James Newbury, who finished 5th in the 2019 CrossFit Games, has been sharing a lot of posts about his meals on his Instagram page recently, foods rich in cruciferous vegetables like purple cabbage, fruits like mango, sprouts like alfalfa, protein like tofu… it didn’t take long until people started asking him where the darn meat was.
He admitted this week that he’s been “plant-based” for four months now.
Well, his latest Instagram post gives clear insight to his mindset around his lifestyle change. (The bolding is our own, for emphasis.)
Turning more plant based has been on my mind since about 2013. I even did a couple of months of it. To say I was prepared at the time would be a lie. I didn’t educate myself and didn’t take the time to make good eating habits, so I stopped. Back then it was looking at performance benefits rather than ethical reasons. I guess since then I’ve almost turned a blind eye to a lot of what you see on YouTube with how animals are treated, and I avoided videos like that like the plague because it made me so sad. Then I started to think to myself by not watching the video because it makes me sad, this doesn’t actually contribute to a solution, yet it actually supports it.
No matter the size of the contribution, it’s still a contribution, so I made the choice to do it properly. Not only for the animals but the environment too. Before the [CrossFit Games] Open started in the beginning of October I stopped eating 99% of animal products.
I did however keep a collagen protein in my diet as I wanted to ease my way into it.