Arian Foster is known for battling it out on the football field as a running back for the Houston Texans, but he is now causing quite a stir with his new vegan diet.
Last week, Foster announced via Twitter his switch to veganism, “Officially a vegan now. We’ll see how this goes. But week one down. So far, so good. Feels wonderful.”
Even though he feels great, others aren’t impressed and are questioning whether he can play a tough game without meat in his system.
As NFL.com states, “Foster, something of a Renaissance man, set off alarms with those who care more about his yards per carry than his intestinal flora count. Many were concerned that an NFL running back might go soft if he stripped ribs and deviled eggs from his regiment.”
Some of Foster’s Twitter followers gave him a hard time for his announcement. In response to Foster saying he’s never drank an entire glass of milk, one twitterer went as far to say he did when he was a baby. Foster responded, “My mom didn’t produce cow milk.”
This is quite an interesting argument. Many athletes live and play with a veg diet and it doesn’t seem to slow them down.
For example, hockey player Mike Zigomanis, from the Toronto Marlies, embraces veganism, “It’s a stigma, I guess, when you’re a vegan and guys kind of label you. Hockey’s a big, macho sport. And when people think of vegans … what do you think of when you think of vegans? You tell me. Long hair. Tie-dyed T-shirt.
“There’s one representation. But there’s bodybuilders, there’s MMA fighters, football players, basketball players. Triathletes, a lot of them are vegan. All the ultra-marathon runners are vegan.”
As Zigomanis says, many other athletes dismiss meat from their diets. Such athletes include boxer Mike Tyson, Ironman triathlete Brendan Brazier, football player Desmond Howard and tennis star Venus Williams.
Who would have thought that someone cutting meat out of their daily eating regimen would cause such hullabaloo. As Foster says, “People feel so strong about meat and milk. I wish they felt this strong about peace.”