Eating Plants. A lot.

January 25th, 2008

As the mother of a toddler destined for the football field – at 12 months he could say “my football” – I read with interest today’s Wall Street Journal article, “The 247-lb. Vegan.”


Coming on the heels of author Michael Pollan’s mantra “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants,” this article presents the counterpoint: can an NFL player get enough calories to maintain his muscle mass while eating a primarily vegan diet? The short answer is yes, but read the story. It’s an entertaining look at how Kansas City Chiefs tight-end Tony Gonzalez swapped his favorite food, cheeseburgers, for fare such as whole wheat pasta and spinach salad and how he replaced the Chiefs training table breakfast of hash browns and french toast with organic oatmeal.