Vegetarian Athletes and Celebrities

Going vegetarian has never been easier. The explosion of vegetarian foods and the increased availability of inter-continental cuisines, such as Italian, Thai, Chinese and Lebanese foods, means that you can have a different vegetarian meal every day of the year! You might start one day with a vegetable medley tossed in a peanut sauce, enjoy a creamy mushroom soup for lunch and have a black bean-and-mushroom stir-fry for dinner. The next day, you could try a Western-style breakfast of baked beans, have Chinese noodles for lunch and end the day with a colourful confetti rice salad with mung dal soup.

“Vegetarianism saves animals’ lives and can’t be beat for maintaining a muscular body and building endurance. Vegetarian food contains all the vitamins and protein you need to be at your best and is free of all the fat, cholesterol and toxins found in meat.”
– Anil Kumble

Vegetarian food is not only a treat for your taste buds but also great for your health. Leading scientists are now proving that what we eat directly affects the quality of our lives. While animal foods have been linked to cancer, heart disease, obesity and many other killers, a vegetarian diet can make us healthier. With the right food selections, you can have clearer skin, lose weight permanently, prevent heart attacks and even reverse existing heart disease. Studies have shown that vegetarians have stronger immune systems than meat-eaters do and are far less likely to die of heart disease or cancer. The consumption of meat and dairy is also linked to diabetes, arthritis, osteoporosis, clogged arteries, obesity, asthma and impotence. Additionally, as deadly animal-borne diseases such as SARS, mad cow disease and avian flu spread around the globe, adopting a meat-free diet is now more important than ever.

“Being a doctor, as well as a model, I know that eating veg is the first and most important ingredient in keeping fit. If you eat chicken or other meat, you’re consuming toxins, fat and cholesterol. Veg food is powered with all the vitamins and protein you need to be at your best.”
– Aditi Govitrikar

A vegetarian diet helps animals. Modern high-pressure agriculture commonly keeps cows, calves, pigs, chickens and other animals in extremely crowded stalls, cages, crates or sheds in which they are often unable to turn around or take even a single step in any direction for their entire lives. Deprived of veterinary care, exercise, sunlight and the feel of grass beneath their feet, these living, breathing, thinking, feeling beings, whose senses are so similar to ours, suffer and die at a rate of millions per day just so that we can eat meat. When we eat, we have a choice between adding to the level of violence in the world or respecting animals and eating vegetarian instead.

It is easy to live and let live, and this guide will show you how.

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Vegan and Vegetarian Athletes: Try Kicking Sand in These Vegetarians’ Faces

  • Anil Kumble, cricket star
  • Ruth Heidrich, Ironman triathlon record holder
  • Desmond Howard, Heisman Trophy winner
  • Stan Price, world record holder in bench press
  • Debbi Lawrence, Olympic race-walking champion
  • Carl Lewis, Olympic medalist in track
  • Bill Manetti, power-lifting champion
  • Bill Pearl, bodybuilder and four-time Mr Universe
  • Billie Jean King, tennis champion
  • Al Oerter, discus thrower and Olympic gold medalist
  • Keith Holmes, WBC World Middleweight Champion
  • Venkatesh Prasad, cricket star
  • Dave Scott, six-time Ironman triathlon winner
  • Greg Chappell, cricket legend

Just a Few of the Celebrities Who Never Eat Animals …

  • Abdul Kalam, former president
  • Amitabh Bachchan, actor
  • Pamela Anderson, actor
  • Aditi Govitrikar, actor
  • Sir Paul McCartney, musician
  • Shania Twain, musician
  • Hemant Trevedi, designer
  • Lauren Bush, model
  • Orlando Bloom, actor
  • R Madhavan, actor
  • Alec Baldwin, actor
  • Harsha Bhogle, cricket commentator
  • Anil Ambani, industrialist
  • Mahima Chaudhary, actor
  • Richard Gere, actor
  • Diya Mirza, actor
  • Tobey Maguire, actor

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