Vegan Athletes

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There are various vegans in the world, but did you know that many athletes are vegan too? This post is going. To go through many vegan athletes that you may (or may not) know. 

Lewis Hamilton

Lewis Hamilton, a notorious formula 1 driver, went vegan from 2017. He is also very vocal about it, often using his platform to promote the lifestyle.

Mentioned in another separate post, on celebrities that are vegan. 


James Wilks

Ex UFC fighter, James Wilks is also a well-known vegan athlete. He’s also a prevalant vegan activist. 


Dotsie Bausch

Dotsie Bausch is also powered by plants. She also has a website with her own plant-based recipes.


Scott Jurek

Scott Jurek has been vegan since the early 2000’s, having started from college. Perhaps the long-term plant-based diet proved to be the key to his overall endurance. 


Kyrie Irving

The famous basketball player, Kyrie Erving, went vegan after watching a documentary and choosing to change his lifestyle. 


Colin Kaepernick

The ex-49ers quarterback is also following a plant-based diet. Colin Kaepernick has been vegan since 2016. 


Nate Diaz

Nate Diaz, an MMA fighter in his late 30’s, follows and allegedly raw vegan diet. He stated since the age of 18, so nearly two decades of discipline with the lifestyle. 


Chris Smalling

You may not have known this, but Chris Smalling is also a vegan footballer. As of recently he’s been more prevalent in the food industry, investing in plant-based brands. 


Jack Wilshire

Jack Wilshere is also another popular footballer that not only follows a vegan diet, but also a gluten free one. He claims this diet is the sole reason why he reached the best condition of his career. 


Jermain Defoe

Jermain Defoe is a bit here and there with the lifestyle, allegedly advocating for a plant-based diet, eating primarily vegan for 4 of 7 days a week. I don’t believe in judging people, at least he’s encouraging others to follow the lifestyle, that’s more than a lot of others. 


Chris Paul

Basketballer Chris Paul also follows a plant-based lifestyle. Also another person that wants to change the game in terms of the evolution of plant-based foods. 


Serena Williams

One of the greatest tennis players on earth, is in fact a vegan. Maybe a vegan diet is the secret to optimal performance…


Novak Djokovic

The greatest male tennis player, is also somebody that promotes a plant-based lifestyle. He’s even published a book on it back in 2014, displaying his dedication to the diet. 

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Is a vegan diet good for athletes?

According to research, due to the high carbohydrate levels, antioxidants and abundance of phytochemicals in a well-planned plant based diet, it may offer performance enhancing effects. 

Think about it: whole food plant-based foods (fruits, veg, nuts, seeds, greens and grains) are clean, healthy, and provides you with nutrition from the source. As opposed to meat and dairy, which is essentially recycled nutrition, that steak got the protein from the grass, etc. 

All in all, a vegan diet is great for athletes, it can help boost recovery, and provides optimal nutrition. Don’t just take my word for it, just think of all the famous vegan athletes that already exist, I only listed a few!

I hope you enjoyed this post on vegan athletes; it’s important to spread the word and break the stigma of a vegan diet not being appropriate, and that’s exactly what I do. 

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