Athletes & Plant-Based Nutrition: See Matt Ruscigno, MPH, RD in New York City

When it comes to nutrition, don’t be fooled by misleading fads, ostensible self-help professionals or whatever the coolest “diet” is. Nutrition is a science for which we should take a scientific approach. Lately, there has been a lot of pseudo-science circulating from “counselors” who encourage things like “listening to inner wisdom” and interpreting cravings as signs of deficiencies. The Discerning Brute contributor, Matt Ruscigno has a Nutritional Science degree, a Public Health Nutrition degree, as well as certification as a Registered Dietitian- the only professional nutrition credential available, and he’ll be speaking in New York City on April 3rd.

He’s not a guru, he’s not a “coach” or “counselor” – he’s a 16-year vegan athlete who races marathons, iron-man triathlons, 200+ mile cycling events and 24-hour races (see full athletic resume), and he wants to convince the most active and demanding among us that plant-based nutrition is not only possible for optimal for health, but it is also the most sustainable approach to nutrition, as well as one that addresses a serious social justice issue. Matthew is the Past-Chair of the Vegetarian Nutrition Practice Group of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and has contributed to the best-selling cookbook ‘Appetite for Reduction’ with Isa Moskowitz. Matt will cut through the hippy-dippy nonsense and deliver hard science.


Written by joshuakatcher

Joshua Katcher is an adjunct professor of fashion at Parsons The New School. His research focuses on sustainability and ethics in fashion production. He started The Discerning Brute in 2008 as a resource for men who want to make intelligent decisions concerning their lifestyles. With a focus on “fashion, food & etiquette for the ethically handsome man”, The Discerning Brute produces expert, essential content and boldly takes a stand. Brave GentleMan, the integrated, eCommerce brother-site of The Discerning Brute was launched in 2011 and features “principled attire” and “smart supplies” handpicked for informed indulgence.
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  • snowkat

    Any chance you’ll be presenting some of the concepts from his talk on the site for those of us not in NYC? Please? Thanks.

    • joshuakatcher

      Yes, I am hoping someone will shoot it or at least take notes for an article.