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Exclusive: Ethan Zohn Fights C Word With V Word

Written by PETA | July 16, 2009
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Ethn Zohn and Jenna Morasca

There’s no doubt that Survivor alumni Ethan Zohn and Jenna Morasca know how to make the best of a tough situation. Not even the diagnosis of Ethan’s cancer has been able to keep this couple down! When Ethan was diagnosed with CD20-positive Hodgkin’s lymphoma earlier this year, he let the world know that he and longtime girlfriend Jenna would be tackling the illness head-on. As he told People magazine in May, “I’ll take it on like a real game of Survivor. I’m not getting voted out of this one.”

We are, of course, rooting hard for Ethan and Jenna—remember when they posed au naturel for our “Rather Go Naked Than Wear Fur” campaign? And we were elated to learn that one of the first steps they took toward battling Ethan’s cancer was to switch immediately to a vegetarian diet.

We recently had the opportunity to ask Ethan and Jenna a few questions about the couple’s switch to a vegetarian lifestyle, and as you can see from their answers, they couldn’t be more pleased with their decision. More energy and the chance to help animals and the environment? As Jenna says, “You can’t get any better than that, in my mind!”

What made you decide to go vegetarian?
Jenna: When Ethan was diagnosed with cancer, we decided that we need to be careful about what we put in our bodies. So we went vegetarian together!

Have you ever considered going vegetarian in the past?
Ethan: I was on a macrobiotic diet when I was younger and my father was ill. My entire family made the change to macro to help my father and the cancer he was battling. In addition, I was a vegetarian for 14 years before going on Survivor.

How did you make the transition? Was it gradual, or did you stop eating meat cold (faux) turkey?
Jenna: We actually made the transition pretty quickly—just cutting out everything right away. Now, with so many great faux-meat products, it’s not as hard as people think anymore to go vegetarian. For instance, in the grocery store are many great faux-meat options, like Gardenburger meatless buffalo chicken wings. Ethan was a huge fan of buffalo chicken wings, so these are a good replacement!

How do you feel since making the switch to a vegetarian diet—any different?
Ethan: Yes! We feel like we have more energy and do not consume that many calories during the day.

Studies have shown that the meat industry is deadly to the environment—not only does it contribute to water pollution and deforestation, it’s also the biggest contributor to greenhouse gasses and climate change. What do you think about going vegetarian as a way to help the environment?
Jenna: I think that any way to help the environment is a bonus, and going vegetarian not only helps the environment but also helps animals too! You can’t get any better than that, in my mind!

Written by Amanda Schinke

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  • Carla* says:

    All the best to Ethan and Jenna!! Thanks Mike for the link!!

  • Mike Quinoa says:

    Good luck to Ethan and Rev. Meg. Perhaps going fulltilt vegan like Ironman Ruth Heidrich did to conquer her breast cancer would yield even better results. Dr. John McDougall wrote a good article on cow’s milk cancer and IGF1 httpwww.drmcdougall.commisc2007nlmardairy.htm

  • Brien Comerford says:

    I’m an animal loving vegetarian but I have ample respect and admiration for people who are vegetarian for human health reasons.

  • lauren kelly says:

    I recently lost a relative to cancer. Unfortunately the family’s instinct was to feed him fatty comfort foods such as meat and dairy to help him put on weight. As a vegan it seemed like a bad idea to me knowing how bad these foods are for your body. I also just learned that the protein found in milk supports cancer growth scary.

  • Rev. Meg Schramm says:

    When I was a teenager my mother went to a cancer clinic in Mexico for treatment this is why I was living in Mexico and saw my one and only bullfight. She was put on a macrobiotic diet so we all went on it. Having fought cancer myself since then as well as diabetes I have lately been considering going back on that diet.

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