The Saints running back Alvin Kamara are feeling well again, and that goes beyond recovering from a knee injury.
Speaking of Luke Johnson of the New Orleans Times-Picayune, Kamara said that when he entered training camp, he would feel better if he switched to a plant-based diet.
"I met with my cook and just put a plan together and stuck to it and still stick to it," Kamara said. "I think that changed my body a bit, looks a little different, but all in all still good, still positive."
He said he now weighs 211 pounds, which is exactly in the 212-215 range that he's usually in the off-season. He also cut out a lot of sodium and some sugar to fuel more efficiently.
Kamara isn't the only Saints player to make changes like this, as quarterback Jameis Winston said he chose a modified vegan diet and allowed himself to eat meat one day a week.
While there are some old stereotypes that are slowly disappearing, the fact that some high profile gamers have included either plant-based or predominantly plant-based diets suggests that this will not affect performance. Between Tom Brady and Tyrant Mathieu and Cam Newton, it's clear that it can work for top athletes.