10 Vegan Foods We Couldn’t Live Without

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Everyone has their staples … the foods or meals they turn to week after week.

But how many of your staples do you rely on simply because of convenience, and how many are foods you would truly never want to give up?

In today’s episode Matt and I discuss their top 10 favorite vegan food we couldn’t live without. The foods, sauces, meals, and drinks we rely heavily on week after week for both nutrients and pleasure.

And believe it or not, hummus didn’t make the list.

Here’s what we talk about in this episode:

  • Are there foods we really couldn’t live without?
  • Sauces and homemade dressings we always have on hand
  • Matt’s favorite pasta dish
  • A simple way to get your G-BOMBS

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Summer Running Camp, Part 2: Running Form

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Get your lake gear ready, it’s time for week two of Summer Running Camp!

During the first week of summer camp we discussed building a consistent running routine. This week, we move on to proper running form.

Most of us learned to run as children, playing tag, sports, and chasing friends around the neighborhood. But it isn’t until we get older — and start running for exercise — that running form even becomes a consideration.

At it’s worst, your running form can leave you injured, but proper form will help with your overall running economy, reducing effort and fatigue while increasing speed.

So what are the basic principals of proper running form?

That’s what we cover in week two of camp.

Here’s what we talk about in this episode:

  • Why proper form starts with your head
  • The forward lean … why is it so hard?
  • The form technique that changed Matt’s running forever
  • Midfoot vs. heel striking
  • Doug’s big announcement!

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How We Use Summer for Motivation and Reset

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Summertime, and the livin’ is easy — am I right?

Summer means warm weather, fresh veggies, and vacations. All the things we loved as young kids and still love today.

But for Matt and I, the mid-year months also provide an opportunity for renewed motivation and reset.

Maybe it’s the fresh food. Maybe it’s the simple desire to look good at the beach. Whatever it is, we’re both making changes this summer.

In today’s episode we discuss the power of the summer season, and how to use it to set new health, fitness, and nutrition goals to round out the year.

Here’s what we talk about in this episode:

  • Why a mid-year reset?
  • How access to fresh vegetables changes our diets
  • Matt’s new daily food routine
  • Motivation for fall races
  • Running and eating your way through vacation

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The (Fourth) Big Q&A Episode

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My favorite part of being the co-host of No Meat Athlete Radio is the connection Matt and I make with listeners.

Writing for the blog is great, but being inside your earbuds feels different. It’s as if you get to know us better, and in return you reach out and we get to know you better.

Win, win.

And one of the best ways we get to hear from you has been through the Big Q&A Episode series. If you’ve missed them, check out parts one, two, and three now.

Today we’re back with another edition, and this time we answer questions on long bike ride nutrition, blood pressure, protein, and knoxing.

Don’t know about knoxing? We didn’t either …

Here’s what we talk about in this episode:

  • Benefits to running on an empty stomach?
  • The big supplements question
  • Losing and gaining weight on the vegan diet
  • What to do when your sport requires non-vegan equipment
  • How to fuel for a long bike ride

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Summer Running Camp, Part 1: Building Consistency

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Summer has officially arrived, which can only mean one thing:

Summer Camp … No Meat Athlete style.

Today’s episode is the first in a new summer series on the fundamentals of running. First topic, building a consistent running routine.

As Matt and I planned this series, it quickly became clear that before we can talk about running form, speed, or nutrition, we have to start with consistency. Running and training consistency is at the core of any progress within the sport, but is often ignored, specifically by beginners.

In this first week of Summer Running Camp, we discuss why consistency is so important and how to develop a sustainable routine, even before you begin training for a goal race.

Here’s what we talk about in this episode:

  • Consistency as a running fundamental
  • Why the time of day you run matters
  • The habit side of running routines
  • Writing your own training calendar
  • Does running damage your knees?

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Vegan TV Chef Jason Wrobel on Eating for Longevity and Finding Inspiration in the Kitchen

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People seem to get upset when I say this, but it’s true, so here goes: I’ve never enjoyed cooking as a vegan or vegetarian the way I used to before I started eating this way.

That’s not to say I don’t love being vegan … the benefits in virtually every other area of my life far outweigh whatever passion for cooking I’ve traded in.

But does it have to be a tradeoff at all?

Jason Wrobel, our guest on today’s episode, doesn’t think so. His passion for cooking didn’t start until he went vegan, and he turned that drive into the first ever vegan cooking show on a major TV network.

And he does it by focusing on how to eat for health and longevity, one of my favorite topics of all.

In today’s episode we discuss how Jason went from failing actor to celebrity chef, his new book, how to ignite your passion in the kitchen, and using food as a tool for healing.

Here’s what we talk about in this episode:

  • How Jason went from actor to celebrity chef and host of the world’s first vegan cooking show on mainstream TV
  • Why his approach to spreading the plant-based message is on health
  • Raw foods, nutrient density, and can they help you live longer?
  • How to reignite your passion for cooking
  • Plant-based food as a healing tool
  • Oil and alcohol … okay in moderation?

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Aaron Alexander on Optimal Movement, Standing vs. Sitting, and Making the World Your Gym

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We run, we lift weights, we do yoga, and we put each of the associated movements into individual boxes. But how do we get those movements to work as a whole, to help us become stronger, better athletes and create the foundation for long, healthy life?

According to Aaron Alexander, host of the Align Podcast and an expert in movement therapy, the answer is to stop looking at individual exercises and positions, and begin to understand movement as a whole.

And as for sitting versus standing? Aaron says it’s not that one is better than the other … what matters is how we do both of them.

In today’s episode, one which left me personally inspired to address the way I move day-to-day, I chat with Aaron about how all of us can better integrate movement into our daily lives for better health and stronger muscles.

Here’s what we talk about in this episode:

  • Gaining full function over your movements
  • Why every runner needs a kettlebell (and an exercise band)
  • How “sitting is the new smoking” misses the point
  • Is it possible to sit well?
  • Your first step towards optimal movement (it might not involve movement at all)
  • How to escape the rigid exercise routine

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4 Factors in a Successful 100-Mile Ultramarathon

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The 100-mile distance ultramarathon is a tough one to crack. Even when things goes right, you can still count on experiencing low points and doubts.

And with the race being so long, it’s difficult to practice or mimic those circumstances throughout training.

So when I crossed the finish line of the Thunder Rock 100 feeling stronger and faster than expected, I was ecstatic. On my third 100-mile attempt, it felt like I finally took control of the distance.

In today’s episode Matt and I discuss four factors I believe contributed to the success of this race. Factors or lessons I’ll begin applying to ultramarathons of every distance, and even many non-ultramarathon races.

Here’s what we talk about in this episode:

  • Will running make you sick?
  • How Doug mentally prepares for an ultramarathon
  • Why it’s better to stop and adjust than to keep running
  • Sticking with your race strategy (even when you feel great)
  • The basics of ultramarathon nutrition
  • How to let go of what you can’t control

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