Vegan & fabulous
When Kara Lawson, star of the WNBA Connecticut Sun, made the decision to go vegan several years ago, she became one of the few athletes to succeed in making such a radical diet change. With the support of her husband, she has changed her lifestyle and feels better than ever.
Making the commitment to a vegan lifestyle is not easy. For a professional athlete whose schedule revolves around travel and whose training regimen depends on protein-rich foods, the change takes that much more dedication. Together with her husband, WNBA star Kara Lawson has not only changed the way she eats but has created a website full of healthy recipes and tips on helping you attain your health goals.
SheKnows: Can you tell us what made you decide to go vegan?
Kara Lawson: I first went vegetarian in the spring of 2011 when I realized I just really didn't have a taste for meat. I wasn't enjoying eating it so decided to make the change and see how I felt playing and working out. My biggest concern was the protein in my diet and how I would still get what I needed without meat.
After six months or so I took out dairy. I did it with my husband, and we were both surprised at how good we felt and what it did to our bodies. Once we decided to go fully vegan, that is when the reconstruction of my diet truly began.
SK: You and your husband seem to manage your career and lifestyle so well, how do you do it?
KL: I owe so much of our success to my husband, I really couldn't do it without him. He does the meal planning and prep and makes sure that I am getting what I need to keep up with the demands of my schedule. We have created a website, Laws on Wellness, full of recipes and tips to help others achieve the lifestyle we have.
SK: Any tips on maintaining a vegan lifestyle while on the go?
KL: When I'm on the road the first thing I do is look for nearby grocery stores and markets. Regular fast food places and restaurants don't usually cater to my diet, so I have to find places that will work for me. We also do a lot of prep ahead of time, making sure I have plenty of meals and snacks that are convenient for me to grab when I'm on the go and in between games or practices.
Here are some of Kara's favorite vegan recipes.
Cheesy zucchini with marinara sauce recipe
Marinara sauce recipe
Nut cheese recipe
Fantastic kale salad recipe
Make a note
Don't worry, kale is not fragile. You won't hurt it. You will notice the kale will shrink in size, become more fragrant and turn a brighter shade of green.
Lemon tahini dressing recipe
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