The state of the vegan movement is ...
As we recorded today's episode, how I completed that sentence began to vary.
In my opinion, there's little doubt that veganism is becoming more mainstream and going plant-based gets easier by the day. But does that mean the movement is strong?
In today's episode, Matt and I depart from our typical health and nutrition banter to discuss where veganism is right now as a movement. We're not approaching this topic from a place of authority -- neither of us can claim to be anywhere near authorities on the subject -- but instead as two dudes in the middle of it.
We rave about all the new vegan options and foods, but also attempt to challenge each other on how we can do better as a community.
Oh, and I make a terrible analogy using kale, so there's that too.
Here's what we talk about in this episode:
More questions, more answers. In this episode of Ask Matt and Doug, we cover running and triathlon nutrition, supplements, B12, alkalized water, weight loss, and oh so much more.
This Thursday we have another Throwback Rewind of one of our most popular episodes.
NMA Radio co-host Doug recently attended a bachelor party, where while discussing meals for the weekend, it became clear that one of the guys wasn’t comfortable with Doug’s being a vegan.
"We’re all having meat. What are you going to eat, Doug? Carrots?"
We’ve all been in this situations like this. It’s that moment at a restaurant, party, or dinner when all of a sudden people realize you’re vegan or vegetarian, and don’t know how to react. Before you can even say a word, someone gets defensive or pokes fun of your diet.
So what do you do? Usually, we react in one of two ways. Either:
1) You use it as an opportunity to make a point, defend your diet choice, and maybe even convince a few people, or
2)You brush it off and keep the mood light, in an attempt to make veganism appear as normal as possible.
I’m not saying either of these better than the other; I respect both choices. But I know the one that I choose, almost every single time.
In today’s episode, we discuss these two approaches, and how Doug and I handle the uncomfortable situations at parties, with family, and while out to dinner. We also share the rest of Doug’s story, and how by the end of the weekend, he got that same guy to take interest in the vegan diet.
There's no shortage of morning routine recommendations on the internet ... including an older episode of No Meat Athlete Radio.
And it typically goes something like this:
Do what I do and you'll be more productive, creative, and cool.
But that's not how self improvement works. There's no one-size-fits-all approach to habits, nor is there one for morning routines.
Today Matt and I share our new take on the morning routine, and the habits and structures we think work (and why other approaches might not).
Matt is a wanna-be chess nerd.
That's right, when Matt isn't working on No Meat Athlete, hanging with his family, cooking, or going to the gym, he's geeking out on chess.com tutorials.
And that's probably exactly what he should be doing.
It's easy to get so caught up in work, family, and other obligations that you never make time for yourself, and when you don't make time to do things that bring you joy, it's hard to bring joy into the other things you do.
In today's episode, Matt and I discuss the importance of hobbies, what makes for a good hobby, and why we think they're so important.
Healthy eating doesn't have to equal hours in the kitchen every day. In fact, Matt and I rely on just a few simple recipes for most of our weeknight meals.
They're quick, easy, and completely adaptable to what you have in the fridge.
In today's episode we share our twelve favorite plant-based weeknight recipes.
When I hear the name Tony Robbins, I think of a giant dude, dancing crowds, and walking on coals. And I think of Matt, who for as long as I can remember has been singing his praises.
After all, it was a Tony Robbins event that inspired Matt to go vegetarian and start this blog (which has gone on to became his business and my employer).
But even after reading the posts and hearing the stories, I'm still not convinced Tony does anything more than put on a show. In today's episode, just a few weeks after Matt and his wife Erin returned from a 6-day Tony Robbins experience, we hash that out.
Can a Tony Robbins event help you become your best self, or is it nothing more than a scam?
"If you're not going to do it right, don't do it at all."
That's the code Matt and I both try to live by most of the time. But throughout December, with Matt sick and me "functioning" on new-dad sleep, our healthy habits ... well let's just say they haven't been on point.
In today's episode we discuss when -- if ever -- it's okay to not do your best, and when it's better to simply let a habit, hobby, or routine go completely.
We're back (kind of)! After a few weeks off for travel and babies, we're kicking off the new year with a chat between Doug and Sid Garza-Hillman on new year's resolutions.
Do they work? Should you go all in? Today's episode takes a look at the bigger picture behind your 2017 goals.
With Thanksgiving behind us, it can only mean one thing ...
Time for another holiday extravaganza!
In this week's episode Matt and Doug talk holidays, babies, wine, and what they'd do during the holidays if stranded on a desert island.
(Also, there are a few big announcements in today's episode, so don't skip it!)
After a long weekend at the Remedy Food Festival, Matt has lost his voice. To help save his voice (and your ears) from further damage, we decided to revisit on of our favorite episodes ... the 15 rules we live by.
When it comes to food and fitness habits, I don’t think rules are a good thing. Guidelines, sure, but without a little wiggle room, it’s too easy to throw up your hands and give in when your willpower runs dry.
But when it comes to living a meaningful life — and ensuring that my system for managing it works — I find it’s actually easier to be less flexible … and to follow a set of real, actual rules.
In today’s episode, we share the 15 rules we live by, the firm boundaries that help us live the lives we want and find balance and happiness.
They might not all be for you, but I hope you’ll find a nugget or two to add to your own set of rules for living.
There are few resources available that so actively strive to be as unbiased as Examine.com, and it's for that reason that we frequently reference the site when looking for information on a specific health topic.
In today's episode, we chat with Examine.com's Kamal Patel on if and when vegan athletes should consider taking supplements.
Just a few years ago, Matt's father Tim would have never considered going plant-based. Then, after dealing with health issue after health issue, he heard a talk by Dr. Fuhrman on how diet can reverse heart disease. And it has completely changed his life.
At the age of 63, Tim has gone plant-based and drastically improved his health.
In today's episode, we sit down with Matt's father to talk about his transformation and diet changes.
Today we chat with Dr. John McDougall, one of the biggest advocates for the plant-based diet, on his new book The Healthiest Diet on the Planet.
But of course we don't stop with his book.
Dr. McDougall's shares his take on why we might be getting too many micro-nutrients, how to adapt his diet as an athlete, and even why the paleo diet may be sexist.
We've talked a lot about motivation over the past 163 episodes ... how to find it, how to keep it, and what to do when you have it.
But what do you do when you just can't stay motivated? When even after all the tricks and accountability, you simply don't have the motivation to run, eat healthy, or do whatever habit you're trying to maintain?
That's what we discuss in today's episode.
And a quick SPOILER: We might not land on what you're expecting.
There have only been a few people we've invited back on No Meat Athlete Radio for a second episode, so to ask vegan bodybuilder Robert Cheeke on for a third, you know it has to be for a good reason.
In this episode we talk to Robert about how his views on nutrition and lifestyle have changed over the years, how he's embracing his imperfections, and his new book.
Dr. Pamela Fergusson is a vegan Registered Dietitian with PhD in nutrition
And she speedwalks ultramarathons? Yeah, that's too cool not to bring up.
In today's episode we chat with Dr. Fergusson on practical plant-based nutrition, speedwalking, and living with intention.
I hate to say it, but summer is officially over ... and with the end of summer comes the end of the NMA Summer Running Camp.
But I have good news! This episode tops off the whole summer camp experience with a race day walk-through. Everything you'll want to know (and more) about what to expect on race day.
Matt is now 20% of his way through the Rouxbe plant-based cooking school, and fired up on cooking like he hasn't been in years.
In this week's episode we tackle how to get started with cooking, the essential kitchen gear we recommend, and tips Matt has learned through his new classes.
For students, early September means one thing: The end of summer and the beginning of a new school year.
I have fond memories of the first day back to school, especially in college. Nerves were high, but so was the excitement of new classes, roommates, experiences, and friends.
And I think I speak for both Matt and I when I say that we had a lot of fun during our college days ... and that we made many stupid mistakes.
In today's episode we think back to those mistakes, and share the fitness, nutrition and life lessons or advice we wish we'd known in college.
Here’s what we talk about in this episode:
Most of the information and advice we've shared during the first three weeks of running camp has been geared towards beginners. This week, that changes.
We've invited Jason Fitzgerald, running coach and founder of StrengthRunning.com, to discuss advanced marathon training, marathon specific workouts, and how to take your racing to a new level.
And we're back with our third week of Summer Running Camp. We covered consistency and running form in the first two weeks, and in this episode Matt and I tackle injury prevention.
We dive into warm-ups, strength training, recovery, and oh so much more.
So slap on that sunscreen and we'll see you by the lake...
We're digging deep into the vault once again while Matt is off traveling along the west coast, and this time we reach back to one of our very first habit related episodes.
In today's replay, we talk about our daily rituals or habits for healthy living. From routines to foods, this is what we do on a daily basis.
With us both traveling this week, we're reaching back into the vault for a replay of one of our favorite episodes.
In this interview with Golden Harper of Altra, we discuss injuries, shoes, and how he created a company from an idea.
Everyone has their staples ... the foods or meals they turn to week after week.
In today's episode Doug and Matt discuss their top 10 favorite vegan food staples. The foods they just couldn't live without.
And somehow hummus didn't make the list.