I'm TJ Waterfall, and I'm a plant-based human biologist (BSc) and nutritionist (MSc). I specialise in vegan and vegetarian nutrition and helping clients reach their potential by optimising their nutrition. Thanks for visiting Meat Free Fitness - I hope you find lots of useful information here to help you on your meat-free journey!
My undergraduate degree was a joint honours in human biology and psychology. Then, in 2016, I graduated with a first class Masters degree in Clinical and Public Health Nutrition from University College London, currently one of the top ten universities in the world. I'm a registered nutritionist with the Association for Nutrition - the UK register of qualified nutrition professionals who meet rigorous standards for scientifically sound evidence-based nutrition, and its use in practice. I’ve also co-authored two nutrition research papers which have been published in top scientific journals.
In the past I’ve worked as a nutrition researcher at UCL, worked with the NHS as a weight management nutritionist, and helped large companies improve the nutrition and wellbeing of their staff. I’ve also volunteered to help young refugees and asylum seekers improve their cooking and nutrition with the amazing charity CARAS (Community Action for Refugees and Asylum Seekers).
Why I Set Up Meat Free Fitness
When I became vegetarian in 2013, and began restricting eggs and dairy in 2014, I found that all the concerns I previously had about taste, protein, and fitness were completely unfounded... I've since eaten some of the best food I've ever tasted, and I'm feeling the healthiest, strongest, and fittest I've ever felt. My only regret was not giving up eating meat sooner! So I decided to set up Instagram and Twitter accounts to show how easy it is to get fit and eat amazing food without eating meat. And I created Meat Free Fitness to provide more in-depth information about the nutrition behind a healthy and varied plant-based diet.
Full disclosure - I want to encourage more people to give up eating meat, because:
I love all animals, so I think if we can avoid eating them, we should
I want to help protect the environment for future generations
I really care about improving the health and wellbeing of the public
So I want to help as many people as possible to look and feel healthier, stronger, and fitter, because I strongly believe the best way to inspire others to consider a plant-based diet is by showing them how great you can look and feel by cutting out meat. That's where Meat Free Fitness comes in.
Aside from nutrition, I love keeping fit and strong by taking part in a variety of sports / exercise, especially running, weightlifting, callisthenics, cycling, swimming, crossfit, boxing, and climbing. I think it's great to have a number of sports to chose from, to always keep training fresh and enjoyable, as well as working on different areas of fitness.
And of course I have a passion for cooking! I've worked in several kitchens and help to teach vegan cooking and nutrition at Demuths Cookery School, the top vegan cooking school in the country. So I have a good knowledge of culinary techniques, which I love using to create vegan versions of some of the best cuisines from around the world. I know not everyone has as much time as they'd like for cooking (me included) so I try to create quick, easy, but incredibly tasty and nutritious recipes that anyone can put together quickly after a hard day's work.