Many Black athletes have discovered the benefits of a vegan diet, and are happy to talk about it. We’ve written before about Wilson Chandler, an NBA champion now with the Brooklyn Nets. Wilson Chandler is recognized as a great player, and a big factor in his team’s performance. Looking for a way to reduce his number of injuries, he switched to a vegan diet in 2016. Read more
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Strength and Endurance – Scientists tell us what we already know
Scientists at the University of Arizona have just confirmed through a rigorous study what many vegetarian athletes already knew. Vegetarian athletes have just as much peak muscle strength, and even more endurance than their meat-eating counterparts. This is borne out by the many athletes who are choosing to be vegetarian or vegan these days, because they find that it improves their performance.
Take football player David Carter, a defensive lineman with the Jacksonville Jaguars, and formerly with the Oakland and Dallas teams, for example. He became enthusiastic about his vegan diet after seeing the results and learning about the effect of his food choices. Eating an entirely plant-based diet, David experienced more energy and his stamina went through the roof. All his numbers in the weight room actually went up. Read more
Wilson Chandler of the Denver Nuggets just went vegan. In an effort to stay on the court, and out of the training room, Chandler’s injury struggles led him to look for solutions in an unusual spot: the kitchen. In an effort to improve his resilience from the rough and tumble of the basketball court, Chandler, 29, converted to a vegan diet six months ago. Along with his better diet, we’re happy to report he’s scoring more points.
“I’ve always had a pretty healthy diet, but after dealing with several injuries, I wanted to find a diet that would help with inflammation,” he says “My recovery time is faster, I’m in a better mood, I feel more explosive on the court and I’m leaner,” he says.
“My favorite spot is a vegan restaurant in Detroit,” Chandler says. “They have a vegan soul food platter with yams, cornbread, black-eyed peas, and mac and (vegan) cheese.” Despite the occasional jab at his eating habits, Chandler says overall, his teammates and friends have been accepting of his diet change. “Sometimes I’ll hear something when I get my food and everyone else is eating meat, but that’s about it,” he says.
What does he eat? “Before games I like to eat a protein [such as lentils or beans], greens and a vegan pasta that I get from a Whole Foods that is close-by to where I live.” If he does need a halftime snack, which is unusual, fruit is first up. “If I’m hungry at halftime, I’ll grab a banana,” he says. After the game, it’s a similar mix of proteins, grains and greens, as he tries to get protein right away, to enhance recovery.
Like everyone, Chandler is fond of a little candy, now and then. “I don’t eat chocolate so when I’m looking for something sweet, it’s usually Skittles or Starburst.”