Reset: 3 Steps To Get Your Plant-Based Diet Back On Track

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Sometimes life can be a minefield, littered with temptation and booby traps that sabotage our best attempts to take charge of our health, eat a well-balanced plant-based diet, and live at our best. Occasionally, we can trip up and find ourselves off course.

Maybe it was the constant temptation of so many sweets over the holidays, only to find that “I’ll just have one” snowballed into a week-long sugar coma.

Or maybe it was a crazy work week, and you just couldn’t find the energy to make dinner after stumbling through the door. A few days of eating take-out turned into a few weeks, and you still aren’t cooking many meals at home.

Perhaps it’s just hard to stay motivated when your not-so-supportive significant other brings tempting food into the house, eats it right in front of you, and then makes fun of you for not trying some.

However you fall from the straight and narrow, the important thing is how you respond to it and get back on track. Good eating habits take a long time to build, but they can easily slip away, and it can be hard to regain that initial momentum and motivation.

But with the right blend of planning and support, you can get your diet back on the right path, feeling your best in no time. Even if you’re busy, struggling with cravings, or just can’t seem to find the motivation and willpower to stick to it, you can get things back under control.

Here are the three steps to help make it happen.

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Motivation, Creating More Free Time, and Overcoming Stress with Jeff Sanders

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Jeff Sanders’s ability to rise early, stay motivated, and get stuff done has long been an inspiration for the NMA Radio team.

But even for one of the best, most productive guys out there, he still needs a process of managing and evaluating what’s on his plate.

In today’s episode, Jeff shares how his philosophy has changed over the years, and how he underwent a major life shift after stress landed him in the hospital.

Here’s what we talk about in this episode:

  • Why Jeff ended up in the ER.
  • How weekly reviews can keep you focused.
  • The advice Jeff no longer gives.
  • Focusing on the “one thing.”
  • Going big vs. small steps.

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How to Build Muscle on a Plant-Based Diet: Staple Foods, Meal Plans, and Philosophy

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Let’s face it, building muscle is hard, no matter what “diet” you follow. And supporting your athletic endeavors with a plant-based diet can be challenging too, especially if you’re new to the vegan lifestyle.

I’ve been there—desperately hoping to gain muscle and weight eating only plants. After decades of learning from personal failures and successes, I have officially cracked the code on how to truly build and sustain muscle. I’m sharing those keys to success with you today so that you too can achieve your bodybuilding and fitness goals.

When I first started my plant-based, muscle-building journey many years ago, there wasn’t much publicly available on the subject. So little, in fact, that I had to rely almost entirely on trial and error. Thankfully, over time I started to figure it out, and I grew from weighing 120 pounds in 1995 when I went vegan, to a 210-pound champion bodybuilder at my peak, built entirely by plants (and hard work in the gym).

Even if you’ve struggled with building muscle in the past (while plant-based or not), I’m confident you can bulk up when you apply the strategies, habits, foods, and exercises necessary to achieve your goals.

And it all starts with nutrition.

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Mindful Cooking, Flavors, and Keeping Food Simple with the Buddhist Chef

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How does a classically trained French chef turn into one of the most popular vegan recipe developers on Facebook?

Ask Jean-Philippe Cyr, The Buddhist Chef. He’s made a name for himself not by whipping up thousands of mediocre recipes, but by creating carefully crafted, reliable meals, and doing so in a mindful way.

We frequently share Jean-Philippe’s recipes in the Academy and the Tribe newsletter, so when we had the chance to bring him on the podcast to discuss his food philosophy, it was a no-brainer.

In today’s episode, Jean-Philippe Cyr shares his take on maximizing flavors, mindfulness, and why it’s important to keep recipes simple in order to grow this community.

Here’s what we talk about in this episode:

  • French flavors in vegan recipes.
  • How Buddhism and food connect.
  • Soy sauce in your tomato sauce?
  • Why simple is important.
  • Making it big on Facebook.

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200 Episodes: Looking Back and at What’s to Come

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Over 200 episodes! Can you believe it?

What started as an experiment back in October 2011 has grown into something I don’t think any of us could have predicted. The podcast is a way for us to share our ideas and connect listeners with experts in the plant-based world. We’re a Tribea communityand we have a pretty freak’n good time each week.

Today we look back at the most popular episodes of all time, and share a little insight about what’s to come in the next 100.

We laugh. We cry. We party like there’s no tomorrow (eh, I wouldn’t go that far…).

Enjoy.

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Fueling Your Run with Whole Foods: Does it Work?

Many plant-based athletes face a rather tough dilemma during endurance efforts:

Do we fuel our runs and races with the clean, whole plant-based foods, which we can rely on to go down easy and sound appealing?

Or should we utilize the processed, artificially flavored, lab crafted goos and gummies engineered specifically for performance?

And more importantly, are we placing ourselves at a disadvantage if we don’t rely on energy products?

As the world of endurance sports has exploded over the past few decades, so too has the market for sports fueling products. But the draw to fuel with natural, simple foods will always remain.

So how you do decide which path to take, and whether or not to treat racing any differently than training?

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Small Steps, Cold Showers, and Conscious Parenting with Sid Garza-Hillman

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Thumb through just about any parenting book, and you’ll find nearly every chapter focuses on the child.

But that’s the wrong approach, according to friend of NMA Radio Sid Garza-Hillman. Sid believes that building a thriving, healthy family starts with a thriving, healthy parent.

In today’s episode, we sit down with Sid to discuss his brand new book Raising Healthy Parents, and why a vegan nutritionist felt called to write a parenting book.

Oh, and because it’s Sid, we also talk about cold showers, small steps, and counting your breaths. Love that guy.

Here’s what we talk about in this episode:

  • What most parenting books are missing.
  • The health component of parenting.
  • Struggling in front of your children.
  • How to recenter before arriving home from work.
  • Why Sid sits in a cold river.

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How Will Clean Meat Impact the Vegan Movement?

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Between the current advances in plant-based meat alternatives and the innovations taking place in the “clean meat” industry, the food landscape as we know it could change dramatically over the next several years.

How will these changes impact our understanding of what meat is, and will that affect the vegan movement?

We sit down with Jackson Long and Aaron Stuber of Thought For Food Lifestyle and the TFF podcast to discuss.

Here’s what we talk about in this episode:

  • What is “clean meat”?
  • Plant-based food technology and how it’s blowing up.
  • The problem with “fake meat.”
  • Why veganism may one day become irrelevant.
  • Science! It’s important.

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