Thought vegans were scrawny and frail? Think again!
Tom Brady, Venus Williams, Kyrie Irving, and Hannah Teter- what do they all have in common? They've all gone plant-based!
So why are so many pro athletes giving up meat and dairy and instead championing a plant-based diet (and how do they get enough protein)?
Here’s what the plant-based pros are saying:
"[Apes are] 20 times stronger than humans and they don't rely on a meat-based diet. They eat plants all day long. It's a myth that you need meat for strength.” - David Haye, boxer
"I feel really great eating a plant-based diet and love the way it makes me feel physically and mentally.” - Tia Blanco, surfer
"I was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease, and I wanted to maintain my performance on the court. Once I started, I fell in love with the concept of fueling your body in the best way possible [through raw, vegan food].... Not only does it help me on the court, but I feel like I’m doing the right thing for me." - Venus Williams, tennis player
"I feel stronger than I’ve ever been, mentally, physically, and emotionally. My plant-based diet has opened up more doors to being an athlete. It’s a whole other level that I’m elevating to. I stopped eating animals about a year ago, and it’s a new life. I feel like a new person, a new athlete." - Hannah Teter, snowboarder
"You can replace [meat with pulses and vegetables], and it can taste amazing, and be better for your body — it’ll help with recovery, reduce stress and inflammation in the body.” - Kendrick Yahcob Farris, weightlifter
“My crusade is to show the world that we can live a healthy, happy, and prosperous life without exploitation of innocent creatures." - Barny du Plessis, bodybuilder
"Since going vegan I can train longer and harder and even noticed my body heals a lot quicker. I used to have tendinitis which has completely cleared up!" - Timothy Shieff, freerunner
Athletic Benefits of a Plant-Based Diet:
Faster muscle recovery
Less fatigue & stress
Increased energy & mental clarity
Aside from the environmental and overall health benefits of a plant-based diet, embarking on this way of eating holds a myriad of benefits for athletes and those with an active lifestyle (but I mean, even if you’re a couch potato, a plant-based diet can benefit you!).