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Duluth resident compiles book on plant-based diets

Scott Shetler, a Duluth resident and the owner of Norcross-based Extreme Performance Training Systems, has compiled a book titled “Plant-Based Performance: A Compassionate Approach to Health and Fitness.” (Staff Photo: Deanna Allen)

Scott Shetler, a Duluth resident and the owner of Norcross-based Extreme Performance Training Systems, has compiled a book titled “Plant-Based Performance: A Compassionate Approach to Health and Fitness.” (Staff Photo: Deanna Allen)

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“Plant-Based Performance: A Compassionate Approach to Health and Fitness” is available in both print and e-book formats at the website www.plantbasedperformance.org. (Staff Photo: Deanna Allen)

When Scott Shetler decided to compile a book on plant-based diets and athletic performance, he made a list of athletes, health and fitness professionals and enthusiasts he knew practiced plant-based nutrition.

The Duluth resident then began contacting those individuals via email or through their social media pages. Some of them he knew personally, others he had never met before, but their responses were positive and immediate — Shetler began contacting potential contributors Aug. 14 and the book, “Plant-Based Performance: A Compassionate Approach to Health and Fitness,” was published Oct. 27.

“As soon as they found out what the details were they were extremely excited to be part of it,” Shetler said of his 18 contributors, who included UFC fighter and Season 6 Ultimate Fighter champion Mac Danzig; Dr. Ruth Heidrich, a six-time Ironman triathlon finisher featured in the documentary “Forks Over Knives” and the book “Born to Run”; rapper stic.man of the hip-hop duo dead prez; Julieanna Hever, “the plant-based dietitian” and author of “The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Plant-Based Nutrition”; and former WWE superstar Amy Dumas who wrestling fans would remember as Lita.

Shetler himself has worked in the health and fitness industry for more than 15 years and owns Norcross-based Extreme Performance Training Systems, where he trains both athletes and health and fitness enthusiasts. He became a vegetarian in 2011 for ethical reasons and that eventually evolved into a total plant-based nutrition plan.

“Not only did this allow me to very easily lose over 50 (pounds) in about 4 months, my health has never been better,” he said. “Now my goals are to continue teaching people about true health by focusing on the synergistic development of the mind, body, and spirit.”

His book is a collection of 19 informative and inspirational articles covering a wide range of plant-based related topics, and 100 percent of revenues from sales of the book go to Mercy For Animals, a nonprofit organization that seeks to prevent cruelty to farmed animals and promotes compassionate food choices and policies.

“I really hope that the book will open people’s eyes to the compassionate, environmental, and health benefits of following a plant-based diet,” Shetler said. “In addition, I hope the stories from the amazing athletes featured in the book will make people realize that not only can you be extremely healthy eating a plant-based diet, but you can perform at the highest levels of athletics as well.”

“I feel that by having real athletes and real people share their stories, readers will be inspired to pursue a plant-based diet, or at least incorporate more of these health-promoting foods into their existing diet,” Shetler continued. “In addition, I hope the book helps readers become more compassionate to animals and our environment.”

Shetler is the author of seven books. “Plant-Based Performance: A Compassionate Approach to Health and Fitness” is available in both print and e-book formats at the website www.plantbasedperformance.org.

For more information, contact Shetler via email at scott@extreme-fitness.org.