Konor Sacks: A Nutritarian Since Birth

June 12, 2017 by Joel Fuhrman, MD

Olympic hopeful Konor Sacks competed in his first Triathlon race at the age of 10. In the Eight years since that first competition, the dedicated athlete and lifelong follower of the Nutritarian diet has risen to become America’s top Triathlete 19 and under. His most recent accomplishment was being chosen to represent the USA in the World Championships in Rotterdam in the Netherlands.

Now 18 years old, Konor has already competed in more than 70 triathlons with over 55 first place finishes. Konor just earned his ALL AMERICAN status at US Nationals where he placed 2nd in his age group (losing by 21 seconds) just a few short months ago. Raised by parents who had incorporated the protocols of my Nutritarian diet long before he was even born, Konor has followed a Nutritarian eating style since birth. He naturally prefers to eat this healthful, whole plant foods diet.

Konor is focused on competing in the Olympic Distance Triathlon—a challenging event that includes a 1500 meter swim, a 40 kilometer bike ride, and a 10 kilometer run. He told me about the “super salad” he eats for lunch each day, which is loaded with plenty of G-BOMBS: lettuce, kale, bok choy, tomato, oranges, lemon juice, seeds, nuts, and beans.

When I asked him about the benefits of his high-performance diet, Konor explained he rarely caught a cold or got sick—and  the few times it has occurred, he has always recovered within a  day or two. This is of vital importance to him, because suffering even a few illnesses during the year can weaken the body and disrupt training—and your progress in highly competitive sports can be derailed.

Every serious athlete knows that intense athletic training can be a huge stress on the body, and Konor intends to keep his body performing at its peak throughout a long life. So often, a serious competitive athlete burns out from “over-training,” as their body builds up free radicals.  A Nutritarian diet, which is rich in phytochemicals and plant proteins, is the only way to maximize physical performance and minimize free-radical induced stress.

Konor points out that a Nutritarian diet is not just longevity-promoting. It provides the essential nutrients, antioxidants, and phytochemicals that we need to achieve our optimal health. It gives us a firm foundation for living a better life, allowing us to perform better in everything we do. He credits this incredibly healthy eating style for fueling his body at the highest level, as he pursues his Olympic dream.

Konor can be followed at:

Instagram: @konor_sacks
Facebook: www.facebook.com/konor.sacks


Joel Fuhrman, M.D. is a board-certified family physician, six-time New York Times bestselling author and internationally recognized expert on nutrition and natural healing, who specializes in preventing and reversing disease through nutritional methods. Dr. Fuhrman coined the term “Nutritarian” to describe his longevity-promoting, nutrient dense, plant-rich eating style.
For over 25 years, Dr. Fuhrman has shown that it is possible to achieve sustainable weight loss and reverse heart disease, diabetes and many other illnesses using smart nutrition. In his medical practice, and through his books and PBS television specials, he continues to bring this life-saving message to hundreds of thousands of people around the world.


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06/14/2017 03:10 PM

What an awesome young man!! Go Konor!!!! And go USA!!!! So proud of you, and kudos to your parents for instilling these healthy-eating values in you! I hope your Olympic dreams come true!! :)

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06/14/2017 03:39 PM

WOW! What and inspiring story and congratulations to you Konor! Thank you for sharing how a nutrient dense, plant rich diet has helped you achieve some of your goals. Best wishes to you in attaining the ultimate Olympic dream! You can do it!! 


06/14/2017 03:59 PM

It always pays to do things right,rather than being derailed by the SAD( Standard American Diet ) consequences!Go Konor!Go USA!Go Nutritarian athletes!!


06/14/2017 10:11 PM

What an inspiration!  So THIS is what can be achieved with superior nutrition!  Now let's find out what longevity we can have!


06/15/2017 03:31 AM

What a fantastic start in life! A child's development in the womb is affected by what his parents were eating before he was born, so he is doubly blessed. He is a wonderful testamonial to healthy eating.

Howard F

06/15/2017 07:39 AM

Very inspirational to say the least. Curious if you could give more specifics on the super salad he eats everyday

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12/25/2017 11:00 AM

There's an infographic in the Useful Tools area (https://www.drfuhrman.com/learn/useful-tools) called "The Fuhrman Formula for the Perfect Salad."