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9 of The Best Podcast Episodes for Matt Ruscigno. A collection of podcasts episodes with or about Matt Ruscigno, often where they are interviewed.

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9 of The Best Podcast Episodes for Matt Ruscigno. A collection of podcasts episodes with or about Matt Ruscigno, often where they are interviewed.

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Cyndi 2020 and Dept. of DIY's Matt Ruscigno

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Matt Ruscigno, a fixture of the LA bike scene since 2003, talks on his experience with drivers, a vicious crash, the department of DIY, and his bike tours.
Cyndi Otteson, Candidate for LA City Council District 14, on how to negotiate with anti-Bus Rapid Transit NIMBY's. https://www.cyndi2020.com/
With Don Ward, aka "Roadblock" of Midnight Ridazz and Wolfpack Hustle.
Dec 22 2019 · 1hr 37mins
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ICP 56: Matt Ruscigno, RD- The intersection between Vegan advocacy and nutritional science

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Thank you for listening to EP 56. Matt Ruscigno is a registered dietician who started from an animal welfare and rights standpoint in the vegan world. He decided that to more effectively convey this information, he wanted to make sure he was eating a healthful diet at the same time of was following his moral compass. And he found this by going to school to become a registered dietician. 

In our extended, in-person conversation, we speak about:

  • Nutritional Concerns for plant-based endurance athletes
  • the intersection between vegan advocacy and eating a healthful diet. 
  • Plant-based nutrition vs. vegan nutrition
  • Visibility of veganism and plant-based nutrition today
  • Personal and societal barriers within this realm
  • How to transition and to support those around you who want to change. 

Big thank you to New Patrons Rachel Peck, Ann Hettinger and Juliet Witana. And a special thank you to Mireya and Anna who gave generous donations via Paypal. Your support of my work is much appreciated. 

Dec 15 2018 · 1hr 42mins

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"Evidence Behind the Plant-based Diet and Where to Start the Journey" with Matt Ruscigno, RD

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Matt Ruscigno, MPH, RD is a registered dietitian with two nutrition degrees, including graduate training at Loma Linda, one of the only accredited universities promoting plant-based diets. He is the past-Chair of the Vegetarian Group of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and co-author of No Meat Athlete. Matt lives in Los Angeles where he has taught community college and worked with low-income youth creating after-school cooking and gardening programs. Currently he is the Chief Nutrition Officer for Nutrinic, a healthcare company that uses plant-based diets to reduce risk for chronic diseases.

This is the conversation about the evidence behind and how to follow a plant-based to diet to reduce, prevent and reverse chronic disease. Matt briefly covers ethical and environmental argument for plant-based diet, and goes in detail about the health benefits of this lifestyle. He talks about the barriers in behavioral change, ways to overcome them and the proven health benefits that are inevitable when transitioning to plant-based lifestyle.

To learn more please visit:

Website: https://truelovehealth.com

Nutrinic: https://nutrinic.com

IG: https://www.instagram.com/mattruscigno/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/mattruscigno

Newsletter: https://truelovehealth.us8.list-manage.com/subscribe?u=c2c2ae43a3525bbf72821a12d&id=6fafdcdf69

Oct 12 2018 · 34mins
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How to Add in more Plant-Based Foods and Optimize Your Diet with Matt Ruscigno, RD

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Matt Ruscigno knows a thing or two about extreme ultra-endurance sports and thriving on a plant-based diet. He has been a vegan for the last 20 years after being influenced at a teenager through punk music. His passion for his diet led him to his career path: a world-renowned vegan dietician with a Master's in Public Health from Loma Linda, California.

Interestingly enough, Loma Linda is one of the 5 blue zones in the world.  Blue zones are five geographic areas where people statistically live the longest.  Read National Geographic's feature on Blue Zones here.  They key elements common to the all the Blue zones are eating primarily a plant-based diet (particularly high in legumes), strong sense of community, no smoking, daily exercise.  In fact, Matt recommends 3.5 servings of legumes per day.  Examples of one serving of legumes can be: 1/4c hummus, 1/2c cooked beans (split peas, lentils, black beans, butter beans, etc), tofu, tempeh. 

Most people know that eating more fruits and vegetables is healthier, but they have trouble executing it.  It's great to see there are many media sources, documentaries, and resources that are breaking down the barriers to adopting a plant-based diet and lifestyle.  The science behind the health benefits are irrefutable whether you are looking for a boost in your performance or simply want to avoid cancer, heart disease, diabetes and more killers of human beings, simply adding in plant-based foods will help. 

In this podcast about plant-based nutrition, Matt Ruscigno is very relatable and unpretentious.  He talks about how to optimize your food not only for regular meals, but also how to optimize plant-based foods before, during, and after your workout.   There can be a lot of resistance and fear of the unknown when it comes to being a plant-based athlete and Matt certainly helps alleviate these fears with facts and practical advice.  

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Matt also discusses some of the comments/issues I've heard from athletes who changed their diets and how to fix it such as:

  • I'm hungry all day as a vegan and have to eat all the time
  • I don't feel like I have enough energy
  • how do you know what kind of food to add to your diet

Matt says, "What I like to do is expand on what they are already eating... some people thrive on a high fast diet and for some people, it'd be too much."   He coaches individuals through video conferencing and also started a clinic called Nutrinic, more on that in a minute.


  When looking to change your diet, Matt Ruscigno says, "You have to make it your own and find the blog, person, website, or cookbook that speaks to you."

That was certainly the case for me and I have my own people who inspire me and a cookbook collection that leans toward the amount of time I want to spend cooking in the kitchen and types of food I want to eat.

Matt also founded a plant-based nutrition center called Nutrinic outside Pasadena, California.  It specializes in anything from every day plant-based nutrition to preventing diseases using a plant-based diet.  The Registered Dietitians (RD) also partner with your doctor to work as a team. 

Topics Discussed in the podcast 
  • what plant-based foods to add in to your diet for optimal health and performance
  • what to eat before, during, and after your workout on a plant-based diet
  • starting point for switching to a plant based diet
  • how to eat a vegan diet and make sure you are getting enough calories
  • cultivating a healthy relationship with food
  • glycogen depletion
  • Nutrinic and how a plant-based diet can prevent Type 2 Diabetes
  • ultra-endurance running, mountain biking, and triathlon events Matt has done and the mindset around them


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Aug 15 2017 · 1hr 4mins

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Plant-Based Nafsika + Matt Ruscigno, R.D.

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Cable network FYI airs the weekly Plant-Based by Nafsika program (check local listings), so vegans finally have a talk show! Nafsika Antypas, the show's creator and host, joins us, followed by Los Angeles dietitian and No Meat Athlete coauthor, Matt Ruscigno, R.D., discussing, among other things, why it might not be such a great idea to oversell veganism's health benefits.
Sep 22 2016 · 1hr
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VEGAN: Avoiding Nutrient Deficiencies with Matt Ruscigno

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From the get-go of this vegan experiment, one of my biggest concerns about going vegan was that I’d be missing some key nutrients. Especially after hearing from a friend who almost died from a nutritional deficiency after going vegan.

So I tracked down one of the highest recommended plant-based consultant, Matt Ruscigno. A Registered Dietitian with a Nutritional Science degree, a Public Health Nutrition masters degree, and enjoys the casual 10 hour bike rides. He’s been a vegan for over 20 years and is in ship-shape. Enjoy our conversation

Get the key takeaways from this episode at www.mattprindle.com/vegan2

Music: Truth, by Alexander 

Mar 10 2016 · 35mins
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29: The Science of Veganism with Dietitian Matt Ruscigno

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"Demand the impossible! Of yourself and the world!" Had a blast interviewing registered dietitian, Matt Ruscigno - True Love Health with guest, co-host, Healthy Vegan Guy, Vince Lia on the latest episode of The‪#‎FoodHealsPodcast‬! http://bit.ly/TrueLoveHealth

Matt Ruscigno is a vegan of 19 years and a leading expert in the field of vegetarian nutrition. Matt has a Nutritional Science degree from Pennsylvania State University and a Public Health Nutrition degree from Loma Linda University, as well as certification as a Registered Dietitian- one of the only professional nutrition credentials available.

In addition to working with vegetarian clients and athletes, Matt is the Past-Chair of the Vegetarian Group of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. He is a co-author of the No Meat Athlete book with Matt Frazier and Appetite for Reduction with Isa Moskowitz.

Our guest co-host today is Vince Lia, The Healthy Vegan Guy. You might remember him from episode 2 sharing his battle with ulcerative colitis and episode 18 about how to do what you love every day. Vince’s mission is to educate and inspire others about the about the benefits of eating a plant based diet and living a healthy vegan lifestyle.

Being hailed as “Sex and the City for Food,” The Food Heals Podcast brings together experts in the field of nutrition, health and healing to teach you the best-kept natural secrets to being a hotter, healthier, happier YOU!

The Food Heals Podcast is hosted by Allison Melody and Suzy Hardy – two self-proclaimed natural chicks who will rock your world and change your beliefs about health! This sexy, savvy duo provides eco-friendly advice on a variety of issues including the healing power of nutrition, living authentically, turning your passion into your career, choosing the best natural health and beauty products, the benefits of a plant-based diet and so much more!

Oct 24 2015 · 1hr 9mins
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PP#47: Matt Ruscigno – Why we should eat healthy…most of the time

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There are many reasons to go vegan. Animal welfare, personal health, the environment, human social justice, etc. Often times a vegan activist will focus on just...
Aug 24 2015 · 1hr 34mins
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Matt Ruscigno on Whole Plant-Based Foods and Supplements for Vegan Athletes

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Jul 02 2013 · 59mins