What Do Peanuts and Marathons Have in Common? Vegan Conversations with Robert Cheeke & Elke Arnesen




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Elke Arnesen Biography:

Elke Arnesen currently works as a Success Coach for The Vegan Gym where she is able to combine her passion for veganism with helping individuals accomplish their vegan health and fitness goals.

She went vegan in 2015 and loves to study sustainability in food systems. She is an advocate for supporting local farmers, developing healthy relationships with food, and learning what goes into what we eat to get it onto our plates. Though she went vegan after learning about the environmental impact of animal agriculture, her motivation to eat plants quickly evolved to include personal health and compassion for other beings.

She graduated with top honors and a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry. Her undergraduate research focused on the effects of peanut consumption on the gut microbiome and glucose regulation. This research is now published in Clinical Nutrition, the official journal for The European Society for Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism.

Having struggled with her own relationship with food and body, her ultimate mission is to bring people closer to their food while developing self compassion and self belief. This allows her to get nerdy with science, share her story, and help others accomplish health & fitness feats they did not think possible before.

If you want to have a conversation with her about how to accomplish your own vegan fitness goals, feel free to book a call with the Vegan Superhero Academy using this link: 🌱 When it asks, “Did someone refer you to the Vegan Superhero Academy?”, just mention that you saw her on Chef AJ’s channel!


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Robert Cheeke
New York Times Bestselling Author of The Plant-Based Athlete
Founder of Vegan Bodybuilding & Fitness


Robert grew up on a farm in Corvallis, Oregon where he adopted a vegan lifestyle in 1995 at age 15, weighing just 120 pounds. Today he is the author of the books, Vegan Bodybuilding & Fitness, Shred It!, Plant-Based Muscle, and the New York Times Bestseller, The Plant-Based Athlete. He is often referred to as the “Godfather of Vegan Bodybuilding,” growing the industry from infancy in 2002, to where it is today. As a two-time natural bodybuilding champion, Robert is considered one of VegNews magazine’s Most Influential Vegan Athletes. He tours around the world sharing his story of transformation from a skinny farm kid to champion vegan bodybuilder. Robert is the founder and president of Vegan Bodybuilding & Fitness and maintains the popular website, He is a regular contributor to Vegan Fitness, No Meat Athlete, Forks Over Knives, and Vegan Strong, is a multi-sport athlete, entrepreneur, and has followed a plant-based diet for more than 26 years. Robert lives in Colorado with his wife and two rescued Chihuahuas.

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