“So, being vegan really helped me out. The point of losing weight, being able to be more agile and guard LeBron (James) for example, that wasn’t happening last year until this summer, and I went in the gym and really focused on what I needed to do to be able to get more time on the floor. It makes me feel amazing. It keeps my weight down. Because, you know, I am running up and down the floor really fast and I can’t really do that efficiently being overweight. It keeps me in shape”
“Eating vegan makes me more aware of my body on the court… more alert. I removed toxins from my body, and with them went all the inflammation and other things that were messing with my energy levels. 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.”
"I wanted to see how I was going to feel," Jenkins said. "I set it up to fail, quite frankly, because I’m going to do it during training camp, I’m going to go cold turkey -- no meat, no dairy. I was like, ‘There was no way I’m going to have enough energy or protein to keep up.' In all actuality, I felt great, lost a few pounds, speeds were great, my strength was up, my recovery was really good. So I said, if that’s the case, I’ve got to stick with it."
Suddenly, I felt my body changing. I lost weight, my skin was glowing, my energy levels were on the rise and I woke up every morning feeling rested and ready to tackle the new day ahead. I also noticed changes inside of me; my patience and compassion started growing. I was truly hooked. This wasn’t just a diet for me, it was a style of living.
Almost immediately, I felt a HUGE energy shift. I felt lighter and my energy levels escalated and remained high throughout the day. Absent were those energy lulls I felt after meals, something I thought I just had to live with. In short, I felt amazing. My strength and endurance levels increased quickly and my cravings for dairy slowly dissipated. I began working out more, the weight came off and I just started feeling better and better. I did a few triathlon races, and after only a small amount of training, I did well. Six months into the vegan diet, I was down to a lean and mean 165 lbs (30 lb+ drop), ripped and hooked.
Venus Williams adopted a vegan diet on the recommendation of her doctor, after being diagnosed with Sjögren’s syndrome, a debilitating and incurable autoimmune disease, which causes excessive fatigue. Doctors encouraged her to adopt a raw vegan diet to help manage her diagnosis, and her sister and fellow tennis player Serena took on the diet to support Venus. She was told that the raw diet would help with fatigue and joint pain.
Speaking to Health magazine, Venus Williams said: “I was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease, and I wanted to maintain my performance on the court. Once I started, I fell in love with the concept of fuelling your body in the best way possible [through raw, vegan food].”
‘Go vegan, it is the only way to truly save our planet today. It can be done so quickly, all you have to do is put your mind to it. Honestly I feel like giving up on everything. Shut down completely. Why bother when the world is such a mess and people don’t seem to care. I’m going to take a moment away to gather my thoughts. Thank you to those of you who do give a damn about the world."
“When I was 11 or 12 I started to get the questions — ‘Why are you vegetarian? Meat is good for you!’ ” she says. “And all I could say was, ‘Shoot, I have no idea.’ Then when I was 15, I watched the documentary Glass Walls and read The China Study, and then it became quite clear to me why I wanted to be vegetarian and why I wanted to adopt a vegan lifestyle. After doing my research, I chose to go vegan and have been dedicated to a vegan diet for four years now.”