Whether your commute is a car ride through heavy traffic or the looming nightmare of NYC’s L train shutdown, those of us who have long commutes need something to keep our minds occupied while traveling.
Some people use their commute to read books or just check their email, but I love to listen to podcasts on a long train ride. Living in NYC, the trains can be unpredictable, so it’s nice to use the time I spend traveling to listen to something educational or constructive, especially when it’s also funny and insightful.
Nutrition and wellness shows are especially great for learning about healthy living as well as debunking widely-cited health myths. Here are a few wellness-related podcasts to get you through your weekday commute, listed in no particular order.
1. No Meat Athlete Radio
No Meat Athlete Radio, hosted by Matt Frazier, is a podcast that looks at fitness, health, and plant-based nutrition. Recent topics have included how to make a vegan diet less stressful and how to change your habits. Frazier also interviews a variety of guests about vegan diets and fitness.
2. Glowing Up
This is a comedy wellness podcast hosted by vegan comic Esther Povitsky and writer Caroline Goldfarb. Povitsky and Goldfarb interview guests like comedian John Early, actress Rachel Bloom, and Rookie founder Tavi Gevinson about everything from food to beauty, all with a charmingly absurd sense of humor.
3. Brown Vegan
Hosted by Monique Koch, Brown Vegan takes a thoughtful and accessible approach to veganism that explores a number of under-the-radar wellness topics. In a recent episode, Koch spoke with Nzingah from “Yes Baby I Like it Raw,” exploring how she overcame a number of health issues with the help of a plant-based diet.
A medical history show hosted by Dr. Sydnee McElroy and her husband Justin McElroy, Sawbones does a deep dive each week on the history of a variety of topics from hangovers to diabetes. More recently, they’ve started covering the history of recent health fads like charcoal and cupping. Sawbones is an always-entertaining look at the strange ways humans have tried to fix ourselves through history.
5. Teaching Jasmin How to Cook Vegan
Vegan Jasmin Singer learns how to cook plant-based meals in this entertaining podcast from nonprofit Our Hen House. Chef Laura Delhauer teaches Singer how to cook meals in each episode, teaching Singer and the listener tips and tricks for vegan cooking. This show’s perfect for anyone who’s always wanted to be a better vegan chef but was too afraid to ask!
6. Only Human
Hosted by Mary Harris, Only Human is a podcast from WNYC that deals with personal health stories like overcoming illnesses and training for marathons. The show has covered topics like how calories are burned and why many New Year’s resolutions fail, along with more political and timely episodes.
7. The Hilarious World of Depression
Mental health is a part of health too, and on this show, John Moe talks through mental health with a number of comedian guests like Paul F. Tompkins and Jen Kirkman. This podcast manages to be a cathartic, relatable, and even uplifting discussion of depression and other mental health issues.
8. The Rich Roll Podcast
Rich Roll, an ultra-endurance athlete who has been named the world’s fittest vegan, hosts a podcast where he interviews guests about fitness, veganism, cooking, and nutrition. He’s recently talked with former MMA fighter Frank Shamrock and gold-medal Olympic swimmer Michael Klim.
9. Nutrition Diva’s Quick and Dirty Tips
Looking for a bite-sized podcast you can listen to in between subway transfers? On Nutrition Diva’s Quick and Dirty Tips, host Monica Reinagel talks nutrition and dispels common health myths and misconceptions. She often addresses topics relevant for those eating a plant-based diet, like whether the Beyond Burger is healthy, or if the benefits of fish oil are overrated.
10. Nutrition Facts with Dr. Greger
Vegan physician Michael Greger talks about a variety of topics on this podcast, from the benefits of avocados to the science of oil pulling.
Hopefully, you’ll have an easier time keeping your commute positive with these podcasts to keep you company. Whether you’re pushing your way out of a packed subway car or driving a long distance to get to work, podcasts are a great way to enrich yourself while you’re busy doing something else.
Looking for more info on plant-based food? Download the Food Monster App, which is available for both Android and iPhone, and can also be found on Instagram and Facebook. The app has more than 10,000 plant-based, allergy-friendly recipes, and subscribers gain access to new recipes every day. Check it out!
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