Now 39, the tennis champion and entrepreneur (who has seven Grand Slam titles and two companies under her belt) continues to perform at an elite level on all fronts.
How does Venus keep her endless hot streak going, though? She says her diet deserves a lot of the credit.
” (She’s previously opened up about having Sjogren’s syndrome, a rare autoimmune disease that comes with fatigue, muscles aches, and joint pain.) “Knowing how important a role my diet plays keeps me on track,” she says.
Venus leaves room for a little flexibility, though. “I try to make the majority of my meals raw and vegan, but I’m only human and am known to cheat a little bit.
I joke that I’m a ‘chegan’ because sometimes I’ve been known to stray.”
“Depending on how much time I have for lunch and what my schedule looks like, lunch can vary from sweet potatoes and rice to a green smoothie,” she says.
Snacks (and lots of them!) also help Venus get through hectic days.
“I’m often running from multiple practices to meetings for EleVen or calls with my design company, V Starr, so I am always looking for little things that are easy to bring on-the-go,” she says. “Clif Bars are great when I’m super busy; they are small-but-mighty and fill me up quickly.
” (Venus is a Clif Bar athlete, but she’s been a fan since long before the deal.)
Otherwise, Venus loads her snacks with greens and veggies.
I need foods that are tasty and convenient, but still pack a punch and keep me going, whether I’m on the court or in a meeting.”
Venus isn’t the only one on the vegan train. These other icons swear by eating only plants, too:
Venus’ sweet tooth might rival her powerful swing, but she’s found healthy swaps to satisfy it with.
“When I’m training I really try to practice self-control, but sometimes a girl just ne a donut!” she says. “I have found it’s easier to curb those cravings by finding foods that are still sweet but also healthy, like a juice or a smoothie.
” Okay, Venus may really be the smoothie queen.
“Sometimes I’ll have some fun and put a rum or prosecco floater on top,” she says. “Work hard, play hard!”
Venus’ ultimate eating MO: “It’s all about moderation.
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