Going vegan is the winning way

2016-12-15 06:02

I WAS interested to see Novak Djokovic, Serena Williams and Nate Diaz receiving attention. What inspires me is their approach to nutrition.

These athletes opt for vegan diets to give them a competitive edge. Both men’s and women’s top-ranked tennis players forgo animal products (both Williams sisters maintain their powerfully athletic physiques without harming animals).

Diaz literally beat Conor McGregor into submission after McGregor’s coach said he refused to work with vegans as they lack the power to compete at the highest level.

Djokovic, believing a plant-based diet saved his career, has opened a vegan restaurant in Monte Carlo.

Gone are the days when vegans were viewed as weak and sickly. The evidence regarding animal agriculture is clear; it kills more people (via heart disease, cancer and diabetes) than the tobacco industry. The environmental destruction wrought by raising animals is unprecedented, contributing more to climate change than all transport combined. All this while wasting huge amounts of water in a drought-prone country. We import maize on the back of a weak rand not to feed people, but for cattle in feed lots. This drives up food costs to the detriment of all. Finally, the horrors of the slaughterhouse are unspeakable but must be mentioned.

Given that going vegan is the best thing for health, the planet, the poor and animals, why are people so reluctant to change?

James Speirs

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