by Maria Mooney
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Photo: Gary Neville/

Manchester United legend and current first team coach Phil Neville has revealed his switch to vegetarianism. In a new interview with PETA, Neville credits his plant-based switch to his wife. He says, “My wife’s been vegetarian for about four, five years now. I promised my wife that I would try it for two weeks. … I started to feel healthier, leaner. I started to feel great!”

One question you won’t hear Neville asking is “but where do you get your protein?” The trophy winning footballer knows very well and from personal experience that athletes can sustain their health and athletic performances on plant-based diets. He says, “It’s made me feel better. And I read studies – I hope it makes me live longer.” Neville is just one of many elite level, plant-based athletes, and he joins the list of high-performance individuals fueled by veggies, including endurance athlete Rich Roll, Iron Man Dave Scott and strongman competitor Patrik Baboumian.

Neville also understands the cruelty animals endure and the  environmental impacts of meat-heavy diets. He says, “I think people are understanding the benefits, not just for yourself but for … the environment. 2.5 million animals a day are being slaughtered. That is a damning statistic that we need to do something about. If everyone can even just do one day of not eating meat, then that … will mean that we live in a better world.”

We couldn’t have said it better ourselves.

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About Maria Mooney

Maria Mooney, MSW, LSW, is a raw vegan licensed social worker, certified holistic health coach, research and editorial assistant at and freelance writer. After years of suffering with chronic health conditions, she is healing herself through a plant-based diet, radical self-care and consuming self love, and she wants to teach you how to do the same. She has done it all, including the Gerson Therapy and Hippocrates Health Institute's Life Transformation program. She knows how to make delicious juices, grow wheat grass, sprout anything and everything, create mouth-watering, healthy treats, grow shoots and more! She is also licensed in the mental health field and loves to marry mental health healing with physical healing to teach her clients to be themselves, love themselves and heal themselves. Contact her at for a free health consultation today!

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  • sabita patwardhan

    Great when people go vegan for the sake of animals. The torture and abuse of animals in this world is enormous – but even enormous is not a big enough word.