Plant-Based Gut Health 101: Why Immunity, Metabolism, and Longevity Start in the Gut
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by matt@nomeatathlete.com (Matt Frazier and Ben Benulis)
3M ago
Longevity, disease prevention, energy, immunity… Every health buzzword comes back to one thing: Your gut. Well, technically the trillions of microbes processing the nutrients from the foods you eat. And when it comes to gut health, the plant-based diet is a superstar promoter. Simply by consuming a variety of fruits, vegetables, greens, nuts, seeds, beans, legumes, spices, and herbs every day, you’re pumping your body with a mega-dose of fiber, macronutrients and micronutrients that play a significant role in a healthy flowing and balanced gut microbiome. But if gut health is as easy as eating ..read more
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Run Better Now with these 4 Low-Effort Lifestyle Changes
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by matt@nomeatathlete.com (Matt Frazier and Ben Benulis)
6M ago
I’ve recently come back to running, after going through a long period with almost no interest in it. But this time, it’s different from before. Before, when I was “a runner,” I was doing it for races and for fun. For its own sake. This time, it’s entirely about fitness and longevity. And as such, I want to do it right. Kettlebell training has taught me to pay careful attention to the way I move — out of necessity while performing swings and get-ups and moving around heavy kettlebells in general — which has carried over into greater focus on how I move throughout life. And in my return to ..read more
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Upgrade Your Environment for Longevity and Happiness with these 7 Strategies
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by matt@nomeatathlete.com (Matt Frazier and Ben Benulis)
7M ago
Last month, my family moved into a brand new house we had designed and built.  I never thought we’d build a house, and we didn’t set out to do so with this move.  But after a particularly frustrating first week of house-hunting, when we were nearing hopelessness, a light went on for us:  The things that are most important to us aren’t huge amounts of space or fancy upgrades. Instead, they’re the factors that we know lead to health and happiness, like proximity to the outdoors, interactions with other people, and the activities we love.    In other words, the environmen ..read more
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How I’m Training for My First Ultramarathon in 9 Years… With No Long Runs
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by matt@nomeatathlete.com (Matt Frazier and Ben Benulis)
10M ago
After the 5-Hour Resolution Run on New Year’s Day (with my wife, Erin) In 2013, I ran my first 100-mile ultramarathon.  And then, just like that, I quit running. Quitting wasn’t really the plan. But I got busy with the tour for my first book, and just never started training again. The 100 had been the culmination of a decade of hard work, ups and downs, a Boston Marathon journey, and of course, a plant-based diet.  I had actually loved running the race, and figured it was the first of many 100’s. But after I stopped, I learned that I really enjoyed not running at all.  So that’s ..read more
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Rediscover Your Fitness in 2022
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by matt@nomeatathlete.com (Matt Frazier and Ben Benulis)
1y ago
A few years ago, at the start of 2019, I set a huge goal: to get into the best shape of my life by the end of the year. I had in mind a total fitness overhaul: strength, endurance, mobility, and the best diet I could eat. How cool would it be to have it all at once? I spent a long time thinking about how to quantify “best shape of my life.” And I made a lot of plans on how I was going to do it. And by the time 2019 was in the books… I hadn’t done a damn thing. The pandemic in 2020 only made matters worse for my fitness (hello, fresh pasta), and by the end of the year, just before my 40th birth ..read more
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7 Deliciously Simple Ways to Eat More Greens
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by matt@nomeatathlete.com (Matt Frazier and Ben Benulis)
1y ago
Just about everyone needs to eat more greens. Even you, healthy eater. Because according to Dr. Michael Greger, only 1 in 25 Americans eats 12 servings of greens per month.  Which at first sounds kind of good, to think you’re that one person in 25 who gets a gold star. But get this. Twelve servings per month is only a quarter of the amount Dr. Greger says we should be eating for optimal health. He recommends that many servings per week — an amount that very, very few people actually get. Greens are packed with nutrients, and low in calories. So on the ANDI scale, which measures nutrients ..read more
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My Plant-Based ‘Warrior Diet’ Day in the Life
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by matt@nomeatathlete.com (Matt Frazier and Ben Benulis)
1y ago
 The best part of The Plant-Based Athlete, in my opinion and many others’, is the “Day in the Life” section — the exact daily diet and workout routines of 25 plant-based athletes, many of them world-class. Of course, I also slipped my own Day in the Life in there, for a decidedly non-world-class, but nonetheless well thought-out and effective, example.  But in the past six months since we submitted the final manuscript, a lot has changed for me personally. Having turned 40 around that same time, I’ve enjoyed a rush of motivation, and built workout and diet habits that I’m not just proud ..read more
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A Plant-Based Athlete’s ‘Day in the Life’
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by matt@nomeatathlete.com (Matt Frazier and Ben Benulis)
1y ago
I remember fondly, back in 2010, discovering that Tim Ferriss’ 4-Hour Body included a short section about vegan ultrarunner Scott Jurek’s diet, including his grocery list — the first we learned any of details about the Born to Run superstar’s food rituals. Then, in 2012, Scott’s own book Eat & Run came out, with recipes at the end of each chapter. To me, an aspiring vegan ultrarunner myself, these recipes were like gold. The exact food a legend uses to fuel his training? Yes, please. And that’s why in my new book, The Plant-Based Athlete (due out in just 3 days!), co-author Robert Cheeke ..read more
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How to Raise a Superstar Plant-Based Athlete
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by matt@nomeatathlete.com (Matt Frazier and Ben Benulis)
1y ago
Eleven years ago, I wrote a blog post introducing Baby NMA to the world. Well, to our world. Which back then encompassed about 500 readers of my year-old blog. That baby — my son, Holden — isn’t a baby anymore. But he’s more a No Meat Athlete than ever — he’s been vegan since age 2, and vegetarian before that, and he’s better athlete than either my wife or I ever was. We’ve known for years that Holden is a special athlete, but I was hesitant to write about him here for a few reasons, mostly just privacy and his young age. But given his soccer accomplishments, I’d put him in the “serious at ..read more
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Everything You Need to Know about My New Book, ‘The Plant-Based Athlete’ (In Stores June 15th)
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by matt@nomeatathlete.com (Matt Frazier and Ben Benulis)
1y ago
As I boarded the plane from Charlotte to Los Angeles, I still couldn’t shake the nervousness that I had felt all week. The Rich Roll Podcast!? I had been a guest back in 2013 when my first book came out, Episode 54. But this — Episode Six-hundred-something, of a podcast that even my neighbors now know about — was different. I mean, before Matthew Walker (the sleep guru) was on a few weeks ago, the last “Matt” to be a guest on the show was freaking Matthew McConaughey! To try to relax and prepare, I pulled out my uncorrected proof copy of our new book, The Plant-Based Athlete; it and its to ..read more
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