Will Dugan — From Professional Cyclist to Vegan Waffle Extraordinaire

This week’s show is a good one. Obviously cycling is a huge part of my life and something that has brought me so much pleasure and meaning, and also so much struggle and negativity. Such is the case for so many athletes, amateur and professional alike. If you’ve been a listener of the show for a while, you’ve most likely heard my story of exercise addiction and struggle with restriction and burnout in the sport of competitive cycling many times, which eventually catalyzed my shift to a vegan lifestyle.

Will Dugan shares a very similar story. After growing up riding and racing bikes, Will turned professional with Team Type 1 and immediately began racing all over the world, including Korea and Belgium. He had some really solid results, such as a 2nd place on a stage and 3rd overall at the Tour of Korea. However, he began to fall prey to the pressures of professional cycling, such as insane training regimens and restrictive diets and soon found himself resenting the sport he fell in love with at a young age. This evolved into suddenly quitting the sport and developing a severe binge eating disorder which sucked him into a dark place of depression and anxiety.

Fast forward a few years, and he has transitioned to a vegan diet and launched a vegan Belgian waffle company, known as Vafels, and leads a charity group ride every month called Project Supertraining and has found a new love of the bicycle.

We talk about all of this and more in this epic conversation, in which Will shares some personal stuff (like his battle with binge eating disorder) for the first time publicly. I’m sure you’ll enjoy the conversation, and be sure to let us know what you think!

Be sure to check out my TEDx talk which was just released, and please feel free to share far and wide so we can spread the epic dumps revolution to all corners of the globe: http://bit.ly/epicdumps.

-Jackson

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Show Notes

Connect with Will/Vafels/Project Supertraining:

Vafels: http://vafels.com

Project Supertraining: https://projectsupertraining.com/

Vafels on social media:

Instagram: http://instagram.com/vafelsinc

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

Project Supertraining on social media:

Instagram: http://instagram.com/project.supertraining

Related episodes:

Our experience with exercise addiction part 1

Our experience with exercise addiction part 2

Lachlan & Gus Morton

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The Cycling-Fueled Spiritual Quest of Jackson Foster

Listen on Google Play MusicJackson Foster is on an epic cycling-fueled spiritual quest from Alaska to South America (and beyond). After taking the plunge as a full on minimalist digital nomad, Jackson has simplified his life to the bare necessities — carrying everything he owns and needs on his touring bike, including his entire vlogging setup. Yep, he’s daily vlogging his experience from the road, sharing the insane beauty of his journey and the people he’s met. As a result, he’s had a lot of time to think and reflect, and has a lot of amazing stories and spiritual philosophies to share.

I caught up with Jackson for the second time on this show while he was in Oregon, on his way south from Alaska. We talk about his bike setup, crazy stories from the road, what he’s been eating to fuel himself, and then get deep on greater philosophy and spirituality as it relates to things like “do epic shit” and lifestyle design. It was one of the best conversations we’ve had, so really excited to share it with you. Be sure to follow Jackson’s adventure over on his YouTube channel, Plantriotic.

-Jackson


I will be in Los Angeles for the upcoming Circle V event and co-hosting a run/yoga/food/nutrition talk in Santa Monica/Venice this Sunday, November 19th. Hope to see you there!

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Show Notes

Jackson’s YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCjOKgw4ndKt52LTESwqvAGg

Jackson on Instagram: http://instagram.com/plantriotic

Our last podcast: https://www.tfflifestyle.com/tff-012-jackson-foster-on-plantriotic-productivity/


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Cycling 101: Gear, Mechanics, Training, and Nutrition

Listen on Google Play MusicI have been riding road bikes for half of my time on this planet. It’s so deeply intertwined with my day to day life that it’s almost second nature to me. It has brought so many amazing experiences and relationships from riding the highest paved road in North America to riding with my friends Gruff and Ian in the Alps, and I want you to experience that sensation in your own life. We recently did a podcast about exercise and redefining our relationship to it, and discussed how we want to go more in depth on specific sports that we have expertise with. From the gear to nutrition, I felt like it would be helpful for everyone interested in the sport of cycling to hear more specifics on how to do it – a sort of Cycling 101 class. For beginners and experts alike, there’s a ton of great information in here, as well as a special surprise from Vegan Athletic Apparel ;). I covered a lot, and hope it’s helpful! If I missed anything you were hoping I’d cover, please shoot me an email to tfflifestyle@gmail.com, and be sure to hop in the Thought For Food Club Facebook group to continue the conversation.

Aaron is taking the rest of November off of the podcast to recharge, disconnect, and focus on his family, so the podcast will be much more boring. He’ll be back though!

Interested in the oh-so sexy and functionally high-quality Vegan Athletic Apparel? They have offered up listeners of this podcast 15% off your order through December 31st by using discount code “TFF” at checkout. Their new winter line is absolutely EPIC, and I can confidently say that this is my favorite kit I’ve worn. Snatch up this deal, folks. Visit www.veganathleticapparel.com to learn more.

I will be in Los Angeles from November 17th-27th and will most likely be bringing my bike. If you’re in the area, let’s play bikes. I will also be at Circle V on the 18th so hope to see you there! 

Alrighty. Let’s go for a ride.

-Jackson


Show Notes

Resources:

Gear:

Giant Bicycles

Specialized 

Cannondale

Why I Bought a Gravel Bike

My Saddle

Vegan Athletic Apparel

 

Mechanics:

Parktool

Global Cycling Network

How to Clean Your Bike

 

Training/Riding:

Zwift

Strava Club

 

Nutrition:

MySportsScience

Skratch Labs


Related episodes:

 

Why You Should Stop Working Out

Dr. Kristin Keim

Toms Skujins

Dr. Allen Lim

Lachlan and Gus Morton

Daniel Bovalino

Exercise Addiction


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Dr. Kristin Keim on Exercise Addiction, Eating Disorders in Athletes, and the Mental Side of Sport

Listen on Google Play MusicWe have spent a considerable amount of time discussing things like exercise addiction and the mental side of sport on this podcast, but we’ve been searching for an expert on the subject to come talk about it from their professional perspective. After learning about Dr. Kristin Keim through some mutual friends and other podcasts, she seemed absolutely perfect for this. Dr. Keim received her doctorate in clinical psychology and her master’s in sports psychology from JFK University. She’s a certified consultant in the Association for Applied Sport Psychology and is a member of the US Olympic Committee Sport Psychology and Mental Training Registry. She’s done research on traumatic brain injuries in athletes, athlete identity, depression in athletes, and the transition out of sport. Her philosophy towards working with athletes is integrative, focusing on things like meditation, motivational interviewing, stress management, and beyond. She has a history as a competitive cyclist and dancer, and has combined those experiences with skills in mental health to work with Olympians to young athletes.

We discussed so much, including:

  • Her background and how her experience as an athlete has influenced her practice
  • Exercise addiction, and how to address it
  • Eating disorders in athletes
  • Why happy racers go faster
  • The traits of the most “successful” athletes she’s worked with

There was so much more to talk about with Dr. Keim, so we will definitely be having a part 2 party with her (so Aaron can also attend). I really enjoyed this conversation, and hope it’s valuable to you if you’re an athlete or know an athlete that struggles with these things. Thank you for listening, and enjoy the show!

-Jackson

 

Show Notes

Connect with Dr. Keim:

http://www.keimperformanceconsulting.com/

Instagram: http://instagram.com/thek2

Twitter: http://twitter.com/thek2

Facebook: http://facebook.com/keimperformanceconsulting 


Relevant articles and resources:

Exercise Addiction: http://bit.ly/2zzlhYv

Eating Disorders/Body Image in Athletes: http://bit.ly/2zzlhYv


Related episodes:

Exercise Addiction: https://www.tfflifestyle.com/tff036

Exercise Addiction Update: https://www.tfflifestyle.com/tff074/


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Patreon: patreon.com/thoughtforfood
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Music by: David Cutter Music – http://www.davidcuttermusic.com

 

Why You Should Stop Working Out



Listen on Google Play MusicHere in the West, we live within a culture that emphasizes certain body types, #fitnessgoals, and if you’re ain’t first, you’re last. Working out, exercise, and fitness are a means to an end – weight loss and muscle gain. We say f*ck that. Sure, weight loss and improved health can be added bonuses from exercise, among a myriad of other benefits, but here at Thought For Food, one of our goals is to shift the mindset away from exercise as a chore and towards a fulfilling and enjoyable experience. This is all about perspective, though. “Exercise” is a huge part of both our lives, and we’ve both been those performance and results obsessed freaks. We still struggle with exercise addiction. Finding a healthy relationship with exercise is all about understanding when to go deep when needed and when to chill when it’s time. Finding something that you love doing, and that allows for a sense of fulfillment and adventure. Because exercise is supposed to feel good (okay, maybe not always). It’s supposed to be something you look forward to, not dread. So, for those of you looking to begin an exercise routine and establish positive and healthy habits, or maybe you’re a veteran that wants to reconnect with why you started in the first place, this episode is for you. We hope this helps you rethink what exercise means to you, and it’s helpful for us to discuss these issues. It’s a process that we are going through as well. So, go outside, move your body, do epic shit, and enjoy the journey. Because if you don’t, then what’s the point?

-Jackson and Aaron


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If you haven’t already, be sure to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes or wherever you listen to podcasts to get the new episode right as it comes out. Also, subscribe our YouTube channel, Thought For Food TV.

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! If you have any questions for future Q&A episodes, drop us an email at tfflifestyle@gmail.com or by visiting the contact us page on the website.

 

Show Notes

Resources:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19136507

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23245609

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/7823386

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20630992

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22039197

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20630992

Exercise Physiology: Theory and Application to Fitness and Performance, Powers & Howley

http://www.acsm.org/

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Music by: David Cutter Music – http://www.davidcuttermusic.com

Do We Need Carnitine? Preachy Vegan Advice, Enemas, and Gary Taubes | Q&A 009


Listen on Google Play MusicWe’re back with another Q&A! We’ve had a lot of questions lately, so decided to put out another Q&A show a bit sooner than normal. I’m writing this post and putting up the show as I sit in the London-Heathrow Airport on my way back to the USA after such an incredible trip abroad. Feeling the love and gratitude for the experiences I had and can’t wait to do it again someday. If you haven’t already, be sure to check out my short recap video of the trip and help support our Mercy For Animals campaign:

For everyone asking about the Plant-Based Parenting Series – stay tuned. Aaron is hard at work on the second part of that series and should be out in the next few weeks. Sorry for the delay, life has been hectic for TFF! We hope you enjoy this Q&A, and thank you to everyone that submitted questions.

Questions answered:
Do we need to supplement with Carnitine? (6:00)
Our take on Sam Harris’ interview with Gary Taubes (11:00)
Advice on explaining the role genetics versus lifestyle in terms of nutrition without being preachy (23:44)
Is Aaron’s dog plant-based? (32:37)
How are you going to make TFF more diverse and applicable to a wider audience? (33:51)
What are your opinions on colonics/enemas? (39:17)

Are you enjoying the podcast? You can support our free content by sharing it 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!).

 

If you haven’t already, be sure to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes or wherever you listen to podcasts to get the new episode right as it comes out. Also, subscribe our YouTube channel, Thought For Food TV.

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! If you have any questions for future Q&A episodes, drop us an email at tfflifestyle@gmail.com or by visiting the contact us page on the website.

Show Notes

References:

NF video on Carnitine: https://nutritionfacts.org/video/carnitine-choline-cancer-and-cholesterol-the-tmao-connection/

Sam Harris – What Should We Eat? https://www.samharris.org/podcast/item/what-should-we-eat

Vegan Alpletic: http://donate.mercyforanimals.org/veganalpletic

Ian’s channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UChcIKnoaslB_hu3Kvb-CdGA

Gruff’s channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCv4PL_C4fTytNC3GQ77bwPw

Follow TFF:

Facebook.com/TFFlifestyle

Instagram: @tfflifestyle

YouTube Channel: Thought For Food TV

Support TFF: www.patreon.com/thoughtforfood

Twitter: @TFFlifestyle

Follow Jackson on Strava: https://www.strava.com/athletes/54401

Music by:

soundcloud.com/dcuttermusic

soundcloud.com/peterkuli

Random Show #10

Jackson, Ian, and Gruff debrief their epic Vegan Alpletic cycling adventure through the Alps, riding to inspire others to live a healthy, compassionate, and adventurous life. We go through the crazy days and then finish by talking more philosophically about insights post-trip.

Mercy For Animals donations greatly appreciated: donate.mercyforanimals.org/team/115978
Ian’s YouTube channel: www.youtube.com/channel/UChcIKnoaslB_hu3Kvb-CdGA
Gruff’s YouTube channel: www.youtube.com/channel/UCv4PL_C4fTytNC3GQ77bwPw
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Podcast: bit.ly/TFFitunes

Sonya Looney on Ultra Mountain Bike Racing, Being Brave, and Plant-Powered Adventure



Listen on Google Play MusicBe brave. Do epic shit.

This is the mantra, the motto, the ethos of professional mountain bike racer, Sonya Looney. This week’s guest embodies the Thought For Food Lifestyle almost perfectly. Sonya not only rides bikes faster than most, she’s also a public speaker, podcaster, and plant-powered athlete. She’s a champion of overcoming fear, empowering others, and living a life of adventure. She’s raced all over the world, she’s won the 24 hour world championships, and given a TED talk. I have been inspired by Sonya for quite some time, so I was extremely grateful to get her on the show and sit down for an epic conversation!

We cover so much ground, including her background with mountain bike racing, getting comfortable with discomfort, her craziest experiences, plant-based nutrition while adventuring around the world, and more. Really psyched about this episode, so I hope you enjoy it. Definitely be sure to follow Sonya and subscribe to her new podcast!

-Jackson


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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! If you have any questions for future Q&A episodes, drop us an email at tfflifestyle@gmail.com or by visiting the contact us page on the website.

Show Notes

 

Connect with Sonya:

Website: http://www.sonyalooney.com/

Instagram: @looneysonya

Twitter: @sonyalooney

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

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/SonyaLooneyMTB

Podcast: http://www.sonyalooney.com/podcasts/

TED Talk: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WYiflJvxTac

Books/Resources Mentioned:

The Happiness Advantage

What The Health

How Not To Die

Vegan Alpletic: http://donate.mercyforanimals.org/veganalpletic

Follow TFF:

Facebook.com/TFFlifestyle

Instagram: @tfflifestyle

YouTube Channel: Thought For Food TV

Support TFF: www.patreon.com/thoughtforfood

Twitter: @TFFlifestyle

Follow Jackson on Strava: https://www.strava.com/athletes/54401

Music by:

soundcloud.com/dcuttermusic

soundcloud.com/peterkuli

 

Professional Cyclist Toms Skujiņš on Life in the Peloton, Training Philosophy, and Crashing


Listen on Google Play MusicIn the spirit of the current TFF theme of epic cycling, as well as celebrating the first week of the Tour de France, this week’s show is with professional cyclist, Toms Skujiņš. Toms races for Team Cannondale-Drapac, and originally hails from Latvia, beginning his cycling career as a mountain biker, quickly finding his feet and a talent for the sport. He then shifted to the road, racing at multiple world championships for Latvia and reaching a high level, turning professional in 2011. He’s won the overall title at the Tour de Beauce, two stages of the Tour of California, the overall UCI America’s Tour title, and has competed in the Olympics. Unfortunately, this year, he suffered a crazy crash in stage 2 of this year’s Tour of California, where he broke his collarbone and sustained a concussion. We caught up for this conversation right before he made his comeback to racing, placing second in the Latvian National Time Trial Championships.

This is a bit of a different conversation than normal on the podcast. Toms isn’t vegan but is focused on eating well for performance, and is interested in a plant-based lifestyle. Instead, this episode is about what it’s like to live at the top level of the sport of cycling, how he approaches training and racing and his philosophy, and his account of the crash that went viral at the Tour of California this year. I always love tapping into the mind of professional athletes to hear about how they work and how they balance everything – from the training to the competing to the recovery, and we went through all of this with Toms. I had the pleasure of riding with Toms the day before this interview, and I’m proud to call him a friend. Definitely be sure to follow him on Twitter and give him some words of encouragement as he makes his return to the peloton! Hope you enjoy the episode.

I am currently writing this post in Chambery, France, the second stop on the Vegan Alpletic trip with my friends Gruff and Ian, where we’re riding Europe’s most epic climbs on our bikes and raising money for Mercy For Animals. Be sure to subscribe to the YouTube channel to catch up with the vlogs from the adventure, and check out our donation page to support the amazing work of Mercy For Animals.

Hope everyone has an awesome week, so go eat some plants, and do some epic shit.

-Jackson


Show Notes

Connect with Toms:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Tomashuuns

On Instagram: https://instagram.com/tomashuuns

Tour of California crash: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I2OnYxaEtD4&t=13s

Team Cannondale-Drapac: http://slipstreamsports.com/

Follow TFF:

Facebook.com/TFFlifestyle

Instagram: @tfflifestyle

YouTube Channel: Thought For Food TV

Support TFF: www.patreon.com/thoughtforfood

Twitter: @TFFlifestyle

Follow Jackson on Strava: https://www.strava.com/athletes/54401

Music by:

soundcloud.com/dcuttermusic

soundcloud.com/peterkuli

Random Show #9


Listen on Google Play Music

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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Podcast: bit.ly/TFFitunes