The Evidence-Based Trio: 3 Nutrients Every Plant Eater Needs

We constantly get questions about what supplements to take if you’re on a plant-based diet, which supplements we take, and why. This is definitely an important and widespread question, and we’ll definitely do a more in depth What’s The Deal style episode on some more supplements and the supplement industry in general, but we wanted to focus on the three primary nutrients of concern for the plant-based population — collectively known as the evidence-based trio —due to their stature and importance in the scientific literature. The science is pretty clear that anyone on a plant-based diet, even if you eat a super healthy one, should be supplementing with these three nutrients due to their physiological importance but also the fact that they are very very difficult to get in sufficient amounts in the plant kingdom. So if you’re curious about what supplements to take on a plant-based diet, these are the Big Three that are pretty much non negotiable. In this episode we go through the data and the science behind them and why they are so important.

Full disclosure: this episode is a collaboration between us and Lightdrop, the new company that Jackson has started working for that produces the product Complement, which is a supplement of these three nutrients. We believe strongly in the science behind the product and use it every day. They are supporting us through the sale of each bottle you buy, and we’re more than happy to spread the word on Complement, which is a vegan product created by vegans which is important in helping the plant-based community thrive. We’re thrilled to announce a very special offer for the listeners of this show: get the evidence-based trio in one, easy to use, and high quality spot with Complement for only $1 per day. Save 10% on the lifetime of your subscription by visiting http://bit.ly/complementtff and use discount code TFF at checkout. Legit.

For all relevant data and resources regarding the information presented in this episode, check out the show notes below to go further down the science rabbit hole to learn more. We just didn’t have time to cover everything! Disclaimer: we’re not medical doctors and the information in this podcast and others is not intended to be a replacement for professional medical treatment or treat or cure any disease. Please consult your healthcare provider before making any significant lifestyle changes.

Thank you so so much to our 111 (as of writing this post) Patrons. We’re nearly a quarter of the way to our 2018 goal, and have been blown away by the support of our Patreon crew. You guys are killing it and playing an integral role in the future of TFF’s mission success and investing in the future of the plant-based movement. Learn more about the exclusive perks (like gaining early access to our latest merchandise) by visiting our Patreon page.

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Okay everyone. Enjoy the show, and take control of your health and ensure your dialed with these nutrients of concern. PEACE!

-Jackson and Aaron

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Show Notes

B12

  1. http://www.veganhealth.org/articles/vitaminb12
  2. Herbert V. Staging vitamin B-12 (cobalamin) status in vegetarians. Am J Clin Nutr. 1994 May;59(5 Suppl):1213S-1222S.
  3. Herrmann W, Schorr H, Obeid R, Geisel J. Vitamin B-12 status, particularly holotranscobalamin II and methylmalonic acid concentrations, and hyperhomocysteinemia in vegetarians. Am J Clin Nutr. 2003 Jul;78(1):131-6.
  4. Messina M, Messina V. The Dietitian’s Guide to Vegetarian Diets. Gaithersburg, MD: Aspen Publishers, Inc., 1996.
  5. Davis JR, Goldenring J, Lubin B. Nutritional vitamin B12 deficiency in infants. Am J Dis Child. 1981(Jun);135:566-7.
  6. Lloyd-Wright Z, Allen N, Key TJ, Sanders TB. How prevalent is vitamin B12 deficiency among British vegetarians and vegans? Proceedings of the Nutrition Society. University of Sheffield, Sheffield, UK. 2001(Jul):174A.
  7. Hokin BD, Butler T. Cyanocobalamin (vitamin B-12) status in Seventh-day Adventist ministers in Australia. Am J Clin Nutr. 1999 Sep;70(3 Suppl):576S-578S.
  8. Crane MG, Sample C, Patchett S, Register UD. “Vitamin B12 studies in total vegetarians (vegans). Journal of Nutritional Medicine.1994;4:419-430.
  9. https://nutritionfacts.org/2011/09/12/dr-gregers-2011-optimum-nutrition-recommendations/

Vitamin D

  1. Vitamin D Deficiency. John H. LeeJames H. O’KeefeDavid BellDonald D. HensrudMichael F.Holick
  2. Outila, T. A., KÄRKKÄINEN, M. U. M., SEPPÄNEN, R. H., & Lamberg-Allardt, C. J. E. (2000). Dietary intake of vitamin D in premenopausal, healthy vegans was insufficient to maintain concentrations of serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D and intact parathyroid hormone within normal ranges during the winter in Finland. Journal of the American Dietetic Association100(4), 434-441.
  3. Armas, L. A., Hollis, B. W., & Heaney, R. P. (2004). Vitamin D2 is much less effective than vitamin D3 in humans. The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism89(11), 5387-5391.
  4. Trang, H. M., Cole, D. E., Rubin, L. A., Pierratos, A., Siu, S., & Vieth, R. (1998). Evidence that vitamin D3 increases serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D more efficiently than does vitamin D2. The American journal of clinical nutrition68(4), 854-858.
  5. Chan, J., Jaceldo-Siegl, K., & Fraser, G. E. (2009). Serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D status of vegetarians, partial vegetarians, and nonvegetarians: the Adventist Health Study-2. The American journal of clinical nutrition89(5), 1686S-1692S.
  6. Heaney, R. P., Armas, L. A., Shary, J. R., Bell, N. H., Binkley, N., & Hollis, B. W. (2008). 25-Hydroxylation of vitamin D3: relation to circulating vitamin D3 under various input conditions. The American journal of clinical nutrition87(6), 1738-1742.
  7. https://www.foundmyfitness.com/vitamin-d
  8. http://www.veganhealth.org/articles/bones#vitD

EPA/DHA

  1. J S O’Brien, E L Sampson. Lipid composition of the normal human brain: gray matter, white matter, and myelin. J Lipid Res. 1965 Oct;6(4):537-44.
  2. Z S Tan, W S Harris, A S Beiser, R Au, J J Himali, S Debette, A Pikula, C Decarli, P A Wolf, R S Vasan, S J Robins, S Seshadri. Red blood cell ω-3 fatty acid levels and markers of accelerated brain aging. Neurology. 2012 Feb 28;78(9):658-64.
  3. E Sydenham, A D Dangour, W S Lim. Omega 3 fatty acid for the prevention of cognitive decline and dementia. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2012 Jun 13;(6):CD005379.
  4. A V Witte, L Kerti, H M Hermannstädter, J B Fiebach, S J Schreiber, J P Schuchardt, A Hahn, A Flöel. Long-chain omega-3 fatty acids improve brain function and structure in older adults. Cereb Cortex. 2014 Nov;24(11):3059-68.
  5. B Sarter, K S Kelsey, T A Schwartz, W S Harris. Blood docosahexaenoic acid and eicosapentaenoic acid in vegans: Associations with age and gender and effects of an algal-derived omega-3 fatty acid supplement. Clin Nutr. 2015 Apr;34(2):212-8.
  6. P Y Lin, C C Chiu, S Y Huang, K P Su. A meta-analytic review of polyunsaturated fatty acid compositions in dementia. J Clin Psychiatry. 2012 Sep;73(9):1245-54.
  7. F A Muskiet, M R Fokkema, A Schaafsma, E R Boersma, M A Crawford. Is docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) essential? Lessons from DHA status regulation, our ancient diet, epidemiology and randomized controlled trials. J Nutr. 2004 Jan;134(1):183-6.
  8. W S Harris, J V Pottala, S A Varvel, J J Borowski, J N Ward, J P McConnell. Erythrocyte omega-3 fatty acids increase and linoleic acid decreases with age: observations from 160,000 patients. Prostaglandins Leukot Essent Fatty Acids. 2013 Apr;88(4):257-63.
  9. W Stonehouse, C A Conlon, J Podd, S R Hill, A M Minihane, C Haskell, D Kennedy. DHA supplementation improved both memory and reaction time in healthy young adults: a randomized controlled trial. Am J Clin Nutr. 2013 May;97(5):1134-43.
  10. D Benton, R T Donohoe, D E Clayton, S J Long. Supplementation with DHA and the psychological functioning of young adults. Br J Nutr. 2013 Jan 14;109(1):155-61.
  11. J M Geleijnse, E J Giltay, D Kromhout. Effects of n-3 fatty acids on cognitive decline: a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial in stable myocardial infarction patients. Alzheimers Dement. 2012 Jul;8(4):278-87.
  12. D H Lee, D R Jacobs Jr. Inconsistent epidemiological findings on fish consumption may be indirect evidence of harmful contaminants in fish. J Epidemiol Community Health. 2010 Mar;64(3):190-2.
  13. K Lane, E Derbyshire, W Li, C Brennan. Bioavailability and potential uses of vegetarian sources of omega-3 fatty acids: a review of the literature. Crit Rev Food Sci Nutr. 2014;54(5):572-9.
  14. http://www.veganhealth.org/articles/omega3

Lightdrop:

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Website: http://lightdrop.io

Facebook: http://facebook.com/lightdropnutrition

Instagram: @teamlightdrop

Twitter: @teamlightdrop

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Patreon: patreon.com/thoughtforfood
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The Ethos of Thought For Food

This is a guest post written by one of our earliest and staunchest supporters on Patreon, Miriam. We wanted to share her message with you, as we feel it captures the ethos of TFF and why we need your investment to create this movement.


I discovered the TFF boys sometime in the first half of 2016, intriguingly through their YouTube channel. That led me to their podcast, and I became a fan. Their message resonated deeply with me: I’m a plant-based human, an athlete (a determined, albeit slow, one), a lover of mountains and the outdoors, a scientist, a science-geek, and a fan of nutrition science.

My journey into plant-based nutrition has been anything but straightforward, hampered by lack of information about diet itself, and about how to make such diet affordable. These were the days of veganism before YouTube, and social media, and Thug Kitchen. It was tough, y’all.

The Thought For Food Podcast opened a new world of possibilities that I didn’t know was there. I was no longer a plant-based island living in the heart of America’s farm and cattle country, tired of answering questions about the whereabouts of my protein. They made me realize there was a community of people out there who also ate plants, and strove to do epic shit, hopefully in the mountains.

And then there was their content. Folks, their podcast is really good. Their What’s the Deal episodes are simply outstanding. They really are. I like all of their episodes, interviews, Randoms, Q&As, WTD’s … I enjoy the variety of subjects and topics, but, in the case of TFF it went beyond merely enjoyment. I enjoy all kinds of podcasts, I’m quite the podcast junkie. But although there are many that I enjoy, there are few from which I learn, really learn. I don’t learn from every single TFFP episode, but I have learned from many, especially the nutrition-science focused ones. I’m a scientist and a science educator, and I love to learn.

Community, entertainment, enjoyment, content quality, learning.

For months I listened. For a few months I heard them talk about their Patreon page, and how they were looking for support. But the content kept coming. I figured someone else could do the heavy lifting. It’s not that I didn’t understand the need for supporting content that I rely upon, I’ve been a supporter of local public radio stations for years. It’s simply that I got lazy. I was, let’s be honest, hypocritical. I wanted TFF to succeed and continue, but I wasn’t willing to do my part.

It’s the cost of a latte, you’ll hear. Well, I don’t buy lattes. Really, I don’t. I don’t drink coffee, but, also, I don’t have the money to spend on frivolities. But I do have the money to spend on things that matter to me, things that help me grow.

Community, entertainment, enjoyment, content quality, learning. They help me grow.

So I decided to become a Patreon supporter of TFF. Why? Because they have produced amazingly informative episodes, and they have done so without barely any help. Many other podcasts that I enjoy have a much broader and permanent support base. Aaron and Jackson were doing this solo, while juggling families, careers, studies … they were, and are, spending their very valuable and incredibly scarce free time to research, synthesize, collate, organize, compose, and deliver incredibly well put-together, informative episodes on nutrition science and vegan parenting. All so that I could then listen to said well-curated information during my free time, while I was on my bike, or out for a run, or walking the dog … They sacrificed their free time so that I could doubly enjoy mine. It didn’t seem fair. It isn’t fair.

Good content is not free. Jackson and Aaron need our help. I don’t want to see TFF slowly wither away. I believe they have the chops to make it far, with my help. With our help.

Community, entertainment, enjoyment, content quality, learning. They help me grow. I must support that which helps me grow, and which desperately needs my support. I hope you do too.


Help us create a movement and be part of this mission: https://www.patreon.com/thoughtforfood

Optimizing Epic Dump Frequency, Lowering Resting Heart Rate With Diet, and More! | Q&A 010

 

Listen on Google Play MusicLet’s face it. We love answering questions. We don’t claim to know everything, but we’re obsessed with trying to parse out some truths in science, nutrition, exercise, and beyond. This is why we started this podcast. And Q&A’s have always been an integral goal to helping us help the world. So behold! Q&A #10. We have started getting more questions than we can answer at one time, so we apologize if yours didn’t make the cut. We really appreciate everyone that provided questions, and we hope we answered them without being too obnoxious. There’s a lot of great stuff in here, including:

  • best foods and practices for preventing and managing osteoporosis and arthritis
  • how many epic dumps per day is optimal, and what foods lead to the most epic of the dumps?
  • how to talk to young kids about plant-based lifestyles
  • how did we get into exercise?
  • lots more!

Any relevant information or links will be linked below. We hope this episode helps you in some way, and makes you think of other questions to ask! If you want to ask a question, leave a comment on social media (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter), in our Facebook group, or by sending us an email to tfflifestyle@gmail.com. Bathe yourself in knowledge, nerds.

Thank you for listening, now go eat some plants.

-Jackson and Aaron


Show Notes

Osteoporosis/Arthritis info:

https://nutritionfacts.org/video/almonds-for-osteoporosis/

https://nutritionfacts.org/video/why-do-plant-based-diets-help-rheumatoid-arthritis/

https://nutritionfacts.org/video/potassium-and-autoimmune-disease/

https://nutritionfacts.org/video/turmeric-curcumin-and-rheumatoid-arthritis/

Pulses for Your Pulse:

https://nutritionfacts.org/video/slow-beating-heart-beans-vs-exercise/

Epic dump frequency:

https://nutritionfacts.org/video/how-many-bowel-movements-should-you-have-every-day/

Rhonda Patrick:

Website: http://foundmyfitness.com

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWF8SqJVNlx-ctXbLswcTcA

Connect with TFF:
Website: tfflifestyle.com
Instagram: instagram.com/tfflifestyle
Facebook: facebook.com/tfflifestyle
Thought For Food Club: http://facebook.com/groups/tffclub
Twitter: twitter.com/tfflifestyle
Patreon: patreon.com/thoughtforfood
YouTube: bit.ly/tfftv
Podcast: bit.ly/TFFitunes

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

 

Random Show #12

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On this Random Show, Jackson and Aaron discuss food preferences for kids, our very different childhoods, Jackson’s existential crisis, and more. This was probably the most fun we’ve had on the Random Show, so we hope you enjoy!

Please take our TFF Survey! bit.ly/tffsurvey
Connect with TFF:
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Podcast: bit.ly/TFFitunes

Dr. James Rouse on the Power of Plants, Gratitude, and Unlocking Your Flow State

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I’ve been super excited to share this episode with you for a long time. This week, I sit down with the charismatic, inspiring, and compassionate Dr. James Rouse. Dr. James is the co-founder and formulator of the plant-based nutrition company, Healthy Skoop, entrepreneur, athlete, champion of gratitude and wellness, and most importantly: the Chief Ruckus Maker. Dr. James is seriously one of a kind, and you’ll quickly feel his passion for everything he does in the conversation.

We covered an expansive array of topics, from his childhood to finding his spiritual path in the Himalayas to his thoughts on exercising by feel as an Ironman athlete. We delve into meditation, morning routines, doing epic shit, gratitude and above all: having the courage to follow your passion and make an impact on the world. This was easily one of the most energetic and inspiring conversations I’ve had in my life, let along on this podcast, so I really hope you enjoy it. I deeply respect this man, and consider him a mentor and a friend, and someone that pushes me to live more intentionally and compassionately, so it was an honor to have the chance to throw down on TFF. I originally recorded this interview for the Skoopcast, Skoop’s own podcast (which I also host), but felt compelled to share it with all of you on TFF. I’d love to hear your thoughts, so feel free to reach out with any comments!

I’m currently in the heart of the Italian Alps, in Bormio, riding bikes and doing epic shit with my friends Gruff and Ian. We’re crushing the mountains in an effort to raise awareness for the power of a plant-based lifestyle to not only avoid unnecessary suffering towards animals and our planet, but to fuel adventure and high level fitness. You can check out videos from the trip by subscribing to Thought For Food TV on YouTube! We are also raising money for Mercy For Animals so any donations are greatly appreciated.

Thank you to everyone who has been tuning into the show. We just hit 200k downloads on the podcast, and we couldn’t be where we are today without your support every week. Hope you enjoy today’s episode, and see you back here again next week!

-Jackson


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

Follow Healthy Skoop:

http://healthyskoop.com

https://www.facebook.com/HealthySkoop/

http://instagram.com/healthyskoop

http://twitter.com/healthyskoop

Follow Dr. James:

https://www.facebook.com/DrJamesRouse/

http://instagram.com/drjamesrouse

Skoopcast: https://soundcloud.com/user-96005882-596705175

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

 

Rip Esselstyn on Rescuing Your Health by Becoming Plant-Strong

 

Listen on Google Play MusicThis week on the podcast, we’re incredibly excited to share our conversation with plant-based legend, Rip Esselstyn. If you’re a veteran of the plant-based movement, you’ve most likely seen the acclaimed documentary Forks Over Knives, of which Rip plays an integral role. Rip is the son of legendary surgeon and luminary of the plant-based medical field, Caldwell Esselstyn. Rip has a background in elite triathlon, and was an All-American swimmer at UT Austin, and then shifting into the professional triathlon ranks, all while fueling himself on a whole food, plant-based diet. He then inspired his firefighting brothers to overhaul their diet to get healthier, which catalyzed the writing of his first book, The Engine 2 Diet. He has since partnered with Whole Foods on an exclusive line of healthy, plant-based products like hummus, plant milks, and more and has a brand new book out called the Seven Day Rescue Diet which we get into in the episode! 

Rip is a super energetic, passionate, and positive dude that is on a mission to help people rescue their health through plants, which is something we can certainly get behind. We talked about the Seven Pillars of the new book, how athletes should be fueling, and a bit of the behind the scenes of his business and employee seminar work with Whole Foods Market. We hope you enjoy the conversation!

Just want to give a big thanks to all of our recent Patreon supporters. You are the reason we are able to keep the podcast going, because even a small amount of funds coming in each month helps us have security in upgrading our equipment, making shirts, etc. We’re so grateful!

-Jackson and Aaron


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!). New shirts are LIVE! But (awesomely) we are nearly sold out. We have a limited run of a few sizes left, so go check them out! We will be making another order soon, so don’t worry!

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

Connect with Rip:

Engine 2 Diet: https://engine2diet.com/

On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Engine2Diet/

On Twitter: https://twitter.com/Engine2Diet

Book on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Engine-Seven-Day-Rescue-Diet-Plants/dp/1455591173/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1498065215&sr=8-1&keywords=seven+day+rescue+diet

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

Dr. Allen Lim on Exercise Hydration, Cooking From Skratch, and Putting Happiness First



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Today we’re pleased to bring you our conversation with Dr. Allen Lim, a Ph.D Exercise Physiologist from the University of Colorado Boulder (Jackson’s Alma Mater), founder of the exercise hydration company Skratch Labs, lover of bikes, and proponent of eating food made from scratch. As Allen puts it – his parts are from China, made in the Philippines, and programmed in America. Allen grew up in Los Angeles, California and quickly developed a love for the bike, which allowed him to discover a passion for exercise physiology. He eventually did his Master’s and Ph.D in Boulder, researching the stress involved in exercise. He then went on to work on developing the PowerTap, one of the first tools used to measure power output on the bike, and began working for professional cycling teams at big races like the Tour de France. While doing this, he started realizing that athletes were doing much better performance wise when they were fed real food. Armed with his rice cooker and kitchen utensils, he began feeding these athletes simple but nourishing meals, and they responded very positively. He then created a witches’ brew cocktail in paint buckets of the perfect mix of sugar and electrolytes that was much easier on the gut than traditional sports drinks that he shared with his team. Soon, riders from other teams began asking for this drink and putting it in their bottles instead of their team’s sponsored drink products. And thus Secret Drink Mix, and eventually Skratch Labs, was born.

Allen has had a profound impact on the nutrition performance of athletes in cycling and beyond, shifting the culture away from a reliance on Powerbars and Gatorade into one focused on understanding how important making food from scratch can be. In this episode, we talk about the birth of Skratch, what about the mix makes it useful for hydration, general hydration strategies for athletes, and why we should stop talking about diet and just eat real food. We get into business, and how Skratch Labs operates from a happiness first perspective, and how important it is to just start when you develop a passion for something. Allen is funny, engaging, and has a lot of experience with a variety of subjects, so I hope you enjoy the conversation!

-Jackson


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!). New shirts are LIVE! But (awesomely) we are nearly sold out. We have a limited run of a few sizes left, so go check them out! We will be making another order soon, so don’t worry!

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

Follow Allen and Skratch Labs:

Allen on Instagram: @allenskratch

Skratch Labs: http://skratchlabs.com

Skratch on Instagram: @skratchlabs

Skratch on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/skratchlabs/

Interesting and relevant articles:

Skratch Hydration Science: http://blog.skratchlabs.com/blog/hydration-science-and-practice

Allen + CU Boulder: http://www.colorado.edu/coloradan/2014/03/01/success-skratch

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

Eating Fat For Performance, Vegan Travel, and Food Combining | Q&A 007



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This week we answer listener questions on our seventh installment of the Q&A podcast. Questions addressed include:

  • which form of oats is healthiest?
  • what’s our take on intermittent fasting?
  • best practices for supplementation and how to trust supplement quality
  • are high fat plant foods unhealthy or do they hinder performance for athletes?
  • traveling abroad as a vegan and running in a foreign place
  • what’s the deal with food combining?
  • how plant-based nutrition affects type 1 diabetes
  • nutritional guidance for a high school plant-based athlete

Thank you to Miriam, Guy, Taylor, Emily, and Evan for the awesome questions! If you want a question featured on the show, send us an email to tfflifestyle@gmail.com

We are incredibly excited to be a part of the advisory board for Balanceda new non-profit organization that is dedicated to fighting for nutritional responsibility within corporations, hospitals, schools, businesses, and beyond and shifting towards an evidence-based framework within this system. Started by Audrey Sanchez in partnership with NutritionFacts.org, Balanced is brand new so go check them out on social media and their website, balanced.orgThey are @getbalancednow on Instagram and @getbalanced_now on Twitter. We are absolutely honored and thrilled to join legends like Dr. Michael Greger and Dr. Michelle McMacken on the advisory board, since we are so passionate about this mission. 

New Go Eat Some Plants shirts are on the way! Stay tuned to our social media for updates and they will be available soon!

Enjoy the show.

-Jackson and Aaron


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. We also have a few shirts over on the shop page, so get ’em while you can! More are coming soon.

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 mentioned:

Found My Fitness Podcast

Ray Cronise on Rich Roll Podcast

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

 

Tyler Pearce on Vegan Cycling, Balancing Training and Parenting, and Enjoying the Ride

Today’s conversation is all things vegan and all things cycling. Tyler Pearce, otherwise known as The Vegan Cyclist on YouTube, has shifted 180 degrees from eating cheese covered Doritos as a meal to eating a completely vegan diet and racing as a category 2 road cyclist in Northern California. He makes phenomenal videos on his YouTube channel documenting this journey, and is also raising a kid (and has another on the way!). Tyler is charismatic, passionate, and hilariously pumped to share this way of living with others. We talk about his path into cycling, some training information, diet and lifestyle, balance, and parenting. This was a super engaging conversation that I hope gives you some inspiration to try something new that may unlock a purpose or passion you never knew existed.

Definitely be sure to check out Tyler’s channel and social media (all linked below), and if you’re into cycling, listen to our Racecast, also linked below, where we talk about the differences between pro and amateur cyclists. Big cheers to Tyler for hopping on the show for a chat and I look forward to riding with him in a couple of weeks in California!

We are giving away a free TFF shirt! To be eligible to win, head over to our YouTube channel, specifically this video, subscribe, and leave a comment telling us what epic adventure you would take this shirt on if you had it. We’ll choose our favorite and send you a free men’s crew or women’s tank.

Go eat some plants, and do epic shit.

-Jackson


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 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, for regular vlogs and other cool videos so you can get a behind the scenes look at TFF.  We just got a drone (thanks to our Patreon supporters!), so expect some epic footage from our adventures of us doing epic shit. We’re nearly at 1,000 subscribers, so help us out and click that little red button!

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.

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 Tyler:

YouTube: The Vegan Cyclist

Instagram: @the_vegan_cyclist

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

Our Racecast video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gROlWJpsmD0

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

Interested in coaching from Jackson and Aaron? Send us an email at tfflifestyle@gmail.com or click services on the website to learn more.

Music by:

soundcloud.com/dcuttermusic

soundcloud.com/peterkuli

 

Get Out of Your Comfort Zone!

Here in the United States, we generally live in a world of convenience, instant gratification, and comfort. But is that always the best? Today on the podcast, we sit down and have a candid conversation about why we should seek ways to get out of our comfort zones more often. We talk about how society pulls us to stay within the safety of the comfort zone, why we feel it’s beneficial to step outside of it, and some of our own personal stories that have led us to these conclusions. We urge you to consider ways to get uncomfortable, as we are both strong believers that true growth and learning occurs when you dance on that line between comfort and discomfort. Enjoy the episode, and don’t forget to Go eat some plants, and do epic shit.

-Jackson and Aaron


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 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, for regular vlogs and other cool videos so you can get a behind the scenes look at TFF.  We just got a drone (thanks to our Patreon supporters!), so expect some epic footage from our adventures of us doing epic shit. We’re nearly at 1,000 subscribers, so help us out and click that little red button!

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.

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

 

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

Interested in coaching from Jackson and Aaron? Send us an email at tfflifestyle@gmail.com or click services on the website to learn more.

Music by:

soundcloud.com/dcuttermusic

soundcloud.com/peterkuli