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.
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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.