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  1. I have been training at Straight Blast for 10 months and love it! The guys are awesome and there is a very positive vibe there. Before I moved to Portland, I did Brazilian Jiu Jitsu at a place in New Haven, CT. I find that Brazilian Jiu Jitsu places tend to have good people because BJJ forces you to get your ego in check. When you first start training you will get submitted all the time and you will either become humble and learn from your mistakes or you will quit from frustration. This usually sends a lot of the tough guys packing after 1 or 2 classes.
  2. Mac has his own blog where he will occasionally talk about his diet. Unfortunately all his old posts are missing. The only thing I remember from when I read the stuff a while back is that the dude loves his clifbars. I hope he will repeat some of the stuff again. http://macdanzig.blogspot.com/ Jake Shields is another awesome fighter, but he is vegetarian not vegan. I suggest people check him out. http://jakeshields.com/
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    Hello, everyone! I have been vegan for a little over a year and was vegetarian for about a year before that. My diet probably is not even close to what it should be; right now I mainly subsist off of tofurky sandwiches a frozen stuff from Trader Joe's. I am looking forward to reading what other people eat so I can help bring my diet in line. The reason why I am here is because I train Brazilian Jiu Jitsu(BJJ) and I am one of the smaller guys at my gym. In BJJ, most techniques do not rely on physical strength, but when skill levels are close strength does give an extra edge. Anyways I was wrestling with a guy whom I had never really talked to before and after we finished, he looked at me and asked if I was vegetarian. The fact that it was so obvious to him made me feel ashamed because it made me feel like a poor representative of vegan-kind. Anyways he told me that he had met some vegan bodybuilder at a store one day and said he was super impressed by the guy's physique. He told me the guy ran a website and I should look it up online. Currently I train BJJ 3-4 times a week but I am looking to supplement that with other exercise to help encourage muscle development. I am 5'10" and I used to weigh around 250 pounds. A few months before I went vegetarian, I started watching the amount of food I ate and then weight started falling off. I am down to 160 pounds, but now my body looks quite ridiculous; I have super scrawny arms and legs and still have a little bit of flab on my stomach that looks pretty bad because of how loose my skin is. Anyways, I am looking to finally have a positive image of my body. I looked around the forums a bit before joining and noticed there are a lot of Portland people here! I have only been in Portland for 10 months and love being in such a vegan friendly city. I guess I will leave you guys with one more personal story. My older brother has been vegan\vegetarian for a long time. When we were both in high school I used to give him a hard time about being a vegetarian. It wasn't until several years later that I actually made an effort to understand his motivations. I asked myself "If I had to kill everything I ate with my own hands, would I still eat meat?" I thought about it a little and decided no, I couldn't do it. I no longer wanted someone spilling blood for my sake, and became vegetarian afterwards. To me it just illustrates how it is much easier to mock people than it is to understand them. A lot times to truly understand another person, you have to examine yourself. Hope I didn't ramble too much. -Drew
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