The Anxiety Episode

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Today’s episode is a little different…

It gets personal.

If you’ve trained for a sporting event, chances are you’ve experienced at least some level of pre-race (or match, game, etc.) anxiety. You know… that overwhelming feeling the days and hours heading into a race that leads to questions and doubts on your training and ability.

In today’s episode, we talk about that pre-race anxiety, how we address it, and what we do when it’s no longer related to a race, but to life in general.

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A Fresh Look at Habits and Goals

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Have we been approaching healthy habits all wrong?

You’ve likely heard some of our previous episodes on creating habits that last — but over time, our approach to making healthy changes has shifted.

In today’s episode, Matt and I share where we are now, and why we might have been doing it wrong this whole time.

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Doug and Matt’s Time Tips

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Time… we could all use more of it.

Search the web and you’ll find endless hacks on how to save a few minutes here, or increase productivity there.

But we all know those hacks never stick, and more importantly they don’t solve your no-time problem.

So in today’s episode we do something a little different. This is our no-hacks guide to creating more time for your healthy habits and lifestyle.

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How We Feed Our Kids


As adult vegans, we face certain challenges when traveling, dining at restaurants, or whenever we’re outside our normal routines. But we figure it out — packing our own meals or snacking on nuts and fruit if we need to.

But what does it look like when kids are involved?

They’re pickier and not as adaptable, and the last thing we want to do is feed them junk just to get by.

In today’s episode we explore the ins and outs of how we feed our kids, both during our normal at-home routines, and while on summer vacation or traveling.

Here’s what we talk about in today’s episode:

  • Matt’s beach trip food tips.
  • The allure of junk food when in a pinch.
  • How to handle long car trips.
  • 19-month-old Eliza’s favorite salad.
  • Healthy snacks for kids.
  • The go-to easy treat Matt loves.

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Our Advice for People Ready to Go Vegan

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Think you’re ready to go vegan?

In today’s episode, we thought back to those days and weeks before officially going vegan, and to the questions and concerns we had…

Would we be able to make it stick?

Will we get all the nutrients we need?

What do vegans actually put on their plates?

Here’s the advice we wish someone had shared with us before going plant-based.

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What We Eat on a Typical Day

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I’m often asked by non-vegans, “So… what do you actually eat?”

And if you’re just starting out with the diet, or simply trying to wrap your head around what it’s like to be a plant-based athlete, understanding the reality of the diet can be difficult.

So in today’s episode, Matt and I try to answer that quesiton by breaking down our typical day. Not necessarily our go-to recipes (although there is some of that), but how we structure our meals to make sure we get everything we need to fuel our workouts, families, and adventures.

And spoiler: our typical days are pretty simple.

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The Healing Power of Yoga (and How You Can Get Started) with Katie Hay


If you aren’t a yogi already, you’ve probably at least considered attending a class. These days yoga studios are everywhere — from small towns to big cities — and that popularity has grown at least in part because of how accessible yoga is for not just the super fit, but for anyone willing to give it a try.

And more importantly, for how transformative it can be for both the mind and body.

The problem is, attending your first class is rather intimidating. What do you wear? Will you look silly when you don’t know the poses?

I remember how it felt before my first class, when I peppered my wife Katie, a certified Yoga Therapist and 500-hour Registered Yoga Teacher, with dozens of questions and concerns. She assured me no one would care that I didn’t know what I was doing.

Katie has seen firsthand yoga’s ability to relieve aches and pains, heal injury, and alter patterns of stress and uncertainty, and in today’s episode she not only shares her experiences as a teacher, but gives you that same reassurance she gave me…

So you can feel confident going into your first (or 100th) yoga class.

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

  • What is yoga (and who is it for)?
  • How to find the right yoga practice for you.
  • The questions Doug asked before his first yoga class.
  • Yoga and veganism — how they connect.
  • Why yoga can calm, quiet, and heal the mind.
  • Getting started with yoga.

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The Free-Time Formula with Jeff Sanders

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Life… it’s stressful.

Work, kids, school, training, dishes, they all pile up draining you of energy and time, until suddenly, you no longer have any free-time to yourself.

Now, there are a lot of productivity gurus and self-help personalities pushing life-hacks and cheats to save 15 minutes here or free up a little time there, but rarely do they solve any of the lasting struggles overwhelming your day.

Jeff Sanders, a good friend of NMA, has a different approach.

You may remember Jeff from previous episodes of the podcast. He’s the host of the 5AM Miracle, and has helped both Matt and I work on creating more productive, healthier morning routines.

Today we’re bringing him back on, not to focus on mornings, but instead to help us understand how to identify and uproot the real causes of the procrastination and stress in our lives, and how to free up time to do what we love.

And to do that through the functional, real-life strategies — not hacks — outlined in his new book, The Free-Time Formula.

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