Can Athletes Win Medals Eating Vegetarian Foods, Vegan or Raw?

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Are Athletes Who Eat Vegetarian Foods, Raw or Vegan Win Medals?

By: Carol Giambri

Are you wondering if athletes can win a medal, eat vegetarian food, vegan or raw and be healthy? These foods are easy and fast to prepare as well as simple and delicious.  Forget hiring a chef.    

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Papaya and Lemon

You may be wondering how can some athletes eat like a rabbit and live on lettuce be full and satisfied.  Or, where are they getting their protein. 

Come into my world…

I have elected to become a vegan over 35 years ago.  Actually I think it is close to 40 now.  I have never desired or gone back to any animal products since I quit eating them.  A seed was planted in me by a sickly friend when I was a teen.  Living at home did not make it easy to switch diets.  Even when I got married I was excited to switch but my husband was never full. However, when he had a one time seizure one night we became "overnight" vegans.  It came as fast as his test results for epilepsy was confirmed.  

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Buddha's Hand

No regrets…

Actually my husband did drugs for 10 days during my search for a natural remedy.  He was healed in 6 weeks and has been for over 35 years now.  I call this very simple eating and living with no regrets to our dietary changes.

Socially deprived…

At some church functions I bring foods I can eat and share with others.  Usually it is a fresh salad.  I am hooked on salads and claim to be the "best salad maker" because I love mine and others have complimented it too.

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Advantages to being vegan…

  • Plants provide nutrients to keep an athlete healthy.  they build muscle, avid cholesterol and high saturated fats that animal proteins have.  Their body has more energy available for the physical activity because they don't need as much energy to digest plant foods compared to meat and dairy foods.
  • Meat clogs arteries, dairy drags you down and toxins from the processed animal foods "dance" around in your body whereas plant foods don't have these effects.
  • Vegans are healthier.

Note: Without meat clogging up arteries, dairy weighing you down or toxins from processed animal foods "dancing" (floating) around in your body, it makes sense that a vegan diet would enhance athletic performance.


There are some famous names you may or not know that are at least vegetarian, meaning they may eat some fish, chicken or eggs, sometimes dairy too.  There may be others who are vegans who avoid everything from an animal.  Then there is another class of people I mainly choose to eat like eating raw, plant based foods. 

The vegan athletes are…

This is a small list of some of the vegan athletes: Carl Lewis, Brendan Brazier, Jane Black and Tim VanOrden.

Some vegetarians are…

Famous quarterback Joe Namath, a vegetarian football player was inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame in 1985.  He said: "I have been a vegetarian for a few years. It shows mean is not necessary to plan football. 

Czech Martina Navratilova is known as one of the greatest 20th century great tennis players.  For most of her career she was a vegetarian and a big supporter of an animal rights vocal group PETA.  However I have head she occasionally digs into fish meals. 

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My Happy Dog Who Peta Cares About

What's to eat…

I have plenty of choices here to eat.  I get together socially at least twice a month with other vegans and other times with my raw food group.  There is no shortage of what to make or eat. Just look at a store like Whole Foods or other markets and find vegetarian or vegan prepared foods. For the record, I have a dog whose diet does consist of meat, fish and chicken besides veggies too. She is carefully monitored by our vet.

Bring in the kids…

Great helpers and excellent way to expose kids to eating from the garden. Plan a container herb garden or outside vegetable garden.  How about letting them cut up some veggies or grate some too. 

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Kitchen Helper Kid – I know that truth!

Reflecting and Acting…

You may not want to do anything without asking your medical adviser I call your doctor.  However how much nutrition has he studied in school or since he graduated from it.  Most would say "none."  Doctors rarely see patients for wellness check ups.  So why ask but do as you feel best for your body.  Are you willing to take two meals a week out of your traditional meat and potato and go more vegetarian or vegan?  Stick around as I could be introducing an eating program that we may work together with.


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Carol Giambri is a gardening expert, a health nut, photography addict and frugal shopping supporter of recycled buying.   She hunts for rare and unique shapes of fruits and veggies.  From worm composting, which is a new desire, to homemade cleaning products, eating edible weeds, coaching programs, speaking, copy writing content for blogs, green/recycle talk, dogs and helping her hubby, she loves encouraging people.  Carol plans to write several books on healthy living and gardening.

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{ 31 comments… read them below or add one }

Anastasiya Day January 9, 2012 at 10:22 am

Love reading your articles Carol! Great post and love the photos throughout this post! Thanks for sharing :)

Carol Giambri January 9, 2012 at 11:10 am

Thanks so much Anastasiya for your continued support.  Pictures are mine and fun!

Hughie Bagnell January 9, 2012 at 11:15 am

Hi Carol…thank you for sharing! It will be interesting to see your introduction of an eating program! …Great article, Thanks, Hughie :)

Carol Giambri January 9, 2012 at 4:15 pm

Hi Hughie, Thanks for sharing and the interesting part about any program I do will include mainly fresh produce, organic if possible.  For those still who desire eating animal products, they can choose to incorporate my suggestions as they wean from their former ways if they desire.  It will also include healthy eating for the whole family and our dog is our family–but she's hooked on meat/fish/chicken and not on hunting for dandelions to munch and call dinner.  Considering a small business world seminar to include not only business essentials i.e. communication but eating as Health is Wealth.  Carol

Jennifer Bennett January 10, 2012 at 10:03 am

Great article Carol! I love reading them because you provide such great information that is easy to understand and even implement.  Thanks again for sharing!

Donovan Grant January 10, 2012 at 5:03 pm

Great article Carol. I've got to admit quite a few of my friends have given up eat meat a while back, however I don't know anyone in my family who has. Could be a tradition or something, but regardless there's a lot of health eating to be had by laying off the meat from time to time!

Lori January 10, 2012 at 7:06 pm

Great article Carol, and I love the photo of your kitchen helper!

Lorrie January 11, 2012 at 10:03 am

Vegan eating is a lifestyle as much as a dietary choice. This article is an awesome introduction to that lifestyle choice and its powerful impact on one's life. thanks!

Carol Giambri January 11, 2012 at 11:15 am

Thanks so much Lorrie for your insight. I believe it also a great way to encourage those who are EXCITED to change. I think I see myself as a dietary changer knowing my husband got healed in six weeks from epilepsy over 35 years back. It pays to change!!! Doctors gave him no hope but surprised them. Surely bet they never shared this with others.

Alexandra McAllister January 11, 2012 at 11:15 am

I love this article and of course, the photos! Your grand-baby and fur-kid always make me smile! I was a vegetarian for a number of years then started eating meat, actually only chicken.  I don't eat it often but I must admit, I felt better when I didn't eat meat at all!  This is something to reconsider!  You post has great info that I can use for sure!

Carol Giambri January 11, 2012 at 11:16 am

The “kid” kitchen helper lives far away and darling granddaughter. I speak words of encouragement over as sometimes parents don’t realize the power of “their” words. Sure hope she gets a change to come visit! She’s a natural in posing too. She’s really lots of fun too! Thank you Lori.

Carol Giambri January 11, 2012 at 11:17 am

Donovan eating this way, without meat, has been a great boost in my mindset as I age, but still feel stuck and happy at 18. Now it’s time to crank up the financial picture. Let me know if I can help encourage you along the way to shift gears of a minute, hour, day or however! Thanks for sharing.

Carol Giambri January 11, 2012 at 11:19 am

Jennifer, thanks for always coming back with words of encouragement. I love keeping it simple and for me I was in a crash course when hubby had seizure over 35 years back, but HEALED in 6 weeks. Are the doctors sharing these stories? I am and feel it impacts business as well. Imagine making great money and all going to doctors who try to get you healthy through drugs. Just radical but my experience.

Cheryl Cope January 11, 2012 at 11:47 am

I appreciate your support for vegans!! It sounds like you are thriving with that sort of lifestyle. I don't think it's for everyone though. Some people,not only "do better" with animal protein, but NEED it.

Carol Giambri January 11, 2012 at 1:22 pm

Hi Cheryl, Thanks for commenting. I mainly eat raw foods, plant based and not just vegan. I know the subject of animal protein is controversial to many, but still regardless of the diet I believe it is a choice of what we put in our body. I follow radical teachers and I’m not one to debate others choices. I just love eating from the garden mainly and feeling fabulous–stuck at 18, but not on my birth certificate. I don’t judge others choices. I embrace all humans and pets –okay not mice.

Mandy Edwards January 11, 2012 at 2:35 pm

I'm glad to find another salad nut!  I could eat a salad for every meal – but I like meat in mine :)   Thank you for sharing and showing us the benefits of eating vegan.

Dr. Daisy Sutherland January 11, 2012 at 3:56 pm

Hi Carol!! Love your post…I'm a vegetarian and have been since a teen. I include seafood into my diet but no other meats and I'm also lactose intolerant. This makes it a bit difficult to eat out but manage at times. I've been seriously looking into the vegan diet and sharing some meals with my family…that's the hardest part..having meat eaters as family members..thankfully my older son is a vegetarian too so that helps:) Thanks again for a great post!

Carol Giambri January 11, 2012 at 5:56 pm

Hi Mandy, Glad you are including salads into your dishes. I was forced to become instant vegan when hubby got sick with epilepsy. It was a crash course I wanted to go on before he ever got sick but he was never satisfied. He was healed in 6 weeks and loves this lifestyle. Yeah.

Carol Giambri January 11, 2012 at 5:59 pm

Hi Dr. Daisy, Thanks for sharing. I have the trick to help convert family without telling them. How: make meals look and taste similar to the traditional meals. Glad you son is a vegetarian–makes the journey sweeter. It’s really easy as I don’t do dairy and can eat every place. I just am very specific on instructing them and when they goof it goes right back out of embarrassment to them not me being nice, but their oops. I can help. Maybe I need to do an online coaching program?

Claudia January 11, 2012 at 7:58 pm

Great article.  My husband and I are moving in this direction.  Gave up meat & poultry about 4 months ago.  We do eat fish and lots of raw foods – a big green smoothie every morning, lots of salads and tons of veggies.  Minimal dairy – some grated cheese for pasta, greek yogurt and skim milk for coffee….  I think cheese was the hardest for me to give up, but I feel tons better digestive wise without it!  I would love to try all raw at some point, maybe in the spring when my CSA kicks in and I'm bringing home tons of veggies that I have to use up!  :)

Carol Giambri January 11, 2012 at 11:47 pm

HI Alexandra,
Thanks for stopping by, reading, seeing the furry and also the granddaughter.  Choose whichever way works for you and enjoy your loving anti aging fit body. You rock!  Love to your furries.

Andrea Beadle January 12, 2012 at 4:42 am

Wonderful post thank you. I had a health issue that was transformed by removing meat, dairy and a number of other foods. I do eat fish and occasionally chicken but in general my diet is so much healthier! Thank you

Carol Giambri January 12, 2012 at 10:33 am

How awesome Andrea!!! Yeah you got your health back!!!

Solvita January 12, 2012 at 12:36 pm

Great information Carol, yes ~ doctors are not much help when we want to avoid them :) It is so important to take responsibility of our health and the earlier the better, especially when we are talking about eating! Love it!

Elise Adams @AdamsOrganizing January 12, 2012 at 10:42 pm

You make eating well look FUN and so attractive! :-) Thanks for sharing yourself with us!

Carol Giambri January 12, 2012 at 11:33 pm

Solvita, so true.  I stay as far away from the doctor as possible and been years that way too.  The vet is our doctor for your niece.  Thanks for sharing.

Gina Parris January 13, 2012 at 2:53 pm

Oh I love reading stuff like this. My husband and I eat a mostly plant based diet, though we eat some poultry and fish as well. But this week his little brother had some kind of a blackout and seizure and we are aching for him to take a juice fast challenge with us and clean up his diet! 

Carol Giambri January 15, 2012 at 11:32 pm

Gina, a juice fast may be too much for his sickly body. Sounds just like what happened to my husband. Diet change mandatory, detox are two suggestions we used. Hope this helps.

Carol Giambri January 15, 2012 at 11:37 pm

Thanks Elise. It really easy to eat well and be healthy. Glad to share always. Love seeing people interested to change or improve.

Carl Mason-Liebenberg January 16, 2012 at 3:50 am

Carol….I was vegan for 12 years post cancer. Vegan is the foundation of my healing in fact and though not 100% in recent years, vegan has remained influential in my nutritional strategy for myself and others that I help. I recently had begun to intensify the vegan influence in my life again and too am working on some new opportunntities. Sounds like we should chat! :-) Great post!

Carol Giambri January 16, 2012 at 3:38 pm

Carl, first of all congratulations from your recovery from cancer. That is amazing and quite a track record to brag on. I know how some can get off track a little bit but never any judgment to our journeys. Yes, let’s chat soon. I am revamping my focus on health/wellness I believe, but that is not saying what I am doing now is going to be remove–just maybe separating for easier viewing and programs. Thanks for sharing. You rock bro!! Love your story and glad to share it with others!

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