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These athletes skip the meat and still compete

You can’t compete without meat - wrong! This myth has lived on long enough. Elite athletes are doing just that at the highest levels in their professions. Making the choice to live the vegan lifestyle has helped these athletes on and off the field. From world-class strength to ground shaking speed, a plant-based diet can give you the extra boost to do anything in between. These athletes saw the benefits and literally ran with it, so why can’t you? Scroll down to check them out below!

Venus Williams - Venus was diagnosed with Sjogren’s syndrome, an autoimmune disease causing fatigue and aching joints. This Wimbledon champ was determined to find a way to heal herself and this ultimately led her to become a raw vegan. She credits her plant-based diet to an impressive athletic comeback and successful management of her symptoms.

Tony Gonzalez - Tony Gonzalez will go down as one of the greatest tight ends to ever play in the NFL, if not the greatest. He was seeking a way to prolong his football career and life afterward. During Tony’s first season with a meat-free diet, he broke the NFL’s touchdown record halfway through the season AND he set the new career reception record by his position by the end of the season.


Patrik Baboumian - "The most powerful animals are herbivores. The gorillas, buffalos, elephants, and now me.” This is a quote that took the Professional Strong Man community and many others by storm when Patrik Baboumian was crowned champion. Being dubbed the World’s Strongest Man is no small feat, especially when it doesn't involve meat. Baboumian’s reasoning for taking on the diet was simple. “I just found myself thinking that if I would have to kill the animals I ate with my own hands, I couldn't because I was too compassionate. I felt that I was fooling myself eating meat considering my inability to kill an animal so I just thought I'd better be honest with myself and stop eating meat." 

Lewis Hamilton - A Netflix documentary named “What the Health” was the deciding factor for the Four-time Formula 1 Champion to “go vegan.” Hamilton claims that his new diet was what supplied him with the edge to capture his most recent hardware. “I do feel the best I’ve ever felt in my life, in my 32 years, physically,” Hamilton said. “I feel incredibly clean and healthy.” He’s steady on the mission to encourage others to join the movement alongside him!

Have we convinced you yet?! We sure hope so. Come in to Mama Gaia’s Crosstown or Overton Square location to give this healthy lifestyle a whirl.