Chris Paul (born May 6, 1985), nicknamed “CP3” and “The Point God”, is an American professional basketball player.
Breakfast usually includes a JustEgg scramble with vegetables, Beyond Meat sausage patties, a side of fruit and my vitamins. Lunch would be salad, a sauteed vegetable bowl with rice and a protein drink. For dinner, my chef prepares meals that give me nutrients I need to perform the next day. I eat a variety of beans, grains, and veggies.THE REAL-LIFE DIET OF CHRIS PAUL, WHO’S EATEN PLANT-BASED SINCE 2019 | GQ
But just because he’s plant-based doesn’t mean that Paul doesn’t have cheat meals here and there. But those meals are no longer the burgers and fries or fried chicken and pulled pork. “My cheat day meal now: I like cookies,” he said. Luckily for the Suns point guard, he has access to a variety of delicious plant-based cookies, including gluten-free fried Oreos, gluten-free brownies and vegan cookie bars.
In a statement to The Arizona Republic, Paul said that he is plant-based not vegan.
“I tell you: I was itching,” he told Men’s Health in a 2020 interview shortly after he first made the change. “I thought I needed a chicken wing or something. But somehow I made it through.”
The toughest thing to give up?
Definitely fried chicken and pulled pork. I’m from Winston Salem [North Carolina]. I was just home—that’s where my wife and kids are now. It’s crazy to drive by Bojangles now and not even be able to give it a look [laughs].
When it comes to his training, even when he’s not at practice or weightlifting, Paul still likes to keep active. “I still usually work out and train daily, whether it’s SoulCycle for two or three days a week,” he told Men’s Journal. “I might hit Orangetheory[fitness]. I’ve got a gym at my house, and I’m just always constantly keeping my body active. Why get completely out of shape, only to have to do all that work to get it back there?”
Paul also credits the plant-based diet for having a huge impact on his recovery the day after a game or training. Prior to going plant-based, Paul would feel sore after weightlifting sessions and have to sit in cold tubs, but now, with the belief that his diet reduces inflammation in his body, he no longer has to do it.
In response to the question as to whether cookies are still his favourite:
Absolutely. There are vegan cookies now, so I still love cinnamon and raisin cookies, chocolate chip cookies, churros, and all those kind of things.