Plant-Based Sports Nutrition
Audiences: Athletes who choose a vegan, vegetarian, or primarily plant-based way of eating, or athletes who want to gain the plant-based advantage; professionals such as coaches or personal trainers who support such athletes.
Optimize training and performance with a plant-based nutrition plan
This resource simplifies the process of determining your energy, protein, vitamin, and mineral needs and monitoring carbohydrate and fat intake. Whether you are a dedicated vegetarian or vegan looking to add variety to your diet or you are an athlete searching for a competitive edge, Plant-Based Sports Nutrition will help you optimize a plant-based diet for peak performance across all sports.
You will learn to make smart food decisions and properly fuel your body with
- tailored meal plans
- training strategies
—Amby Burfoot, 1968 Boston Marathon Winner and Author of Run Forever: Your Complete Guide to Healthy Lifetime Running and Other Books
“Whether you’re an elite athlete or newbie exerciser, Plant-Based Sports Nutrition dispels the myths of plant-based nutrition while providing the knowledge to optimize your athletic performance. Plants are the athletic fuel of the future!”
—Scott Jurek, Vegan Ultramarathon Legend and Author of North and the New York Times–Bestselling Eat and Run
About the Author
Larson-Meyer is the author of Vegetarian Sports Nutrition (Human Kinetics, 2007) and has also authored over 80 scientific journal articles and book chapters. She served on the 2011 International Olympic Committee (IOC) Sports Nutrition Consensus Panel and on the IOC Consensus Panel for Supplementation in the Elite Athlete. She is a board certified specialist in sports dietetics, is a former sports dietitian for the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and is active in SCAN (the sports, cardiovascular, and wellness nutrition practice group of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics) and the American College of Sports Medicine, where she serves as an associate editor for medicine and science in sports and exercise. She is also a past chair of both SCAN and the vegetarian nutrition (VN) practice group of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Personal interests include trail running, flat water kayaking, Irish step dancing, yoga, and being the number-one fan of her one semi-vegetarian and two vegetarian children.
Matt Ruscigno, MPH, RD, is a leading expert in plant-based nutrition and has followed a vegan diet for more than 20 years. He has a nutritional science degree from Pennsylvania State University, a public health nutrition master’s degree from Loma Linda University, and certification as a registered dietitian. He is a coauthor of the No Meat Athlete book with Matt Frazier and Appetite for Reduction with Isa Moskowitz and is lead author of Cacao, Superfoods for Life. He is the past chair of the vegetarian nutrition (VN) practice group of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and currently is the chief nutrition officer at Nutrinic, a start-up health-care company using plant-based nutrition for the prevention of cardiovascular diseases. Recreationally, he has raced ultramarathons, Ironman races, and 24-hour mountain bike races, and he has bike toured over 15,000 miles. He is a long-time resident of Los Angeles, California.