After a short break, we're back with a new season of NMA Radio. And I've got to say, we're pretty darn stoked.
Here's a rundown of everything you've missed over the past few weeks, and what to expect over the next several months from the new (and improved) NMA Radio.
Doug's Garden, Matt's Soccer Channel, and Announcing a 4-Week Break (Back June 14th)
Yoga's popularity has boomed over the past several years, but for many, it's still too intimidating to actually try.
In today's episode, Doug chats with his wife Katie, a certified Yoga Therapist and 500-hour Registered Yoga Teacher, about how yoga can transform your life and how to get started.
Doug asks the many questions he had before his first class, and Katie shares how yoga can be a transformative and healing practice for all athletes.
What's it like to run a mountainous 100-mile ultramarathon? How about one that takes you 33 hours to complete?
In today's episode, Doug shares his report from the Hellbender 100, and why he almost didn't make it to the finish.
Life... it's stressful.
Work, kids, school, training, dishes, they all pile up draining you of energy and time, until suddenly, you no longer have any free-time to yourself.
Now, there are a lot of productivity gurus and self-help personalities pushing life-hacks and cheats to save 15 minutes here or free up a little time there, but rarely do they solve any of the lasting struggles overwhelming your day.
Jeff Sanders, a good friend of NMA, has a different approach.
You may remember Jeff from previous episodes of the podcast. He's the host of the 5AM Miracle, and has helped both Matt and I work on creating more productive, healthier morning routines.
Today we're bringing him back on, not to focus on mornings, but instead to help us understand how to identify and uproot the real causes of the procrastination and stress in our lives, and how to free up time to do what we love.
And to do that through the functional, real-life strategies -- not hacks -- outlined in his new book, The Free-Time Formula.
Stressed out by your plant-based diet, and unsure how you'll keep it going or if you're getting all the right nutrients?
Trust me, we've been there too.
So in today's episode, we share our thoughts on why diets end up becoming so stressful, and a simple approach to getting everything you need without a complicated meal plan.
Feeling stuck with your fitness or nutrition? We know the feeling...
In today's episode we discuss what it means for your health when you're "stuck," and whether getting unstuck should even be your focus.
You've got questions, we've got answers. In this Q&A episode, Matt and Doug cover everything from B12 absorption to shoe size, training speed, and the health benefits of peanuts.
Want to run an ultramarathon, but don't think you're ready?
In today's episode, Matt and Doug address the 4 big hangups runners have when it comes to training for an ultramarathon, including: fitness, time, trail running, and whether or not they have it in them.
That ultramarathon goal might just be closer than you think!
Runners, new and experienced, have all heard certain "rules." Hard and fast advice on how to train, recover, and experience the sport.
But we here at NMA Radio don't think all of those rules are beneficial. In today's episode we call out some of the running advice we've all heard (maybe even shared), and flip it on it's head.
People talk a lot about making sure you get all the nutrients you need on a plant-based diet, but what if we're looking at it all wrong? What if the bigger concern for everyone, not just vegans, is overnutrition?
In today's episode we chat with Julieanna Hever and Ray Cronise, authors of Plant-Based Nutrition (Idiot's Guide) on their approach to eating healthy for the long-haul.
If you don't think you can build muscle on a whole-foods, plant-based diet, just take a look at Marcella Torres and Derek Tresize.
In today's episode we chat with Derek and Marcella on what vegans need to know about muscle gain, plus their resistance training philosophy, which has helped countless people get stronger, lose weight, and stay injury-free.
It's no secret that we like self improvement strategies here at NMA Radio. We like to set big goals and create habits that help with performance, productivity, and effectiveness.
But at what price?
After reading a recent article in the New Yorker, and following it up with a few not-so-hip-on self improvement books, Matt has found himself in a place where he's no longer sure if focusing on self improvement is a good thing.
Do vegans need supplements to stay healthy? What nutrients do whole plant-based foods actually lack?
There's a lot of controversy surrounding those questions, and the answer isn't always simple.
In today's episode, Matt sits down with Matt Tullman -- an author and entrepreneur who has set a goal for a third of the population to go plant-based by 2030 -- to break it all down.
Long-time friends of NMA, Rip and Jane Esselstyn, know a thing or two about cooking healthy meals people actually want to eat. They've written best-selling books and designed an entire diet philosophy, the Engine 2 Diet, around the subject.
So when they publish a new cookbook, The Engine 2 Cookbook, we want to hear about it.
In today's episode, Matt speaks with Rip and Jane about the new book, oil-free cooking, and how to make healthy eating choices stick.
When it comes to habit change, there are five keys to being successful. Keys – or rules – that when not followed, are often the reasons why most people fail to make new health and fitness habits work.
In today's episode, we share a clip from an Academy seminar, outlining those keys to creating habits that stick, and provide real life examples from my own successes (and failures) to help you put these rules into action.
One of my favorite episodes each year is our big, epic, vegan holiday extravaganza, where Matt and I discuss our wish lists and favorite seasonal films, and share what we plan to cook and drink over the holidays.
This year, things are a little different. With Matt's family traveling to Spain for the holiday, the conversation shifted towards traditions, travel, and dealing with family expectations.
But don't you worry, Matt still shares his (ridiculous, if you ask me) Christmas movie list.
So light up the fire, pour yourself a Christmas beer, and enjoy this year's holiday celebration.
I know this might not be a popular thing to say, but ever since going vegan I've lost all inspiration and excitement for cooking.
Celebrity TV chef Jason Wrobel doesn't have that problem. In today's episode we discuss how to stay motivated and inspired in the kitchen, and what we need to know about eating for longevity.
What makes people truly happy?
Dan Buettner, author of the Blue Zones and new book Blue Zones of Happiness, studied the world's happiest places to find the lessons we can all apply to live happier (and healthier) lives.
Don't think you can gain muscle on a plant-based diet? Think again. In today's episode, Robert Cheeke and Vanessa Espinoza share how they've had success as vegan bodybuilders.
What do you get when you cross running with tai chi? Chi Running, of course.
In today's episode, we chat with Danny Dreyer, founder of the Chi Running training philosophy, about how your running form, mind, and breath all play a role in your running performance.
Have you ever taken a life-changing smoke break? NMA's own Susan Lacke has, when her old boss, Carlos, convinced her to start working out with him.
Twenty months later, she was running her first Ironman triathlon, writing for NMA, and launching a new career. And it was Carlos's never-wavering support that she believes made it all possible.
In today's episode, we speak with Susan about that epic friendship, her new book, and the power of supporting someone through their goals.
Every runner goes through slumps. Life gets busy, the weather gets hot (or cold), and whatever “running mojo” looks like to you, you’ve lost it.
I’m no different, and I’m in the midst of a slump now: the training I had planned for a fall marathon never really got off the ground, and my running for the past few months has been next to non-existent.
But something is different this time. This time, I don’t feel guilty about it.
Somehow (meditation, maybe?) I’m at peace with the slump. I’m not beating myself up for letting the marathon goal slip away. I can see this for what it is, without judgement, and in a strange way I feel free — with a newfound excitement about other types of training.
As it turns out, co-host Doug is dealing with a running slump of his own. Except he’s one week away from a 50K, and his training looks a lot different from mine.
In today’s episode, we talk about our slumps and how we’re embracing the lack of motivation instead of fighting it. If you’ve been in a slump recently, or you’re in one right now, this one is for you.
Jeff Sanders' ability to rise early, stay motivated, and get stuff done has long been an inspiration to Matt and Doug.
In today's episode, Jeff shares how his productivity philosophy has changed over the years, and the major life shift he made after stress landed him in the hospital.
From mid-pack runners to professional triathletes, we've had the opportunity to share a lot of stories and advice from vegan athletes on this podcast. But today's interview is a first.
I'm excited to share my conversation with vegan midfielder for the LA Galaxy, Baggio Husidic, about his diet, training, and how going plant-based is making him a better athlete.