When Houston Texans running back Arian Foster announced he was going vegan, it caused quite the controversy, and still is the topic of some conversations. However, the disputes haven’t made Foster lose focus with his diet and in the game.
According to NESN, Foster is considered the favorite this season to lead NFL in rushing yards. In 2010, he won the rushing title with 1,616 yards and even though he slipped to 1,224 yards one season ago it hasn’t hurt him. Nor has his planet-based lifestyle, as the odds are definitely not against him.
It seems Foster still has to prove what he eats will not affect his game. For example, he recently tweeted, “People say I can’t be a vegan. But all Mario ate was flowers and mushrooms and look how big & strong he was. Plus he could spit fireballs. [sic]”
There you go! Do you really need more proof than that? Yes, he’s joking, but still very serious.
As you can see from the above photo, which was displayed during a 2012 preseason game, he eats extremely healthy with oatmeal, fruit, veggies, potatoes, rice, quinoa and kale. These foods might not be for some athletes, but let’s not judge Foster’s choices.
No doubt some are going to argue that Foster scored all those previous yards as a meat-eater (he turned vegan this past July), but I guess we’ll all just have to wait and see how he does this season.
More than once athletes have proved veganism still makes you strong. Just look at Venus Williams who just won a gold medal at this year’s Olympics, alongside her sister Serena.
I say let’s give it up for Foster and wish him a successful season!