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ENJOY | The Green Life

By Avital Binshtock

Chill Flavors | Trendsetter | Soul Kitchen


We asked dessert experts to recommend their favorite ecofriendly ice cream, so you can cool your palate and the planet at the same time.

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"Becoming vegan wasn't like, 'Oh, I can't eat this, I can't eat that.' It brought so many new ways to explore cooking." —Scott Jurek

Scott Jurek, ultramarathoner, vegan, and clean-trails advocate | Photo by Justin Bastien

An ultramarathoner is someone who regularly runs races that make the standard 26.2-mile contest look like a morning jog. Scott Jurek, 37, is an ultra ultramarathoner. He's the U.S. record holder for the 24-hour run, having covered 165.7 miles in a single day. Twice he's won the brutal Badwater race—135 miles through Death Valley—and he's won the 100-mile Western States Endurance Run seven times. And he does it all on a diet devoid of animal products. In his free time, he helps restore the mountain trails so central to his sport.

Q: How long have you been vegan?

A: Since 1999. I started doing ultramarathons in '94, but all my major victories happened after I changed my diet. It really impacted my health and my training, and it's been a big reason why I've been so consistent with pumping out serious results.

Q: What made you want to go vegan?

A: Definitely it got spurred from the health standpoint. At the time, I was eating fast food four times a week. You name it—extra-large fries, double McChicken sandwich. I used to hate vegetables, and I used to hate running. I used to hunt and fish; in my family, that's how we explored the outdoors. A major turning point was reading Dr. Andrew Weil's Spontaneous Healing, and then Howard Lyman's Mad Cowboy. I realized that our three meals per day play a huge role environmentally. I've come to appreciate the ethical issues too. As a former hunter and fisherman, I'm sympathetic to people who do those activities, but I'm also sympathetic to the fact that we do mistreat animals raised for food.

Q: You run mainly on trails, right?

A: My first choice is to run in the mountains, because having such a beautiful setting brings you back to that primal instinct. When I'm on a 40-mile run, I get to explore places that would take most people four days of backpacking [to reach]. I'm moving through incredible scenery and still soaking in the sights and sounds and smells.

ON THE WEB To read a longer interview with Scott Jurek, go to


You've read The Omnivore's Dilemma, joined a community-supported-agriculture program, and started steering clear of drive-throughs. The only problem? Your kitchenware consists of a toxic Teflon pan, a rusty baking dish, and several warped Tupperware pieces. Fear not: Here's a recipe for a better-stocked eco-kitchen. —Della Watson

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ON THE WEB Chef Annie Somerville, of San Francisco vegetarian restaurant Greens, serves up a tasty recipe at Sierra's "Good Eats."

Lisa Clark photo courtesy of Kelly Nissl; Jai Kendell photo courtesy of Rosa Mexicano; Taff Mayberry photo courtesy of John Davidson; Ann Gentry photo courtesy of Lee Brubaaker; ice cream photos by Lori Eanes (5); kitchen photos by Lori Eanes (4); trivet photo courtesy of Greenheart Shop

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