James Cameron’s New Documentary for Vegan Athletes
Top Hollywood director, James Cameron and his wife Suzy Amis Cameron, have set out to dispel those pesky myths in the highly anticipated vegan documentary, The Game Changers. Cameron teamed up with Academy-Award Winning director of The Cove, Louie Psihoyos, and MMA and UFC champion, James Wilks to highlight the power of a plant-based diet and how it can actually improve athletic performance.
Game Changers premiered at the Sundance Film Festival on January 19th and features top athletes such as Patrik Baboumian, Olympian Kendrick James Farris, champion surfer Tia Blanco, and record-holding ultramarathoner Scott Jurek.
As the documentary explores, while protein is an important part of any diet, the bigger question is the quality of the protein you are eating. From beans and legumes to plant-based meats, a vegan diet has no shortage of protein — and there are also plenty of plant-based protein powders on the market to help an athlete thrive.
Protein is essentially a huge string of 20 amino acids, all delicately formed to provide our bodies with support, energy, and sustenance. Protein builds our muscles, fuels our brains, keeps our skin and hair healthy, and keeps our organs running properly. It triggers neurotransmitters in the brain to improve our moods, lower our blood sugar, and even help us focus. According to the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, many Americans tend to consume twice the amount of protein they truly need and nearly two-thirds of that comes from animal sources.
As Arnold Schwarzenegger comments in the film, when he was a bodybuilder he would eat steaks at every meal and regularly consumed dozens of eggs – but as Game Changerschallenges, is that really beneficial to an athlete’s health and performance (or rather anyone’s health)? Pulling from the example of the Roman Gladiators, who followed a vegetarian diet, the filmmakers dive into an array of preconceived notions about meat and athletic performance, going beyond just protein and breaking down the science of what actually fuels your body best for long-term, sustained performance.
Source: One Green Planet