Switch4Good

By Dotsie Bausch and Alexandra Paul

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

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27 - You Deserve Compassion Too 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.

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

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

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

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

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

In this episode we discuss:

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

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

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

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

What we discuss in this episode:

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

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

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

What we discuss in this episode:

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

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

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

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

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

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

In this episode we discuss:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What we discuss in this episode:

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

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

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


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

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

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

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Feb 11, 2019
Welcome to the Switch4Good Podcast
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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