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  • Actually, the verbatim German translation would be “Kein Fleisch Athlet”, which would be equally nonsensical 😉
    Thanks again for the great interview (and, well, everything else :-))
    Daniel

      1. No Aly, it wouldn’t 😉 Just doesn’t sound like anything you would say in German. Unfortunately, being concise without using many words is not one of our language’s strengths (I’m from Germany myself) 🙂

  • Just want to say again how helpful your book, training plan, blog, etc have been! Our 10 year old son has recently decided to join my us in plant based diet (he’s already a terrific runner!!) and has read your book and will often quote to us things that the NMA says! Thanks for being such an awesome positive role model for him!

  • I’ve been reading your blog for a while now (over a year?) and I’m so happy for your success. I’m a runner, but not a vegetarian, and I suggest your blog to all sorts of runners, meat-eating and otherwise! Your approach is so warm and open; I wish more vegan/vegetarian sites were more like yours because I think it would promote a healthy lifestyle to even more people. While I haven’t committed to an animal-free diet, I have rethought what I do eat, why, and how much meat I actually want to eat. And it’s solely because of your blog. Keep up the good work, and thanks for warm welcome to all regardless of food philosophy.

  • I am so pleased you are reaching a European audience – fantastic. Other than in the UK where there is a lot of vegetarianism and veganism and it is easy to obtain good veggie food, most of Europe seems to still be much more into traditional eating, that is to say meat (although probably not quite on a par with the States) and getting more “meaty” with the advent of supermarket chains and low cost bad quality meat products appealing to an economically struggling populus, in addition of course to the tradition of cured meats and “charcuterie”. I live in France and it is only this year that we have welcomed another vegetarian to our running club (me being the sole exponent (mostly) although vegan when training for those big races – it’s the only way I can recover quick enough and keep going!). I think the point of what I’m saying here is when can France get your book?! I want a copy for my book shelves so all my non English speaking friends can pick it up and have a look!

    1. Hi
      I’ve only started reading this blog a week ago (along with bevegt since i’m german) and i think it’s Great! I just thought it funny that the stereotype of germans is very “meaty” as most germans apply the same image to the American people
      But i relly think eating habits have changed a lot in the past years here (although i cant really tell since im only 17) and i know a ton of people who are vegetarian (although im the only serious vegan athlete among those). Still, veganism is a big hype right now!!!!
      Actually, when i did an exchange year in the us in 2012, i was as much of a sensation only being a vegetarien runner as i am in germany as a vegan. Though you guys do have more vegan products etc than we do….

    1. Sure do! In store.nomeatathlete.com, it’ll calculate the shipping before checkout, and you can decide if it’s worth it. Apparently the UK sometimes charges import duties that you have to pay when the shirts are delivered — I don’t know much about that, but a few customers have emailed to let me know.

      1. Arrived safely thanks, no hidden extra customs charges for once (have been stung many times before!), happy days 🙂

  • The German version looks great to me! I am proud owner of both versions, as I bought the English original few months ago, when I started running. And when I saw the crowdfunding project for the German translation, I wanted to be a more active part of this great community. So I chipped in, and got my copy and the t-shirt to go with it just last week.
    Been reading both blogs – your NMA and bevegt.de for a while. Started sometime last year after I got the feeling that I should get out & become more active. Strangely never felt the urge to do sports, but since becoming vegan 2012 after 14 vegetarian years something slowly started happening… Maybe also losing my father at the age of 68 – a heavy smoker – to lung cancer when the same year his identical twin ran his 100th-something marathon, I really understood how much impact our choices can have on our health.
    I still could improve my diet, I still could become much more active. But I have put on those running shoes, and in just few months I have come from exhaustion after 30 seconds of running to enjoying my 4-5K jogs. Besides jogging I also joined a yoga class.
    Most amazing thing, I have even allowed myself start dreaming about a marathon. Maybe it will never happen – I am still carrying some overweight, which with my medical problems are even harder to get rid of than on the average, and we definitely have a history of knee problems running in the family.
    But the dream alone has already carried me farther than I could even have imagined a year ago. Now I am planning to register for my first ever running event in September. Although it is just a 4 English miles, and I will definitely be in the “turtlerunners” group, just before the sweepcar, I have rarely in my life been this excited about anything!
    So a long story cut short – just wanted finally leave a comment and to say thanks for making such a huge difference in my life already by now.

  • Congrats on becoming an international author! I had a hard time eating in Germany, but I think it might depend on what part you go to. I went to Munich (in Bavaria) and it was definitely meat heavy. Sausage, shnitzel, pork knuckle….yuck! I ended up eating a lot of potatoes and pretzels… and beer. Had to go to the grocery store to get some fresh fruits & veg, they were hard to find in restaurants!

  • “apparently Germany is a hotbed for veganism in Europe”
    Well, sort of. The thing is that there is almost no middle ground. In medium-to-large cities, you can easily find vegan/vegetarian restaurants, as well as organic grocery shops with a decent selection of vegan-certified foodstuffs. But outside of that, you are pretty much screwed. In most workplaces with a canteen for employees, there is no vegan lunch option. The vegetarian option, whenever one is available, typically involves insane amounts of grilled cheese.

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