No Meat Athlete: Run on Plants and Discover Your Fittest, Fastest, Happiest Self

No Meat Athlete: Run on Plants and Discover Your Fittest, Fastest, Happiest Self

No Meat Athlete: Run on Plants and Discover Your Fittest, Fastest, Happiest Self

No Meat Athlete: Run on Plants and Discover Your Fittest, Fastest, Happiest Self


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No Meat Athlete is a new kind of athletic guide that will take you from starting block to finish line, while providing encouragement, tricks, and advice along the way.

No Meat Athlete combines the winning elements of proven training approaches, motivational stories, and innovative recipes to create a guide for meatless athletes unlike anything printed before. This combination guidebook, healthy-living cookbook, and nutrition primer is a key building blog for beginner, every day, and serious athletes living a no meat lifestyle

Author, blogger, and 100-mile ultramarathon veteran, Matt Frazier, will show you the 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

No Meat Athlete is a road map to applying your lifestyle to your training regimen. Frazier provides practical strategies and guidance on how to transition to a plant-based diet while getting all the nutrition you need, 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 ability-levels and ambitions. The manual provides training plans for common race distances and shows runners how to create healthy habits, improve performance, and avoid injuries.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781592335787
Publisher: Fair Winds Press
Publication date: 10/01/2013
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 7.40(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Matt Frazier is a vegan ultramarathoner and founder of the No Meat Athlete movement ( In 2014, Greatist named Matt one of the “100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness.” His newsletter and blog have over 250,000 subscribers and his Facebook page has well over 125,000 likes. He is the author of The 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, North Carolina.

Matthew Ruscigno, MPH, RD, 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, ultramarathons, and 24-hour mountain bike races. He is a three-time finisher of the Furnace Creek 508, a 500-mile non-stop bike race that National Geographic calls the eighth 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. Matthew lives in San Diego, California.

Brendan Brazier is the formulator and cofounder of Vega, bestselling author of the Thrive book series, and editor in chief of Alive magazine. He’s also a former professional Ironman triathlete and a two-time Canadian 50km Ultra Marathon Champion. Brendan is regarded as one of the world’s leading authorities on plant-based performance nutrition and works with several NHL, NFL, MLB, UFC, and Olympic plant-based athletes. He lives in Asheville, North Carolina.

Table of Contents

Foreword by Brendan Brazier
How adopting a plant-based diet might just make you a better athlete, my story of qualifying for the Boston Marathon six months after I became a vegetarian, and how to use this book

Section I: How Plant-Based Nutrition Can Work for Athletes
Chapter 1: Food and Nutrition Philosophy (When Did Eating Become so Complicated?)
What’s wrong with our modern attitude toward food and what we can do to fix it
Chapter 2: Getting Started: Creating a Healthy, Plant-based Eating Habit
How to use the tools of habit to make a healthy diet last; a simple approach to eating right without counting calories or following complicated rules
Chapter 3: An In-Depth Guide to Plant-based Nutrition for Sports
Guidelines for getting everything you need to fuel your active lifestyle
Chapter 4: In the Kitchen: Basic Cooking Skills to Save You Time, Energy, and Embarrassment
Healthy, plant-based eating starts with getting into the kitchen—a quick-start guide to cooking fast, delicious meals
Chapter 5: Recipes to Fuel Plant-Based Athletes (and their Families, too!)
57 recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner, desserts, snacks, and sports
Section II: Running on Plants

Chapter 6: How You Can Learn to Love Running
The reasons that make running one of the best sports for getting in shape—and staying that way for life
Chapter 7: How to Make Running a Habit
Creating the running habit and the simplest approach to running safely and efficiently
Chapter 8: Taking It to the Next Level with Advanced Training Techniques
Workouts for serious training and workout-specific nutrition guidelines
Chapter 9: Training for Your First (or Your Fastest) Race
Running gets fun when you sign up for your first race; specific training plans for 5K, 10K, and half-marathon
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