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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Our 12 Favorite Quick and Simple Plant-Based Meals

hot mexican burritoFor a long time, I thought eating healthy meant following strict, labor intensive recipes. Maybe because while growing up, quick meals were processed, oily, and generally included at least one box.

But over the years — as I started cooking plant-based food on my own — simple, fast, healthy meals became a weekday staple in my diet.

I now only use cookbooks when I have the extra time to cook something special, and I find that the best meals often feature only a few ingredients and take just 20 minutes to prepare.

Matt, with two kids and a busy schedule, has a similar story.

In today’s episode, we share our go-to quick and easy plant-based meals. The meals that we rely on week after week.

And the best part? Most of them are completely adaptable to the ingredients you have on hand.

Here’s what we talk about in this episode:

  • Plant-based pizza as a health food
  • Why we flock towards southwestern flavors
  • The humble potato
  • Can a salad be your dinner?

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Tony Robbins, Human Needs, and Reshaping the Way You Think

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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).

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 an expensive pump-up session?

Here’s what we talk about in this episode:

  • Why walking on coals is a big deal
  • Matt made his wife cry, sorry Erin
  • The six human needs
  • Opening yourself up to change
  • Can Tony Robbins really change your life?

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Is It Ever Okay to Not Do Your Best?

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“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.

Here’s what we talk about in this episode:

  • We’re back! Updates on babies and illness
  • The habits that slide when you get busy
  • How perfection becomes an excuse
  • Why healthy eating should always be a priority
  • How to eat healthy when time is limited
  • Jazz drumming?

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New Year’s Resolutions, the Bigger Picture

Notepad to write New Year's resolutions

New year, new you? It’s a nice concept.

Personally I love the idea of a clean slate on January 1st. While there may be no real difference between the end of December and the beginning of January, it feels different.

And sometimes that’s all you need to make a health or fitness improvement.

The problem lies with how you go about making those changes. In today’s episode, Sid Garza-Hillman, author of Approaching the Natural and co-author of Health Made Simple, and I discuss how to go about making resolutions, how to make sure they succeed, and what to do if they don’t.

Matt’s out sick this week, but we’ve got you covered.

Here’s what we talk about in this episode:

  • What makes New Years special
  • Going big … is it a big mistake?
  • Doug and his new-dad brain
  • The problem with failure
  • Using a short challenge to start a lasting change
  • Goals vs. systems

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The Big Holiday Episode of 2016

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Thanksgiving is now behind us, which can only mean one thing …

Time for another holiday extravaganza! Last year we shared our favorite recipes, gift ideas, and more.

This year, we’re doing something a little different. The episode is a little less structured, but just as much fun.

In this week’s episode Matt and I talk holidays, babies, wine, and what we’d do during the holidays if stranded on a desert island. (Also listen out for a few big announcements in today’s episode.)

Happy holidays!

Here’s what we talk about in this episode:

  • The third NMA Black Friday Bundle
  • Do you really like Doug’s Did You Knows?
  • What we’re asking for this Christmas
  • How having a baby will change your life
  • Board games and made for TV Christmas movies

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