In January 2018 two brothers from Hampshire will be setting off on one of the biggest ocean based challenges in the world: rowing the trans-atlantic crossing.
The purpose of their challenge is to try and raise £100,000 for the British Skin Foundation after their father/step father passed away after a 16 year battle with skin cancer recently.
The journey itself could take up to three months to complete, and it is a challenge that only 317 crews have ever finished. But this will be the first team ever to do it completely vegan.
What food will they be eating?
Rowing 25 miles per day against giant waves, the two brothers will be burning anywhere between 5000 and 8000 calories each. They have opted for these protein packed, custom made, freeze-dried meals based on beans, legumes and nuts:
- Daal & rice with spinach
- Bean casserole
- Porcini mushroom risotto
- Orzo bolognese
- Spicy thai noodles
- Penne arriabbiata
Rowing for two hours at a time each, they will also be munching on snacks of dried fruit, nuts and Moo Free (dairy free) chocolate.
But where do you get your protein?
The importance of this expedition is that the brothers raise lots of money and awareness for the skin cancer charity, in memory of their father. But this race is unique because both brothers will be the first vegan team to row across the Atlantic.
“We feel honoured to be doing this challenge vegan, we are disproving the stigma that people associate with veganism” says Greg.
The duo are training hard everyday by doing many hours of yoga and rowing before January comes round. With this intense training and the challenge itself, they are getting hammered by people doubting if they are getting enough protein.
Greg explains: “You are able to get all your recommended nutrients and more through healthy foods compared to a standard diet, which has a huge effect on your body, the animals and the environment.”
He goes on to say: “We both exceed our protein intake per day through eating fruit and vegetables. People’s reaction: shock! We explain there are certain vegetables that contain more protein per gram than most meats, and that type of protein is much healthier.”
Greg and Jude head out to Gran Canaria in January where they will spend five weeks before setting off on the biggest journey of their lives. We wish them the best of luck.