Why Cam Newton will not be having turkey on Thanksgiving

Cam Newton has led the Panthers to seven straight wins. Is his special diet the key to his success?

Cam Newton won’t be having turkey for Thanksgiving this year.

In fact, he won’t be having any meat Thursday.

The Carolina Panthers QB, talking to reporters at a charity event Monday night where he served food to 700 underprivileged kids and family members in the Charlotte area, revealed that he’s on a special diet where he only eats fish.

Newton said he likes to challenge himself while he’s working out in the offseason. In March he decided to eliminate meat from his diet and became a pescatarian.

"It’s gonna be kind of weird not eating the ham, the turkey, the chicken or what have you," Newton said. "So it’s kind of challenging my parents and grandmother to think outside the box and incorporate fish into the meal."

Yes, we had to Google pescatarian. Here’s what we found:

A pescetarian diet excludes land animals and birds, but includes fish, mollusks, and crustaceans in addition to fruits, vegetables, plants, legumes, nuts, and grains.  Eggs and dairy may or may not be present in the pescetarian’s diet.

Newton summed up his diet pretty well:

"If it’s in the sea, pretty much it will be on my plate," he said.

Newton also said that being a pro football player makes sticking to the diet even harder.

"It’s been challenging at times," he said. "Especially being around the locker room where you get guys eating hot wings, nachos, hot dogs, and hamburgers all the time.

"Ever since I gave up the meat, I think it was March, I liked the way I was feeling and I just stuck with it ever since."

Someone asked him if he enjoyed any special seafood while he was in Miami for last weekend’s game.

"I had some great Dolphin," he said with a laugh.