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UFC's Jon Fitch Explains His Daily Vegan Diet

"I (Jon Fitch) put together this video to show people what an average day of eating is for me. Nutrition from the right foods make up about 90% of our total health."

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Comment by Eric Ellis on June 11, 2011 at 6:06pm
Damn dude, just eat meat...ha ha well sort of. I would disagree with a vegan diet and as a simple argument point to how our bodies have evolved. Humans by nature are omnivores (consuming both animal and plant based foods) which is why our teeth, for example, are designed the way they are. Same thing can be said for our digestive tract...if we were meant to be vegan why don't we have a similar digestive system as cows? From a research stand point, several studies have shown vegetarian diets produce favorable health outcomes (e.g. China Study and Oxford Study). However, studies examining the consumption of lean meats found reduced inflammation and oxidative stress which are risk factors for heart disease and type 2 diabetes (e.g. Hodgson JM et al. J. Nutr.2007 & Beauchesne-Rondeau E et al. Am J Clin Nutr 2003). Certain nutrients such as Vit B12 only come from animal sources and iron and zinc are found in high quantities and are bettered absorbed from meat sources vs plant. The trouble comes from fatty, processed meats. Long story short naturally raised grass fed beef, free range poultry/eggs, and fish are essential part of a diet and contain better fatty acid profiles (CLA, DHA/EPA, lower Sat fat, etc.). Albert Pujols did the same thing as Fitch (and wrote a book about it) and quickly found that his performance was hindered by this type of diet. Bottom line in my opinion is: Eat organic/"natural"/grass fed/free range when possible, eat frequently, and eat a balanced diet (proteins/veggies/fruit/whole grains)!
Comment by Ward Gibson on May 29, 2011 at 9:29pm
Michael - I agree completely.  I jump all over anything I find where an athlete is willing to share a sample of his/her nutrition. I can say from my own experience just how much your types of calories/portions of macronutrients effects both performance and recovery.
Comment by ted rendinell on May 29, 2011 at 8:39pm

I would eat like this,.....but with my luck I'd get hit by a bus the next day. And while I was in the hospital, I would've said,.......damn......should have had the pizza....!!

 

Everything in moderation......even pizza!

 

 

Comment by Michael Cloud on May 29, 2011 at 10:36am
This is great. We need more videos of athletes diets. In my opinion, the foods we eat, the times we eat them and rest is more important then just an intense workout. A structured diet and optimal nutritional intake helps create a more focused and explosive athlete during competition. Over the next couple of days I'm going to post a couple of sample diets on my site, MAC Sports & Rehab (macsportsandrehab.com) that my nutritionist from the NFL help me create.
Comment by Matt Domyancic on May 29, 2011 at 12:40am
Damn dude, just eat meat.  Or if you stick the the veggie thing pound some protein shakes in there too....and take some massive amounts of BCAAs and EFAs to make up for what you probably are not getting in that diet.

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