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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. Visit INSIDER’s homepage for more. 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. Foto: There’s no question that plants are healthy, but only eating them raw can be challenging to do safely.sourceChristopher Furlong/Getty Images Cooking some foods can add more calories and nutrients to a limited eating plan 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.” “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.”Read more: A vegan said she was ‘poisoned for life’ after accidentally eating meat. Here’s the reality of what happens when you stop being vegan. Researchers may have figured out why vegan diets lead to weight and fat loss even if dieters don’t cut calories There’s a keto diet for vegetarians that shuns meat and carbs. These 7 meals illustrate what foods are left.The post Venus Williams said her raw vegan diet was unsustainable, so she now eats potatoes and lentils too appeared first on Business Insider Nederland.
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