David Carter: Veganism a “life-changing decision”
Initially going vegan in 2014 after watching Forks Over Knives, Carter recently told the Los Angeles Times that he immediately began cleaning out animal products from his fridge after watching the documentary, telling his then-wife:
“‘I’m going vegan. Right now. A hundred percent.’ I did it in a day and I haven’t gone back.”
Suffering from painful tendinitis, high blood pressure and being on a “daily regimen of painkillers and anti-inflammatories,” Carter realized it was his diet that was causing his “old-man illnesses.” He noted:
“Within six weeks, I had lost 40 pounds. My stamina increased tremendously; I could bench-press 100 pounds more than I could previously. My recovery time was less and I was sleeping better. But not only was the quality of my life increasing, I didn’t need to take painkillers to get through the day. The tendinitis disappeared almost instantly.”
While he is no longer playing in the NFL, Carter has maintained his weight at 265 pounds, and enjoys veganizing his regular menu of “pizza, tacos, hamburgers, taquitos.”
Among his recommendation to include hemp seeds into your daily diet, Carter gives advice on food, nutrition, eating on a budget and at-home workouts, while offering a glimpse of what a “typical day of eating” looks like for him. You can read the full feature here.