Eat like an Olympian (or Béyonce) and still stay inside pyramid lines

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How do Olympians like Hannah Teter, Bode Miller and Jamie Anderson maintain their rigorous schedules while also keeping their bodies toned and lean? Some of them go vegetarian. Without the bulk of meat weighing them down, they’re able to perform in high-intensity activities, “feel renewed” and bring home a gold medal (like Jamie Anderson did on Feb. 9).

It’s not just Olympians, though—superstar Béyonce made headlines by going vegan for 22 days in December with her husband Jay Z. However, she hasn’t called it quits yet—her trainer revealed she’s sticking to a plant-based diet and still finding time and energy to get in a gym session with Jay.

A plant-based pyramid is the latest innovation from Oldways, a nonprofit food and nutrition organization. It rolled out the new Vegetarian and Vegan Diet Pyramid to supplement the current “MyPlate” and traditional food pyramid options. The guidelines are designed to expand knowledge of food options and supplement a few key nutrients often overlooked in a vegetarian or vegan diet.

 

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