always Plant-Based) Whole Foods Challenge. That means no tofu, tempeh, seitan, Gardein, Tofurky, Upton’s, or Field Roast. I’m getting protein from beans, nuts, seeds, fruits, vegetables, and some grains. Gluten Free. Soy Free. Excuse Free. 10+ Personal Record.

Chickpea Bread Recipe (Socca)

Hey guys, since posting some photos of my gluten free chickpea/fava bean bread, I’ve been getting requests for the recipe. I am happy to share! The recipe is really simple and you can experiment until you find the density and thickness that you like the most, but here is a good starting point.

1 cup garbanzo/fava bean flour (I used Bob’s Red Mill. Regular garbonzo bean flour works too.)
1 1/4 cup water
1 tsp salt
1-2 tbsp almond butter (typical socca uses olive oil, but since I am avoiding extracted oils, any nut or seed butter will stand in just fine. Apple sauce is another option as well.)

In a large bowl, mix well with an electric mixer. This recipe will come out fairly thick and you can continue to add water as needed. You want it to be like pancake batter. Now you can cook it a few different ways. So far I have baked it and I have cooked it on the stove top in a non stick pan.

To bake it, pour it into whatever baking dish you prefer, a 9″ baking dish is usually a good choice. I would use a small amount of non stick spray to avoid sticking. Bake at 400 degrees for 30 minutes, then take it out and carefully flip the bread, and cook another 15 minutes.

To cook on the stove top (which is much quicker), heat the burner to a medium setting. Cook for 6-10 minutes watching carefully until the dough is slightly firm to the touch on top (it shouldn’t stick to your finger). Then with a broad spatula, flip it over and cook another 3-5 minutes, being careful not to burn either side. Then let it cool for a few minutes. Now you are ready to use it like you would bread. This is great as an alternative, because it has more protein and fiber then even whole wheat bread, and it’s delicious! So far, I have done the pb&j, and I also used it as a pizza crust. It is pretty fantastic and really helps to give you that satisfying bread feel. It is also nice to cook a bunch ahead of time, so you can just smear some nut butter or jam on it and go!



Day 4 Food Journal PBWF (Plant Based Whole Food)

Hey guys, I wanted to let you know how the 30 Day Whole Food Challenge is going so far and what I’ve been eating. My energy is good and I have been enjoying the minor challenge of not reaching for Tofurky Hickory Smoked Deli Slices. I typically eat a pack of that a day because it is so easy to open a pack, dip it in hummus and go. So anyway, I have to plan a little more to get a decent protein source without too excessive of carbs. The Trader Joes pack of steamed lentils is my go-to now. They taste fine right out of the pack, and are a great source of protein. One package is 5 servings, 45 total grams of protein, as well as 100% of the recommended iron intake. I slept in this morning, so first meal was a little late. Here we go:

11:30am – A big oatmeal bowl consisting of 1 cup dry oatmeal, 2 tbsp dried coconut, one banana, 3 tbsp homemade strawberry chia jam, 1/4 cup pecans, and cinnamon. Then I had one serving of PlantFusion protein mixed in water. I also had green tea shortly after.

2-3:15pm – Chest and Back Workout (non Outlaw Way programming)

3:30 – Shake consisting of a can of white beans, one banana, 1/2 cup frozen pineapple, and 1/2 cup strawberries

3:45 – Homemade Chickpea and Fava Bean bread (socca) with peanut butter and strawberry chia jam

4:30 – I was craving something chocolate and sweet so I made chocolate milk with homemade almond milk (unstrained, to keep more protein and fiber), cocoa powder, one date, a pinch of real vanilla bean, and one banana.

5pm – French lentils, 1/2 cup sweet potato, green beans, and cashew cream sauce
Then I had three strawberries after.


6pm – I had a little more of the same lentil, sweet potato, green bean, and cashew cream sauce dish.

9pm – Persian cucumbers, carrots, and tahini dip


10pm – lentil walnut tacos with red pepper, avocado, and salsa on romaine leaves


11pm – 8 oz almond milk and one serving of PlantFusion’s Phood

IMG_4908 This picture was taken yesterday, as a midday snack.

12pm – I had more of the lentil walnut mix and a few handfuls of Trader Joe’s Power Greens Mix. I love this stuff!

Stay tuned for more updates soon. I need to re-test my 1 rep max for dead lifts real soon. My most ever was 410 lbs. Let’s see if I can pull that again or more!

Vegans Dominate at the Naturally Fit Super Show!

PlantBuilt visual

On the weekend of July 26th and 27th, PlantBuilt, a team of vegan athletes, landed in Austin, Texas to make a bold statement on what Vegan’s can do on the bodybuilding stage! We did not disappoint.


Part of the team as we were arriving on Wednesday before the show.

As a team, we had 14 athletes hit the stage against 150 omnivorous competitors. We won 4 of the top 10 overall spots, Bodybuilder Torre Washington won the lightweight division and the Men’s Overall bodybuilding title, Derek Tresize won the light heavyweight division. Bodybuilder Sara Russert won her lightweight division and the Women’s Overall bodybuilding title. Figure competitor Pam Kalstad won her division and overall title, earning her pro status, and bodybuilder Will Tucker won his division and overall title for master’s bodybuilding (over 40 years of age). Bodybuilders Austin Barbisch and Marcella Torres finished second in their divisions and Giacomo Marchese finished 3rd in men’s middleweight bodybuilding. Figure competitor Stephanie Rice finished runner up and Tiffany Burich followed in 3rd. In the Men’s Physique category, I finished in 2nd place, and Chad Byers finished in 3rd out of 24 competitors.


Mindy Collette placed 4th in the bikini tall class out of a dozen plus competitors. Yolanda Presswood and Christy Morgan both had powerful display’s of vegan fitness and grace in the bikini short class, which had even more competitors.


We took home quite the collection of trophies. The competition spanned over Friday and Saturday. During the Saturday event, which lasted around 4 hours, the announcers of the event said “Vegan” at least 20 times. During our individual routines, as well as during the award ceremonies, the message was loud and clear that we are here to promote a compassionate lifestyle and we showed with tremendous success that no animals need to be harmed in the making of a lean and strong body.



On Sunday after the competition weekend was over, we went to Big Bald Mike’s Bonebreaker Barbell Gym in Kyle, TX. We did a fun photoshoot for Vegan Health & Fitness Magazine and Vegan, as well as some photos for our team sponsors, PlantFusion and Vegan This week was such an amazing experience! It truly was a gathering of many of my influences in the vegan fitness community in one place. It was a chance to see and reconnect with old friends, meet brand new ones, and reflect on how far we have come as a community.


I want to thank all of our sponsors and everyone for making this happen. Thanks to Giacamo and Dani for organizing the PlantBuilt team in the first place, Brenda and Brian at Vegan Health and Fitness MagazineVegan Proteins, Robert Cheeke at Vegan Bodybuilding and Fitness for being a tremendous support for years now, Scott at Plant Fusion, Elana Priesman at Beyond Fit for getting us all individual boxes with tons of great products from companies like Engine 2 DietJustin’s Nut ButterBrad’s Raw Leafy KaleRhythm SuperfoodsJust Pure Foods, and Eda-Zen, as well as Sara Brightly at Skinny Limits for amazing juice during the weekend. Big thanks to Chad and Tricia at Beyond Fit Austin and Big Bald Mike at Bonebreaker Barbell for letting us workout in their plant-powered gyms. Also a big thanks to my partner Holly for supporting me throughout the year leading up to this. She is a vegan chef and with her expertise, pre-contest nutrition was much easier and tastier. You can follow her at


Here is a video highlight of the week, thanks to Brenda and Brian at


Hey everyone, there is less than 24 hours left to vote. PETA’s “Sexiest Vegan Next Door” Contest ends 9am Pacific Time tomorrow! As the owner of PlantFit Training Studio, I am asking all of you to vote for me (if you haven’t yet). This would be greatly appreciated! Also on my page, there are buttons to share on Facebook and Twitter. If you could share this with your friends, this could make a huge impact on the number of votes I have. As of now, I am 237 votes behind First Place. I know with your help, my numbers could blast past that point. This will be my last request on this contest. Just like with opening PlantFit, I want to show the world that you can be lean and strong on a plant based diet. Winning this contest will make a profound statement on the state of veganism. For all those that still question the benefits of a plant based diet,  this will show that fit and strong people are out there solidly backed by a 100% Vegan Diet.

Thank you so much in advance!!! I couldn’t do this without all of you. Thanks for letting me be a sign of strength for the animals.

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Staying in the race for the Sexiest Vegan Next Door Contest

I was in 3rd place earlier today, but this other guy is 4 votes ahead of me again. Time to step it up. If you have just a few seconds, please vote for me at

You can also vote multiple times if you have more than one email address. with 436 votes so far, and 776 followers, I know there are some people out there who haven’t voted yet. This really means a lot to me. If you help me win this contest, there is a good chance that I can be a part of a national campaign to further promote vegan health and fitness. Thanks everyone!!!