Switch4Good

By Dotsie Bausch and Alexandra Paul

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Do you want to live a healthier and more robust life? The key to living a full, healthy, and joyous life lies within the foods we eat—and our relationship to them. Because health isn’t accurately measured by the circumference of your waist or how much you can bench press- true vitality is measured by how you feel, not just physically but deep within. Olympic medalist Dotsie Bausch alongside Baywatch actress and certified health coach, Alexandra Paul, take listeners of all ages on a journey to optimal health and stamina through plant based eating. Dotsie and Alexandra, who both fought back from severe food addictions in their twenties, interview expert nutritionists, pro athletes, innovative thought leaders, physicians and plant-based celebrities. Through their stories, you’ll learn how to optimize your health and pave a path for a more meaningful life. So get inspired and join the Switch4Good revolution. Visit https://switch4good.org/

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18 - Marc Bekoff: On Compassionate Conservation and the Emotional Lives of Animals
44:40

How does compassion play a role in ecological conservation?

In what way does our treatment of animals impact the way we treat ourselves and the planet?

Marc Bekoff is an animal behaviorist who argues that turning away from human exceptionalism and theoretical prejudices are the keys to expanding our compassionate footprint and making our conservation efforts more effective.

As the author of more than 1,000 essays and 30 books, Marc is a leading voice in the fields of ecology, animal behavior, and cognitive ethology.

Among his many accomplishments, he, with Jane Goodall, is a co-founder of Ethologists for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, and he was the first American to win his age class at the Tour du Haut Var bicycle race.

Marc joins us in this episode to discuss empathy, dissonance and connecting with who nonhuman animals are.

What we discuss in this episode:

  • What it means to rewild yourself, connect with nature, and acknowledge nonhuman animals for who they are
  • How overstimulation has made us discontent and disconnected from the natural world
  • What happens to your brain when you go outside? How nature affects your mood and mind
  • It’s who we eat, not what we eat: How diet impacts our connection to the world
  • How we use convenience and nonhuman animals’ perceived utility to create cognitive dissonance
  • Is there a connection between intelligence and suffering? What cognitive ethology teaches us about animals’ emotional lives
  • The importance of spending time with “food animals”: animal personalities, Kappurot, and a story from Marc’s Animal Manifesto
  • Do bees get depressed and do elephants mourn? Marc explains animal emotions and why they act the way they do
  • Marc’s insights about domestication, animal advocacy, and diet
  • Follow Marc on Twitter at @MarcBekoff or on his website at marcbekoff.com

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Apr 17, 2019
17 - Chef AJ Shares How She Lost 50 Lbs and Food Addiction
01:02:22

Not many people can say they’ve played the flute for Johnny Carson on The Tonight Show, worked as an executive pastry chef, and been vegan for more than 40 years.

 

Chef AJ, a culinary instructor, YouTube host, and author of Unprocessed and The Secrets to Ultimate Weight Loss, can say all of that and more.

 

Although she has a background in comedy and a long track record of ethical eating, there’s nothing funny about food addiction.

 

Even as a vegan, Chef AJ struggled with overeating sugar and under-eating vegetables.

 

She joins us in this episode to share how she turned to whole foods, lost 50 pounds, managed her addiction to sugar, and changed the course of her health.

 

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Apr 10, 2019
16 - Tracye Lynn McQuirter: Food Justice, Nutrition, and Enjoying Veganism for Life
50:48

Despite the growing acceptance of plant-based nutrition in the mainstream, there are still major disparities in health, food access, and nutrition education for certain demographics.

Thirty-year vegan, best-selling author, and public health nutritionist Tracye Lynn McQuirter has spent decades teaching people how to be vegan for life while advocating specifically for African American women and girls.

The author of By Any Greens Necessary and Ageless Vegan joins us to discuss health inequalities, food justice, and some of her delicious vegan recipes.

You’ll learn the connection between food and racism, how chronic disease is exacerbated in black communities, and this nutritionist’s tips to switch for good.

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Apr 03, 2019
15 - Nik Tyler: Compassion Is a Journey with MFA Celebrity Relations Manager
48:15

Our diets are forever evolving and never perfect, but if we allow ourselves to have compassion and understand the journey, we can get to a healthier place.

 

Nik Tyler lives this philosophy daily.

 

He’s an actor, vegan, and the Celebrity Relations Manager for Mercy for Animals, the leading farm animal protection non-profit organization.

 

Nik was raised as a vegetarian, taught to honor the Jainism belief of ahimsa or to do no harm.

 

However, he still struggled with sugar and vegan “junk” food, and it took time for him to practice compassion toward himself and his body.

 

A once outspoken animal activist in college, Nik continues to advocate for the vegan lifestyle, but with a bit more tact.

 

He has come to understand that compassion is inherent in all of us, but we each need time to realize and act upon it.

 

The most effective traits of an activist are patience and the ability to listen, according to Nik.

 

Nik is both insightful and playful, and this conversation was a true gem. We hope you find inspiration from this episode, but enjoy a few laughs as well!

What we discuss in this episode:

  • Jainism & Ahimsa
  • Growing up as a vegetarian
  • Sugar addiction & reboots
  • Most effective forms of activism
  • Follow Nik Tyler on Twitter @niktyler
  • Follow Mercy for Animals 

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Mar 27, 2019
14 - Bianca Taylor: On Self-Love, Purpose, and Plant-Powered Strength
56:19

How can a vegan lifestyle help heal your mind, body, and spirit?

Before becoming a personal trainer certified in plant-based nutrition, Bianca Taylor started her fitness journey as a bikini bodybuilder.

Searching for purpose and a sense of control, she instead found herself dealing with depression and a broken relationship with food.

One small realization started an avalanche of change.

Bianca used the power of plants, with some professional guidance, to reignite her passion for food, health, and strength.

Now she helps other women do the same.

She has trained with a range of different athletes and uses her platform to coach plant-fueled fitness.

You don’t want to miss this emotional episode about purpose, compassion, and self-love.

What we discuss in this episode:

  • The childhood tragedy that left Bianca searching for purpose.
  • Busting the myth that happiness and worth are tied to your appearance.
  • The realization that lead Bianca to a vegan diet and a lifestyle of compassion.
  • Bianca’s physical and spiritual transformation after switching for good.
  • Gaining muscle and building confidence as a vegan.
  • What Bianca tells her clients who are struggling with their relationship with food.
  • Follow Bianca Taylor on Instagram at @biancataylorm or @biancataylorfitness, find her on the Bianca Taylor YouTube channel, tune into her podcast on iTunes, or check out her website at biancataylorfitness.com.

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Mar 20, 2019
13 - Matthew Prescott: Save the World with Every Bite
49:39

When you hear about the rapid decline of our resources, coupled with the growth of our human population, do you wonder what you can do to help save the planet? Matthew Prescott, author of Food is the Solution: What to Eat to Save the World, joins us to talk about a very convenient truth: the world can be saved with every bite. As the Senior Director of Food and Agriculture of the Humane Society of the United States, and as a speaker invited to TEDxUCLA and Talks at Google, Matthew’s advocacy has lead to changes on individual plates, and in major food companies. You’ll learn how we can all do more with less, how eating locally is not always eating ethically, and why we need all forks on deck to save the world.

What we discuss in this episode:

  • The inefficiency of our food system.
  • Why saving the planet is easier than you think.
  • Busting the myth that we need to get our protein through animals.
  • The resources that really go into making a breakfast sandwich.
  • Why locally-sourced foods don’t cut it.
  • Why changing your diet is more convenient than limiting yourself to the same bland foods.
  • Matthew’s suggestions for the first steps toward going vegan.
  • Follow Matthew Prescott at matthewprescott.com, on Twitter at @MatthewPrescott, or on Instagram at @MattPrescott.

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Mar 13, 2019
12 - Robbie Balenger is Running Across America!
42:10

You’ve heard all the myths surrounding plant-based diets: it’s not sustainable as an athlete, or easy when you travel, or fun if you’re a foodie.

Robbie Balenger is about to bust all of those myths in one 3,000-mile run across the United States.

Robbie first laced up his shoes six years ago to alleviate his stress as a restaurant manager. Since then, his career and running paths have coalesced into a passion for endurance athleticism powered by plants -- and vegan ice cream.

He joins us to chat about his journey to plant-based wellness, how he plans to fuel his body over the seventy-five-day excursion, and how he hopes to inspire other people to thrive while eating ethically.

He hits the pavement March 15th in Huntington Beach, sponsored by Switch4Good and NadaMoo!

 What we discuss in this episode:

  • How Robbie turned to running to deal with stress.
  • Robbie’s journey to a plant-based diet with an ethical focus.
  • The motivation behind Robbie’s transcontinental attempt.
  • Slaying myths about travel, being a foodie, and being a plant-based athlete.
  • Robbie’s nutrition plan.
  • How Robbie suggests people transition from one lifestyle to another.
  • Follow Robbie Balenger at plantpoweredmission.com or on Instagram at @robbiebalendger.You can also track his progress at switch4good.org and nadamoo.com

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Mar 06, 2019
11 - Dr. Vivian Chen: On Allergies, Gut Health, and Food as Medicine
46:57

What are we really ingesting when we drink cows’ milk? What are mothers passing through their bodies to their children? What in the world is a dairy allergy?

Dr. Vivian Chen dives into the dangers of dairy and her story of transitioning to a plant-based diet after a battle to diagnose the root of her infant’s feeding problem.

As a double-certified physician, Dr. Chen has seen a host of improvements in her patients when they cut dairy and address their lifestyle. She’s going to tell you the sneaky ways dairy might be affecting you -- and your children.  

What we discuss in this episode:

  • Defining dairy allergy, and distinguishing it from lactose intolerance.
  • The top four allergies Dr. Chen says mothers should look for.
  • Ethnic diversity in allergy prevalence and the difficulty in testing for allergies.
  • Delayed vs. acute symptoms and allergies in adults vs. babies.
  • Elimination diets to discover the root of your symptoms.
  • The effects of casein metabolizing into casomorphin.
  • Follow Dr. Chen at allergyfamilies.com and platefulhealth.com, or on Instagram at @plateful.health.

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Feb 27, 2019
10 - Dr. Susan Peirce Thompson: Managing Food Addiction and Achieving a Healthy Body Weight
58:13

Everyone experiences the occasional food craving, but for some, certain foods become a true addiction. Why are some people wired to crave certain types of food so intensely, and how can we break free of it? Dr. Susan Peirce Thompson, founder of Bright Line Eating, answers these questions and explains her strategies for managing food addiction and achieving sustainable weight loss. We are fascinated by her method and believe everyone can gain from her knowledge and establish a healthier relationship with food.

What we discuss in this episode:

Find Susan at Bright Line Eating, pick up her book, Bright Line Eating: The Science of Eating Happy, Thin, and Free, and take the food addiction quiz at Foodfreedomquiz.com.

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Feb 22, 2019
09 - Cyrus Khambatta & Robby Barbaro: Mastering Diabetes With a Plant-Based Diet
53:51

What actually is diabetes? How is it caused? What’s the difference between type 1 and type 2, and is sugar or fat to blame? Robby Barbaro and Cyrus Khambatta answer these questions and more during our chat today. Both were diagnosed with type 1 diabetes and manage it with a low fat, whole food, plant-based diet. They’ve teamed up to create Mastering Diabetes, a coaching program to help others feel their best while managing their symptoms. They even tried to help our audio engineer, Michael, move away from his meat-heavy diet! Get out your keyboard–you’re going to want to take notes during this fun yet informative conversation.

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Feb 21, 2019
08 - Giacomo Marchese: On Anorexia, Bodybuilding, and Finding True Health Through a Plant-Based Diet
49:45

Giacomo Marchese is a successful natural bodybuilder and coach, but he wasn’t always the epitome of perfect health. After discovering the sport of bodybuilding at a young age, Giacomo became severely anorexic, forcing him to step away from competitions for several years. After overcoming his eating disorder and harnessing a healthier mindset around food and exercise, Giacomo eventually made his way back to what he loves and now coaches others in bodybuilding and general weight loss and fitness. His secret weapon? Sleep, hydration, and a plant-based diet!

In this episode we discuss:

  • Giacomo’s struggle with anorexia.
  • How to get enough protein (spoiler, everything has protein)
  • Society’s misplaced obsession with macronutrients
  • Giacomo recommends a blend of pea and rice for the optimum, easy-to-digest protein powder.
  • Giacomo’s go-to meals
    • Dinner: Baked potato, Beyond Meat burger patty, side of broccoli
    • Breakfast: Bowl of oats with fresh fruit
  • Giacomo’s tips to lose weight on a vegan diet:
    • Get enough sleep (7 - 9 hours)
    • Hydration is crucial (¾ - 1 ½ gallons, daily)
    • Eat plenty of vegetables
    • Keep a food journal

Follow and support Giacomo on Instagram @muslesbybrussels and visit his website, Veganproteins.com

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Feb 20, 2019
07 - Agnes Muljadi: Behind the Scenes with a Vegan Ballerina & Influencer
58:13

Actress. Photographer. Ballerina. Influencer. Agnes Muljadi has an impressive resume with an even more impressive Instagram following—530K. But she’s not after followers. She’s interested in ethics and serving as a positive role model for young girls. We dive into a number of wide-ranging topics in this episode, from her overnight transition to veganism after a health scare to using her social platform to create positive change and mentor others. We also discuss the raw vegan lifestyle, sustainable fashion, and how to navigate brand collaborations. You’ll love Agnes’ real, down-to-earth philosophies, and also gain some insight to improve your health and your social media game.

What we discuss in this episode:

  • Increasing stamina with a mostly raw, plant-based diet.
  • Being mindful of what you eat.
  • Being a vegan role model for young dancers.
  • Being an influencer and partnering with brands in line with your ethics.
  • Sustainable fashion and consumerism (for Fair Trade fashion, shop beadandreal.com).
  • Agnes’ favorite restaurant: Au Lac in Fountain Valley and DTLA.
  • Look up your local Pig Vigil at TheSaveMovement.org.

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Feb 19, 2019
06 - Bill Muir: Breaking Stereotypes and Being Vegan in the Military
54:39

Bill Muir, also known as SGT. Vegan, doesn’t make excuses. A vegan since 1992, Bill has traveled to 47 countries, served in the army, and was deployed to Afghanistan, all without breaking his commitment to his cruelty-free diet. Bill completed the brutal basic training on a plant-based diet and went on to become a medic and paratrooper, never wavering from his mission to help others.  He now works as an RN at the VA Center of Los Angeles and wrote a book, “Vegan Strong,” to dispel the “hippie” myth surrounding a vegan diet. Bill proves that you can maintain your health and your ethics no matter your circumstances, and he is working to help others realize this fact.

What we discuss in this episode:

  • Bill’s travel tips: Always have a plan, and use the Happy Cow app to find vegan options near you.
  • Anysoldier.com, a care package website for soldiers.
  • Surviving Army basic training.
  • Bill’s concern with the low-quality food provided at VA centers.
  • Making vegan options more accessible through fast-casual concepts, rather than high-end restaurants.

Follow Bill by visiting his website, sgtvegan.com, on Instagram @sgt_vegan, and pick up his book, Vegan Strong, on Amazon.

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Feb 18, 2019
05 - Emily Deschanel: Vegan Actress, Activist, and Mom
48:55

You might know her as Dr. Temperance “Bones” Brennan on the smash television hit, “Bones,” but today, Emily Deschanel is just playing her cool, laid back self as a mom, friend, and vegan. Learn what goes on behind the scenes of a film set as Alexandra and Emily discuss their experiences as vegan actresses and where they found red carpet-ready and vegan-friendly fashion. Emily also talks at length about her experience raising two young vegan kids and living with a not-quite-vegan husband. We had a blast chatting with Emily; despite her fame, she’s so down-to-earth and real. Grab a plant milk latte and join in our fun conversation!

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Feb 15, 2019
04 - Brian Turner: Overcoming Acne and Getting Ripped on a Vegan Diet
47:46

Keep your bulk but drop the dairy. Vegan bodybuilder and influencer Brian Turner don’t suffer any loss of gains since switching to a plant-based diet. He attracted social media following after documenting his horrific acne experience as a teen on YouTube. After intense Accutane treatment that ultimately failed, Brian cured himself of his chronic skin condition by ditching dairy, and eventually, all animal products. He’s an animated guy with a can-do attitude, explaining everything from nutrition and eating patterns as a vegan bodybuilder, to “Bro Science,” to where, exactly, he gets his protein. He also shared his favorite mass gainer shake recipe. For the gym newbies and gym rats, this is an episode you don’t want to miss.

In this episode we discuss:

  • How Brian cured his severe acne by ditching dairy.
  • The serious side effects of Accutane and the issue with Big Pharma.
  • How a vegan bodybuilder (and everyone) can get plenty of protein.
  • Unhealthy bodybuilding eating habits, like binging and experiencing cravings.
  • “Bro-xplaning” and debunking bro science
  • Brian’s restaurant picks: Plant Power Fast Food or Donna Jean in San Diego
  • Brian recommends the HappyCow app or website to find vegan food anywhere you are in the world.
  • Brian’s Mass Gainer “Humerus Smoothie” Recipe:
    • 3-4 frozen bananas, 2 cups other fruit (mix of pineapple, mango, strawberries), a couple handfuls of spinach, splash of almond milk, 2 tablespoons cacao nibs, 1 scoop of Vivo Life protein powder.

Get in touch with and support Brian by shopping at his fitness apparel line, BeyondtheWeak.com, listening to his podcast, Beyond the Podcast, and watching his workouts, recipes, and helpful tips on his YouTube channel.

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Feb 14, 2019
03 - Dr. Angie Sadeghi: How to Heal Your Gut With Plant-Based Foods
01:05:00

Poop. It might not be dinner table conversation, but there’s no denying it’s on everyone’s minds. If you ever feel bloated, constipated, or experience more serious digestive issues, it could be due to your diet. Plant-based and board-certified gastroenterologist Dr. Angie Sadeghi walks us through all our burning questions about our gut including colonics, enemas, probiotics, and more. Learn how to become more “regular” and diversify your gut microbiome, so get a pen and paper ready; you’ll want to take notes!

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Follow Angie on Instagram @angie.sadeghi or visit her website www.drangiehealth.com

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Feb 13, 2019
02 - Adam Sud: Overcoming Food & Drug Addiction with the Power of Plants
01:00:17

“If there’s something about your life that you don’t like, and there’s something that you can do about, then it’s not a problem. I realized that if I’m the problem, I get to be the solution.” - Adam Sud

You don’t need to experience trauma to feel depressed. You don’t have to grow up in a certain zip code to be a drug addict, and you don’t have to have obese parents to develop a food addiction.

Adam Sud grew up in a comfortable household with a loving family, yet he experienced all of these things. After years of Adderall abuse and excessive consumption of fast-food, Adam tried to commit suicide. Unsuccessful in his attempt, he finally committed to seeking help and discovered the healing powers of the plant-based diet - not just the physical effects, but the mental benefits as well. Adam lost 160 pounds and titrated off all of his medications, including his antidepressants. Now healthy and medication-free, Adam devotes his life to helping others, proving that no matter how far one has fallen, there is always a way out.

What we discuss in this episode:

  • Coping with food as a child
  • Adderall addiction
  • Steps to recovery
  • Losing 160 lbs and becoming a fit marathon runner
  • Perseverance and trusting the journey
  • Benefits of whole foods, plant-based diet
  • How to change your perspective and set a positive mindset
  • The Save Movement (@thesavemovement)
  • The Pleasure Trap

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Feb 12, 2019
01 - Dr. Milton Mills, MD: Dairy Is Not a Health Food
53:06

“It is absolutely unnatural and unnecessary for adult humans to be consuming the milk of another species. It’s unnatural and it’s unhealthy.” - Dr. Milton Mills, MD


Most doctors receive less than 24 hours worth of nutrition education during their four years of medical school; they prescribe pills and surgeries without first looking at their patients’ diet.

For Dr. Milton Mills, this is not the case. A critical care physician working at an ICU, Dr. Mills is no stranger to patients suffering from advanced stages of chronic disease. His first recommendation? Ditch dairy. He is on a mission to educate the public about the consequences of dairy - to both individual health and that of society. He supports his claims with medical evidence, and we take a deep dive into exactly why dairy is so harmful. He is truly passionate about this topic, and it was a pleasure to sit down with him and learn so much.

What we discuss in this episode:

NutritionFacts.org YouTube for science-backed, easily digestible, and subject-specific videos on health and the benefits of a plant-based diet.

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Feb 11, 2019
Welcome to the Switch4Good Podcast
04:36

Switch4Good is a strong and growing coalition made up of dairy-free athletes, trainers, doctors, nutritionists and influencers. Some of us have won Olympic medals and some of us simply take the stairs instead of the elevator.

We have all learned that cow’s milk is not a health food and understand that ditching dairy is a straight path towards living a longer, more fulfilling life.

Join the movement at https://switch4good.org/

Or in Instagram https://www.instagram.com/Switch4Good/

Discover more athletes who have made the switch for good

https://switch4good.org/

Our mission is to empower people to take control of their health by eliminating dairy. We employ athlete success stories and indisputable facts to educate the masses about the health hazards of the dairy industry.

We are a united global team of dairy-free athletes, trainers, physicians, nutritionists, and inspirational leaders paving the way for superior health and unparalleled athletic performance through a dairy-free future for all.

Feb 03, 2019