Dz Vegan Kid Athletes are three sisters Danaé, 15 yrs old, Danya 9 yrs old & Danielle 5yrs old. They lead very active lifestyles. Danaé dances six days a week, Danya does gymnastics six days a week, Danielle does rhythmic gymnastics three days a week and dances one day a week. They all do acro once a week and also go to piano, flute and violin lessons between them. Their Mom is vegan but Dad is not, so they have tried some meat including chicken and salmon at his house.
Danaé was diagnosed with fibromyalgia two years ago and was on four different medications, including steroids everyday to control her pain and inflammation. She missed a lot of her dance practices and school because of flare ups. She was inspired by her Mom (who also has auto immune disease, endometriosis, fibromyalgia, thyroid disease and asthma) to go 100% vegan, after seeing how much healthier her Mom was and no longer needed all the medications she took daily. Danaé is now off her daily medication, drinks lots of raw green juices with turmeric to help reduce inflammation. She now does ballet, jazz, contemporary, lyrical, hip hop, and acro. Although she is not 100% free of pain and flare ups, she is able to prevent symptoms with a healthy vegan diet, regular acupuncture and yoga.
Danya was born vegan but at the age of four and a half tasted chicken and salmon for the first time. She ate this intermittently, but a year later, she stopped completely after learning how the animals were treated and killed for humans to eat. She remained eating egg whites for another six months as she was told by her gymnastics coach that egg whites were high in protein and good for her strength training. Her Mom always challenged her to try other forms of healthy protein and a couple months later she did. Since being 100% vegan and a competitive gymnast, she has noticed a huge improvement in her strength and performance when training. She recently got an award for 'Most improved gymnast of the year' and won ‘best all round champion at her last competition’
Danielle was born ten weeks premature and weighed just over 3 pounds. She was on a machine to help her breathe and connected to lots of tubes and IVs. She was in the hospital for over two months and the doctors told her Mom that she may not make it or will have life long problems with her lungs since she needed a machine to help her breathe. They also said that she would have problems with her gut, not be able to digest foods properly and need medication for the rest of her life. Danielle was fed her Mom's vegan breast milk through tubes in the hospital and breastfed for two years and was always fed freshly made vegan food (no baby Jar foods. She has never needed any kind of medication for her lungs, stomach or to help her with her digestion. She had a slight speech delay and has always been on a good vegan diet and is beyond healthy!
The girls do two days raw every week as a way of rejuvenating and resetting their bodies. They say eating raw is like turning off your cell phone and restarting it so it works even better.
A typical day for them starts with a plant protein shake with raw nuts, nutritional yeast, spinach or kale, fresh fruit, molasses, flax seeds and psyllium husk. Raw oats with fresh veggies or gluten free toast and raw almond butter are other options.
Snacks at school includes raw celery, snap peas, carrots, or cucumber with hummus or guacamole.
Lunch usually includes fresh fruits, raw veggies, raw nuts, protein chips or puffs.
Dinners vary from vegan, gluten free Mac n cheez with fresh green salad with avocado, lentils, wild rice with chick peas, raw veggies, vegan, gluten, soy free proteins, veggie rolls and occasionally stir fried tofu. They also enjoy root veggies like tarot, jicama, sweet potato, cassava and carrots.
They mainly drink alkaline water and freshly juiced veggies/fruits including celery, ginger, kale, carrots, beets, apple, turmeric or lemon. Desserts are usually raw protein balls, dark chocolate 70% or more sweetened with stevia. Occasionally they will have vegan store bought ice cream but most times they enjoy making their fresh desserts with mango, pineapple, avocado and banana whipped to perfection!
These girls are on a mission to share with others simple fun ways to stay fit, eat healthy, be kind to the animals and to let the world know that growing up vegan rocks!