Athletes & Plant-Based Nutrition: See Matt Ruscigno, MPH, RD in New York City

When it comes to nutrition, don’t be fooled by misleading fads, ostensible self-help professionals or whatever the coolest “diet” is. Nutrition is a science for which we should take a scientific approach. Lately, there has been a lot of pseudo-science circulating from “counselors” who encourage things like “listening to inner wisdom” and interpreting cravings as signs of deficiencies. The Discerning Brute contributor, Matt Ruscigno has a Nutritional Science degree, a Public Health Nutrition degree, as well as certification as a Registered Dietitian- the only professional nutrition credential available, and he’ll be speaking in New York City on April 3rd.

He’s not a guru, he’s not a “coach” or “counselor” – he’s a 16-year vegan athlete who races marathons, iron-man triathlons, 200+ mile cycling events and 24-hour races (see full athletic resume), and he wants to convince the most active and demanding among us that plant-based nutrition is not only possible for optimal for health, but it is also the most sustainable approach to nutrition, as well as one that addresses a serious social justice issue. Matthew is the Past-Chair of the Vegetarian Nutrition Practice Group of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and has contributed to the best-selling cookbook ‘Appetite for Reduction’ with Isa Moskowitz. Matt will cut through the hippy-dippy nonsense and deliver hard science.


Dept. Store Finds & Getting Healthy Quick and Easy

Sometimes it’s hard to just find that practical stuff  in sustainable textiles, like this organic, woven cotton shirt from Steve Alan made in the USA. Some other great department-store, sustainable menswear finds like Threads For Thought, and Nordstrom brand organic cotton blend tuxedo shirts and classic boxers.

• Did you know that oregano, cinnamon, cloves and ginger are so high in antioxidants that they can counter-act a high-fat meal?

A year in the making, Michael Greger, M.D’s is a hub for nutrition-related research, as published in scientific journals, translated into short, easy to understand video segments and posts. Michael Greger, M.D., is a physician, author, and internationally recognized speaker on nutrition, food safety, and public health issues.  A founding member of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine, Dr. Greger is licensed as a general practitioner specializing in clinical nutrition.

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DB Interviews: Vegan Triathlete BRENDAN BRAZIER

Professional Ironman Triathlete Brendan Brazier is dispelling myths faster than a speeding bullet. He is a superman of sorts, and his empire of books, supplements, energy products and vegan handsomeness is not to be taken lightly – because as far as the stopwatches are concerned, faster and stronger is simply that. I chatted with Brendan recently about being a vegan athlete, nutrition, his new book, and how we can all learn to thrive. Listen to our conversation bars

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