England’s Women’s Ashes Spinner Mady Villiers says being vegan helps her ‘recover quicker’

Author: Molly Pickering

Read Time:   |  2nd February 2022

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England's Women's Ashes star Mady Villiers reveals how her vegan diet has improved her physical and athletic performance.


As the Women’s Ashes series kicks off in Australia, Spinner Mady Villiers has shared how a vegan diet has improved her performance.

Villiers went vegan in 2019 after watching an online lecture on veganism and hasn’t looked back since.

The cricket star has since noticed a positive change in her physical performance, claiming to feel “a lot more refreshed”.

Moreover, Villiers joins the growing number of professional athletes switching to a vegan diet.

Mady Villiers with Sophie Ecclestone. Image source: Instagram @madyvilliers

Mady Villiers with Sophie Ecclestone. Image source: Instagram @madyvilliers


Mady Villiers’ vegan diet

When learning the truth about the meat and dairy industry, Villiers was shocked at how little she knew about where her food came from.

Villiers admitted: “I would never think about the life that it had. It was quite selfish really.”

Since embracing her plant-based diet, the athlete has noticed a number of improvements to her body.

“Becoming vegan hasn’t impacted my game at all in any way, shape or form, if anything, I feel better.”

Mady added: “I recover a lot quicker; I didn’t expect these benefits to happen.”

In addition, the Women’s Ashes player explained that she has been able to recover quicker by increasing her fruit and vegetable intake.

“I’m not as stiff anymore. On the whole, I feel a lot more refreshed when I wake up.”

Furthermore, Villiers has received support for her vegan lifestyle from her England teammates.

“My teammates love it. Every now and again, they’ll eat the vegan options.”

Vegan athletes

Like Mady, many professional athletes are turning to a vegan diet to improve their performance.

Vegan athletes such as Novak Djokovic, Venus Williams, and Lewis Hamilton have embraced plant-based proteins to keep them top of their game.

Not only have these sports stars maintained their performance, but they have also defied the notion of ‘meat = protein’.

Thanks to athletes and celebrities, more people understand the benefits of a vegan diet and ditching meat and dairy for good.

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Source: BBC sport

Written by

Molly Pickering

Molly is the Digital Executive and former podcast host at Anthem's Vegan Food & Living, she also works across other titles including Women's Running and Classic Pop to create affiliate content for the website. Starting out as a Digital Marketing Apprentice at Vegan Food & Living in 2021, within 14 months Molly was shortlisted for ‘Best Editorial Assistant’ at the BSME Talent Awards 2022 and won the BCS Special Recognition award for Digital Marketing Apprentice of the Year in 2022

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