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Vegan Life speaks to Mathew Pritchard about his physical challenges and veganism

Mathew Pritchard is probably best known from his days on TV show Dirty Sanchez where life was a haze of drinking, skateboarding and doing stunts for laughs. These days Mathew is more focused on his health, fitness and wellbeing and has gone vegan to boot. We spoke to Mathew about what he has achieved so far and what his hopes are for the future.

Congratulations on getting so far with your recent challenge to swim 200 miles in a month.

Thank you very much. I didn’t actually make 200 miles, but I did 120 miles in 19 days, so I was happy with that.

It was meant to be like three hours every morning, and it did start off like that, but then I got an infection on my stomach where I had had my tattoo lazered. The doctors said don’t go swimming but I just ignored what he said. I thought I’d be alright. Once that got infected I couldn’t go in the pool, so I had six days off. It was just a game of catch up really. Some days I was in the pool for hours. I did get in about 13 miles one day and I thought, Christ, I still have a bit left in me. I thought I could do the channel here and that’s when I had the idea to try the channel distance on the Sunday. I was in the pool for eleven and a half hours, but I managed to do it.

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December is a tough act to follow and I do feel a little sorry for January, which seems to have the reputation as the dullest, coldest and most bleak month of the year; if the months of the year were being picked to play netball, January would probably be picked last… Traditionally, January is the month when people decide it’s time for a change and put their house on the market, change their job, dye their hair green or make ambitious New Year’s resolutions. Every January of my adult life I have tried, in vain, to change a habit or routine, like ridding myself of my unhealthy tea addiction or seeing friends more often. This year, with the help of a couple of articles in this issue, I have decided that this January I am not going to change a single thing — my motto this January is going to be ‘new year, same me’. We have some wonderful articles to help boost your mood, and your confidence, this January. Surrounded with pressure to lose weight and go on a health kick to get into shape for summer we have focused on body positivity in this issue. We have spoken to vegan body positive warrior Mica Day and argue that exercise should be a tool for enhancing mental health and wellbeing as much as physical health. To tie in with our special feature, Fat Gay Vegan has also written a fantastic piece on body shaming in the vegan sphere, which I enjoyed immensely. January is also a great month for reflecting on how far we have come as a community. More people than ever are coming to the realisation that the way that we are treating most animals is wrong and I have a tingling, excited feeling about what the coming year has in store for us. 2018 is going to be the year of the vegans. I hope that you enjoy the issue and, remember to buy your Vegan Life Live tickets for next month!