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.

Episode Date
81 - The Pleasure Trap with Dr. Jen Howk
01:09:39

Your therapist is probably counseling you wrong. According to Dr. Jennifer Howk, Ph.D., your past experiences have little to do with the way you are. Dr. Howk practices evolutionary psychology which emphasizes the role of nature in the development of one’s personality. As a former staff member of the prestigious True North Health Center, Dr. Howk is an expert when it comes to the psychology behind weight loss. She challenges popular beliefs surrounding human behavior and makes us reassess our deepest thoughts and motivations. Prepare yourself to feel befuddled, enlightened, and empowered during this hour-long conversation. 



What we discuss in this episode:

 

- Reproductive instincts

 

- What is addiction

 

- Nature versus nurture

 

- Practical tips for weight-loss goals

 

- OCEAN Personality Test

 

- The Moral Animal 

 

- The Pleasure Trap

 

- Dr. Jen’s website

 

Connect with Switch4Good

 

- YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQ2toqAmlQpwR1HDF_KKfGg

 

- Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/Switch4Good/

 

- Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/switch4good/

 

- Twitter - https://twitter.com/Switch4GoodOrg

 

- Website - https://switch4good.org/

Jul 01, 2020
FLASHBACK FRIDAY - Dominick Thompson: On the Masculinity of Compassion, Empathy, and Intention
47:50

Society has perpetuated the idea that masculinity is connected to animal consumption and preying on the weak.

 

Luckily, there are men like Dominick Thompson actively challenging that belief.

 

After going to prison more than seventeen years ago, Dominick had an epiphany about what it means to cause harm in the world.

 

He is now a social entrepreneur and activist with an online wellness program, vegan clothing line, and upcoming food product line.

 

Dominick joins us today to discuss the realization he made in prison, the similarities between our culture’s treatment of prisoners and animals, and why we must redefine masculinity as a compassionate trait.

 

You don’t want to miss this inspiring episode.

 

What we discuss in this episode:

 

- How films like The Game Changers and men like Dominick are challenging the connection between meat and masculinity

 

- The story of Dominick calling out Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson on Instagram: Why it’s important to be assertive and come from a place of love

 

- Why society celebrates preying on the weak as being manly

 

- Our experiences with family members in prison, and how Dominick was able to stay optimistic

 

- The memory that came to Dominick during his first week in prison: How it encouraged him to stop eating meat and inspired his new mantra

 

- How conditions faced by prisoners compare to our treatment of animals

 

- The treatment of dairy cows: How researching the dairy industry led Dominick to quit all animals products “cold tofurkey”

 

- Eat What Elephants Eat: Dominick’s online food program that seeks to make plant-based eating accessible no matter who or where you are

 

- The transformation Dominick saw after switching for good that made him feel like a real-life superhero

 

- Follow Dominick on Instagram at domzthompson or on Twitter at @DomzThompson. Check out Eat What Elephants Eat at eatwhatelephantseat.com and Crazies and Weirdos at craziesandweirdos.com

 

Connect with Switch4Good

 

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQ2toqAmlQpwR1HDF_KKfGg

 

https://www.facebook.com/Switch4Good/

 

https://www.instagram.com/switch4good/

 

https://twitter.com/SwitchForGood

 

switch4good.org

Jun 26, 2020
80 - No More Family Food Fights with Pediatrician Dr. Yami
01:01:55

If everyone had a pediatrician like Dr. Yami, the world would have a much healthier relationship with food. Board-certified Dr. Yami Cazorla-Lancaster is a plant-based physician that brings practical advice and her sunny personality to her private practice in Yakima, WA. She was so generous with her knowledge and time—think of this as your complimentary one-hour consultation on childhood nutrition. But we talk more than just food. Dr. Yami offers advice on how to build healthy relationships with food—for adults and children alike. Whether you have a child or not, everyone will benefit from this joyful and informative conversation.



What we discuss in this episode:

 

- Instilling healthy habits early in life

 

- How to meet families where they are and transition to plant-based slowly

 

- Osteopathic medicine and the body’s ability to heal itself

 

- Prenatal nutrition 

 

- Milk, meat, and child nutrition

 

- How to foster a healthy relationship with food in your children

 

- Dr. Yami’s website, Veggie Fit Kids, and her practice, Nourish Wellness

 

Connect with Switch4Good

 

- Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQ2toqAmlQpwR1HDF_KKfGg

 

- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Switch4Good/

 

- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/switch4good/

 

- Twitter: https://twitter.com/SwitchForGood

 

- Website: switch4good.org

 

- Support Our Cause: https://switch4good.org/support-us/

Jun 24, 2020
79 - The Original Vegan Entrepreneur Brendan Brazier
51:36

Brendan Brazier is a pioneer when it comes to plant-based sports nutrition. A professional Ironman-turned-serial-entrepreneur, Brendan discovered the connection between plant-based eating and optimum performance as a teenager in the 90's. In the decades since, he has shown the world what plants can do. Brendan has authored several books under his Thrive brand, launched one of the most recognized vegan sports nutrition companies (Vega), backed dozens of other innovative vegan efforts (such as Beyond Meat), and recently co-founded a zero sugar, probiotic cider (Pulp Culture). His work has educated the masses, and we are honored to have him as a guest. From essential nutrition to stress management and overall self-improvement, listen in to learn from this legend.  


What we discuss in this episode:

 

- The Thrive book series

 

- Brendan’s famous Blender Drink (the beginning of Vega)

 

- Holistic approach to health and performance

 

- How to manage stress—both physical and psychological 

 

- Brendan’s involvement in Beyond Meat

 

- The Game Changers documentary

 

- Pulp Culture ciders

 

Connect with Switch4Good

 

- YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQ2toqAmlQpwR1HDF_KKfGg

 

- Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/Switch4Good/

 

- Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/switch4good/

 

- Twitter - https://twitter.com/Switch4GoodOrg

 

- Website - https://switch4good.org/

Jun 17, 2020
78 - Fighting Food Apartheid with Eric Jackson
01:05:47

Eric Jackson is a force for good. He is standing up against systematic oppression and empowering the Black community to take ownership—ownership of land, ownership of business, and ownership of their situation. What begins as a conversation about food apartheid in a suburb of Baltimore builds into a larger conversation on the history of class-based inequity and how it is up to the oppressed—not the oppressor—to create social change. In times such as these, it is the actions of people like Eric that will incite systematic change. 


What we discuss in this episode:

 

- Eric’s childhood and how it shaped his current endeavors 


- History of food disparity and housing segregation

 

- What is food apartheid? How is it different from a food desert?

 

- Baltimore’s Strange Fruit documentary

 

- Black land and business ownership

 

- Dietary racism

 

- Pedagogy of the Oppressed by Paulo Freire

 

- Papal Bull of 1452 that allowed the enslavement of certain groups of people


- Womanist theology

 

- How non-Blacks can support the Black community without taking away Black sovereignty 

 

Connect with Switch4Good

 

- YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQ2toqAmlQpwR1HDF_KKfGg

 

- Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/Switch4Good/

 

- Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/switch4good/

 

- Twitter - https://twitter.com/Switch4GoodOrg

 

- Website - https://switch4good.org/

Jun 10, 2020
77 - Dogs: Omnivores or Carnivores? With Lindsay Rubin
50:23

Lindsay Rubin is setting the record straight—dogs aren’t carnivores, they’re omnivores, and they can thrive on a plant-based diet. As the Vice President of V-dog, a vegan dog food company, Lindsay employs both science and strong anecdotal evidence to help us understand what kind of foods nourish our canine companions the best. Anyone skeptical about feeding their dog meat-free food will definitely walk away from this conversation with a changed perspective—especially after hearing what’s in meat-based dog food. Alexandra even gives the minty treats a try, and her reaction may surprise you. Tune in to learn how nutrition can change your dog’s life for good.



What we discuss in this episode:

 

- How dogs are different than wolves

 

- Lindsay’s personal vegan journey

 

- What’s really in meat-based dog food 

 

- How to transition dogs to a plant-based diet

 

- The evolution of V-dog

 

- V-dog website: https://v-dog.com/

 

Connect with Switch4Good

 

- YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQ2toqAmlQpwR1HDF_KKfGg

 

- Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/Switch4Good/

 

- Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/switch4good/

 

- Twitter - https://twitter.com/Switch4GoodOrg

 

- Website - https://switch4good.org/



Jun 03, 2020
FLASHBACK FRIDAY - Dr. Vivian Chen: On Allergies, Gut Health, and Food as Medicine
46:00

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.

 

Connect with Switch4Good

 

- Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQ2toqAmlQpwR1HDF_KKfGg

 

- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Switch4Good/

 

- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/switch4good/

 

- Twitter: https://twitter.com/SwitchForGood

 

- Website: switch4good.org

 

- Support Our Cause: https://switch4good.org/support-us/

 

May 29, 2020
76 - Ethics + Business with Treeline Cheese Founder Michael Schwarz
54:02

Growing up as a white male in South Africa during apartheid, Michael Schwarz developed a strong sense of right and wrong from an early age. Over the years, this sense of justice found its way into all aspects of Michael’s life—including the way he ate. The result was Treeline Cheese—a luxurious French-style cashew-based cheese company now available in Whole Foods and Kroger grocers nationwide. Michael offers his unique insight on a broad range of topics—from ethics in business to the delicious evolution of his brand and its upcoming products (slices and shreds are coming!). Cheese-lover or not, everyone can take a bite out of this exceptional conversation.

What we discuss in this episode:

 

- Growing up in the times of apartheid 

 

- Business as a form of activism

 

- The art of fermenting vegan cheese

 

- The issue of saturated fat and vegan cheese

 

- Responsible sourcing of cashews

 

- How the coronavirus affected business

 

- Treeline Cheese website. Be on the lookout for Treeline slices and shreds!

Connect with Switch4Good

 

- YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQ2toqAmlQpwR1HDF_KKfGg

 

- Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/Switch4Good/

 

- Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/switch4good/

 

- Twitter - https://twitter.com/Switch4GoodOrg

 

- Website - https://switch4good.org/

May 27, 2020
75 - An Insider Reveals Dairy's Dirty Secrets with Jessica Strathdee
01:02:14

Jessica Strathdee worked on a typical dairy farm in New Zealand. The animals were not intentionally abused, and they had access to the open green fields so often associated with the pastoral practice of dairying. However, Jessica’s retelling of her experience on the farm is horrifying. It’s not the farm she worked on—it’s the system. There is no way to obtain cows’ milk for human consumption without participating in truly exploitive acts. Jessica is not an animal-lover, nor is she a bleeding-heart emotional activist. She’s a regular person who thought cows’ milk was perfectly normal, noble even, until her work experience revealed the truth. Now the founder of Mothers Against Dairy New Zealand, she’s using her knowledge of the industry to fight back against the cruel system she was once part of.

What we discuss in this episode:

 

- The process of dairying in detail

 

- A day in the life of a dairy farm worker

 

- The challenges faced by the dairy community

 

- The moment Jessica realized dairying was wrong

 

- The slaughter that results from the dairy industry

 

- Jessica’s unique form of activism

 

- Mothers Against Dairy New Zealand

 

Connect with Switch4Good

 

- YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQ2toqAmlQpwR1HDF_KKfGg

 

- Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/Switch4Good/

 

- Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/switch4good/

 

- Twitter - https://twitter.com/Switch4GoodOrg

 

- Website - https://switch4good.org/

May 20, 2020
74 - Gut Check with Dr. Will Bulsiewicz
01:04:06

What really happens every time you put food into your body? What is the microbiome? How does it affect us? How important is fiber? What about pre and probiotics? Dr. Will Bulsiewicz answers these questions and more in this riveting episode all about the gut. Think of it as Microbiome 101. Understand the science behind this multifaceted system then learn how to put it into practice by picking up a copy of Dr. Bulsiewicz’s new book, Fiber Fueled.

What we discuss in this episode:

 

- Dr. Bulsiewicz’s new book, Fiber Fueled

 

- Prebiotics versus probiotics

 

- The science of how to heal your gut

 

- The gut/brain connection

 

- Benefits of fermented plant foods

 

- The American Gut Project

 

- Dr. Joel Fuhrman’s nutritarian philosophy  

 

- Diet Rapidly and Reproducibly Alters the Human Gut Microbiome 2014 study 

 

- Dr. Bulsiewicz’s website: theplantfedgut.com

Connect with Switch4Good

 

- YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQ2toqAmlQpwR1HDF_KKfGg

 

- Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/Switch4Good/

 

- Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/switch4good/

 

- Twitter - https://twitter.com/Switch4GoodOrg

 

- Website - https://switch4good.org/

May 13, 2020
73 - Building a Restaurant Empire With Seabirds’ Stephanie Morgan
49:28

How does a young finance professional pivot careers and establish three successful plant-based restaurants without an ounce of traditional culinary training? Hard work, a can-do attitude, and an unrelenting belief in oneself and one’s mission. It’s been a decade-long journey, but Stephanie Morgan—founder of Seabirds Kitchen—has certainly proved herself as a respected chef and restauranteur. Her food is both familiar and creative—from the plant-based pesto-schmeared grilled cheese to the wonderfully curious pairing of almond butter on housemade beet burger. Stephanie uses her food to advance the plant-based message without even a mention of “vegan” on the menu. After months of begging, we were honored to interview and feature this humble unsung hero.


What we discuss in this episode:

 

- Stephanie’s journey to a plant-based diet (it all started with a Wheat Thin box)

 

- Seabird’s rise from humble food truck to three successful brick-and-mortar locations

 

- Behind the scenes of Stephanie’s season of The Great Food Truck Race

 

- What it’s really like to run a food truck

 

- Being a leader others respect

 

- Food as activism

 

- Check if your alcohol is vegan at http://www.barnivore.com/

 

- Seabirds Kitchen


Connect with Switch4Good

 

- YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQ2toqAmlQpwR1HDF_KKfGg

 

- Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/Switch4Good/

 

- Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/switch4good/

 

- Twitter - https://twitter.com/Switch4GoodOrg

 

- Website - https://switch4good.org/

May 06, 2020
72 - Indra Lahiri on Connection, Communication, and Running an Animal Sanctuary
01:07:50

Indra Lahiri is a renowned communicator with a resume that boasts senior-level communications positions at global companies from PNC Bank to Coca-Cola. However, she’s using her superior communication skills to foster a relationship between humans and animals. The founder of Indraloka Animal Sanctuary in Dalton, PA, Indra saves and cares for hundreds of rescued farm animals while teaching children and adults alike about the need for compassion, communication, and respect for all lives. Indra is both articulate and grounded, loving and insightful. We learned so much about connection during this discussion, and we could all use a bit more of that right now. 

 

What we discuss in this episode:

 

- Indra’s background in communication and how she translates that to running a sanctuary. 

 

- The need to listen and respect others—both human and animal. 

 

- Personalities of animals

 

- The difference between a sanctuary and a zoo. 

 

- Hopeful Heroes program

 

- Animal Penpal Program

 

- Indraloka’s website

 

Connect with Switch4Good

 

- YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQ2toqAmlQpwR1HDF_KKfGg

 

- Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/Switch4Good/

 

- Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/switch4good/

 

- Twitter - https://twitter.com/Switch4GoodOrg

 

- Website - https://switch4good.org/

Apr 29, 2020
FLASHBACK FRIDAY - Carnism vs Veganism with Dr. Melanie Joy
59:14

More than 9 billion land animals are raised and killed for consumption every year, just in the United States. 

 

The more people consume meat, the higher the demand, and the more animals are exploited and slaughtered. 

 

But why do we tend to only eat certain kinds of meat? Why are more of us investing in premium pet products at the same time the chicken slaughter rate is continuing to increase

 

Today’s guest shares some insight into this phenomenon, which she has coined carnism.

 

Dr. Melanie Joy is a Harvard-educated psychologist, author, and vegan advocate behind the concept of carnism. She’s also a TEDx speaker and recipient of the prestigious Ahimsa Award.

 

Tune in to hear Dr. Melanie Joy as she joins Dotsie and Alexandra to discuss how carnism is woven into the very fabric of our society. She explains that it’s both institutionalized and internalized, and held up by our social powerarchy

 

Learn how carnism creates a defense mechanism that distorts perception, disconnects us from empathy, and how you can fight against it. 

 

What we discuss in this episode:

 

- Why do we love dogs, eat pigs, and wear cows? Dr. Melanie Joy explains what carnism is and how it affects all of us

 

- The experience that made Melanie become vegan

 

- How people who practice carnism defend themselves

 

- Veganism isn’t an overnight change: Why awareness is key

 

- What Beyond Beliefs teaches us about non-vegans’ roles in the solution to ending the consumption of animal products

 

- The Powerarchy phenomenon, and how people compartmentalize their thoughts toward certain individuals or groups

 

- Be one of the first to get Melanie’s next book, Getting Relationships Right, coming February 2020

 

- Follow Melanie Joy on Facebook at @MelanieJoy or at @beyondcarnism, on Instagram at @beyondcarnism, and on Twitter at @BeyondCarnism. Check out her website at www.carnism.org

 

- To support our mission to educate, inspire, and embolden the world to lean into eating plants instead of baby cow growth food, donate today to spread the word.

 

Connect with Switch4Good

 

- Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQ2toqAmlQpwR1HDF_KKfGg

 

- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Switch4Good/

 

- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/switch4good/

 

- Twitter: https://twitter.com/SwitchForGood

 

- Website: switch4good.org

 

- Support Our Cause: https://switch4good.org/support-us/

 

Apr 24, 2020
71 - Understanding Your Gut and Raising Healthy Children with Dahlia Marin
01:02:32

Looking at Dahlia Marin now, you never would have guessed she grew up unhealthy. Diagnosed with Hashimoto’s, polycystic ovarian syndrome, obesity, high cholesterol, and prediabetes at 17, Dahlia’s overwhelming health issues led her to pursuing a degree in nutrition and ultimately healing herself. She met her husband, James, in school and together they developed a plant-based practice to holistically treat their patients. Dahlia is an expert on gut health and raising healthy children from infancy onward. In this episode, we take a scientific deep dive into gut health, managing the microbiome, and infant and early childhood nutrition.  

 

What we discuss in this episode:

 

- How her unhealthy early lifestyle led to her pursuing a degree in nutrition.

 

- Comprehensive explanation of what goes on in your gut (and how it may lead to disease)

 

- The downside to antibiotics

 

- How food can help or hinder your gut

 

- How to retrain your gut to digest fibrous foods

 

- How to raise an infant, dairy-free

 

- James Marin’s Switch4Good interview 

 

- Dr. Angie Sadeghi Switch4Good interview 

 

- Dahlia’s website

 

- Michael Pollan 

 

Connect with Switch4Good

 

- YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQ2toqAmlQpwR1HDF_KKfGg

 

- Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/Switch4Good/

 

- Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/switch4good/

 

- Twitter - https://twitter.com/Switch4GoodOrg

 

- Website - https://switch4good.org/

Apr 22, 2020
70 - 3x Olympic Gold Medalist Heather Mitts
52:56

Growing up, Heather Mitts Feeley juggled soccer balls. Now, she’s juggling three kids under the age of 6 and just as many advocacy projects. A three-time Olympic gold medalist for Team USA, Heather talks in detail about getting into soccer, her Olympic experience, and how she was part of the first wave of professional women soccer players who began pushing for equal pay. We also dive into her home life—what it’s like raising three young kids and navigating a marriage when your spouse isn’t vegan. Whether you’re a sports fan or need some family-friendly meal tips, everyone has something to gain from Heather’s knowledge. 

 

What we discuss in this episode:

 

- Heather’s rise to the Olympics

 

- The inequality between men and women in professional sports

 

- How to raise a family when one spouse isn’t vegan

 

- Healthy, kid-friendly meal ideas

 

- Heather’s advocacy projects, such as her work with Victoria’s Law 

 

Connect with Switch4Good

 

- YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQ2toqAmlQpwR1HDF_KKfGg

 

- Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/Switch4Good/

 

- Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/switch4good/

 

- Twitter - https://twitter.com/Switch4GoodOrg

 

- Website - https://switch4good.org/

Apr 15, 2020
69 - From Addict to Running Man with Charlie Engle
01:03:38

Charlie Engle has run across the Sahara. He’s served time in prison. He’s remained sober from a debilitating alcohol and drug addiction for 26 years. Most of us can’t relate to the feats Charlie has accomplished, but we can all learn from his experiences and his wisdom. In the time of COVID-19, we could all benefit from a bit of self-evaluation. Charlie’s advice is sound, attainable, and immensely helpful for anyone who is struggling to overcome a challenge or is simply stuck. Life is a collection of highs and lows and the space in between. It is both beautiful and painful, but we decide how we react to each of these experiences. This episode is exceptionally timely given our current uncertain circumstances, and we hope it inspires you to harness your individual power in dealing with situations not in our control.


What we discuss in this episode:

 

- How are our passions and our work remain relevant in the time of COVID-19

 

- Is running trading one addiction for another

 

- The mindset of an addict, how to stay sober, and how to finish when the goal seems impossible

 

- How going plant-based changed his athletic performance

 

- The story of his first ultramarathon

 

- Charlie’s memoir: Running Man

 

- 5.8 Global Adventure Series

 

- Running the Sahara film

 

- Man’s Search for Meaning Viktor Frankl 

 

- Free Solo is the Oscar nominated doc with Alex Honnold

 

Connect with Switch4Good

 

- YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQ2toqAmlQpwR1HDF_KKfGg

 

- Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/Switch4Good/

 

- Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/switch4good/

 

- Twitter - https://twitter.com/Switch4GoodOrg

 

- Website - https://switch4good.org/

 

Apr 08, 2020
68 - Balance Your Hormones With Dr. Neal Barnard
01:03:55

Dr. Neal Barnard is back! Repeat guest (Episode 22), new information. We probe him for the groundbreaking and life-altering information included in his new book Your Body in Balance. It’s all about managing your hormones through plant-based nutrition because it turns out, our hormones affect our health way more than we ever imagined. Man, woman, adult, or child, this information is applicable to everyone. Listen in to start your journey to better health and to simply feel good again in your body.

 

What we discuss in this episode:

 

- Dr. Barnard’s latest book, Your Body In Balance

 

- Recent Harvard review, “Milk and Health”

 

- Why milk doesn’t build strong bones

 

- Thyroid issues

 

- The soy controversy

 

- Erectile dysfunction

 

- Dairy complications in children’s health

 

- Nutrition and its effects on depression and anxiety

 

Connect with Switch4Good

 

- YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQ2toqAmlQpwR1HDF_KKfGg

 

- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Switch4Good/

 

- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/switch4good/

 

- Twitter: https://twitter.com/Switch4GoodOrg

 

- Website: switch4good.org

 

Apr 01, 2020
FLASHBACK FRIDAY - Dr. T. Colin Campbell on Killing Cancer and Chronic Disease with Plant-Based Protein
54:34

If a simple dietary change could limit the destructive effects of cancer, reverse chronic conditions, and heal your body, how quickly would you make the switch? 

 

We’ve all been touched by chronic disease, whether we’ve been personally diagnosed or watched a loved one struggle through an illness. 

 

Dr. T. Colin Campbell has dedicated his career to proving that a diagnosis doesn’t have to be a death sentence and that prevention is possible. 

 

Dr. Campbell is the Jacob Gould Schurman Professor Emeritus of Nutritional Biochemistry at Cornell University, where he also founded the online Plant-Based Nutrition Certificate program

 

He’s the author of more than 300 peer-reviewed papers, has been featured in several documentaries including Forks Over Knives, and has delivered hundreds of lectures worldwide. 

 

You’ve likely heard of the China Project, a comprehensive nutritional study lead by Dr. Campbell which was dubbed “the Grand Prix of epidemiology" by The New York Times. The study is the basis of The China Study: Startling Implications for Diet, Weight Loss, and Long-term Health, a book Dr. Campbell co-authored with his son, and which has sold more than 2 million copies. 

 

In this episode, Dr. Campbell joins Dotsie and Alexandra to explain the link between animal products and chronic disease, as he has been doing for more than six decades. 

 

You’ll hear the surprising effect of animal protein on cancer cells, why animal protein is detrimental to our bodies, and the truth behind “low-carb” fad diets. 

 

He shares the evidence he’s accumulated over a lifetime of research to show that making the switch is the most effective way to better your health, fight illness, and prevent chronic conditions. 

  

What we discuss in this episode:

 

- How Alexandra and Dotsie’s interview with Chef AJ encouraged Alexandra to ditch processed foods, and how she’s feeling one month later

 

- How Dr. Campbell went from trying to promote animal-based protein to proving himself wrong, and the biggest takeaways from The China Project

 

- The makeup of animal protein that leads to more cancer, and how we know we can turn cancer cells “off” by switching to plant-based protein

 

- What do people mean when they call animal-based protein “high-quality protein”? Is it really better for humans?

 

- The self-fulfilling prophecy of doctors assuming patients won’t comply with a plant-based diet

 

- How animal protein leads to higher cholesterol, and cholesterol’s role in heart disease

 

- Dr. Campbell explains the two types of fats and the correct way to incorporate fat into your diet

 

- Why Dr. Campbell considers low-carbohydrate diets the greatest scams in nutritional science and some surprising facts about the doctor who coined the term “carb”

 

- Why a whole-foods plant-based diet is ideal, regardless of whether you’re looking for short-term weight loss or long-term health

 

- Follow Dr. T. Colin Campbell on Twitter at @TColinCampbell, on LinkedIn, and on the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies at NutritionStudies.org.

 

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Mar 27, 2020
67 - Beat Coronavirus with Dr. Michael Klaper
01:03:35

We’ve heard a lot about COVID-19, but instead of panic-driving headlines, we wanted to get the clear, concise facts from an expert. Dr. Michael Klaper has 40 years of patient experience under his belt, and he offered a comprehensive explanation of the current situation—what it is, who is at risk, how to protect ourselves, and its link to animal agriculture. Beyond that, we dive into nutrition strategies for long-term health and why some omnivores may feel less than optimal after making the switch (don’t worry, it’ll get better). Entertaining and informative, this episode is just what we need right now. 

 

What we discuss in this episode:

 

- COVID-19 and its link to animal agriculture

 

- How to protect yourself from COVID-19

 

- Foods to eat for long-term health

 

- Dr. Klapper’s journey to a plant-based diet 40 years ago

 

- Why omnivores say they lack energy when first making the switch 

 

- Moving Medicine Forward

 

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Mar 25, 2020
66 - Healing Autoimmune Diseases with Dr. Brooke Goldner
01:00:04

Dr. Goldner was resigned to live out her life in the clutches of lupus—she expected to become disabled by her forties, deal with chronic pain, and never have children. Her perspective changed after meeting her husband and attempting to get trim for a Maui honeymoon. She shocked herself by healing her disease simply by eating a high-raw, whole-food, plant-based diet. For Goldner—and the hundreds of seriously ill patients she has treated since then—it really is that simple. Food can heal. This episode is for anyone who struggles (or knows someone who is struggling) with a health issue doctors say they can’t cure, only manage. The message is eye-opening, inspiring, and attainable. It might just save a life.  

 

What we discuss in this episode:

 

- Autoimmune disease basics

 

- Dr. Goldner’s self-healing from lupus

 

- What foods to eat to heal disease

 

- How to build a healing smoothie

 

- How to find your “whypower”

 

- Defining hypernourishment

 

- Dr. Goldner’s best-selling book, “Goodbye Lupus

 

- Smoothie recipes at smoothieshred.com

 

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Mar 18, 2020
65 - Cutting the Cheese With Miyoko Schinner
59:37

Hailed by many as “the Vegan Cheese Queen,” Miyoko Schinner is here to lead the food revolution. A vegan for 35 years and hugely successful businesswoman, Miyoko has become a household name in the dairy-free cheese and butter categories. However, creating incredible cheeses from cashews and oats is only one of her priorities—she wants to dismantle the fear around labeling and create a global market where plant-based cheese is the “real” thing and dairy (if it still exists) is the alternative. She dives into the process of making cheese to the story behind her empire. This is an episode you don’t want to miss.  

 

What we discuss in this episode:

 

- Visit Miyoko’s Creamery for all of Miyoko’s cheesy products. 

 

- The realities of the dairy industry

 

- Founding story of Miyoko’s Creamery

 

- Current Miyoko’s cheese products in the works

 

- Lawsuit against Miyoko’s Creamy for using the term “butter” to label her non-dairy product.

 

- Miyoko’s commitment to help dairy farmers transition to more sustainable and profitable industries. 

 

- Grilled Cheese Nation Food Truck Tour

 

- Check out Miyoko’s first book, Artisan Vegan Cheese

 

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Mar 11, 2020
64 - Fighting Climate Change Through Diet Change With Sailesh Rao
01:01:32

Sailesh Rao works with systems. He spent 20 years of his career working to bring the internet to life. Now, he’s using his systemic approach to fulfill a pinky promise to his granddaughter—make the world vegan by 2026. To Sailesh, it’s all interconnected—the environment, our health, and the animals—once we install certain systems of normalized non-violence, these global issues can be resolved. Sailesh’s calm, solutions-based perspective and compassionate heart are evident in his work, making his arguments appealing to both the number-crunching crowds and the bleeding hearts. His insights may seem aspirational, but when he breaks them down, the solution seems so simple. We were transfixed by this conversation, and we guarantee you’ll walk away with a greater purpose and intention to do better in the world. 

 

What we discuss in this episode:

 

- Practical, systematic solutions toward a more sustainable and compassionate future.

 

- The importance of biodiversity and how to reclaim it.

 

- What is normalized non-violence?

 

- His pinky promise to his granddaughter to make the world vegan by 2026

 

- The problem with “growth culture.”

 

- Video of Sailesh’s granddaughter, Kimaya: https://twitter.com/AliciaSilv/status/1194772808066203650

 

- Find Sailesh on the Pinky Promise Tour

 

- Sailesh’s book, Carbon Yoga: The Vegan Metamorphosis

 

- Climatehealers.org

 

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Mar 04, 2020
FLASHBACK FRIDAY - Decrease Inflammation and Heal Your Gut with Dr. James Loomis
53:59

Is your diet keeping you sick?

 

Dr. James Loomis is a whole-foods plant-based internal medical practitioner spreading the message that food is the best way to combat illness and disease.

 

After experiencing a decline in his own health, Dr. Loomis made the switch and saw miraculous results: a significant drop in weight, cholesterol, and blood pressure in under three months.

 

He says that most problems that walk into his office can be traced back to inflammation and stress, often resulting from the Standard American Diet.

 

The former internist for both the St. Louis Cardinals and Rams now serves as the Medical Director of the Barnard Medical Center and advocates for using food -- over prescriptions -- as medicine.

 

In this episode, Dr. Loomis joins Alexandra and Dotsie to explain exactly how what we eat works to either heal or harm our bodies.

 

You’ll hear why whole foods are the best way to combat inflammation, why manipulation by the dairy industry is so dangerous, and how you can get empowered to critically evaluate medical research on your own.  

 

This is a must-hear episode to understand why eating whole foods is as important as eating plant-based for your health.

 

What we discuss in this episode:

 

- Dotsie and Dr. Loomis’s experience presenting to athletes in Atlanta and some good signs of progress

 

- The health crisis that encouraged Dr. Loomis to make the switch and the amazing benefits he saw within three months

 

- Chronic disease can often be traced back to inflammation and stress. How is the Standard American Diet keeping us sick?

 

- How a whole-foods plant-based diet will heal your gut

 

- The lies behind “bro science” and how athletes are working to lead by example

 

- Busting myths around the obsession with protein and calcium: IGF-1’s connection to cancer, over-consumption of protein lowering the PH of our blood, and why most people become lactose intolerant by age 5

 

- The science behind inflammation: Why you need to decrease your Omega-6 intake, increase your Omega-3 intake, and eliminate highly-processed foods

 

- The truth behind the popular Chocolate Milk and Butter studies

 

- How to better critically evaluate medical and nutritional research, plus suggested resources from Dr. Michael Greger and David L. Katz

 

- Follow Dr. James Loomis on Twitter at @jfloomismd, read his writing on the Forks Over Knives blog, and find him on the Barnard Medical Center website.

 

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Feb 28, 2020
63 - Lethal Viruses and Animal Agriculture with Mad Cowboy Howard Lyman
52:35

How does a Montana cattle rancher end up on The Oprah Winfrey Show and Capitol Hill as an advocate for organic, plant-based farming? Howard Lyman weaves the captivating story of his life before and after making the Switch4Good. He’s best known for educating Oprah (and her 40 million viewers) about the hazards of mad cow disease back in 1996 which prompted a Texas cattlemen association to sue for “hurting their businesses.” Spoiler alert: the association lost. Despite this massive attention, Howard is a stand-up guy who humbly preaches the need for our society to make a change and do the right thing. To him, that means switching from animals to plants. From a man who has lived as a rancher and a plant-based advocate—his story is both horrifying and hopeful, brutally honest, and truly compelling. 

 

What we discuss in this episode:

 

- Howard’s appearance on Oprah and the lawsuit aftermath.

 

- The “standard” of agribusiness versus what Howard eventually set out to do. 

 

- Howard’s transformation from Montana cattle rancher to organic farmer and advocate on Capitol Hill.

 

- Mad cow and other bovine diseases that can affect humans that consume meat and dairy.

 

- The common yet gut-wrenching practices of animal agriculture.

 

- The dire need to make a change for the betterment of one’s health, their family, the animals, and the environment.

 

- Howard’s resolution to “do the right thing” both in business and his personal life.  

 

- Howard’s book, Mad Cowboy

 

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Feb 26, 2020
62 - Secrets to Mastering Diabetes with Robby Barbara & Cyrus Khambatta
01:01:43

Chances are, you probably know a diabetic—you could be diabetic yourself. Between prediabetes, Type 1, 1.5, 2, and gestational diabetes, this disease has unfortunately become a common one. But for many, it doesn’t have to be a life sentence. 

 

Robby Barbaro and Cyrus Khambatta are the founders of the Mastering Diabetes Program—a concept that relies heavily on plant-based food to better manage Type 1 and prevent and reverse all other forms of diabetes. Both Type 1 diabetics, they reveal their personal stories and their knowledge in Episode 9, and they are returning to share additional insight and helpful tips from their new book, Mastering Diabetes.

 

A comprehensive yet approachable resource, consider this book the bible on diabetes. 

 

Listen in as Cyrus and Robby explain the root cause of the disease, how to prevent and reverse it, and bust the myths about sugar and low-carb diets. 

 

What we discuss in this episode:

 

- To listen to the first episode with Robby and Cyrus and learn more about their stories, go back and check out Episode 9

 

- The duo’s new book Mastering Diabetes: The Revolutionary Method to Reverse Insulin Resistance Permanently in Type 1, Type 1.5, Type 2, Prediabetics, and Gestational Diabetes.

 

- The risk factors surrounding diabetes and how to avoid them.

 

- A scientific breakdown of what diabetes actually is—including the root cause. 

 

- A low carbohydrate (keto) diet versus a high carbohydrate plant-based diet in regards to managing diabetes and insulin resistance. 

 

- Intermittent fasting.

 

- The misinformation and myths surrounding the low-sugar philosophy. 

 

- Client success stories of Robby and Cyrus’ program, Mastering Diabetes.

 

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Feb 19, 2020
61 - Baskin Robbins Heir to Vegan Rebel with John Robbins
53:58

Ask anyone who has been plant-based for more than twenty years, and they all point back to this seminal work by John Robbins—Diet for a New America. But this is not John’s singular claim to fame. He grew up as the sole heir to the Baskin-Robbins fortune, but as he was groomed to take over the family business, he became increasingly unsettled by the fact that the company wasn’t selling happiness—in his words, it was selling lies. 

 

Unable to promote a product that endangered the animals, the planet, and one’s health, John walked away from the fortune, adopted a plant-based diet, and began to write. Over the past 40 years, John’s work has changed countless perspectives about the way we eat—forcing readers to wake up to the fact that there is one solution for the problems we face—and that is to go plant-based. 

 

John may not have invented the thirty-second flavor, but he has certainly saved lives. 

 

What we discuss in this episode:

 

- John’s childhood growing up as the heir to the Baskin Robbins business.

 

- Growing up surrounded by wealth yet surrounded by morbidly unhealthy family members.

 

- John’s decision to step away from the family business at a young age and live on $500 a year with his wife.

 

- The symbiosis of the plant-based solution in regards to the welfare of animals, one’s health, and the environment.

 

- How John ultimately saved his father’s life by taking an alternative path in life. 

 

- John’s first book, Diet for a New America, that has served as the nexus for countless people who have made the switch to plant-based fuel. 

 

- How commercially produced sweets can affect one’s palate. 

 

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Feb 12, 2020
60 - A Skeptic Transforms: From Carnivore Diet to Plant Based
51:49

Eric Lindstrom once ate 68 chicken wings in one sitting. Today, he works full-time in animal advocacy and has written two books on veganism. What changed?

 

The self-proclaimed carnivore adopted a plant-based diet over a bet with his wife. While he admittedly grumbled the whole time, what was intended to be a 30-day health kick turned into a lifelong passion.

 

Once Eric discovered that he didn’t have to give up his favorite meaty, cheesy foods, he stopped grumbling and embraced the plant-based way of life. 

 

With his relatable personality and relaxed humor, Eric encourages others to adopt a plant-based diet by illustrating its bounty of delicious options and its accessibility. 

 

A father of two young children, Eric also helps parents navigate a family-wide switch to plant-based. 

 

Tune in for some laughs, insight, and practical tips to make the switch. 

 

What we discuss in this episode:

 

- Eric’s past as an adamant meat-loving omnivore and his “reluctance” to go plant-based.

 

- The bet between him and his wife that triggered his overnight adoption of the plant-based diet—and how he only thought it would be 30 days instead of the rest of his life. 

 

- The book that sparked Eric’s curiosity with diet change—Colleen Patrick Goudreau’s The 30-Day Vegan Challenge.

 

- What to eat if you live in a rural area and don’t have access to alternative foods.

 

- The bounty of plant-based options available in stores and online including Eric’s favorite products—Tinkyada Gluten-Free Pasta and Bob’s Red Mill Protein Powder

 

- Basic kid-friendly family meal ideas. 

 

- Eric’s two books—The Skeptical Vegan and The Smart Parent’s Guide to Raising Vegan Kids.

 

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Feb 05, 2020
FLASHBACK FRIDAY - Chef AJ Shares How She Lost 50 Lbs and Food Addiction
01:01:57

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.

 

What we discuss in this episode:

 

- Chef AJ’s experience with disordered eating and treatment

 

- Chef AJ’s philosophy of eating and the difference between fullness and satiety

 

- What makes processed foods more addictive?

 

- How Chef AJ turned her discovery of pre-cancerous polyps into a health opportunity

 

- What makes a food addict and what are cravings?

 

- How anxiety and sugar are connected

 

- What is taste neural adaptation and how long does it take for taste buds to adjust to new diets?

 

- Why you need to be eating vegetables for breakfast

 

- How you should be eating the fat in your diet

 

- Follow Chef AJ on YouTube at ChefAJ, on Instagram at @therealchefaj, on Facebook at facebook.com/chef.aj1, or on her website at chefajwebsite.com. Watch her Tonight Show appearance here!

 

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Jan 31, 2020
59 - James Marin: Bettering Your Health with Environmental Nutrition
01:08:25

Although food has incredible healing power, there is more you should be doing to take care of your body holistically. 

 

Beyond helping his patients transition to a whole-foods, plant-based diet to fight disease and improve their guts, James Marin is an expert at bettering health from all angles, including by eliminating environmental toxins.  

 

James is a Registered Dietitian and Environmental Nutritionist who, along with his wife Dahlia, specializes in preventing and healing diabetes, auto-immune diets, gastrointestinal treatments, and pediatric nutrition. 

 

He says that there are three levels of health, all of which work together to keep your body working the way it’s meant to. 

 

He joins Dotsie and Alexandra to explain the different levels of health, the impact the environment has on your body, and what you can do to ensure longer-term health. 

 

You’ll hear his how he treats disease by focusing on the cause over symptoms, why it’s necessary for you to pay attention to GMOs and chemicals in your food, and why you need to be part of environmental activism. 

 

Tune in to hear actionable advice that will empower you to take control over the entire picture of your health. 

 

What we discuss in this episode:

 

Is a low-carb diet the best option for Type II diabetics? Hear why James Marin believes treatment needs to go beyond limiting symptoms, plus the hidden dangers of a long term keto diet

 

- Are all sugars bad? The big difference between processed sugar and sugar you find in whole foods

 

- James’s plant-based food pyramid that makes it even easier to eat healthfully 

 

- The three layers of health and why we can’t ignore the effects the environment has on our gut health 

 

- Why a vegan diet on its own might not be healing your body, and how you can ensure you’re taking care of all three levels of health

 

The secret to washing your fruits and vegetables if you want to avoid dangerous chemicals

 

- Breast milk as a medium to transfer data: What we’re putting into our bodies when we drink cows’ milk that has bioaccumulated PCBs and PBDEs

 

The major difference between selective breeding and genetic modification -- and why the latter is so dangerous 

 

- You can be part of the solution: What you can do to advocate for a healthier future

 

- Follow James on Instagram at @marriedtohealth, on Twitter at @marriedtohealth, on Facebook at @MarriedToHealth, at YourGutConnection.com, and at MarriedToHealth.com

 

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Jan 29, 2020
58 - Listening to Your Gut With Jason Wrobel
59:48

In the past several decades, talking about veganism has often been met with discomfort, assumptions, and suspicion.

 

Or, like in the case of today’s guest, it was met with jokes that you might be in a cult.

 

The world is continuing to progress and plant-based diets are becoming more and more popular, but there still isn’t enough focus on the big picture of health.

 

In this episode, Dotsie and Alexandra are joined by Jason Wrobel, an author, chef, and podcast host who focuses on holistic mental health and emotional wellness.

 

Dotsie got to know Jason at the Remedy Retreat, a weekend of education and inspiration for people who are struggling to take control of their health where Dotsie and Jason both had the opportunity to speak.

 

Tune in and get to know more about Jason, his journey as a chef who had his own TV show, and how he won his battle over depression.

 

What we discuss in this episode:

 

- The exciting thing Jason is working on with the Switch4Good team

 

- How Jason’s mom helped him make the switch and why we need to get back to cherishing the bonding experience of food

 

- How Jason gradually eliminated animal products from his diet and the role Dr. Neal Barnard’s research played in his journey

 

- What led Jason to become a plant-based chef

 

- His battle with depression and suicide and how he was able to overcome it

 

- Why you need to watch out for foods that cause inflammation

 

- Jason’s advice for people who are feeling depressed or suicidal

 

- Follow Jason Wrobel on Facebook at @JasonWrobelOfficial, on Instagram at @jasonwrobel, on Twitter at @jasonwrobel. Check out his website at https://jasonwrobel.com and his new brand at https://www.wellevatr.com/.

 

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Jan 22, 2020
57 - Save Your Life With A Vegan Diet With Dr. Joel Kahn
01:00:19

Cardiovascular disease is the global leading cause of death and was responsible for more than 15 million fatalities in 2016. 

 

What would you do to prevent yourself and your loved ones from becoming part of that statistic?

 

Today’s guest, Dr. Joel Kahn, says it’s as simple as plant-based nutrition.

 

Dr. Kahn is one of the world’s top cardiologists, a restaurateur, and is known as America’s healthy heart doc. He’s committed to making the world healthier through the preventative and healing power of plants.

 

He joins Dotsie and Alexandra to discuss the different factors that can lead to cardiovascular disease and the solutions to prevent or reverse early symptoms. 

 

Tune in to hear what this vegan doctor has learned in his almost 40 years of practice, his advice for protecting yourself against fatal disease, and his tips for living a healthier lifestyle. 

 

What we discuss in this episode:

 

- What disrupts hormone patterns and influences our health?

 

- How Dr. Dean Ornish’s paper on getting rid of plaque through exercise and a plant-based diet has affected the views of the medical community

 

- The effects of inflammation and its connection to CVD, as studied and explained by Rudolph Virchow

 

- Why you need to include high sensitivity C-reactive protein in your routine blood work

 

- Sugar and Type II Diabetes: Why was Dr. Neal Barnard criticized for his statements in What the Health?

 

- Dr. Kahn’s diet advice, including using Chronometers and resources from Chef AJ and Dr. Susan Pierce Thompson

 

- Resources to live a healthier lifestyle, including Dr. Michael Greger’s book How Not to Die and his talk at Plant-Based Nutrition Support Group

 

- Follow Dr. Joel Kahn on Facebook at @drjoelkahn, on Instagram at @drjkahn, on Twitter at @drjkahn, and on his website at https://www.drjoelkahn.com/

 

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Jan 15, 2020
56 - The Future of the Stock Market with Claire Smith
43:03

Investing your money can be a scary and confusing process. 

 

Where should you invest? What type of investments should you make? How can you be sure that your investments don’t contribute to unethical practices?

 

Exchange-traded funds, or ETFs, are growing in popularity due to their ease of trading while maintaining diversification benefits. And more ETFs are starting to focus on social good along with financial returns. 

 

A new ETF, VEGN, aspires to tackle the concerns of vegans, animal rights activists, and environmentalists by steering clear of investing in companies that participate in animal abuse, destruction of the environment, and climate change.

 

Today’s guest, Claire Smith, is part of the team that launched VEGN.

 

She talks with Dotsie and Alexandra about how she’s using her financial and investment experience to grow the first vegan index on the market.

 

They discuss what an ETF is, how VEGN differs from the S&P 500, and how you can invest responsibly.  

 

Tune in to hear how Claire is putting her money where her mouth is and how she’s making trading more ethical.

 

What we discuss in this episode:

 

- Five easy steps to switch to a plant-based diet

 

- Claire discusses what the US Vegan Climate ETF is all about

 

- How well do responsible portfolios perform?

 

- How the screening process works and what they do with the information

 

- The development of the index through a quantitative analysis

 

- What was Claire’s inspiration in creating the company?

 

- Check out the advisor site at www.beyondinvesting.com and learn more about VEGN at www.veganetf.com.

 

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Jan 08, 2020
55 - From On the Ice to Behind the Mic with Georges Laraque
01:03:33

Ice hockey is often stereotyped as a white man’s sport. In fact, USA Today claims that the National Hockey League is made up of only 3% non-white players.

 

But today’s guest helped pave the way to increase that percentage and get more men of color on the ice.

 

Georges Laraque is a retired professional hockey player, Canadian sports commentator, author, and animal rights activist.

 

In his 13 years in the NHL, Georges played 695 games, including 57 in the playoffs and two fighting for the Stanley Cup.

 

Since making the switch in 2009, Georges has steadily contributed to the vegetarian and environmental movements in Montreal.  

 

In this episode, Alexandra and Dotsie speak with Georges about his journey to becoming one of the few men of color to play in the NHL and how shifting to a plant-based diet affected his life and understanding of justice.

 

Tune in to hear more about Georges growing influence in the vegan, sports, and political communities.

 

What we discuss in this episode:

 

- What it was like for Georges growing up as a man of color who wanted to play hockey in Montreal

 

- Georges’s inspiration for pursuing a career in hockey

 

- How the documentary Earthlings encouraged Georges to shift to a plant-based diet

 

- How injustice toward animals is similar to other social inequalities

 

- Georges’s effect on the NHL community and the plant-based industry as a whole after becoming vegan

 

- How Georges is breaking down stereotypes of veganism through public speaking

 

- Follow George Laraque on Facebook at @bgl27, on Instagram at @georges_laraque, and on Twitter at @GeorgesLaraque. Check out his videos on YouTube at @douly27 and listen to his daily radio show at 919sport.ca/animateur/glaraque. Read more about his story on his website, GeorgesLaraque.com.

 

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Jan 01, 2020
FLASHBACK FRIDAY - Dr. Neal Barnard On Disease, Diets, and Preventative Medicine
59:15

How would our health outcomes change if we were proactive in treating illness and disease?

 

Is changing your diet an effective way to reverse chronic conditions?

 

Dr. Neal Barnard is a physician, clinical researcher, and advocate for preventative medicine.

 

As the founder of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine and author of more than twenty books, Dr. Barnard is a leading voice in the plant-based movement.

 

When he isn’t lobbying for more sustainable practices in medicine, or being featured in popular documentaries like Supersize Me and Forks Over Knives, you might find him performing music with CarbonWorks.

 

In this episode, he joins us to discuss the science behind diabetes, how the Barnard Medical Center helps patients go plant-based, and diet’s role in the prevention and reversal of poor health conditions.

 

What we discuss in this episode:

 

- How medical school, political movements, and rebellion influenced Dr. Barnard’s worldview

 

- How addictive food and the power of culture keeps people resistant to dietary change

 

- The process the Barnard Medical Center goes through to educate patients and encourage them to try a plant-based diet as part of their treatment

 

What is really causing diabetes? Dr. Barnard busts myths about sugar, fats, and symptoms vs. the cause of disease

 

- The surprising connection between diabetes and dopamine activity

 

The Cheese Trap and the dangers of dairy: Why casomorphin is in dairy, and why cheese is addicting

 

- The connection between diet and Alzheimer’s Disease

 

- Do you need DHA? Is fish oil your only option to get it?

 

- Dr. Barnard’s role in the McLibel trial

 

- Follow Dr. Neal Barnard on Twitter at @DrNealBarnard, on Facebook at Neal Barnard, M.D., and on his blog at the PCRM website.

 

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Dec 27, 2019
54 - How a Plant-Based Diet Changed Her Life with Emilie Tan
46:44

How can athletes combat debilitating digestive disorders that are keeping them from performing at their peak?


Today’s guest is
Emilie Tan, speed skater turned endurance ultrarunner and meat-eating IBS sufferer turned plant-based healthy mom. 

Like most of us, Emilie ate animal products for most of her life until health conditions starting catching up to her. 


Within three months of making the switch, she channeled her newly gained energy into running the 2014
Melbourne Marathon

In this episode, Emilie sits down with Alexandra and Dotsie to share the major transformation she’s made in her sporting journey, parenthood, and health.

Tune in to hear how eating dairy affects your digestive system, the benefits of intuitive eating, and advice for raising plant-based children. 

 

What we discuss in this episode:

 

- Why Emilie turned to a plant-based diet to stop her IBS

 

- What happens to your digestive system when you consume dairy

 

- How Emilie is raising her daughter to be vegan through baby-led weaning

 

- What Emilie’s doing to ensure her daughter gets all of her nutrients on a plant-based diet

 

- Emilie’s tips for mothers who are still breastfeeding their babies

 

- Follow Emilie Tan on Instagram at @emilieendurancerunner. Check out her website at www.emilieendurancerunner.com.

 

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Dec 25, 2019
53 - Climate Change and Your Diet with Nil Zacharias
01:05:33

Considering how much information is at our fingertips every day, it seems as though more people should be aware of what really happens in animal agriculture. 

 

Even with knowledge being more accessible than ever, people have to be proactive in educating themselves and researching outside of industry bias.

 

Today’s guest did just that, and transitioned to a plant-based diet after researching how his daily meat products were being manufactured. 

 

Nil Zacharias is the co-founder of the popular site One Green Planet, co-author of Eat for the Planet, host of a podcast by the same name, and the founder of plant-based platforms Spire and 8020 Plants

 

After learning the environmental effects of the animal agriculture industry, he made the switch and dedicated himself to helping others do the same.

 

He joins Dotsie and Alexandra in this episode to talk about his transition to a plant-based diet and why he left his law career to be an ambassador helping people on their own food journey.

 

Nil believes that many people have yet to make the transition due to errors in communication and understanding, and today he shares his secret to effectively connecting as an advocate. 

 

Tune in to learn more about the environmental consequences of dairy and how you can be part of the solution.

 

What we discuss in this episode:

 

- The trigger that made Nil transition from a meat-eater to a plant-based diet lover

 

- His dairy industry discoveries that opened his eyes to the imposing environmental problems

 

- The humble beginnings of Eat For The Planet and how it has now become a movement

 

- How to effectively reach out to people by giving them a path

 

- Why Nil’s idea of success is not based on the amount of people giving up animal products, but by how many people are shifting to a plant-based diet

 

- How Spire and 8020Plants can help in a smooth transition for those wanting to switch to a plant-based diet

 

- Be one of the first to grab Nil’s Eat for the Planet Cookbook, coming January 2020

 

- Follow Nil Zacharias on Twitter at @nilzach and on Instagram at @zachariot. Follow Spire on Twitter at @spireconnection and 8020Plants on Twitter at @8020plants

 

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Dec 18, 2019
52 - Carnism vs Veganism with Dr. Melanie Joy
01:03:21

More than 9 billion land animals are raised and killed for consumption every year, just in the United States. 

 

The more people consume meat, the higher the demand, and the more animals are exploited and slaughtered. 

 

But why do we tend to only eat certain kinds of meat? Why are more of us investing in premium pet products at the same time the chicken slaughter rate is continuing to increase

 

Today’s guest shares some insight into this phenomenon, which she has coined carnism.

 

Dr. Melanie Joy is a Harvard-educated psychologist, author, and vegan advocate behind the concept of carnism. She’s also a TEDx speaker and recipient of the prestigious Ahimsa Award.

 

Tune in to hear Dr. Melanie Joy as she joins Dotsie and Alexandra to discuss how carnism is woven into the very fabric of our society. She explains that it’s both institutionalized and internalized, and held up by our social powerarchy

 

Learn how carnism creates a defense mechanism that distorts perception, disconnects us from empathy, and how you can fight against it. 

 

What we discuss in this episode:

 

- Why do we love dogs, eat pigs, and wear cows? Dr. Melanie Joy explains what carnism is and how it affects all of us

 

- The experience that made Melanie become vegan

 

- How people who practice carnism defend themselves

 

- Veganism isn’t an overnight change: Why awareness is key

 

- What Beyond Beliefs teaches us about non-vegans’ roles in the solution to ending the consumption of animal products

 

- The Powerarchy phenomenon, and how people compartmentalize their thoughts toward certain individuals or groups

 

- Be one of the first to get Melanie’s next book, Getting Relationships Right, coming February 2020

 

- Follow Melanie Joyon Facebook at @MelanieJoy or at @beyondcarnism, on Instagram at @beyondcarnism, and on Twitter at @BeyondCarnism. Check out her website at www.carnism.org

 

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Dec 11, 2019
51 - On a Race to Save the World with Leilani Münter
55:33

When women join a male-dominated sport, it can be difficult to gain the respect of fans, officials, and fellow athletes. Those issues can be even more exacerbated when women challenge the sports world to consider new, more ethical ways of living.

 

But that didn’t stop Leilani Münter

 

Leilani is a Biology graduate from UC San Diego, a professional race car driver, and an environmental activist. 

 

She realized early in her career that her mission was to bridge the worlds between racing and environmental work

 

Despite early criticism, her race cars have carried messages about renewable energy, she has adopted an acre for every race she’s run since 2007, and she treated race fans to 30,000 Impossible Burgers at the Chicagoland Speedway. 

 

Today she joins Dotsie and Alexandra to chat about her advocacy for solar power, electric cars, plant-based diets, animal rights, and population control. 

 

You’ll hear her story of making the switch, how she brought renewable energy to the race track, and how she’s opening up the population dialogue in an upcoming film.

 

Watch out, because Leilani is as powerful in her arguments as she is on the track. Get ready to be convinced.  

 

What we discuss in this episode:

 

- How Leilani used her race career to bring her environmental message to millions and 30,000 Impossible Burgers to her fans

 

The intense physical challenges that come with racing, how Leilani prepared for them, and how going vegan changed her performance

 

- How going down the rabbit hole of documentaries like The Cove encouraged Leilani to go vegan, plus how she’s changed the way she approaches friends and family about making the switch

 

- How a discussion about An Inconvenient Truth helped Leilani realize that her purpose was to bridge the world between racing and environmental activism

 

- Leilani’s work with Racing Extinction and why educating people about species threatened with extinction help them see the impact of their behavior

 

Striking statistics about population growth, and why we need to start seeing environmental destruction as a symptom of our rate of procreation 

 

The two words Leilani uses to ease into the conversation about population with strangers without sending them on the defensive 

 

- Are we losing the forest for the trees? Leilani shares why she was criticized for promoting the Impossible Whopper, why she stands by her decision, and the statement from Pat O. Brown that puts their animal testing in context

 

- How Leilani offset the fuel she was burning during races by adopting and protecting acres of the rainforest, plus how she got an entirely solar-powered pit station

 

- Follow Leilani on Twitter at @LeilaniMunter, on Instagram at @LeilaniMunter, on Facebook at @LeilaniMunter, and on er website at leilani.green

 

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Dec 04, 2019
FLASHBACK FRIDAY - Dr. Angie Sadeghi: How to Heal Your Gut With Plant-Based Foods
01:04:43

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!

 

What we discuss in this episode:

 

- How dairy negatively affects the gut microbiome

 

- How to diversify the gut microbiome with plant-based foods

 

- The importance of fiber

 

- Everything you want to know about your colon

 

- How to start feeling better by gradually transitioning to high fiber foods

 

- “Dairy Is Scary” video by Erin Janus

 

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

 

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Nov 29, 2019
50 - Audrey Dunham: The Secret is in the BEANS!
01:01:52

Health fanatics will often tell you that things like salmon and eggs are the way to go if you want to eat healthy.

 

But even simple iceberg lettuce has more antioxidants and fiber than both. 

 

It’s simple: going plant-based is worth it, not only for animals, but also for your own health. 

 

Here to prove that is today’s guest, Audrey Dunham, a former fitness competitor turned actress, recipe developer, and owner of Peanut’s Bake Shop. The Bake Shop offers exceptionally delicious and high-quality cookies that are 100% vegan, gluten-free, and made from non-GMO ingredients. 

 

Dotsie and Alexandra sit down with Audrey as she shares her journey of going from a vegetarian diet to eating entirely plant-based and opening the Bake Shop to make vegan goodies accessible to as many people as possible. 

 

She also shares how intuitive eating and books like French Women Don’t Get Fat and How to Have Your Cake and Your Skinny Jeans Too helped her reconnect with herself after moving away from the professional fitness world. 

 

Tune in to hear how Audrey is having her cookies and her health too, and how you can join her.

 

What we discuss in this episode:

 

-  From starring in fitness competitions to becoming a mom of twins and Bake Shop owner

 

- How Audrey found balance and repaired her relationship with food after leaving the fitness world

 

- Protein-rich foods vs. fiber-rich foods: Which is more important and why?

 

- It’s in the BEANS! Tips on making dishes and tasty snacks from beans

 

- What to do when you’re eating out and they serve you bread

 

- Audrey shares what When Your Eat at the Refrigerator, Pull Up a Chair by Geneen Roth taught her about intuitive eating  

 

- How Audrey is raising her twin boys as vegans

 

- The vegan food show that could have been

 

- Follow Audrey Dunham on Facebook at @AudreyEDunham, on Twitter at @AudreyEDunham, and on Instagram at @audreyedunham. Check out her videos on YouTube at Audrey Dunham and her website at AudreyDunham.com.

 

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Nov 27, 2019
49 - How to Lose Weight Without Dieting with Dr. Michael Greger
47:12

There are so many reasons people want to lose weight. 

 

Whether they’re influenced by social media, or are driven to live a healthier lifestyle, people are becoming increasingly caught up in dieting trends. 

 

Keto and Paleo have become a couple of the go-to choices for people looking to shed a few pounds, but are they actually good for you? 

 

Today’s guest is Dr. Michael Greger, the physician behind the popular site NutritionFacts.org and the author of the New York Times Bestseller, How Not To Die: Discover the Foods Scientifically Proven to Prevent and Reverse Disease.

 

Dr. Greger, Dotsie, and Alexandra dig into the science behind plant-based diets being the best option when trying to lose weight while keeping your mind and body healthy. 

 

You’ll also get a peek into the contents of How Not to Die and the tools you can use to start making healthier choices today.

 

What we discuss in this episode:

 

- Dr. Greger’s objective when he wrote How Not to Die

 

- The positive effects microbiome-friendly diets have on your mind and body

 

- Why the low-carb diet has been around since the mid-19th century

 

- The most important food you should give up if you want to rebuild your gut microbiome: Is it dairy or processed meat?

 

- Dr. Greger discusses the critical differences between plant-based protein and animal-based protein

 

- Why you should have a TreadDesk, and how it prevents crippling your artery function caused by prolonged sitting

 

- Dr. Greger’s Daily Dozen app, available in the Google Play Store and App Store, that allows you to track your food intake

 

- The 17 factors that need to be incorporated into your lifestyle for losing weight

 

- Some of the 21 tweaks that you can make when preparing your food at home to complement the Daily Dozen challenge

 

- Missy and the Purple Nails story (read it yourself at the beginning of chapter 9 in How Not to Die)

 

- Follow Dr. Michael Greger on Facebook at @NutritionFacts, on Twitter at @nutrition_facts, and on his website at Dr.Greger.org.

 

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Nov 20, 2019
48 - From Binge Eater to an Ultra-Runner with Ryan Duff
59:36

According to ANAD, at least 30 million people of all ages and genders suffer from an eating disorder in the United States.

 

No matter what type of addiction you have, it’s difficult to confront when you’ve hit rock bottom and are in desperate need for a change. 

 

Today’s guest is Ryan Duff, the winner of Switch4Good’s recent contest that asked listeners to submit their own stories of overcoming personal challenges. 

 

Ryan is a medical student and a recreational ultra-endurance runner, but more impressive than his academic and athletic achievements is his story of overcoming an eating disorder. 

 

Dotsie and Alexandra talk with Ryan about his struggle from anorexia to binge eating, and how he’s overcome those hurdles by shifting to a plant-based diet. 

 

They discuss the underlying causes of eating disorders, coping mechanisms, and the holistic impact of veganism for your physical and mental health. 

 

Plus, find out where you can get Bee Free Honee, made from apple juice, and Alexandra’s favorite caramel-tasting Bahri dates

 

After you listen to Ryan’s inspiring story, check out the Switch4Godd blog to read more about his path to recovery. 

 

What we discuss in this episode:

 

- What inspired Ryan to fully commit to a plant-based diet

 

- Ryan’s relationship with food growing up and how he succumbed to an eating disorder

 

What The Lost Connections and Chasing the Scream by Johann Hari can teach us about addiction and depression

 

How the books Brain Over Binge by Kathryn Hansen and Rational Recovery by Jack Trimpey helped Ryan conquer his eating disorder

 

- Ryan’s path to recovery, his daily nutrition plan and meal tips for runners

 

- The status of the medical field in terms of knowledge about nutrition and how Ryan plans to shift people’s mindset about the benefits of eating a plant-based diet

 

- Follow Ryan Duff on Instagram at @unleashtheduff or on Twitter at @ryanduff11. Check out his blog at unleashtheduff.com

 

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Nov 13, 2019
47 - The Truth About Elephant Exploitation with Ashley Bell
51:34

A lot of well-meaning people having riding an elephant as part of their bucket list. 

 

One popular destination for this activity is Thailand, where tourists can spend their vacation watching elephant shows, getting up close to the animals, and riding on their backs. 

 

What a lot of these tourists don’t know is the suffering these elephants endured to be used for their amusement. 

 

Today’s guest is Ashley Bell, who has appeared in several films and television shows. She made her major feature film debut as Nell Sweetzer in The Last Exorcism, which garnered her a nomination for Best Supporting Actress. She also gave a brilliant performance in Psychopaths and has been featured as a voice actress in several popular video games. 

 

But in 2018, Ashley stepped behind the camera for Love & Bananas: An Elephant Story. She wrote and directed this groundbreaking documentary that follows her daring 48-hour mission across Thailand to rescue a 70-year-old elephant from slavery.


Ashley sits down with Dotsie and Alexandra to discuss the disturbing reality behind elephant exploitation, the inspiration behind Love & Bananas, and how she combines her platform with her passion for animal activism.

 

What we discuss in this episode:

 

- How meeting Lek Chailert inspired Ashley to make Love & Bananas: An Elephant Love Story

 

- What’s causing elephant populations to drop?

 

- Why African elephants are being poached, and how they’re evolving to save themselves

 

- The “crush box”: The disturbing method behind elephant training that you’ve never heard of

 

- Why Ashley made Love & Bananas, how it’s changing the lives of elephants in captivity, and what you can do to help

 

- The bill that is currently being pushed to free Billy and move him to a PAWS Wildlife Sanctuary

 

- How circuses like Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey are finally closed but have turned into supposed conservation centers

 

- Follow Ashley on Instagram at @AshleyMichaelBell, on Facebook at @AshleyMichaelBell, on Twitter at @AshMichaelBell, on the

Love & Bananas website

 

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Nov 06, 2019
46 - Ditch Your Diet with Jenna Hollenstein
01:01:38

A lot of people who are self-conscious about their bodies tend to fall into dieting cycles and find themselves confused about what their bodies really need.

 

What kind of calorie count should you maintain? How much protein should you eat? When does your diet become something more sinister? 

 

Today’s guest is Jenna Hollenstein, an author and registered non-diet dietitian who helps people who are struggling with chronic dieting, disordered eating and diagnosed eating disorders. 

 

Jenna joins Dotsie and Alexandra to share how she helps her clients find a greater sense of peace and wellness through a non-diet approach. 

 

They also talk about how people’s relationship with food stems from segregating the body and how you can recover from that division. 

 

Tune in to hear how Jenna replaces dieting with healing, what you need to know about Intuitive Eating, how to help your children develop good eating habits and more. 

 

What we discuss in this episode:

 

- What you need to know about daily protein requirements 

 

- How Jenna’s upbringing encouraged her to become a dietitian

 

- The effects of repressing your needs and desires, how they reemerge as something else, and other insights from Caroline Knapp’s Appetites

 

- How various cultures look at food differently and the relationship most Americans have with food

 

- Jenna’s practice based on Intuitive Eating, and the three principles you derive from the habit

 

- The physiological consequences of Sensory Specific Satiety

 

- Jenna’s role as a health coach and dietician towards her client

 

- The benefits of including children in their feeding process, as told by Ellyn Satter in her Division of Responsibility model

 

- Follow Jenna Hollenstein on Instagram at @jennahollenstein, on Twitter at @JennaHollens, or on Facebook at @jhollenstein. Check out her website at eat2love.com.

 

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Oct 30, 2019
FLASHBACK FRIDAY - Dr. Milton Mills, MD: Dairy Is Not a Health Food
51:34

“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:

 

- Health risks of consuming dairy, including acne, digestive problems, osteoporosis, and certain cancers. 

 

- Lactose intolerance and people of color.

 

- Government involvement in the dairy industry and dairy promotion. 

 

The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine

 

The Blue Zones 

 

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Oct 25, 2019
45 - James Marin: Bettering Your Health with Environmental Nutrition
01:08:25

Although food has incredible healing power, there is more you should be doing to take care of your body holistically. 

 

Beyond helping his patients transition to a whole-foods, plant-based diet to fight disease and improve their guts, James Marin is an expert at bettering health from all angles, including by eliminating environmental toxins.  

 

James is a Registered Dietitian and Environmental Nutritionist who, along with his wife Dahlia, specializes in preventing and healing diabetes, auto-immune diets, gastrointestinal treatments, and pediatric nutrition. 

 

He says that there are three levels of health, all of which work together to keep your body working the way it’s meant to. 

 

He joins Dotsie and Alexandra to explain the different levels of health, the impact the environment has on your body, and what you can do to ensure longer-term health. 

 

You’ll hear his how he treats disease by focusing on the cause over symptoms, why it’s necessary for you to pay attention to GMOs and chemicals in your food, and why you need to be part of environmental activism. 

 

Tune in to hear actionable advice that will empower you to take control over the entire picture of your health. 

 

What we discuss in this episode:

 

Is a low-carb diet the best option for Type II diabetics? Hear why James Marin believes treatment needs to go beyond limiting symptoms, plus the hidden dangers of a long term keto diet

 

- Are all sugars bad? The big difference between processed sugar and sugar you find in whole foods

 

- James’s plant-based food pyramid that makes it even easier to eat healthfully 

 

- The three layers of health and why we can’t ignore the effects the environment has on our gut health 

 

- Why a vegan diet on its own might not be healing your body, and how you can ensure you’re taking care of all three levels of health

 

The secret to washing your fruits and vegetables if you want to avoid dangerous chemicals

 

- Breast milk as a medium to transfer data: What we’re putting into our bodies when we drink cows’ milk that has bioaccumulated PCBs and PBDEs

 

The major difference between selective breeding and genetic modification -- and why the latter is so dangerous 

 

- You can be part of the solution: What you can do to advocate for a healthier future

 

- Follow James on Instagram at @marriedtohealth, on Twitter at @marriedtohealth, on Facebook at @MarriedToHealth, at YourGutConnection.com, and at MarriedToHealth.com

 

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Oct 23, 2019
44 - The Science of Getting Swole on a Plant-Based Diet with Derek Tresize
01:01:13

Is it possible to make massive muscle gains without any animal products? How can you shed those last few pounds without relying on boring meals high in animal protein and low in carbs? 

 

The guest in today’s episode can teach you how to do both.

 

Derek Tresize made the switch over a decade ago when his now-wife took a break from her role as Guild Master in their World of Warcraft game to school him on the evidence supporting a plant-based diet. 

 

As a B.S. in Biology, he dug into research and was convinced by the works of Drs. T. Colin Campbell and Joel Fuhrman to try a thirty-day plant-based challenge. Now he’s a certified plant-based nutritionist, personal trainer, competitive vegan bodybuilder, and author of Vegan Muscle and Fitness

 

Derek joins Dotise and Alexandrea today to share the science behind both building muscle and getting lean with the help of a plant-based diet. 

 

He busts the protein myth, breaks down the fear of soy and estrogen, and gives excellent advice for anyone looking to cut animal products from their diet. 

 

Plus, you’ll hear this fitness and family fanatic’s secrets for gaining weight, dropping fat, and raising two healthy vegan children.

 

What we discuss in this episode:

 

- Dotsie’s top three dairy-free coffee creamers you have to try, including her favorite Silk Vanilla Soy Creamer

 

- The one piece of scientific evidence that was most convincing for Derek to make the switch

 

- How Robert Cheeke encouraged Derek to compete in bodybuilding competitions as a vegan

 

- Are you afraid of the estrogen in soy? Check out this biologist’s perspective

 

- Derek’s secret weight gain weapon, and the plant-based alternative to chicken and rice

 

- Why you need to be weight training, even if your goal is to get lean -- plus, hear how it can help your bone health

 

- The two pieces of advice Derek gives his clients who are looking to go plant-based

 

- Busting the protein myth: Why you don’t need to worry about protein when you eat plant-based whole foods

 

- Tips for feeling full while cutting calories, plus Alexandra’s secret to thick, creamy smoothies

 

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Oct 16, 2019
43 - Fed Up and Fighting Food Injustice with John Lewis
56:54

Fighting for justice on our plates goes beyond fighting for the rights of animals. 

 

Between the implications of the USDA dietary guidelines for people of color, the disparity in food access and education, and gentrification pushing low-income neighborhoods deeper into food deserts, we have to confront the food injustice faced by our human neighbors too. 

 

John Lewis, also known as the Badass Vegan, didn’t see a mango or fresh avocado until he moved from Furguson, Missouri to Miami to pursue his MBA. After his mother was diagnosed with cancer, he threw himself into research that revealed a troubling connection between animal protein and the illness. 

 

While he’s joined his love for health and fitness with his business savvy to create VeganSmart, a plant-based protein shake company, he’s also digging into the darker side of food. 

 

John has teamed up with Keegan Kuhn of What the Health and Cowspiracy to confront food racism through the lens of hip-hop and urban culture in the upcoming documentary, Hungry for Justice

 

He joins Dotsie and Alexandra in this episode to explore how communities are being left behind in the fight for health and wellness. 

 

You’ll hear how certain populations are being underserved and overlooked when it comes to autonomy over their health -- and what you can do to help. 

 

What we discuss in this episode:

 

- Dotsie’s trip to Washington, D.C., where she spoke to encourage the USDA to remove dairy from the food pyramid

 

- Are we confusing what’s normal with what’s right? How John’s perspective of food evolved between his move to Miami and meeting with the doctor who encouraged him to try vegetarianism 

 

- The diagnosis that rocked John’s world and challenged him to research lifestyle versus genetic diseases 

 

- John’s journey ditching dairy for good and how he’s encouraging others to make the switch

 

- The impetus for creating Hungry for Justice, the documentary exploring food deserts, racism, and injustice through the lens of hip-hop and urban culture

 

- Food racism and dairy: Racial disparities in our ability to digest cows’ milk, and why more people of color are “lactose normal”

 

- Category Killers: How chain store giants are proliferating the effects of food injustice

 

- Understanding the intersection between race and food, and why it’s so important for more privileged voices to speak up against food injustice

 

- Follow John on Instagram at @badassvegan and on his website at BadAssVegan.com, or email him at John@BadAssVegan.com

 

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Oct 09, 2019
42 - Liberate Yourself for More Effective Activism with James Aspey
52:38

Once you’ve experienced true fear and suffering, it’s hard to ignore the agony and trauma of others. 

James Aspey was diagnosed with cancer at only 17 and was told he’d be dead in six weeks if he didn’t start chemotherapy immediately. 

After three years of treatment, he’d gained 50 pounds and developed a severe binge eating disorder. 

As he worked to find peace and healing through the principles of Vipassana meditation, he was exposed to the realities of the meat and dairy industries. 

James made vows to resist the impulses of his bulimia, to never consume animal products again, and to stay silent for 365 days to raise awareness and promote peace over violence. 

He joins Dotsie and Alexandra in this episode to share how making the switch has been spiritually liberating and has allowed him to live truly aligned with his values. 

You’ll hear how he broke out of his food addiction, his tips for transitioning to veganism, and why it’s so important to be part of animal activism outside of your personal plate. 

 

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Oct 02, 2019
41 - Joshua Stevens: The Healing Power of Running
52:38

We know that food can play a huge role in healing our bodies and spirits, but what about exercise? 

Finding yourself in a new professional sport in your 40s might not be as simple as changing your diet, but Joshua Stevens did it and hasn’t looked back.

Joshua is an ultra-marathon trail runner who ran his first 50K on his 44th birthday after being told he wouldn’t ever run again. 

Before he was spending 24 hours on a treadmill for charity, he spent 24 years in the army, which led to two spinal surgeries and opioid addiction. 

After reading Eat & Run and watching the documentary Unbreakable, Joshua tapped into his competitive nature and hasn’t stopped running since. 

He joins Dotsie and Alexandra to share the painful journey that led him to finding peace on the trails and fostering empathy on his plate. 

You’ll hear how he pulled himself out of addiction, went all-in on running, and went down the rabbit hole of plant-based eating. 

Plus, hear how his performance has gotten even better since making the switch. 

Don’t miss this inspiring episode!

 

What we discuss in this episode:

  • What you can do if you were disappointed in the April 24th episode of the Amazing Race
  • The tragedy that led to multiple surgeries and the Purple Heart for Joshua
  • How Eat & Run and Unbreakable: The Western States 100 inspired Joshua to start ultra running when he wasn’t sure he’d be able to run again
  • What happened to land Joshua dealing with opioid addiction, and what we’re getting wrong about the opioid conversation  
  • Did Joshua replace his addiction with running? Hear how he was able to quit cold turkey and why he says you must always be running toward something
  • How eating plant-based fosters your empathy and why Joshua says it’s a way to “pay rent” back to the planet
  • The amazing results Joshua saw in his performance and injuries after making the switch, and why he started by cutting out dairy
  • Why Joshua ran on a treadmill for 24 hours to benefit the Herren Project and their film The First Day
  • Joshua’s advice for anyone struggling with depression and addiction, including to read the powerful book What Made Maddy Run
  • Follow Joshua on Instagram at @tumbleweedultra.

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Sep 25, 2019
40 - Dr. Nadja Pinnavaia: How Plantable is Delivering Plant-Based Freedom
01:01:05

When the hold of sugar addiction and habits are so strong, how can we support people through breaking out of their harmful diets? 

Dr. Nadja Pinnavaia, Doctor of Quantum Chemistry and former Managing Director at Goldman Sachs, is proving that it's never too late to change your path and create an impact. 

She is the founder of Plantable, a meal service that goes beyond food delivery and takes a holistic approach to coaching clients through their transition to a plant-based diet. 

Her program is helping people lose an average of 8.9 pounds, regulate their elevated cholesterol and blood sugar, and gain confidence in only four weeks. 

In this episode, Nadja joins Dotsie and Alexandra to share the impetus for Plantable, how she’s integrated her academic background to create the menus, and why a plant-based diet is optimal for your health. 

You’ll also want to tune in to hear some of her fantastic recipes that you can try at home today and how you can save 10% on any of Plantable’s programs. 

 

What we discuss in this episode:

  • Dotsie and Alexandra’s favorite cruelty-free cosmetics brands, including Gabriel Cosmetics, Beautycounter, and Fresh
  • How Nadja convinced a paleo trainer to go plant-based and the awesome results he saw in only four weeks
  • The illnesses Nadja’s family members were facing and how The Anticancer Diet encouraged her to dig deeper into nutrition, the Standard American Diet, and food addiction
  • Why a service that approaches diet holistically is so important to help people transition their eating habits
  • How Nadja integrated her science background, the creativity of a chef, and the experience of a cardiologist to help create the food for Plantable
  • The Plantable coaching philosophy, how they onboard clients to prep them for success, and how they help you handle the 2 and 10 p.m. cravings
  • What Nadja recommends for a nutrient-rich, savory breakfast and why she encourages people to stay away from smoothies
  • The empowering psychological effects of taking care of yourself and finding your sense of control 
  • Recipes you can try today, and a sneak peek to their upcoming bowl inspired by Dotsie
  • Follow Dr. Nadja Pinnavaia on LinkedIn at Nadja Pinnavaia, on Instagram at @plantable, on Twitter at @Plantable, and on Plantable.com where you can enter code S4G to get 10% off any Plantable program! 

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Sep 18, 2019
39 - Your Eating Habits Are All in Your Head with Dr. Stephan Guyenet
56:59

The worldwide prevalence of obesity has nearly tripled in less than fifty years. 

If we are more informed about potential health consequences than ever before, why are more and more adults choosing unhealthy eating habits that lead to weight gain, diabetes, and heart disease? 

Dr. Stephan Guyenet, who has spent more than a decade studying the neuroscience of body fatness, argues that most of us aren’t choosing our eating habits at all.

His book, The Hungry Brain, dives into the idea that eating behaviors aren’t a result of weakness or poor willpower, but of an evolutionary mismatch between our brain’s ancient programming and our current environment. 

Today he sits down with Dotsie and Alexandra to explain how our brains are hardwired to seek the high-calorie, dopamine-releasing foods that our ancestors relied on, and why that works against us in modern society. 

You’ll hear what your neurochemistry is influencing your eating habits, why you’re suddenly hungry for dessert after being satiated by dinner, and what you can do to overcome some of these neurological triggers that make it difficult to change the way you eat. 

If you’ve ever been frustrated by a craving or your habit of second helpings, don’t miss this episode to hear why, if you want to change your stomach, you need to focus on your head.  

 

What we discuss in this episode:

  • Dotsie’s experience at the Plant-Based World Conference & Expo
  • How convenience, cost, and the palatable seduction of food have contributed to higher rates of obesity
  • Why do we have a greater eating drive than we did only a century ago? Dr. Stephan Guyenet explains how our ability to concentrate dopamine-releasing ingredients is qualitatively similar to the creation of crack cocaine 
  • The evolutionary mismatch: How our ancestors' drive to survive is working against us today
  • What genetics have to do with our body composition and our penchant to overeat
  • Why you should focus on diet before exercise if you’re hoping to lose weight
  • Understanding the two systems of our brain and why activities like exercise require overcoming the effort barrier of System 1 and thinking with System 2
  • The fat regulatory system, the starvation response, and why “calories in, calories out” is not as simple as counting numbers on a nutrition label
  • The two things that slow your metabolic rate and what you can do about them
  • Simple things you can try to overcome your body’s starvation response and limit your habit of overeating 
  • Follow Dr. Stephan Guyenet on Twitter at @whsource and on his website at StephanGuyenet.com

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Sep 11, 2019
38 - Living for Forgiveness, Compassion, and Love with Gianna Simone
52:41

 

There are tragic similarities in the trauma of abused children and animals raised for slaughter. 

Seeing her own pain in the lives of animals being tortured and killed for food is what lead Gianna Simone to make the switch and never look back. 

Before Gianna was an activist, model, and actress, it was all she could do to survive. After years of violence, she bounced between foster families and ended up in a group home where she found herself sleeping with a knife and skipping school to find solace in the gym. 

She was able to forgive after being saved as a Christian, but she could not disconnect what she suffered from what she was seeing animals forced to endure. 

Now, the actress known for her roles in Star Trek Into Darkness, Mother’s Day, and Unbroken: Path to Redemption is an outspoken champion of animal and human rights, an avid aerialist, and the host of Love Gianna, a YouTube series recently picked up by Amazon Prime. 

In this episode, Gianna joins Dotsie and Alexandra to tell her harrowing story and share her perspective on the intersection of Christianity and veganism. 

You’ll hear why this plant-based powerhouse sticks to whole foods, how she stays cruelty-free on the red carpet and the sweet love story behind her engagement to the Christian vegan bodybuilder of her dreams. 

Plus, don’t miss what Alexandra has been up to that landed her in jail with 70 other activists this summer.    

 

What we discuss in this episode:

  • What happened to land Alexandra in jail with dozens of fellow activists after a six-hour talk she gave on animal cruelty
  • The start of Gianna’s obsession with fitness as a way to cope with consistent childhood abuse
  • How one woman acted as a rock for Gianna and planted a seed that eventually led her to God
  • Gianna’s journey from living in a group home to living in Los Angeles as a top model, and how she found recovery from her eating disorder
  • The documentaries that put our treatment of animals into perspective for someone who has suffered from abuse 
  • Should every Christian be vegan? Gianna explains why veganism is the only lifestyle that is truly compatible with Christianity
  • How Gianna stays cruelty-free on the red carpet with Self Portrait garments and this interesting fruit-based makeup
  • Gianna shares her favorite cookie recipe and chats about her aerial skill, both of which were featured on her Jane Unchained Lunchbreak Live   
  • Follow Gianna on Twitter at @GiannaSimone1, on Facebook at @GiannaSimone, and on YouTube at Gianna Simone

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Sep 04, 2019
37 - David Welch, Ph.D., on Clean Meat, Plant-Powered Running, and Saving the Environment
54:39

With global demand for meat being expected to rise by more than 70% by 2050, and the average American’s beef consumption already generating almost 2,000 pounds of greenhouse gasses annually, we have to find an alternative that people will readily adopt. 

Non-animal meat products are growing rapidly in availability, but there’s still work to be done.

David Welch, Ph.D., is a plant biologist, ultrarunner, running coach, and the Director of Science and Technology at the Good Food Institute

His work focuses on creating clean meat and advancing the cultured and plant-based meats industries. 

He’s here today to explain exactly what goes into creating “clean meat”, to answer your ethical concerns, and to share the benefits of adopting clean meat and dairy alternatives. 

Although an entirely plant-based diet is optimal, you’ll hear how clean meat will eliminate the need for industrial farming and why it might be the best immediate answer to our environmental and animal cruelty worries. 

This plant-powered runner is working to make cruelty-free diets more accessible and research less biased. Tune in and hear how he’s doing it.  

 

What we discuss in this episode:

  • Dotsie’s lobbying adventure in Washington, D.C. calling on Senators to vote for the removal of dairy from the 2020 USDA Dietary Guidelines
  • How Eat & Run by fellow runner Scott Jurek inspired David to make the switch, and how making the switch improved David’s running performance and his family’s health
  • The suspect nature of research driving the dairy industry
  • Climate change and greenhouse gases: The greenhouse effect is the way in which heat is trapped close to the surface of the Earth by “greenhouse gases.” These heat-trapping gases can be thought of as a blanket wrapped around the Earth, which keeps it toastier than it would be without them. Greenhouse gases include carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxides
  • Montreal Protocol: The Montreal Protocol, finalized in 1987, is a global agreement to protect the stratospheric ozone layer by phasing out the production and consumption of ozone-depleting substances (ODS). It is the first treaty to achieve universal ratification by all countries in the world.
  • David’s transition from academia to developing research tools to working with the Good Food Institute to turn stem cells into tissue for clean meat
  • How taking one small biopsy from an animal can generate thousands of kilograms of meat
  • What the use of antibiotics in animal agriculture is going to cost us in our health and dollars by 2050, and how clean meat is working to mitigate that damage
  • The future of clean dairy and plant-based gelatin, and how this science is different from traditional GMOs
  • The Good Food Institute’s free online course teaching the science behind plant-based and clean meat
  • Follow David on Twitter at @orthostichy, on Instagram at @orthostichy and @plantpoweredrunning, and at PlantPoweredRunning.com

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Aug 28, 2019
36 - Becoming A.W.A.K.E. with Luke Tan
33:27

If we are what we eat, what kind of person is your food creating?

Luke Tan is an author, educator, and fitness coach on a mission to help people reach their ultimate physical and mental potential by using the A.W.A.K.E. Method to live an authentic, plant-based lifestyle.

The former bodybuilder is the founder of the Plant Fit Summit, a free online event showcasing plant-based trailblazers, including some of your favorite doctors, athletes, and nutritionists who have been featured on Switch4Good. 

He joins Dotsie and Alexandra in this episode to share how he went from eating 1kg of meat every single day to making the switch with his wife overnight. 

You’ll hear how he’s not only maintained his fitness, but also improved his performance and massively increased his energy while eating in a way that aligns with his ethics and identity. 

If you’re curious how the A.W.A.K.E. method can work for you and how you can reserve your spot for the nine-day expert-packed summit, don’t miss this episode.

 

What we discuss in this episode:

  • Luke’s childhood health problems that started his protein journey at an early age
  • The Facebook post that inspired his wife to go vegan, and how The Food Revolution and Earthlings inspired him to join her overnight
  • The awesome results Luke and his wife saw in their fitness and energy after making the switch
  • After trying several vegan diets, Luke explains why he’s stuck to eating plant-based whole foods
  • How this former bodybuilder splits his macros
  • What actually is the “food chain”? Are humans really at the top of it?
  • We really are what we eat: Luke shares how the A.W.A.K.E. Method and veganism can help change people, and why our food affects us at a cellular level
  • How the Plant Fit Summit can act as a reset to shift what’s on your plate so you can thrive and be the best version of yourself
  • Follow Luke on Instagram at @iamluketan and @awakemethod, on Facebook at @awakemethod, and on YouTube at Awake Method. Register for the Plant Fit Summit, starting August 29th, by going to bit.ly/switch4good

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Aug 21, 2019
35 - Being a Plant-Powered Olympian, Nutritionist, and Mom with Kara Lang Romero
53:35

During the 2018 Winter Olympic Games, Switch4Good aired a commercial featuring dairy-free Olympians to fight the dairy industry’s propaganda that that says milk is the key to performance. 

One of the world-class athletes featured in the commercial was Kara Lang Romero

Kara is the youngest woman to have represented Canada on their National Women’s Team. She competed in two FIFA World Cups, at the Beijing Olympics, and is now a Canadian Soccer Hall of Fame inductee. 

She has also been vegan since her teens.

Today the plant-based foodie is a certified holistic nutritionist specializing in plant-based health and pre- and post-natal care. 

Kara joins Alexandra and Dotsie in this episode to share her journey and the realities of being a plant-powered mom. 

She digs into how motherhood expands your empathy for mothers of other species, how she got through two vegan pregnancies and is raising two plant-based boys, and how she navigates relationships with family members who have jobs in the dairy industry. 

You’ll also hear how she equips her patients with the tools they need to go plant-based and the benefits they see after making the switch. 

Kara is proof that milk is the last thing you need if you want to level up your performance. 

 

What we discuss in this episode:

  • How Kara found her ‘why’ and went from being the youngest person to the youngest vegan on the Women’s National Soccer team
  • The bond of breastfeeding, how emotions change the composition of breast milk, the pain of mastitis, and the new level of empathy Kara found for cows after having her first child
  • The odd disconnection people have with drinking milk meant for baby cows
  • How Kara’s coaches responded to her going vegan and the number one thing she noticed in her performance
  • The impact switching for good made on Kara’s inflammatory markers and ability to “flush out the gunk” 
  • The two most common culprits of IgG food sensitivity that Kara sees in her nutrition practice and how one of her patients got rid of a 20-year skin issue under her care
  • Organizations that are helping animal farms switch to sustainable crops and how Kara handles having family in the dairy industry
  • Kara’s favorite meals to cook for her family and how she’s learning to navigate vegan parenting
  • Is it healthy to be vegan while pregnant? Kara shares her experience after having done it twice
  • Follow Kara on Instagram @karaelise, on Twitter at @kara_Lang, and on her website at KLRWellnessWorks.com. Download her recipe ebook at her website under the Work with Kara tab.

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Aug 14, 2019
34 - Using Film to Fight for the End of Meat with Marc Pierschel
45:18

It’s sometimes hard for people to change what they don’t know, and one of the best ways to spread an educational message is through the power of inspiring films. 

Marc Pierschel is a documentary filmmaker who has been advocating for animals personally and professionally for decades. 

He created an online vegan store, which still operates today, in 2002 and wrote a German vegan cookbook in 2009. 

Most recently, he’s the plant-based pioneer behind the films Live and Let Live and The End of Meat and their production company, Blackrabbit Images.

Today he sits down with Dotsie and Alexandra to talk about his journey from vegetarian to vegan to animal rights activist. 

He also shares some of the important insights from his films and chats about the vast cultural differences between the U.S. and Europe when it comes to embracing and expanding the reach of veganism. 

Tune in to hear how this vocal supporter leads by example and education and, after this episode, check out The End of Meat on Amazon Prime. 

  

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Aug 07, 2019
33 - Dr. T. Colin Campbell on Killing Cancer and Chronic Disease with Plant-Based Protein
55:48

If a simple dietary change could limit the destructive effects of cancer, reverse chronic conditions, and heal your body, how quickly would you make the switch? 

We’ve all been touched by chronic disease, whether we’ve been personally diagnosed or watched a loved one struggle through an illness. 

Dr. T. Colin Campbell has dedicated his career to proving that a diagnosis doesn’t have to be a death sentence and that prevention is possible. 

Dr. Campbell is the Jacob Gould Schurman Professor Emeritus of Nutritional Biochemistry at Cornell University, where he also founded the online Plant-Based Nutrition Certificate program

He’s the author of more than 300 peer-reviewed papers, has been featured in several documentaries including Forks Over Knives, and has delivered hundreds of lectures worldwide. 

You’ve likely heard of the China Project, a comprehensive nutritional study lead by Dr. Campbell which was dubbed “the Grand Prix of epidemiology by The New York Times. The study is the basis of The China Study: Startling Implications for Diet, Weight Loss, and Long-term Health, a book Dr. Campbell co-authored with his son, and which has sold more than 2 million copies. 

In this episode, Dr. Campbell joins Dotsie and Alexandra to explain the link between animal products and chronic disease, as he has been doing for more than six decades. 

You’ll hear the surprising effect of animal protein on cancer cells, why animal protein is detrimental to our bodies, and the truth behind “low-carb” fad diets. 

He shares the evidence he’s accumulated over a lifetime of research to show that making the switch is the most effective way to better your health, fight illness, and prevent chronic conditions. 

  

What we discuss in this episode:

  • How Alexandra and Dotsie’s interview with Chef AJ encouraged Alexandra to ditch processed foods, and how she’s feeling one month later
  • How Dr. Campbell went from trying to promote animal-based protein to proving himself wrong, and the biggest takeaways from The China Project
  • The makeup of animal protein that leads to more cancer, and how we know we can turn cancer cells “off” by switching to plant-based protein
  • What do people mean when they call animal-based protein “high-quality protein”? Is it really better for humans?
  • The self-fulfilling prophecy of doctors assuming patients won’t comply with a plant-based diet
  • How animal protein leads to higher cholesterol, and cholesterol’s role in heart disease
  • Dr. Campbell explains the two types of fats and the correct way to incorporate fat into your diet
  • Why Dr. Campbell considers low-carbohydrate diets the greatest scams in nutritional science and some surprising facts about the doctor who coined the term “carb”
  • Why a whole-foods plant-based diet is ideal, regardless of whether you’re looking for short-term weight loss or long-term health
  • Follow Dr. T. Colin Campbell on Twitter at @TColinCapbell, on LinkedIn, and on the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies at NutritionStudies.org.

 

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Jul 31, 2019
32 - From Rock Bottom to the Olympic Podium with Switch4Good Founder Dotsie Bausch
01:15:57

The woman behind Switch4Good is a force of compassion who has lifted herself out of pain, into greatness and is now working in pursuit of a kinder world. 

Dotsie Bausch is an Olympic medalist, two-time Pan American Champion, world record holder, mentor, renowned speaker, and founder of the Switch4Good non-profit. 

In this very special episode, she steps to the other side of the microphone to be interviewed by her co-host and friend, Alexandra Paul. 

Dotsie shares her incredible journey from the rock bottom of her struggle with anorexia to the Olympic podium as a plant-powered athlete. 

You’ll hear the inspiration behind Switch4Good’s work, what convinced Dotsie to make the change herself, the amazing results she saw in her performance, and the aftermath of her groundbreaking anti-dairy commercial

She also explains how her therapist, KRS Eckstrom, finally made her feel heard as a young woman and the principles of Krs’s “blue dot method” that Dotsie still applies in her life today. 

Dotsie’s story is one of healing yourself and, in turn, working to heal the world. Don’t miss it.

 

What we discuss in this episode:

  • Dotsie’s childhood, her experience in journalism, and the precursor to her eating disorder
  • What is life like when you have and are trying to hide an eating disorder? 
  • Dotsie’s rock bottom and the moment that made her want to give healing a try
  • How KRS Eckstrom changed Dotsie’s life, and the “blue dot method” that Dotsie still taps into today
  • The origins of Dotsie’s professional cycling dream and how she went from being a bike messenger to an Olympic athlete
  • The exposé that encouraged Dotsie to research animal agriculture and convinced her to stop eating animals overnight
  • The incredible changes in her performance and recovery after making the switch
  • Dotsie’s groundbreaking commercial and what happened after she rocked the boat for truth
  • Switch 4 Good’s Undeniable Truth Tour and other big things they’re doing to advocate for animals and expose the realities of the dairy industry
  • Follow Dotsie on Instagram at @veganolympian, on Twitter at @DotsieBausch, and on her personal website at DotsieBauschUSA.com.

 

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Jul 24, 2019
31 - No Meat Athlete Matt Frazier Gives 5 Tips on How To Make the Switch and Go Vegan
55:46

Like a lot of interesting stories, Matt Frazier’s begins in a bar. A fun challenge between friends to run a marathon, made over a beer, incidentally turned into the start of a lifelong journey for fitness and health. 

Seven years after his first long-distance run, Matt cut meat out of his diet, hoping that it would give him the final push to qualify for the Boston Marathon -- and he was amazed by the results. 

Struck by the lack of information available to athletes looking to go vegetarian, Matt decided to create the resources himself. Almost a decade later, he’s an author, blogger, podcast host, and the face of No Meat Athlete, a brand dedicated to educating athletes about the benefits of making the switch. 

Today he joins Dotsie and Alexandra to share his story of going vegan and making 2019 his fittest year yet. 

He gives his best tips for creating lasting habits, sharing your message without feeling pushy, and raising a vegan family. 

His advice stretches beyond athleticism and will give you the practical information you need to make the switch, stay healthy, and encourage your family to join the journey. 

 

What we discuss in this episode:

  • Dotsie’s trip to Napa Valley with world-class chefs
  • The origins of Matt’s Boston Marathon dream and how it eventually led him to make the switch
  • How a lack of resources at the start of his journey inspired Matt to found No Meat Athlete
  • Why are some people able to make the connection between their pets and slaughtered animals, and some people aren’t?
  • Matt’s food philosophy and why he takes an inclusive approach to education
  • Why you need to focus on incorporating whole foods into your diet
  • The health scare that encouraged Matt’s parents to make the switch
  • Top tips for empathetic and effective conversations with loved ones about going vegan
  • Matt’s number one strategy for building habits and avoiding burnout as you make positive changes
  • How Matt has created a culture of awareness in his home for his two vegan children -- plus, what do vegan kids do on Halloween?
  • Follow Matt Frazier on Instagram at @nomeatathlete_official, on Twitter at @NoMeatAthlete, or on Facebook at @NoMeatAthlete. Check out his website at NoMeatAthlete.com.

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Jul 17, 2019
30 - Fueling Your Lyfe with Plants with Chris Manderino
53:26

What can Americans learn from the diets and lifestyles of other countries? 

Football prodigy Chris Manderino played in the NFL with the Cincinnati Bengals and, later, for the Kansas City Chiefs. During his time as a fullback, he was told he needed to gain 40 pounds to stay competitive -- and eating became another full-time job. 

In 2009, Chris signed with the Bologna Doves, an Italian football team, and considers the dietary culture shock a pivotal point in his health journey.

Now the founder of Lyfe Fuel, a plant-based protein brand, Chris is a vocal advocate for simplifying your diet, eating intuitively, and fueling your life with plants. 

In this episode, Chris shares how he is healthier and more fit than ever without the typical supplements suggested to athletes. 

He also shares the science behind Lyfe Fuel, his rules for buying food, and information about “grass-fed” beef that likely no one else has ever told you. 

 

What we discuss in this episode:

  • Alexandra’s appearance at George Washington University’s Tackling the Population Taboo forum
  • Chris says eating in the NFL can feel like a full-time job. What were they eating?
  • The drastic difference in the lives of Italians compared to Americans and how it encouraged Chris to rethink his diet
  • What’s the first step to eating a healthier diet?
  • What do you look for when you go grocery shopping? Chris shares his criteria for purchasing food
  • The dangers of whey protein and how Chris replaced it with plant-based Lyfe Fuel
  • The difference between plant- and meat-based proteins 
  • If you still eat meat because you think it’s “grass-fed”, you might be in for a surprise. Chris explains the difference between grass-fed and grass-finished
  • How the Standard American Diet has a problematic Omega-3 vs. Omega-6 ratio, and the benefits of algae
  • Chris’s favorite plant-based meal
  • Follow Chris Manderino on Instagram at @cmanderino or on Facebook at @manderino.chris, and check out Lyfe Fuel at LyfeFuel.com

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Jul 10, 2019
29 - From Living Restricted to Living Abundantly with Mandy Gill 
45:43

Developing a healthy relationship with food is imperative to properly nourish your body and live a fulfilling life. 

 

So what happens if, instead, you spend your formative years coping with loss and chaos through restriction and deprivation?

 

Mandy Gill is a super athlete, ultra-marathoner, and has been named one of Canada’s Top 10 Vegan Athletes

 

After overcoming her eating disorder and finding joy in exercise, she turned to a plant-based diet and got in tune with what her body truly needed to survive. 

 

Now she’s helping others do the same.

 

As the founder of the Mandy Gill Fitness & Nutrition Apps, she advocates for healthy living through a life of motion, thoughtful choices, a plant-based diet, self-love, and respect for all beings. 

 

In this emotional episode, Mandy gets vulnerable with Alexandra about her food and fitness journey, her work confronting the dairy industry, and what she eats as an endurance athlete who has made the switch for good.

 

What we discuss in this episode:

  • The family circumstances that made Mandy face a choice between caring for herself or her family, and how that choice lead to adolescence of restriction and low self-esteem
  • How fitness transformed Mandy’s life and health, and her journey from Paleo CrossFitter to plant-powered ultra-marathon runner
  • The spiritual, mental, and performance transformations that happen when you make the switch for good
  • Why Mandy hasn’t counted a calorie since going plant-based
  • Canada’s Food Guide versus the U.S. Food Plate, and Mandy’s article on this year’s Food Guide changes
  • Confronting the Dairy Council as an athlete, and why humans do not need to consume dairy
  • How Mandy helps her clients eat healthfully vegan
  • Energy Balls, smoothie bowls, and other things this endurance athlete eats for protein
  • Dotsie’s interview on the Rich Roll Podcast (watch the video here)
  • Follow Mandy Gill on Twitter at @MandyGill, on Instagram at @mandygilldotcom, and on her website at www.mandygill.com

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Jul 03, 2019
28 - Phil Keoghan: On Adventure, Habits, and Ditching Dairy
01:02:10

If you died tomorrow, what adventure would you regret not taking?

As the host of The Amazing Race, a bungee jump world-record-holder, and a cyclist who has ridden across the US for charity, Phil Keoghan walks the walk of his philosophy: “Tick it before you kick it.”

When Phil isn’t interviewing guests like Dotsie on his podcast BUCKiT, he’s crossing experiences off his own list, including dining atop an erupting volcano and renewing his wedding vows underwater while hand-feeding sharks.

His latest adventure? Ditching dairy.

He joins Dotsie and Alexandra to share what’s happened since Dotsie convinced him to make the switch three months ago.

Phil shares his new favorite cheese alternatives and non-dairy milks while giving insight into how you can stop living your life on the sidelines.

You’ll hear how he stays healthy and active while traveling the world and the near-death experience that drove him to tap into his eight BUCKiT themes.

Don’t miss this inspiring episode on living adventurously while eating ethically.

 

What we discuss in this episode:

  • What it takes to change your habits, how latte-loving Phil ditched dairy, and the awesome effects he’s noticed since
  • What Dotsie said to Phil that convinced him to stop consuming dairy and the heartbreaking story of Nestle encouraging African mothers to stop breastfeeding their infants in favor of cows’ milk formula
  • Phil’s new favorite almond milk, Barista Blend, and Field Roast Chao cheese (try their alternative meats too!)
  • Neuro taste adaptation: The taste buds in our mouth play a critical role during eating. Our tongues have approximately 2,000 to 8,000 taste buds divided into four basic tastes: sour, sweet, bitter and salty. When eating a specific food, the initial taste is very distinct and identified by the tongue's sensory neurons. As you continue eating the food, the taste is not as strong and does not have the same impact, which is due to sensory adaptation.
  • What it’s like traveling as a vegan
  • What is the Reducitarian Solution? Can the gradual change of our choices make a positive impact on the world?
  • Phil’s 8 BUCKiT themes and the near-death experience that pushed him to live a life without wasted opportunities
  • Phil’s experience funding cycling teams and raising over a million dollars for multiple sclerosis charity
  • Why we struggle to rediscovery our childhood, how children see “mistakes” differently, and why you have to practice an optimistic attitude
  • How to stay healthy and active while traveling around the world
  • Connect with Phil Keoghan on Instagram at @philiminator, on Twitter at @PhilKeoghan, and on his website at PhilKeoghan.com.

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Jun 26, 2019
27 - Are You a Food Addict? With Jasmin Singer
54:00

 

Jasmin Singer, author of the memoir Always Too Much and Never Enough, was vegan long before she was thin.

 

She struggled for thirty years with her weight and, more importantly, a destructive relationship with food.

 

Even after dedicating herself professionally and personally to compassion for animals, she was still missing compassion for herself.

 

She says it was only after she turned her objective from vanity to self-care, and traded vegan snacks for juice fasts, that she was able to get to the root of her food addiction, lose 100 pounds, and finally heal her spirit.

 

Jasmin is the co-host of multi-award-winning podcast Our Hen House, the digital director of VegNews, and a TEDx speaker who wants you to know that compassion is the only path to living in our authentic selves.

 

She joins Alexandra and Dotsie to share how she broke through her emotional eating, why we should all strive to see ourselves through our grandmothers’ eyes, and why she is unapologetic about not eating anyone who has a mother.

 

While telling her stereotype-defying story, Jasmin will teach you how to speak a little more nicely to yourself and drop your toxic habits for the ultimate freedom.

 

What we discuss in this episode:

  • How our parents can unintentionally warp our relationship with food and why we turn to toxic habits to fill emotional voids
  • The realization that pushed Jasmin from vegetarianism to veganism, why communities are important for your transition, and Jasmin’s advice for finding a “vegan family” of your own
  • Unpacking food addiction and why what we consume must align with our authentic selves
  • Veganism is not a diet! Jasmin shares how she takes the guesswork out of people understanding veganism and how the show Explained gave her hope that people are leaning into plants
  • How Fat, Sick, & Nearly Dead and Eat to Live changed Jasmin’s life after an eyeopening appointment with her doctor
  • What happens to your worldview when you drop 100 pounds? How people reacted to Jasmin’s weight loss and why it made her angry
  • Changing your mindset from vanity to self-care: Jasmin’s TEDx Talk, and why we need to try to see ourselves the way our grandmothers see us
  • How juice fasting or a similar change in routine can help break food addiction
  • The one investment Jasmin recommends if you think you don’t have time to be vegan
  • Connect with Jasmin Singer on Instagram at @jasminsingerauthor, on Twitter at @jasmin_singer, and on her website at JasminSinger.com and check out her interview with Dotsie on Our Hen House

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Jun 19, 2019
26 - The Truth About Eating Disorders & Treatment with Dr. Ron Thompson
58:26

Few illnesses are met with as many misconceptions as eating disorders.

 

They’re often over-simplified with one four-letter word: just.

 

Just eat a cheeseburger. She’s just doing it to lose weight.

 

Dr. Ron Thompson is a psychologist who specializes in the treatment of eating disorders, and he joins Dotsie and Alexandra in this episode to explain that it really isn’t that simple.

 

Dr. Thompson has served as a consulting psychologist for the Athletic Department at Indiana University and as a consultant on eating disorders to the NCAA. He’s known for broadening the awareness of athletes as a special interest group with unique treatment needs and for trailblazing the path for athlete-specific treatment options.

 

His publications include Bulimia: A Guide for Friends and Family, The Exercise Balance, and Eating Disorders in Sports, and he coauthored the Disordered Eating section of the NCAA Coaches Handbook.

 

In this episode, Dr. Thompson discusses the multidimensionality of eating disorders and their treatment. He explains why effective treatment relies on an understanding of the patient as a whole, why certain factors make someone more likely to develop problems with food, and the unique challenges that contribute to eating disorders in athletes.

 

You’ll also hear why eating disorders rarely have to do with thinness and what you need to do if you or a loved one is struggling.

 

What we discuss in this episode:

  • The difference between disordered eating and eating disorders, and why both often require treatment
  • What it means to eat intuitively
  • Is an eating disorder an addiction? Can you ever truly be free of problems with eating?
  • Genetic predisposition, trauma, and other factors that make someone vulnerable to an eating disorder
  • Weight loss as a symptom: Dispelling the myth that a desire for thinness is the cause of an eating disorder
  • The surprising rate of male athletes with eating disorders, why we can’t get distracted by “high risk” sports, and the role gender plays in seeking treatment
  • How eating disorders manifest for men and how it’s changed over time
  • Why effective treatment relies on understanding the multidimensional functions of eating disorders
  • Advice for parents of children with eating disorders, and resources for treatment including the National Eating Disorder Association, The Academy for Eating Disorders, and Gurze Books
  • If you have more questions for Dr. Thompson, send them over to info@switch4good.com

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Jun 12, 2019
25 - Decrease Inflammation and Heal Your Gut with Dr. James Loomis
55:44

Is your diet keeping you sick?

Dr. James Loomis is a whole-foods plant-based internal medical practitioner spreading the message that food is the best way to combat illness and disease.

After experiencing a decline in his own health, Dr. Loomis made the switch and saw miraculous results: a significant drop in weight, cholesterol, and blood pressure in under three months.

He says that most problems that walk into his office can be traced back to inflammation and stress, often resulting from the Standard American Diet.

The former internist for both the St. Louis Cardinals and Rams now serves as the Medical Director of the Barnard Medical Center and advocates for using food -- over prescriptions -- as medicine.

In this episode, Dr. Loomis joins Alexandra and Dotsie to explain exactly how what we eat works to either heal or harm our bodies.

You’ll hear why whole foods are the best way to combat inflammation, why manipulation by the dairy industry is so dangerous, and how you can get empowered to critically evaluate medical research on your own.  

This is a must-hear episode to understand why eating whole foods is as important as eating plant-based for your health.

 

What we discuss in this episode:

  • Dotsie and Dr. Loomis’s experience presenting to athletes in Atlanta and some good signs of progress
  • The health crisis that encouraged Dr. Loomis to make the switch and the amazing benefits he saw within three months
  • Chronic disease can often be traced back to inflammation and stress. How is the Standard American Diet keeping us sick?
  • How a whole-foods plant-based diet will heal your gut
  • The lies behind “bro science” and how athletes are working to lead by example
  • Busting myths around the obsession with protein and calcium: IGF-1’s connection to cancer, over-consumption of protein lowering the PH of our blood, and why most people become lactose intolerant by age 5
  • The science behind inflammation: Why you need to decrease your Omega-6 intake, increase your Omega-3 intake, and eliminate highly-processed foods
  • The truth behind the popular Chocolate Milk and Butter studies
  • How to better critically evaluate medical and nutritional research, plus suggested resources from Dr. Michael Greger and David L. Katz
  • Follow Dr. James Loomis on Twitter at @jfloomismd, read his writing on the Forks Over Knives blog, and find him on the Barnard Medical Center website.

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Jun 05, 2019
24 - Dr. Christian Gonzalez On Holistic Medicine, Clearing Toxins, and Helping Your Body Heal Itself
01:00:58

 

Traditional medicine often prioritizes symptom-relief over addressing the underlying cause of illness.

 

But if we look beyond symptoms and approach our wellness holistically, can our bodies begin to provide their own relief?

 

Naturopathic medicine challenges the traditional standard by working on whole-patient wellness and concentrating on the treatment and prevention of disease by understanding systemic causes.

 

Dr. Christian Gonzalez is a naturopathic doctor who earned his Bachelor of Science degree at Rutgers University and his Medical Doctorate at the University of Bridgeport’s College of Naturopathic Medicine. He completed his residency at the Cancer Treatment Centers of America and is currently working at a holistic and integrative medicine center in California.

 

Dr. Gonzalez joins Alexandra and Dotsie to discuss how you can take control of your health and give your body favorable conditions to thrive.

 

You’ll hear how environmental toxins and stress are affecting your wellness, how naturopathic medicine helps cancer patients, and what you’re really consuming when you eat GMOs.

 

This episode will empower you to see the whole picture of your body’s well-being and help you take effective action to change the course of your health.

 

What we discuss in this episode:

  • How naturopathic and integrative medicine is different from traditional treatment methods
  • Where the real work begins: What Dr. Gonzalez tells cancer patients being released from treatment, and why he views cancer as a means of protection for the body
  • What you must be eating to give your liver some love, plus the benefits of detoxing and fasting
  • Empower yourself after a cancer diagnosis: Questions you need to ask
  • The dangers of glyphosate and how to lessen your exposure
  • How the Environmental Working Group is empowering the public: The EWG’s Clean 15 and Dirty Dozen, Skin Deep Cosmetic Purity Ratings, and what to look for in the ingredients of what you put into or onto your body
  • Detoxify your air with plants
  • Life influences our genes: How trauma and stress are stored in our bodies, what you must do to take care of your emotional and mental health, and how can take action against cancer by eating well and exercising
  • What it really means for food to be genetically modified, and how companies manipulate how we see GMOs
  • Teaching compassion from day one: Why it’s important to foster our innate compassion to avoid the moral disconnection between our truth and our plates
  • Follow Dr. Christian Gonzales on Instagram at @doctor.g_ and listen to the Heal Thy Self podcast on iTunes, YouTube, or Spotify.

 

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May 29, 2019
23 - TJ Long: On Gut Health, Raw Foods, and Being Powered by Fruit
47:43

We know that eating plant-based is great for our bodies and the environment, but what about eating fruit-based?

 

Can we really thrive on a raw food diet consisting mainly of fruits?

 

TJ Long is a certified personal trainer, health coach, and fruitarian who says that a diet of living plants is optimal for gut health.

 

After a long journey through addiction to substances and unhealthy food, TJ found himself a junk food vegan replacing alcohol with other vices.

 

With some help from a new companion, and the resilience to slowly climb out of the hole he’d dug, he found freedom in health through transitioning to a raw vegan diet.

 

He joins us in this episode to share his inspiring path to health, why uncooked food is ideal for your digestive system, and how you can try going raw yourself.

 

What we discuss in this episode:

  • Raw Veganism vs. Fruitarianism: What are they? Is there a difference?
  • What effect does cooking your food have on its enzymes?
  • TJ’s own A Street Cat Named Bob story: How he overcame addiction and found purpose in caring for his best friend, Brooks
  • How TJ transitioned from unhealthy to healthy veganism, and eventually raw veganism
  • Finding freedom in healthful living, and what we can learn about addiction from The Pleasure Trap
  • The physical benefits of eating raw food, and advice for making the transition yourself
  • Everyone’s favorite question: What about protein? Hear what TJ eats every day and how much protein is in his diet
  • Where to start learning more about eating raw or fruitarian, including The 80-10-10 Diet and The Mucusless Diet Healing System
  • Follow TJ Long on Instagram at @wholeconnection, on Facebook at @wholeconnection, on YouTube at Whole Connection, and on his website at www.wholeconnectionhealth.com.

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May 22, 2019
22 - Dr. Neal Barnard: On Disease, Diets, and Preventative Medicine
57:06

How would our health outcomes change if we were proactive in treating illness and disease?

 

Is changing your diet an effective way to reverse chronic conditions?

 

Dr. Neal Barnard is a physician, clinical researcher, and advocate for preventative medicine.

 

As the founder of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine and author of more than twenty books, Dr. Barnard is a leading voice in the plant-based movement.

 

When he isn’t lobbying for more sustainable practices in medicine, or being featured in popular documentaries like Supersize Me and Forks Over Knives, you might find him performing music with CarbonWorks.

 

In this episode, he joins us to discuss the science behind diabetes, how the Barnard Medical Center helps patients go plant-based, and diet’s role in the prevention and reversal of poor health conditions.

 

What we discuss in this episode:

  • How medical school, political movements, and rebellion influenced Dr. Barnard’s worldview
  • How addictive food and the power of culture keeps people resistant to dietary change
  • The process the Barnard Medical Center goes through to educate patients and encourage them to try a plant-based diet as part of their treatment
  • What is really causing diabetes? Dr. Barnard busts myths about sugar, fats, and symptoms vs. the cause of disease
  • The surprising connection between diabetes and dopamine activity
  • The Cheese Trap and the dangers of dairy: Why casomorphin is in dairy, and why cheese is addicting
  • The connection between diet and Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Do you need DHA? Is fish oil your only option to get it?
  • Dr. Barnard’s role in the McLibel trial
  • Follow Dr. Neal Barnard on Twitter at @DrNealBarnard, on Facebook at Neal Barnard, M.D., and on his blog at the PCRM website.

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May 15, 2019
21 - Chef Charity Morgan: On Feeding Plant-Powered Athletes and Cooking What You Love
49:58

When meat is considered to be an integral part of athleticism and masculinity, how can you convince a team of football players that a plant-based diet is best for their health and performance?

Chef Charity Morgan holds a culinary degree from Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts and is leveraging her artistry in the kitchen to feed dozens of NFL players plant-based, nutrient-rich meals every day.

Once players got a taste of the lunches she was making for her husband, Tennessee Titans linebacker Derrick Morgan, they realized they didn’t have to sacrifice taste or results on the field to be vegan.

 
Today Chef Charity joins us to discuss how she’s fueling a team with plants, how she creates culturally-diverse and delicious meals, and what switching for good has meant for her family’s health.

 

What we discuss in this episode:

  • The impact of growing up in a multicultural household, and how it ignited Chef Charity’s passion for cooking
  • The chronic health issue that led her to switch for good, and the amazing changes her body went through
  • How the switch helped her husband, Derrick Morgan, drop his blood pressure, better his cholesterol, and get rid of inflammation
  • Why there are ethnic differences in lactose intolerance, and how dropping dairy can better your health and increase your energy
  • How Chef Charity collects data on the players she feeds, and how she keeps them plant-based on the road
  • Her process for preparing food in high quantities, and how she gets families involved
  • Chef Charity’s secret weapon to getting people to go vegan
  • Chef Charity’s tips for meal prep that will save you time in the kitchen
  • How athletes are changing the culture of food from inside the industry
  • Follow Chef Charity Morgan on Instagram at @chefcharitymorgan or on Twitter at @ChefCharity, and on her website at chefcharitymorgan.com. Check out her cashew ricotta recipe here!

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May 08, 2019
20 - Jane Velez-Mitchell is Speaking Up for the Voiceless
01:08:24

Activism is often marked by speaking up for the voiceless, and that starts by bearing witness to suffering.

 

 

These are two of the cornerstones of Jane Velez-Mitchell's mission with Jane UnChained, a digital news network dedicated to reporting on animal rights, climate change, food justice, and living cruelty-free.

 

 

Jane is a former news anchor, two-time Emmy winner, and four-time author with two New York Times Best Sellers to her name, including iWant: My Journey from Addiction and Overconsumption to a Simpler, Honest Life.

 

 

Her news network has grown to 70 global contributors who provide breaking animal rights news, live coverage of demonstrations, and daily Lunchbreak Live recipes.

 

 

She joins us today to dig into the social conditioning of our diets, her story of overcoming addiction, and the importance of breaking social contracts for a more compassionate world.

 

 

What we discuss in this episode:

  • How social conditioning impacts our diet
  • The power of bearing witness and Anita Krajnc’s Save Movement
  • The two words from Howard Lyman that convinced Jane to make the switch for good
  • Jane’s story of addiction and overcoming alcoholism
  • The cycle of addiction, why we attach our happiness to what we consume, and why diets don’t work
  • How animal agriculture affects climate change, and why the media is afraid to cover it
  • The origins of Jane UnChained and how it grew to over 70 contributors
  • Why you need to tune into Lunchbreak Live and an absolutely delicious vegan cheese and cranberry pastry recipe
  • Breaking the social contract by confronting a lack of compassion when you see it
  • Follow Jane on Instagram at @janeunchainednews or on Twitter at @JVM, and on the Jane UnChained website at janeunchained.com.

 

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May 01, 2019
19 - Dominick Thompson: On the Masculinity of Compassion, Empathy, and Intention
50:53

Society has perpetuated the idea that masculinity is connected to animal consumption and preying on the weak.

 

Luckily, there are men like Dominick Thompson actively challenging that belief.

 

After going to prison more than seventeen years ago, Dominick had an epiphany about what it means to cause harm in the world.

 

He is now a social entrepreneur and activist with an online wellness program, vegan clothing line, and upcoming food product line.

 

Dominick joins us today to discuss the realization he made in prison, the similarities between our culture’s treatment of prisoners and animals, and why we must redefine masculinity as a compassionate trait.

 

You don’t want to miss this inspiring episode.

 

What we discuss in this episode:

  • How films like The Game Changers and men like Dominick are challenging the connection between meat and masculinity
  • The story of Dominick calling out Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson on Instagram: Why it’s important to be assertive and come from a place of love
  • Why society celebrates preying on the weak as being manly
  • Our experiences with family members in prison, and how Dominick was able to stay optimistic
  • The memory that came to Dominick during his first week in prison: How it encouraged him to stop eating meat and inspired his new mantra
  • How conditions faced by prisoners compare to our treatment of animals
  • The treatment of dairy cows: How researching the dairy industry led Dominick to quit all animals products “cold tofurkey”
  • Eat What Elephants Eat: Dominick’s online food program that seeks to make plant-based eating accessible no matter who or where you are
  • The transformation Dominick saw after switching for good that made him feel like a real-life superhero
  • Follow Dominick on Instagram at domzthompson or on Twitter at @DomzThompson. Check out Eat What Elephants Eat at eatwhatelephantseat.com and Crazies and Weirdos at craziesandweirdos.com

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Apr 24, 2019
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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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:

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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/

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Discover more athletes who have made the switch for good

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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