For those who think that athletes can't possibly get enough energy on a plant-based diet, Australian bowler Peter Siddle has a message for them: "My fitness is better than it's ever been," he declared in an October 26 interview with the Daily Telegraph.
What motivated Siddle to go meat-free? A desire to improve his endurance. Now he's a believer in bananas and coconut water rather than beef and cheese.
Siddle contends that his vegan diet helps him stay healthy.
"I can back my body and not worry about this niggle or that injury," he declared. "I've been able to push through."
Helping him stay focused on freedom from meat and dairy: His partner, animal rights activist Anna Weatherlake, who also played a role in persuading him to follow a plant-based diet.
"I did a lot of research, read up on a lot of other athletes and people around the world who live like that, trying to learn from other people's stories," revealed Siddle.
"It's made it exciting, reading about other people and how they've gone about it, the benefits they've got, how it's helped them and telling people my story now."
As for Australian cricket fans, they hope that his story will include Siddle's new goal: "Start moving forward and start bettering my cricket."
Siddle isn't alone in contending that going vegan is a power trip for athletes. German strongman Patrik Baboumian carried a yoke loaded with just over 550 kilograms 10 metres across a stage at Toronto’s Vegetarian Food Festival to achieve the honor of carrying the heaviest load ever.
Patrik's mantra: "Vegan power!"
Then there's vegan virtuoso tennis star Serena Williams, who recently won her fifth U.S. Open: Learn why she chose a raw vegan diet by clicking here.