Gavin Sublett

Vegetarian since 1987 for ethical reasons
Went plant-based in 2016 for health, ethics, & the environment

DATE OF
BIRTH

10 July 1958

YOUR
HEIGHT

5,11”

WEIGHT
BEFORE

176lbs

CURRENT
WEIGHT

149lbs

BECAME
PLANT-BASED

2016

DATE OF
BIRTH

10 July 1958

YOUR
HEIGHT

5,11”

WEIGHT
BEFORE

176lbs

CURRENT
WEIGHT

149lbs

BECAME
PLANT-BASED

2016

WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO GO PLANT-BASED?

Vegetarian since 1987 for ethical reasons.
Went plant-based in 2016 for health, ethics, and the environment.

WHAT HEALTH BENEFITS HAVE YOU EXPERIENCED SINCE GOING PLANT-BASED?

Cholesterol 172 to 147
LDL 130 to 194
Got off a stomach medication I’ve been on for 30 years for a pre-ulcer condition
Got off acid reflex med I’ve been using for 30 years. No symptoms of either after quitting dairy and eggs.
More energy and more exercise.
These were huge changes considering I was already eating what I thought was a healthy, organic, vegetarian diet.

DO YOU HAVE A PARTICULAR APPROACH TO PLANT-BASED EATING, I.E. LOW-FAT, HIGH-CARB, KETO, ETC.?

I look forward to every meal and never wish I could eat foods I don’t.
100% vegetarian
99% vegan as I wear some leather, don’t avoid honey, and occasionally eat minute amounts of dairy or egg as a way down the list ingredient when dining out.
95% whole food but I do eat some minor amounts of oil, and occasionally some white flour and white rice when eating out. 

Where do you get
your protein?

DO YOU COUNT CALORIES, AND IF SO, HOW MANY DO YOU CONSUME ON A DAILY BASIS?

No. I focus on eating quality food, therefore prefer taking my time to read ingredient lists carefully.

Do you adhere to a particular macro nutrient split?

No

Give an example of a typical day’s eating?

Oatmeal with fresh, frozen, dried fruit, chia seeds, flaxseed, walnuts, and soy milk.
I love roasted veggies and also roasting tofu tempeh and polenta.
We eat lots of fresh fruit, cooked, and raw vegetable beans, whole-grains, nuts and seeds.

What supplements do you use?

An organic vegetarian multivitamin, mostly for B12

In your opinion, what are the key differences between achieving one’s ideal physique with plant-based eating comparative to an omnivorous diet?

It’s so much easier.

What are your favourite beverages?

Seltzer water
Black coffee
Unsweetened ice tea

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How would you recommend someone considering a plant-based diet starts out?

Get support. You are going to be different than everybody you know, and you will often question what you’re doing. Join vegan groups, watch documentaries, read books, and find friends who are doing the same thing.
As I have to do things all the way, I recommend you get a blood test from your doctor. Go whole food plant-based for 30 days and test again. This can be difficult as it takes one’s body a little time to adjust to all the fiber. If you plan on transitioning in the near future, it’s good to assist your body with the adjustment by adding a lot of fiber dense food in the interim; like oatmeal, and plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables. It’s nice if one has a doctor who believes in, and supports this lifestyle. I switched doctors in order to have this.

What exercise or sporting activities do you engage in?

Hiking, walking, pickleball, skiing, light weights, and yoga.
I prefer walking on non-paved surfaces which is possible in cities too. I also like to add some elevation, and if I can’t find that, I go up and down stairs

Do you follow a particular body part training split in the gym or at home?

No

What does a typical workout comprise of?

Hiking mountain trails is my favorite. My go-to hike near our home, is 6 miles, with 1200 foot elevation gain. We go into the mountains for longer hikes.

What’s your favourite post-workout meal?

Hot whole food plant-based lunch

No Gym,
No Problem!

What’s your advice to someone leading a sedentary lifestyle who wants to get fit and what motivational tools do you rely on to remain dedicated to exercising?

Take a friend. I hike with friends and I belong to a hiking club. For daily exercise, I do it first thing in the morning after a late breakfast. Schedule exercise as if it’s an appointment.

Have you used a personal trainer, coach or dietician that you would recommend to others?

No

How has your plant-based lifestyle influenced others?

I don’t get invited to BBQs. It does influence people in positive ways and I see the changes they make. I do think it holds up a mirror and people feel guilty. Eating meat is animal cruelty and most people know that. It’s also bad for the environment and for one’s health and most people know that too. They would rather not think about these things.