Besides being my phenomenal husband and father to our daughter, Kenny James has quite the resume when it comes to football and baseball. My only regret is that we met many years after he played sports, so I never got to see him play.
In high school he was offered a full football scholarship to the University of South Carolina, but in 1995 he was drafted in the 3rd round of the MLB draft out of Sebring High School in Sebring, FL by the Montreal Expos as an outfield/switch hitter for six years. He later signed with the Toronto Blue Jays as a free agent and then with the Anaheim Angels.
In high school and in his professional career he received many accolades including:
2nd Team Florida Georgia All Star Game-Football
County Offensive Player of The Year-Football
Baseball America Best Defensive Outfielder
Fastest Base Runner in the Eastern League
The list goes on and on. Now he is a professional hitting instructor and trains athletes at all levels in hitting, fielding, base running, and speed & agility. When I made my transition to veganism, I was not sure if or when he would be on board. I did it kind of abruptly after watching Vegucated. (I became vegan overnight.)
Today he is all vegan, and I could not wait to hear his thoughts on The Game Changers film. So here we go!
TJ: Before becoming vegan, what was your biggest misconception about veganism?
KJ: I honestly didn't realize how much protein came from plants!
TJ: Being an all-star athlete required you to be in great shape. How do you compare your health now to when you were a professional athlete?
KJ: My health has improved drastically. Even though I was athletic, my cholesterol numbers were very high. I remember sometimes having chest pains. I did not like feeling that way. I ate things like pork chops, ribs, burgers....I was pretty much eating everything. Today, I have no more chest pains, I have more energy, I feel so much better, I don't have health problems, and I am educating myself on the benefits of a vegan diet and not contributing to animal suffering.
TJ: What stood out to you while watching The Game Changers?
KJ: Everything! There was so much information to process. I was truly amazed and impressed by the movie. It made me want to learn more and more about the vegan lifestyle.
TJ: What advice do you give athletes regarding the vegan lifestyle?
KJ: I tell them that in order to be the best they have to take care of themselves daily, and I encourage them to try going vegan. Food choices make a huge difference and can make or break you. They can recover faster, feel better, and they should definitely watch this movie to see for themselves.
TJ: What are your favorite vegan foods?
KJ: I love my wife's veggie burgers and BBQ seitan strips.
TJ: Is there anything else you would like to add?
There are so many people that I know that suffer from health problems like obesity and many other health related issues. It's really sad because people say they want to change, but they won't try anything different to achieve different results. I hear a lot of excuses. I just want people to know that there is a better way.
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About Tabatha James
Tabatha James is a wife, mom, and children's book author navigating her way through a vegan way of life!