Many athletes retire at the age of 33, but for superstar athlete Rebekkah Brunson, that’s not the case. The 35-year-old Lynx basketball player, also nicknamed ‘The Machine’, has had one of her most advantageous campaigns yet. But to Brunson, this is no coincidence at all. She’s positive her performance and higher endurance levels stem from the kinds of foods she eats and her attitude toward health.
“You just feel better eating the right things,” she told The Globe, “I started as a vegetarian and a lot of that had to do with the cycle of life. If I could survive without causing harm to anything else then I wanted to do that. Then I switched to being a vegan because the more I learned about food … I just decided that I can get everything I needed without eating anything that had anything to do with animals in general.”
At first, she had a bit of trouble cutting out cheese, but she adjusted. “I think everybody hears that I’m a vegan and they want to throw me a block of tofu or something. You can get good food. I like good food. I like to eat well. And I still can.” She joked.
Many athletes deal with inflammation and other injuries pertaining to their hectic, stressful and strenuous work schedules and workout routines. But more and more athletes are reaping the rewards from plant-based eating, including endurance runners, bodybuilders, and weightlifters.
She spoke about her teammates dealing with pains and aches, “They will be like, ‘Oh, it just swelled up.’ I’m like, ‘No. That didn’t just miraculously happen.’ It’s about what we’re putting into our bodies. Sometimes those things can produce those adverse effects.” So what does she enjoy eating? Indian food, Thai food, high protein snacks, peanut butter and anything with extra spices on it.
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