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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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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