The vegan and vegetarian diets have not only taken the celebrity world by storm, as these meat-free diets are now the preferred fuel for several famous athletes. Legendary quarterback, Joe Namath, reports that he is a vegetarian; Martina Navratilova reports that the vegetarian diet helped her become one of the greatest tennis players of the 20th century; and NBA basketball player, Robert Parish, thanks the vegetarian diet for his success on the court.(1)
Joe Namath, Martina Navratilova and Robert Parish are just a few athletes who thank the plant-based diet for their success!
Professional athletes don’t climb to the top by accident, but by dedication, focus and hard work. They practice hard, eat right, and they are consistently seeking to improve. (2)
In 2014, David Carter weighed 285 pounds and was working to increase his weight to 300 lbs. He had signed on with the Oakland Raiders and was utilizing ice cream and gallons of milk to help him put on weight. (2)
This type of diet, paired with physical training, does not come without consequences. Carter was experiencing shoulder pain, tendonitis, and numbness in three fingers of his hand. He blamed the game for his pain until he viewed a documentary on veganism. (2)
Through the video he learned that dairy can contribute to some forms of tendonitis. Carter recognized that at times his tendonitis was so bad he couldn’t lift himself out of the bathtub. At this awakening, Carter accepted that his lifestyle was actually feeding the tendonitis and muscle fatigue. The next day, he traded in his hamburger for a bean burger! (2)
New Chicago Bears defensive lineman, David Carter, shares how the vegan diet changed his life and healed his body
In the first month after going vegan, Carter lost 40 lbs. and knew it was important for him to maintain his weight in order to remain a defensive lineman. Carter then began to recognize that he had lost weight but not strength, he was running further and faster and lifting heavier. After two months, he had no more joint pain and was able to reach his goal of 300 pounds. (2)
A few weeks ago, he signed on with the Chicago Bears. Carter eats five meals a day and consumes four vegan shakes in between meals in order to consume the calories that he needs to keep his weight up. Carter relies on cannelloni beans and sunflower seeds for protein. He even adds beans to his smoothie each morning, and then snacks on homemade sauerkraut through the day. (2)
Carter reports that on a cheat day, his greatest desire is not to eat meat or dairy, but just to skip a meal. Carter does not only rely on beans for protein, but also uses millet, quinoa, couscous, spirulina, hemp protein and nuts. He loves cashew cheese made with nutritional yeast, and reports that it is better on nachos that real cheese! (2)
Carter confesses that his favorite part of telling people that he is vegan is catching them off guard. He wants people to know that being vegan does not mean you are small and weak. (2)
Carter’s experience with the vegan diet is not unusual. Harvard trained physician, Dean Ornish, gave a group of heart patients a low-fat, plant-based diet and found that their coronary arteries widened and chest pain dissolved. (3)
Studies confirm that the vegan diet can protect your heart, reverse diabetes and lower risk of cancer diagnosis!
The cancer project reported that a third of yearly deaths in the U.S. are attributed to cancer. Eighty percent of cancers are of the large bowel, breast and prostate. These numbers are suspected to be directly related to the increase consumption of animal products in the U.S. (3)
A randomized study by George Washington University and University of Toronto, reported that the vegan diet shows great reduction in hemoglobin A1c, weight, LDL cholesterol, and body mass index. In fact, they were able to prove that the vegan diet showed better results than the dietary guidelines issued by the American Diabetes Association for diabetics! (3)
If you or someone you know suffers from pain or health concerns, or you just desire to live a healthy life, consider a plant-based diet! The research is unanimous that the “American diet” is harmful to your health. Could we as a nation develop a new and improved plant-based American diet?