Random Show #11

Listen on Google Play MusicIn this installment of the Random Show, Aaron and Jackson finally catch up after Jackson’s EuroTrip and discuss topics like minotaurs, real estate, and more. Link to our survey: bit.ly/tffsurvey

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Random Show #9


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Jackson, Ian, and Gruff check in before their first ride of the #VeganAlpletic trip and talk about the travel so far, the plan, and the goals of the trip. Let the ride begin. Donate to Mercy For Animals: donate.mercyforanimals.org/veganalpletic

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Random Show #7


This week’s (long) Random Show is all about the wilderness. Jackson and Aaron talk about their most profound and sometimes terrifying experiences in the outdoors. Get outside, get uncomfortable, and #doepicshit.

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Matt Frazier on Making Plant-Based Simple for Athletes with the No Meat Athlete Cookbook

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This week on the show we talk to Matt Frazier of the popular vegan/running blog, No Meat Athlete. No Meat Athlete, for those of you that are unaware, has been around almost a decade, and has since evolved into a podcast, a meal plan service, various products, and now a brand new cookbook. NMA, composed of both Matt and TFF podcast alumni, Doug Hay, is a tremendous resource for the plant-based athlete. From running and general exercise tips, nutrition information, and more, NMA is essential reading for any athlete thinking about eating more plants. Matt just released an amazing new cookbook, titled The No Meat Athlete Cookbook which has been a smashing success already, reaching the top 50 overall books on both Barnes & Noble and Amazon. That’s pretty crazy, not only for NMA but for the plant-based movement in general! The focus of the book is simple, practical, and delicious whole food plant-based recipes for athletes. Meals that are both nourishing and satiating, while at the same time incredibly easy to make. We can’t wait to get our hands on it! 

We talk with Matt about:

  • the current state of No Meat Athlete
  • his plans for growth of the company and future goals
  • biggest challenges of growing an online business
  • his math background and how that fits into his future
  • all things No Meat Athlete Cookbook
  • his new supplement company called Lightdrop and why it’s different than traditional supplement companies
  • and more!

Definitely be sure to check out No Meat Athlete and their podcast, and pick up the new book. We hope you enjoy the conversation!


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Show Notes

All things No Meat Athlete:

nomeatathlete.com

Instagram: @nomeatathlete_official

Twitter: @NoMeatAthlete

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NoMeatAthlete

Cookbook on Amazon

No Meat Athlete Podcast

Our episode with Doug Hay

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Rick Kapala on Getting Comfortable with Discomfort, Living The Dream, and The Love of Sport

This week’s interview is a little different. The Thought For Food Lifestyle extends beyond nutrition and food, and today’s conversation is rooted in getting comfortable with discomfort, athletic performance, mindset, and living the dream. I’m excited to bring you my conversation with Rick Kapala – program director and head coach for the Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation’s cross-country ski program. Rick graduated from Michigan Technological University with a degree in biological sciences, after developing a love for cross-country skiing. He then began coaching in Alaska, eventually landing in Sun Valley, Idaho in 1987. He has since coached at multiple world championships and has been integral in the development of multiple national champions and even Olympians. Rick was my ski coach in high school, and has had a profound impact on my life by inspiring in me and others this idea of getting comfortable with discomfort – which is the theme of this podcast. My favorite memories from ski team were not the ski racing, but the epic adventures we went on in the mountains, or Save The Baby King (we talk about this crazy game in the podcast). This is why Rick is such a legend and inspiration for so many. His ability to make the inherently uncomfortable and difficult sport of cross-country skiing fun and appealing to kids of all ages, and get them out of their comfort zones. Building athletes, sure, but beyond that, building high-quality humans.

Although we didn’t talk about food or nutrition, his ethos towards exercise and sport is perfectly aligned with the Thought For Food Lifestyle. Doing epic shit. Doing it for the love, for the adventure, for the growth that we experience when we step out of our comfort zone. And doing this in a way that is evidence based and that perfectly marries the connection between performance and adventure. We talk about his coaching philosophy, getting uncomfortable, and what his definition of doing epic shit is. I owe a lot of my passion for the outdoors, endurance sports, and finding purpose in my life to this man, so it’s truly an honor to share this conversation with you. Enjoy the episode!

-Jackson


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Show Notes

More on Rick and SVSEF:

http://svsef.org

How To Live The Dream

Books mentioned: David Epstein – The Sports Gene, George Kennan – Tent Life in Siberia, Tim Flannery – The Eternal Frontier

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Our Goals for 2017

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2016 is nearly gone, and while it’s important to be present, we must look towards the new year and begin planning the next stage of our lives and TFF. 2017 is sure to be an exciting year for both of us, and for TFF. While we’re not the biggest fans of New Year’s Resolutions that aren’t realistic, we do have some pretty specific goals that we want to achieve in the new year. In today’s episode, we talk about:

  • our thoughts on new year’s resolutions and goals in general
  • each of our own personal goals for 2017
  • general goals for TFF

What are your thoughts? What do you think about resolutions? What are your goals for 2017? We’d love to hear. We couldn’t be more excited about the future and what 2017 holds, and are excited to share that with you. Hope you enjoy the episode, and see you next year!

-Jackson and Aaron


Do you get enough protein? Our new book, Dude, Where Do You Get Your Protein? is available now! Check it out at tfflifestyle.com/product/proteinbook and enjoy this amazing resource for everything there is to know about protein.

Want to support the show and what TFF is doing? You can share our content with friends and family if you feel like they could get something out of our message. It would also help us out a ton if you left a quick review on the iTunes store, it really helps the podcast grow and reach more listeners (and it only takes 5 min)! If you want to go above and beyond, you can kick us some change by pledging your support on Patreon each month, which is a recurring crowd funding site dedicated to creators like us! It allows us to keep putting out the free content that you’re used to, but helps us to invest more money into improving the quality of the show through better equipment (every penny we make on Patreon goes to bettering our setup to make the content better for you!). You can also visit tfflifestyle.com/support to learn more and make a one-time donation.

If you haven’t already, be sure to check out our YouTube channel, Thought For Food TV, where we just posted a makeup tutorial. I’ll leave it at that for now. We also put up regular vlogs and other cool videos so you can get a behind the scenes look at TFF. It’s a lot of fun!

We really appreciate all the support guys, so don’t forget to follow us on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter so we can engage more with all of our awesome supporters. This is such a fun thing we’re doing, and it’s even cooler that we are having a meaningful impact on people’s lives. So thanks!

Show Notes

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Too Much Fiber for Athletes, Cricket Bars, and China Study Debunked? | Q&A 005

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It’s time for another round of questions and answers. We absolutely love the format of interacting with our audience and (attempting) to answer your questions! This one was really fun. We talked about a wide range of topics, including questions like:

  • What are some low-fiber options for athletes experiencing GI distress?
  • Was the China Study debunked?
  • What’s your opinion on eating cricket bars?
  • Thoughts on nursing as a vegan?
  • And more!

The focus on this episode was interestingly GI issues, flatulence, and fiber. All important topics for plant-based people. We get into a lot of helpful conversation, and thank you to everyone that asked questions! If you want to get your question answered on the show, don’t be afraid to send us an email.

Our new book is now available! Check it out at tfflifestyle.com/product/proteinbook to pick it up in time for Christmas and New Year’s! Lots of great information and resource for the plant-based endurance athlete. We appreciate the support! 


Want to support the show and what TFF is doing? You can share our content with friends and family if you feel like they could get something out of our message. It would also help us out a ton if you left a quick review on the iTunes store, it really helps the podcast grow and reach more listeners (and it only takes 5 min)! If you want to go above and beyond, you can kick us some change by pledging your support on Patreon each month, which is a recurring crowd funding site dedicated to creators like us! It allows us to keep putting out the free content that you’re used to, but helps us to invest more money into improving the quality of the show through better equipment (every penny we make on Patreon goes to bettering our setup to make the content better for you!). You can also visit tfflifestyle.com/support to learn more and make a one-time donation.

If you haven’t already, be sure to check out our YouTube channel, Thought For Food TV, where we just posted a makeup tutorial. I’ll leave it at that for now. We also put up regular vlogs and other cool videos so you can get a behind the scenes look at TFF. It’s a lot of fun!

We really appreciate all the support guys, so don’t forget to follow us on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter so we can engage more with all of our awesome supporters. This is such a fun thing we’re doing, and it’s even cooler that we are having a meaningful impact on people’s lives. So thanks!

Enjoy the show and go eat some plants.

-Jackson and Aaron

Show Notes

 

Mentioned resources:

China Study: http://www.vegsource.com/news/2010/07/china-study-author-colin-campbell-slaps-down-critic-denise-minger.html

Organic vs. conventional vegetables: http://nutritionfacts.org/video/are-organic-foods-more-nutritious

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How to Stay Happy and Healthy During the Holidays

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year: in-laws, cookies, and the inevitable struggle to maintain your healthy routine. It doesn’t have to be this way though. The holidays for some are an opportunity to spend time with family, relieve a bit of stress, and let go of being strict with your ideal lifestyle. For others, they are a chance to focus and double down on getting their ass into gear, eating healthy, holding themselves to a higher standard so that they don’t spiral down the path of poor choices.

For vegans, the holidays can be intimidating, especially those new to the plant-based lifestyle. From awkward family dinners where the weird uncle always asks about your protein and calcium to holiday parties where the only thing for you to eat is some lettuce and a few cashews. Nobody like that. So, we have a conversation offering up some tips about how to stay on track during the holiday season and not lose your sanity. We talk:

  • How to approach the holidays depending on where you are in your health goals and circumstances
  • How to approach social situations
  • What to do as an athlete in a training cycle
  • What about food? How to exist as a plant-based person
  • And more!

We also just want to wish everyone who listens to our show, and that you have a very enjoyable and stress-free time. We’d love to see what you’re cooking up so definitely tag us on Instagram! We are gearing up for another Q&A episode so send in your questions to tfflifestyle@gmail.com!

Want to support what we’re doing with Thought For Food? Consider subscribing to the show on iTunes or wherever you consume podcasts, and on YouTube at Thought For Food TV. You can also do us a solid by leaving a review on the iTunes store, which helps the podcast grow and reach more listeners, so we can spread this message to a greater audience. If you want to go above and beyond, we are now on Patreon! Patreon is a platform for supporters of content creators to pledge anywhere from $1 per month up to however much you want to support the growth and content creation. By pledging a certain amount each month, you get rewarded with exclusive perks like a shoutout in the VLOG, special access to a Google Hangout Q&A, or even a private nutrition consultation with Aaron and Jackson. It’s pretty cool! And every single cent we make on Patreon goes directly back into TFF in the form of equipment upgrades to make the content even better for you. So, basically, you get to have a direct impact on making the content better and more frequent. Sounds awesome right?

We really appreciate all the support guys, so don’t forget to follow us on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter so we can engage more with all of our awesome supporters. This is such a fun thing we’re doing, and it’s even cooler that we are having a meaningful impact on people’s lives. So thanks!

Enjoy the show and go eat some plants.

-Jackson and Aaron

Show Notes

Minimalist Baker: minimalistbaker.com

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What’s the Deal With Iron?

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The long awaited next installment in our What’s The Deal series is finally here. Iron is a nutrient of significant debate in the general public, especially among athletes and people eating plant-based diets. Besides protein, iron may be the first thing thought to be a major deficiency among vegans and vegetarians. But what does the science say? Surprisingly, there is fairly little debate among the scientific community regarding this nutrient. It’s not that controversial. It’s definitely not poorly studied. In fact, a lot has been learned and applied regarding this mineral. However, iron deficiency is the number one nutrient deficiency in the world, so this is a very important dietary component. So, we decided to tackle the research and look into how iron actually works and if it is of major concern if you eat a plant based diet.

After defining and characterizing iron, we discuss and address a few common claims, such as:

  • You can’t get enough iron on a plant-based diet, especially as an athlete
  • Plant sources of iron are of lower quality than animal sources and are not absorbed as well
  • Oxalates found in plant foods inhibit the absorption of iron

We then looked at our own individual diets in a day to see how we stack up in terms of iron intake, and then talk about ways to get in iron rich foods from plants and how to absorb iron more effectively. It’s a pretty science-rich episode that remains pretty short, so we hope you got some useful information out of it and boosted your confidence about talking about iron.


Thank you to everyone who has taken the time to leave us a nice review of the show on iTunes, it truly means a lot and our day is infinitely better when we get to read your kind words. It also helps us tremendously to grow the show and reach more listeners! If you haven’t already, please consider subscribing to our YouTube channel, Thought For Food TV, to watch what we do during the day and some behind the scenes of TFF. If you have questions that you’d like for us to answer on a future Q&A podcast, send them to tfflifestyle@gmail.com. Thank you so much for listening, go eat some plants, and what’s your thought for food?

-Jackson and Aaron


Show Notes

References:

Position of the American Dietetic Association and Dietitians of Canada: Vegetarian Diets J Am Diet Assoc. 2003 Jun;103(6):748-65

Davey GK, Spencer EA, Appleby PN, Allen NE, Knox KH, Key TJ. EPIC-Oxford: lifestyle characteristics and nutrient intakes in a cohort of 33 883 meat-eaters and 31 546 non meat-eaters in the UK. Public Health Nutr. 2003 May;6(3):259-69.

Haddad EH, Berk LS, Kettering JD, Hubbard RW, Peters WR. Dietary intake and biochemical, hematologic, and immune status of vegans compared with nonvegetarians. Am J Clin Nutr. 1999 Sep;70(3 Suppl):586S-593S.

Alexander D, Ball MJ, Mann J. Nutrient intake and haematological status of vegetarians and age-sex matched omnivores. Eur J Clin Nutr. 1994 Aµg;48(8):538-46.

Waldmann A, Koschizke JW, Leitzmann C, Hahn A. Dietary iron intake and iron status of German female vegans: results of the German vegan study. Ann Nutr Metab. 2004;48(2):103-8. Epub 2004 Feb 25.

Fang, X., An, P., Wang, H., Wang, X., Shen, X., Li, X., … & Wang, F. (2015). Dietary intake of heme iron and risk of cardiovascular disease: A dose–response meta-analysis of prospective cohort studies. Nutrition, Metabolism and Cardiovascular Diseases, 25(1), 24-35.

genannt Bonsmann, S. S., Walczyk, T., Renggli, S., & Hurrell, R. F. (2008). Oxalic acid does not influence nonhaem iron absorption in humans: a comparison of kale and spinach meals. European journal of clinical nutrition, 62(3), 336-341.

Thomas, D. T., Erdman, K. A., & Burke, L. M. (2016). American College of Sports Medicine Joint Position Statement. Nutrition and Athletic Performance. Medicine and science in sports and exercise, 48(3), 543.

Kaluza, J., Wolk, A., & Larsson, S. C. (2013). Heme iron intake and risk of stroke a prospective study of men. Stroke, 44(2), 334-339.

Bao, W., Rong, Y., Rong, S., & Liu, L. (2012). Dietary iron intake, body iron stores, and the risk of type 2 diabetes: a systematic review and meta-analysis. BMC medicine, 10(1), 1.

Fonseca-Nunes, A., Jakszyn, P., & Agudo, A. (2013). Iron and cancer risk—a systematic review and meta-analysis of the epidemiological evidence. Cancer Epidemiology Biomarkers & Prevention.

Saunders, A. V., Craig, W. J., Baines, S. K., & Posen, J. S. (2012). Iron and vegetarian diets. Medical Journal of Australia, 9, 11.

http://veganhealth.org/articles/iron#fn11

Previous What’s The Deal’s:

Soy

Protein


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