There have been two significant changes to my life since changing diets. The first was my daily headaches completely disappeared, I have not had one headache since becoming a vegetarian! The second thing that changed was my sleeping habits, almost every night I would have to take sleeping tablets to get to sleep, sometimes I would be up for hours even though my body was completely worn out. Once my diet changed I no longer need to take those pills and I am sleeping like a normal person again!
There are many myths that people think are true with Vegetarian diets such as you can't get enough protein or quality protein, you can't get enough calcium or even the myth that a vegetarian diet is not a balanced diet. Like I said, these are complete myths and not true at all. I could easily copy and paste some facts about all of this but I would rather you do a bit of research yourself, you will be surprised about what you find just by reading! A lot of well known athletes around the world are vegetarians such as one of the greatest NBA players Robert Parish to Dave Scott who holds the record for the most Iron man victories ever. Remember Billie Jean King, one of the greatest Tennis Players ever who even went up against a male, former men's Wimbledon champion Bobby Riggs and won. She was a vegetarian and still is!
In my field of ultra running, I didn't really expect to see that many ultra runners are vegetarian or vegan but there is and there is a lot of them! Most of the stories that I have come across explain that once they cut meat completely out of their diet they have only improved in their running and endurance. A lot of short distance or marathon runners have had their personal best times after switching diets.
When I was training for my last big run I had a lot of problems, not because I was a meat eater but just unforeseen circumstances that pushed me way behind scheduled. My final training run was 80 km, this was when I was well into a vegetarian lifestyle, the very next day I didn't feel the slightest bit of soreness in my legs, I could have easily ran that run again, my recovery time was through the roof! After that I don't think anyone at all could ever convince me that my new diet could be detrimental to my training or my health.
Edited by RunningKid, 13 April 2013 - 09:46 PM.