Griff Whalen talks about feeling lighter and faster on the field by eating vegan. Whalen says that he was looking for an extra edge as an athlete. He started by doing the "Engine 2 diet" a 28 day challenge, after the 28 days he said he felt great. He says as an athlete he feels quicker and faster on the field and sees a faster recovery after the game. being able to recover quickly after games can help prevent soreness and cramping, all around his diet has improved his athletic status. the food he eats is like gas in a car, you put the best gas in your body to keep it running well, our bodies are the same the best food gives the best and longest results.*** “NFL Wide Receiver Griff Whalen: Eating Vegan 'Helps Me a Lot'.” YouTube, 28 Jan. 2016, youtu.be/HF2MOQH3c-E?t=16s.
Athletes are always looking for ways to keep their bodies from giving in to old age, and a vegan diet is professional basketball player Ben Gordon's way. Gordon says, " When I first started it.. I wasn't really calling myself a vegan i was just like let me see how it feels to eat less meat and no bread." He said that since going vegan "I feel like I've been moving faster and I feel like my core strength has increased, I just feel a lot better." Being vegan created a healthier and more effective lifestyle for Gordon, although it is hard to give up food that we love, more athletes should consider changing their diets to help keep the body properly fueled.***“Going Vegan with Ben Gordon.” YouTube, 4 Aug. 2015, youtu.be/ONRwRCgrH-4.
Actor, NBA Star and Wellness Advocate John Salley talks about nutrition and why he believes in a plant-based diet. "A vegan diet changed my life," At the age of 26 John Salley found out he had bad cholesterol, with him being in the NBA, he decided taking prescribed drugs wouldn't be the best for him. Then, he made the change he says he was unaware of how bad the food going in his body was. i realize now why meat is bad for us when he talks about all of the cholesterol in the food it let me know that we weren't made to eat things like this, we have natural food that we are capable of eating digesting in order to stay healthy. Rather than eating processed food. ***“NBA Star John Salley on Nutrition and Eating a Plant-Based Diet (Excerpt).” YouTube, 11 Mar. 2012, youtu.be/0qshNqyGM1Y.
Vegan athletes are often asked how do they receive enough protein to create or maintain muscle. in this article " Washington Post" writer Kristen Hartke interviewed vegan dietitian Susan Levin of the Physicians Committee on Responsible Medicine says, they just need to eat a lot more than other people to give their bodies the fuel needed to function. Dr. Levin says that protein comes the more you eat. Also eating more vitamins will help replace some of the essentials they don't receive. This shows that vegan athletes may be just as healthy or maybe a little more because of the meals that they eat and the amount that they eat and actually receive more vitamins because of they are direct not injected in to animals.*** Harke, Kristen. Dietitian to Vegan Athletes. 26 Nov. 2016, link.galegroup.com/apps/doc/A471597290/HWRC?u=j084910011&sid=HWRC&xid=f7d664e2.+.
In this article, Michelle Deepe, tells us how and why plant fueled athletes have so much longevity, she interviews many different athletes to get first hand info on how the athletes feel during and after their performance. Deepe interviewed Mary Stella Stabinsky, a Pennsylvania-based Ironman competitor and USA triathlete, in the interview Stabinsky says "A vegan diet makes you healthy from the inside out. I train twice a day and compete in triathlons, fueled by vegetables, fruits, nuts, and seeds." she also said "I believe a cleaner diet makes it easier for the body to recover." After reading this article it helped me realize why athletes that are vegan can compete in challenges that push the body. Because the do not have all of the fats and hormones from meat which are harder to digest than plants and vegetables.*** Deepe , Michelle. No Meat Athletes . 2012, link.galegroup.com/apps/doc/A282427980/HWRC?u=j084910011&sid=HWRC&xid=73109951.