Ocean Robbins on Superfoods, Sustainability, and the 31-Day Food Revolution

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I owe a lot of my health — and now my parents’ — to Ocean and John Robbins.

Ten years ago, I decided to try a plant-based diet. I was inspired, believe it or not, by a Tony Robbins seminar, and it turns out that Tony’s nutrition philosophy was heavily influenced in the mid-1980’s by John Robbins’ Diet for a New America.

Nowadays, John and his son, Ocean, put on the Food Revolution Summit every year, in which they interview 20 to 30 of the top minds in the health and nutrition world. They’re incredible at distilling broad, sometimes complicated topics into succinct, motivating advice, which is what makes the summit so appealing every year.

That’s what caught the attention of my dad in 2016, when a Food Revolution Summit talk convinced him to start eating a plant-based, nutritarian diet.

And finally, my mom started eating this way too: her motivation in the moment was a heart scare, but the foundation had been laid by several years of listening to the summit interviews.

Now, Ocean has taken the wealth of nutrition knowledge he’s amassed over his life, and compiled it into a “health manual” of sorts — The 31-Day Food Revolution: Heal Your Body, Feel Great, and Transform Your World — in stores today.

I had the privilege of reviewing an advance copy of the book, and I can tell you it’s every bit as insightful and actionable as the summit is each year.

It’s my pleasure today to feature Ocean Robbins as our guest on the latest episode of No Meat Athlete Radio. In the interview, Doug and I pick Ocean’s brain with questions both broad — like how he filters the overwhelming amount of nutrition information out there — and specific, like the foods he makes sure to eat every day.

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High Carb Hannah on a Starch Based Diet and How She Lost 70 Pounds

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Matt first met Hannah and Derek, who you likely know from Hannah’s YouTube channel High Carb Hannah, at the roulette table on the vegan cruise, and they immediately hit it off.

(Having spent many hours with Matt at a roulette table before, I can say that them getting past his unique betting strategy to the point where you actually want to talk to the guy is a miracle. 😉 )

The three of them hit it off mostly, it seems, because Hannah and Derek like to have fun… An approach to life that has not only helped grow her YouTube channel to more than 650,000 subscribers, but has shaped the way they think of food and diets.

In today’s episode, Matt sits down with both of them to discuss weight loss, the vegan YouTube scene, and why Hannah replaced her fruitarian approach to weight loss with a starch-based diet.

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Run a Race this Year: Developing Your Ideal Training Plan

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It’s a new year, which means new running and racing goals. But for many of us, the cold winter, post-holiday lack of activity makes running a big race feel nearly impossible.

So in today’s episode, we look at the entire year, not just the next few months.

Here’s a breakdown of how to develop the perfect training schedule for your goals, whether they’re 3, 6, or 12 months away.

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Matt’s Quest for Deeper Sleep

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For Christmas, Matt got a sleep tracker that evaluates the type and quality of sleep he’s getting throughout the night. After a few nights of what felt like great sleep, he discovered what appeared to be extremely low Deep Sleep. Far less than average.

Concerned, Matt did what he does best… He began experimenting.

In today’s episode he shares the different lifestyle changes he’s making to try and get more deep sleep. From new food and drink choices to meditation and temperature adjustments, he’s willing to try it all.

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A Behind the Scenes Look at No Meat Athlete

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According to Google, the average lifespan of a blog is just 100 days — just over three months from conception to giving up.

And honestly, it’s not surprising. Having created my own blog, and now having worked with Matt at No Meat Athlete for over six years, I know that maintaining a site people actually want to read is more of a marathon than a Color Run.

Content takes time to do right, communities grow slowly, and finding a way to be compensated for the massive amounts of time and effort…

Well that’s an entirely different subject.

So it’s somewhat of a plant-based miracle that — after beginning as a little side project for Matt to document his journey of going vegetarian and qualifying for Boston — No Meat Athlete has flourished for nearly 10 years…

Thanks in large part to you, our tribe of readers and supporters who believe in what we’re doing here.

I know that if I hadn’t discovered No Meat Athlete when I first went vegetarian, I wouldn’t have had the confidence I did to keep training, and ultimately might never have gone vegan.

You might feel the same way.

But No Meat Athlete looks a lot different than it did 10 years ago (actually, the site itself doesn’t look all that different… but spoiler! An updated site is dropping very, very soon).

What started as Matt’s daily food and lifestyle journal — not sure he’d be thrilled with me calling it that, but hey, I’m the one writing this post 😉 — now consists of a team of seven, a weekly podcast, two published books, countless nutrition and fitness resources, and a community of hundreds of thousands of plant-based athletes.

Instead of just one guy posting on a blog and sharing it with his friends, NMA has grown into a team of people all focused on a single mission: supporting a growing community of plant-based athletes as they set big goals and accomplish amazing things.

How cool is that?

And we have a lot going on. To give you a quick idea of what the current No Meat Athlete looks like, here’s a peek at what was going on today, Thursday, November 15th:

  • Esther, who you may know as our customer service guru, is working with Matt’s wife Erin to finalize inventory and setup for a brand new line of shirts.
  • Will is working with the community of Academy members, Pulse, and writing this week’s Pulse newsletter.
  • Susan is keeping our social media channels active, and nudging Matt and I to do more things like our recent Instagram AMA.
  • Lead Editor Andrew is editing this very post (or is about to be, anyway 😉
  • Our partner in Health Made Simple, Sid, is hosting a live Q&A for everyone participating in the first Health Made Simple Challenge, which wraps up this week — great job guys!
  • Matt Tullman, No Meat Athlete’s business advisor, just had a baby! My best guess is that he’s cleaning up spit-up or trying desperately to figure out which position will keep the baby asleep long enough for him to drink a smoothie.
  • Matt Frazier, who we all know and love, is working on a few big announcements coming your way over the next week or two.
  • Aside from this post, I’m focused on our fifth annual Fitness and Nutrition Bundle, set to release next week.

And I’m pretty sure we’re all trying to get in a run, swim, or ride today…

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(That’s Esther, Matt Frazier, Susan, Will, Andrew, me, and Matt Tullman.)

But that skips over the biggest driver behind No Meat Athlete:

You, the community. The people really out there showing the world what plant-based badasses can accomplish.

For that, we can’t thank you enough.

In a reflection on nearly 10 years of No Meat Athlete, Matt and I wanted to do something a little different on the podcast. This week we take a trip down memory lane and explore the history of No Meat Athlete and how it has become what it is today.

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Couch Potato to Triathlete: The Life-Changing Power of Someone Who Believes in You with Susan Lacke

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Have you ever taken a life-changing smoke break? NMA’s own Susan Lacke has, when her old boss, Carlos, convinced her to start working out with him.

Twenty months later, she was running her first Ironman triathlon, writing for NMA, and launching a new career. And it was Carlos’s never-wavering support that she believes made it all possible.

In today’s replay episode, we speak with Susan about triathlons, epic friendships, her book Life’s Too Short To Go So F*cking Slow, and the power of supporting someone through their goals.

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Fiber, Gift Boxes, and the Four Rules of Healthy Eating with Sid Garza-Hillman

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When you invite Sid Garza-Hillman, certified nutritionist and author of Approaching the Natural, onto your podcast, you never know where the conversation may lead. It could be cold showers, or even not showering at all…

Or in the case of today’s episode, poop. Well, more specifically, fiber (and the effects it has on your body).

See, it all started with a post Sid wrote earlier this week on the only healthy eating rules you ever need to follow. In it, he shared four rules, or guidelines, that if followed, will almost guarantee you’re eating a healthy, well-balanced diet.

Four remarkably simple and easy-to-understand rules.

So in today’s episode, we brought him on to discuss these rules in more detail, and of course to address the stinky question I’m sure I wasn’t alone in asking…

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The Nutrition Q&A Episode

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It’s time for another big Q&A episode, where we answer listener submitted questions.

In this week’s edition, we focus on nutrition-related questions, ranging from eating for recovery to the value of plant-based meats.

Spoiler alert: Matt and I see eye to eye on all the answers…

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