Herald Sun

Ve­gan con­vert Bate

- Email scott.gullan@news.com.au tweet @gul­lan­her­ald­sun SCOTT GULLAN

FOR­MER Mel­bourne player Matthew Bate has writ­ten a book about his lifestyle change to ve­gan.

Bate, who played 102 games with the De­mons be­tween 2005-12, is the coau­thor of 365 Days of Whole­ness with his busi­ness part­ner Te­gan Steele.

Test crick­eter Peter Sid­dle, who fa­mously stopped eat­ing meat mid­way through his ca­reer, has en­dorsed the pro­ject.

Bate be­came pas­sion­ate about nutri­tion af­ter his play­ing ca­reer ended and he stud­ied for a Bach­e­lor of Science de­gree.

He now preaches a plant­based diet, which he says has turned his life around.

“For a long pe­riod I felt ab­so­lutely ter­ri­ble,” Bate says. “I de­cided what I was do­ing was not sus­tain­able and I started look­ing at more nat­u­ral ways to in­crease energy and re­cov­ery.”

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