Peterson knows his specific eating habits might be upsetting to real vegans because he’s still eating chicken or fish occasionally — he likes the taste. But, as he approaches his 11th NFL season, Peterson estimates his diet is about 85 percent vegan.
The 32-year-old said last week he’s thought about switching to a vegan lifestyle for a while, but finally made the switch last month after Washington left tackle Trent Williams suggested he watch a documentary called “What the Health” on Netflix, which examines the relationship between diet and chronic disease.
Peterson and Williams co-own the O Athletik gym in Houston, and Williams brought Washington’s offensive linemen to train at the facility before training camp. During the retreat, guard Arie Kouandjio ate vegan and Williams went pescatarian, according to The Washington Post.
“I’ve always been kind of leery about processed food, so I’ve always kind of (avoided) it,” Peterson said. “But once I watched the documentary after I heard about it from Trent, I watched it, and it just kind of puts it in your face. I was just like, it’s time to really kind of change some things up.”
Peterson, who joined the Saints in April after 10 seasons with the Minnesota Vikings, said he started drinking green juices regularly last year. For the past year, most of Peterson’s diet has been liquid, but now he’s focusing more on eliminating animal products.”It’s been kind of rough making the transition, so I’ll at least try to get a meal in,” Peterson said. “But I get the majority of my protein from like Isagenix meal replacements. Since I’ve been here, I’ve only been eating one meal a day. I just drink a lot of protein to get my nutrients.”
Many NFL players experiment with new diets as they look for ways to improve their physical condition and extend their careers