Arian Foster, the best running back in the NFL, recently admitted that he “dabbles” a bit with meat from time to time after announcing earlier this year that he’d gone vegan. Foster told the Houston Chronicle:
“I just like to eat healthy. The whole vegan thing, a lot of people are really interested in my food. … I’ve had meat since I said I don’t eat meat anymore, but I like to stay with the plant-based foods, but every now and then, I’ll eat something.”
And you know what? Who cares? There’s no reason for vegans to be up in arms about this (not that I’ve seen anything out there, but I’m sure some are). It’s not like he’s renouncing veganism and endorsing the Paleo diet, for heaven’s sake. He just occasionally eats animal products, but his emphasis is still on plant foods. And isn’t that what we ultimately want for most people? If you really think we can convince everyone to become a vegan, you’re sippin’ on the crazy sauce.
Arian Foster can still be an incredible ambassador for a plant-based diet, and his success may still inspire other young athletes to reduce their animal product intake and exponentially increase their intake of unrefined plant foods. That’s where the future lies in the plant-based movement: a shift towards a strong emphasis on plant foods. And if some people end up going totally vegan, fantastic. But if they decide not to give up animal products entirely, the change in their diet is still something to cheer for.