Is the Vegan Diet Good for You? – Testimonies from Athletes

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Concerned About Being Vegan?

I was wondering to myself, what are some of the barriers people have to becoming vegan.  I know when I first started the vegan diet I did a lot of research.  I had a lot of questions and one of them was, is the vegan diet good for you?  There was a lot of chatter surrounding the vegan diet and I didn’t know what to believe.  I have now done a lot of research on the topic and have identified many concerns.  Mainly, critics are worried that our protein intake is low, that we do not get enough of the B-12 vitamin, where does our omega 3 fatty acids come from… the list goes on.

However, the critics seem to ignore that plants, fruits, legumes and grains have all of the nutrients that we need.  The most important thing for vegans is to learn how to balance what they eat.  We need to know which foods to consume daily and weekly so that we do not become deficient in any one area.  But there isn’t any concern for this.  That is why we have started this website.  We want to educate people on how to properly consume a vegan diet.  We hope to give you all the information you need so that you feel comfortable in joining the healthiest diet in the world.  Don’t believe Marilyn and I?  Then listen to what some world class Athletes are saying.

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Vegan Athletes Must Be on to Something, Right?

Out of all people in the world, athletes have to make sure that they have a great diet.  They need to make sure they have energy to work out and perform.  Once they are done exerting energy they need to be able to feed their muscles with the proper nourishment.  Common practice is to do this with animal products.  Times are now changing.  Weight lifters, tennis players, boxers, UFC fighters and NFL players are making the switch to plant based diets.

With so many different athletes joining the vegan movement, it only validates how safe and successful the diet is becoming.  These athletes are literally shutting down all of the myths about what a vegan diet can’t offer.  Because the truth is, the vegan diet offers everything the body needs in order to thrive.  Below, I have listed quotes and testimonies from a wide variety of noticeable athletes.  Athletes who have performed great feats on many different world stages.  Our hope is that their words inspire you to give the vegan diet a try.  Enjoy.

1.  Venus Williams (Tennis Player)

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Venus has an autoimmune condition that forced her to stop playing tennis when she was younger.  She credits her raw vegan diet in allowing her to return to the tennis court.

Once I started I fell in love with the concept of fueling your body in the best way possible. Not only does it help me on the court, but I feel like I’m doing the right thing for me.

2.  Nate Diaz (UFC Fighter)

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Nate has been plant based since he was 18 years old.  He had this to say in regards to how cheese and dairy made him feel on one occasion.

So after that cleared up, I was like, ‘OK, I don’t need that anymore.’ I felt better and realized I work better without that stuff.

3.  Barny du Plessis (Body Builder)

Couldn’t find a Legal picture to use but look him up.  He is a pretty impressive looking guy.

Barny was able to stop eating meat and get back into body building at age 40.  He began to eat a vegan diet and took home the title of Mr. Universe Amateur Category.

These days I train half as much, do half as much but get better results. Why? Only one answer, going vegan, GMO free and organic. My body is running perfectly.

4.  David Haye (Heavy Weight Boxer)

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David had a shoulder surgery and during that time he wanted to know how to ensure that his recovery went as successful as possible.  He put his trust in plants and was able to become a world champion.

I feel better than ever, I look and feel younger,” he added. “People say ‘where do you get your strength from?’ [But I ask them] where does an ape get his strength from?

[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.

5.  Derrick Morgan (NFL Line Backer)

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Derrick decided to go vegan about 18 months ago and has convinced several of his teammates to go vegan too.  All of his teammates have raved about how much energy they have on the football field because of a plant based diet.

Overcoming the preconceived notions is the biggest part. I was a part of it. I used to believe athletes had to eat meat to maintain play, then I educated myself

6.  Kyrie Irving (NBA Point Guard)

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Kyrie decided to say yes to only plants back in 2017.  He was looking for a better way to recover after his games.  Since 2017, he credits the vegan diet in helping him maintain his stamina.

I was noticing that I wasn’t able to recover as fast after games and workouts, I did a lot of research and learned that my diet could be a factor.

7.  Hannah Teter (Olympic Snowboarder)

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Hannah says she feels reborn as an athlete and is finding so much energy in her plant based diet.  Hannah had this to say back in 2017,

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.

8.  Chris Smalling (Professional Soccer Player for Manchester United)

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Chris has joined the vegan community because his wife educated him on the benefits of the diet and also the abuse that animals were enduring.  Chris is excited how much the pain in his joints and muscles have gone down since he has started this diet.

Red meat causes a lot of that inflammation and when I was cutting that down, the tendinitis started to go. It used to be a problem in terms of warm-ups, because getting going was a bit of a nightmare. My tendinitis has got better and better

Are you a vegan athlete or someone who works out a lot?  Leave us a comment below to let us know why the vegan diet works for you.  Thank you for reading.

Eric

Hello I'm Eric and I am striving to educate people about plant based diets. I enjoy bowling, gardening and nature in my free time. Marilyn and I hope you find our site helpful in learning about a proper Vegan diet.

20 Responses

  1. I am really glad I found your blog. I was discussing with my sister about the vegan diet, she as a doctor does not believe that the proteins that we get from plants are enough for the body. So, she doesn’t understand why I became vegan.

     Now, I get to show her that if athletes who push their bodies to the limit every day can get enough protein in their vegan diet, so can anyone else.

    Great post, very informative.

    Thanks

  2. Hello

    Thanks for your eye-opener article. These testimonies from athletes are live examples of people who really were benefited by the vegan diet. It’s very impressive that, although they get tired and their body has increased needs, this diet is so balanced and complete that gives them the required energy to work out and do sports. I am really excited about this and I’m going to study it more. I really care about it, especially nowadays that a bad diet can cause you digestive problems and not just. Besides “We are what we eat” as Hippocrates said.

    Thodoris

    • Thank you for the note Thodoris.  I was blown away with so many athletes becoming vegan.  Some of there words were very powerful.  Times will be changing in the near future.  Studies show that only 2.5% of humans are vegan in the United States.  This number is sure to grow with more awareness of the benefits to the vegan diet. 

  3. This post is a great relief to me right now, seeing that their are actually athletes who are thriving as vegans has definitely out my mind to rest.

    If an athlete who oushes their body to extreme can thrive on just vegan diet, then I dont see how I can’t

    This article has really helped eliminate my fears of it serving as a good soutce of balanced diet.

    Now I know better, cant wait to get started!

    Thanks for sharing this piece.

  4. I’m so glad I found your site! With all the voices in the world today, especially from schools, constantly telling kids to make good diet choices and to be sure they get their proper portion of meat and diary each day, it is difficult for me to discuss a vegan or even vegetarian diet with my children.

    I choose not to eat meat or dairy and firmly believe it is a healthier lifestyle however, it is contrary to what my children are learning about diet. With the information you share, I am able to expose them to voices other than just myself. This post in particular is a great help since kids are particularly vulnerable to the advice and authority of various athletes. Thanks so much!

    • Yes Shannon!  I couldn’t agree more.  I found this very powerful and insighting when I was writing this post.  It is nice hearing from famous people about their diet choices.  Their words hold weight when it comes to consuming food.

  5. Great and wonderful article,am happy to come across this write-up,Vegan diet and i  know i will learn how to balance what i eat through this community,critics are worried that our protein intake is low, that we do not get enough of the B-12 vitamin,i strongly believe this and am excited seeing sport men and women in this community,great article indeed,I really love the  approach to educate people on how to properly consume a vegan diet.Thank you

  6. It is pretty astonishing that people can actually live on a plant based diet especially athletes that have high energy an the need to work hard while putting their body through a lot of strain. I personally do not think that I could be a vegan. I like the taste of animals too much. HAHA. Great article of being Vegan and sports.

  7. Hello:
    I am always impressed when someone can go vegan. I am not and never will be vegan, but I do recognize that certain blood types do a lot better on vegetable diets. I am a chicken lover. I really enjoyed your post. Very enlightening.

  8. A vegan diet from the athlete’s point of view is pretty interesting and not something you read about every day. Great questions too, what are the barriers? I imagine a barrier for an athlete would be getting enough protein from of course animals. I try to eat vegan once in a while as I feel it helps with the digestive system. You’ve compiled a great list of examples here as I would not have thought so many professional athletes would ascribe to such a diet. These are encouraging models to follow, thank you for a great post.

  9. What a relief to get to hear testimonies from athletes. This gives me the assurance that I am on the right track with my diet decision.

    I see that plant-based diet is really something the athletes swear by. 

    Thank you once again for taking your time to give us such useful insights. Much appreciated

  10. Thank you for your post. I tried vegan several times to lose weight, but failed. The major problem is that after using vegan foods I always feel hungry. Instead of three meals, I need four or five meals, which caused my weight gains, since I ate more.

    Recently I started keto diet, which is high in fat and low in carbs. This diet helps me weight loss. The main reason is that the high fat makes me full much longer. Sometimes I don’t feel hungry whole day and just eat on meals. I definitely stick to keto diet to reach my weight loss goal.

    It is kind of you sharing this inspirational information with us.

    • We and the entire plant based community believes in you Anthony.  Start somewhere and make daily improvements.  In no time you will find a comfortable place in your vegan diet. 

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