Former NFL Player David Carter Talks Veganism at Pennsylvania State University
David Carter, also known as the 300 pound vegan, recently spoke to the Vegetarian Club at Pennsylvania State University about veganism, health, and his own personal journey.
Carter, who played defensive end for the NFL, spoke to the crowd in the Thomas Building about a series of injuries and illnesses he experienced, including arthritis, tendonitis, muscle fatigue and nerve damage. After his wife, who is a vegan, convinced him to watch the documentary Forks Over Knives in 2014, Carter connected his diet with his health, and stated:
“That documentary changed my life. I learned that milk, which I always thought would make me stronger, was actually causing my tendonitis.”
Carter then told the audience that in just one month of plant-based eating, his ailments virtually disappeared and he had better sleep and increased stamina. He then addressed common misconceptions and concerns of the diet, including the staple one of there being a lack of protein sources, and listed just some of the many options, including fruits, vegetables, and legumes.
The talk came after Carter joined Vegan Outreach as a motivational speaker, so we hope this is just the beginning of many more inspiring ones to come!
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