Should You Care What Other People Think? with Robert Cheeke

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You’re an athlete. You’re a vegan. You’re a runner, bodybuilder, yogi.

Should you care what other people think of how you take care of your body?

In a world where posting each workout to social media is standard, and sharing what you eat, or how many steps you take each day is celebrated, it’s hard not to care what others think. In part, because the approval (or disapproval) is almost instant.

That’s the topic of today’s episode with vegan bodybuilder Robert Cheeke, and whether sharing all that information is actually a good thing for your health and goals.

Here’s just some of what we talk about in this episode:

  • Perfection and putting yourself out there
  • How Robert’s new book is more honest
  • Does social media help or hurt our goals?
  • Robert’s history with standup comedy
  • The power of being honest with yourself and others

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Julie Piatt on Demystifying Vegan Cheese

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Cheese. I can finally make cheese!

Cheeses (from nuts, not dairy, of course) that the recipes I really want to cook call for. For example, long before I went vegan, my signature (slash, only) dish was gnocchi with gorgonzola sauce.

Well, thanks to Julie Piatt’s recipe on page 99 of her brand new cookbook This Cheese is Nuts, now I can make gorgonzola — and the dish again, in full, plant-based glory.

Same goes for authentic margherita pizza (mozzarella) and any number of Mario Batali recipes like fava beans with burrata and mint.

(Haha, can you guess what my favorite cuisine to cook is?)

Wouldn’t you know it though, Julie put recipes for both these cheeses (and about 30 others) in her book.

So that’s my somewhat quirky reason for loving This Cheese is Nuts, but much more importantly, the book is an answer to that most tiresome of “why I could never go vegan” excuses… called “I could never give up cheese.”

Not the first book to attempt to be that, but judging from its Amazon reviews and ranking already, I get the sense it’ll be the first one to do it on a bigtime, mainstream, somehow-your-weird-non-vegan-aunt-knows-about-it kind of level.

In today’s episode of No Meat Athlete Radio, I speak with Julie about just that, and what it could mean for the community.

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Is it Possible to be 100% Vegan?

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It all started with a Facebook comment, where a non-vegan proudly proclaimed, “It’s impossible to be 100% vegan.”

My first thought was, “whatever, I’m 100% vegan!” But then it got me thinking.

Am I? Is Matt? Are you?

I subscribe to this label, but what does it even mean?

In today’s episode Matt and I break down that question. We start with the definition of veganism, then explore how realistic it is to follow a 100% vegan lifestyle. And finally, is that even important?

Here’s just some of what we talk about in this episode:

  • What does “vegan” even mean?
  • Ordering at non-vegan restaurants
  • My leather wallet (and other non-vegan clothing)
  • Representing the movement

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The No Meat Athlete Cookbook Release Week Episode

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It was a big week for hosts Matt and Doug. Doug ran a 100K ultramarathon, and Matt released his second book, The No Meat Athlete Cookbook.

In today’s episode we discuss the ups and downs for both, and the surprising sell-out success of the new cookbook.

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How to Lose 5 Pounds Without Changing Your Whole Life

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I want to lose five pounds. Not because I need to for health reasons, but because for as long as I can remember, I’ve had a little extra weight that I just can’t seem to drop. Even with a regular running routine, plant-based diet, and all-around healthy lifestyle, those pesky few pounds stick around.

So the question is, how can I lose five pounds without totally changing my life? I’m not interested in a crash diet, and I want to drop the weight in a sustainable, healthy way.

In today’s episode I pose that question to Matt, and together we formulate a plan for how to lose those final few pounds without completely disrupting my life and eating habits.

Here’s just some of what we talk about in this episode:

  • Intermittent fasting … what is it?
  • Why counting calories (for a few days) might help
  • Should I stop drinking beer?
  • Reducing oil intake
  • Nuts … and why I want to keep them in my diet

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27 Books that will Change Your Life

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Over the past few years, we’ve talked a lot about our favorite fitness, nutrition, and mindset resources — including how-to guides, tutorials, and blueprints.

What we haven’t done, however, is share our favorite non-resource books under those same categories. Books that will inspire you to take action, but ones you can listen to on the run as an audiobook or enjoy while lounging the beach. No note taking, studying, or memorization required.

Here are our 27 favorite inspirational casual reads … some of which just might change your life.

Here’s just some of what we talk about in this episode:

  • What makes for a good casual read?
  • Why Matt hates running books (but Doug loves them)
  • The simplest nutrition book you’ll ever read
  • BONUS: Cookbooks

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Moderation: Sensible or Slippery Slope? with Pamela Fergusson, RD PhD

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When making a big life change, especially around healthy eating, is it better to go all in or leave room for moderation?

We posed that question to Pamela Fergusson, RD PhD, who — as a nutrition consultant — knows a thing or two about what works and what doesn’t.

… Should you allow for cheat days?

… Should you relax your guidelines when going out to dinner?

… What about when cooking for your family?

Pamela shares her advice and experience on the topic, so you don’t make the same mistakes as many new plant-based eaters.

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Healthy, Practical, Plant-Based Meal Planning with NMA Cookbook Co-Author Stepfanie Romine

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It’s no secret that meal planning can feel intimidating. There’s a lot of work up front, and if you’re new to the plant-based world without a built-up library of go-to meals, your options can quickly get monotonous.

But once you get started, meal planning will save massive amounts of time and energy throughout the week, and provide a blueprint for creative, delicious meals.

In today’s episode we chat with Stepfanie Romine, co-author of the brand new No Meat Athlete Cookbook, about practical meal planning tricks for the vegan athlete, and how to start saving time and energy in the kitchen.

Here’s what we talk about in this episode:

  • Stepfanie’s “Double-Up” method for meal planning on a busy schedule
  • Matt and Stepfanie’s obsession with flavor enhancers
  • Go-to last minute meals
  • ‘Flavanoids’ … huh?
  • The Instant Pot: is it worth it?

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