For some people, going vegetarian or vegan takes education, watching a few gory slaughter videos here and there or getting to personally know a farm animal. For others, it’s a matter of just asking, “Why not?”
Toronto Maple Leafs’ Mike Zigomanis was approached by a golfing buddy on the subject. The friend eventually scored a hole-in-one by converting Zigomanis to a full-time vegan.
“I wasn’t really eating any meat or seafood and he asked why I wouldn’t just stop all together,” Zigomanis said in an interview with Cardiac Cane. “It made sense, so I eventually stopped.”
More from the interview below:
KP: Do any coaches worried about your nutrition?
MZ: I’m sure if I don’t have a couple good games, they may question it. I did a good job of keeping it a secret for four years, but I don’t mind now, so it’s out.
KP: Did your family have a hard time with your diet change?
MZ: Not really, my mom is vegan now. Vegetarian lifestyle is in my immediate family, so it’s good.
KP: So who gave you the hardest time about being vegan?
MZ: The guys in the room.
KP: Do they still give you a hard time?
MZ: Yeah, I just slap’em around a little. (laughs)
KP: Do you like to cook and prepare your meals?
MZ: Yeah, I love to cook.
According to his Twitter account, Zigomanis is currently looking for ways to test his cooking skills on a vegan pumpkin pie.
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