Powerlifter Hulda B. Waage is an Icelandic powerhouse. She currently holds four national records in her sport, and in 2019, she was the national champion in powerlifting and bench press. Proving that successful athletes don’t need meat for protein, she’s also a passionate vegan.
Now aged 34, Waage—aka “The Vegan Viking”—first gave plant-based cooking a try when she was just a teenager.
“I didn’t quite manage [to go vegan] but I was vegetarian for around four years,” she told LIVEKINDLY. Her appetite for animals never really came back after that, although she experimented with different diets before landing on veganism permanently.
The Power Of A Vegan Documentary
Like many who make the leap into veganism, Waage was motivated by a documentary. “I haven’t eaten big land animals or mammals since I was a teenager,” she explained. “Six years ago I made the decision to go vegan 100 percent after watching ‘Earthlings.’”