Serena leads a great day for plant-powered athletes.

Two NFL performances complement her stunning U.S. Open win.

Powerful woman, mentally and physically—cradling her fourth U.S. Open Trophy on Sunday

Outstanding athletes who eat nothing but plant-based foods are beginning to demonstrate the superiority of the diet-style where it matters most—at the highest level of professional sports.

Of the three great athletes in this article today, Tony Gonzalez led the way a few years ago, Arian Foster made the switch this summer and Serena announced on 9-10-12 on CBS that she’d followed sister Venus to the vegan diet-style just recently.

Ladies first. How about that Serena Williams! Watching her win that championship match on Sunday was a sight to behold. At the time, I was thinking that I had never seen a woman who looked more physically fit and more powerful than Serena in that match. She might even be tougher than Martina—another vegan, I might add.

Then the next day, I learned on CBS This Morning that she’d been eating vegan for the last few months. She explained that she lives with her sister Venus who’d switched to vegan for health reasons earlier this summer. Wanting to help Venus stick with her regimen, Serena reported that she’d been eating the same way that Venus eats. And apparently, that way of eating is working out just fine for her.

Serena did admit that since she and Venus both cheat from time to time, that they refer to themselves as “cheagans” — short for “cheatin vegans.” Sounds to me like they might like our 4Leaf Program, which includes the wiggle room that most people like.

The big vegan hauls in a touchdown pass in the KC stadium where he spent most of his career.

Tony Gonzalez. Long-time veteran and regular pro-bowler with the Kansas City Chiefs and now with the Atlanta Falcons. Gonzalez had five catches for 53 yards as he began his 16th, and likely his final, season of his sterling career in the place where it all began—Kansas City. From ESPN:

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Tony Gonzalez boarded the first bus to Arrowhead Stadium on Sunday, eager to arrive as early as possible to start what’s likely his final season in the place where it all began. The Falcons made sure it was a happy return.

Matt Ryan threw for 299 yards and three touchdowns, one of them to the longtime Chiefs tight end late in the third quarter, and Atlanta pulled away with a dynamic second-half scoring outburst for a 40-24 season-opening victory over Kansas City.

Here’s what the winning QB had to say about Tony’s performance, “He’s such a great part of this organization, you know, probably the greatest tight end to ever play the game. I think deep down in their hearts, Kansas City fans were happy to see that one more time,” Ryan said, pausing. “Maybe not at the time. Maybe in retrospect they will be.”

Arian Foster is too much to handle for this Miami defender as he leads his team to victory with two touchdowns on Sunday.

Finally, there was Arian Foster of the Houston Texans. He got the ESPN headline for his team’s victory, “Arian Foster has 2 TDs as Texans silence Ryan Tannehill, Dolphins.”

He was also the leading rusher in the game, outrushing Miami’s Reggie Bush 79 to 69 and outscoring him 12 to 0. See the second blog article below my blog two days ago dedicated to the remarkable Mr. Foster.

Numerals courtesy of the Baltimore Police for my 584th consecutive daily blog.

9-11 Footnote. Today is the 11th anniversary of the 9-11 tragedy. I landed at LaGuardia that morning, just minutes before the first attack on the World Trade Center. Where were you?

Vegan is for wimps? The old myth about manly men eating meat is beginning to give way to the reality of what the natural diet for our species can do for athletes on the field of battle. And for the rest of us, that same 4Leaf lifestyle will enable us to take charge of our own health:

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About J. Morris Hicks

A former strategic management consultant and senior corporate executive with Ralph Lauren in New York, J. Morris Hicks has always focused on the "big picture" when analyzing any issue. In 2002, after becoming curious about our "optimal diet," he began a study of what we eat from a global perspective ---- discovering many startling issues and opportunities along the way. In addition to an MBA and a BS in Industrial Engineering, he holds a certificate in plant-based nutrition from the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies, where he has also been a member of the board of directors since 2012. Having concluded that our food choices hold the key to the sustainability of our civilization, he has made this his #1 priority---exploring all avenues for influencing humans everywhere to move back to the natural plant-based diet for our species.
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3 Responses to Serena leads a great day for plant-powered athletes.


    I posted an excerpt and the two responses from your today’s blog on the “New Atkins” review:

    Visit there and post a comment, click on “Helpful”!

  2. MikeR says:

    Two more amazing plant-strong athletes recently pub lished books. Scott Jurek is an ultramarathon ruuner who’ s won the Western States 100-mile race seven times, all on a whole-foods vegan diet. His book is “Eat and Run.” The other athlete is Rich Roll, an amateur ultratriathlete who gave up cheeseburgers about the time he turned 40 and thought he was having a heart attack. He began eating a plant-powered diet (his discription), took up running and cycling and rediscovered the pool. He completed five Ironman-length triathlons in seven day. His book is “Finding Ultra.” Both athletes credit their diet of plants as improving their recovery times after a difficult workout or race.

  3. Leo S. says:

    Many still don’t see the relationship consumption of various foods has on health. Here are a few points for some to consider.

    The astronaut James Irwin also had bypass surgery and two heart attacks and died at 61. His blood cholesterol was 300 while traveling in the space capsule. He and president Clinton supposedly had the “best doctors” our country could supply and still developed heart conditions. Even though Clinton was advised by Dr. Ornish he apparently did not take advantage of the research that Ornish and Esselstyn and others might have offered him. It wasn’t until after the bypass, angioplasty and finally a stent began to become clogged that he started to change what he ate. Even Dr. McDougall sent him a letter to try to get him to change his diet.
    Venus Williams developed blood clots even though she was young and athletic and had to refrain from playing tennis for a period of time. She has resorted to a plant-based diet to overcome an autoimmune disorder (Sjogren’s Disease) which may be caused by dairy products. Being African-American she may very well be lactose intolerant, as are Asians, but many are not aware of that problem and continue to consume dairy and/or take medication to treat “allergies” without removing the cause.
    We continue to consume items which clog the arteries. Nathan Pritikin pointed out that consumption of dairy products could show deceptively low cholesterol readings while still allowing buildup of fatty deposits in the arteries.
    08/31/2012 at 1:27 pm
    Here is a news release about Stallone’s son. Many young people are developing clogged arteries. These conditions are sometimes considered “normal” and nothing is done to try and reverse the blockage because many physicians and individuals are not aware that these conditions are reversible by lifestyle changes. Many doctors still tell their patients that “food has nothing to do with your condition.”
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Sylvester Stallone’s son Sage died at age 36 from natural causes due to a heart condition, coroner’s officials said Thursday.
    Sage Stallone’s death on July 13 was attributed to a condition that causes blockage of the arteries, and no other factors were involved. It has been classified a natural death.
    Doesn’t that last sentence catch your attention?

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