After a recent health scare, Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker is back on a plant-based diet.
The 36-year-old was previously a vegetarian for over 25 years – but dropped that diet after a tragic plane crash in 2008 where only he and the late Adam ‘DJ AM’ Goldstein (who died from an accidental drug overdose in 2009) survived. Four others perished is the accident.
“I need protein from food rather than just protein supplements,” he said at the time of the switch. “I changed my diet. I would do anything I possibly could if they said like, ‘There’s a possibility you might heal faster if you do eat meat or just change your eating habits’. So I did. I don’t regret it at all, I feel so much better.”
Fast-forward to the present and Barker has switched to an all-vegan diet in an attempt to counter findings from a doctor’s visit earlier in the year.
“I had a health scare earlier this year,” Barker told Music Radar. “I went to the doctor and found that I had eight ulcers in my stomach, and then I found that I had a condition from it, from excessive smoking. I [also] had pre-cancerous cells in my throat. Right there, that was a game changer.”
“I quit everything immediately. It’s made a difference,” He adds. “I feel 100%, whereas before I’d think, ‘I feel good but last night I went hard.’ It’s a lot more consistent.
“You don’t really have good and bad days, you don’t wake up blaming something on a hangover, or you did this too much or that too much. It was a good, positive change. I definitely feel better than years ago when I was smoking heaps of weed and drinking.”
Barker admits that he sometimes slips up while on the road and has egg whites, calling them a good protein boost. “If I can feel my body starting to tire those are good to keep you healthy,” he says. (As we all know, there are many, many easy ways for vegans to score good protein. We can hook you up, Travis!)
Anyways, we’re happy to see Barker once again embracing a healthy lifestyle. Here’s to hoping it’s for another 25 years and change.
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