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Added August 12th, 2010 by Chalk

Mickelson: Vegetarian Arthritis Sufferer

Phil Mickelson dropped a two-pronged bombshell at a Tuesday pre-PGA Championship press conference.  Mickelson says he’s been battling psoriatic arthritis since right before the US Open two months ago, and he turned vegetarian shortly thereafter.  Mickleson said at times the arthritis left him unable to move, but he believes it’s now completely under control and won’t affect his play or his life.

But why’d he go vegetarian?  “No, this wasn’t recommended by a doctor,” Mickelson told open-mouthed reporters. “I read a book and just thought maybe it will help.”

So what has he been eating? “Just been a lot of fruits and vegetables and some whole grain wheats and pastas and stuff,” said the world’s greatest lefthanded vegetarian arthritic golfer. “And it’s actually been great. I’ve eaten some great stuff. Foods that I’ve always avoided I get to eat and it’s been good.”

Is this permanent?

As long as I believe that there’s a possibility that it will help me overall, yeah, I’ll continue to do that. If it will somehow keep this in remission or stop it from coming back, yeah, I’ll be able to do it. But I haven’t been put to the real test. The real test is driving by a Five Guys and not stopping. I don’t know if I can do that yet, but we’ll see.

Mickelson finished T-4 at the US Open and T-5 the week before at The Memorial.  Then as his body had to fight through meat deprivation, and to a lesser extent arthritis, his game has suffered.  He finished T-48 at both The British Open and the WGC-Bridgestone-Invitational.  That speaks for itself, doesn’t it?

Phil, you’re in Wisconsin, go get some bratwurst.

 
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9 Responses to “Mickelson: Vegetarian Arthritis Sufferer”

  1. Jayson says:

    Congrats for going vegetarian, Phil! Awesome choice for your health, for the animals and the environment.

  2. Kathy says:

    I became a vegetarian for spiritual reasons. However, I found a long-term benefit healthwise. I’ve suffered from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome for 7 years. I noticed that my vegetarian diet has increased my energy level and relieved an associated IBS issue at the same time. Will wonders never cease!

  3. Norma says:

    Great going, Phil! By going veg, you save about 93 animals a year, so I’ve heard.
    But please take a look at coffee and sugar in your diet too. Those were factors in my own arthritis (which i no longer have.
    Good luck!
    Norma

  4. Kathy says:

    I’ve been vegetarian 8 months now and the arthritis feels worse. So you have to take it even further. I just cut out coffee, alcohol and wheat-It’s feeling alot better. And I drink Pamela McDonald’s anti-inflammatory tea-turmeric, ginger, cloves, cinnamon, lemon and honey. That really works!

  5. VeganMarr says:

    Phil & Kathy – Are dairy & eggs being eliminated too? Both are LIQUID MEAT and do the same (often worse) damage to the body. Vegetarian diet is never enough, one needs to go vegan. And yes, dropping wheat, sugar, coffee is a great idea too. Read labels carefully to watch for dairy ingredients like casein or whey as well as non fat dry milk. Eggs are cholesterol time bombs…and are unborn embryos!

  6. Lauren T says:

    Monica Reinagel, MS, LD/N and Chief Nutritionist at NutritionData.com, says Mickelson should go easy on the fruit and whole grain pasta. So what foods should he – and anyone else battling inflammation – pile on their plates instead? Check out Reinagel’s post here:
    http://www.self.com/fooddiet/blogs/nutritiondata/2010/08/vegetarian-diet-not-necessaril.html

  7. Ellen says:

    I’m a vegan also and agree about the health benefits of a whole foods vegan diet (I was vegetarian long before going vegan). But I have to correct one thing VeganMarr says….
    eggs are generally unfertilized and therefore do not contain embryos.

  8. Lori says:

    Yes I think we all know that eggs are unfertilized, but still pretty gross! Phil I so agree to cut out the dairy. If you like cereal (make sure it is healthy and lots of flax) try Almond Breeze. I love it :)

  9. Vicky says:

    I believe that Bill Clinton went on an almost vegan diet recommended by his doctor after his heart problems. I gave up meat after realising the horrors of factory farming, still upsets me to see pigs kept in tiny pens unable to move. Have a varied diet and remember if giving up meat to take a vegetarian iron supplement if needed, although dried apricots and raisins are also good sources. Too much advertising by KFC and MacDonalds , there should be pictures of how the animals are kept on the packaging, not some insanely laughing guy!!!!

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