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Carl Lewis

I've found that a person does not need protein from meat to be a successful athlete. In fact, my best year of track competition was the first year I ate a vegan diet.
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Carl Lewis is possibly one of the greatest track stars of all time, having won a whopping 10 Olympic medals (9 of them gold) and 10 World Championship medals (8 gold). Carl Lewis is clear proof that you don't need animal foods to be a speed machine.
Carl Lewis made the decision to go vegan in July 1990, based on influences from Dr. Mc Dougall and Jay Cordich (the juice man). Carl Lewis explains the transition to a vegan diet, in his introduction to the book, Very Vegeterian: "I regained my energy. I was drinking 24 to 32 ounces of juice a day. I ate no dairy products. And I had my best year as an athlete ever!"

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I've found that a person does not need protein from meat to be a successful athlete. In fact, my best year of track competition was the first year I ate a vegan diet.
You have total control over what you put in your body. No one can force you to eat what you don't want to eat. I know that many people think that eating a vegetarian diet—and especially a vegan diet—will require sacrifice and denial. [However,] eating vegan does not have to be tasteless and boring.