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What a tease golf champion Phil Mickelson is.

Earlier this year, the second-ranked golfer in the world and unabashed red meat enthusiast announced at the PGA Championship that he had embraced a vegetarian lifestyle to treat his psoriatic arthritis. His reason for the change then was simple, “I read a book and just thought maybe it would help. And if it helps my situation, I’m all for it.”

However, it seems that after just four months of the new lifestyle, Mickelson is suffering from cold feet.

At the HSBC Championship in Shanghai this week, when asked if he’s stuck with the no-meat mantra, Mickelson stated, “I’ve been doing it for just over four months and I’m just having second thoughts. I don’t know if it really is going to make a difference or what, so we’ll see, I don’t know.”

When pressed further to see if the temptation to cheat was getting to him, Mickelson replied, “I don’t know. I just — I don’t know. We’ll see. We can talk about it in January, and I’ll have a better idea. See how the holidays go.”

Our opinion? If you can win four major golf championships and a whopping 38 events on the PGA Tour, you can avoid ordering that double double with extra cheese. Stay strong, Lefty.

  • Elaine Vigneault

    Arthritis is really tricky. For some people diet can help quite a bit, but for many others there’s not relief. The pain just keeps coming and with age it gets worse.

    My mom has arthritis and she’s noticed improvement with some dietary changes (she was already vegan so the changes were more related to specific vegan foods and vitamins) but she’s noticed even more improvement through physical therapy.

  • Judith Lautner

    It takes time to make a difference with arthritis. I don’t know specifically about psoriatic arthritis, but I know a plant-based diet helps a lot of people with skin problems.

    I have osteoarthritis, severe, and am vegan. I went vegan about three and a half years ago, and I noticed an immediate reduction in pain when I got off the cheese. However, I’ve found that the pain of arthritis is not predictable and not consistent. I have up days and bad days. Overall, the combination of specific arthritis-focused exercises and a vegan diet has gradually created a reduction in pain overall, and the number of really bad days is much fewer than before I went vegan.

    I have read of others who experienced more rapid positive results. For me, and I suspect for most, it’s gradual and it takes persistence to wait it out.

  • Stuart

    I think we should just cut him some slack – he’s got a problem and he’s making some attempt at dealing with it – so what if he tries a vegetarian diet – works for some and not for others – I’m sure he’d stay on it if it works for him!
    pretty obviously really!!

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