Meet Matt Frazier, the high energy parent behind NoMeatAthlete.com. Founded back in 2009, at about the same time that Matt went vegetarian. Six months later, Matt qualified for the Boston Marathon with a time of 3:09:59 at the Wineglass Marathon, over 100 minutes faster than his first marathon time seven years prior. In 2010, Matt ran his first 50-mile ultramarathon, and has run several more ultras and marathons each year since.
Current Craft/Gig/Work: Founder of No Meat Athlete, a blog, book and podcast about plant-based running and fitness.
Number of Children and Ages: 2 kids — an (almost) 5-year old boy and 2-year old girl
One word that best describes how you live: At the intersection of simplicity and all the craziness that comes with being a parent and running a business from home
Current Mobile Device: LG slide-keyboard phone that doesn’t do anything except be a phone
Current Computer: I’ve got two: a Macbook Air and a Gateway All-in-One deskton on its last legs
Walk us through your first hour of the day…
What’s your ‘place of work’ set up look like?
What’s your favorite way to stay organized?
If you were low energy before, what was the biggest change you made to have more energy?
Really, changing my diet — first to vegetarian and then later to vegan — made energy almost a non-issue for me. I’m never tired until the very end of the day, and that’s very different from how I used to be, even when I thought I ate pretty healthily.
What’s your best energy-saving shortcut or life hack?
What is your favorite go-to meal?
How do you stay fit?
What is your night time/sleep routine?
What are you currently reading? Or watching?
What apps or software can you not live without?
What is something that you happen to excel at, when it comes to parenting?
Being present — I had a smartphone for a few months but got rid of when I realized I was always checking stuff when I was, say, at the playground with my kids. Or maybe that means I was really bad at being self-disciplined and present, but at least I had the awareness to do something about it!
What is the best life advice you have ever received about being a parent?
Praise growth and hard work, not innate ability. So don’t say, “Nice job, you’re so smart!” Instead say, “Nice job, you did a great job of learning (or practicing) that!”
Fill In The Blank: I’d love to see __________ answer these same questions.
The How I Live series asks athletes, heroes, experts, and flat-out high energy parents to share their diets, shortcuts, workspaces, routines, and more. Every week we’ll feature a new parent and the recipes, habits, tips, and insights that keep them thriving. Know someone that you want to see featured, or questions you think I should ask? Let me know.