TJ Perenara (far left) says he feels pretty good on an all-plants diet (Photo: David Molloy) - Media Credit:

All Blacks Rugby Star TJ Perenara ‘Feeling Pretty Good’ On Vegan Diet

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A top rugby player says he is feeling ‘pretty good’ and has suffered no negative effects from switching to a vegan diet.

TJ Perenara, scrum-half for the All Blacks and Hurricanes, recently tweeted about his diet looking for information.

‘No negative reaction’

He wrote: “Been doing some research on how to improve my diet as a vegan athlete and come across a lot of hate from people talking it down. 

“I personally haven’t had any negative reaction from it and feel pretty good pre and post games. Anyone got an educated or uneducated opinion?”

The Game Changers

Multiple people suggested he watch plant-based documentary The Game Changers, which features a raft of top-performing athletes.

Vegan charity PETA tweeted: “Going vegan provides athletes with all the protein, complex carbohydrates, and other nutrients they need to get stronger and faster—without artery-clogging cholesterol and saturated fats. The Game Changers will inspire you to keep powering up on plants.”

The star revealed he has seen it and said: “The only thing I dislike about it is the people who created the content are heavily invested in plant-based meat replacements.”

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