Dusan Dudas originally from Slovakia, has spent over 35 years in the health and fitness industry as a trainer, author, nutritionist and competitor. Dusan specialises in vegan bodybuilding, because he himself is a vegan body builder! In 2009 he won the Mr NZ Natural title for the over 50's. For Dusan it seems the cliché really does seem to be true ... this vegan eats a lot of lettuce! But see how strong it makes him …
Why did you become Veg and when?
I became a vegan 5 years ago when I started having heart problems, which is rife in our family. The cardiologist couldn’t help me – they wanted me to take medications, which I refused.
What’s the greatest thing about being Veg?
The greatest thing about being veg is the feeling that I can, in my own small way, help to reduce animal farming and killing. I’m a big animal lover so this lifestyle feels right for me – and it makes me happy to be part of a group of people who want to help our planet.
How did you make the change?
I became a vegan overnight and for the first three weeks I ate only raw vegetables – nothing else. All my heart problems disappeared; I started sleeping much better; I stopped snoring and my energy levels increased enormously.
Was it hard to make the changes?
At first it was very hard, but thanks to my sport which has developed, not only my muscles, but strong discipline, I was able to maintain control – in particular cravings for chocolate!
Are your family and friends Veg too?
No – nobody else in my family is veg and I have only a few friends who are veg.
What’s your favourite food?
My favourite food is avocado with quinoa crackers, chopped tomatoes, raw onion, capsicum and lettuce.
What’s your favourite restaurant?
I don’t have any favourite restaurant as I like to prepare my own meals made mainly of organic foods.
What is a typical day’s menu for you?
When I wake up I have organic powdered vegetable superfood in 300mls of distilled water.
Before breakfast – a whole organic lettuce.
Breakfast – one avocado, two slices of whole grain bread or buckwheat or quinoa crackers with chopped raw onion, garlic, tomatoes and capsicum.
After breakfast – about 30 soaked almonds, four walnuts, three Brazil nuts.
Brewer’s Yeast tablets Mid-morning – 30 grams of organic hemp protein as a shake. After 10 minutes, one apple and one raw carrot.
Lunch – a head of lettuce; roasted vegetables Italian style or lentils, or beans with tofu sautéed in olive oil. After lunch – two tablespoons of mixed ground sesame seeds, chia seeds and pumpkin for protein.
Mid afternoon – hemp protein shake. One banana. Four quinoa crackers with almond butter.
Dinner (at 6.00 pm) is similar to breakfast or lunch.
Before bedtime – about three walnuts and about 10 almonds (not soaked).
I drink only pure ionised water and tomato juice – nothing else.
What do you do for fun?
I love swimming in the sea; reading books about nutrition and health problems; and Chinese natural healing. I like to catch up with friends and have fun. Travelling is also one of my favourite things to do!
What do you do for fitness?
Swimming, power cardio, and of course, bodybuilding training.
What is the funniest thing someone has ever said to you about being Veg?
One day my wife and I went to a Japanese restaurant in Auckland. When the waiter came to take my order I told him I was vegetarian and asked him what he could prepare for me. The man sitting at the next table asked me, “Are you vegetarian – man I couldn’t be – I’m not in this world for a long time, but for a good time, and that’s why I smoke, drink and eat what I want”. My response was “When you get seriously sick because of this bad lifestyle will you have a good time on this earth?”. The man stopped and didn’t say another thing the whole evening. Someone said to me “Are you vegetarian? You can’t build muscles with vegetables,” and I answered, “What about a gorilla – do you think it has a steak for lunch?” and we laughed.
Are there any challenges in being Veg?
No, I don’t believe so – it’s very easy if you’re focused and if you’re mentally strong. I love it.
Do you have advice for others about to Go Veg?
People who have health problems should become veg to clean their bodies of toxins which accumulate in our bodies over all those years of eating tasty, unhealthy food! Let food be our medicine and medicine our food (Hippocrates 400 BC).