NMA Radio: Sid Garza-Hillman on Meal Planning, Ultrarunning, and Why We Shouldn’t Take Showers


Last week, author and nutritionist Sid Garza-Hillman was in Asheville to work with me on a new project (more on that in today’s episode).

Considering he’s been one of our most popular NMA Radio guests to date, Doug and I couldn’t resist bringing him back on the show, and today’s conversation with Sid did not disappoint.

Sid’s natural approach to food, fitness, and life is contagious, and his small step philosophy makes big changes seem possible.

In today’s episode, we catch up with Sid on what he’s been up to, his recent ultramarathon, and why he quit showering. Yes, Sid Garza-Hillman quit showering.

We also discuss the value of meal planning, variety in our diets, and the mindset you need to start eating more healthily.

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

  • Sid’s first ultramarathon, and why he’s now directing one himself
  • What we’ve have been up to in Asheville the past few days
  • Are meal plans actually helpful?
  • Pros and cons of eating the same meals every single week
  • The healthy-eating mindset
  • Why Sid no longer takes showers
  • A natural cure for jet lag

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NMA Radio: The Best Resources for Running Motivation and Training

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Part 2 of the great No Meat Athlete Radio Resource Guide has arrived, and this time we’re talking all about running.

There’s a never-ending stream of running books and advice, but how do you which are right for you? And which resources are really worth your time and money?

In today’s episode, we try to answer those questions by sharing the books, movies, podcasts, and guides we use to keep ourselves motivated and training strong.

As with part 1, you can find the full list of resources in the show notes below. And be sure to check out the brand new Marathon Roadmap 2.0, before the special bonuses disappear.

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

  • Motivational resources … guaranteed to get you out the door
  • Training books for new runners
  • The guide that helped Matt qualify for Boston
  • Where to look if you want to run an ultramarathon

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NMA Radio: The Best Resources for New Vegans


As a vegan or vegetarian, it’s easy to feel like an outsider, like you’re going at it alone. But here’s the thing … you’re not.

There’s a massive community, No Meat Athlete included, and countless resources at your fingertips.

Today’s episode is part 1 of a two-part resource guide series, and we kick it off by sharing some of our favorite resources for new vegetarians and vegans. We cover our favorite tools to get you motivated, educated, and inspired, plus a number of avenues for tapping into the growing community online and in the real world.

Don’t have time to listen to the episode? Check out the list of resources below.

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

  • Eye-opening vegan documentaries
  • Podcasts worthy of your subscription
  • Our favorite books about plant-based nutrition
  • Go-to vegan cookbooks
  • Simple (and free) ways to engage with the community
  • The websites and apps that will make your life easier

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NMA Radio: When to Quit (And When to Keep Going)


If there’s one truth about running an ultramarathon (or chasing any big dream, for that matter), it’s that there’s an inevitable point when it’s not fun. That point when you start questioning your decision to do it in the first place.

Usually, if you’ve made it through the training cycle and to the starting line, you’re determined to push through that pain and discomfort to reach that finish line. But what if come race day, you’re not feeling the motivation that’s supposed to push you through?

In that case, is there a point where it’s okay to say that enough’s enough, and call it a day?

That’s the question I asked myself for hours during last week’s Steep Canyon 50K.

I spent the majority of the race in pain, tired, and most importantly, not having fun. Should I listen to my head and stop running, even though I know I have the physical strength to keep going … or should I suck it up and finish what I started?

In today’s episode, Matt and I explore this question, and talk about the lessons others chasing big goals (and ones that sometimes aren’t fun) can take from my experience.

Here’s just some of what we talk about in this episode:
  • The highs and lows of Doug’s most recent 50k
  • Questioning your “why”
  • Accountability as a training tool
  • The absolute best time to call it quits

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NMA Radio: The Complete Guide to Running Gear


For all the simplicity of running, there’s no shortage of gadgetry and gear to sift through.

Every season, you’re told to upgrade your clothing, your shoes, your electronics. It’s fun the first few times … but once you realize the cycle never stops, it’s tempting to throw your hands up and decide you’re going barefoot, shirtless, and gadget-free.

But surely, a few items deserve a place in your gear bag. So how do you know what’s really worth your money? Just as importantly, how do you figure out what will perform when need it to … and which gear will leave you chafed and cranky halfway through your run?

In today’s episode, we help you cut through the clutter, focusing on the few — dare we say essential — items of gear that are undoubtedly worth it. From head to toe, hydration to recovery, we share our thoughts on the running gear we couldn’t do without.

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

  • The running shoes we keep coming back to
  • The least cumbersome ways to carry your water and nutrition
  • Do you need fancy running electronics?
  • Tools for injury prevention and recovery
  • The most important piece of running clothing

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NMA Radio: The Guilt-Free Running Slump

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Every runner goes through slumps. Life gets busy, the weather gets hot (or cold), and whatever “running mojo” looks like to you, you’ve lost it.

I’m no different, and I’m in the midst of a slump now: the training I had planned for a fall marathon never really got off the ground, and my running for the past few months has been next to non-existent.

But something is different this time. This time, I don’t feel guilty about it.

Somehow (meditation, maybe?) I’m at peace with the slump. I’m not beating myself up for letting the marathon goal slip away. I can see this for what it is, without judgement, and in a strange way I feel free — with a newfound excitement about other types of training.

As it turns out, co-host Doug is dealing with a running slump of his own. Except he’s one week away from a 50K, and his training looks a lot different from mine.

In today’s episode, we talk about our slumps and how we’re embracing the lack of motivation instead of fighting it. If you’ve been in a slump recently, or you’re in one right now, this one is for you.

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

  • The end of a marathon comeback?
  • The “seasons” of motivation
  • How suffering through a race can foster new inspiration
  • The no-excuse apology
  • Coming to terms with your slump

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NMA Radio: 7 New Listener Questions


Every day, we receive several personal questions from readers and listeners in the No Meat Athlete inbox. So many that over the past year, as other projects have required more time, I haven’t been able to keep up.

So now and then, we take some of the most common questions and answer them on the podcast. This time, we carefully selected seven of questions that come up time and time again — covering soy, peanuts, gluten, endurance, and more.

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

  • Incorporating raw ingredients into your meals … the easy way
  • Cutting through the confusion about soy
  • Should you avoid eating peanuts?
  • How to regain endurance after a running injury

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NMA Radio: Our 100th Episode: A Look Back and Forward

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Can you believe it? A hundred episodes! We’ve come a long way with No Meat Athlete Radio over the past few years, and with two new episodes every week for the past few months, it’s safe to say we’ve finally hit our stride.

To celebrate, in this episode co-host Doug and I take a behind-the-scenes look at the show. We talk about where we’ve struggled and what we’ve done well, the lessons we’ve learned from hosting a podcast for this long, and the new ideas and changes (and even the possibility of a live event!) that we’ve got planned for the next year.

And of course, it wouldn’t be a celebration without asking for a gift, right? If you’d like to help us out and shape the next year of NMA Radio content, we’d really appreciate it if you’d share your thoughts in this quick listener survey.

To the next 100!

Here’s what we talk about in this episode:

  • Why we almost quit the podcast last year
  • Life on the other side of “the dip”
  • The top 5 episodes in NMA Radio history
  • What’s coming in the next year (including a live event?)

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