Vegan and pilot are two terms that aren’t typically used interchangeably, but Compass LAX-based Captain, Matthew Ayer, shows that the two can coincide with one another well. This Men’s Health Month, Compass shares Matt’s story about becoming a vegan, how he started his popular “Veggie Pilot” blog and tips on eating clean while flying more than 36,000 feet in the air.
Captain Ayer has lived as a vegan for a year, but his love for eating mainly leafy greens started as a child vegetarian. When Captain Ayer started researching more information about dairy products and the dairy industry, he became surprised with the nutritional content that he found.
“I had already stopped eating eggs, and I was eating cheese at the time,” Captain Ayer said. “It made sense to become vegan and to stop consuming dairy altogether, because I had become a vegetarian due to my animal advocacy,” Captain Ayer tells Metro UK in an interview.
Working as a pilot and being a vegan can be a challenging experience, because there aren’t always the best food options available on the road. Additionally, the options that are available usually are not the most appetizing. The Veggie Pilot blog was created after Captain Ayer was displeased with a sandwich he ordered in LAX.
“It was one of the worst sandwiches I had ever had, and it cost $12,” Captain Ayer told Metro UK in an interview.
The Veggie Pilot blog was also created to help other aviation professionals who are vegan or vegetarian find restaurants with healthy options, and to assist with their meal planning.
“I created Veggie Pilot because I wanted to help my fellow flight attendants and pilot colleagues come up with fun and exciting meals that fit their diet,” Captain Ayer said.
In his blog, Captain Ayer includes some of the meals he packs while traveling. In a video on his blog he shares the meals he ate throughout the day. The meals he ate included home-cooked refried pinto beans with seitan and jalapeños, kale sautéed in pink Himalayan sea salt, yellow zucchini and kidney beans.
While his cooked meals sound mouthwatering, Captain Ayer’s dining adventures are just as appetizing as you can see on his Instagram feed @theveggiepilot.
Captain Ayer’s blog has provided him with a lot of internet attention, which lead to him being featured in PETA, Metro UK, and other media outlets.
Stay in the loop with Captain Ayer and his healthy vegan options, by clicking here: https://bit.ly/2t7nXem.