What Does Serena Williams Eat?

It’s no secret that Serena Williams is a powerhouse athlete. She has dominated the sport of tennis for almost twenty years, and she doesn’t seem to be slowing down any time soon. Like any elite athlete, she has to choose the right fuel to stay at the top of her game. What does she eat to keep her body so strong and healthy? A peek at her diet might surprise you: Williams eats quite the range of food, from Moon Pies to…grass?

Serena Williams eats vegan food

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As hard as Williams works, she has to fuel her body well. For her, that means eating mostly plant-based food. She told Bon Appetit that she cleaned up her diet and started eating vegan when her sister Venus got sick with an autoimmune disease called Sjogren’s syndrome. Together, they learned to eat lots of raw foods and smoothies. But although she learned to love to eat leafy greens, she wasn’t unreasonably strict with her diet. Venus apparently called their diet “chegan” because they would cheat sometimes with a little chicken or fish.

These days plants make up the majority of her diet, especially when she’s training. The first thing she has is breakfast with oats, fruit and almond butter. Lunch is usually a light salad. She might finish up with a dinner of brown rice and vegetables, as well as chia and hemp seeds. She’s pretty happy with this diet, and it’s a good thing. Not only does it keep her strong for the court, but it also gives her room to indulge a little.

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Don’t assume that Williams is always eating clean, though. She loves food too much, so she lets herself enjoy some of her favorites now and then. She’s a big fan of tacos and enjoys a Moon Pie, on an occasion. She indulges in things like pizza and fried chicken sometimes. She even showed her fans on Instagram the beignet her husband made for her once, to satisfy a craving. After all, food is fuel, but it’s also delicious.

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It makes sense that Williams wouldn’t be overly strict with her diet. She’s an extremely disciplined athlete, but she’s also a strong woman who has a positive attitude about her body. She tries to accept herself as she is and to encourage other women to accept themselves too. This is not someone who is going to miss out on enjoying life’s pleasures just so she can fit into a smaller size.

#thismama has been feeling super fit-than I sat down and saw I have 3 tummy’s. Thanks @OlympiaOhanian #thismama #letsjuatbehonest #postbaby can anyone relate? Don’t be discouraged I’m playing professional tennis and I totally understand post mama body. It’s so worth it I love it

— Serena Williams (@serenawilliams) January 19, 2019

Serena Williams gets strict about food when she needs to be

There are times though that Williams can get very strict about what she eats. She had an emergency C-section when her daughter was born. Then she became very ill and needed multiple surgeries. When she came home from the hospital she spent six weeks in bed recovering.

To heal and recover from the pregnancy and medical problems that followed, she followed a strict vegan meal plan and cut out sugar. Earlier this year she even told reporters that she was following an “awful” diet to combat the effects of being sedentary. What was so awful about it? She apparently had to eat grass. She said the grass diet worked, though, and for Williams that was enough. Even though she said it was a “nightmare” she felt it was worth it.

It makes sense that Williams is content to give up her favorite dishes so she can heal and return to her sport. Recovering can be tough, but she’s no stranger to hard work and sacrifice. And although she loves food, the tennis court will always be her first love.

Venus Williams said her raw vegan diet was unsustainable, so she now eats potatoes and lentils too

  • Tennis star Venus Williams has previously said she relied on a raw vegan diet to help with an autoimmune disorder.
  • In an interview with Insider, she said eating only raw food was hard to sustain for long periods of time.
  • Williams has since added potatoes, rice, and lentils to help round out her meals while remaining plant-based.
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Venus Williams has made headlines for more than her sports performance: The tennis star has also attracted attention for taking her doctor’s advice to adopt a raw vegan diet to relieve symptoms of Sjögren’s syndrome, an autoimmune disorder that can cause extreme fatigue, joint pain, and digestive issues.

Read more: How going vegan can affect your body and brain

But in a recent interview with Insider to promote Clorox wipes for cold and flu season, Williams mentioned she’s no longer quite as strict with her eating pattern. She’s since added some cooked foods to her menu, albeit no animal products.

“That way of eating was just hard to maintain for long periods of time,” Williams told Insider. “Sometimes you just need something more substantial — some rice, some potatoes — after a workout.” Lentils are also one of her favorite post-training meals, she said.

There is some evidence that autoimmune disorders can be better managed with a raw food diet

Raw veganism is a diet comprised entirely of plant-based foods, none of which have been cooked or heated above a certain temperature. It includes a lot of fresh produce as well as sprouted beans and grains (which are soaked in water to allow them to be eaten raw).

Those foods come packed with a ton of vitamins and nutrients, which can help reduce inflammation and hence improve autoimmune conditions aggravated by it. The eating pattern is also high in fiber and low in processed sugar, so it can help with both digestion and balancing blood sugar, both of which are important to overall health.

There’s no question that plants are healthy, but only eating them raw can be challenging to do safely. Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

Williams’ choice to add cooked foods into her still-vegan diet makes dietary and athletic sense. For one, it can be difficult to get enough calories on a raw vegan diet, especially if you’re an athlete.

Although calorie needs vary widely, someone of Williams’ stature and activity level would likely need at minimum 2,600 to 3,000 calories a day, and probably much more during training. Although juices and smoothies can provide some high-calorie options, most raw vegetables have fewer than 50 calories per cup, so getting enough fuel on the plan can take up a lot of time.

Adding cooked foods like potatoes, rice, and lentils is a healthy way to get sufficient carbohydrates and protein — two critical nutrients, especially for sports performance — while remaining plant-based.

Plus, some produce has more nutritional value after it’s been properly prepared. Cooked mushrooms, for one, have twice is much potassium, while cooking spinach makes it easier for your body to absorb calcium and iron from the leafy greens.

Read: A nutritionist claims vegan diets can stunt brain development, but other health experts say plant-based eating is perfectly healthy

And, eating cooked foods simply broadens your healthy-eating options. “We cook them so they taste better,” Cornell University associate professor of food science Rui Hai Liu told Scientific American. “If they taste better, we’re more likely to eat them.”

No one diet is right for everyone, but more plants is generally a good idea

Ultimately, experts generally agree it’s a great idea to incorporate more plant-based foods into your diet however you eat them and no matter how much or little you work out.

“There is no one dietary solution that works for everyone,” registered dietitian Robin Foroutan previously told Insider. “I encourage people to eat mostly plants, foods high in antioxidants — and if you do eat animal products, get the highest quality available to you.”

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In an interview with the Daily Mail, the 36-year-old revealed that ahead of her return to Wimbledon, she’d followed a vegan diet and “didn’t eat sugar”.

According to Healthista, the mum-of-one usually starts her day with oats, strawberries, tangerines, and almond butter, plus some metabolism boosting supplements.

Lunch often involves a light salad with lettuce, spinach, mandarin slices, cherry tomatoes, lime juice, onions, pita croutons, and sliced almonds.

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Serena is all for snacks, chowing down on toasted Ezekiel bread with almond butter and matcha tea with lemon and cinnamon. For dinner, she goes for brown rice with fresh vegetables and hemp and chia seeds.

The sporting legend is reportedly pretty flexible when it comes to off season, adding tacos, fried chicken, and pizza to her roster of nuts, beans, lentils and sprouted quinoa.

When you think of Venus Williams, you probably think of her as being one half of one of the world’s most dynamic duos, along with her equally famous sister, Serena. While the two routinely make headlines for being tennis superstars, you gotta wonder what goes on off the courts to get in such incredible shape. We got the chance to ask Venus about her day-to-day eating and exercise routine. She might be unbelievably fit, but she’s got a vice, just like the rest of us. Read on to find out, in her own words, about Venus’s favorite junk food, workout music, and healthy snack.

I start an average day by: Drinking a green smoothie of kale, spinach, pineapple and vegan protein powder.

For lunch I had: Green salad with goddess dressing and roasted corn.

Today I snacked on: Dried fruits and nuts.

My go-to healthy drink is: Hot water with lemon and honey.

The one thing I would never eat is: Escargot.

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My favorite workout is: Plyometrics and any fast-paced drills, because it’s exciting.

My guilty pleasure food is: Donuts.

The one thing that always gets me motivated to work out is: Knowing I’m going to get results.

The next big health and fitness trend will be: Triathlons.

My favorite healthy restaurant is: Christopher’s Kitchen in Palm Beach Gardens, FL.

My favorite healthy snack is: Dried cherries and organic fruit straps.

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On Instagram I’m obsessed with following: Serena Williams!

The three ingredients you’ll always find in my kitchen are: Himalayan pink salt, organic butter, and kale.

My biggest health tip for travelers is to: Somehow squeeze in a workout in the morning, even if it’s a small one. That way, you have the rest of the day to enjoy and sightsee.

My signature healthy dish is: Warm roasted kale salad with sun-dried tomatoes and fresh peppercorn.

The health app I couldn’t live without is: Run Keeper.

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The top three songs on my workout playlist right now are: “One More Time” by Daft Punk, “Dangerous” by David Guetta, and “Panda” by Desiigner.

My favorite activewear brands are: I’m a little biased, but I love EleVen‘s just-launched Epitome collection.

The best part of my job is: Living my dream on a daily basis.

It is hard to underestimate someone with seven grand slam and 49 WTA singles titles. But despite this, Venus Williams’ remarkable run at Wimbledon is a surprise not just because of her age – at 37 Williams was the oldest finalist since Martina Navratilova – but because her battle with a chronic health condition nearly forced her out of tennis.

Diagnosed with Sjogren’s syndrome, an auto-immune disease whose symptoms include joint pain and fatigue, Williams has struggled in the demanding two week grand slam events since her diagnosis, pulling out of the 2011 US Open after being overwhelmed with fatigue and not reaching a quarter-final in singles at a grand slam tournament in 2012, 2013 or 2014.

So how, at an age when most players are long since retired, has Williams enjoyed one of the best years of her career, reaching two grand slam finals (before January’s Australian Open, she had not reached a final at a major since 2009)? One of the most significant reasons lies close to home: the absence of her sister – and the world’s best female player – Serena, who is expecting her first child. But when it comes to Venus herself, it’s hard to say that her physical gifts have eroded with time: playing in the two-week grand slam events involves a much greater workload than a regular one-week tournament if you are to make the final.

“Grand slams require maintaining peak level performance in all aspects over a longer period of time,” says Kathleen Stroia, senior vice president of sport sciences and medicine for the Women’s Tennis Association, “maintaining this for two weeks requires focus and sustainability at the highest level of play. Which is why it is so challenging and such an tremendous accomplishment to be a grand slam champion.”

Stroia maintains that veteran players, lacking the fresh legs of their younger opponents, have to use experience to their advantage. “Experienced players know the surface, the atmosphere, the culture and the ambience of the event,” she says.

Tired legs may have in fact played a part in Venus’ loss to Garbiñe Muguruza in the Wimbledon final on Saturday. But in her earlier matches, Venus was able to conserve energy with shorter points. In her semi-final and quarter-final matches she went out aggressively, and shorter points meant less distance to cover (22 and 20 feet per point respectively). However, in the final, Venus covered a third more distance per point (31 feet per point). Given her past struggles with fatigue, it may explain why Muguruza was able to easily win the second set after a hard fought first.

Of course, in many ways, after Sjogren’s syndrome robbed her of several years of her career, it’s a victory simply for Venus to be competitive again in tennis. As she told Health Magazine in January of this year, her newfound energy is in large part due to a radical change in her diet.

She now adheres to a raw vegan diet, one that eliminates all animal products — including dairy, meat, and fish — and anything cooked at high temperature. Venus credits the diet for the return of her endurance and strength. “I literally couldn’t play tennis anymore, so it really changed my life,” Williams said. “Thankfully, I was able to find something that helped me get back to doing what I loved.”

Diet and nutrition aside, the image of the tennis champion as willowy and slight is a vision of the past. “Now, the physical part is as important as technique,” says Nick Bollettieri, the International Tennis Hall of Fame coach to Andre Agassi, Jim Courier and the Williams sisters. As tennis has evolved, it has been transformed into less of a young person’s game, as top-level performance requires strength and physical maturity. “A lot of youngsters would struggle if they turned pro at 17 or 18, because the game is so physical,” he adds.

And then there’s the experience that years on the tour bring – Williams turned pro at the age of 14 in 1994, when Muguruza was three weeks old. Today, Williams is a player who has kept many of the physical gifts of her early career — witness her 118mph serve, clocked at the fifth highest of the tournament — combined with the wisdom of a veteran. Experienced players like Venus understand what they can do offensively and defensively, and play to these strengths. In a game of angles, especially on a fast surface like grass, the experienced player can use this to maximize the court.

As an example, in her semi-final against Johanna Konta, displaying confidence and power, Williams unleashed a soul-crushing serve straight at the Konta’s body to win a crucial break point, the equivalent of a dunk and stare down in the NBA.

Maintaining that Venus is in great shape physically, Bollettieri believes that one of Venus’ (and Serena’s) strengths is derived from a maxim repeated by her father when they were young players. “The ball is never out,” was a call to run down every drop shot, volley and lob, regardless of where it was placed on the court. While Venus may no longer have the mobility to chase down every ball, her father’s advice speaks to a mentally tough mindset as well.

While it has been easy to watch the power of Venus’ serve, admire her well placed forehands and marvel at her physical presence, it’s those intangible aspects that have perhaps taken her so far in 2017. Something that is not lost on Stroia: “She is a professional in every aspect; the way she prepares, the way she trains, who she trains with, the way she studies her opponent, the way she strategies; simply put, she’s a professional.”

Because of that, Stroia isn’t surprised about Venus’ success at this year’s Wimbledon. “Her experience on the big stage, experience playing in finals, the fact that she has won numerous grand slam titles all lend to her steadfast results.”

Bollettieri is quick to remind us that the world once thought Richard Williams crazy. “Richard introduced me to the girls when they were nine or 10 and told me they were going to be bigger than Michael Jordan.” Though where the Williams sisters belong in the pantheon of great athletes is yet to be determined, one thing now seems certain, we haven’t seen the last of Venus Williams.

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Think vegans can’t get power from their food? Think again! Believe it or not, tennis legends Venus and Serena Williams follow a healthy, balanced raw vegan diet during the tennis season. That’s right, both raw and vegan. These women kick serious butt on the court without eating any cooked food or animal products. While the superstar sisters technically consider themselves ‘chegan’—because they occasionally indulge in cooked fish or chicken if they feel the need/want to celebrate—their foundational diet for health and training is both raw and vegan.

These women kick serious butt on the court without eating any cooked food or animal products. Photo credit:

The sisters didn’t grow up like this. While their mother made a lot of green juices, they consumed traditional American fare. However, when Venus was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease—Sjögren’s syndrome—she decided to become raw vegan to take control of her body and health. She began consuming a lot of veggies, green juices and raw, sprouted foods. She’s a big fan of smoothies, her favorite ingredients being strawberry, mango, spinach, orange juice and ginger.

To support her sister and roommate, Serena quickly joined her, so as not to make Venus’s transition harder by bringing nixed foods like chicken into the house. To fuel herself, Serena makes sure to drink green smoothies with kale and plenty of protein powder, carb up on brown rice and sprouted quinoa and pile on the green veggies. Their fridge also includes coconut water, wheat grass and sprouts. Both sisters follow a healthy, energy-dense diet filled with lots of quality proteins and carbs. (No gluten for Serena, though. She is allergic.)

So, the famous vegan question: how do they get their protein? Easy. They eat lots of beans, nuts and lentils, along with sprouted quinoa and sprouts, which packed with loads of easily absorbed nutrition. And the plant-based protein powder they toss into their smoothies surely helps. It’s really not as hard as it seems.

Of course, they both indulge on occasion. They’re not big snackers, but once in a while, Venus will dress up some popcorn with salt, pepper and truffle oil—talk about delicious. And Serena is a big fan of Southern foods like fried chicken, grits and moonpies. So, when she’s down in South Carolina, she allows herself the freedom to enjoy. But then, straight back to training and clean, raw eating.

Heck—who says you can’t be a professional, world-class athlete and not be a raw vegan? Nutrition is whatever works for you and your body. Rock it.


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Venus & Serena Williams

Venus Williams adopted a vegan diet on the recommendation of her doctor, after being diagnosed with Sjögren’s syndrome, a debilitating and incurable autoimmune disease, which causes excessive fatigue. Doctors encouraged her to adopt a raw vegan diet to help manage her diagnosis, and her sister and fellow tennis player Serena took on the diet to support Venus. She was told that the raw diet would help with fatigue and joint pain.

Speaking to Health magazine, Venus Williams said: “I was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease, and I wanted to maintain my performance on the court. Once I started, I fell in love with the concept of fuelling your body in the best way possible .”

When asked about any tips she had to help people change their diets, Williams said: “I always tell people that you have to enjoy what you’re eating. If you’re eating a plant based diet, or a mixture of one, make sure you’re eating something you like. Find a restaurant, recipes, or join a community – that way you can learn and enjoy your food. If you can’t enjoy your eating, I don’t know how much life would be!”

Her sister Serena is believed to follow a mostly vegan diet, for health reasons, however some article say that she relapses to non-vegan foods. In an article published on Hungry Forever, Serena Williams said: “I think it’s just really goof to clean out your system sometimes just to get rid of all the waste and things like that that are just in your system and let the earth from the plants really clean you out. So I’m a big believer in that.”

Novak Djokovic

Djokovic switched to a vegan, gluten-free diet following health problems which saw him collapsing mid-match. He trialled a gluten-free diet and immediately noticed the effects, prompting him to stick to a gluten-free diet. Intolerance tests found that dairy was also a problem, and removed refined sugar too.

Speaking about his diet to Forbes, Djokovic said: “My diet hasn’t just changed my game, it’s changed my life – my wellbeing. And if I feel better, that obviously transfers to my professional life. Eating vegan makes me more aware of my body on the court… more alert. I removed toxin from my body, and with them went all the inflammation and other things that were messing with my energy levels.

“As an athlete, the most important this is to keep your energy levels consistent – especially as a tennis player, where you’re alone on the course for a best of five match. When playing for 3, 4, 5 hours straight, you need the right fuel… and for me, that right fuel is plant based.”

Djokovic practices yoga and meditation daily to have a calm state of mind, and when speaking to Amuse, he said: “Everybody has their ways to reach that state of consciousness where you’re in a good mood and you feel love towards yourself, towards people around you, towards the planet. The tennis star opened a vegan restaurant in 2016 in Monaco, called Eqvita.

Martina Navratilova

Although Martina Navaratilova is retired from professional tennis, she is one of the athletes who is vegan and is an avid supporter of PETA. She is one of the greatest tennis players in history, winning 18 grand slams – including 9 Wimbledon titles. Her notable tennis career busts all the myths about sportspeople needing meat to be successful, and the dreaded question from every vegan about where your protein comes from.

Countless documentaries and studies disprove the need for meat in our diets to be successful in sport and to properly function in day to day life. The vegan community continually has to put up with people claiming that veganism isn’t a diet that humans should follow; however, the millions of healthy vegans and vegan athletes with successful sports careers put these opinions to shame.

Keep an eye out for The Game Changers, produced by James Cameron and featuring several successful athletes at the peak of their careers who follow a plant based diet.

Ultimately, experts generally agree it’s a great idea to incorporate more plant-based foods into your diet however you eat them and no matter how much or little you work out.

“There is no one dietary solution that works for everyone,” registered dietitian Robin Foroutan previously told Insider. “I encourage people to eat mostly plants, foods high in antioxidants – and if you do eat animal products, get the highest quality available to you.”

“It’s really important to pay attention to your body, what it needs, and how you’re feeling,” she added. “But as long as the bulk of the diet is plant-based, you’ll be in good shape.”

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Vegan Athletes: Venus Williams

Why She Turned Vegan and How it Affected Her Performance

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Venus Williams quit US Open in 2011 due to her autoimmune disorder Sjögren’s syndrome.

Venus William’s Tennis career seemed to have ended in 2011. She was experiencing fatigue, pain in her joint, frequent injuries and dry eyes and mouth.

She was diagnosed a few weeks before the US Open, 11 and she had to opt out just before the match began, disappointing millions of fans across the globe with her decision.

She had been suffering for a while but since it takes up to six years for Sjögren to get diagnosed, she didn’t know what was really happening to her.

She had trouble with stamina, breathing, would take medication but nothing worked. Towards the end, she started having more pronounced symptoms. Extreme fatigue, pain, numbness, swelling etc. For almost six years, she kept suffering, not knowing what’s really wrong with her body.

So much so that she said, “I can’t raise my hand. The racket seems to be made of concrete.”

Then eventually, she got diagnosed with Sjögren’s syndrome just weeks before the US Open, 2011. Since then her life changed.

Let’s first understand what Sjögren’s syndrome (incurable disease) is and how common is it and then we will discuss how going vegan helped Venus fight this.

Sjögren’s syndrome

Sjögren’s syndrome is a chronic autoimmune disease. In this disease, white blood cells attack the moisture-producing glands.

An autoimmune disease is something in which the immune system starts attacking healthy cells in the body instead of foreign cells or pathogens. Inflammation is a common symptom of autoimmune diseases.

It should be noted that Sjögren’s syndrome is an incurable disease as per current scientific knowledge.

Sjögren’s syndrome Symptoms

As it affects moisture making glands, it results in a decline in the production of tears and saliva in the human body.

The eyes and mouth feel excessively dry.

This disease gets his name from a Swedish physician, Dr Henrik Sjögren, who identified it the first time in 1933.

Most obvious and first symptoms are dry mouth and eyes. But other internal and sensitive organs can also get affected. It can affect your kidney, blood vessels, pancreas, lungs, liver and other organs.

Nine out of ten patients are women. This disease is generally found in women.

Symptoms may also include debilitating fatigue and pain in joints. Some people experience relatively milder symptoms and some experience intense symptoms.

The causes are not known but the scientific community is growing consensus on genetic factors. Some environmental factors might trigger the unmanifested genetic factors in people.

The family members of families that have a history of other autoimmune illnesses, such as lupus, autoimmune thyroid disease, type I diabetes, etc are more prone to such diseases.

A common disease autoimmune thyroiditis (Hashimoto’s thyroiditis) is often associated with Sjögren’s syndrome. This can lead to abnormal thyroid hormone levels detected by thyroid blood tests.

Another common condition associated with Sjögren’s syndrome is gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) which results in heartburn and difficulty in swallowing.

A small fraction of patients with this disease also develop cancer of lymph at times.

So, we can see, it’s a chronic disease disbalances ones life and on top it, it’s incurable. So, people have to learn to live with it, deal with symptoms and keep taking treatment.

Let’s see how Venus fought it!!

Venus Turning Vegan

Raw Vegan Meal

After getting diagnosed with Sjögren’s syndrome, Venus took time off from Tennis and switched to a raw vegan diet.

The Role Of Diet

The reason is that while fighting an autoimmune disease the first remedial action that has to be taken is to remove all animal-based products from your diet.

Eating any kinds of animal-based products cause massive amounts of inflammation in the body.

A study by Scientific American has also shown that upon exposure to saturated fat, the gut experiences inflammation, causes the death of the healthy protective bacteria in the gut, initiation of an immune response, and in some cases even haemorrhage.

Massive amount of consumption of products like dairy and meat triggers and sustains autoimmune disease.

Hence, it is advised if you have a family history of autoimmune diseases should remove all kinds of animal-based products from their diet.

They should also remove vegetable oils as they contain omega-6 fatty acids. All kinds of processed foods should also be removed from the diet. Because all of them cause inflammation.

Our bodies are not genetically programmed to digest this kind of food (Oils, processed food etc). Hence, a lot of people start having health-related issues when they pick such dietary patterns.

The body starts healing itself, once if stop feeding what’s toxic to it.

And hence, Venus switched to a raw vegan diet eliminating everything that could potentially cause her to harm from her plate.

Venus Promoting Jumbo Juice

In an interview, she was asked about her switch to this diet to which she said,

I started for health reasons. I was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease, and I wanted to maintain my performance on the court. Once I started I fell in love with the concept of fueling your body in the best way possible. Not only does it help me on the court, but I feel like I’m doing the right thing for me.

Venus keeps a relatively relaxed calendar and plans her year in a way so that she can balance between tournaments and rest. When she was asked about cheat meals, she said,

Well, honestly I have go-to things. I do love sweet things, so I’ve tried to find things that I love that are sweet but are still healthy. So, for me, sometimes it’ll be a juice or a sweet smoothie. There’s a smoothie that I have called ‘orange creamsicle’, so I’ll put in Silk milk, oranges, a little banana, vanilla flavoring, and sometimes a little coconut oil — it just depends, again, on what I have. The best thing about the orange creamsicle is that it tastes like you’re having an ice cream, so it makes me really happy but it’s still really healthy. There are different ways to ease your itch when you want junk food.

In 2011 when she backed out of US Open, she was ranked 102 in the world and in 2017 fighting with this disease with diet and treatment she made of Australian Open final and reached a world ranking of 7.

Venus in 2019

She is not only a tennis legend but a strong individual who is helping people fight this disease better and creating awareness. She refused to give up to the disease and living her life as it is coming to her.

Others can do the same. A vegan lifestyle can help you live a better and healthier life, perform better, live longer and live happier.

Happy Healthy Eating to All!!

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