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No Meat Athlete: Run on Plants and Discover Your Fittest, Fastest, Happiest Self (Paperback)
Combining the winning elements of proven training approaches, motivational stories, and innovative recipes, No Meat Athlete is a unique guidebook, healthy-living cookbook, and nutrition primer for the beginner, every day, and serious athlete who wants to live a meatless lifestyle. Author, popular blogger, and 100-mile ultramarathoner Matt Frazier will show you that there are many benefits to embracing a meat-free athletic lifestyle, including:
- Weight loss, which often leads to increased speed
- Easier digestion and faster recovery after workouts
- Improved energy levels to help with not just athletic performance but your day-to-day life
- Reduced impact on the planet
Whatever your motivation for choosing a meat-free lifestyle, this book will take you through everything you need to know to apply your lifestyle to your training. Frazier provides practical advice and tips on how to transition to a plant-based diet while getting all the nutrition you need--using the power of habit to make those changes last--and offers up menu plans for high performance, endurance, and recovery.
Once you've mastered the basics, Matt delivers a training manual of his own design for runners of all abilities and ambitions. The manual provides training plans for common race distances and shows runners to create healthy habits, improve performance, and avoid injuries. No Meat Athlete will take you from the start to finish line, giving you encouraging tips, tricks, and advice along the way.
About the Author
Author and plant-based endurance athlete Matt Frazier runs several marathons and ultramarathons each year, and recently completed his first 100-mile ultramarathon. He is the author of the hugely popular blog, No Meat Athlete, which attracts 170,000 unique visitors a month. His newsletter and blog have over 35,000 subscribers, and his Facebook page has received 50,000 "Likes." He is the author of No Meat Athlete and No Meat Athlete Cookbook, and is featured regularly in running magazines, websites, and books, including Thrive Foods by Brendan Brazier and Finding Ultra by Rich Roll. He lives in Asheville, NC. www.nomeatathlete.com.Matthew Ruscigno, M.P.H., R.D., holds two degrees in nutrition and is past chair of the Vegetarian Nutrition Dietary Practice Group of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. In addition to his public health work, Matthew has a private practice and works closely with vegan athletes. An athlete himself, he has raced "The World's Toughest Iron-Distance Triathlon" in Eidfjord, Norway, ultra-marathons, and 24-hour mountain bike races. He is a 3-time finisher of the Furnace Creek 508, a 500-mile non-stop bike race that National Geographic calls the 8th hardest race in the world. Matthew contributed to the bestseller Appetite for Reduction: 125 Fast and Filling Low-Fat Vegan Recipes by Isa Chandra Moskowitz.
“Considering No Meat Athlete is about eating a plant-based diet and running distances most people don’t even like to drive, Matt Frazier presents the tools and information he shares in a way that is downright approachable, leaving his readers energized with a sense of possibility.” —Brendan Brazier, Ultraman and author of Thrive “Matt Frazier takes all the guesswork out of maximizing your health the plant-based way with his bulletproof primer No Meat Athlete. Whether you are an elite marathoner or a weekend warrior, this clear, concise, and no-nonsense book is your one-stop roadmap to creating and maintaining a sustainable plant-based lifestyle. All hail the running carrot!” —Rich Roll, plant-based ultra-distance athlete and author of Finding Ultra: Rejecting Middle Age, Becoming One of the World’s Fittest Men, and Discovering Myself “If you were not feeling inspired or empowered before reading this book, you certainly will after. No Meat Athlete is the plant-based fuel that will keep you running strong!” —Terry Walters, author of Clean Food and Clean Start “Well-organized, very accessible, and a joy to read. This book gives you the real how and why of healthy living with real-life applications and even actual training plans and easy recipes—Frazier nailed it with this book.” —Sid Garza-Hillman, author of Approaching the Natural: A Health Manifesto “. . . an excellent resource for the new or experienced athlete. If you are looking for an outstanding guide to improving your health and fitness, No Meat Athlete is the book for you.” —Robert Cheeke, author of Vegan Bodybuilding & Fitness: The Complete Guide to Building Your Body on a Plant-Based Diet
“Matt lays down a foundation for thinking about and moving in an important direction. His guidance feels safe and challenging. His wisdom and insight comes not a moment too soon.” —Sean Astin, actor “Matt Frazier has done us all a great service by answering many of the questions asked when athletes are either curious or doubtful about changing to a vegetarian or vegan diet. Matt’s the guy to listen to.” —Danny Dreyer, co-author of ChiRunning, ChiWalking, and ChiMarathon “From basic nutrition to cross-training to what to eat for breakfast, everything you need to know to be a happy, healthy, and active vegan is here, no matter what size or shape you are!”-Isa Chandra Moskowitz, author of Isa Does It: Amazingly Easy, Wildly Delicious Vegan Recipes for Every Day of the Week and Veganomicon: The Ultimate Vegan Cookbook “As a runner who began competing in the days of the traditional steak training meal, I welcome this book’s enlightening confirmation of my own experience: Athletes who pass on the meat can perform at the highest level and still enjoy their meals to the max. The human future will depend on a far more plant-based diet, and top athletes are showing just how rewarding that will be.” —Ed Ayres, founder, Running Times magazine, and author of The Longest Race: A Lifelong Runner, an Iconic Ultramarathon, and the Case for Human Endurance “No Meat Athlete will not only power your strength and endurance, it will give you an extra edge in every aspect of your life.” —Neal Barnard, M.D., author of Power Foods for the Brain “Matt Frazier is a rising star in the world of vegan athletes. Covering the mechanics of diet and training as well as the transformative nature of a whole foods-, plant-based diet, he demonstrates that a body running on plants is probably the one ahead of you at the finish line!” —Colleen Patrick-Goudreau, author of The Vegan Table and The Joy of Vegan Baking “Anyone can become a No Meat Athlete, and Matt Frazier provides the roadmap to wellness and performance no matter where the journey takes you.” —Scott Jurek, world-renowned Ultramarathon champion and author of Eat and Run
“In this fantastic book, Matt clearly lays out a simple but powerful plan for changing your eating habits. In small steps, you can create a healthier, stronger, more compassionate diet that will fuel the best version of you.” —Leo Babauta, simplicity blogger at zenhabits.net “Inspiring, encouraging, and packed with practical information, this is a book that will help anyone at any fitness level learn to eat and train for optimal plant-powered health.” —Virginia Messina, M.P.H., R.D., author of Vegan for Life and Vegan for Her “This book is a fantastic, no-fuss, no-judgment approach to plant-based eating and fitness. Whether you’re curious, brand-new to this, or just keeping the blade sharp—get educated, get fed, get fit—read this book.” —Osher Günsberg, TV host, Australian Idol “. . . filled with practical advice, solid nutrition information, running tips and training plans, and recipes to fuel athletes of all abilities. . . a comprehensive guide to what you need to be healthy and fit while eating a whole-foods, plant-based diet.” —Reed Mangels, Ph.D., R.D., co-author of Simply Vegan and The Dietitian’s Guide to Vegetarian Diets “. . . an inspiring and empowering book for people interested in being healthy, happy, and active. I highly recommend this accessible, life-changing book.” —Gene Baur, founder, Farm Sanctuary