Hillary Allen is a Science Nerd

We sit down with professional ultrarunner, Hillary Allen, for a conversation on science education and literacy, curiosity, and the mental process of recovering from a severe injury. 

Learn more about Hillary:

Website/blog: https://hillygoat.wordpress.com/

Instagram: http://instagram.com/hillygoat_climbs

North Face video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YFiwrl0KcvU

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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Exercise Addiction Update

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A while back on the show, we talked about our struggles with exercise addiction, a problem that is very common among athletes and health/fitness community. We shared our experiences with this topic, and tried to unpack how to better balance life with exercise. We recommend you go back and listen to that episode before diving into this one if you haven’t already. 

Today, we revisit this realm and check in with each other about where we’re at in terms of exercise addiction. We discuss what our respective routines look like now, the difference between training to maintain and training for a specific event (like Jackson’s upcoming Vegan Alpletic adventure), and finally some updated tips and advice for preventing and addressing this problem. We’ve seen this pop up a lot in people within the plant-based community, and have had a lot of you reach out with your concerns and experiences, which is really inspiring. We want to stimulate a conversation among athletes to hopefully find a better relationship with exercise and food and lifestyle, and it doesn’t end with us. So please reach out with any suggestions, comments, concerns, or whatever you feel would add to the conversation by shooting us an email to tfflifestyle@gmail.com.

Jackson is getting ready to leave for Europe this weekend, so definitely stay tuned to the YouTube channel for epic vlogs of his adventure, and don’t forget to support his Mercy For Animals Fundraiser! We also added a new Patreon reward tier where you can gain access to two exclusive and uncensored, unreleased Random Show episodes of the podcast by pledging $10 or more per month! Okay, enough from us. Enjoy the show!

-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

Our Experience With Exercise Addiction

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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!


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 coming soon to the shop, so stay tuned for more info on that!

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

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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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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Our Experience With Exercise Addiction

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In this episode, we go deep on a pretty serious subject: exercise addiction. Both of us have struggled significantly with this problem and wanted to discuss it on the podcast. It’s something we’ve recently gotten some questions about so we felt compelled to share our thoughts on the subject. Jackson talked with his then girlfriend Robin about this on a previous episode, but Aaron wasn’t there. We are both working super hard to find balance in our exercise routines and really come to a place of sustainable training. Just a quick warning though: for those of you very sensitive to topics like this, the things we discuss could be potentially triggering for you. So if you feel worried about that, don’t listen. We don’t want this to stimulate any negativity, we simply wanted to share our own experiences. We talk about each of our pasts with exercise addiction, and then some of our best tips for working towards managing it. We would love to hear your feedback on the subject, so please send us an email at tfflifestyle@gmail.com if you want to discuss!

Thank you to everyone who has reviewed the show on iTunes, it really helps us out! We’ve been psyched at the recent response on social media and YouTube from you guys, so we really appreciate the support! Definitely be sure to share the podcast and website with your friends and family, and don’t be shy about sharing it on social media! Jackson is starting to do regular VLOGS on our YouTube channel, Thought For Food TV, so definitely go subscribe and check them out to get a glimpse of what our days look like here in Boulder, and expect some awesome videos in the future (he’s still getting the hang of things!). Hope everyone is having an awesome day, go eat some plants, and what’s your thought for food?

-Jackson and Aaron

Show Notes

Episode 017: Real Talk with Robin on Exercise Addiction

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