In today’s episode of The Plant Trainers Podcast we talk to Tim Van Orden about a compassionate approach to life. Tim Van Orden is an elite athlete turned professional coach, speaker, and writer on a mission to bring peak performance to the masses.
As the founder of the Running Raw project, Tim has spent the last eleven years demonstrating the athletic potential of a simple, plant-based diet. As a result of his tireless engagement, Tim was named U.S. Masters Runner of the Year 4 times by USA Track & Field.
In addition, Tim has won ten U.S. Masters Mountain and Trail Running Championships, including the 10k, 15k, Half Marathon, Marathon and 50k Championships. Tim also excels in some of the world’s most grueling sports, placing 4th at the World Stair Climbing Championships up the Empire State Building, 8th at the World Masters Mountain Running Championships and 12th at the World Snowshoe Championships. This journey to athletic success has not been an easy one. His story now serves as an example of what’s possible when one embraces their shortcomings. and uses them to full effect.
To accomplish this, Tim has created powerful, motivational tools that allow him to engage at a high level each day, regardless of his mental or physical state. He now teaches these methods to others looking to rise above their challenges and achieve peak results. As a coach, Tim has enhanced his practice with the latest research in biochemistry, physiology, nutrition, psychology, neuroscience and the importance of the mind/body connection as it relates to performance in any endeavor.
Today we really dive deep into the idea of compassion being the key to change and what drives motivation. We learn more about Tim Van Orden’s journey and how he overcame his challenges in life. We discuss how hard it was for him to embrace his persona and the strength in letting it go. Tim has discovered that it is not your diet that trumps all else in life. If you live a life of compassion all else falls into place, brings you continued motivation and allows you to thrive, moving through the turbulence of life with more ease.
In this episode we discuss:
- National Championships
- Chasing your upper limits
- Dunning Kruger Effect
- Looking at you
- Vegan Fundamentalists
- It’s not about diet, It’s about compassion
- The brain
- Baddest philosophy
- Actionable steps
- Kristin Neff
Links to things we mentioned:
A Compassionate Approach by Tim Van Orden
Animal Welfare.org, for a cruelty-free lifestyle!
Tim’s suggested reading list:
More of Tim’s Suggested Readings:
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