Santino Panico’s new documentary, “From The Ground Up,” focuses on athletes who eat a plant-based diet.
Panico, a former college football player, has framed the film within his own training for the New York City Marathon. As he trains and counts down to the day of the marathon, he interviews experts on veganism along with athletes who eat plant-based. For Panico’s film, he used the term plant-based for both vegan and vegetarian diets.
“The word vegan and the word athlete don’t usually go together,” says ultra endurance athlete Rich Roll in the film. “There is this very common misconception that if you’re eating a plant-based diet, if you’re not eating meat, that you are going to suffer a protein deficiency.”
“Do I look like I’m not getting enough protein?” jokes bodybuilder Torre Washington.
The doc also includes beautifully shot clips of the athletes completing training and feats of athletic prowess. The cinematographer, Mike Call, has captured the action with an eye for these athletes’ expertise.
A number of the vegan athletes interviewed talk about how their performance and health seemed to improved after making the switch to a plant-based diet.
“Immediately I felt lighter, I felt faster on the field, more energized all the time,” says Oakland Raiders wide receiver Griff Whalen in the documentary.
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