Healthy Q and A with Vegan Athlete and Personal Trainer Jeff Conway-Jones
Updated: Jun 13, 2018
Jeff is a personal trainer in Victoria, BC and has been in the health and wellness industry for quite a few years now. We actually went to high school together! Jeff is a plant based athlete and shares with us some of his go -to snacks and philosophies around healthy eating. Have a read!
Share a little bit with us. Who are you and what do you do?
My name is Jeff, I am a Certified Personal Trainer. I like to think of myself as a guide. I guide people through their weight loss or fitness goals with expertise and knowledge gained over the years. I assess client’s abilities and based on what I see in the couple of sessions. Then an effective program can be developed to suite that particular client. Recently I have started documenting my life through food, fitness and lifestyle posts on Instagram in hopes of inspiring others to live a plant based lifestyle.
How did you get into the health and wellness community?
I grew up playing basketball and was always interested in ways I could improve my performance, whether it be via training or nutrition. That process inherently led me to pursuing my personal trainer certification.
What inspires you?
Primarily, health inspires me. Knowing that I am bettering my life now and in the future really fuels me. Secondly, seeing my clients push hard in their workouts fuels me to push that much harder in my workouts.
What is your food philosophy?
I firmly believe plant based whole foods nourish the mind, body, and soul.
Walk us through what a typical day looks like for you (Food, exercise, work/life)
A typical morning for me is pretty relaxed as I am still working through school and limiting my clients. I wake up with either a tea, hot coffee or cold brew coffee, depending on how I am feeling. I’ll follow that up with breakfast that ranges from yam hash with tofu scramble, to oats and buckwheat with berries, or a green smoothie. From there, I’ll get my lunch and dinner ready for work at a local gym from 2-10pm, and try to fit in a yoga, run, bike or strength workout before I leave.
What are some of your go-to foods/snacks for busy days?
I love any kind of nuts mixed with a date or two.
Bananas and any nut butter
When I’m ahead of the game I usually pre soak chia pudding 2-3 days in advance
What has been one of your biggest struggles?
INJURIES. I think now I am in the clear (finally, I hope). It’s been about 2 years of trying to find the answer and 1 year of patience dealing with the natural healing process and the real root of the injuries and imbalances.
What advice do you have for those starting out in their wellness journey?
Even though you may need to be self critical and regimented to reach your fitness/ wellness goals in a certain time frame, try to not be too hard on yourself in the long run. A cheat meal here and there will not kill you (unless it’s all the time of course). No matter what happens, you are still you, and as long as you are moving towards better health there is nothing to worry about. To add to that point, if a cheat meal consists of high calorie foods that are whole foods based, you can feel even less guilty (for example nuts, coconut milk, or banana nice cream, or even my favourite fatty green curry with full fat coconut milk and white rice).
The World's Easiest Chocolate Chia Pudding
2 tbsp chia seeds
1 cup nut milk
1-2 tbsp of cocoa power
1 tsp maca (we both like the one from Organika!)
Soak chia seeds in nut milk for minimum 10 minutes or overnight. Add in cocoa powder and maca and blend until smooth. Topping options: buckwheat, low sugar granola, berries, bananas, nut butter, coconut shreds, hemp hearts...the options are endless!
Thanks for sharing Jeff!
If you are in Victoria and want to train with Jeff, check out his website here.