Not only is it safe for you to go vegan, a lot of studies are now showing that it is more safe than continuing to eat animal products, especially meat and dairy.
Regarding soy, you don't have to drink soy milk as there are plenty of other plant based milks readily available. Most cafes have almond milk available for your coffee now, and some are even starting to add oat. At the supermarket, you can find almond, oat, rice, coconut, macadamia, I've even heard of hemp milk, although that might still be overseas. Good news is there are so many brands to try and each has a different taste, you'll be sure to find one that you like.
However the estrogen in soy milk isn't bodily estrogen, it's actually phytoestrogen - the same phytoestrogen that is also found in most fruits and vegetables! If you've eaten a carrot before then you've been eating phytoestrogens all along! Soy milk comes from a bean. Just make sure your soy sources are organic and GMO free and you're all good.
Regarding protein, it is actually found in many foods, not just meat. It's true that meat has more protein per weight, but vegetables actually have more protein per calorie, so as long as you're getting your minimum number of calories every day, you will be getting plenty of protein! Top sources include beans, lentils, nuts, nut butters, spinach, broccoli, peas, dark leafy greens, edamame, tempeh, tofu, seitan, flaxseed, chia seeds, pumpkin seeds, hemp seeds, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, tahini, hommus, sundried tomatoes, and plant based milks.
This might help to put your mind at ease about plant based protein - think about where your meat get's its protein from? Many animals that are vegetarian are strong and healthy with adequate sources of protein from plant sources. The gorilla for example. Even cows with are supplemented with a lot of things such as B12, hormones and antibiotics, are not supplemented with protein.
Speaking of B12, the only thing you do have to worry about as a vegan is now that you are no longer eating meat that is supplemented with B12, you will have to take the supplements directly. A simple sublingual spray or capsule will do the trick.
Omega-3 you can obtain from flaxseeds, chia seeds, LSA, walnuts etc. which can all be added to cereals, salads, smoothies, porridge. Easy.
As for being a vegan athelete - plenty of inspiration out there. Serena Williams, Carl Lewis, Mike Tyson, Patrik Barboumian, David Carter, Jehina Malik, Cam Awesome, Steph Davis, Tia Blanco, James Southwood, and lots more!
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