Top Athletes that Eat a Plant-Based Diet

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Written by Jake Kastleman

 

Here at Ruvi, we love plants. 

That’s why we designed a product that is nothing but plants. 

But did you know that people are getting fit and improving their performance on a fully plant-based diet?

Some say that you need to eat meat if you want to get fit. 

As it turns out, there are multiple highly competitive athletes that do all of their training and competing on a fully-plant based diet. 

 

Rich Roll: Ultraman & Ironman Athlete

In 2018, Men’s Health named this athlete “The World’s Fittest Vegan.”

“There’s a huge misconception that (a) [going vegan is] going to be incredibly time-consuming, or (b) that it’s going to be more expensive than eating traditionally. That has not been my experience.”

  

Patrik Baboumian: German Strongman

Patrik Baboumian, recently featured in the Netflix documentary The Game Changers, has broken multiple world records in Strongman competitions and is titled “The Strongest Man of Germany”. What’s more? He’s done it all on a plant-based diet.

Here’s what Patrik had to say about his plant-based diet:

“Someone asked me how I could get as strong as an ox without eating any meat? My response was, ‘have you ever seen an ox eat meat?’” - Patrik Baboumian (2)

 

Serena Williams: Tennis Prodigy

Star athlete and tennis revolutionary Serena Williams also eats a (mostly) plant-based diet. Serena is holder of 23 Grand Slam titles, more than any other man or woman during the open era. 

Here are some foods that are on her list of dailies as reported by Essentially Sports

“Coconut water... cucumbers, mint, kale, vegetables, ginger, wheatgrass...oats with strawberries, toasted Ezekiel bread, and more. She also enjoys brown rice with hemp and chia seeds and rarely includes chicken.” - Essentially Sports - All you need to know about Serena Williams Vegan Diet (6)

 

Scott Jurek: Ultramarathoner

Scott Jurek is one of the greats. He won the Hardrock Hundred, the Badwater Ultramarathon, the Spartathlon, and the Western States 100 Mile Endurance Run. Scott has been vegan for almost two decades.

 

The Benefits of a Plant-Based Diet

People all across the world are enjoying the benefits of eating a plant-based diet. They're feeling strong, energized, and upbeat. Here are some of the benefits you could experience on a healthy, whole plant-based diet. 

 

Fiber. Lots of fiber.

Fiber is very important for proper digestion and a healthy metabolism. 

Fiber helps slow down digestion so you can absorb more of the micronutrients you need

On top of that, fiber is responsible for feeding your gut flora. It is well-known at this point that the health of our gut contributes to the health of all the systems in our body, including our brain! 

The more plants you eat, the more of that good fiber you’ll get! This will lead to better energy, nutrient-absorption, and clean, consistent physical performance. According to research, eating 30+ different plants per week can yield substantial benefits for your health. You can read more about that here

Ruvi uses freeze-dried fruits and veggies that include all of the fiber and micronutrients found in fresh fruits and veggies. When you subscribe to the Ruvi 32-pack, you’ll get 26 different fruits and veggies each week (very close to that recommended 30+ number mentioned in gut health research). 

Not like that fruit juice from concentrate you see on the store shelves - there’s no fiber in that. 

 

Heart health

A 2019 study showed that eating a plant-based diet could reduce the risk of the developing serious heart problems by 16%. Also, it reduced the risk of death from heart problems by 31%. (1)

 

More energy

When you consume a diet high in fruits and vegetables, high in fiber, and low in saturated fat, added sugar, and artificial ingredients, you'll find your energy going through the roof! 

Plants, especially fruits and veggies, are loaded with vitamins and minerals important to physical and mental health. If you don't get these on a daily, you are seriously missing out on the life you could be leading. 

Ruvi makes it easy to get 4 servings of fruits and veggies everyday. This brings you close to the recommended 10 servings of fruits and veggies each day. This is the number you should hit if you really want to experience peak health!

 

A Plant-Based Diet is Better for the Environment

A 2019 study of 40,000 farms in 119 countries found that even though livestock like cows and pigs provide only 18% of the calories we eat globally, livestock requires 83% of all farmland. (4)

This does not account for the massive amounts of fodder needed to feed cows. Dairy cows consume 110-120 pounds of wet feed or 50-55 pounds of dry matter each day. (5) 

Huge monocultures of grain, corn, and other crops are grown to support the conventional meat and dairy industry. These monoculture crops are an inefficient and harmful way of farming that leads to a negative impact on the environment, especially when combined with the outdated practice of tilling, which releases immense amounts of CO2 into the atmosphere.

For every gram of protein, beef production puts out 221.6 grams of carbon dioxide equivalents (CO2e) into the atmosphere. (4)

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Feel Better with Plants

While Ruvi isn’t a “get-buff-quick” supplement or a miracle pill, we believe that it has what you need to feel more energy and endurance and to take your fitness to the next level. . 

Plants, especially fruits and veggies, are filled with vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients that will get your blood pumping right, your heart working well, and all of the systems in your body functioning the way they should. 

You could see a major improvement in your fitness and performance when you start drinking Ruvi everyday. 

While you may not choose to go fully plant-based, the more plants you can get, the better. 

Imagine what life on a plant-based diet feels like. Clean, clear, energized. 

We know it can be tough to get all the fruits and veggies you want in your diet. You want the benefits of improved performance, but maybe you just don’t have the time. 

Ruvi gives you the time. With 4 servings of fruits and vegetables, you’ll be pumping your blood full of all those good nutrients in a matter of a few minutes. 

On top of that, you’ll always know that the quality you’re getting with Ruvi is top notch. It’s non-GMO and always picked at peak-ripeness, ensuring what you’re drinking every last drop of micronutrients those fruits and veggies had to offer. 

You want your performance to be the best it can be. Drink Ruvi and feel the benefits of a clean body, more energy, and better performance. 



Sources:

  1. 9 Scientific Benefits of Following a Plant-Based Diet. Everyday Health. https://www.everydayhealth.com/diet-nutrition/scientific-benefits-following-plant-based-diet/

  2. Quote from Patrik Baboumian. The Game Changers. https://www.facebook.com/gamechangersmovie/posts/1351702418325404

  3. Here's Exactly What This Ripped Vegan Bodybuilder Eats In a Day, Men’s Health. https://www.menshealth.com/nutrition/a19544230/vegan-bodybuilder-diet/

  4. 21 Vegan Women Athletes Who Get their Protein Power from Plants. Livekindly. https://www.livekindly.co/female-athletes-smashing-vegan-protein-stigma/#:~:text=Instagram-,Diana%20Taurasi,to%20improve%20their%20overall%20health.

  5. How many pounds of feed does a cow eat in a day? Dairexnet. https://dairy-cattle.extension.org/how-many-pounds-of-feed-does-a-cow-eat-in-a-day/#:~:text=High%20producing%20dairy%20cows%20will,mix%20(22%20pounds%20DM).

  6. All You Need to Know About Serena Williams Vegan Diet. Essentially Sports. https://www.essentiallysports.com/all-you-need-to-know-about-serena-williams-vegan-diet-wta-tennis-news/




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