Venus Williams is a raw vegan now. Tennis great Venus Williams recently switched to a raw vegan diet as an attempt to control her fatigue and pain which resulted from an autoimmune disease:
When tennis pro Venus Williams discovered her fatigue and pain resulted from an autoimmune disease, she took action by adopting a raw vegan diet. And she proved the wisdom of that choice by slamming her way through a winning round one in the U.S. Open, reported the Los Angeles Times August 28. "I can never be surprised when Venus is playing well," her opponent declared. But since becoming ill with Sjogren's syndrome, which drains her energy, "playing well" has taken on new meaning for Venus.
In fact, Serena Williams is seeing the results from her sister, and she too is adopting a vegan diet.
Serena cares so much about her big sister Venus that when her sister was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease, Serena joined her shift to a raw food diet. Because the two live together, Serena wants to help Venus stay on her new food plan. "I don’t want her to come home and see a piece of chicken and be like, ‘Oh, I want it,’ and she can’t have it. It would be like a stumbling block for her," Serena said.
People are always expressing concerns as to whether or not these profiessional athletes will be able to perform as well as they did when they were eating a more traditional (meat-based) diet. As reported earlier, ESPN sports commentators expressed similar concerns with regard to how well will Arian Foster perform in the NFL as a vegan. They all seemed conceerned about the lack of animal-based protein.
...Serena has no worries about how the diet might impact her game. “I’m looking forward to playing, and just playing and being healthy; I haven’t really been healthy in a few years, and I’m just really looking forward to having a chance to play,” she told the Post. “I think right now I am at 100 percent ... I’m really looking forward to continuing this and continuing to be healthy.”
Of course , this news has been reported on Twitter. Here's a few comments, including one from Venus:
Picking out vegan snacks to serve guests at my party for EleVen in the Hamptons on Saturday, can't wait!
— Venus Williams (@Venuseswilliams) August 10, 2012
— Spenser Villwock (@SpenserVillwock) August 30, 2012
Venus Williams: IS a raw vegan. After being diagnosed with autoimmune disease she changed her diet -> pinterest.com/pin/1853513408…
— Ashleigh Ignelzi (@AshleighIgnelzi) August 29, 2012
Venus Williams Adopts A New Raw Alkaline Vegan Diet! p.ost.im/p/dF2PP7
— Infomuu.com (@infomuu) September 1, 2012
Venus Williams is now a vegan. Serena Williams is now a vegan. Arian Foster is now a vegan. Who says you can't be a professional athlete and be a vegan!