Haven’t you seen the movie The Game Changers yet?!
It showcases world-class athletes from weightlifters and boxers to runners and cyclists all competing at the top of their game on a plant-based diet. In fact, an increasing number of athletes have become vegan in order to boost their athletic performance.
They include Formula 1’s Lewis Hamilton, basketball’s Kyrie Irving, Olympian weightlifter Kendrick Farris, Olympian cyclist Dotsie Bausch, Olympian runner Morgan Mitchell, and leading heavyweight boxer Byrant Jennings.
One common discovery is that they find they recover quicker from training. Reduced inflammation and a faster recovery mean they are able to train again harder and sooner, which gives them a real competitive edge.
When Derrick Morgan of the Tennessee Titans became vegan, his teammates delighted in mocking him but when they saw how his performance improved and how varied his diet was, one by one they followed. Now, around 15 of the Titans compete as plant-based athletes, and it had a startling impact – they made the playoffs for the first time in a decade.
Whatever your sport, you can excel at it on a vegan diet. Healthy proteins can be found in all sorts of foods, including quinoa, beans, legumes, tofu, tempeh, seitan and oats. For those who boost their protein intakes with powders and supplements will find there are plenty of vegan ones available too.
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