By Kristen Johnson
How do you get your protein? Why do you care about animals more than people? Well, I like steak!
These are comments all we vegans are used to, and try desperately not to roll our eyes at, all the while trying to promote a more compassionate lifestyle. It’s particularly difficult when one is an athlete. People can’t seem to comprehend that in the 10 years since becoming a vegan, I have completed my first Century (that’s 100 miles!) on my bicycle, hiked up 8,000+ feet mountains multiple times in the same week, and I walk, dance and practice yoga weekly. I think the best friends vegans can have are fellow vegan athletes.
My new favorite is Jack Lindquist, fellow vegan and track-racing cyclist. As a fellow cycling enthusiast, it’s always refreshing to watch a fellow vegan cyclist getting it done on the track. Mr. Lindquist started out as a bicycle messenger, then decided to compete competitively with now 9 race victories in his career. And, he did all of that on a vegan diet – winning all of those races since becoming a vegan in 2005. (Great Vegan Athletes).
In addition to Mr. Lindquist, who reportedly became a vegan because of the effect meat-eating has on the environment and animals, we now have Venus Williams who is following a vegan diet. Ms. Williams, one of the toughest champion tennis players in the world, suffers from an autoimmune condition. She quite literally could not play tennis anymore, and she credits her vegan diet with allowing her to get back on the court! (Health)
Although I am not a fan of Tom Brady, for personal football reasons – I’m a native San Diegan and I’m no fan of things like DeflateGate, I definitely admire his “mostly” vegan diet. For most of the year Mr. Brady follows a vegan diet. Unfortunately, he still eats lean meat in the winter months, but considering he’s a football player – I consider this huge progress. (Bleacher Report). It’s also notable that he’s still playing, and playing demonstrably well, at the age of 39.
Thank you fellow vegan athletes for proving to the world that we can compete, thrive, and win on a vegan diet!
Genesis 1:29 (NRSV): God said, “See, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit; you shall have them for food.
Serve all with love.
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