It’s well known that three time world champion, Timothy Bradley, fasts 5 days before any serious training to cleanse his body and during training, he adheres to a strict vegan diet.
It has been a method that has worked extremely well since 2008, when his nutritionist advised him to try it out. In an interview, Bradley explains the impact that a vegan diet has made on him and the benefits that it brings.
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Timothy Bradley: You feel how clear everything feels. It feels like you’re in tune with the world like it’s weird. It’s a weird, weird feeling.
Interviewer: It’s spiritual almost.
Timothy Bradley: Ain’t it all spiritual?
Interviewer: It is.
Timothy Bradley: It is, because you know what, when you don’t consume animal fats or animal protein or whatever it is, I don’t know, there’s something about it man. I don’t have no idea. I can’t pinpoint it man. I can’t put my finger on it but I just feel completely different. I feel superior over any athlete I get in the ring with. You know, energy’s there. I think that a lot has to do with rest. Rest, preparation, rest, hard work but rest is very important. I think that energy, using your energy, I think it’s very important that you kind of balance the two man. You got to balance your rest. You got to balance your energy levels well and I think that a vegan diet, you always have energy. Some nights, I have a hard time sleeping, I’m so energetic.
Interviewer: You’re ready to go?
Interviewer 2: I’ve learned how to manage my energy and not release it.
Timothy Bradley: Exactly! That’s what I mean. That’s exactly what I’m talking about. Managing your energy because you have so much energy on this type of diet and it becomes a lifestyle too, so your lifestyle will change and you start thinking differently about certain things and situations.
Interviewer 2: Calm and clear.
Timothy Bradley: Yeah, calm or clear, man I just love it. It’s clean, it’s clean. You feel light all the time. You don’t feel bulky or heavy. You don’t feel groggy during the day. It’s not like when you eat a sandwich or something like that, full of just animal protein, afterwards you feel a little sleepy. You never have that crash when you’re on this diet. I think that it’ll benefit every athlete out there, in any sport.
Interviewer 2: Have you seen forks over knives?
Timothy Bradley: I don’t think I have.
Interviewer: It’s a new movie about the medical proof of what you just said.
Timothy Bradley: Really?
Interviewer: It’s called forks over knives.
Timothy Bradley: Really? I haven’t seen that.
Interviewer: I have a twin brother and he’s about 50lbs heavier than me and looks about 10 years older than me. So we’re perfect physical examples of what happens over time. Do you Yoga? Do you meditate?
Timothy Bradley: I meditate. I just got into meditation but no Yoga. I don’t do any Yoga but I might actually start doing Yoga because my wife wants me to go and try it out. I guess they have that heated Yoga where it’s extremely hot when you go in the room so I’m going to try that out.
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