There are some misconceptions out there that changing to a vegan lifestyle somehow puts you at a disadvantage in sports and other high-protein, physical activities. Meet Mac Danzig — a finalist in Men’s Health magazine’s profile of the “25 Fittest Guys In America”. Not only is he ripped and a tough competitor on the show The Ultimate Fighter, but he’s also been a vegan since 2004. Here’s a brief highlight from his interview with the mag:
What made you decide to stop eating meat?
When I was 16, I cut out beef and pork. I just got to the point where I wanted to minimize my intake of animal products. I knew about factory farming and the theories that meat wasn’t safe, but I subscribed to the theory that if you were doing something athletic, you needed to have protein, so I kept eating chicken and fish. But then in 2004, I got to the point where I was sick of eating chicken. It started grossing me out for some reason. I was about a month out from a fight and I decided I was going to cut out all meat. I was working with a trainer who was vegan and he helped me make the switch. I won that fight and went on a 12-fight winning streak. And [not eating meat] made it really easy to cut weight for that fight.
How about an animal abuser or a factory farmer?
[Laughs] This is just a sport for me. It’s not about animosity and wanting to be violent. I wouldn’t give those people the satisfaction of fighting me in my sport. If I had to take care of one of those guys, it would be in a back alley with a baseball bat [laughs].
You can check out the full interview with Mac by jumping here.