Carter is a 310-pound lineman for the Chicago Bears. He’s played football all his life, and with each step of the competitive ladder, he’s had to up his weight to “fight” in the trenches with the “big boys.” That means eating copious amounts of food, like milkshakes and ice cream, chicken, beef, fries — literally anything that could be eaten for calories, Carter ate. But it was wreaking havoc on his body.
At 285 pounds, Carter had tendonitis so bad, he couldn’t lift himself out of the bathtub. Some of his fingers were numb and his shoulders hurt. Then, he watched a documentary on veganism and a light bulb went off in his head. The documentary stated that dairy had a profound effect on tendonitis. “I realized I was making everything worse,” he told GQ. “I was feeding the tendonitis, the muscle fatigue, everything.” After watching the documentary and learning where his pain was coming from, he became a vegan.