National Football League [NFL] Ravens wide receiver Griff Whalen has attributed his improved performance to a plant-based diet.
The American football player has reported smoother joints and quicker recovery times after forgoing animal products altogether.
A vegan for four years now, the NFL player has first started eating a plant-based diet for a 28-day program, but has since stuck with it.
The 5-foot-11 athlete believes his improved diet has been a major advantage in his football career: "I’ve always been a guy who has done everything I can to help myself.
"Any little advantage I can find, I’m going to do it. I felt like this really gave me an edge," Whalen told Baltimore Ravens.
The Ravens wide receiver mentioned that his recovery periods were much shorter, attributing it to a better blood flow from ditching animal saturated fat.
"I felt so much lighter. My joints felt smoother, everything felt better. I could run and breathe easier," he added.
Whalen mainly focuses on eating unprocessed foods, with little to no added oils and sugars, according to Men's Fitness.
For breakfast, the 27-year-old sportsman has overnight oatmeal with cashew milk, topped with nuts and seeds.
He later snacks on a banana, berry, and greens smoothie after a workout, followed by a large portion of grains with lots of veggies for lunch. Dinner is a big spinach or kale salad with veggies.