I went vegan in February of 2010, in the height of my running and triathlon mania. One of the very first websites I found was No Meat Athlete. I needed to figure out if vegans could be athletes (I know, duh).
Matt Frazier, founder and writer at No Meat Athlete offered simple strategies for athletes regarding nutrition and training and very thoughtful posts on a range of interesting topics. He still does and his website continues to be one that I read regularly. Matt has evolved over the years – both as an athlete and where he lands on the veg-spectrum. When I first started reading No Meat Athlete he was vegetarian. Now he’s vegan. Now No Meat Athlete is a website and a book. written a book. And he’s donating 10% of proceeds to protect animals. I love him.
No Meat Athlete in Colorado Springs
That’s right! Matt is coming to Colorado Springs next week on his book tour! He will be doing a lecture, Running on Plants, and book signing at Seeds Community Cafe on Thursday evening (RSVP here) and we’re taking Matt up The Incline in Manitou Springs Friday morning (more details here). We are super-excited around here!
I’m excited to share a bit about Matt’s book.
No Meat Athlete is broken out into two sections, the first focuses on plant-based nutrition for athletes and includes 55 recipes. Going beyond recipes, Matt offers really great primers on “make your own” recipes, including veggie burgers, nutrition bars, smoothies, and more.
Section two focuses on sport – beginning with, well, beginners, and moving toward advanced training techniques. He talks about good running form, varied workouts (speed work, etc.), cross training, and more.
This book is solid and I think it’s a terrific tool for vegan activism. More and more athletes are considering a plant-based diet to perform well. Matt lays it out easily for anyone. In the introduction he shares how he grew as an athlete, achieving goals that had once felt unattainable, and the role of plant-based nutrition and focused training in his success. And then he says this:
I’ve mentioned that the initial reason for my interest in vegetarianism was because I started to not feel right about eating animals—and what I’ve learned since then about factory farming and the way animals are (mis)treated in the process has only made that conviction stronger. There’s also the enormous benefit to the environment of adopting a plant-based diet; some studies show that eating this way reduces one’s carbon footprint even more than giving up your car!
Yes! I love that he is inspiring others to get healthy with their diet, to train smart and improve athletically, and to remember the animals. A vegan book I can totally get behind.
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