Athletic Prowess on a Plant-Based Diet

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Today on the show I sit down with my friend Mac Danzig, a fascinating PlantPowered force in the MMA / UFC world.  

Before we go any further, throw away any UFC fighter stereotypes that may come to mind.  Mac is one of the more intelligent, introspective and out-of-the box thinkers you are likely to meet — a personality and perspective forged from transcending a challenging upbringing to rise to the highest echelons of the UFC, including victory in Season 6 of the Ultimate Fighter  and a decorated career that includes twelve consecutive wins in 2006.

Accomplishments all achieved on a 100% plant-based diet.

I first met Mac a couple years ago and was immediately struck by his contemplative, low key personality.  A guy at peace with himself, far more comfortable alone in nature than navigating the spotlight.  A guy who really thinks about the authenticity of his actions, his place in the world, how to best father his daughter Nova, and the impact his decisions have on others and the planet at large.  So it was fascinating to finally sit down with him and hash it out.  Not short on opinions, Mac broke my record in episode length today, exceeding 3 hours and expounding upon everything from his career and diet (of course) to the benefits of meditation, the perils of our education system and sport as art.  Yeah, it’s a long one.  I know.  But I am really proud of this interview and essentially guarantee that you will be completely engaged throughout.

It’s one thing when a triathlete, marathoner or an ultra-runner demonstrates plantpowered prowess.  We’ve seen that. But what about an athlete whose success depends upon brute strength, lightning speed, incredible power and world-class agility?  Well that’s another thing altogether.  Simply put, Mac’s success takes all the wind out of the tired argument that you cannot excel athletically on a plant-based diet.

Now Mac is taking his game to a whole new level, experimenting with the 80/10/10 Diet – a regimen heralded by Douglas Graham in which 80% of all calories come from carbohydrates, 10% from protein and 10% from fat. Translation?  Most of what he eats is fruit — a protocol that stands in direct counterpoint to the high fashion, high fat, low carb craze currently in vogue.

How is it working for Mac? You’ll have to listen to the whole episode to find out.  It might take a few sittings, but I promise it’s worth your time investment.

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