Austin Aries realizes that if you think “vegan,” you do not think professional wrestler. But he knows that when he declared in 2011 he ate just a wholesome diet, becoming a vegan pro wrestler turned into a big part of his individuality.
He often got variants of the same questions such as: Where do you get your protein? Is it? Is it expensive? How do you live without bacon? What should you eat? Where do you locate it? How can you get it to the street?
That provided the genesis for a publication that he begins shipping and started working on a couple of years ago. Food Fight: My Plant Powered Journey from the Bingo Halls into the Big Time isn’t a wrestling publication, although Aries rolls his early training and increase to getting TNA world winner, six-time X-Division champion, Ring of Honor world champion and currently in WWE’s cruiserweight division. Aries wrote the book with writer Mike Tully.
The publication provides guidance and advice for those who follow a vegan or vegetarian lifestyle, but also provides Aries’ perspectives on the virtues of this food that we consume and challenges the reader to consider eating.
“The book is all about food consciousness and digging a little deeper into what is in front of us” Aries told To the Win. “It’s not about any particular type of a diet or always becoming a vegan. It’s about taking another look at food, where it is coming from and what it’s doing to us and understand most of us have a choice in that.”
Aries writes widely about the need to read labels, assess ingredients and seek alternative food options and chronicles the moments in his food travel – that he cites driving beyond a massive chicken slaughterhouse among them – that led him to move away from what he thought was the All-American method to eat growing up in the Midwest.
“For most people rising up, the standards is, does it taste good, how quickly can I do it and how cheap is it?” He explained. “What that changed to, can it be good for me, how much nutritional value am I getting from my buck and where did it come from? With that, you have a look at food a whole different way.
“By changing things, it forced me to pay attention to my diet – understanding what these numbers intended or what these components are searching down the list on the package. As soon as I started figuring it out, it blew my mind how awful the simplest choices placed facing us are for us, the way misinformed we are, how much propaganda there is and how what I call the ‘corporate food program’ has really caught hold in getting over our lives.”
As for his career in the ring, Aries is coming off a loss at a submission match to WWE cruiserweight champion Neville at the Extreme Rules pay-per-view last Sunday to cap off a feud that lasted over four months. The game was followed by him with a tweet that was cryptic:
“As far as what’s next for me from a creative perspective or what my next move is, that is to be determined,” he said. “I need to regroup and take a look at the landscape and see where I fit in. … You just have to stay tuned in and find out what’s going to happen.”
After a meeting earlier this week Busted Open on SiriusXM, reports indicated that Aries might be taking some time off to deal with injuries. He explained that isn’t the case as far as looks: “I am flying out Friday morning and I’ll be working the live events this weekend”
“If you examine the full quotation and what I said was, ” everybody is dealing with assorted stuff,” he explained. “I don’t believe there is anyone from the locker room is 100%. We’re all nicked and banged up to various degrees. Like anything else, you pick and choose the times you need address once it needs to be addressed and some times are better than others”
“I guess regardless of what interview I do, the real good ‘journalists’ are going to locate the completely insignificant quotes that will drum up a controversy and stick it on their webpage to get some clicks and totally miss the real context of what the interview is about. That is what we do nowadays and call it ‘journalism.'”
Aries spoke to To The benefit about the cruiserweight division his food travel and more.
What do you really want the takeaway to be from the publication?
The book is all about digging and food awareness . It’s not about any type of a diet or becoming a vegan. It is about taking another look in food, where it’s coming from and what it is doing to us and realize most of us have a choice in that.
1 thing that’s apparent is that being a vegetarian is a lifestyle and not a diet. Do you believe men and women look at it that way?
That is a mindset … and a lifestyle option. It’s what you prioritize with your resources – your cash, your time and your energy – and where people are going to spend those. We spend them on what we deem most important. For whatever reason, a lot of people have decided food is not so important to devote our resources. Among those things people ask me is, is not it expensive to heat vegan or healthy? It can be, but isn’t it expensive to live in a home or drive a car that is wonderful or wear clothes that are nice? The people lined up to the newest ‘i-whatever’ because they want the new one when they only got one a year ago and are willing to lose $200 for it will be the same men and women who are looking for the easiest, most convenient, cheapest meals to eat. I feel like we’re missing the boat on this.
You describe what you do as being in an extreme end of the spectrum. If someone wants to begin this with one or two measures, what’s your advice?
Whatever diet change you are considering doing go hunt out information from those who are actively doing it. Give yourself the info along with the tools. Just start slow. Nobody is going to sustain big, dramatic changes overnight unless you’ve got strong conviction or that a-ha moment. I did. There was one day where I just stopped eating meat, but then the transition to get rid of the dairy and eggs took 12 years. Perhaps pick a meal, a few folks do ‘.’ There is material on social media and a site for that. The whole day you can not do. Pick on 1 meal on a single day.
Everybody gets into a routine or relaxation zone and you consume the six things – you know you you know that it can be made by that you and you know exactly what it costs. You need to replace it, when you start taking away things. For me personallypersonally, foods opened up I did not grow up eating in Wisconsin – all these foods from such cultures. Everybody would like to enjoy food that is eating. I do not want to sacrifice my enjoyment and love food. You may enjoy food and may e mindful and healthy while you do it but it requires energy and some time.
Wanted to ask you about where “205 Live” and the cruiserweight division is. What would be the next steps, although Neville and you have brought name recognition to the division?
I preach to everyone – whatever their opinion is that patience is critical. I know that how folks digest amusement. When you’re attempting to construct a brand and introduce new characters and let them find themselves and join with the audience, it takes time. … I feel like if people do not place their own expectations about what they think it should be and love it for what it is and watch it as it evolves and what it will become, the process would be more enjoyable for everybody.
Neville is a highly man who’s as gifted as any man in my own accolades and the company speak for themselves and I have some name notoriety out of being in the game some time. If we are ready to stabilize it – and that includes Brian Kendrick and earning Tajiri for a short period – to allow time for some of those men who’ll make their names that’s a winning formula.
WWE performers know about the “Hometown Curse” – if you arrive at your hometown, you normally lose your match – but maybe the tide is turning.
Rich Swann Sasha Banks won a tag team match at Swann’s hometown. On Tuesday, Luke Harper scored the pin in an eight-man tag team game before SmackDown Live in Rochester, N.Y.. At front, he blew a kiss to 5-year-old and his wife throughout the game. Harper had been 0-3 in the home.
Luke Harper (Photo: WWE)
Now on his own after a brief reunion with all the Wyatt Family at the winter, Harper is seeking to find his location.
“It’s almost like a career is restarting – or because of lack of a better term – reborn,” Harper said in a lengthy interview for USA TODAY Network spouse The (Rochester, N.Y.) Democrat and Chronicle. “It’s a blank canvas right now and I am looking forward to whatever’s going to come. I expect something is likely to come. I’ve been working each weekend (at live events), but nothing about TV as of today and that’s the goal to get back on the market and make some major strides. I have targets set and it is hard once you’re not being used at the moment.”
The Classy Move of Orton
Minute after SmackDown Live went off the air Tuesday night in the arena. Two girls in the front row wore red, blue and white designs and Uncle hats. One held up a poster that said, “My heart belongs to RKO.”
Randy Orton, scheduled for a game with WWE champion Jinder Mahal, saw the sign and got out of the ring. He embraced among those girls, who produced a pencil and wanted him to sign that the poster. He signed, as the referee implored him to get back in the ring. Orton held a finger up to inform the referee while he ended, to wait 1 moment. The crowd responded with cheers.
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