Keto for Endurance Athletes

Podcast 70: Optimizing a Keto Lifestyle with Danny Vega

October 14, 2019

I had the great opportunity to interview Danny Vega about Optimizing a Keto Lifestyle. Danny and his wife Maura have the blog and podcast the Fat Fueled Family.

Danny grew up in Miami, Florida and has always been interested in nutrition and fitness. Ever since he was a young kid, he wanted to be a “strong man”. 

In high school, he was the starting running back for my football team and led the county in rushing yards. He then went on to receive my bachelor’s degree from Columbia University in 2004, where I was a member of the football team and a three-time Dean’s List recipient. After college, he pursued my Master’s of Science in Human Performance from the University of Florida, where he worked with the national championship men’s basketball team, along with women’s basketball, tennis, and golf programs. He then went on to become the Strength & Conditioning Coordinator for VCU basketball, helping the Rams win the 2007 conference championship and making it to the second round of the NCAA tournament. 

He had been out of collegiate Strength & Conditioning for almost a decade, but I have continued to compete in sports such as Crossfit, powerlifting, half marathons, and now rowing. In June of 2016, he discovered the ketogenic lifestyle and never looked back. He found so many benefits within a week of switching, that I knew this would be my new way of life. Inflammation and injuries from years of playing on turf and beating myself up with heavy lifting were gone. He regained control over my hunger and found mental clarity and an increase in productivity that he had never experienced before. In August of 2017, after over a year of dipping his toes in the water, his two boys joined us. 

Desmond, his oldest, felt an immediate increase in energy and improvement in his allergies and asthma. Dean, his youngest, has had astounding improvements in his eczema and mood. Our children are immune to cravings. It has been an amazing thing to see. He thought his kids were “picky” just like most kids supposedly are; keto changed their taste buds and now they crave real, nourishing food like the recipes you will find on this PDF. Best of all, they do not feel restricted in any way!

He understands that transitioning the family can be challenging, Danny and Maura, Danny’s wife, hope his blog help you conveniently transition your entire family to a low carb lifestyle so that you, too, can experience all of the profound benefits we have!


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