As a kid in Jamaica, Torre Washington ate his grandparents’ island cooking: fish, jerk chicken, curried goat. But as he grew up and started making his own decisions, he latched onto the Rasta concept of “ital,” which means eating of the earth. Now a fitness coach in South Florida, he’s part of a growing trend of jocks (like Serena Williams and 300-pound Chicago Bears lineman David Carter) who avoid animal products. Mike Tyson is now vegan. Even the definitive muscleman, Arnold Schwarzenegger, says we should eat less meat. Need convincing? Try Washington’s eco-friendly, critter-free diet plan.

Scroll though Torre Washington’s eco-friendly steps below…


1Come On Back to Carbs

“Carbohydrates give you the energy you need,” Washington says. “Without them you actually suppress your metabolism. I’m seeing more people finally realize that they need carbs in order to fuel their bodies.” Washington’s carb of choice is the Japanese sweet potato, the kind with purple skin and pale gold flesh, like a tuber in a Lakers jersey. “The Japanese sweet potato has the texture of a white potato,” he says. “And baked, it tastes like candy.”

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