Vegan Diet Plan Of American Olympic Weightlifter Farris

Kendrick Farris is the American weightlifter at the Rio Olympics. In the snatch and the clean and jerk, he had the personal best of almost 377 kg. Back in 2016, he also set the record in 94 kg American weight class.

You would be amazed to find out that Farris is the weightlifter who proudly follows a vegan diet. The vegan diet plan is considered very unusual and strange for the weightlifters who need additional proteins for a lean body.

Then how Farris is following a pure vegan diet and still remains one of the best weightlifters in the world? Well, let us ask him out.

Before Vegan Diet Plan

vegetables and fruits

According to Kendrick Farris, he was only concerned about the protein intake back then. His diet was more about junk food like burgers.

‘I was obsessed with knowing how much protein I was getting,’ says Farris.

However, when he switched to the vegan diet plan, the recovery rate of his body was enhanced. This lighter diet improved his focus span.

Related: Benefits of a Vegan Diet Plan

Go-To Foods

When asked about his go-to foods, Farris shared that almost each and every one of his meals is prepared by his wife.

Black beans and trail mix with cashews, pistachios, and almonds are his favorite go-to foods. Among ready-to-eat fruits, he loves grapefruit, blackberries, and blueberries.

Farris told us that his wife makes a special ‘avocado quesadillas,’ ‘guacamole,’ and ‘spinach lasagna’ that is never enough for him.


When asked about the use of supplements, his choice was simple:

‘I don’t have any particular go-to supplements. However, I keep on trying the plant-based proteins.’

Protein Intake

When asked about keeping the track of protein intake, Farris’ views are very different from the others. For him, training and recovery are the topmost priorities. So it doesn’t matter how much you eat because as far as you feel good, it is enough.

Strike the balance between your protein intake and body requirement. This is what you can only figure out a complete body analysis. For him, defining the certain quantity of protein intake such as X grams/day is just not the way.

Tracking the protein intake is not a part of his nutritional theory.

Eating Schedule

You would be shocked to hear his answer when we asked about his eating schedule:

‘I think it’d be hard for me to stick to an eating schedule.’

Yes, Farris never sticks to the specific time of eating this and eating that. However, his primary focus is on the snacks. Avoid forcing big meals into the throat and rather have some snacks.

Eat when you are hungry, the golden rule of Farris. You just need to stick to the vegan diet. When it comes to Farris favorite patty burgers, he got the vegan alternative ready:

Make patties with mushrooms and rice. Now grill them to get the flavor and texture like a beef patty. However, this vegan patty will aid in recovery, reduce inflammation, and stress.

Cheat Food

burger, burgers, hamburger

Farris is not quite fond of sweets and sugar. So his cheat food is not what you expected.

  • Fruits and trail mix to satisfy a sweet tooth.
  • Lot and lot of food.
  • Eating a whole pan of lasagna.
  • Cereal with almond milk.

A good motivational diet plan for every vegan out there!