Skip to main content
  1. Exam Room Podcast

  2. Jan 31, 2018

Vegan Sports

A growing number of athletes are turning to plant-based diets to fuel their performance.

subscribe to the exam room on Google play
subscribe to the exam room on stitcher


Everyone from DJ Swearinger of Washington's football team and some of his NFL brethren to NBA star Kyrie Irving to NASCAR driver Landon Cassill are making the change to take their game to the next level. This episode is dedicated to explaining why athletes are going vegan in droves. Plus, “The Weight Loss Champion” Chuck Carroll sits down with Swearinger to talk about his decision. Of course, he also had the NFL star make a smoothie.

Pigskin Free Football: DJ Swearinger and Chuck Carroll go one-on-one at Washington's football team training facility. Swearinger credits eating a primarily plant-based diet with keeping his body fresh during the brutal grind of a long season. While his teammates were nicked up and sluggish, Swearinger said he was feeling great! He’s also on a mission to enlighten his family as some members are struggling with diabetes. 

President Trump’s Vegan Dinner: It is no secret that President Trump has an affinity for fast food — and he’s certainly not alone. Trump’s standard meal at McDonald’s consists of two Big Macs, two Fillet ‘o Fish sandwiches, and a chocolate shake. Barnard Medical Center registered dietitian Aly Luning reveals shows how you can “veganize” that meal. It’s information that can help anyone visiting the drive-thru.

How Being Vegan Helps You Win: Dr. Jim Loomis joins the show and explains the science behind the way an athlete’s body reacts to a plant-based diet. The biggest benefit is the faster post-workout and injury recovery time. Being vegan could mean less time on the sideline! Plus, you’ll learn how to make sure your body still gets the proper nutrition while adjusting to a plant-based diet. What does it take to thrive? You’ll find out.

Vegan Wings: Best. Buffalo wings. Ever. All the flavor with none of the meat.

Recipes On The Exam Room

Aly Luning, a registered dietitian at the Barnard Medical Center, has made the perfect vegan cauliflower buffalo wings just in time for the Super Bowl! Check out more of Aly’s fun dishes on Instagram @thelittlegreenpea.

More on Nutrition for Athletes

Join us Wednesdays at noon ET for a live Q/A with Dr. Neal Barnard!