Charlestown, Rhode Island
Ryan, a lifelong resident of Rhode Island, considers his decision to go vegan seven years ago the "most fulfilling and rewarding" one he has ever made. And his reason for making the switch? PETA's eye opening video "Meet Your Meat," which exposes the truth behind factory farming. The expression "wouldn't harm a fly" applies to Ryan literally—in addition to eating vegan, wearing animal-free clothing, and caring for his animal companions, he looks out for insects by carefully moving them out of harm's way.
This sexy fitness buff owns a women's adventure boot camp company, which he runs with his wife, Danielle, who is also vegan. Together, they regularly use their business to raise money for local animal shelters. Ryan, who studied community health education, has long been involved in fitness but says that since going vegan, he has "more energy, less stress, better sleep, increased muscle tone, increased endurance, vibrancy, no anxiety, and, most of all, a zest for life." He participates in sports leagues, adventure races, and 5K road races and credits his healthy vegan lifestyle with giving him the endurance that he needs.
When the vegan duo aren't busy working or working out together, you can find them caring for their three dogs and one cat and planning for their first child, who is due in May 2014. And of course, they will be raising their baby vegan, too!