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Aug 29, 2014

Vinnie and Anna are back for another Friday installment of Listener Questions from the Forums:

  • Is Vinnie and fan of Intermittent Fasting (IF)?
  • Meal Skipping
  • Atkins Induction Phase and Dietary Ketosis
  • Late night snacking
  • Heavy Cream: Nectar of the Gods or Satan's Bathwater?
Aug 28, 2014

Quentin Vennie is a writer, speaker, wellness coach and yoga guide based out of New York City.  Anna and Quentin discuss his struggles with anxiety and depression.  Quentin talks about managing these issues through his "Trinity of Wellness" as well as the influence social media has in our everyday lives.

Anna and Quentin issue a September Challenge to quiet the mind for five minutes a day!

Join us in #AStillMind on:



Quentin's Struggles with Anxiety and Depression

  • General public has no idea about dealing with depression and anxiety
  • After Quentin was diagnosed with general anxiety and panic disorder, he was advised to go on medication
  • Ended up with dependence and addiction to these drugs
  • Doctor wanted him to switch to another medication but Quentin wanted another path


  • Robin Williams and social media has the power to influence our opinions about mental health
  • We don't want to feel the pain and  fear so we medicate ourselves
  • Anna and Quentin discuss what can cut people off from life
  • Feeing like there's no purpose or happiness in life and wanting to escape

Yoga, Nutrition and Meditation

  • "Trinity of Wellness"... daily meditation, juicing and yoga ... these things are non-negotiable
  • Saved Quentin's life and manage his anxiety and depression
  • Calms the mind
  • Does yoga with Tara Stiles

Change Your Thoughts and Change Your Life

  • True happiness comes from within
  • Change takes time and practice
  • We are perfectly imperfect

Russell Simmons' fantastic primer on how to meditate: Success Through Stillness: Meditation Made Simple

Shawn Stevenson's wonderful book on sleep: Sleep Smarter: 21 Proven Tips to Sleep Your Way To a Better Body, Better Health and Bigger Success

Aug 26, 2014

Vinnie and Anna start to chip away at the amazing listener questions posted at the Forums:

  • How to eat when on the road in a car
  • Building muscle after 40
  • Why there is no free lunch with nature
  • When is age not an issue
  • Sprinting schedules vs. Zone 2 schedules
  • What Vinnie and Anna eat in a typical day
  • How much is too much heavy cream in the coffee

Starting Strength


Rachel McLish looks stunning!!


Aug 22, 2014

Vinnie and Anna dive into Listener Questions from the Forums:

  • Losing weight while endurance training
  • Vanity weight
  • Sugar trickling, Tony Portera and Badwater
Aug 21, 2014

Chris Kostman is an ultra-athlete who holds the record, at age 20 in 1987, of being the youngest person to complete the eleven-day Race Across America. Chris is still running races and now produces events such as the Furnace Creek 508 (there is still time to sign up for this race) and the Badwater 135 through his company, AdventureCORPS. Vinnie and Chris discuss ultra sports, nutrition and following NSNG as a vegetarian.

Here are some of the highlights...

How Chris Started Cycling

  • Chris was on his third grade soccer team that never won a game
  • The coaches were constantly berating the players
  • His dad pulled him from the team and Chris never played a sport with a ball again
  • Years later he discovered cycling and developed as a cyclist and as a human being through positive reinforcement

This year's Badwater 135

  • This year's race included a 22 mile climb
  • Vinnie went to support Tony Portera who has been NSNG for 8 months and lost 45 pounds.
  • When Chris saw Tony at this year's Badwater, he didn't recognize him
  • Tony looked radically different; his body was reshaped

How to do NSNG as a Vegetarian

  • Chris has been a vegetarian for 25 years
  • He now eats cheese, fish and eggs
  • Feels a huge difference on NSNG
  • He has more energy and not hungry all the time

This year's Furnace Creek 508 Bicycle Ride

  • Still time to sign up for this race
  • Different route this year because of a moratorium on sporting events in Death Valley National Park
  • The race starts in Reno, goes through the northern back country of Nevada, and finishes up in Reno
  • Elevation is challenging: you are never below 3,500 feet and often over 7,000 feet

Links from this podcast

Aug 19, 2014

Vinnie and Anna welcome fitness trainer and N=1 experimenteur extraordinaire Sam Feltham to the show:

  • Sam's Intermittent Fasting habits
  • What caused him to develop sleep apnea in just a few weeks
  • What's with ancient grains?
  • Is there such a thing as too much fat?

Wonderful wisdom from Sam Felton ... "Eat until you're full...then stop."

As well as being an entrepreneur and personal trainer Sam is a health activist, as his major definite purpose is to help as many people as possible obtain and maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Aug 14, 2014

Richard Frissen is not an ultra-athlete. Richard is a cabbie in London who found Vinnie's Podcast while sitting in his cab with his iPad. He was looking for a solution to his weight and health challenges. Since starting NSNG last October, Richard has lost 45 pounds and has started the NSNG UK Facebook Page. Vinnie and Richard discuss the life-changing benefits of living the NSNG life.

Here are some of the highlights...

How Richard Started Out

  • Richard never did well on calorie restricted diets ... he always felt hungry
  • He started with a 40 inch waist
  • Lost 12 pounds in the first two weeks of NSNG
  • Lost 40 pounds since last October
  • Never hungry

How Our Eating Habits Have Changed

  • Prior to the 1960's, we ate basic, healthy food like meats, veggies, fruits
  • 70 years ago, only 3% of the population was considered obese
  • Now we are fixated on needing sugar for energy
  • Chasing the sugar high all day long

Health Benefits of NSNG

  • NSNG heals the body from the inside out
  • Richard had high uric acid and painful gout for 20 years
  • After NSNG, Richard's blood tests showed normal uric acid levels
  • His constant headaches have been gone for 9 months

Exercising on NSNG

  • As Richard became fat adapted, he had an enormous amount of energy
  • He started out exercising 3-4 times a week for 15 minutes
  • Now he exercises 3-4 times a week for 1 3/4 hours
  • As he became fat adapted, he no longer relied on sugar for energy
Aug 13, 2014

If you are or have ever experienced a weight loss plateau, then Anna reading this passage from The Art and Science of Low Carbohydrate Living might just be the thing to keep you on track:

  • Water weight offsets fat loss
  • How much water the body likes to keep on hand
  • Why you might not wanna weigh yourself every single day (scale addicts, we're talking to you)
Aug 12, 2014

Vinnie and Anna welcome on the wonderful, inimitable, and incredibly smart Gene Stone, author of more books than we've all read in our collective lifetimes.

Gene Stone brings the Vegan movement to the Angriest Trainer Podcast with aplomb:

  • Discussing his new book, The Awareness
  • Laying out the three pillars of veganism
  • Why Forks Over Knives struck such a strong chord with him and the world
  • Oil Free Vegans
  • How oysters are considered vegan

Additional books on mindset discussed in this episode:


More info about Gene Stone:

A graduate of Stanford and Harvard, Gene Stone is a former Peace Corps volunteer, screenwriter, and journalist as well as a book, magazine, and newspaper editor for such companies as the Los Angeles Times, Esquire, and Simon & Schuster. He has also ghostwritten thirty books for a diverse lot of people, including theoretical physicist Steven Hawking, Yahoo! Chief Solutions Officer Tim Sanders, CNN Executive Vice-president Gail Evans, and TOMS shoes founder Blake Mycoskie. Gene has written many titles under his own name as well, including The Secrets of People Who Never Get Sick, which has been translated into more than 20 languages, and The Watch, the definitive book on the wristwatch.

Gene has also written many books on his primary interests: animal rights  and plant-based nutrition, including Forks Over Knives, and, as a co-writer with Rip Esselstyn, The Engine 2 Diet and My Beef with Meat. His current project is Living the Farm Sanctuary Life, with Gene Baur. Gene also serves on the board of several not-for-profits, including Ready For Rescue, which helps place animals from the New York City Shelter system into foster homes.

Aug 7, 2014

Melissa Mose is a board certified therapist with over 20 years of experience. Melissa and Vinnie discuss children's mental health, the challenges of raising children, what works and what does not. They also discuss the relationship between exercise, diet and mental health.

Here are some of the highlights...

Mental Health and Children

  • Balancing limits and being allowed to express feelings
  • Need to show up and do something even if they don't feel like it
  • Rescuing children and the damage it does
  • Only praising children becomes meaningless
  • Parents job is to let them learn about frustration and delayed gratification

Sports Through A Mental Health Lens

  • Children aren't taught to win anymore
  • Too much compassion can weaken their spirit
  • They need to fail to learn what they are good at
  • Feels crummy to sit on the bench but they need to learn they are not good at everything
  • Avoids real feelings

Exercise and Depression

  • Exercise is very effective in boosting mood and changing the brain
  • Howie Mandel says he works out for his body but he runs for his brain
  • Anything good for the heart is good for the brain
  • Brain can rebuild itself - neurogenesis

Food and Mental Health

  • Foods can help people with depression
  • Dopamine enhancing foods
  • Brain/Body connection
  • The effects of sugar on mood

Find out more about Melissa Mose


Aug 5, 2014

Vinnie and Anna chat with friend and fellow podcaster Jimmy Moore about his new book Keto Clarity, written with Eric Westman MD.

  • Why ketosis isn't a magic weight loss pill
  • Hormones affect everything
  • Fat Adaption vs. Ketosis
  • The benefits of hunger control and mood control

Then Vinnie and Anna get deep into Vitamix recipes:

Jimmy Moore: