Veganism has long been stereotyped as just a subculture of the hipster/ hippie lifestyle. Many people (especially Americans) believe that refraining from meat makes one weak or brittle. I often hear “a vegan diet could not possibly be healthy for any human let alone an athlete…”. But this could not be further from the truth.

These commonly held beliefs are formed from a lifetime of indoctrination by the meat and dairy industry. The Illusory Truth Effect is so powerful. For example, you may remember your parents blindly droning on the phrase “drink your milk – it builds strong bones!” even though the exact opposite is true. In fact, consuming dairy causes all sorts of other issues! The truth is that if we hear so-called conventional wisdom repeated enough (on television, in school, in magazines, etc.) our brains eventually regard it as truth.

Despite conventional “wisdom” from the meat and dairy industry – why are so many Americans not only surviving but thriving on plants alone? Only 1% of Americans identified as vegan in 2004 – that stat is now up to 6%. Veganism is not just trending, it’s here to stay! Just take a look at the increase in people searching for information on veganism. It has skyrocketed.

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Of course, two of the main reasons people are drawn to veganism are the environmental and ethical benefits. In light of polar bears starving in front of National Geographic camera crews, record-breaking hurricanes, and wildfires ravaging California, people want ways to drastically decreasing their carbon footprint before climate change destroys our planet. Veganism is proven to have the biggest impact. Social media has also increased the average person’s exposure to how exactly their “meat” is made… and it’s not a pretty sight. It really makes us reconsider what our true values are because most of us are naturally animal lovers. In fact, a brand new study indicates nearly 50% of Americans would like to see all slaughterhouses closed.

Even if you don’t care about the ethical or environmental impacts, you can’t deny the benefit to your health. Popular Netflix documentaries like What The Health and Forks Over Knives are helping people all over the world learn about the incredible proven health benefits of a plantbased diet. Some of your favorite athletes already know all about it!

David Carter – the 300lb NFL defensive lineman went vegan after watching Forks Over Knives. He also reversed his painful tendonitis and has never felt better! He now travels the US to spread the word.
Colin Kaepernick – The athlete started the Colin Kaepernick Foundation to “fight oppression of ALL kinds globally, through education and social activism.” He’s been vegan since 2014 and said he feels healthier for it.
Aaron Rodgers- Cheeseheads may be surprised to learn that their king eats no cheese… or other animal products. He tried it out to eliminate inflammation around his injured knee and he’s been feeling great ever since.
Tom Brady- This amazingly talented quarterback is known for following a very strict diet to maintain his stamina and physique. You can also eat like Tom Brady by ordering his completely vegan meal service Purple Carrot/ TB12.
Austin Aries – This professional WWE wrestler just wrote a book on his plant-powered journey. Vegetarian for over a decade and vegan since 2011.
Tia Blanco- This pro surfer won gold and continues to speak out about the animals and her vegan diet. She even has a YouTube channel sharing her favorite foods to fuel up before or after surfing.
Patrick Baboumian – This strongman has set multiple world records. He’s fully vegan and proud.  “This is a message to all those out there who think that you need animal products to be fit and strong. Almost two years after becoming vegan I am stronger than ever before and I am still improving day by day. Don’t listen to those self proclaimed nutrition gurus and the supplement industry trying to tell you that you need meat, eggs and dairy to get enough protein.  There are plenty of plant-based protein sources and your body is going to thank you for stopping feeding it with dead-food.  Go vegan and feel the power!”
Brie Bella – This tough-as-nails professional WWE wrestler shares her vegan meals and backyard veggie garden on Instagram. She and her vegan husband, Brian Danielson, brought veganism into the limelight on one of the highest rated TV shows in America.
Kyrie Irving – The Celtics player says he’s “been on more of a plant-based diet, getting away from the animals and all that. I had to get away from that. So my energy is up; my body feels amazing.” He’s so happy with his results, he’s been spreading the word and NBA players are going vegan in droves. News outlets are dissecting this new phenomenon with popular articles like this one and this one.

It makes sense. Athletes rely on their diets to feel energized and strong. They need this to perform at their absolute peak to stand out in an environment where they are surrounded by incredibly talented teammates and opponents. Clearly veganism is a tried and true way to provide that edge.

5 responses to “Why is Veganism Trending? (Your Favorite Athlete Already Knows)”

  1. fivespicesforlife Avatar

    Great post Ashley. I switched to a plant based, whole foods lifestyle after reading the “China Study” and I haven’t looked back. The amount of athletes who are discovering the benefits of a vegan lifestyle is growing everyday and it will only be a matter of time before being vegan is more mainstream.

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    1. ashleyjane429 Avatar

      Thank you! And good for you! That is actually the book that helped my mom go vegan as well. For my husband it was watching What The Health. I’m glad to see it being mentioned in the media because that is the first step. No pressure, just exposure 🙂 I’m excited to feature actors and musicians next!


  2. mammaspeaks Avatar

    Nice post, Ashley! I am a vegetarian since birth and by choice too. But, I do enjoy my dairy. May be someday I would liek to quit that too!

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    1. ashleyjane429 Avatar

      For sure! I find it so easy these days because of how many delicious plant milks and cheeses are out there. Especially Field Roast Chao Cheese… not to mention the almond, soy, coconut, flax and pea milk 🙂 watching the documentary What The Health really opened my eyes, as well. Dairy violated all of the non-violence/ anti- kill morals I held as a vegetarian and I didn’t know that! Good luck, I believe in you 🙏💕

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      1. mammaspeaks Avatar

        I have read about how cows/buffaloes are tortured for dairy, and it troubles me a lot. I am thinking of reducing my dairy little by little. It’s time I started introducing non dairy products in my diet.

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