Author Archives: Matt Ruscigno

About Matt Ruscigno

I'm a vegan Registered Dietitian, endurance athlete and activist living car-free in California. I think fun, adventure, ethics and radical politics go hand in hand.

SoCal Vegfest Speaking Events Saturday Oct 29th

This Saturday at the 2nd annual (free!) SoCal Vegfest I will be on an athlete panel, giving a talk on how you don’t need expensive/exotic foods to be vegan and healthy, and I’ll have a booth selling books and Strongest Hearts t-shirts! It will be a SUPER busy day, but I’d love to see some of my old friends who knew me when I posted on my website regularly. Plus if you visit my booth I’ll have some exciting info about an upcoming project!

The entire event is free (as is parking which I hear is a big deal) so it’s an excellent opportunity to bring some friends who are veg-curious. There’s lots of delicious food, good speakers, and it’s on a beautiful college campus. You can sit on the grass in the shade and eat your food in peace, if that’s your thing.  Here are the details for Saturday:

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2016 Plant-based Prevention of Disease National Conference May 19-23rd

As you probably know if you follow any of my social media, I am on the board of the Plant-based Prevention Of Disease conference happening this May 19-23rd in Raleigh, North Carolina. Hard to believe this is already our third annual conference!

 

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The idea that plant foods can lower disease risk is popular among vegans and advocates of plant-based diets, but it’s not common knowledge among health professionals. As I say often during my talks, science is slow-moving. It takes more evidence to change course than to stay on the same path. Well the path right now is that largely preventable diseases are the leading causes of death in the US! The goal of our conference, known as P-POD, is to bring science-based evidence on the benefits of plant foods to health professionals. We have continuing education for doctors, dietitians, nurses and more. There are THIRTY expert speakers this year at an insanely low registration rate. It’s going to be an incredible four days!

If you have a strong interest in nutrition and someone background knowledge, you could gain a lot by attending. Also, if you know any health professionals who may be interested please help us spread the word! We have promotional materials on our site.  Can’t make the conference, but love what we do? We are a 501(c)3 non-profit so your donation is tax-deductible!

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Do some vegans exaggerate health claims?

A few months back the wonderful and prolific Bite Size Vegan invited me to be a guest on her YouTube channel to talk about my work and my diet as an ultra-athlete. We discussed exaggerated health claims in the second video and the reaction from her audience was so strong and negative that she invited me back to clarify my points.

My argument was, and still is, that there are many paths to good health- strict veganism is not the only one. There are many factors in determining health and multiple ways to measure it. While there is plenty of evidence that eating mostly plant food is beneficial, that is not the same as veganism.

I’ll let you decide if the point is made or not. The first video is more about me and then the second and third get juicy. Some colorful comments, as well, if you decide to click through to YouTube- including one where I’m told that I’m not a real vegan.🙂

Let me know what you think and if there are better ways to make these points. Thanks for watching!

 

 

 

 

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Men’s Nutrition Guide and Strongest Hearts Interview with Stic from Dead Prez!

I recently worked with The Discerning Brute to create a Men’s Guide to Nutrition that answers common questions and concerns dudes often have. Click the link or the banner below. This is the perfect page to send people who are spreading myths about vegan diets- there are lots of links and references with the science to back up the claims.

 

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And have you seen the Strongest Hearts video where I interview Stic from Dead Prez and his wife Afya Ibomu? As a long time fan of Hip Hop and Dead Prez I was very excited to sit down with them and chat about health, RBG Fit Club, straight edge and more! Give it a watch and share with your friends. You never know who you are going to influence.

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Portland and Scotland Vegfests Coming Up!

I have a very exciting couple of weeks with talks at the Portland Vegfest this Fri, Sat and Sun (yes, 3 talks!) and then I travel across the pond to visit Glasgow and the Scotland Vegfest. I’ll be speaking there Sat and Sun, December 5th and 6th.

Any recommendations in either of those cities? Do you plan on going? Be sure to say hi!

While I’m traveling be sure to follow me on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook for updates and more.

 

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Feel My Legs, I’m a Racer #10 Sunday November 8th 2015

Once upon a time, in a Los Angeles long past, I dreamed of an LA version of Danny Chew’s famous Pittsburgh hill race, the Dirty Dozen. I wanted ‘racers’ to ride their bike deep in the city and I wanted to show bike commuters the fun in a physically challenging ride. In other words, the manifestation of my cycling ADHD- ride everything, everywhere and keep it fun! And of course an obscure nod to BMX history.

That first year -2006- saw pouring rain and possibly more volunteers than riders, but we pulled it off. We showed that Los Angeles has paved roads as steep as anywhere (take that San Francisco) and more importantly we got people on their bikes in an auto-centric city to explore incredible, tucked away locales. I measured it successful when someone in a cycling forum refused to believe that the photos were indeed taken in Los Angeles.

And here we are nine years later at Feel My Legs, I’m a Racer #10. Number ten! Los Angeles is much improved for cycling and the number of events each week is too much for me to keep up with. This could more related to the fact that I am now in my mid-30’s, not my mid-20’s (yet somehow that doesn’t stop me from getting red light tickets on my bike, like the one I got last night!). I’d list some of the groups doing great work for cyclists, but there are so many I’m afraid I’d leave some important people out.

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This a long way of saying that Sunday November 8th is this year’s event. If you are first hearing about this now, I apologize! Between my instagram, facebook and twitter I feel like I rarely write on my site anymore. Here is the facebook event.

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730am Sunday November 8th 2015

Sunset Triangle Plaza

The standard rules apply- no event-affiliated cars allowed on the route for any reason. No entry fee, no prizes, no bs. Open to anyone and everyone on a bike. Causal, non-competitive cyclists encouraged! PLEASE read through the history for more detail if you plan on riding. Here are some great photos from 2014 to get you stoked. And there’s a video below.

A huge thank you to everyone who has helped out or ridden and the entire #bikeLA world. It’s an honor to be a part of this community and this event wouldn’t be possible without you.

See you Sunday! Follow along at @MattRuscigno.

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Upcoming events in NYC, Costa Mesa, Pomona, Portland and Glasgow (!)

I’ve updated my events page with some fantastic stuff coming up before the end of the year, including Vegfest Scotland! All of the info is below. Did you see my short article and recipe in Bicycling Magazine? Sure was cool of them to talk with me about tofu and include such a fun photo.

My site isn’t updated as often as I’d like so be sure to follow me on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook for articles, updates and more.

Hope to see some friends at the Silver State 508, happening this weekend!

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*Tues Oct 6 NYC. Main St Vegan Academy. Requires registration in program.

*Sun Nov 1 Costa Mesa, CA. SoCal Vegfest. Plant-based and Powerful: How Vegan Athletes are Defying Stereotypes. Free event, books available.

*Mon Nov 2 Pomona, CA. Pomona College. Power on Your Plate: The Impact of Our Food Choices. Special event by Lisa Ann Auerbach, open to the public, books available.

*Fri-Sun Nov 13-15 Portland, OR. Portland Health Conference and Portland Vegfest.

*Sat-Sun Dec 5-6 Glasgow, Scotland. VegFest Scotland. Athlete talk on Saturday, ‘Don’t need exotic foods’ talk on Sunday. Requires registration.

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