Green Machines: 12 Superstar Athletes You Never Knew Were Vegan

Who else, but vegan athletes would be the best advocates of veganism!

They are a living example of the fact that all stereotypes about veganism are simply myths.

Athletes are great role models to so many of us, and yet not a lot of fans and followers know that their idols are achieving victories, following a plant-based lifestyle!

This is why I am encouraging you to share this piece and spread the news that these superstar athletes are actually vegan.

Here’s how these green machines thrive on a vegan diet:

David Haye

Adopting a plant-based diet has made the World champion boxer feel fitter and stronger than ever.

“Cutting out meat made me feel immediately better and stronger than ever. Not only my weight, – I used to get eczema but don’t any more; used to get dandruff, now I don’t. Everyone should try it for one or two days a week.”

Could veganism hold the key to superhuman sporting abilities, then? Haye isn’t the only one to think so…

Mike Tyson

Once a fan of eating human ears, Mike Tyson is now a vocal supporter of the vegan lifestyle, crediting it with his loss of 100lbs to rid himself of ‘bad cocaine.’

Venus Williams

Venus Williams, one of the most famous female tennis players in he world is vegan. She has been diagnosed in 2011 with Sjogren’s syndrome, an auto-immune disease, and she went vegetarian first. After some time she became a full vegan. She prefers raw food and she claims her diet has not only not affected her athletic ability, but has in fact improved her health immensely and she credits her diet change for helping her manage Sjogren’s symptoms – and her impressive comeback after her diagnosis certainly confirms this.

Also check out these Breathtakingly Life-Changing Vegan Transformations

Nate Diaz

Both Nate Diaz and his fellow UFC-fighting brother Nick follow a mostly raw food vegan diet. Nate once even used his veganism to troll the ever-chippy Conor McGregor, who he beat in March.

Carl Lewis 

“I discovered that an athlete does not need animal protein to be a successful athlete,” says Olympic legend Carl Lewis of his vegan diet, which he adopted in 1990. “In fact my best year in athletics competitions was when I converted.”

Peter Siddle

In 2012 Australian cricketer Siddle traded a heavy-drinking, partying lifestyle for one of teetotalism and a vegan diet. It includes, according to his girlfriend, up to 20 bananas a day.

Neil Robertson

Australian snooker player Robertson switched to a vegan diet after taking the advice of Peter Ebdon, and says it has improved his game immeasurably. He also cut caffeine out of his diet, replacing it with banana smoothies.

“I used to feel very tired during tournaments. I was drinking four or five coffees per day and felt I needed more. Now I’m able to practice an awful lot more without getting tired,” he told the BBC.

David Smith

The Olympic rower and tumour survivor David Smith MBE is a plant-powered athlete who won gold at the 2009 World Rowing Championships.

The 37-year-old Scotsman then survived an operation to remove a large tumour from his spine in 2010. He pulled through and went on to win gold in rowing during the 2012 Olympics, and has now turned his attention to cycling and snow sports.

He has inspired so many people.

Scott Jurek

The ultramarathon runner Scott Jurek from Colorado loves running for hundreds of miles at a stretch, and is a star of the brilliant book Born To Run.

He credits his vegan lifestyle for his “superior endurance, recovery and overall health.”

Mirco Bergamasco

The Italian former international rugby player turned vegan thanks to his Iranian wife Safavi Ati. The pair now run a vegan restaurant in Padova called ‘Doodyzbar’.

Timothy Shieff

Timothy Shieff is one of the highest profile and most successful freerunners in the world.

The former World Champion has also set an American Ninja course record. See what he eats for breakfast and some tips for transitioning vegans:

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Tia Blanco

Tia Blanco (Tiarah Lue Blanco), an American pro surfer, is a dedicated vegan and yogi.

She won gold during the women’s final of the 2015 ISA World Surfing Games (WSG) at Playa Popoyo, in Nicaragua.

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