Carl Lewis is likely the most famous vegan Olympian. He earned ten Olympic medals in track and field in his lifetime of competition, nine of which were gold. In 1990, he switched to a vegetarian diet when he realized that controlling his weight by skipping meals wasn’t the best way to stay slim and trim. By 1991, Lewis went completely vegan after which he claimed he had the best athletic year of this career.
“It’s a myth that muscles, strength, and endurance require the consumption of large quantities of animal-based foods. This myth began before anyone even talked about protein,” he wrote in the introduction to Jannequin Bennett’s book Very Vegetarian. He went on to say, “Your body is your temple. If you nourish it properly, it will be good to you and you will increase its longevity.”
* The content for this page was excerpted from a 2016 Organic Authority article by Sara Novack.
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