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Ne-Yo says vegan lifestyle cured his tendinitis

2018-07-17 15:40
Ne-Yo. (Photo: Getty Images/Gallo Images)

Johannesburg - Ne-Yo has credited his new vegan lifestyle with curing his tendinitis.

The 38-year-old, whose real name is Shaffer Chimere Smith, was diagnosed with tendinitis over a year ago, a condition which causes the tissue connecting muscle to bone to become inflamed.

The singer, songwriter and actor admits that the pain was so bad that, "I couldn't even bend my legs after rehearsals."

However, after speaking to a friend, the father of four changed his diet in order to help his condition and he saw results within two weeks.

Speaking at the 2018 ESSENCE Festival, Ne-Yo said about his dietary change: "I've been vegan for about a year now. I know it's not for everybody but, it works just fine for me! I wasn’t trying to make a major statement or anything. A friend was urging me to watch What the Health on Netflix; I was running from it for a long time."

But it wasn’t an easy change for the So Sick hitmaker, who admitted that it was hard to change his eating habits due to his Southern upbringing.

"I'm from the south," he said as he spoke about cutting out pork from his diet. "I'm from Arkansas so, me and pork been a long time. Me and bacon....bacon been my homie."

Ne-Yo first spoke to the Herald in August last year about his vegan lifestyle, crediting the pro-vegan Netflix documentary for changing his carnivore ways/ "I was a lover of meat. But the second I watched it I instantly ran to my refrigerator and threw out all the deli meats. This was not something that was planned, it just happened."

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