Some of us have been keeping up with the Olympics and know that Lizzie Armitstead won a silver medal for Great Britain in the Women's road race this year. She is a professional cyclist racer and has won many cycling championships before. She definitely has what a champion needs both physically and emotionally. The reason for me writing about her is well, she is a vegetarian.
It is a popular belief that you need a lot of non-vegetarian food to grow your body and be fit for sports. I remember my own basketball coach advising us to consume at least 2 eggs a day and lot of milk. She has been brought up as a vegetarian and has been a runner throughout. She shares with the world that it is a myth that vegetarians cannot be strong.
She recently ran with the Kenyans and noticed that even they live on a vegetarian diet even during their training. They are not vegetarians and do eat meat occasionally, but it has nothing to do with their sports training. Kenya has won many gold medals in different championships around the world.
It might become a bit difficult for vegetarians to take protein, iron and vitamin B12 from routine diet. Thankfully, good quality health supplements are available that can help you with that. And the benefits of being a vegetarian are many.
Most health instructors, trainers and few doctors are not convinced about giving up meat because it can cause deficiencies. But these champions have proved that this is very much possible. Books are written based on research and experiences. And when experiences change, books change too!
There are numerous other athletes who are either vegetarian or vegans.
Personally speaking, I do not think any ethical profession in this world would require people to kill animals and shed blood.
It is a strong statement to make but if a sport really requires killing of animals, is it really worth it?
It is a matter of perspective.
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