Veganism is so much more than the latest social media 'fad'; Crystal Palace midfielder, Max Meyer, discusses the balance he needed to find between a meat-free lifestyle and being 'match ready'.
After training, Palace TV jumped in the car with the German midfielder, and last summer's new signing revealed just how meticulous he is when it comes to deciding what food and drink goes into his body:
"No pizza. Maybe after the game...when it's vegan, then I'd eat it. I would say I'm 80% vegan - once or twice a week I eat chicken. I'm feeling better like this, I'm never tired and I'm never again stomach pain when I eat; I like animals but that's not the reason."
Meyer's sensible approach to his diet comes not only from a place of necessity, but also from a place of passion, with the 23-year-old a part-owner of a vegan food business back in Germany:
"A friend of my girlfriend's, her father is a famous chef in Germany and she talked about our idea with vegan food and he liked the story and so we came together and since then we've worked together. It's called 'Green Cuisine'.
"You can buy food online and some supermarkets in Germany. Not in England yet."
Life at the top level of English football is all about gaining those fine margins wherever and whenever you can, which is exactly when Meyer decides not to have the breakfast on offer at Palace's training ground and instead bring in his own tupperware of ingredients for his first meal of the day:
"Do you know my secret? What I eat in the morning for breakfast? That's my favourite, it's gluten free cereal without sugar. I went two years ago to a doctor and he told me it's better when I don't eat gluten and no milk from the cow and no fish, no meat and since then I changed my food."
To watch the full interview with Meyer, as he heads to Brixton with Palace TV, just click on the video below.