Athletes & Plant-Based Nutrition: See Matt Ruscigno, MPH, RD in New York City

When it comes to nutrition, don’t be fooled by misleading fads, ostensible self-help professionals or whatever the coolest “diet” is. Nutrition is a science for which we should take a scientific approach. Lately, there has been a lot of pseudo-science circulating from “counselors” who encourage things like “listening to inner wisdom” and interpreting cravings as signs of deficiencies. The Discerning Brute contributor, Matt Ruscigno has a Nutritional Science degree, a Public Health Nutrition degree, as well as certification as a Registered Dietitian- the only professional nutrition credential available, and he’ll be speaking in New York City on April 3rd.

He’s not a guru, he’s not a “coach” or “counselor” – he’s a 16-year vegan athlete who races marathons, iron-man triathlons, 200+ mile cycling events and 24-hour races (see full athletic resume), and he wants to convince the most active and demanding among us that plant-based nutrition is not only possible for optimal for health, but it is also the most sustainable approach to nutrition, as well as one that addresses a serious social justice issue. Matthew is the Past-Chair of the Vegetarian Nutrition Practice Group of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and has contributed to the best-selling cookbook ‘Appetite for Reduction’ with Isa Moskowitz. Matt will cut through the hippy-dippy nonsense and deliver hard science.


Fashion & Animals Talk Comes to NYC

Please join Joshua Katcher for a pre-fashion-week presentation on “FASHION & ANIMALS: decoding & harnessing the dialect of fashion culture to help animals”, with Q&A featuring renowned, award-winning fashion designer John Bartlett.

This presentation premiered in October in Boston, then again in November in Paris, and now it comes home to New York City, just in time for fashion week.

This talk will focus on the symbols and iconography of various forms of power communicated through dress, and utilized in the fashion industry, exploring how those symbols and icons create a dynamic that not only rationalizes and excuses violence towards animals, but encourages their consumption and the display of their skins as the primary method of showcasing one’s individual sexuality, power and worth.

RSVP on the Facebook page for the event.

Sunday, February 6 · 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Jivamukti Yoga

841 Broadway, 2nd Floor
New York, NY

EMPTY V: The Legendary John Norris

John Norris might be one of the most recognizable faces to anyone who liked music during the 80s, 90s, and early 2000s. John had one of the longest-running VJ careers on MTV, and has incredible perspective on where we stand concerning pop-culture. His environmentalism, veganism, and massive, glitter-crusted Rolodex of important musicians spanning a quarter-century make his perspectives worth considering. I sat down with John recently at the Jivamukti Cafe in NYC to talk about the state of mass media, music, and his personal politics.

DBTV: John Norris from The Discerning Brute on Vimeo.

LOVE: Valentines Day is Gay


If you are hetero, you can still read the following passage and get some great gift ideas. Same for the single people out there. And none of your bros will think you’re a fag for reading this – unless of course you are – in which case you didn’t watch the Super Bowl last night, like me. I hope that team won – you know, the one with the helmets and stuff…

Valentine’s Day is approaching… er… encroaching! It’s a surprise that the conservative powers-that-be haven’t outlawed Queers celebrating VDay – since most of us can’t actually prove we are in love through a costly and daunting, state-sanctified, ceremony of governmental approval. Thank god!

If you are still single and sick of your parents asking when you will deliver them their grandchildren, use this day to come out of the closet, even if you’re not gay. (At least it’ll get them off your back for a while – and then when you do fulfill the godly-destiny, they’ll be that much more excited to know the ‘gay thing’ was just a phase. Thank god! Again!)

Three Stupid Ideas for a Stupid Holiday
(read this if you’re single and bitter)

1. Send out a fake family photo. Photshop your head into the most disturbing Google-searched family photo you can find and send it to all your friends and family (FYI, that’s my head, not my body or baby or wife or creepy pool-birth-scenario). Like so:
Happy V day

2. Send a custom card or message, like so:

rotten apple

3. Call your Ex.


Three Ideas for the Well-Adjusted, Happy, Single Person

1. Get a friggin’ massage already! No one wants to hear your knot clicking. The men’s spa at Nickel is pretty dope.

2. Take a yoga class at Javamukti and be at peace.

3. Sex toys for men? Yes indeed. Take this day to love yourself. Buy a sex toy and go at it with the person who knows your body best – you! Check out Babeland for the best sex toys in a totally inviting and professional-ish environment. You can even get vegan latex products and eco-friendly vibrators.

anal beadsvibratorprostate

If you’re not in New York, check out The Sensual Vegan for online toy shopping, or for more leather-like gear see for the best selection that you can have delivered by Vday without the dead cow skin!


Three Ideas to Get Your Stupid Girlfriend or Boyfriend or Transfriend or Partner or Spouse or Whatever.

1. Chocolate never fails. Unless it’s filled with pus. So stick to the vegan chocolate.
vegan chocolates

2. Romantic dinner.


Prepare it yourself with this amazing cookbook (and don’t forget the candles). Check out the amazing soy-wax candles at ‘A Scent of Scandal’.

scandals …or go to the most amazing vegan, gourment restaurant on the Upper Eeat Side, Candle 79.


3. Adopt a fuzzy friend for your lover from the shelter, or a farm animal from Farm Sanctuary! adopt
then make spring-time reservations to go visit your new animal-friend on a romantic weekend-stay at Farm Santuray in Cali or New York State.

New York Farm California Shelter