Today’s post is dedicated to the mission of eradicating the myths associated with people being able to function on a plant based diet / vegan lifestyle. There’s a huge misconception that vegans are frail, fragile, weaker individuals. This has never been a badge I’ve accepted. My 5’6″ frame is healthier now more than ever including when I played collegiate sports. My body has shed 58 lbs. from 211 to 153 over the course of my almost 5 year journey to healthy natural living and 70 % of this success has been due to changing how I think of food and what I allow in my body.
It is disheartening to hear someone say that they don’t want to lose their butt, hips, chest size or thighs so that is why they are not eating better or working out. YOU’RE KILLING YOURSELF. Allow your body the chance to take the shape it was designed to have…the one Father God created. Fueling my body with plant based food has not made me straight and flat as a board. My body shape right now is at 36-29-40. I couldn’t do anything about my bottom half if I prayed and ran all day and I love it (thank you very much Earthly / Thompson / Leonard genetics). I’m so grateful for positive body image. It has been a part of saving my life. Love what you have, who you are and become the very best version of yourself.
The above disheartening statement is something I hear from both women AND men. So in honor of equality in healthy natural living I want to be sure all of you Earthly Bodies are introduced to 300 lb. NFL free agent Defensive Lineman David Carter who is a vegan that is thriving, kicking butt and taking names in the most physical and competitive sport in my opinion.
A friend of mine recently texted me thanking me for not being a “pushy vegan”. I laughed and told her I didn’t quite know how to take that. What I do know is that in the end I want my health to speak louder for me than my words ever could. So as you read the article below please keep this quote in mind: “I don’t want you to think like me…I just want you to think.”
Enjoy this article that was posted on insidebayarea.com and then click the link at the end of this post to find out more about his journey which began February 14, 2014 on the300poundvegan.com.
Guest commentary: Plant-base diet leads helps fuel top performance
By David Carter, guest commentary © 2014 Bay Area News Group
“As a professional athlete what I put in my body for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, are some of the most important decisions I make every day. I must ensure I’m consuming sufficient calories to keep full and have the energy to perform at my peak while not overloading and slowing my body down. My career depends on it. So many people are shocked when they learn that I fuel my body with a plant-based — vegan — diet. I’m just shocked that it took me 26 years to gain the wisdom to do it!
A few months ago my wife and I sat down to watch a documentary, “Forks Over Knives.” I thought I’d learn something, but I wasn’t prepared to have my world rocked. I have long heard about the benefits of eating vegan, but I never thought I could eat a plant-based diet and maintain my weight for football. What I realized watching the documentary is that all the effort I have been putting in to get big and strong for my professional career was actually killing me.
I learned consumption of meat, eggs, and dairy are directly linked to the top killers of Americans. The very things we’ve been hearing since we were kids do our bodies good are clogging our arteries, giving us diabetes, making us obese, and are putting the current generation of kids on the path toward a host of chronic, preventable diseases that will end up shortening their lives and causing untold suffering.
Eating more plant-based meals is supported by Oakland-based Kaiser Permanente, which recently published a brand-new “Plant-Based Diet” guide in which it wrote, “Any movement toward more plants and fewer animal products can improve your health.” Prestigious health organizations like American Institute for Cancer Research recently say, “The research shows one thing very clearly: we all need to eat more plants and less meat.”
I’m not alone in this awakening. Professional athletes from an array of sports are fueling with fruits and vegetables. Ten-time Olympic medal winner Carl Lewis proudly stated “My best performances were when I was 30 years old and I was a vegan.” Smash hitter Venus Williams eats a raw vegan diet. And baseball legend Tony LaRussa loves animals so much he not only started his own animal rescue organization, but leaves them off his plate.
And speaking of animals, according to The Humane Society of the United States, if we all went meat-free even just one day a week, it’d result in a billion fewer animals confined on factory farms and sent to slaughter.
Most exciting is that it’s never been easier to eat a vegan diet. You can replace chicken nuggets with chicken-free nuggets, which are available in the freezer section of most any grocery store, enjoy wholesome fare like lentil soup, vegetable pot pies, and loaded sweet potatoes, or get your protein boost with a hearty southwestern three-bean chili. I fuel with lots of legumes, which are versatile and easy to enjoy in favorite dishes.
Since embracing a plant-based diet, small injuries that had been nagging me: tendinitis, arthritis, and, muscle fatigue have gone away. My recovery time and endurance have improved after enabling me to train even more!
I can honestly say that being vegan is not the only most efficient way to be full-body strong, it’s also the most humane; everyone wins. I hope everyone will join me in eating delicious plant-based meals that can help you feel great, help the planet and make a world of difference for animals.“
Pretty awesome, right?! Click here to go to the300poundvegan.com to read more about his journey and platform to bring more awareness to the benefits of a plant based diet no matter who you are. There’s another super cool interview he did with GQ magazine that you should check out. Also visit instagram @the300poundvegan and @plynnphotos which is his beautiful and talented wife that is also vegan to get her perspective.
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