Reading Time: < 1 minute ?Smalling says plant-based eating helped him clear his tendinitis (Photo: Instagram)
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Pro footballer Chris Smalling – of team Manchester
United – credits a plant-based diet for safeguarding him from sports-related

‘Fully vegan’

The athlete, who has said he is now ‘fully vegan’, had
been reducing his consumption of animal products for a number of years prior to
committing to the change.

He told ESPN: “My wife is vegan and has been
vegan for a few years.

“She cooks a lot at home and half the time I was
eating vegan anyway.”

‘Better and better’

Struggling with inflammation and tendinitis, Smalling
opted to remove red meat from his diet entirely in an attempt to reduce his

He said: “It causes a lot of that inflammation and
when I was cutting that down, the tendinitis started to go. 

“It used to be quite a problem in terms of all warm-ups because getting going
was a bit of a nightmare. 

 “I ended up cutting that out and my tendinitis has got better and better and
I’ve started to feel it less.”

Football pro Hector Bellerín also recently switched to a plant-based diet (Photo: Instagram)

‘More good things’

Smalling emphasized that vegan eating encourages him to incorporate ‘more good
things’ in his diet – and that he reaps the rewards of the habit. 

He said: “Ultimately, what you’re feeding yourself has a bearing on how you’re
going to perform.” 

He also mentioned that his teammates have been inspired to try his food –
despite none of them being vegan themselves. 

Plant-based athletes 

In adopting a plant-based diet, Smalling joins such athletes as fellow
footballer Hector Bellerín, and Formula 1 racer Lewis Hamilton.

Similarly to Smalling, Bellerín and Hamilton have both credited their diets for
improvements to their performance, recovery, and health.

Emily Court

Emily Court is a writer and content creator published in Plant Based News, Raise Vegan, Living Vegan and The Financial Diet. A self-described "recovering vegan hothead," she is now a pragmatic member of Vancouver's vibrant and growing plant-powered community. Hailing from Halifax, Nova Scotia, she holds a BA in Spanish and certificate in Intercultural Communication from Dalhousie University, where her thesis focused on topics of cultural and gender-based discrimination. She aims to apply a privilege-conscious and culturally sensitive approach to her work in all fields.