This former All-American swimmer is a vegetarian.
I don't think I could be a vegetarian unless I suddenly had to kill the animal myself.
But I have learned that by eating more vegetables I have more energy. That isn't what I crave when I'm hungriest, but I've had to overcome the mistaken idea that a salad won't fill me up. It will. Of course I can chose a pretty big salad, but it's like speed for me. I eat a veggies with a little protein and I'm good to go. For hours.
And this firefighter is out to prove that you could eat more veggies and feel good enough to compete.
So when your Mom told you to eat your vegetables. Maybe she was right.