I've always liked the idea of vegetarianism and veganism. The idea of eating clean, simple and yet nutritious and powerful foods. In 2006, during my time with the Atlanta Hawks, I went on a trip to the U.S. Virgin Islands, and learned more in depth about veganism. I became vegan the next day and never looked back!
It was not easy at first. In 2006, veganism was neither trendy nor widely accepted. Many restaurants did not have options for vegans. There were few fellow vegan athletes. I faced criticism from friends, family and some teammates. But I stayed true to myself and continued on my journey.
Today, I am in great shape and have a tremendous amount energy. I am able to train harder and longer, which I feel is attributed to my eating habits.
What Do I Like To Eat?
My Fiancée is a vegan personal chef; therefore I get spoiled with lots of gourmet meals. A few of my favorites are:
A platter of Ethiopian food, including purple potato stew, shiro (chickpea stew) green beans and kale served with 100% teff Injera (Imported Ethiopian Bread)
Spelt and/or Kamut (ancient grains) spaghetti over mushroom “meat” sauce or “vodka” sauce (creamy tomato sauce)
Sprouted Quinoa over curried veggies
For pictures and inquiries, you can refer to her IG page: @ndn_cuisine
My Daily Regimen:
Whether it’s in a shake or just a spoonful of it, the following items are a part of my daily intake:
Hemp seeds (for protein)
Sea Moss (Multiple Minerals)
Buna (Ethiopian Coffee)
My Fiancée makes a shake with these ingredients, and she has shared her recipe:
1 cup Hazelnut milk
2 Tablespoons of maple syrup
2 Tablespoons of sea moss powder
1 Tablespoon of almond butter
1 Teaspoon hemp seeds
½ Teaspoon of Maringa
¼ Cup of boiled “Buna” (optional)
A dash of cinnamon
½ a cup of ice
Blend all ingredients in a high-speed blender, serve cold.
Veg out with Hawks' vegan player. Stoudamire crosses over to healthy cuisine.
By FAITH DAWSON
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Published on: 04/05/07
In June, Atlanta Hawks guard Salim Stoudamire abandoned his diet of junk food and animal-based foods to become the Hawks' only vegan player. (Vegans typically only eat food from plants, fruits, vegetables, legumes [dried beans and peas], grains, seeds and nuts.) So when team chef Bradley Rouse cooks turkey chili or Cajun catfish for the rest of the team, Stoudamire gets grilled tofu and quinoa (a high-protein grain).
Stoudamire recently sat down to talk about being a vegan in a sport dominated by carnivores.
Atlanta Hawks guard Salim Stoudamire has lost 3 pounds since becoming a vegan last June. "My endurance has gone up, and I haven't gotten tired at all during the whole season." His meal includes tofu and pasta.
SALIM STOUDAMIRE'S 5 FAVORITE VEGETABLES
Q: Why did you become a vegan?
A: I've always wanted to be one because of health, but I never wanted to go eat by myself or have people talk about me. But I finally reached a point where I just didn't care what other people thought, and I didn't have a problem with eating alone.
Q: None of your teammates goes with you?
A: They don't eat like I do. They look at my food and are disgusted. [They're] like, what's that, what's that?
Q: Did you lose weight after you became a vegan?
A: I lost 3 pounds, and I'm in better condition. My endurance has gone up, and I haven't gotten tired at all during the whole season.
Q: So this wasn't prompted by animal rights?
A: Sort of. I don't think you should eat something that had a mother. I don't think that's right.
Q: The Hawks Media Guide says your favorite food is macaroni and cheese. Explain.
A: It used to be! Not anymore.
Q: What's your favorite food now?
A: My favorite dish is brown rice with steamed vegetables and tofu.
Q: What would you say if I told you Philips Arena sells excellent hot dogs?
A: No â€” that's disgusting to me.
Q: I have a list of famous vegans for you: Prince ...
A: Prince is a vegan?
Q: Yes! Gwyneth Paltrow, Andre 3000, Pamela Anderson.
A: Pamela Anderson's a vegan? I don't believe that!
Q: It's true! She's a PETA spokeswoman. ... How are you on dates? Do you have to tell your date not to order the Buffalo wings?
A: I have a [non-vegan] girlfriend. ... She'll go to vegan restaurants with me. She's into it. She'll be converted one day.
Q: Vegan restaurant in Atlanta where we're most likely to see Salim Stoudamire?
A: Soul Vegetarian!
Q: How do you feel about the NBA's return to the leather ball?
A: I like that ball because I grew up with that ball.
Salim Stoudamire, vegan basketball player
Source: greatveganathletes.com, Author: Cris Iles-Wright
Salim is a professional basketball player who started playing for the Atlanta Hawks in 2005, soon making an impact on the sport. Prior to that he led his University team into a successful high profile college tournament where he famously scored a winning basket with less than two seconds remaining to win the title. He also broke the record for the three goal percentage record, as over 50% of his shorts from the three-point area scored.
In 2006 Salim decided to go vegan. "I've always wanted to be one because of health, but I never wanted to go eat by myself or have people talk about me. But I finally reached a point where I just didn't care what other people thought, and I didn't have a problem with eating alone."
Coaches were concerned that it would hinder his performance. Team managers weighed him daily, but soon left him to continue unmonitored when his weight stabilised and performances improved. "I lost 3 pounds, and I'm in better condition. My endurance has gone up, and I haven't gotten tired at all during the whole season."
Although there are health and sports aspects to his diet, Salim is also motivated by animal rights "I don't think you should eat something that had a mother. I don't think that's right."