No Meat Athlete Radio: ‘Approaching the Natural’ with Author Sid Garza-Hillman

Podcast Radio2Last week — after the most beautiful drive of my life along the Pacific coast from southern Oregon to Mendocino, California — I had the pleasure of spending a night at the Stanford Inn by the Sea, an (all-vegan!) eco-resort.

I was only there for one night — 18 hours in total — but in that short time I had two amazing vegan meals at the resort’s Ravens Restaurant, a fire in my room’s fireplace, and a view of the Pacific Ocean from my balcony (sliiightly different accommodations from the roadside motels I’ve been staying in for most of the rest of the book tour).

It was all arranged by Sid Garza-Hillman, director of the Stanford Inn’s wellness center and author of the fantastic book Approaching the Natural. And someone I’m happy to call a friend after hanging out for a few days in Oakland and San Francisco, where Sid joined me in speaking at two of my tour events.

But the truth is that Sid and I became fast friends long before we met in person — our approaches to health and the active, plant-based lifestyle are so similar in their simplicity and affinity for small steps over big leaps, that it was only natural that we’d connect.

All of this, of course, is a long way of introducing a new podcast episode that Sid and I did together. We lit a fire at the Stanford Inn, sat down without any plan, and talked for an hour (or so) about health, what’s “natural” for human beings as a species, and why “approaching” that ideal — slowly and one step at a time — is the best strategy for sustainable health. We recorded it to use on both of our podcasts (check out Sid’s here).

Hope you enjoy it!

PS — As the tour enters its second month, the most common question I’ve gotten has become, “How’s the tour going?” The short answer is that it has been both incredible and incredibly hectic. The fact that it took me a week and a half just to get this episode published should give you an idea … so ignore our asking you to “come out to our San Francisco event,” unless you’ve got a time machine.

Here’s what Sid and I talk about in this episode:

  • Moving past the diet paradigm
  • Making gradual improvements in diet and fitness
  • Balancing technology in your day-to-day life
  • Finding the best calorie source
  • Does eating healthy make you happy?
  • Honesty and eating habits
  • Viewing mileage differently
  • The importance of creativity for a healthy life

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  1. Must say, Sid’s one charismatic fella. Enjoyed meeting both of you during your SF visit.

    Am halfway through Sid’s book, “Approaching the Natural: A Health Manifesto”, a truly no-nonsense, practical guide for improving health through food.

    Your book is next, Matt. (Thought I’d start with the smaller one as a warm-up.)

    Yep.

    -Joe

  2. Just finished your book. I would highly recommend it to anyone wanting to start looking into a vegetarian/vegan diet! Thanks for all the recipes too, they look wonderful and I can’t wait to try them.

    Thanks for sharing the Stanford Inn too!! My hubby and I celebrate 10 years next fall and we’ve been looking for a place to visit sans kids but one that isn’t TOO far from the kids (just in case, I’m a worry wart about them). This place look absolutely perfect!!

  3. I received your book via Amazon UK on Friday and love it! It just seems such a practical, easy to follow guide. Thanks, Matt :)

  4. It is amazing how when you stand up for something that friends come out of the woodwork. That happened to me when I started running. In my group of friends there were not many runners, but once I got into it, I found runner friends. It is fun to see others find vegan friends and such.

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