Arnold Schwarzenegger doesn’t eat meat anymore. For the climate and health, he signed on as a producer of “The Game Changers” documentary to bust the vegan protein myths.
Arnold Schwarzenegger is championing a meat-free diet for human health and the planet.
July 5, 2019
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Arnold Schwarzenegger doesn’t eat meat anymore. Arnold. The Terminator. The 7-time Mr. Olympia and former Mr. Universe. Let that sink in because it’s big.
Schwarzenegger features in the highly anticipated forthcoming documentary about vegan athletes called “The Game Changers,” which he co-produced. The film, directed by Academy Award-winner Louie Psihoyos (2009’s documentary “The Cove” about the Taiji dolphin hunt in Japan), will premiere in theaters in September.
For a growing number of athletes including 5-time Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton (only the third to win 5 times in the history of the sport), top tennis stars Venus and Serena Williams who hold a combined 30 Grand Slam titles, to NFL and NBA stars including Derrick Morgan and Kyrie Irving, plants are becoming the preferred protein of choice for optimal performance. Morgan, whose wife is vegan chef Charity Morgan, helped more than a dozen of his fellow Tennessee Titans teammates adopt a vegan diet. And the gains they say are noteworthy: increased performance, quicker recovery time, better weight management, and reduced injury.
“Overcoming the preconceived notions is the biggest part. I was a part of it. I used to believe athletes had to eat meat to maintain play, then I educated myself,” Morgan told ESPN.
“When they realized that their production didn’t go down, their stats didn’t go down, they didn’t die on the field, they were like ‘sign me up’ because the food already looks and smells good,” Charity told the sports site. She’s a Le Cordon Bleu-educated professional chef for 15 years. “ was a test run for a lot of the guys to realize you can be plant-based and successful.”
Olympians including lifter Kendrick Farris and cyclist Dotsie Bausch have gone vegan. Bausch sped to a silver medal in the 2012 Olympics while in her late 30s after shifting to a vegan diet. New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, the first to lead a team to six Super Bowl championships, adheres to a mostly vegan diet. Brady is so convinced of the benefits of eating that way that he launched a signature vegan meal track with meal kit delivery program Purple Carrot. He also sells vegan protein powders and snacks under the TB12 label.
Like most weightlifters at the time — Schwarzenegger competed in the 1970s — he fueled his rise to bodybuilding stardom with a diet heavy in animal products. The former Mr. Universe and Mr. Olympia became the epitome of ultimate fitness, chiseled and bulging his way into global stardom, which eventually led him to become one of the world’s top-paid film action heroes, starring in hits like “The Terminator” series as well as “Predator”, “Total Recall”, and “True Lies.”
A long way from his Mr. Universe days, Schwarzenegger has made a few major pivots since he began competing as a bodybuilder – first, he moved into film, becoming an overnight sensation after the “Conan the Barbarian” series launched in 1982; and then he moved from acting into politics, serving as governor of California from 2003-2011. And, most recently, the former bodybuilder has not only stopped eating meat, but he’s begun using his platform to encourage others to do the same for their health and the health of the planet.