Intermittent Fasting Challenge BEGINS MARCH 1st SIGN UP NOW

F-FC ClipBoard: Okay, I’m not an athlete but I’m interested in accepting this challenge for 30 days and 5 dollars. I already signed up and it begins March 1st 2020.

I have a positive outlook and plan on success.

Years ago when I was thin, I wasn’t cooking and eating all the time. So I know that the concept is a good one. I just don’t know how it will work on a 71 year old person with chronic injuries. But I’m going to try my best to follow all the instructions, while of course making some modifications, since I’m not an athlete. I figure I ought to be able to garner from the experience something of lasting value.

So, see you all on March 2nd to let you know how the 1st day went.

Unsure How to Effectively Begin Intermittent Fasting as a Vegan Athlete?

Join Us for a 30-Day Intermittent Fasting Challenge

Learn to safely and effectively incorporate intermittent fasting into your plant-based diet, with guidance from Dr. Pamela Fergusson, RD, and support along the way from a community of Challengers just like you.

We’ve all heard the benefits of intermittent fasting…

… weight loss.

… long-term health.

… mood enhancement.

… recovery.

But when you think about cutting out food for upwards of 12, 16, 18 hours per day, or even 24 hours straight, it can feel extreme or scary.

How will it impact your training? How do you know you’re not going to damage your body or health?

And more importantly, how the heck are you going to get through the day without food?

A few weeks ago we held an Academy Workshop with Dr. Pamela Fergusson, a vegan Registered Dietitian and expert on intermittent fasting. And it was during that Workshop that one thing became very clear:

You want to try intermittent fasting, but you don’t want to do it alone. You want support, a community, and a little guidance.

And I can’t blame you because I’m in the exact same boat.

Which is why we’re trying something new at No Meat Athlete…

A 30-day intermittent fasting challenge, by Dr. Fergusson, so we all can start an intermittent fasting routine together and feel comfortable knowing we  will be healthy for the long term.

And we want you to be part of it.

JOIN NOW for just $5 👉Intermittent Fasting Challenge
Let me introduce you to Dr. Pamela Fergusson, RD, our host…

Dr. Pamela Fergusson is a plant-based Registered Dietitian with a PhD in nutrition.

For well over 15 years, she has been helping people improve their lives through nutrition and food, and as a plant-based athlete herself, she knows firsthand the importance of fueling for your training and recovery.

Dr. Fergusson has used intermittent fasting as a tool for her own health and worked with countless clients as they transform their lives through this tool.

We’ve been working with Dr. Fergusson on various projects at No Meat Athlete for the past several years, and we’ve seen that her support, compassion, and knowledge make her the perfect person to host a challenge like this for our community.

How the 30-Day Intermittent Fasting Challenge Works

Starts March 1st

The idea is simple:

We’re more successful together.

Holding each other accountable. Asking questions. Swapping stories.

Here’s a look at what you can expect with the Challenge:

1. The Essential Background Information You Need to Start Intermittent Fasting

We’ve compiled all the background information you need to both start intermittent fasting, and to make sure you’re doing it in a safe, healthy way. After joining the Challenge you’ll gain access to:

  • The full Intermittent Fasting for the Plant-Based Athlete Workshop with Dr. Pamela Fergusson
  • Intermittent Fasting FAQs
  • The Getting Started Guide for Vegan Athletes
  • A Basic Path for Building Towards Your Ideal Schedule Over the Next 30 Days

Then, with this information, we all start together on March 1st.

2. A Private Community of Challengers Just Like Yourself

While the background information is crucial, this is where I think the Challenge really shines.

When you join the Challenge, you’ll gain access to a private Facebook community where we’ll post regular updates and check-ins and provide a platform for you to connect with others and ask questions.

As a community, we’ll hold each other accountable, check in with each other when things get tough, and celebrate everyone’s successes.

Click the “Join Now” button below to join the Challenge:
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Ready to Join the 30-Day Intermittent Fasting Challenge?

I hope I’ve done a good job of explaining just how much fun (and how impactful) this challenge is going to be.  It’s the perfect place to start intermittent fasting as a plant-based athlete, and to make sure it lasts.

And right now you can join the Challenge for just $5.

Why $5?

Well, we didn’t want it to be free. No, not because we’re greedy, but because free equals lack of commitment. But when you invest in something — even if it’s just the price of a vegan latte — you’ll instantly be more committed.

You signed up. You forked over a fiver.

And now you, and me, and everyone else in the community knows that you’re committed.

Plus of course, there’s no risk for you, thanks to our 100% guarantee: If you’re not completely thrilled with your progress within a few weeks of using this program, just shoot me an email, and I’ll send you a 100% refund. No weirdness, no questions asked — if you think I don’t deliver, then it’s on me.

That means you have no excuse — no excuse to not try the 30-Day IF Challenge, and no excuse to not commit yourself to creating a intermittent fasting practice and experiencing the life-transforming effects it can have: reduce stress, improve mindfulness, and performance, and so much more.

Click the “Join Now” button below to join the Challenge:
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WATCH YOUR WEIGHT – be a work in progress


Too often we set unrealistic short-term goals that should be in the long-term category. We’re always going to start tomorrow or next week and those weeks turn into years, because the job of reaching the goal is overwhelming.

Your weight doesn’t begin and end with a weight goal. Look at yourself like you look at everything else. This needs improvement, something else does, then set about changing what you don’t like by tweaking, instead of overhauling.

Eat a little less to begin.

Start thinking about what your body needs rather than what you think it wants.

Stop thinking that you can never lose that excess weight. You can and will, understanding that you’re the one who controls what you put into your gut.

If you raise children, you don’t start out being the perfect parent. It’s a work in progress as you make adjustments in your approach from day to day.

When you go to work, same thing. You adjust to new information, new duties, changes in the job description, new bosses etc.

Do the same with how you approach what’s best for your body. Allow yourself to be that work in progress.

Remember, goals without a plan won’t work. Saying that you’ll do something tomorrow or next week won’t work. Declining the candy bar or super-sized soda pop or second or third helpings of food works in the moment. That’s when you’re plan goes into effect–when you’re faced with a decision to do, or not to do.

Feeding your body the same huge volume even when it’s all good food is not the solution.

Over-stuffing your gut is dangerous no matter what you over-stuff it with. Remember, the gut pushes up against the heart. Push too hard and it restricts the heart’s ability to beat unencumbered. Think of it as blowing up a balloon beyond capacity.

People often end up in the emergency room thinking they’re having a heart attack after they’ve eaten a large meal. The doctor says it’s indigestion, which translates to the lay person as ‘what’ they ate, not that they ate too much. ‘Get rid of the gas’ is the usual prescribed remedy, when actually ‘put your fork down’ should be the primary prescription. Eat less food and you’ll create less gas.

Give your heart a fighting chance. Keep smothering it and eventually when you climb that flight of stairs, when your heart needs to pump harder, your bloated gut will block your heart’s effort to get up those stairs. The heart will circumvent by beating a lot of short beats quickly in order to compensate, then because it’s beating so fast will flip into arrhythmias. Next thing you know you’re in the hospital.

Sure it takes discipline. But you get up everyday don’t you? You shower and dress and go to work and come home and watch T.V. or go back to work a second job. That all takes discipline. So it isn’t that you’re lacking in the discipline department. Eating a mammoth amount of food takes discipline too.

Stop asking other people why you do it. It tastes good, it feels good. No it doesn’t. You feel like hell. Then why do I do it? Ask yourself that question. Nobody knows you like you know yourself. Why do you go to work everyday? Because I have to. Why do you get up everyday? Because I have to. Why do you eat so much? Because I have to. No you don’t. That’s one thing you don’t have to do. Yeah, but I do it anyway. Try doing something you don’t have to do. You just might like that feeling of freedom. Just because you feel enslaved by everything else in your life, doesn’t mean you have to enslave yourself in areas that you have total power over.

Try power on for size. I’ll bet it fits like a glove!

Chef Davies-Tight


From One Year To The Next

The main goal, maybe the only goal, is to lose weight. Too often, having too many satellite goals clog up the process. Sure, eating more healthy, abstaining from animal products, lowering the fat, exercising more, stress management, fatigue management are all important. With me however, by focusing on all the peripherals, the losing of the fat gets sidelined. All the experts tell you that the slow boat to weight reduction is best, since you incorporate new, better habits into the process and by the time you meet the goal, you’ll be in good shape with everything else.

Okay, on paper it sounds good; in a laboratory setting it probably works, but for someone doing the day-to-day living plus wanting to lose weight, the slow boat to China isn’t very rewarding. How many people are good at delaying gratification?

It’s easy to say a five-pound a year weight loss times ten years will net you a fifty pound loss. Ten years though?? It sounds like such a long time. It is and it isn’t – depending how you look at it. Ten pounds a year sounds better, but only fifty pounds in five years? Anybody can do ten pounds a year right?

It’s not so easy when you go so slow. What’s that theory, a body in motion wants to stay in motion, a body at rest wants to stay at rest? Well, the slow-fat-loss train wants to stay slow, so much so that the struggle to stay slow becomes overwhelming in the mind that keeps saying it isn’t fast enough and naturally speeds up the process – only it’s not the predicted process. The body starts eating more to counter the slow effect, to jolt it, and the next thing the body knows it has a fat gain rather than a fat loss. These bodies the law of inertia refers to in physics don’t have minds or emotions.

I didn’t set too many hard and fast goals last year except to try a lot of different methods to see which one worked for me, taking all kinds of stuff into consideration, that now looking back, I see I over-thought everything. It was like what molecule do I put into my tank today?

Every method works short-term, just because it’s a change your body isn’t accustomed to and you’re motivated. The motivation part is the biggest factor – for me.

My yearly weigh-in (Aug. 10th 2018) was 152 lbs. I lost 5 lbs. from the year before which was 157 lbs. (Aug. 8th 2017). The year before that (Aug 12th 2016) I weighed in at 165.6 lbs., losing 8.6 lbs.

One way I motivated myself in the past to lose fat was by thinking of it in terms of decades. For instance if I was in the 160 pound range (from 160-169), I’d shoot for being out of the 60s as if it were a decade – even if it was 1/2 pound into the 50s.

So, as I’m nearing the end of the year and remembering my out of the 50s goal for the year, I decide to weigh-in after the Thanksgiving holidays. I weighed 154 lbs. gaining 2 lbs. since my August weigh-in. Christmas and New Years are coming up, I still have lots of cooking – and eating – to do, so I commit again to being out of the 50s by the last day of the year.

I made it. On 31 December 2018 I weighed 148 lbs. I’m outta the 50s. Hoorah for me – just where I want to be. Now I focus on getting out of the 40s.

How did I lose six pounds from 5 Dec. – 31 Dec. (in 26 days) during the holidays? Almost a quarter pound a day? By eating less of everything – in the animal-free category. As I’ve said before, eating animal-free won’t guarantee you weight loss beyond a certain point. That point is usually still more than you want to weigh.

I ate all the holiday foods, some high, medium and low in fat and carbs. I just ate less, and wasn’t afraid to throw delicious-tasting leftovers away. Well, I felt a little weird about it.

So, eat less and dump the leftovers so they don’t tempt me the next day. That dumping part is not easy. I found that the less I thought about it the better. I didn’t want to feel compelled to start another website on ‘what to do with leftovers’ besides eating them. That helped me to discharge them quicker.

In the new year I started thinking about that Atkins diet – all protein and fat with no calorie-significant carbs. That diet was developed back in my day by Dr. Atkins. I didn’t think it a good idea then, so I don’t know why I was wondering if there was a vegan equivalent. When you eat animal-free you really can’t get too much protein, but fat, yes. So I wondered if that diet is effective if one eats a lot of fat and a medium amount of protein, okay and a few carbs.

My mind was lighting up with fat, fat and more fat. So I just get off a train that curbed my appetite for fats, and I’m so quickly, without much thought, going to jump back on it?

Well, I have till August 2019 for my next weigh-in, though I considered early March around my birthday. Still why not give it a try? Can eating lots of fat make me lose fat? It’s the calories; it’s the calories, not the fat. Yeah but what about those people losing lots of weight on high protein and high fat? They don’t regard calories as an indication of how much fat they’ll burn or store? I mean if it’s about calories and they’re eating all fat and protein, aren’t they consuming too many calories to lose weight?

I don’t know. But from the first day of the year, I ate a lot of fat. Lots of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, hold the bread. Lots of veggie meats with no sides, except low calorie veggies. I don’t know if fruit is allowed, but I ate lots of raw fruit.

I weighed myself today 17 January 2019. I won’t show a picture of the scale, because I didn’t take one. It’s not official, though it’s true. I gained 10 lbs. Ten pounds of fat, not muscle.

That fat on me is visible. It’s not like the old fat of being evenly distributed throughout my body. It looked like animal fat. Maybe it was the rapid gain that caused it to look localized.

I know I didn’t do it the Atkins way – the real way. Instead I estimated what an animal-free diet high in fat and protein would look like.

It’s too much for me to think about right now – the result. I purposely put myself into that position, now I’m purposely going to get myself out of it.

Next weigh-in 2 March 2019.

Just to get back to where I was, I’d have to lose 10 pounds in about 6 weeks.

I think I’m sabotaging myself with all this experimentation.

The localized fat deposits are new for me. And I don’t like them.

It seems everywhere I look on the internet people are saying fats are good, fats are beneficial, good fats vs bad fats. It’s like the more good fats I eat the more weight I should lose according to all these experts. Certainly, I’ll be healthier. I ate a lot of nuts by the way – not just peanut butter. And loads of seeds which I loathe for the most part.

I’m still in the planning stages of my next move, but it better be quick, since six weeks goes by fast.







‘A Watched Pot Never Boils’

Distraction makes it boil faster, or so it seems.

Watch your weight and see how long it takes to lose it. Look away and poof it’s gone before you know it?

When I was a kid, I’d stay up till Mom got home from work, greeting her with a familiar face, a cup of coffee, some warmed over supper and a newspaper by where she sat. Then I’d go immediately to bed and let her enjoy her alone time.

Night after night, tired, I’d stand by that stove and watch the kettle waiting for it to boil, and every single night I’d think to myself “a watched pot never boils”.

But it always did, right on time, so as her car pulled into the driveway, I was already on my way to placing that cup of coffee on the radiator cover beside her chair.

Like clockwork. Every time. Five nights a week.

So watch your weight or not. If your intent is to lose weight, you will, right on time, just the way you planned.