Compassionate and health conscious athletes from all over Seattle recently got a chance to hear directly from a leader in the world of plant-based fitness. Author and blogger, Matt Frazier visited Seattle last week to talk about his new book NO MEAT ATHLETE: Run on Plants and Discover Your Fittest, Fastest, Happiest Self.
Athlete and competitive runner, Matt Frazier runs several marathons and 50-mile ultramarathons each year. He is the author of the hugely popular blog, No Meat Athlete, which attracts 170,000 unique visitors a month. His newsletter has 20,000 subscribers, and his Facebook page has received 40,000 “Likes.” He has previously published marathon and half-marathon training eBooks, and is featured regularly in running magazines, websites, and books, including Thrive Foods by Brendan Brazier.
But last Friday night, Frazier packed the “Den” at Third Place Books in Kenmore as a wide variety of everyday athletes came to listen to him talk about his journey from weight lifter to runner and to eventually meet his distance, time and endurance goals by implementing a plant-based diet.
While I expected the talk to be about the benefits of a plant-based diet, it was actually so much more. Frazier really inspires us to reach for the goals in our lives that seem nearly unachievable, much like he saw his now achieved goal of running the Boston Marathon. Frazier told his story of his intent to qualify for Boston and how that goal seemed to be at odds with his desire to be a vegetarian. It was nearly by happenstance that when Frazier did take the ethical step to become a vegetarian, he discovered that both his run times and his workout recovery time were dramatically improved on a plant-based diet.
Among the audience members at Third Place Books were Lars Larson of Millcreek and Michael Linscott of Bellevue who came to hear Frazier talk about his success as a runner and the advantages to maintaining a plant-based diet.
Linscott and Larson are members of the Seattle Mountain Running Group. As vegetarian/vegan runners themselves, they told me that you just cannot ignore your diet if you want to be a runner and enjoy the benefits. And these runners would know; they regularly run up Tiger Mountain and even lend their feet to an ultra-marathon on occasion.
Frazier had included some advice on eating for maximum performance, such as choosing a wide variety of vegetables at the market. Linscott knew this technique already, and at one point made an effort to try at least 15 different gourds.
“If you are going out every Saturday [to run], you have to think about what you eat.” says Linscott.
To learn more about the Seattle Mountain Running Group, visit https://www.facebook.com/groups/seattlemountainrunners/
To learn more about the No Meat Athlete, visit http://www.nomeatathlete.com/
About the book:
The athlete’s body has special nutritional needs that need to be considered to maintain optimal performance—whether you’re a casual gym-goer, a weekend warrior on the marathon circuit, or a pro. But how do you know you’re covering all your food-related bases when you’ve decided to eliminate animal-based foods from your diet? And how can you be sure that you’re getting the right nutritional balance so your performance doesn’t suffer?
The new book, NO MEAT ATHLETE (www.nomeatathlete.com), combines the winning elements of proven training approaches, motivational stories, and innovative recipes. Not just a unique “how to” guide, it’s also a healthy-living cookbook, and nutrition primer for the beginner, every day, and serious athlete who wants to live a meatless lifestyle. Author Matt Frazier shows that there are many benefits to embracing a meat-free athletic lifestyle, including:
• Weight loss, which often leads to increased speed
• Easier digestion and faster recovery after workouts
• Improved energy levels to also help with your day-to-day life
• Reduced impact on the planet
Whatever your motivation for choosing a meat-free lifestyle, NO MEAT ATHLETE will take you through everything you need to know to apply your lifestyle to your training. It provides practical advice and tips on how to transition to a plant-based diet while getting all the nutrition you need; uses the power of habit to make those changes last; and offers up menu plans for high performance, endurance, and recovery.
Once you’ve mastered the basics, the book provides a training manual of its own design for runners of all abilities and ambitions. The manual provides training plans for common race distances and shows runners how to create healthy habits, improve performance, and avoid injuries. Ultimately NO MEAT ATHLETE will take the reader from the start to the finish line while providing encouraging tips, tricks, and advice along the way.