In January 2018, I published my manifesto of Vegan Strength, titled The Way of The Vegan Meathead: Eating for Strength, which documents my path as a longtime vegan who started off very skinny and years later got into powerlifting.
When I started lifting weights with some degree of ambition in 2011, many people of course told me "good luck with that," implying that vegans are always doomed to remain skinny and comparatively weak to non-vegans. Fortunately, I have been able to prove that isn't the case at all. As of July 2021, I have now competed–and won–in national and international championships in two of the most prestigious powerlifting federations in the world. So far, I've taken home THREE consecutive first place National medals (2020-2022 USPA Drug Tested National Championships) and a 2nd place medal at the IPL Drug Tested World Championships held in Ireland (2019). Not bad for a skinny vegan, eh?
So in my book, The Way of The Vegan Meathead: Eating for Strength, I lay out my tried-and-true approach to a muscle-building vegan diet in a bare bones, gym-rat speak–because let's face it, nutritional science is a difficult subject to master. I have learned what I have learned through years of trial and error (a.k.a. many years of sucking and getting unsatisfactory results) until I finally started finding what worked to trigger growth as a longtime vegan. I give you the simplified how and why of my methods for balancing a diet based on macronutrients ("macros" a.k.a. protein, fats, carbohydrates), basic supplementation ("micronutrition"), and then I break down the means for determining what constitutes the highest quality protein sources for vegans (guess what, they aren't beans and lentils!).
At the end of the book I give you my actual meal plan–the one I still primarily follow to achieve better and better scores on the powerlifting platform.
On top of all this, on myVegan Meathead page, you will find other aggressively pro-vegan merchandise (t-shirts, flags, stickers, etc.) which I have incrementally made available upon demand through the course of this enterprise. (Note: only the Vegan Meathead book is available on the Daniel Austin page. All other Vegan Meathead merchandise must be purchased through the Vegan Meathead homepage. Books can be purchased there as well.)
It's been a lot of fun publishing the Vegan Meathead book, speaking about it worldwide at VegFests, universities, gyms, and growing the vegan strength community. The ultimate goal of it all is to help those wanting to get stronger on a vegan diet, overwhelmingly, so we can shut up the naysayers and save the animals once and for all.