Plant Strong Families

By Alicia Schick

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Do you want to feed your family more whole plant foods? Does figuring out how to make it happen feel like the impossible dream? Our family switched from a typical American diet to mostly plants. We have more energy, fewer emotional meltdowns and rarely get sick. Life is so much better, but only because we figured out how help our kids try new foods, navigate family and social situations and find new convenience foods. Here we share our experiences and interview many others who are clearing the hurdles to better health for themselves and their loved ones.

Episode Date
48. Overcoming the Effects of Chemo with Michelle Joines

Despite being quite diligent about her health, Michelle was diagnosed with breast cancer at 27 and developed unusual symptoms years later. We're going to tell you how she adjusted her eating which alleviated many of her symptoms, and also how she found additional help through the Pain, Injury and Brain Centers of America or PIBCOA for short. I love the way Michelle sought divine guidance to help her find healing in a variety of ways.

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Dec 03, 2021
47. Plant-Based Pregnancy at 40

The word is out, we have #6 on the way! Here I have tips for a plant-based pregnancy along with some wisdom that has helped me along the way. 

Plant-Based eater specific supplement: Complement  (we use the Essential Liquid) use coupon code myplantstrongfamily for 10% off!

Vitamin Code Raw Prenatal Vitamins 

Becoming Vegan by Brenda Davis

Favorite Thanksgiving Recipes

Nov 18, 2021
46. Pregnancy and Podcast Update [Bonus]

The word is out--I am expecting #6! Here is a quick update on the pregnancy, the upcoming podcast schedule [spoiler alert, it's not going away] and what to watch for these next few weeks. 

Nov 13, 2021
45. Turn Your Pain Into Power

Today I get vulnerable and emotional telling you all about what's been going on in my next of the woods and the things I've learned about turning pain into power.

I love remembering how trees that experience a lot of wind have the strongest roots, and I think it can be true for each of us.

So whether your hard thing is something new and big or something old that you wish would just go away, tune in for some inspiration on allowing the hard things in life to teach you to fly. 

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Oct 28, 2021
44. When Life is Crazy

We all have crazy seasons in life. Whether it's due to just the general busyness of life, a move, an illness or loss of a loved one or a hundred different things, we all know what it feels like to have life derail our good habits.

Here I offer some simple yet powerful suggestions to help you stay on track with healthy eating and more when life gets crazy, and stay tuned to the end for a podcast update.

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Oct 15, 2021
43. Raising Plant-Based Kids

Let's be honest, raising kids who love to eat plants can feel like an impossible dream at times.

But this episode is packed with research about just how helpful it is to kids to eat a lot of plants (and you certainly don't have to be perfect) as well as ideas and encouragement to help them want to eat more.

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Oct 08, 2021
42. A Plant-Based Diet May Be Better for Heart Health Than We Thought?

A recent article by this title showed up in my Google news feed. It highlights the results of two recent large-scale and long-term studies that tracked the patterns between dietary choices and cardiovascular events. 

Here I explain the studies findings and my take on this "new" info. 

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Oct 01, 2021
41. Becoming a Record-Holding Cyclist with Brendan Walsh

After a serious motorcycle accident gave Brendan Walsh an opportunity to pause, he decided to sell most of his possessions, buy a bike and ride from Boston to Seattle to raise money for St. Jude. That led to embracing plant-based eating, his first marathon, long-distance swim and ultimately setting the record for the fastest time to bike the U.S. from North to South. Brendan is passionate about spreading goodness and you are going to love hearing about his experience.

Sep 23, 2021
40. Busting 3 Weight-Loss Myths

At any given time 1 in 3 people is actively trying to lose weight. It's no wonder weight loss is big business and with that comes a lot of misinformation. Join me as we discuss a few things I think are super important to know whether you're actively trying to lose weight or not. 


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Sep 16, 2021
39. Eating for Better Mental Health

Perhaps my favorite benefit of eating plants is how they boost mental and emotional health. Today, we dig into the research to understand why that is, what you can do to increase your own sense of well-being.

I do want to acknowledge that mental illness, depression and anxiety are complex and are the sum of many factors.

Food choices are certainly not the only one, however, they are easily overlooked and have tremendous potential for bringing about lasting improvement.

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Sep 09, 2021
38. Lectins and Dr. Gundry's The Plant Paradox

I get more questions about Dr. Gundry's The Plant Paradox than almost anything else.

His claims that many plant foods actually cause disease and weight gain have caused confusion for many and I hope to this is a resource for you or one that you can share with friends and family who ask you. 

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Sep 02, 2021
37. Overcoming Chronic Fatigue and Fibromyalgia with the Juice Lady, Cherie Calbom

So sick that she was unable to work in her 20s, Cherie Calbom turned to juicing and a plant-based lifestyle to heal. It was a bumpy and difficult road, but after 3 months she felt like she had a new body. She has dedicated her life to learning all she can and educating others to help them do the same. Listen in as she shares her story and expertise on why juicing is so beneficial for our health, especially if you have serious health concerns. 

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Aug 26, 2021
36. Insights on the Word of Wisdom with Jane Birch

It has been 10 years since Jane Birch discovered plant-based eating and she is someone who is not shy in advocating the diet yet doing so in a way that is full of love and patience.

Jane is an expert on dietary scriptural guidance, particularly the revelations that are unique to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the Word of Wisdom.

Most well-known for forbidding alcohol and tobacco, the Word of Wisdom also shares lesser-known dietary recommendations. 

Jane helps us understand more about what the dietary advice is and why it doesn't receive as much attention, and has some beautiful insights for everyone regardless of what you already know about the subject. 

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Aug 19, 2021
35. Medication-Free Diabetes with Kiana Benson

It was a fun day last year when my second grader came home from school to tell me about what had happened during lunch that day.

He'd been eating red lentil nuggets (like chicken nuggets only made with lentils) for lunch that day and his teacher asked about them. 

He told her we eat mostly plants and she shared she was working on eating plant-based too. He was so excited to have a fellow plant-eater and that she wanted to know more about what he was doing. 

Kiana Benson was 25 when she was diagnosed with diabetes. Finding that the medication she was given to manage it made her very sick, she decided to see what she could do with diet and lifestyle.

After landing on whole food, plant-based eating she's been able to cut her A1C in half and is feeling great.


Aug 12, 2021
34. Preventing Alzheimer's with Jenny Diehl

After losing her mom to early onset Alzheimer's at the age of 59, Jenny Diehl has dedicated her life to learning about what she could do to protect herself and her family from the same terrible disease that claimed her mother.

Jenny discovered important ties between our food and our household products and is passionate about educating others.

Her hobby for natural body care products has morphed into a business that makes love it's mantra, with 100% plant-based products designed to not just protect you from harmful chemicals but to help you heal.

Also, stay tuned to the end for a special gift Jenny has for you!

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Aug 05, 2021
33. Overcoming Addiction, Depression and a Family Not on Board with Nathan Reo

Thankfully the impact of whole-foods, plant-based nutrition has on heart disease, diabetes and more is becoming more widely known and accepted.

But perhaps my favorite aspect and one that I hope will gain more attention is the impact it has on the brain.

This interview with Nate Reo is one of my very favorites, as he is so raw and real about the tremendous challenges he faced in both what led him to whole-food, plant-based nutrition as well as the bumpy road to his now personal commitment to be a whole-foods vegan.

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Jul 29, 2021
32. Overcoming PCOS and Infertility with Faith Ralphs [Encore]

Have you ever felt confused when trying to find information about a certain health condition? Doctor's visits are often brief, and information available online and in other places can be contradictory and confusing.

We experienced this big time in 2015 when we began seeing specialists in an effort to resolve digestive issues my husband had dealt with for years. Almost without fail, the information available on the internet and the very little dietary advice we received from the specialists pointed to a diet that emphasized meat and eggs and minimized or completely avoided grains and legumes. However there is a growing mountain of scientific research to support the power of plants for nearly every health concern, including infertility.

Today's guest, Faith Ralphs, was struggling to have children and diagnosed with PCOS. The information she found didn't feel right to her, but when she sought and followed divine inspiration she no longer has any symptoms of PCOS and now has two beautiful healthy children. The real beauty of her story is that there is plenty of science to back up her experience, but it still may not be the first thing that comes up in your google search, which we will share as well.


Jul 22, 2021
31. How to Easily Get Kids Cooking Without Making Yourself Crazy [encore]

Preparing meals with my 2 year old by my side has been challenging, to say the least. When he isn't insisting that I hold him by tugging on my clothes and pulling out his best whimper, he's often determined to be in the middle of everything, from measuring spices, to cutting vegetables or dumping oats all over the floor (visit me on Facebook or Instagram to see this week's disaster).

It can be exhausting to say the least and I am often feeling cranky and drained by the time we sit down to dinner.

One of the things that has helped me navigate the challenge of feeding our family of 5 boys is teaching my older boys to cook, and summer is my favorite time to do it.

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Jul 15, 2021
30. Conquering Multiple Sclerosis with Talia Halberor

In my younger years, multiple sclerosis seemed like one of the worst things that could happen to someone.

Having a disease slowly degenerate your body and ability to do the things you love seemed like a nightmare to me. 

And while it still is no doubt something that's incredibly difficult to deal with, I am so grateful for people like Talia and others who have brought me so much hope and inspiration.

People are finding reversal of their symptoms and are able to live a vibrant and healthy life by embracing whole plant foods and a healing lifestyle.

Today. I am thrilled to bring you Talia's story, as she has gone from very ill to symptom and medication-free. 

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Connect with Talia:

Instagram: @alfabytalia

Facebook: ALFAbyTalia

Jul 08, 2021
29. Healing Cancer and Addison's Disease with Suzy Griswold

Chances are, you or a loved one is or has faced a cancer diagnosis.

A cancer survivor herself, Suzy Griswold has dedicated her life to sharing the information she used to heal her mind, body and soul from the inside out through her non-profit organization, Healing Strong.

Through Healing Strong, Suzy has supported thousands of people in their healing and is a wealth of inspiration and wisdom. 

Suzy offers so much hope and perspective on cancer and the healing protocols we have available.

Suzy was also able to help both of her sons experience dramatic improvements in their Addison's disease, which is when the adrenal glands produce insufficient hormones. 

Both boys experienced these and other significant health challenges growing up, but today are enjoying significantly better health thanks to the approach Suzy shares in this episode. 

Whether you are supporting a loved one, dealing with cancer yourself or hoping to prevent it, you do not want to miss this inspiring conversation with Suzy Griswold. 


Healing Strong: Instagram: @healingstrongofficial Facebook: Join Plant-Powered!

Jul 01, 2021
28. One Simple Mindset Trick for a Healthier, More Abundant Life

One theme I notice in many of my interviews is the importance of addressing the mind and the spirit as well as the food.

That those things need to be used in concert with the food to really achieve the type of health and healing we are seeking.

So today I bring you a WWW, what's working well episode and tell you about something that has made a difference for me over the past few weeks that I hope will help you nourish your mind and spirit as well.

Jun 24, 2021
27. Fasting Well with Ben Tanner

Interest in fasting as a way to boost health has exploded over recent years and with good reason.

Studies are showing it is a simple way to boost metabolism and reverse diabetes and insulin resistance as well as improve autoimmune conditions.

It's free (and might even save you on your grocery bill) and you know I am all about the healing methods that are low-cost and easily accessible.

Ben Tanner is a Physician Assistant, which means his role rivals that of a doctor without quite as much medical school debt.

He's been in the emergency room for 7 years and has also spent time in family practice and urgent care.

He's experienced first hand the terrible toll that chronic disease can have on people and has become passionate about getting the word out about the power of fasting to help people reverse disease.

When Ben and I first talked about doing a podcast together, I loved the info on fasting but had some concerns as Ben and I have some rather different approaches to food.

You know I am a big proponent of eating mostly whole, plant-foods, and Ben tends to emphasize a non-plant-based approach that is higher in fat and protein.

Ben was a really good sport though and not only listened to my shameless attempts to sell him on plant-based eating but even agreed to try plant-based eating during that 2 weeks while I did a 3 day fast.

Please remember that this is not a replacement for medical advice and intended for informational purposes only.

Fasting is definitely something that can be super helpful for one person but could create issues for others so you need to get the appropriate advice and make sure it's right for you.

Connect with Ben:

Facebook: FastingWell
Instagram: @fasting_well
Ben's Fasting Guide for Beginners

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Jun 17, 2021
26. A Hog Farmer's Journey to Becoming WFPB Vegan with Craig Milton

Although Craig Milton had grown up on a dairy farm and been a cattle farmer himself, he determined to become a strict vegan after watching the YouTube documentary Dominion.

But it wasn't until this year when he decided to focus on whole plant foods rather than more highly processed ones that he began to see tremendous improvements in every aspect of his health, including joint pain, inflammation markers, blood pressure and cholesterol.

I think you'll learn so much from the steps of Craig's journey.

I hope this helps you to embrace wherever you are with compassion and love for yourself and have the courage to take the next step, just like Craig did again and again.

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Connect with Craig: 

Instagram: @an_evening_in_the_valley

Facebook: Craig Milton

Jun 10, 2021
25. Fuel Your Passion to Make it Work with Ironman Leader Irene Alisjahbana

At 49 years old Irene Alisjahbana has qualified for the world championships for both the full Ironman triathlon in Kona, Hawaii as well as the half ironman championships coming up this fall in St. George Utah, which just so happens to be the very same lake that I completed my first ever triathlon back in 2005.

An ironman triathlon consists of a 2.4 mile swim, a 112 mile bike ride and finishes with a full 26.2 mile marathon. Irene's best time is an outstanding 14 hours 32 minutes and she recovers so well she typically does 4 full ironman races per year. Irene credits her mostly raw, plant-based diet to her outstanding racing ability and it is such a pleasure to give you the inside scoop on how she fuels her performance.

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Jun 03, 2021
24. Overcoming Ulcerative Colitis with Shamiz Kachwalla

Originally from New Zealand, Shamiz Kachwalla was a recent college graduate teaching English in Japan. With no history of any serious health challenges, he unexpectedly found himself hospitalized with ulcerative colitis for more than a month with treatments that only seemed to be making things worse. Miraculously his mom came across information that turned everything around for him, and today he and his brother Shukul run High Carb Health helping others resolve digestive issues using a plant-based diet.

Connect with Shamiz & Shukul YouTube: High Carb Health

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May 27, 2021
23. Overcoming Discouragement and Overwhelm with Trisha Biesinger

Discouragement, Overwhelm and SHAME are often feelings that come up when we start trying to make positive change, and they seem to be especially prevalent when our change has to do with our health and bodies. 

I had the pleasure of several coaching sessions with Trisha and in my last one I was crying and crying and crying. Do you want to know what about?

My house not being as clean as I would like it.

Even though I know that I have five boys running around and I spend a lot of time doing a lot of different things and I prefer not to spend all day trying to keep my house clean in ways that it gets undone quickly, I still had a lot of shame around this. I was so grateful for Trisha giving me her outside perspective to see and acknowledge and validate all that I was doing, notice the shame, and set it aside so that I could focus my time and energy on better things.

Shame is something that is part of being human.

We all have it, and we have it about different things. Since I know that it frequently comes up around food issues, I wanted to address this give you some of the powerful tools that Trisha shared with me.

I hope this helps you notice places where shame is holding you back, and allow you to put it in the back seat so you can go out and do all that you were born to do! 

Connect with Trisha on Instagram: @coach.trisha


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May 20, 2021
22. When Your Kid Inhales the Birthday Cake: Plant-Based Intuitive Eating with Dr. Yami Carzola-Lancaster

Early on in my plant-based journey I had several conversation with family and friends about other kids who were eating super healthy at home but went hog wild whenever they they were at a birthday party or other activity where they had access to processed foods they didn't get at home. They observed that kids hadn't learned to regulate themselves and the underlying message I felt was that it was just better to have all the candy and processed foods at home so kids could learn.

I wrestled with the right approach here for years. I knew that processed food companies had teams of very smart scientists working to find a food's bliss point and make it hard to stop eating. But I also wanted my kids to have a healthy relationship around food and frankly didn't want to be embarrassed by a kid going crazy when in public!

I began looking into Intuitive Eating and hoping I could find some takeaways that would help me figure it out. But it wasn't until I found Dr. Yami Carzola-Lancaster's book, A Parent's Guide to Intuitive Eating: How to Raise Kids Who Love to Eat Healthy that I finally found information that helped me find the right balance in teaching my kids about the power of healthy food as well as giving them the freedom to navigate their own food choices. It is such an honor to have Dr. Yami join us today and I think you are going to learn so much from her.

Dr. Yami is a plant-based, board certified pediatrician, certified lifestyle medicine physician and host of the popular veggie doctor radio podcast. She is the author of A Parent's Guide to Intuitive Eating: How to Raise Kids Who Love to Eat Healthy, mother of 2 and spent her summers in Panama with her grandparents on their cattle farm. Having started her first doctor-prescribed diet at the age of 9, she understands what it's like for parents and children to worry about and struggle with health and weight and she has dedicated her life to helping families give their kids the healthiest start they can.

Connect with Dr. Yami:

Instagram: @thedoctoryami

Facebook: @thedoctoryami

Podcast: Veggie Doctor Radio

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May 13, 2021
21. What to Do When Your Kids Want Junk with Trish Braunersrither

Every parent knows that the gap between what our family is actually eating versus what we know would be good for them to eat is usually larger than we'd like.

Whether it's at school, sports or church activities, birthday parties, or foods they eat with friends or family--it can seem like our kids have a flood of processed food coming their way, especially if you are working hard to emphasize whole plant-foods.

Add to that all the times you work hard to try and find recipes your family will eat and inveset a decent amount of time, energy and ingredients preparing them only to have your family complain and go find something else in the pantry or even the drive-thru, you know just how discouraging and frustrating it can be.

Trish and I have both transitioned our families to eat plants during the past five years and have learned some invaluable lessons of what you really need to know to make the transition and it's probably not what you think!

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May 06, 2021
20. Overcoming Crohn's, Hashimoto's and Depression with Ultra-Runner Amy Thackeray

Severe digestion issues nearly took Amy Thackeray's life as a young mother of 2 nearly 20 years ago. She struggled with Crohn's disease, Hashimoto's, depression and more for years until she decided she no longer wanted to simply manage the diseases with medication but wanted to find a way to fully regain her health. Today she is not only medication free but she continues to improve her times running ultra-marathons, 5ks and everything in between. She is truly an incredible woman

Follow Amy:

Instagram: @resiliencerunner

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Apr 29, 2021
19. Mastering Gestational Diabetes and Hashimoto's Disease with Tiffany Mortensen

Tiffany Mortensen had diligently adhered to a low-carb diet in an effort to control her gestational diabetes in multiple pregnancies. But after the birth of her fourth child she was also struggling a lot with her physical, mental and emotional health along with the effects of Hashimoto's disease.

Feeling like she didn't have much to lose by trying a plant-based diet, she precariously began eating foods like potatoes and brown rice, only to discover benefit upon benefit that have been even more pronounced during her current pregnancy. Tiffany shared so many beautiful insights about acknowledging our culture around food and how each family member needs to go through a little bit of their own grieving process with the change, but how it's totally worth it and has helped her family in so many different ways.

Find Tiffany at: 

Instagram: @tiffanys.epiphanys

YouTube: Tiffany Mortensen

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Apr 22, 2021
18. Overcoming Heart Disease and Type 2 Diabetes with Armando Alvarez

With 100% coronary blockage in one artery and 80% in two others. Armando Alvarez was at a high risk for a heart attack and his cardiologist was recommending triple bypass surgery. With reasons we get into during the episode, the surgery didn't sit well with Armando and through a lot of research and a lot of prayer, he chose another path.

In sharing this story, I want to be clear that neither Armando, nor I are saying that his path is the right choice for everyone. His own plant-based cardiologist said he didn't know if he would have skipped the triple bypass surgery himself had he been in Armando shoes.

But I hope we will take away two things:

One is that we can make choices today to prevent ever being in that difficult situation.

The second is that we can all learn all we can about our various health conditions, follow our own intuition and be in the driver's seat of our own health to do what feels right for our own individual circumstances.

Please remember that we sharing this information for educational and informational purposes only, and it should not take the place of individualized medical care.

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Apr 15, 2021
17. Lifestyle Strategies for Building Emotionally Resilient Kids with Dr. Mary Wilde

Nothing has highlighted the need for emotional resilience in ourselves and in our kids than the experiences of the past year.

As I look back on the things that helped me the most, it's be the habits of investing in my own physical, emotional, mental and spiritual health that have given me the reserve to be able to keep going when things got hard.

Finding ways to carve out time to fuel my body and my spirit and creating a time that was mine each day to pursue my passion of helping families eat well really kept me grounded when it seemed like was being turned upside down.

I think you are going to love my conversation with today's guest, Dr. Mary Wilde where we share our experiences of raising a total of 13 boys between the two of us and our efforts to nurture ourselves and our families in a way that builds resilience.

Simple Lebanese Lentils & Rice

Resources: main page with links to online anxiety course & podcast

Compassion Parenting Flow Assessment and Free EBook

Six Super Skills for Parenting to Build Executive Function "Six Super Skills for Parenting to Build Executive Function" course by Dr. Lara Honos-Webb, author of The Gift of ADHD

Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain by John J. Ratey

Cosmic Kids Yoga Meal Plan Membership

What have you found most helpful for building emotional resilience? Let me know on Instagram

Apr 08, 2021
16 Lives Changed through Whole Foods, Plant-Based Nutrition

From eyesight improvement, to arthritis, to stomach pain to cholesterol to diabetes . . . you get the point. Next time you need a little inspiration, I've got a rapid fire collection of whole foods, plant-based testimonials of 16 different people and the wide variety of benefits they have experienced!    

Visit for your free quick start guide

@MyPlantStrongFamily is on Instagram and Facebook

Curing Crohn's by Cassidy Gunderson

Apr 01, 2021
15. Hacks for Healthy, Easy and Affordable Family Travel Food

Traveling with 5 boys definitely caused some heads to turn and can make for a lot to keep track of WITHOUT trying to keep most of our food choices on the healthy side. 

But since you know I am passionate about making healthy food a priority and the way it impacts not just our physical but our mental and emotional well-being as well, I've collected some of my best hacks for keeping food as healthy as possible when away from home. 

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What works best for you when you travel? Let me know on Instagram


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Mar 25, 2021
14. 40th Birthday Edition: Gifts of My Plant-Strong Lifestyle

This week marks my 40th birthday. It's been 5 years since our plant-based path began and the more time that goes on the more grateful I am to have found it. It's left me:

  • excited to grow older
  • more in control of my own health
  • with a lot more energy
  • with a great pregnancy and my 5th son
  • with increased mental clarity and emotional resilience
  • with easier cooking!!

With all of this I believe the best thing we can do is to love ourselves exactly how we are and make change and improvement out of our own love and appreciation for our individual gifts. It can be easy to believe "I'll be happy when . . . " but the truth is that when we love ourselves exactly where we are at, we gain traction to make real progress.

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Mar 18, 2021
13. High Cholesterol: From 289 to 181 in 6 Weeks with Melanie Fosson

Melanie Fosson was a college athlete when she first discovered she had high cholesterol. Knowing she was young, fit and active, she didn't think too much about it until she was in her 30s and her doctor was strongly recommending she go on statins. That direction didn't sit well with her, she began researching other options and I'm guessing you have a good idea where this story is going . . . Melanie is a member of my very own community and I am so grateful to have connected with her and that she was willing to come and share her story.

Visit Melanie on Instagram @plantbased.promises

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Mar 11, 2021
12. When Your Family Isn't On Board and You Hate Cooking with Nathan Reo [part 2 of 2]

Nate was up against more than just about anyone I've ever interacted with--his mental and physical health were so bad that he could barely function, his wife wasn't on board with whole food plant based nutrition and even after several years he still hates cooking.

But he didn't let any of that keep him stuck and has made a tremendous turn around. If you haven't already, make sure you listen to part 1 of this interview first in Episode 11!


Don't you just love how Nate didn't allow any of that to keep him stuck?

Our brain naturally wants to keep us from making changes and doing things that are uncomfortable. When we want to change our eating one of the thoughts that is often quick to come up is some variation of this won't work because my family won't do it. Now we all do this, but once we become aware of it we are able to think a little more rationally and find ways to figure out the hurdles instead of allowing our brain to make them seem bigger than they are!

I love how he pointed out that he wanted to make excuses and blame his family for making it harder for him, but he simply kept going!

And I just love his wife for all that she's done through this process, and this is the most important thing--Nate started this journey to pull himself out of a really dark place, but now his transformation is beginning to have a positive impact for his wife and children. So when your brain starts telling you that it's too hard and you can't do it, remember Nate. It's been about a 3 year journey for him, and definitely not one that was always smooth or downhill. But he stuck with it and now is experiencing more benefits than he ever anticipated.

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Mar 04, 2021
11. Overcoming Adderall Addiction, Chronic Fatigue, and Depression with Nathan Reo [Part 1 of 2]

Nearly all of us have had a time in our lives when prescription or even over the counter drugs brought much needed relief from pain and other intense suffering. Unfortunately though, the sad reality is that sometimes pharmaceuticals come with unwanted and unexpected side effects and even dependencies.

This was Nathan Reo's experience with Adderall--during a very dark and difficult time when he was struggling with depression, chronic fatigue and barely able to function in his life it turned everything around. But in time the adderall combined with poor nutrition left him in a place where he could barely function and his family relationships were on the brink of falling apart.

Now please remember that these are his experiences and does not constitute medical advice, but I think we can all take away that creating a foundation of nutrition in the way we eat will support our body through a lot.

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Feb 25, 2021
10. Creating a Family Meal System that Reduces Picky Eating and Simplifies Planning [WWW]

I am loving all of our guests, but from time to time I want to interject a WWW episode, which stands for "What's working well" I love sharing the big picture success that a lot of individuals have had by being deliberate about the food they choose, but we all know that when we sit down to make it happen that it can be much easier said than done.

I have often wished I could be a fly on the wall of someone's home and learn what they are doing to make things run a little more smoothly in their home, so I want to give you that opportunity today to see what we're doing to prepare our boys to nourish themselves once they leave the home. Now of course it will be up to them to choose what they are going to do, but I want to do all that lies within my power to equip them with the knowledge and experience they need to be off to a great start.


Feb 18, 2021
9. Overcoming Crohn's by Swapping Plants for Keto with Cassidy Gundersen

If you've ever dealt with digestive discomfort or bathroom issues (who hasn't?) then you know how awkward, uncomfortable and limiting it can be. Digestive issues were the start of our plant-based journey, and I can't believe how many of my guests are quick to talk about the rapid improvement they discovered when they switched to eating whole plant-foods.

Cassidy Gundersen has an amazing story, that includes discovering that going #2 only once a month isn't exactly normal and being told to prepare for a short life, to finding some relief eating Keto to reluctantly trying plant-based only to discover it fixed not only the bathroom issues but also the depression, anxiety and lack of energy she had no idea were related.

Cassidy now has a PhD in nutrition, and for you fellow Latter-day Saints, wrote her dissertation on the Word of Wisdom, which for our friends of other faiths is basically our modern health code. Just like Daniel in the Old Testament had instruction from God on what foods were good for his body, we believe God revealed more recent guidance in 1838.

Cassidy's Books and Services:

The Word of Wisdom: Hope, Healing and the Destroying Angel

Grab the first chapter of Curing Crohn's here

Spiro Health and Wellness


Fiber Fueled by Dr. Will Bulsiewicz

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Feb 11, 2021
8. Overcoming PCOS and Infertility with Faith Ralphs

Have you ever felt confused when trying to find information about a certain health condition? Doctor's visits are often brief, and information available online and in other places can be contradictory and confusing.

We experienced this big time in 2015 when we began seeing specialists in an effort to resolve digestive issues my husband had dealt with for years. Almost without fail, the information available on the internet and the very little dietary advice we received from the specialists pointed to a diet that emphasized meat and eggs and minimized or completely avoided grains and legumes. However there is a growing mountain of scientific research to support the power of plants for nearly every health concern, including infertility.

Today's guest, Faith Ralphs, was struggling to have children and diagnosed with PCOS. The information she found didn't feel right to her, but when she sought and followed divine inspiration she no longer has any symptoms of PCOS and now has two beautiful healthy children. The real beauty of her story is that there is plenty of science to back up her experience, but it still may not be the first thing that comes up in your google search, which we will share as well.

Faith is the mastermind behind and loves creating whole food recipes that will appeal to everyone. Faith really put her heart into preparing this episode so it can be a resource for those who might be struggling with similar struggles. I learned a lot from Faith and can't wait to share it with you.


Things to Remember:

  • We can't necessarily rely on google or Instagram to give us accurate health information! Turn to God for guidance for our individual situation. 

  • PCOS is related to insulin resistance, and is helped by eating more fiber and less fat, particularly the saturated fat found in animal products and coconut. Eating plenty of fiber allows our bodies to dispose of extra hormones rather than storing them.

  • While there are so many issues that can affect fertility and pregnancy, what better place to start with than to make sure the roughly 3 pounds of food we consume each day is helping us and not hurting us?

Full Show notes:

Mango Quinoa Salad with Honey Lime Dressing

20 Minute Meals by Faith Ralphs

How Foods Affect Hormones by Dr. Neal Barnard

Fiber Fueled by Dr. Will Bulsiewicz

Feb 04, 2021
7. Overcoming Kidney Failure and Heart Disease at 75 with Rick McKeon

**Please make sure you have the 29 minute version of this episode! If your player says it is less than that, please download it again as the episode did not fully upload the first time. Thank you :) ***

As I am watching the sun set on my thirties and have the forties on the horizon, I have become increasingly aware of the way we as a society talk about "getting old." How often do we hear things such as "I must just be getting old" or "it's no fun getting old."

One of the things that I have absolutely loved about embracing a whole food, plant-based lifestyle is that it has changed all of that for me. I feel like overall my body is stronger and healthier than it was a decade ago.

I never want to paint the picture that things are perfect, but when I compare my health and energy levels of my pregnancy at 34 on what I felt was a relatively healthy yet standard American diet versus the one at 37 when I'd had a few years eating whole-food plant-based, the improvement was significant. I was able to exercise nearly my entire pregnancy and had less nausea. 

I truly believe that our bodies can do so much to regenerate and heal when we flood them with the building blocks they need through an abundance of whole plant foods.

Well today on the podcast, I get to interview someone who is evidence that it is never too late to make a change and enjoy the benefits. At 75, Rick McKeon had a flood of health issues including high blood pressure, liver issues, bone marrow cancer and aches and pains that made it difficult to even walk. He made some significant changes and now at 77 he has  a new lease on life with his health issues mostly or completely resolved and is working hard to help others do the same.

Rick has some great insights on how to stay motivated and focused on your goal and how to keep going when you make a mistake.

Full show notes at:


Rick's book: Plant Based Health & Wellness: How to Improve Your Health by Adopting a Whole Foods Plant Based Lifestyle

Rick's video on How to Stay Motivated

Rick's presentation: My Bumpy Road Back to Health

Roasted Vegetable Recipe

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Jan 28, 2021
6. Overcoming Insulin Resistance and a Lifetime of Dieting with Trish Braunersrither

If you've ever struggled with weight-loss, this episode is a must-listen! After yo-yo dieting for 30 years, Trish stumbled across whole foods plant-based nutrition. 

The discovery gave her not only relief from years of extreme dieting, but also helped heal her insulin resistance, taking her A1C from 5.6 to 4.7 in just 2 months by adjusting her eating in a way that will surprise you. 

She also shared how she was able to make the transition successfully with teenagers, how it's positively impacting her adult children and what to do if you are gaining weight on a plant-based diet. 

This is a beautiful story of both change and acceptance that I think you will love.

Trish on Instagram: @wisdomwithtrish

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Jan 21, 2021
5. Unexpected Ways to Make Real Progress with Lori Jackson

January is a time when we hear a lot about goals, and whether you are someone who is all in on changing everything in 2021, if you’ve decided you’re done with new year’s resolutions or if you feel like you’ve already fallen off the bandwagon for the year, I think you’ll find a lot of powerful insights from our guest today. 

Lori Jackson is the author of Practicing Progress, a brilliant book about finding the right balance of being okay with where you are and moving forward at the same time. In addition to being the mother of 4, and grandmother to 4, She runs a blog at and has also published 2 journals designed to help you develop positive habits and take your gratitude practice to the next level.  

Lori is an expert on positive change and practicing progress and I am so excited to have her help us unpack our own thoughts about our goals and identify what we can do to make the process not more effective, but a lot more fun and enjoyable along the way.

Show notes:

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Lori's Book and Journals available on Amazon



Jan 14, 2021
4. What are You Thinking? The Surprising Place you Need to Start with Janeen Alley.

Join us for this deep dive on how our thoughts impact our ability to make forward progress and tactics to keep your thoughts from holding you back. 

Janeen began eating plant-based 15 years ago and has taught and coached individuals on both the nutrition as well as behavior and habit change. 

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Jan 07, 2021
3. How to Make Your Plant-Based Transition Successful

If you're thinking about switching yourself and/or your family to eating a diet comprised of mostly plants, learn from those who have gone before about the best way to make the transition.

Are you someone who will thrive by purging your cabinets and making the switch in a weekend? Or are you someone who will have more success transitioning a little more slowly?

Also, things you must know to avoid feeling hungry or light-headed when you eat plant-based and my favorite low-cost plant-based restaurant option.

For specific tips on helping kids adapt to new foods, listen to Episode 1. Why Our Kids Eat Food Other Kids Say Looks Like Puke?

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Jan 07, 2021
2. Why are So Many People Choosing To Eat Plant-Based?

You've probably noticed more and more plant-based meat, dairy and other foods popping up at your local store and a lot of restaurant menus. Is plant-based eating just the latest diet fad? While these sometimes highly processed meat and dairy alternatives may be a step in the right direction, mounting science shows that eating mostly whole, plant foods is not only one of the best ways to prevent and in many instances reverse heart-disease, cancer, diabetes, Alzheimers and more but also can do a lot to increase our productivity and mental and emotional well-being every day.

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Jan 07, 2021
1. Why Our Kids Eat Foods Other Kids Say Looks Like Puke

It can be easy to feel like picky kids (or spouses) will make it impossible to eat leafy greens instead of chicken nuggets. In this episode I share many of the things we did to help our kids adjust their taste buds and be willing to try a wide variety of foods without (too many) power struggles. 

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Dec 08, 2020