Things We Wish Vegans Did Even More

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A few weeks ago we published an episode called “Things We Wish Vegans Didn’t Do.” It was Matt and I’s attempt at pointing out the trends, or aspects of our community that we’re not crazy about. I’m not going to lie, it got a little negative.

So we couldn’t leave it there.

This community awesome. It’s inspiring, welcoming, and is constantly up to outrageously cool things that Matt and I wish happened more often.

In today’s episode, we flip the conversation and focus our attention on those — the wonderful trends, accomplishments, and approaches we want to see even more.

Here’s what we talk about in this episode:

  • Big, tough, strong, and vegan
  • Plant-based restaurants and dishes going mainstream
  • Inspiring others in less obvious ways
  • How Gene Baur does it right
  • The sneaky approach to spreading your message

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More on How to Start Your Movement

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A few months ago we published episode on how to start your movement. In it, Doug and I shared the lessons we’ve learned from spreading our messages through a blog and podcast. It’s a blueprint if you ever decide to take a similar leap.

While that episode wasn’t the most downloaded, it garnered such a big response that I dedicated an entire month to the subject in the No Meat Athlete Academy.

I’ve selected portions from two of those Academy seminar interviews to share with you today. These guests take a completely different approach, spreading their messages through physical products.

The first is with Leanne Hilgart, founder of the vegan clothing line Vaute Couture.

In the second interview, I speak with Andy Levitt of the vegan food delivery service The Purple Carrot.

My hope in sharing these is to ignite a spark, or give you the small push you need to start your own movement. Whatever that may be.

Here’s what we talk about in this episode:

  • Using a business to make an impact
  • The psychological hurdle of going from from idea to business
  • Finding your first customer
  • Playing an infinite game
  • Promoting the activism side of your movement

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Why Making That Change May Be Easier Than You Think

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There was a time when I thought running a marathon, going vegan, and cooking without oil would each be impossible feats.

But if you listen to this podcast or read this blog, then you know that all three of those — and a ton of other big changes I’ve made — were not nearly as hard as I thought. And you’ve probably noticed the same with any big changes you’ve made in your own life.

… Your body “learns” to run, and what it feels like to run a mile changes, becomes far more pleasant.

… Your taste buds change, so that what used to seem bland becomes delicious, and overly flavored processed foods taste like junk.

… The cravings you feared only last for a few weeks or months, and then they vanish completely.

Sometimes, before you attempt it, a change will feel so radical you’re afraid to commit. But once you do — and more importantly, once you get over the initial hump and your body and mind adapt — you realize those fears were unfounded.

In today’s episode, Doug and I discuss this phenomenon, and why your next big change might not seem so big once you just start.

Here’s what we talk about in this episode:

  • How your brain and body adapt to changes you make
  • Why Doug’s first-ever 13-mile run was a letdown
  • The 30-day challenge (and why it works)
  • When are you ready for a big change, and how do you know when you’re not?

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Things We Wish Vegans Didn’t Do

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We’re vegan. We love vegans. We promote veganism.

So it might seem strange for us to take a few digs at our fellow plant-based animal lovers … but that’s exactly what we’re about to do.

Just because you’re part of a community, doesn’t mean you have to love everything about that community. And in today’s episode, Doug and I decided to put all that out there.

We strap on our boxing gloves and get a little punchy.

I’m sure this isn’t going to please everyone, but that’s not the point. The hope is that our beloved vegan community is open to dialogs like this … even if when we don’t always all agree.

Here’s what we talk about in this episode:

  • Can vegans compromise?
  • The problem with unscientific claims
  • Fake meats vs. real foods
  • Shaming vegetarians
  • “Vegans don’t get sick.” Or do they?
  • Doug’s chicken coop dilemma

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The (Second) Big Q&A Episode

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Matt may be sipping non-alcoholic cocktails — mini-umbrella and all — on the vegan cruise right now, but that doesn’t mean we can’t address your questions!

Several months ago we published an episode of NMA Radio called the Big Q&A Episode, where Matt and I answered (or attempted to answer) common questions directly from listeners. That episode turned out to be one of the most popular we’ve published, I believe in part because it’s reassuring to hear the questions and struggles from others.

Today we’re at it again, this time with 7 hand selected questions we hope will also answer some of your own. Ranging from running to meal prep, we tried to cover all the bases with these questions.

Here’s what we talk about in this episode:

  • The truth about pre-race pasta dinners
  • How often should new runners run?
  • A high calorie plant-based diet
  • Raw vegans and energy levels
  • Meal prepping for an entire week

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One Year, No Beer?

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Something about those four words grabbed me instantly …

For the past few months, on the rare mornings when I woke up without having had my pretty-much-nightly beer (though just one) the night before, I fantasized about how healthy and energetic it would feel to take an extended break from alcohol.

But I could never make it happen. At the end of a workday, It was just too easy to crack open a bottle of liquid relaxation and tell myself that hey, a little bit of alcohol might even be good for me.

Now though, a challenge had been issued; now I had an excuse. “No thanks, I’m doing this One Year No Beer thing for a month.” And that’s exactly why former pro-British-footballer Andy Ramage’s project, One Year No Beer, works — and why thousands of people are signing up to join the now-international movement.

Doesn’t have to be a year (my commitment was only for 30 days, of which I’m currently on day 28). And of course, “no beer” means “no alcohol at all.” But the catchy, rhyming name of the project represents well the laid-back, no-pressure attitude that has made One Year No Beer attractive to so many people. (Hey, sort of like another rhyming-name, no-pressure site I know of …)

It’s my pleasure to publish this interview with Andy on No Meat Athlete Radio, and help to share his life-changing movement with the world.

Here’s what we talk about in this episode:

  • The epiphany that never comes — why there’s never a “good time” to quit drinking
  • What if I don’t want to give up alcohol forever?
  • Changing the conversation around booze
  • Non-alcoholic craft beer, the fastest growing segment of the beer market
  • 30, 90, or 365 days?

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Cowspiracy Directors Kip Andersen and Keegan Kuhn on the Hypocrisy of Environmentalism

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Of the three big reasons for choosing a plant-based diet — health, animals, and the environment — it was the first two that really motivated me. If you’ve been a No Meat Athlete reader or listener for a while, this is surely apparent in the content I’ve produced.

But Doug, our resident environmentalist at NMA Radio, first started flirting with vegetarianism because of the environmental impact of the meat and dairy industries.

Therefore, I like to call him a tree-hugger.

But today, Doug wins. We’re talking environment in this episode, with none other than Cowspiracy co-directors Kip Andersen and Keegen Kuhn.

Cowspiracy hit Netflix in a big way in 2015, exposing the hypocrisy within the environmentalist community and garnering interest and executive producer-level involvement from Leonardo DiCaprio.

In today’s episode, Doug, Kip, Keegan, and I explore the controversy, the positive environmental impact of going plant-based, and where we go from here.

Here’s what we talk about in this episode:

  • Money, politics, and environmentalism
  • The environmentalist’s holdup when it comes to meat
  • Going vegan vs. ditching your car
  • Is “free range” meat actually worse for the environment?

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NMA’s 15 Rules to Live By

When it comes to food and fitness habits, I don’t think rules are a good thing. Guidelines, sure, but without a little wiggle room, it’s too easy to throw up your hands and give in when your willpower runs dry.

But when it comes to living a meaningful life — and ensuring that my system for managing it works — I find it’s actually easier to be less flexible … and to follow a set of real, actual rules.

In today’s episode, Doug and I share the 15 rules we live by, the firm boundaries that help us live the lives we want and find balance and happiness.

They might not all be for you, but I hope you’ll find a nugget or two to add to your own set of rules for living.

Here’s what we talk about in this episode:

  • The best reason to make your bed in the mornings
  • How to make gratitude a part of your day
  • One ritual I do first thing, every single morning
  • Hell Yeah! or no
  • “Jazz Hour”?
  • How play changes everything
  • Why I intentionally ignore the news

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