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<div class="quote-block">Meagan Duhamel packs her suitcases for competitions like she's about to board a boat for a desert island.<br>
\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\tAmong her skating dresses and track suits she'll tuck carefully wrapped cartons of almond milk, homemade bread and enough nuts and seeds to satisfy a family of squirrels.<br>
\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\tIt's not easy being a Skinny *****.<br>
\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t"It does make my luggage very heavy," Duhamel said, laughing.<br>
\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\tThe 26-year-old figure skater from Lively, Ont., who recently captured the Canadian pairs title with partner Eric Radford, became a vegan three years ago.<br>
\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\tHer diet, she says, is a big reason for her good health and skating success.<br>
\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\tShe adopted the diet in 2008 when she purchased a copy of the best-selling book Skinny ***** in an airport bookstore. She read the book -- which advocates a vegan diet -- from cover to cover in one sitting. The next morning she purged her kitchen of all animal products.<br>
\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t"The suggestion is to wean into it slowly, but I kind of do everything all or nothing so I was like, 'I'm just going to do this and see how it goes,' " Duhamel said. "Everybody was like, 'I don't think this is a very good idea, you're going to be malnourished,' and they were all telling me it was a bad idea.<br>
\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t"The more people that told me that, the more I wanted to do it so I could prove them wrong. In the end, it's been one of the best things I've ever done in my life."<br>
\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\tSkinny ***** advocates for a vegan diet -- which prohibits all animal products -- based on both its health benefits and because of animal cruelty.<br>
\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t"I guess I'm a very compassionate person so hearing about animal abuse kind of triggered something in me that maybe I should try it," Duhamel said.<br>
\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t"I'm really into health and fitness and wellness, so this kind of tied into it. I thought I was just going to do it until the (2010) Olympics, but then I didn't go to the Olympics, and then I ended up liking it so much, I think I'll be a vegan for the rest of my life."<br>
\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\tDuhamel is in good company. Former NHLer Mike Zigomanis, who's currently playing for the AHL's Toronto Marlies, is a vegan. So is former American sprint star Carl Lewis, former NHL tough guy Georges Laraque, MMA fighter Mac Danzig, Canadian triathlete and ultramarathoner Brendan Brazier and former Toronto Raptors forward John Salley.<br>
\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t"It's becoming more and more popular," said Trionne Moore, the lead nutritionist for the Canadian Sports Centre of Ontario.<br>
\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\tMoore said its benefits come from minimizing processed foods -- more nutrients and fewer chemicals --and avoiding the contaminants found in conventionally raised livestock.<br>
\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t"Everything in the body works together and if you want the machine of your body to work well you have to fuel it properly," Duhamel said. "My energy is so much better, I don't hit that wall at 2 o'clock or 3 o'clock in the afternoon, I sleep well, my skin is better, everything just feels well."<br>
\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\tDuhamel stands just five feet tall, but boasts the muscle definition of a bodybuilder.</div>
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Yay, another positive news story about the benefits of a plant based diet! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/thumbsup.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":up:">
 
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