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UFC title contender (38-8-1) 2 X Strikeforce Middleweight Champion 2 X EliteXC Welterweight Champion Rumble on the Rock Welterweight Champion Shooto Middleweight World Champion Shooto America’s & Pacific Rim Champion Gladiator Challenge Welterweight Champion Midwest Fighting Superfight Champion U.A.G.F. Fighting North American Champion
I was raised without eating any meat, and I have never noticed that I was missing anything in terms of my strength and endurance, in fact just the opposite. I've always been in great shape both as a wrestler and as a MMA fighter. I eat lots of great foods, get plenty of protein, and many of my friends have now cut down or cut out meat, and they all say they are feeling better than ever. Give it a shot.
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I switched to an entirely vegan diet in 2004 for personal ethical reasons and was immediately surprised at how great I felt when training and competing. I recover faster from workouts and have more energy than I did before. For me, it is a simple, life-long decision. Not only do I feel physically better than ever, but I also have the satisfaction of knowing that I am not directly contributing to the industries that are so detrimental to animals, the environment and the people involved.
I limit meat to one serving a day and that seems to be plenty for me. I find it good for my diet because it forces me to get other forms of protein, which I find beneficial, and it expands the variety of what I eat (more vegetables, fruits, Greek yogurt, eggs, nuts and legumes, etc.). I can usually get 150 grams of protein a day, no problem. I usually eat my meats at home (bought typically at Whole Foods) and I eat a vegetarian diet outside the house. I only eat organic, humanely raised meats not only for health purposes, but I feel a big conviction as an animal lover to not support the mass production and awful treatment of animals.
I think if most people had to take something's life themselves to eat, we would be far more reserved as opposed to ordering a steak off a menu and then seeing it magically appear before you. The health difference I feel from organic meats vs. the meats that you find at most restaurants is huge. And you'll get far more health benefits from a smaller amount of humanely raised meat (where a chicken can move around, get sunlight, and eat a natural healthy diet) vs. a chicken that's been born on an assembly line, injected with antibiotics, and fed an awful diet while sitting in a cramped cage all of it's life. It is a bit more expensive, but keep in mind you'll appreciate it far more, and you can eat far less than before. while getting better nutrients and fewer additives. Also keep in mind that if you're going to spend money, what better thing to spend it on than your health and your body, not too mention a good cause.
I advocate a plant-based diet, and have started PlantAthlete, giving plant-based diet and lifestyle tips for people that exercise, from those wanting to lose weight to elite level professional athletes. Check out my links:
I am a devoted vegetarian and I give this a lot of credit for my strength. The reason why I became a vegetarian is because I do not like animals being hurt. but I also believe that being a vegetarian is a healthy way to live. As for people who say, “You can’t fight if you’re a vegetarian!” I say, I don’t need to eat meat to kick their ass!
I have been eating less meat in my diet for a long time, eating it only a few times a week now. I try to always eat free-range, hormone free meat, both because it is better for me and means the animals were treated more humanely.
I feel healthy and strong, and have a high energy level.
Cesar Gracie Fight Team/Scrap Pack/Fairtex
Professional MMA Record 6-1-0
I have modified my diet, increasing the amount of natural healthy foods I eat, and dropping significantly the amount of meat. My endurance is up, my muscle strength has never been better, and I just feel healthier and more energetic overall.
I stopped eating any kind of meat when I was 5 years old, the day I found out it came from animals. That initial motivation still holds, but there are many other factors that now support that choice for me. I've done sports my whole life, and now compete professionally in MMA. I'm strong, fit, have energy to train all day and recover quickly. How I eat is a huge part of that. In addition to not eating meat, I eat very little dairy and gluten, and no refined sugar. Fresh fruit and veggies are a huge part of my diet.
2015 Gold Medal – JiuJitsu World League Black Belt Master 4 2014 Gold Medal – American Cup – Black Belt Master 5 2013 Gold Medal – American Cup – Black Belt Senior 3 2012 Silver Medal – IBJJF Masters and Seniors World Championships, Black Belt Senior 3 2012 Gold Medal – American Cup – Black Belt Senior 3 2011 World Champion – IBJJF No Gi BJJ Black Belt Senior 3 2011 Gold Medal – Pan Am Games BJJ Black Belt Senior 3 2011 Silver Medal – US Open BJJ Black Belt Senior 3 2010 World Champion – IBJJF No Gi BJJ Black Belt Senior 3 Medium and Open Weight Class Divisions 2010 Gold Medal – US Open BJJ Black Belt Senior 2 2009 American National Champion BJJ – Black Belt Senior 3 2009 World Champion – IBJJF No Gi BJJ Black Belt Senior 3 Medium Heavy and Open Weight Class Divisions, 2004 Gold Medal – Pan Am Games BJJ Black Belt Senior 2 One of the first Americans to reach Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu First American to medal in a BJJ World Championship at Black Belt level. Author of “Training for Competition: Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Submission Grappling"
Co-created BJJ America Grappling and Alpha MMA programs used by over 700 martial arts schools, including the Chuck Norris Karate association (UFAF)
I'm a coach and training partner for numberous BJJ and MMA fighters, and train with the Cesar Gracie team and the Rocha/Royler Gracie Jiu Jitsu teams in the San Francisco area.
I began eating only foods close to the source, eliminating meat and fish from my diet in 1985, and now I eat no dairy or eggs. I'm in my mid-50's and in top physical shape, still competing full force against fighters half my age.
Black Belt under Eduardo Rocha – Royler Gracie Team Copa Pacifica Champion 2009 American Nationals Champion 2009
US Open Silver Medal 2010
Rumble int the Redwoods 2011 Champion
The majority of my diet is composed of super foods such as quinoa, kale, nuts, and limited dairy. I have strength and endurance, and I enjoy a very active lifestyle both on and off the mat. Some say I have "limitless" energy.