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

Moderation

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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What Supplements Do Vegans Need?

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It’s a compelling story, and an easy one to buy into: that with a diet so rich in micronutrients as a whole food, plant-based one is, we don’t need to supplement much.

That all we need is Vitamin B12, and the power of plants will take care of the rest.

Well, I’ll give you that this diet is pretty incredible … every month, new research backs this up. But at the same time, the research is shedding more and more light on what might be missing from even the most well-rounded plant-based diets.

In this episode of NMA Radio, I sit down with my friend Matt Tullman — a big thinker whose “30 by 30” goal is to help the plant-based diet reach 30% of the population by the year 2030 — to talk in-depth about which nutrients vegans really need to think about, perhaps even consider supplementing with, to maximize long-term health.

Matt and I agree that the best advertisement for the vegan movement is millions of strong, thriving vegans, and I hope listening to this interview will help you become (or remain!) one of them.

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The State of the Vegan Movement (And What We Can Do Better)

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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:

  • The state of the vegan movement is …
  • Is veganism more popular, or are diets in general more widely accepted?
  • How to talk to someone on the Paleo diet
  • The pros and cons of meat-like meat alternatives
  • What we can do better as a movement

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How Not to Be the Punchline of the Vegan-at-a-Dinner-Party Joke (Rewind)

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We’ve all been there …

“Welcome to the BBQ, enjoy your carrots!” 

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, Matt and I bring back one of our most popular episodes ever, were we discuss those two approaches to handling uncomfortable situations at parties, with family, and while out to dinner. And we also discuss how sometimes it’s the simplest approach that has the biggest impact.

Here’s what we talk about in this episode:

  • Why your diet makes others uncomfortable
  • Matching a joke with a joke to defuse an uncomfortable situation
  • Is eating cheese worse than wasting cheese?
  • Why Doug ate a non-vegan dish at a family breakfast … and why he thinks this was the right choice

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Rethinking Morning Routines

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There’s no shortage of morning routine advice on the internet … including an older episode of No Meat Athlete Radio.

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 what to do when you get your butt out of bed in the morning.

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).

Here’s what we talk about in this episode:

  • Doug calls you out
  • Does other morning routine advice get it wrong?
  • Why the simplest habits are often the hardest to keep
  • How we structure our mornings
  • A morning routine formula

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Make Time for Yourself (And Make Yourself Happy)

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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.

Here’s what we talk about in this episode:

  • The most important habit
  • What makes for a good hobby?
  • Thinking outside the box
  • Why coffee kept Matt from meditating
  • The deal with disc golf

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