Jasmin Singer on Food Addiction, the 80s, and How She Lost 100 Pounds

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Growing up in the 80s, we were told a lot of things by the food industry … often right smack in the middle of our Saturday morning cartoons.

Milk “does a body good,” sugary cereal is “part of a complete breakfast,” and in general, processed foods are a fabulous choice for healthy family dinners and snacks.

So how did all this affect our health and our relationship with food?

For Jasmin Singer, co-host of the Our Hen House podcast and author of the new book Always Too Much and Never Enough, the effect was an addiction to food and 100 extra pounds.

In today’s episode of NMA Radio, Jasmin shares her inspiring story: of the struggle with food addiction, the choice to go vegan, a dramatic transformation, and why she feels so betrayed by the food industry.

Here’s what we talk about in this episode:

  • Growing up with a food addiction
  • Yep, you can be an unhealthy vegan
  • How a juice fast changed Jasmin’s life (and helped her lose 100 pounds)
  • Learning to love yourself (through running)
  • Have we all been betrayed by the food industry?
  • What Jasmin discovered about how we treat fat people … once she became thin

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To Race or Not to Race?

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That is the question … or at least the question we tackle in today’s episode.

It’s no secret that when it comes to running, Matt is a goals guy. He chases massive race goals that inspire and motivate him through training … sometimes for years. And in many ways, I’m the same. I know first hand just how powerful a dream race can be.

But I also love running for the sake of running, and can maintain months of consistent training with no race in sight.

So when a listener asked this question on the No Meat Athlete Facebook page, it sparked an interesting conversation.

Do runners need races, or should they run for the joy of running?

Here’s what we talk about in this episode:

  • The power of a race goal
  • When racing is a bad idea
  • Alternatives to races … that can be just as motivating
  • The mistake most non-racers make
  • Why Matt wants you to give racing a try

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The Life-Changing Habit to Start Today

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“Life-changing” is a big claim. Especially when it involves cleaning out your closet …

This conversation started back in January, when Matt read Marie Kondo’s bestselling book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. He said it was one of the best books he’d read in years, I said it wasn’t for me.

Boy was I wrong.

Today’s episode departs from our traditional topics of fitness and nutrition, and focuses instead on a habit we’ve both recently adopted. A habit that will free you from clutter, bring new energy to your home, and take you completely by surprise — I know it did me — with how good it feels.

Yup. It may even change your life.

Here’s what we talk about in this episode:

  • Do your items spark joy?
  • How to start decluttering your home
  • Why it’s acceptable to throw away that ugly sweater
  • Thanking your items (Doug actually does this)
  • What to do with books, race medals, and other items you love

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Nicole Antoinette Interviews Matt Frazier

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This week on No Meat Athlete Radio, we’re doing something a little different.

Instead of me doing the interviewing (or shooting the breeze with Doug), I’m the one being interviewed — by my friend and fellow vegan runner and “big goals” advocate Nicole Antoinette.

This interview was first published on Nicole’s popular podcast, Real Talk Radio, and she was kind enough to let me rebroadcast it on our show.

It’s a long one, nearly two hours in length, but one of my favorite interviews that I’ve done, which is why I chose to share it. Nicole and I dig deep into a lot of topics — and not just the typical running and diet stuff, but a more personal discussion of achievement, failure, and the messy reality that setting big, ambitious goals.

I hope you enjoy this one as much as I did! Big thanks to Nicole for doing the interview and letting me share it; be sure to check out Real Talk Radio for lots more conversations like it.

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Our Start-to-Finish Guide to Marathon Training

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So you want to run a marathon …

How exciting! How scary.

While looking back at the NMA Radio archives a few weeks ago, Matt and I noticed a glaring oversight: marathon training for beginners.

We’ve covered general running advice, what to eat before a race, and even trail running, but somehow we skipped over one of the most sought after topics for runners.

Training for your first marathon will be a thrilling experience, filled with highs, lows, and lessons. But if you’ve never taken on such a distance, just thinking about the challenge can feel overwhelming. Fear not, we’ve got you covered.

In today’s post, we finally tackle the topic, and address all the basics of marathon training … from choosing your race to crossing the finish-line.

Here’s what we talk about in this episode:

  • Choosing the right marathon for you
  • What to look for in a training plan
  • Should you set a time goal?
  • Eating for strength, lasting energy, and recovery
  • Why a simple approach to pre-race fuel is a smarter approach
  • Our tricks to staying on pace

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The (Third) Big Q&A Episode

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You’ve got questions, we’ve got answers … or attempt to have answers, anyway.

After last week’s massive podcast extravaganza with Sid Garza-Hillman, Matt and I decide cool things down a bit with our third installment of the Big Q&A Episode. If you’re a new listener, you may also want to check out with the first and second.

This time we tackle running injuries, the ketogenic diet, a vegan pregnancy, ultramarathon nutrition, and several other great topics.

Here’s what we talk about in this episode:

  • Running and plant-based eating while pregnant
  • Should knee pain keep you from ever running again?
  • Matt’s take on the CRON-O-Meter (BTW, Doug has no take)
  • Fueling an ultramarathon on sugars
  • The health benefits of sprouted grains

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If Your ‘Healthy’ Diet Stresses You Out, Can You Still Call It Healthy?

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“No matter how healthily you’re eating, if it’s causing you stress to do so, you’re not eating healthily.”

That’s the most valuable lesson I’ve learned from my friend, author, and (vegan) certified nutritionist, Sid Garza-Hillman. And it’s one that has changed the way I eat.

So how much stress does your diet cause you? See if any of these sound familiar:

“I struggle to get enough variety and I’m bored with my diet.”

“When I get home late from work, I usually just end up microwaving something from the freezer or getting takeout.”

“I have trouble finding time to plan ahead, and end up wasting a lot of food and eating junk.”

“A lot of times I just end up eating snacks as meals, even though I know this isn’t good.”

“I’m worried I don’t get the nutrition I need as a plant-based athlete.”

If I had a piece of tofu for every time I’ve heard one of these concerns from a No Meat Athlete reader or listener … well, I’d have a lot of tofu.

And you know what they all are, right?

Stress.

What’s funny is that with all the progress plant-based diets have made in the past decade, these are the exact same issues I used to get emails about when I first started this blog seven years ago (and back then, I was dealing with the same issues myself!).

There’s a disconnect here: we’re all eating better, or at least we’re trying to. And despite some confusion around controversial foods, we know more than ever about what’s good and what’s bad, with the trend clearly moving in the direction of whole foods.

So why are so many people still having these same issues? Why is there still so much stress around eating a healthy, whole-food plant-based diet?

There’s not just one answer, but I can give you three big ones:

  1. Misconceptions about what’s actually healthy (or necessary).
  2. Overly complicated approaches to nutrition — yep, I’m calling out calorie-counting and even macronutrient ratios here.
  3. My favorite topic of all … habits. In this case, bad ones.

On that third point: rather than having a plan in place — a plan where the default is healthy food, built into the very structure your day — most people’s food choices vary wildly. And they vary according to factors that are more or less random … factors like what time they got out of work, whether they happen to have leftovers in the fridge, and let’s face it, what they happen to be craving.

It’s time to bust out of the rut, clear up the misconceptions, and simplify the way we eat.

So who did I call in? You guessed it: Sid Garza-Hillman, the guy who got me thinking this way in the first place. For an epic, 90-minute conversation around this very topic, where we break down the big three problems above to help you remove the stress from your diet … so it can be as healthy as it ought to be.

But I know 90 minutes is a lot, so to help you fit it in to your day, I’ve broken the recording into three, bite-size chunks (see what I did there?), starting with Part 1 today.

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How to Maintain Your Healthy Habits When You’re Traveling

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We’ve all be there … traveling in a new city, thrown off from our regular routines, and struggling to maintain a healthy habit.

How on Earth can I keep a daily meditation practice in a crowded hotel room?

Should I even bother running when I’m off my training?

Isn’t it impossible to eat healthy food on the road?

While on a recent vacation to Florida, Matt’s family found themselves asking questions just like these. Hopping from place to place, their healthy eating habits were put to the test.

In today’s episode, Matt shares a few of the lessons he put in place during that recent trip, and we discuss when it’s acceptable to let your habits adapt.

Here’s what we talk about in this episode:

  • A Grapple? Seriously?
  • The effects of routine change on your habits
  • Planning for the challenges
  • Why something is better than nothing
  • How to embrace the new experiences

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