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Kevin Garnett Has Transcended the Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwich

Written by PETA | June 18, 2008

So did y’all see the game last night? The one where my Boston Celtics took apart the Los Angeles Lakers like they were made out of Legos and won their first NBA title since 1986? If you did, you might have caught an interview where my man Kevin Garnett talked about how he transferred (he actually said “transcended,” which was awesome) his tradition of eating a whole mess of PB&Js before every game over to his Celtic teammates when he was traded there in the offseason.

Professional athletes? Eating peanut butter & jelly sandwiches?

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I found this fascinating. The reaction to the interview was pretty much: “Look at KG and his wholesome, nutritious pre-game snack. It’s so wholesome! And nutritious!” But PB&J is as much of a vegetarian staple as the Boca burger—I think I ate it for lunch every day for my first eight years as a vegan. So why do I feel that if KG had said, “I eat a vegan meal before every big game,” the reaction would have been … different? It’s like everyone is cool with eating healthy, but for some reason, eating vegan has this whole different connotation for some people—even though it’s exactly the same thing.

I read an article on yesterday (while I was, uh, totally working hard and not on the interwebs), where Prince Fielder, Tony Gonzalez, Mac Danzig, and a bunch of other vegetarian athletes were talking about how being vegetarian has affected their game. No surprises: Gonzalez talks about having more energy in the fourth quarter of games and being able to blow by tired, meat-eating defenders, and Danzig talks about recovering faster from workouts. You can’t argue with results. I figure that if a vegetarian diet is good enough for some of the top athletes on the planet, it’s good enough for everyone.

So, note to the Lakers: Maybe some PB&J will help next time. Although grabbing a few offensive boards wouldn’t hurt either. Just sayin’.

—DanPosted by Dan Shannon

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  • Elaine Vigneault says:

    I love your protein comment. Perfect

  • Daniel says:

    I still don’t get it. Tony Gonzalez blows by meat eating defenders? Yeah right. Maybe 10 years ago.

  • joanna says:

    Yes I have to admit before changing I had a huge resistance to the idea of veganism because it threatened me. I think when people feel they might have to give up what they have been taught is essential for life they just resist. It’s like a latent survival instict. When I talk about having good health as a result of eating my new diet it does not seem to create so much concern. I relied on milk yogurt for 20 years as an important part of my vegetarian diet. If somebody told me to give it up for any reason I just would think they were wrong. Only when truely confronted with suffering of cows have I been able to find room to change. Unfortunatly if I say I changed becuase of cows I am regarded as extreme. If I say I changed becuase my sinus are clear for the first time in years and I was tired of being treated for sinus infections…then no body seems to think dairy free vegan food is an issue. To promote vegan and change the context of the word in peoples mind it should be campaigned like milk! VEGAN…the healthest diet on earth! and make some great commerials with cows that really are happy. I really hate all the push towards the meat substiture foods. I have not found any of the highly processed milk and meat substitutes to be appealing or really very healthy. Good ole beans and grains fresh food and sprouts seem to be much better and cheaper. Cheers and pass the guacamole with sunflower sprouts on sprouted grain bread and a side of fruit! Now that is good enough to attract many meat loving people to the nomeat lunch table and keep them coming back for more!

  • Sid says:

    because vegans are like bible thumpers always trying to change everyone… and no one like that

  • Carla says:

    I am an LA Lakers fan but good for Boston!! Maybe some people posting on the Jessica debate can read this here blog and maybe just maybe get the idea!?

  • Jaclyn says:

    I agree with you. When you mention that something is vegan or vegetarian I get a mixed reaction. Everything from the you’re so silly to the offensive kinds well I love meat I’m going to eat a big hamburger!. Some people even go off on me and try their best to offend! If I said that I was a diabetic and was eating a low sugar lunch people wouldn’t try to offend me well I love sugar!. Or what if I said I had hypertension and had to watch my sodium content and was eating a simple low sodium meal would you then say I love salt! I’m going to eat something salty! No you wouldn’t. It’s something to do with the whole veganvegetarian thing that gets people personally offended.

  • joanna says:

    I think it’s just the word ‘vegan’ is so….boring. Even vegetarian has a little more snap. When I stopped all dairy foods and had to start asking for items without dairy it is easiest to say vegan but I really don’t like the word…so I say ‘hold the chesse’ or ‘with beans and guacamole’ Saying ‘vegan’ just isn’t all the cool. As you pointed out though everybody thinks I eat a cool and healthy diet and like my ‘vegan’ lunch ideas…but to be sure I do not call them vegan. I have gotten alot of coworkers hooked on vegan food for lunch but they just think it’s healthy food. PS My overall health has greatly improved since I stopped all dairy thanks to the animal abuse at the meat packing plant….those cows suffered but not in vain.