Plant-based athletes

Many athletes from a variety of sports are choosing plant-based foods for optimal performance.

Venus Williams

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Venus Williams

Tennis Player, plant-based since 2012:

"I've made huge improvements with a vegan diet."

Hannah Teter

Olympic Snowboarder, plant-based since 2010:

"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. I feel like a new person, a new athlete."

Novak Djokovic

Tennis Player, plant-based for several years:

"As an athlete, the most important thing is to keep your energy levels consistent—especially as a tennis player, where you’re alone on the court for a best of five match. When playing for 3, 4, 5 hours straight, you need the right fuel… and for me, the right fuel is plant-based.”

Kendrick Farris

Olympic Weightlifter, plant-based since 2014:

"Now, my body recovers a lot faster. I feel lighter. My mind is a lot more clear. I feel I can focus a lot better—not that I wasn’t a focused individual before, but now I feel like I’m totally locked in."

Lewis Hamilton

Formula-1 Driver, plant-based since 2017:

“I think it’s about educating yourself and being open to it. It’s something I really wanted to do. For sure, it hasn’t been easy to learn new things and new ways, but I’ve felt so good for the last year and a half. It’s been such a great decision.”

Alex Morgan

Soccer Player, plant-based for several years:

"I'm knocking on wood right now, but I haven't had a serious injury and I credit that to my diet. I feel better all around."

Tom Brady

Football Player, mostly plant-based since 2017:

"Eating meals like these is what helped me stay at the top of my game."

Torre Washington

Bodybuilder, plant-based since 1998:

"What I like best about being vegan is knowing that I am doing my part to save lives and help sustain mother earth all while raising consciousness (and eyebrows) while on stage with the best of them."

David Carter

Football Player, plant-based since 2014:

"Being vegan is not only the most efficient way to be full body strong, it's also the most humane; everyone wins."

Tia Blanco

Surfer, plant-based since 2012:

"I feel healthier on a clean, whole foods diet that is very simple — especially during competition."

Nick Blevins

Rugby Player, plant-based since 2014:

"I attribute quite a bit of my success to what I eat.”

Damian Lillard

Basketball Player, plant-based since 2017:

"I feel much better. I thought it was all hype. I thought people just said it just because it was a healthier food, but I can feel it. I can definitely feel it."

Mac Danzig

MMA Fighter, plant-based since 2004:

"When I decided to go vegan, I was able to make the 155 lb weight class much easier and I haven't lost an ounce of muscle. I'm leaner than I used to be and I have more energy than I used to."

Meagan Duhamel

Figure Skater, plant-based since 2008:

"The vegan diet is healthy and leads to a compassionate lifestyle. I've gotten so many benefits. My weight is easily maintained, my skin glows, I sleep better and I feel more energized."

Dotsie Bausch

Cyclist, plant-based since 2012:

"My athletic performance improved immensely after switching to a plant-based diet. I dropped animal products in the few years leading up to the 2012 Olympic Games for ethical purposes, at first fearful that it would impede my performance or even cost me my spot on the team. I found, however, the switch to plants had the exact opposite effect— I felt like it became my secret weapon. I could breathe better during training and literally ride circles around my teammates who were many years my junior."

Derrick Morgan

Football Player, plant-based since 2016:

"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."


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