25+ Vegan Pro Athletes Prove That You Don’t Need Meat to Compete
Being vegan as an athlete isn’t just doable—it’s the best way to succeed, and hundreds of professional competitors prove it. From surfers to NFL players, NBA players, extreme athletes, and everyone in between, these athletes demonstrate that you don’t need meat to compete. Take a look:
Nicknamed “Killa,” mixed martial artist Abel Trujillo has been vegan for years. “Not only is eating an animal energetically bad for raising the Kundalini aka being in your higher-self, but also spiritually and physically,” he told Raise Vegan magazine. The competitor says that he loves to eat sweet potatoes pre-competition, because they provide the complex carbohydrates and energy needed for fight night.
“People eat meat and think they will become strong as an ox, forgetting that the ox eats grass.” 💯 #GoVegan pic.twitter.com/1wVpmu89zf
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Brendan Brazier didn’t just cofound Vega—he also competed as a professional Ironman triathlete and has won multiple ultramarathons. Now he helps other professional athletes opt for plant-based performance nutrition.
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“Believe in something, even if it means sacrificing everything,” former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick is now famous for stating. He made the decision to go vegan for ethical reasons and says that he feels healthier for it.
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New York Knicks center DeAndre Jordan recently ditched meat, eggs, and dairy—and he hasn’t looked back.
A plant-based lifestyle isn’t always an easy adjustment, but it damn sure is worth it! Haven’t looked back since the day I started. https://t.co/SlyTljzPYx
Jordan isn’t the only NBA powerhouse who’s making positive changes for animals. Portland Trail Blazers center Enes Kanter credits forgoing red meat and chicken with helping him lose an impressive amount of weight.
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The 2017 documentary What the Health persuaded Los Angeles Clippers shooting guard Garrett Temple—along with many other professional athletes—to ditch animal-derived foods and go vegan.
Watched the documentary “WHAT THE HEALTH” on Netflix. So eye opening. Must watch
Vegan runner Fiona Oakes had one exhausting world tour when she ran marathons on all seven continents and at the North Pole (yes, that North Pole), where she set a new course record by 44 minutes.
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“I cut out dairy, watched a few documentaries,” said New Orleans Pelicans center Jahlil Okafor. “Then I cut out steak, cut out chicken, and gradually started cutting out every animal-based product, and now I’m just all-out vegan.”
Vegan Ironman Jason Lester and his pal Rich Roll (keep scrolling) completed five Ironman-distance triathlons on five islands of Hawaii in less than a week, something that had never been done before. It spawned the creation of Lester’s EPIC5 Challenge, in which world-class athletes compete for charity.
US Athlete Jason Lester Completes 1st Solo Run along China’s Great Wall http://t.co/DSB5Sbd9hZ pic.twitter.com/zsghZRUC3z
Nicknamed “Tofu Joe,” Ironman athlete Joe Gambles was raised vegetarian and has never eaten meat. He’s now entirely vegan for ethical reasons. “I couldn’t get my head around why you would eat an animal. I can’t see the difference between a cow and my dog. I can’t see why you would eat one and call the other your best friend. I just have a lot of respect for animals and treating them well.”
Did you know “America’s strongest weightlifter” is totally vegan? Kendrick Farris, who has been vegan for years, smashes the “you have to eat meat to get swole” stereotype like he does squat jerks.