The World is Watching
Hailing from Montreal, boxer Tammara Thibeault is off to a strong start at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games. Thibeault, who competes in the 75kg middleweight division, defeated Kazakhstan’s Nadezhda Ryabets on Wednesday, advancing to the quarter-finals.
As if that’s not enough:
With sights set on the podium in Tokyo, Vejii is proud to have their logo emblazoned upon Thibeault’s travel bags as she readies for what is sure to be an exhilarating quarter-finals. She’s set to compete against Netherland’s Nouchka Fontjin on Saturday, with an eye towards Olympic Gold.
Vejii is proud to sponsor Tamm in her quest to capture Gold for her native Canada—and, by shining a light on how plant-based athletes can excel on the world stage, Vejii and Tamm are working to shatter traditional views of how a plant-based lifestyle can affect performance on an elite level.
As a Vejii Ambassador, Tammara has endeavored to showcase the health benefits associated with a plant-based lifestyle—and, if her in-ring success is any indication, she’s winning over more than a few appreciative viewers.
The concept of a plant-fueled pugilist is certainly in vogue these days.
Thibeault is the latest in a growing list of high-level boxers and fighters who have used a plant-based diet. Timothy Bradley, David Haye, Anthony Joshua, Keith Holmes and Claressa Shields have all enjoyed success while ‘going green.’ Heavyweight legend Mike Tyson—famously an advocate of the meatless diet—recently exceeded expectations in a return bout with fellow boxing legend Roy Jones Jr. While’ Iron Mike’ certainly may be the most famous 55-year-old vegan fighter on the planet, Canada’s Thibeault sets out to make some noise as a potential top of the podium Olympian.
At just 24 years of age, Thibeault—having previously captured bronze at the 2019 world championships—represents a burgeoning crop of athletes who choose a plant-based diet in order to maximize sport performance. A 2020 article published in Forbes magazine outlines the benefits of a meatless diet as it pertains to sport. Diets high in unrefined plant foods have been associated with benefits related to general health, improved immune function, and an increase in cardiovascular health and lifespan.
A report published in both the National Institutes of Health and Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute (MDPI) outlines several benefits of plant-based performance attributed to endurance athletes. From reduced body fat to increased glycogen storage (due to the typically high amounts of carbohydrate found in plant matter), athletes employing this dietary lifestyle also enjoy benefits associated with reduced blood viscosity and improved arterial flexibility. Because fruits and vegetables are also high in antioxidants, they help reduce oxidative stress and inflammation.
Translation: plant-based diets may give athletes like Tammara Thibeault marked performance boosts in grueling competition—like an Olympic Boxing match.
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The trend towards plant-based defies the adage that meat was the ultimate source of protein. Data today suggests many plant-derived alternatives meet—or exceed—the protein content traditionally thought to be captured only from a diet rich in red meat.
What does this mean for you?
Vejii offers an array of supplements, protein powders, performance aids, and vitamins, all conveniently located on what is quickly becoming the world’s largest online plant-based and sustainable living marketplace. Endeavoring to educate the world on the important health benefits associated with ‘going green,’ Vejii is pleased to shine a spotlight on Tamm Thibeault as an example of the limitless potential of the plant-based athlete.