Veg Fighters, Zero Energy Homes, & Fur-Free NYC

1. Jake Shields is not just one of three people to ever be awarded a Blackbelt in Gracie Brazilian Jiu-jitsu, and champ of Elite XC, he is also a life-long vegetarian. I will be posting an interview with him in the coming days, so stay tuned! I wonder how he would do against vegan MMA champ Mac Danzig?

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2. Henri Bendel has gone fur-free. They’ve been around for almost 114 years, so look out Saks, Macy’s, Nieman Marcus, & Nordstrom! Don’t you know that Fur Is Dead?

“Henri Bendel’s fur-free policy offers proof that cruelty-free can certainly be synonymous with high fashion. We are thrilled to add Henri Bendel to our list of more than 100 fur-free companies, which already includes the other Limited Brands.” – ”  Heidi Prescott, senior vice president, campaigns for The Humane Society of the United States


3. Zero Energy Prefab Homes are not science fiction! Check out the mkLotus by Michelle Kaufmann. This beautiful, healthy home is a peaceful oasis that collaborates with the land. This home offers the latest high-performance systems and sustainable materials and methods, which dramatically reduces its impact on the environment, as well as your energy bills! Solar, rain water catchment, gray water system, geothermal, and other efficient building systems can be added as well.

Men Like Sports II

After I posted the previous entry, I got so many letters asking about vegetarian and vegan men in sports. Do they exist? Are they strong? Can they build muscles? These aren’t silly questions. We live in a meat obsessed culture with it’s masculinity largely defined by meat-eating. It’s no surprise that we’ve been taught to believe we need animal products to be healthy. However, we can be healhty and strong on a plant-based diet as well. For example, Vegan Bodybuilder Alexander Dargatz is featured on

You can get beefy without eating beefy. I’ve been vegan for over a decade and I am able to build muscle, too. There are also scores of veg ladies who are packing heat – like Six-time Ironwoman Ruth Heidrich, Tennis champ Martina Navratilova, and bodybuilder Kailla Edger.

This week ESPN asks Who says you have to eat meat to be a successful athlete?” Profiling Milwaukee Brewers slugger Prince Fielder, Kansas City Chiefs star Tony Gonzalez, UFC Fighter Mac Danzig, Minnesota Twins Baseballer Pat Neshek, and ultramarathoner Scott Jurek, this article shows men in some of the most physically demanding sports who are shattering the illusion that you have to eat milk and meat to be strong (thanks to Karen of Dawnwatch).

Also this week, Mens’ Fittness Magazine chose the vegan, mixed martial arts, UFC champion Mac Danzig for their cover story entitled “Fittest Guys in America”. His interview starts right off about his veganism. read the full interview here. To learn more about Mac, read my original article about him here.

For other resources on being veg in sports, check these links:

Vegan Bodybuilding

Vegan/Vegetarian Athlete Articles & Links:

Seattle PI on Scott Jurek: Seattle man amazes everyone in 135-mile marathon–including himself

Vegetarian Sports Nutrition (summary at right)

Vegetarian Diet for Exercise and Athletic Training and Performing – Andrews University Nutrition Department

Vegan Cycling


Carl Lewis on Being Vegan

Vegan Triathlete – no age barrier

Veg Athlete a discussion forum at

Vegetarian Action

Vegan by Dr. Michael Greger

Information on Vegan Diet by Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM).

Vegetarian Nutrition Articles by Vegetarian Resource Group (VRG)


Partial list of vegan/vegetarian athletes