Former NBA star John Salley, who has been profiled lots on the ‘razz for his love of animals, vegan diet, and generosity, recently sat down with the LA Times to discuss his plant-based lifestyle – and why he should have made the switch a long time ago.
“If I had a vegan lifestyle when I was playing, I would still be playing,” the 48-year-old, who retired in 2000, told the site. “I’m just rebuilding my body now from all the wear and tear.”
Salley also revealed that he consumes a whopping 4,000-5,000 calories per day.
“In the morning, I eat organic grits … and I have ginger tea with coconut oil. I eat a lot of kale, and I drink about half a gallon to a gallon of water a day. At night, I’ll make pizza with almond cheese and different vegetables and seasonings; I put turmeric on everything.”
Salley says the biggest misconception is that veganism is still viewed as a hippy lifestyle.
“The biggest misconception is that it’s like a political statement. It’s not; it’s just people who are conscious of what goes in their body and what happens in their environment at the same time. Also, for me, it’s hard to not be an animal advocate.”
Check out the rest of the interview here! For a bit of inspiration, watch Salley below showing viewers of The Rachael Ray Show how to create a spicy guacamole.