Why Fuel 4 The Fighter exists
This is the first of what will be many blog posts filled with ideas about eating better and training harder. I hope you'll take the opportunity to respond with whatever you think, so this can be a two-way conversation as much as possible, and we can all benefit from each others' experience.
My name is David Meyer. I am a lifelong martial artist, fighter, and now coach. I made a personal decision to make my diet 100% great "close to the source" (plant based) dishes and eliminate meat, and soon after fish. I was surprised that not only did I survive, but my energy level increased. This "experiment" has now lasted 25 years, and I'm at the point now where I eat virtually no dairy or eggs. For me, this diet has truly worked. I am 48 years old, still training full tilt with guys half my age, and am in super shape. Knock on wood, I'm as healthy as can be.
I've been training with MMA phenome Jake Shields for 7 years. Jake was raised without ever eating meat, and has incredible speed, strength and endurance. Now that Jake is finally getting the recognition he deserves, a lot of people have been asking about his diet. So we thought it would be good to put up a website to give out some basic info, and let people know that it is indeed possible to be strong and healthy while reducing or eliminating meat products, and lots of fighters are doing it. We're not telling anyone what to do, but we just want to let people know what is possible, and give you some guidance if you want some.
This site has no agenda other than helping you see a way that could make you more healthy and powerful. If it works for you , then great. If not, that's fine too. You can be a tree hugger or a hunter. There is no politics, religion, or any other agenda here other than breaking the stereotype of needing to eat lots of meat to be strong. That is just not what our experience has shown.
You will see we don't talk a lot about being "vegetarian" or "vegan". Those words can carry good connotation for some people and bad for others, and you don't need to "be" anything, other than healthy! We want whatever works best for you. It's my hope though that you will open your mind, challenge your assumptions, and let your body's experience guide you. I am absolutely sure you will see an improvement in your performance and the way you feel and look if you reduce or eliminate meat products, and enjoy the huge world of great, healthy, foods that are "close to the source".
So welcome, good luck, and I wish you great health, happiness and success in your training.