NFL Pro Embraces Vegan Lifestyle for Top Health and Fitness
The 24-year-old, who is the Colts’ go-to guy for punts and kicks, weighs 190-lbs and apparently has one of the most enviable bodies on his team. Not surprisingly, Whalen adheres to a plant-based diet.
Whalen switched up meat proteins for a vegan diet in the spring after girlfriend Katy Osadetz got him started.
“I feel a lot lighter, faster, quicker on the field,” says Whalen. “There isn’t that heavy feeling, that groggy feeling after I eat.”
To prove his point — and his new culinary skills — Whalen whips up a veggie meal in front of The Indy Star. He adds sweet potatoes, carrots, spinach, zucchini, squash, black beans and garbanzo beans to a frying pan along with cayenne pepper, oregano and garlic.
Whalen says he didn’t switch up his diet solely for the deliciousness of it, but also for its health benefits.
“It’s been proven,” he says. And it has, multiple times. Even this week, a recent USC study proved that weight loss is best attained via a vegan diet.
Whalen joins “Constantine” star, Charles Halford, as the latest brawny celeb to chalk up his enviable physique to a plant-based diet. He admits that he has received some ribbing from his teammates who don’t quite understand the lifestyle or discounts it as “weird” but Whalen takes it in stride, often tweeting his love for his diet with the hashtag: #plantlove.
“I just know how much better I feel.”