Are We Improving Ourselves Too Much?

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It’s no secret that we like self-improvement strategies here at NMA Radio. We often talk about the value in setting big goals and how to create habits that help with performance and productivity.

But is there a price to pay for constant personal development?

After reading a recent article on the pitfalls of the self-improvement craze in the New Yorker, and following it up with a few not-so-hip-on habit and life-hacking books, Matt has found himself asking a burning question: Is focusing on self-improvement even a good thing at all?

In today’s episode, we try to answer that question.

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Supplements for Vegans: What do You Need? (Replay)

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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 replay NMA Radio, I sit down with my friend and Lightdrop co-founder 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 5 Big Keys to Habit Change

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This time of year, whether you set official resolutions or not, you’re likely thinking about the good and bad habits you developed in 2017. And more importantly, how to set better habits this year.

We talk a lot about the dos and don’ts of habit change here at No Meat Athlete, but when it boils down to it, there are really just five keys to creating successful habits. It’s no secret that many attempts at new health and fitness habits fail in just a few weeks. But if you follow these five keys – or rules – you’ll get on the path to success and stay there.

In today’s episode, we share a clip from an Academy seminar, where Matt outlines those keys to creating habits that stick and provides real-life examples from his own successes (and failures) to help you put these rules into action.

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The Big Holiday Extravaganza of 2017

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One of my favorite episodes each year is our big, epic, vegan holiday extravaganza, when Matt and I discuss our wish lists and favorite seasonal films, and share what we plan to cook and drink over the holidays.

Here’s 2015’s and 2016’s.

This year, things are a little different. With Matt and his family traveling to Spain for the holiday, the conversation shifted towards traditions, travel, and dealing with family expectations.

But don’t you worry, Matt still shares his (ridiculous, if you ask me) Christmas movie list.

So light up the fire, pour yourself a Christmas beer, and enjoy this year’s holiday celebration.

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How to be Happier – Lessons from the Blue Zones with Dan Buettner

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What makes people truly happy?

If you’re a regular listener to NMA Radio, you’ve heard Matt mention the book Blue Zones, by Dan Buettner, time and time again. He loves the scientific approach Dan takes to examining the healthiest communities around the world and pulling lessons from them that we can use in our own lives.

In Dan’s new book, Blue Zones of Happiness, he takes the same approach. Only, instead of looking at longevity and health, he looks at happiness by studying the world’s happiest places. And the lessons?

They aren’t the typical hacks or quick fixes we’ve come to expect. Instead, Dan suggests lifestyle shifts that could truly change the way you live for the happier.

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Plant-Based Muscle with Robert Cheeke and Vanessa Espinoza

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Don’t think you can gain muscle on a plant-based diet? Think again.

Over the 200+ episodes of No Meat Athlete Radio, we’ve had vegan bodybuilder Robert Cheeke on to talk about training and nutrition a number of times. But rarely do we dive into what it really takes to build muscle on a vegan diet.

In today’s episode, we do just that.

Joined by Vanessa Espinoza, who co-author of the new book Plant-Based Muscle with Robert, we discuss the pros and challenges of bulking up on plants.

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Chi Running with Danny Dreyer

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What do you get when you cross running with tai chi? Chi Running, of course.

You’ve probably heard of Chi Running, as it has been helping runners (including Matt and me) for years. But unless you’ve really taken a dive into the philosophy, you might not know what it’s all about, and how simple changes to your form and technique can completely change the way you run.

In today’s episode, we chat with Danny Dreyer, founder of the Chi Running training philosophy, about how your running form, mind, and breath all play a role in your running performance.

Here’s what we talk about in this episode:

  • The connection between tai chi and running.
  • Proper form techniques for injury-free running.
  • Why shoe choice matters.
  • Nose breathing when you run?
  • What it means to connect mind and body when running.

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

Here’s what we talk about in this episode:

  • The power of denial (in sport and life)
  • Picking yourself
  • From coach-potato to Ironman finisher
  • How one cigarette break changed Susan’s life
  • The major difference between triathlons and ultramarathons

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