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Salley wishes he played as a vegan

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07:17 AM ET 08.30 | Former Detroit big man John Salley, known on the court as part of the Bad Boys era, is a vegan off it, and he was recently asked about his advocating for veganism. [Q:] Do you think you would have been even better as a player had you been on this vegan diet? ... "Oh my God, if I was a vegan when I should have done this thing, man? I remember when I became a vegetarian and my game changed. I couldn't imagine if I was a vegan back when I was playing. The thing about the NBA, any pro sport, is, guys don't know how to take care of their body. It's funny. They got trainers around to help them lift weights, throw all this weight up, parachutes. All this other crazy stuff. But they don't have guys who say, "Hey. This is how you take care of your body."

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August 30, 2013  07:56 AM ET

Passes Salley a Big Mac

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August 30, 2013  08:31 AM ET

BACON!!!!!

August 30, 2013  08:33 AM ET

Where Is The Beef, Bro?

August 30, 2013  08:56 AM ET

Just like anything else, it works for some people, and for others it is of no consequence. Bill Walton was always hurt until he had a BLT.

August 30, 2013  09:20 AM ET
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No way life could go on without bacon.Why live if you can't enjoy pig underbelly?

While I do agree with you, there's strong data from research that correlates the cause cancer and growth of cancerous cells from animal protein.

I know from personal experience and also from people that had pre-cancerous cells that switched to veganism and after a six months to a year these bad cells totally disappeared. So the medical evidence is strong.

From an everyday life perspective and athletic perspective I can attest from my own experience that switching to vegan diet has made me much lighter, stronger with slow but steady decline in weight.

Now that doesn't mean that meat or animal protein is bad for everybody. You just have to be opened to try new things in life and if they are good for you, then you stick with it.

I'll still have a drink and eat cheese once in a while. The key is moderation and switching slowly - first red meat, then fish, then eggs, cheese, milk... Listen to your body as you make these changes and give yourself up to a year before making judgement on whether it's helped or not.

For more information in vegan diet, check out The China Study
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_China_Study

Like anything worthwhile in life, y'll need discipline and hard work to make progress so if y're lazy forget about it. This planet is not for you!

After making the switch, I run and play better and I'm in the best shape of my life. My body and mind are in sync all the time and all this is happening in my 30's.

I totally agree with Salley on this. Veganism is good for athletes and for everyone else, it's worth a try.

Have a blessed day.

August 30, 2013  09:23 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Passes Salley a Big Mac

As first glance it almost seemed the title was "played as a virgin" and with those looks that wouldn't have been far off!

August 30, 2013  09:30 AM ET

Nothing wrong with veganism. It's a great side dish for steak!

August 30, 2013  11:13 AM ET

Next he will be saying he wishes he did yoga. Be a man bro.

August 30, 2013  11:32 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

Next he will be saying he wishes he did yoga. Be a man bro.

So no chance in hell you do the downward dog with Frenchie...?

August 30, 2013  12:31 PM ET

My breakfast and mouth reunited after reading this comment...

August 30, 2013  12:31 PM ET
QUOTE(#10):

So no chance in hell you do the downward dog with Frenchie...?

My breakfast and mouth reunited after reading this comment...



<2nd attempt>

August 30, 2013  01:59 PM ET
QUOTE(#12):

My breakfast and mouth reunited after reading this comment... <2nd attempt>

Huevos Rancheros...?

August 30, 2013  10:48 PM ET
QUOTE(#8):

Nothing wrong with veganism. It's a great side dish for steak!

the best comment I've ever saw on this site

 
August 30, 2013  10:52 PM ET
QUOTE(#6):

While I do agree with you, there's strong data from research that correlates the cause cancer and growth of cancerous cells from animal protein. I know from personal experience and also from people that had pre-cancerous cells that switched to veganism and after a six months to a year these bad cells totally disappeared. So the medical evidence is strong. From an everyday life perspective and athletic perspective I can attest from my own experience that switching to vegan diet has made me much lighter, stronger with slow but steady decline in weight. Now that doesn't mean that meat or animal protein is bad for everybody. You just have to be opened to try new things in life and if they are good for you, then you stick with it. I'll still have a drink and eat cheese once in a while. The key is moderation and switching slowly - first red meat, then fish, then eggs, cheese, milk... Listen to your body as you make these changes and give yourself up to a year before making judgement on whether it's helped or not. For more information in vegan diet, check out The China Studyhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_China_StudyLike anything worthwhile in life, y'll need discipline and hard work to make progress so if y're lazy forget about it. This planet is not for you! After making the switch, I run and play better and I'm in the best shape of my life. My body and mind are in sync all the time and all this is happening in my 30's. I totally agree with Salley on this. Veganism is good for athletes and for everyone else, it's worth a try.Have a blessed day.

Usually i'd make a gay joke to someone saying something like this but whatever floats your boat bro then but I couldn't imagine giving up meat eggs cheese and milk all my favorites at meal time, just wondering where you get the large amounts of protein you need to build muscle as an athlete in the weight room not too mention milk has lrg amounts of calcium needed to develop strong bones

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