Fresh off her Wimbledon doubles championship victory, a stunning Venus Williams stopped by CBS This Morning to discuss tennis, the Olympics, and how she is feeling since following a raw vegan diet.
Since 2011, the Venus’ family, friends, and fans have been concerned about her health after she was diagnosed with Sjögren’s (show-grens) syndrome, a little-known autoimmune disorder.
For over a year now, after opening up about her battle with this incurable disease of the immune system, which affects the body’s moisture-producing glands, Venus has made it her mission to change her lifestyle by adding yoga to her workout routine to combat joint pain and exploring alternative wellness practices.
Venus admits that her she forgives herself often for mistakes while on a diet that restricts a majority of foods some of us grow up being comfortable with eating, such as dairy and meat. But when Western medicine gives no other alternatives, an holistic approach can help mitigate the symptoms of debilitating diseases.
For those of you who are curious, raw veganism is a diet that combines veganism and raw foodism. It excludes all food of animal origin, and all food cooked above 48 degrees Celsius (118 degrees Fahrenheit).
A raw vegan diet includes raw vegetables and fruits, nuts and nut pastes, grain and legume sprouts, seeds, plant oils, sea vegetables, herbs, and fresh juices.
If you’re looking to break your body’s addiction to sugar and other unhealthy chemicals or simply looking for a lifestyle change, the raw vegan diet could be for you.
Venus and Serena are now preparing to represent the US tennis team in the 2012 Olympics, hoping to secure their third gold medal.
Check out Venus’ interview below: