Amar'e Stoudemire has returned to his vegan diet after going off it for over a week.

Stoudemire believes it is the key to his return from knee surgery.

“It purifies the red blood cells and eliminates toxins,’’ Stoudemire said. “It fortifies the blood. It helped me recover and persevere through injuries. I did that for three months. I wanted to really give myself the best opportunity to remain healthy.’’

Stoudemire's diet inspired Carmelo Anthony's January fast.