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 veganbodybuilding.com.
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/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 MD.com by Dr. Michael Greger
Information on Vegan Diet by Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM).
Vegetarian Nutrition Articles by Vegetarian Resource Group (VRG)